Ominous parallels busting out all over
Have they occurred to you yet?
Item: From the moment the Strauss-Kahn incident took place on May 14, the Manhattan D.A.’s office snowed us with the message that the accuser was a paragon of Muslim piety and hard work. She has turned out to be a grifter and career liar, perhaps the biggest liar in the history of high-profile criminal complaints. Six weeks after the prosecutors told us in the most convincing manner possible that Nafissatou Diallo’s story was rock solid, the same prosecutors to their infinite chagrin informed us that not a word that came out of the woman’s mouth could be believed. How could the prosecutors (and, through the prosecutors, we ourselves) been so fooled? It was because the maid was black, Third-World, (supposedly) poor, and the victim of a prominent white man. Therefore the prosecutors chose to believe her, pushing aside all doubts and doubters to the contrary, and to ignore, for weeks, the evidence that she was a liar, until her lies became so egregious that they simply had no choice but to go public about them. Also, in the midst of the exposure of the erstwhile perfectly virtuous accuser, a senior prosecutor said, “I can’t say with 100 percent certainty that it’s not true” that the maid had been working as a prostitute both before and after the DSK incident.
Item: Week after week, in cities throughout the country, spontaneously organized groups of black youths, known as “flash mobs,” are committing unprovoked violent mayhem, largely against young whites who are selected as victims because they are white, and whom the attackers laugh at and mock while they are assaulting them. Yet this horrifying campaign of racial violence and intimidation has yet to be identified as such by the national media or by any political official. Both the racial component in each individual incident, and the racial pattern in these events a whole, are covered up and denied through a multitude of euphemisms and rhetorical obfuscations, or, more commonly, are simply ignored.
Item: As we learned today, for the last ten years the largely black (and black-run) public schools of Atlanta engaged in systemic, deliberate cheating and fraud on an unprecedented scale—fraud enforced by intimidation and threats to silence possible truth-tellers—to make black pupils’ test scores seem better than they were. The Christian Science Monitor has described it as “the largest of dozens of major cheating scandals, unearthed across the country.”
What is the common element uniting these three stories? The massive cover-up of black dysfunction/criminality/violence, in order to maintain a positive image of blacks.
And what about the mainstream conservatives—why don’t they at least notice and bring out what is happening, particularly when it comes to the black racial violence? For the same reason that these multitudinous cover-ups have existed in the first place: the more negative the truth about blacks, the more racist and career-damaging it is to speak the truth. Smart people with successful careers stay away from it, close down their brains, keep their mouths shut—or, if they do open their mouths, open them to speak lies.
Here’s another parallel. Both the Atlanta schools story and the DSK case began not just with a cover-up of the black subject but with a huge overestimation of the black subject that later turned out to be not just false but fraudulent or inspired by fraud. The black pupils in the Atlanta schools were shown by tests as having achieved extraordinary academic progress; the test results turned out to have been forged. The Sofitel maid was portrayed by over-certain prosecutors as a saint whose every word could be believed; she turned out to be a grifter and liar, a fact which they themselves should have known early in the process but which they deliberately ignored.Thucydides writes:
Some years ago, Leszek Kolakowski, the famed historian of Marxism, in an essay entitled The Self-Poisoning of the Open Society, pointed out the tendency of modern liberalism to push its principles to such extremes that they turned into their opposites. The principle that lies behind the denial of group difference, such as we are seeing with the liberal response to burgeoning evidence of black dysfunctionality, a response that can only be characterized as pathologically detached from reality, is the principle of human universality and absolute moral equality. The idea that all men are the same in all times and places, and that particular identities are no more than superficial, and not constitutive, is a core liberal commitment that must be maintained in the face of all evidence. Other elements in the liberal faith, such as meliorism, or the notion that we can collectively manage our affairs to produce continual moral and political progress, crucially depend on the idea that there are no deeply ingrained intractable differences in humans or in human groups.July 7
(This comment was subsequently posted in its own entry and revised. The revisions are reflected here as well.)
Why do I focus so relentlessly on these endlessly repeated stories of the massive cover-up, followed by the massive exposure, of black criminality and black failure—which is, we should point out, failure by white standards? Beyond its immediate interest and obvious importance, the truthful communication about black dysfunction and violence also serves the larger purpose of this website, which is nothing less than to save the American nation.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at July 06, 2011 07:29 PM | Send