In Ethnic America, Thomas Sowell observes, “American pluralism was not an ideal with which people started but an accommodation to which they were eventually driven by the destructive toll of mutual intolerance in a country too large and diverse for effective dominance by any one segment of the population. The rich economic opportunities of the country also provided alternative outlets for energies, made fighting over the division of existing material things less important than the expansion of output for all, and rewarded cooperative efforts so well as to make it profitable to overlook many differences.”
Racial, ethnic and religious differences can be overlooked as long as there are rich economic opportunities, but absent this expansion of output for all, pluralism collapses and explodes into mutual resentment, finger pointing and violence, and we’re only at the beginning of this hell.
Those on the lowest rungs have a near monopoly on street crimes (as opposed to boardroom heists). Perennially at the economic bottom, blacks crowd American prisons. The right attribute this to the natural outcomes of inequality between races. The left blame it on racism.
What can’t be argued is that blacks have been hurt tremendously by the relentless importation of cheap labor for menial work. How ironic, then, that blacks are loyal to a Democratic Party that has robbed them of employment and dignity. Liberal immigration policies harm blacks more than anybody.
In theory, blacks can leave the heavy lifting, garbage and grease behind, attend college then glide into the financial or tech sectors of our “new economy.” They can follow the lead of Marvel’s new Iron Man, a 15-year-old black girl who is a tech genius and graduate of MIT. Outside the superhero universe, less competitive people of any color or age are lucky to snare a minimum wage job at McDonald’s or Chick-fil-A.
With a 2015-16 enrollment of 11,331, MIT has 524 blacks, or 4.6%, as compared to 14.4% for the general population. Even this low number comes with an asterisk, however, thanks to affirmation action, a racist policy that hurts all non-blacks as well as blacks that don’t need this stigmatic prosthesis.
Ron Unz points out, “The more conspiratorially-minded racialists, bitterly hostile to immigration, sometimes speculate that there is a diabolical plot by our ruling power structure to ‘race-replace’ America’s traditional white population. Perhaps a hidden motive along these lines does indeed help explain some support for heavy immigration, but I suspect that the race being targeted for replacement is not the white one.”
By July 4th, there had been more than 2,000 shootings this year in Chicago. Though only a third of its population, blacks commit more than 70% of the city’s murders, and this huge discrepancy is repeated across the country.
Teaching a political writing class in Leipzig, I showed my German students the Philadelphia Police Department’s YouTube channel. Video after video had black men committing crimes. Though I hadn’t picked the day or sequence, I pretty much knew what we would see.
A month earlier, there had been an armed robbery at Jones, and three months before, someone had been shot just outside.
I’ve wandered through dozens of unfamiliar European and Asian cities late at night without fear of physical harm. In the US, this would not be too wise, mostly because of black crimes. Though all Americans recognize this menace, it’s not supposed to be aired, and even the term “black crimes” is taboo in polite company.
Feeling increasingly superfluous, blacks have been lashing out and popping everybody, including cops. Cops shoot blacks and other races, sometimes preemptively. If we were still a sane country, each shooting would be examined singly, but the left only see police abuse. As for the right, blacks are just getting their deserts.
Micah Johnson, the alleged sniper in Dallas, was blown to bits by a robot-delivered police bomb. Was there no other way to neutralize the suspect? Increasingly, our law enforcement resorts to summary execution.
In this left/right, black/white society, few can admit that America has a problem with police brutality and black crimes, and that unchecked immigration exacerbates both.
What hurts us benefits our rulers, however, for they get low wages, disunity among an increasingly pissed off populace and support for even more surveillance and iron-fisted policing. It won’t be their blood that will be spilled this summer and beyond.
On May 18th, 2015, Obama came to Camden, New Jersey, a majority black city with one of the nation’s highest crime rates. A huge crowd lined the route of the President’s motorcade, and the mood was quite festive, with dancing and drumming. Flags were waved. The cops who provided security that day had to endure a hail of verbal abuse, however.
One young white cop was given so much crap, a young black woman behind me said to her friend, “Why are they all in his face like that? That is so rude!”
Draped in an indigo thobe, a black man with a bullhorn followed a black cop around to harangue him nonstop.
An older black woman yelled at another black cop, “Why are you on that side? With them?! When the shit hits the fan, you’re going to be on this side with us!”
Since 1981, Camden has had five black mayors and one Hispanic one. Even in a black-ruled city, many blacks see cops as the enemy.
After the Dallas murder of five policemen, a line of cops stood outside a closed 7-Eleven, with protesters milling near them. Some could be seen to laugh, dance, shout or point fingers at the police. When the TV announcer asked the on-site reporter what was going on, she explained that people had been stranded because of suspended bus services. When a bus came and went, and most protesters stayed put, it’s fair to assume that some of them enjoyed taunting and gloating too much to leave this victory party.
The war continues.
Editor’s Note: This essay originally appeared on July 9, 2016, on State of the Union, a website featuring commentary and photography by Linh Dinh. It was reproduced here with the consent of Mr. Dinh.