Some Minorities Are More Minority-y Than Others
One of the more salient lessons to take away from the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman tragedy (and it is a tragedy on multiple levels) is that the bad faith of Race, Inc. knows no bounds. It is a ruthless, pitiless, greedy, bloodthirsty, and vicious perversion of what it claims to be. It is, remember, a profit-making industry in which there is much largesse and renown to be made. And just like any profit-making entity based on an ideology, that ideology will twist and transform and adapt under any and all circumstances to preserve its status. This means that, when its essential narrative is under fire, Race, Inc. must change the rules, if temporarily. Under normal circumstances, though Hispanics are strictly speaking not a race, they are treated as such to advance a particular narrative. Zimmerman, who has Peruvian ancestry, would be considered an Approved Victim under such circumstances. But these were not normal circumstances, so things had to change. For media purposes during this whole fiasco, Zimmerman was made into a white surrogate. Race is indeed socially constructed, but what matters is who's doing the constructing.
After the not-guilty verdict was handed down, I tweeted: "So a Hispanic shoots a black and is acquitted by women, but it's still white men's fault." This, being a tweet, was somewhat glib, but I was amazed at the response I got. (Rod Dreher at The American Conservative called it his favorite tweet of the night. Thanks, Rod.) It touched a nerve with people; they were sincerely shaking their heads over how this case could be turned into an example of white racism. Then we get articles telling us that "white supremacy" acquitted Zimmerman. There is no arguing with such people. As I've written before, arguing that "white supremacy" controls the American legal system is a conspiracy theory similar to antisemitism. There is no real argument against it because it is unfalsifiable: the purveyors of the theory recognize no limiting principle to their idea, no point at which they would concede a point by the opposition. That in itself could be the very definition of radicalism: the absence of a limiting principle. To these people, everything, from the rules of a jury trial to the statutes themselves to the grammar of standard English, is tainted by whiteness. There is no escape. That's their logic.
The "white supremacy" charge comes partly from the allegation that Zimmerman profiled Martin because of the latter's race. In theory, those who hold this view are motivated by the honorable notion that all people should be treated as individuals. In practice, however, the radical extent to which they've taken this view has led to the result that there cannot be ANY interaction between a black and a white in which the black is not in some way seen as the victim of racism. To the more radical opponents of the trial's verdict, there is no possible way that Martin wasn't profiled; that he was the victim of racism is as a priori true as that 2+2=4. This means, further, that there are no circumstances under which blacks are to be guilty of anything. Still further, any and all trials that involve blacks and whites are metaphysical travesties unless the black is ruled innocent and the white guilty.
You can see, then, how radical ideology, any radical ideology, poisons a legal system. The purpose of a trial is to present empirical evidence and facts, all held together by a logical narrative of events, to arrive at responsibility for a particular charge. (Radicals sometimes think "logic" and "facts" are themselves white constructs.) Radical logic, whether far-left notions of "white supremacy" or actual white supremacy as in the KKK, runs counter to that behind a fair legal system. For radicalism forces its adherents to hold particular views; all judgments are pre-determined. There is, therefore, only one fair outcome to any trial.
This is ripping the United States apart.
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