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July 14, 2013 - 1:32 pm

I didn’t want to do it. I said I wouldn’t. Hypertension runs in my family. But owing to a tweet by James Taranto, I was pulled inexorably into reading this perfectly atrocious piece in The Nation by Aura Bogado, who covers “racial justice, native rights and immigration.” (“Natives,” in this context, probably does not include most people who were born in the United States.) The title of her piece is “White Supremacy Acquits George Zimmerman.” I’ll give you a few seconds to guess what Ms. Bogado has concluded from the not-guilty verdict.

To wit: “This verdict is a crystal-clear illustration of the way white supremacy operates in America.”

One paragraph must unfortunately be quoted in full:

In the last few days, Latinos in particular have spoken up again about Zimmerman’s race, and the “white Hispanic” label especially, largely responding to social media users and mass media pundits who employed the term. Watching Zimmerman in the defense seat, his sister in the courtroom, and his mother on the stand, one can’t deny the skin color that informs their experience. They are not white. Yet Zimmerman’s apparent ideology—one that is suspicious of black men in his neighborhood, the “assholes who always get away—” is one that adheres to white supremacy. It was replicated in the courtroom by his defense, whose team tore away at Rachel Jeantel, questioning the young woman as if she was taking a Jim Crow–era literacy test. A defense that, during closing, cited slave-owning rapist Thomas Jefferson, played an animation for the jury based on erroneous assumptions, made racially coded accusations about Trayvon Martin emerging “out of the darkness,” and had the audacity to compare the case of the killing of an unarmed black teenager to siblings arguing over which one stole a cookie.

So, to give a precis of Ms. Abogado’s logic: George Zimmerman is not white, but insofar as he does bad things, those bad things are “white.” No true Hispanic would be so racist as to shoot a black person; he is merely acting according to white societal hypnosis. This is textbook Whiteness Studies, according to which White = Bad, and Not White = Good, so that insofar as Not White = Bad, the Bad =/= Not White. It’s a neat and internally consistent little word game that people in academia and journalism play with one another. (See “No True Scotsman.”)

In practice, the Whiteness Studies game works as follows: All bad things are labeled “white supremacy,” which is defined as a complete and total system of “white” bourgeois logic, law, custom, etc. This system is so pervasive that even when a non-white person does something ostensibly racist, he is only acting according to “white logic,” thus his or her racism is actually white racism. Much of this derives from the theories of the pseudoscientist Frances Cress Welsing, whose definition of racism was white supremacy. Again, word games.

Whiteness Studies works exactly the same way classical antisemitism works, and still does work. Jews are said to be controlling absolutely everything, including people’s consciousness. The Jew is responsible for everything bad, because everything bad is, to the antisemite, the definition of Jewishness. There is no way out of this logic, which is total and pitiless, once its initial premise has been granted. It is a conspiracy theory and thus immune to reason and argument. True white supremacists play this game too. They take everything wrong with society and say it’s the product of non-white values, forces, etc. In formulating her “theory” of “white supremacy,” then, Bogado, too, is operating according to white supremacist logic. Her theory–rather, its essential thought process — is not new. Today it’s called Whiteness Studies and gets people tenure and good salaries at universities. In 1933, in Leipzig or Frankfurt am Main, it would have been known as something else.

Robert Wargas is a regular contributor to PJ Media. A native of Long Island, he was educated at the City University of New York and Yale University, and has contributed reports and opinion pieces to Newsday and FrontPage Magazine on a range of topics. He also maintains an independent blog at http://robertwargas.typepad.com. Outside of his political writing, Wargas has worked as a professional historian for a large cancer-research institution, documenting the history of biotechnology since the 1970s. He can be reached at rwargas22@yahoo.com. Follow him on Twitter @RobertWargas

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"No true Hispanic would be so racist as to shoot a black person"

I sure wish this guy was around when I walked through an all-Latino neighborhood and some kids was shouting, "You're not welcome here!"

Or the three Latino kids who may or may not had guns and tried to rob me.

Or the multiple riots that occurred between blacks and Latinos when I was in high school.

Lefties must always resort to saying stupid things when things don't fit their narrative.
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Best tweet I saw on it, linked from Instapundit. "So a Hispanic shoots a black and is acquitted by women, but it's still white men's fault."

Also, "No matter how much contempt you have for the media in all this, you don't have enough." - Allahpundit
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Political Correctness is killing western society/civilization. It's civilizational suicide. If we as a whole don't have the balls to standup against this bs, we deserve to be conquered by Muslim savages and their parody of "civilization".
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That's rich! Obama is going to memorialize gun control in Trayvon's memory - a 17-year old thug that enjoyed taking pictures of himself using drugs and sporting an ILLEGAL SEMI-AUTOMATIC!

Now that is really logical thinking by our President - almost as good as his understanding of economics and international relations/diplomacy.
39 weeks ago
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"Whiteness Studies works exactly the same way classical antisemitism works, and still does work. Jews are said to be controlling absolutely everything, including people’s consciousness."

There was actual anti-semitism also, as anyone listening to talk radio callers after the shooting should be able to attest.

This is very true; Malcolm Hay quotes from people writing about history; if a Christian acted badly it was because he wasn't a real Christian; if a Jew did it was a part of his being Jewish.

Of course, White Studies and Men's Studies exist as actual university courses. I have a Men's Studies textbook at home; the theme is: why are men naturally evil and how can we fix it?
39 weeks ago
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So since 50% of first-generation Mexican immigrants have severe anti-semitic atititudes (as per survey), perhaps the fact the Zimmerman didn't change his name proves he is not a "true Hispanic"? (Yes, I know he isn't Mexican.)

BTW, her assumptions about his motives makes her a true racist.

