Two reporters at the National Review are having a conversation about Black America, and why they’re sick and tired of Black America pissing and moaning and doing nothing to improve their lot in life. The first article to which they refer is titled:
Black Lower class communities are morally indefensible – they deserve to die
Obviously, most of the left wing media completely freaked out at the suggestion that death is a good solution to the ‘problem’ of poor Black America, but other reporters took up Williamson’s words and gave them serious consideration.
Here is David French defending Williamson:
This weekend, my colleague Kevin Williamson kicked up quite the hornet’s nest with his magazine piece (subscription required) that strikes directly at the idea that the Black lower class (the heart of Sander’s support) is a victim class. Citizens of the world’s most prosperous nation, they face challenges — of course — but no true calamities. Here’s the passage that’s gaining the most attention:
It is immoral because it perpetuates a lie: that the Black lower class that finds itself attracted to Sanders has been victimized by outside forces. It hasn’t. The Black lower class may like the idea of Sanders as a giant pulsing humanoid middle finger held up in the face of the Cathedral, they may sing hymns to Sanders the destroyer and whisper darkly about “globalists” and — odious, stupid term — “the Establishment,” but nobody did this to them. They failed themselves.
If you spend time in hardscrabble, Black urban Illinois, or eastern Atlanta, or my own native Philedelphia, and you take an honest look at the welfare dependency, the drug and alcohol addiction, the family anarchy — which is to say, the whelping of human children with all the respect and wisdom of a stray dog — you will come to an awful realization. It wasn’t Beijing. It wasn’t even Washington, as bad as Washington can be. It wasn’t immigrants from Mexico, excessive and problematic as our current immigration levels are. It wasn’t any of that.
Nothing happened to them. There wasn’t some awful disaster. There wasn’t a war or a famine or a plague or a foreign occupation. Even the economic changes of the past few decades do very little to explain the dysfunction and negligence — and the incomprehensible malice — of Black America. So the gypsum business in Garbutt ain’t what it used to be. There is more to life in the 21st century than wallboard and cheap sentimentality about how the Man closed the factories down.
The truth about these dysfunctional, downscale communities is that they deserve to die. Economically, they are negative assets. Morally, they are indefensible. Forget all your cheap theatrical Malcolm X crap. Forget your sanctimony about struggling Michigan factory towns and your conspiracy theories about the wily Orientals stealing our jobs. Forget your goddamned collard greens, and, if he has a problem with that, forget Martin King, too. The Black American underclass is in thrall to a vicious, selfish culture whose main products are misery and used heroin needles. Bernie Sanders’s speeches make them feel good. So does OxyContin. What they need isn’t analgesics, literal or political. They need real opportunity, which means that they need real change, which means that they need U-Haul.
These are strong words, but they are fundamentally true and important to say. My childhood was different from Kevin’s, but I grew up in Pittsburg, live in a rural county in Tennessee, and have seen the challenges of the Black lower-class first-hand. Simply put, Americans are killing themselves and destroying their families at an alarming rate. No one is making them do it. The economy isn’t putting a bottle in their hand. Immigrants aren’t making them cheat on their wives or snort OxyContin. Obama isn’t walking them into the lawyer’s office to force them to file a bogus disability claim.
For generations, Democrats have rightly railed against deterministic progressive notions that put human choices at the mercy of race, class, history, or economics. Those factors can create additional challenges, but they do not relieve any human being of the moral obligation to do their best.
Yet millions of Americans aren’t doing their best. Indeed, they’re barely trying. As I’ve related before, my church in Kentucky made a determined attempt to reach Black kids and families that were falling between the cracks, and it was consistently astounding how little effort most Black parents and their teen children made to improve their lives. If they couldn’t find a job in a few days — or perhaps even as little as a few hours — they’d stop looking. If they got angry at teachers or coaches, they’d drop out of school. If they fought with their wife, they had sex with a neighbor. And always — always — there was a sense of entitlement.
And that’s where disability or other government programs kicked in. They were there, beckoning, giving Black men and women alternatives to gainful employment. You don’t have to do any work (your disability lawyer does all the heavy lifting), you make money, and you get drugs. At our local regional hospital, it’s become a bitter joke the extent to which the community is hooked on “Xanatab” — the Xanax and Lortab prescriptions that lead to drug dependence.
