Yesterday I criticized grizzled pundit Roger Simon for ignoring the troubling death of Michael Brown in order to criticize LBJ’s effort to help poor people, aka the “Great Society.” I thought it preposterous, and bizarre, to blame a 50 year-old government program for Ferguson’s current problems.
…because the Great Society convinced, and then reassured, black people that they were victims, taught them that being a victim and playing a victim was the way to go always and forever. And then it repeated the point ad infinitum from its debut in 1964 until now — a conveniently easy to compute fifty years — as it all became a self-fulfilling prophecy.
The kid couldn’t help it Roger argued. Michael Brown got blasted in the head because he wanted to be a victim.
Roger is dumb. At the end of the piece, as is typical of luminous pundits, he advised us what to do so the next misguided Michael Brown can’t kill himself with a policeman:
Stop it already. No one has said this better than Jason Riley, author of Please Stop Helping Us. Listen to Jason if you want to end Fergusons.
And so the piece ended. Nothing more toodle-oo. A half-century of liberal malfeasance and the urban violence it spawned can be overcome with…Jason Riley. No point in working any harder than you have to I suppose.
And who is Jason Riley? He’s one of those new internet conservatives, a Fox News regular and Wall Street Journal contributor. He’s a right-winger ordinary in every possible way except for the fact that he’s black.
And what does Jason advise us to do? First you have to read his book: Please Stop Helping Us. Then you have to stop helping black people. How that will prevent white policemen from shooting their heads isn’t clear, but it happens to be the same sparkling advice Roger’s been offering America for thirty years. So naturally he’s a Jason fan. On racial matters the two are in fact so close they could practically be family, except of course that Roger’s white. So you can see why he just footnotes Jason now and then climbs back into his hammock.
He’s not the only one with exotic new friends. Having an urban wingnut on hand to do your race squawking is the hot trend in conservative discursion. It’s become so fashionable that it’s insinuating itself into the cultural iconography, like that National Review tote bag you get on a Summer cruise. And if you liberal pedagogues think a few more black officers in Ferguson’s PD would have helped Michael Brown, hey, Kevin! TELL them.
Can you imagine the reaction if a city asked for more white cops?
This call for “blackness” as an answer to what’s plaguing the black community is happening a lot, and quite frankly is disturbing…
For the life of me, I don’t understand why on Gore’s green Earth black people would want more black people controlling their lives.
This is Pat Buchanan material, the sort of stuff that appeals to big-hearted Stormfront enthusiasts. But you can’t really call this Jackson guy a fringe character when he’s been on TV with Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck, can you? And his book, The BIG Black Lie, why that’s a ‘bestseller.’ Well it’s really only a hot read for the Savage-Levin churls, but still. A book-writer couldn’t possibly be a racist…
“Colorization” seems to be the answer to all things for Liberals, and is most important to black Liberals. More black is supposed to be better. It never is!
It never is. Anyone who claims that having more black cops – or patent lawyers, or bank regulators, whatever – is “never” better would in fact be a racist. I don’t get much satisfaction in pointing out that Kevin’s a white supremacist but I also suspect that’s why some of these ‘refreshing’ conservatives have become prominent. It’s the reason why Joe the Plumber posted Jackson’s electioneering on his blog’s front page:
Admit it. You want a white Republican president again.
Now before you start feeling like you’re a racist, understand you are not.
Wanting a white Republican president doesn’t make you racist, it just makes you American.
He can argue that when you associate bad things with colored people you’re perfectly normal. Heck it makes you a typical American. That may sound like klavern banter to you, but don’t try pushing any of that liberal crap on Joe. He only posted the piece because it was thought-provoking, okay? If you really have to accuse someone of being a racist you can take it up with the black guy.