I will continue to see their racism and raise them anti-semitism (c.f. the lynching of Leo Frank in the Jim Crow South). I hope Breitbart would approve.
39 weeks ago
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The same media outlets that created a "white Hispanic" bogeyman turn in disingenuous fashion and decry the verdict because the jury was not diverse enough. Thus George Zimmerman, by that same media characterization, was, in fact, aquitted by a jury of his "peers." Petard. Hoisted.

And it's nice to know that white Hispanics have the incredible ability to see through hoodies on dark rainy nights for profiling their intended victims. Is the TSA aware of this phenomenon?
39 weeks ago
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I think you found more "hidden racism" in the MSM and the Left. Good job; Andrew would be proud. I still insist on using the anti-semitism angle; anyone listen to talk radio after the shooting?

BTW, Holder's speech was full of coded racism. Sicking. The DOJ is the new KKK.
39 weeks ago
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So that Aura Bogado can prevent a major case of cognitive dissonance (all Leftists suffer minor attacks to some degree, it's the nature of things), I would suggest that she never venture into the battlefields of Los Angeles where the black and brown street gangs are waging all out war against each other.
But, since she writes for The Nation, it is to be expected that she is a fool.
39 weeks ago
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Of all the absurd and racially ludicrous statements by liberal politicians, pundits,
columnists and celebrities in the past 48 hours, this Bogado article must be
one of the more lurid and lunacy-like.
God help us with people like Bogado in our midst.
39 weeks ago
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Latino is an elusive thing. Let's not even start talking about "African-American" where mostly white people like Holder and the two Rices can pass for black. Clayton Powell! Our president? And Colin Powell! The confusion about religion and race is supposed to make us a stronger nation, and perhaps it will in time, but mostly it is about vanity.
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"Whiteness Studies works exactly the same way classical antisemitism works"

I've started noticing that a long time ago. There are a couple of major differences though. One is that anti-White racism is formulated, driven and disseminated mostly by Whites. It is primarilly an internal White conflict that has global implications. Many of the people around the world who are White-haters and blame the Whites for everything learned it from Whites. Most of the academic information in the world is produced by Whites. Academics around the world study from books and theories created by Whites. Many of those books and theories tell them as a matter of fact that Whites are a uniquely evil race and are responsible for their misery and for every bad thing that ever happened and happens in the world. Unless, of course, you live in the Middle East where Jews are still the uniquely evil race who is behind every bad thing.

Another major difference is that European civilization is the dominant civilization. Whites are strong and are (still) the majorities in their own countries. That makes them feel safe and immune to possibilities such as severe persecution, pogroms and genocide. The ideology, the demonization, the mental component driving such phenomena is already in place, but the power required to carry them out still isn't, so Whites don't worry so much about the ideology, which is a mistake.

What caused the Holocaust was not simple hatred, but the belief that the Jews are the source of all evil and thus a moratl threat, so the only way to save one's country and the entire humanity was to exterminate the Jews completely. If one believes that to be true then genocide doesn't seem evil, but necessary to save the world.

That belief regarding Jews still widely exists in the Middle East, and to some degree regarding Israel in much of the Western left, but generally in the West Whites are now cast in the role of the Jew. Ironically Jews today are suddenly considered Whites, so again part of the earthly representation of Satan, but not the main part.

It is really a sort of messianic belief because if all evil is caused by just one group (the personification of Satan) than eliminating this group, eliminating Satan, would bring a new age of light, peace, harmony, prosperity, equality, and possibly also immortality, perfect health and eternal youth. All misery will disappear from the world, all injustice, all poverty, all wars and conflicts, all oppression, and global warming. Global warming is a mortal threat to all living things on this planet and it is caused by White techonolgy, White greed, and White all-consuming ambition. Whites are a mortal threat to the world. And they don't ever change - their goals remain the same even if their methods become more subtle, such as in neo-colonialism. They always conspire against others, while others are always innocent. Wherever you look in the world, except Cuba, no matter who appear to be the ruler and the ruling elite, behind the scenes the Whites are the puppeteers.

Whites are still as racist as ever, or even more so. The mere existence of any gaps between Whites or their countries, and non-Whites or their countries is a prove of oppression, so if the gaps don't disappear it proves Whites aren't changing their ways. Here we just saw a White guy cold-bloodedly murder an innocent, unarmed black youth solely because of his skin color, - we know that because the killer has one White parent and the dead was black, which proves it was a hate crime - and a majority White jury just let the murderer go because his victim was black. What more proof do you need that Whites aren't changing? If Whites can't change, what is the final solution to the White problem?
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Brilliant.
39 weeks ago
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The western tradition is one of self examination. Catholics go to confession. Seclar people go to a shrink. I think we have turned this into a pathology where we doubt our cultural heritage - Western Civilization.
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It's official. We can now put the White Devil in the mythological creature box alongside Nessie, Bigfoot and El Chupacabra. The White Devil is an evil, demonic being who apparently possesses otherwise sane folks and turns them into hateful beings possessed of a bloodlust to hunt down and slay the children of Black Africa, or something.

George Zimmerman is the proof that the White Devil is mythological boogeyman. George Zimmerman is a man of no real racial ethnic background and most of them all at the same time. He's got Black African roots, Meso-American Roots and European Caucasian roots. He's the sort of person we've been told time and again all our children must inevitably become in order to finally put racism to rest and slay the evil White Devil. And yet, here's the White Devil alive and well in George Zimmerman who is everything racially we were told we need to be to be safe from the White Devil.

I'm so done with this. Racism has officially jumped the shark for anyone of any true discerning background. It exists, yes, but the White Devil is nothing more than a myth created to keep people in line.
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I got my PhD in Self Hatred from Tim Wise.
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