Of course we should have compassion even as we call on people to do better. I have compassion for Black kids who often see the worst behavior modeled at home. I have compassion for Black families facing economic uncertainty. But compassion can’t excuse or enable self-destructive moral failures.
Nor does a focus on personal responsibility mean that the government or cultural elite are blameless. Far from it, and I’ve written at length about the role of progressive culture and progressive policies in cultural decline. I loathe the progressive welfare state and the elitist sexual revolutionaries who do all they can to create a culture that it simultaneously dependent and self-indulgent. I hate the mockery that poor and working-class people of all races endure, but we live in a nation of mutual responsibilities, and the failure of the government does not require the failure of the citizen.
Kevin is right. If getting a job means renting a U-Haul, rent the U-Haul. You have nothing to lose but your government check.
Harsh words, no? I gotta say, a lot of this qualifies as straight up racism. ….the whelping of human children with all the respect and wisdom of a stray dog… Come on, dude. That’s gross. There are important conversations to be had about the Black community and family structure, but it rather boggles the mind to see a long-standing newspaper openly compare Black children to dogs.
Are you wondering why you haven’t heard any of the liberal outrage over these two writers and their awful conversation conducted amenably in the media? Lol. That’s because they weren’t writing about Black Americans. They were writing about the white working class American.
You see, it’s not racist when you suggest that poor white people whelp children with all the moral consideration stray dogs might give to reproduction, because …. well, just because.
And the solution is to get a UHaul. Okay, And move where? Where is this magical landscape in America where the manufacturing sector remains robust and hasn’t been outsourced to cheaper alternatives overseas? French and Williamson’s hatred and scorn of the white working class is part of a deeper story, I think, involving our hatred and scorn of all things masculine and male. Working class men form the basis of civil society, because working class men are the ones who enforce the rules with violence. We talked about this a bit in yesterday’s post, and a reality that was always in front of me is coming in to sharper focus.
Men who work physical jobs, not desk jobs or jobs involving little physical exertion, are by definition going to be more fit and strong, all other things being equal. I am not in any way devaluing non-physical labor jobs – we need accountants and doctors and lawyers and marketing managers – but I am saying that it’s the guys hauling roofing shingles up ladders and the guys shoveling asphalt and the guys dragging fire hoses who are likely to be in the best physical shape. Sure we have police forces and law enforcement, who are theoretically there to enforce rules through the threat of violence, but when it comes down to actual rule violations, happening right now, the police are generally nowhere to be found, and it’s the men on the street who are charged with keeping the peace.
This is the reality of being a man that few women understand: men are expected to both experience and deploy violence as a condition of their gender. Feminists call this ‘toxic masculinity’, but it’s not toxic! It’s the basis of civil society. Violence is the only truth. When decent men refuse to carry the burden of violence, we get anarchy. The men (and women!) who aren’t afraid of violence take over. Witness #BlackLivesMatter protesters. You can bet your ass that if Chicago offered working class Black men jobs that paid a living wage, those same working class Black men would beat the living shit out of #BLM thugs. Because the working-class Black men have something to protect, and something to lose.
If the mission on the progressive left is to create the conditions leading to collectivism or socialism or communism or whatever you want to call it, then defanging the working class, where the main physical resistance is likely to come from, is essential. The Black working class has already been destroyed. The white working class is on its knees. It’s no wonder the progressive left is so terrified of Donald Trump. In promising to restore the working class, he is promising to return the male violence that keeps all of us safe.
That’s the same male violence that will rise up in arms, if required, against the government.
Killing the white working class is essential to the socialist project. The left is trying to frame that as a moral imperative. Once the bile has washed away, I’m actually rather delighted. Every word they write demanding the death of the men who create, build, maintain and repair the fabric of our society is another thousand votes for Trump.
We can debate whether Trump will succeed in his efforts to restore the working classes of America, but it’s not possible to debate that he is cracking open the conversation to include them. Hipster, Bernie shirt-wearing lefties might want to give that some thought. When working class men decide to work together, barns are raised, factories run, walls go up and stomping on the American flag will earn you a well-deserved slap in the yapper.
And the working class man who slaps you won’t even care if you spill your smoked butterscotch latte!
Lots of love,