The ridiculous racial merry-go-round
ILANA MERCER observes an American recreational activity in full flow
What were CNN and MSNBC doing while Russia Today was broadcasting an interview with Ehud Barack about the breakdown of “peace talks” between Israelis and Palestinians, Fox News was covering a breakthrough in DNA research, and BBC News was keeping viewers abreast of event in Syria and Ukraine?
The conga-lines of cretins at the two networks were fulminating over a racially charged private conversation between one Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, and his mistress du jour.
On the positive side, the Sterling vignette distracted CNN fleetingly from a non-stop, no-news vigil for the missing Malaysian Airline. “Breaking News: Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is still missing” has provided perfect cover for a “news” operation that has refused to cover the many failures and scandals of Barack Hussein Obama’s presidency.
I listened to the recordings of Sterling’s comments. (What option did I have?) I heard an odious old man nagging an equally off-putting woman. She is asked to refrain from publicly flaunting her relationships with black athletes. “Cavort all you wish behind my back,” Sterling seemed to be saying, “but don’t embarrass me in public.”
From abroad, another repugnant character refused to rise above the fray and stick to the issues on his teleprompter. Never uttered by the president were sobering, uniting words such as, “In the US, we don’t hound people for the things they say, anywhere.” Instead, broadcasting from Malaysia (whose majority population has been known to launch perennial pogroms on their One Percenters), Obama demonstrated the extent to which he follows petty racial politicking in this country, and the lengths to which he’ll go to perpetuate the mythical meme of a racist America.
Puled the President:
When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk. That’s what happened here… Sterling’s alleged comments are an example of how the United States continues to wrestle with the legacy of race and slavery and segregation.
Like CNN, MSNBC had hardly reported on a conflict that has roiled the country – Cliven Bundy’s “mutiny against the federal government.” The operatives there rectified the failure right away when Bundy made his racial blunder. From paying scant attention to the conflagration between farmers and federal forces, MSNBC switched to a blow-by-blow account of Bundy’s speech infraction. “Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy Doesn’t Apologize, Repeats Racist Remarks,” “Bundy’s Blunder,” blared the headlines.
Needless to say, the same pattern of heightening emotion, manufacturing buzz, and distracting the easily distracted from reality and reason coloured CNN’s belated reporting in Farmer Bundy v. the Feds. Thus did anchor Brook Baldwin entertain commentator Paul Begala for a segment aimed not at informing CNN viewers about land seizures across the country and excessive use of federal force; but so as to strategically deploy Bundy’s alleged racism against Republicans, some of whom had concerned themselves with the aforementioned transgressions. (In fairness to Begala and Brook, neither is working with much.)
When it comes to the original sin – harbouring impure racial thoughts – members of the chattering class, “conservatives” as much as liberals, trip over one another to express their disgust. So it was with the comments of the inconsequential, ill-mannered Sterling.
Another dominant paradigm over which right and left converge in agreement is the Marxist Labour Theory of Value. How dare Sterling claim to have supported, fed, clothed and housed the NBA athletes on his team. What a plantation mentality! But unless one is down with Karl Marx, Sterling is correct. Marx’s “demonstrably false” Labour Theory of Value disregards the infusion of seed capital necessary to launch and sustain an enterprise, privileging the role of labour in the production process.
No sooner had Sterling opened his mouth to speak rudely than legions of sinewy sportsmen were parading their pain on camera, shedding tears and telling of psyches shattered and hearts broken. Hey, unlike Abe Foxman, director of the Anti-Defamation League, I didn’t cry when Mel Gibson maligned Jews. Ditto Kanye West, upon whom the ADL has alighted for his riffs about us Jews. So long as they have no power over my life, why do I care what idiots say? Direct your ire, rather, not at Citizen Sterling, but at the flourishing political class, whose overweening, hateful ways shatter actual lives daily.
It was not long before another CNN simpleton, Fredricka Whitfield, was soliciting legal advice on how to dispossess the thought-criminal of his property: the NBA Team. Warned Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban:
… regardless of your background, regardless of the history they have, if we’re taking something somebody said in their home and we’re trying to turn it into something that leads to you being forced to divest property in any way, shape or form, that’s not the United States of America. I don’t want to be part of that.
Let us hope that no legal remedy is pulled out of the proverbial hat to silence or rob Sterling and similar offenders. For then, we are China, only less industrious.
Rest assured, however, that the racial merry-go-round is made-in-America. Round and round will Americans be compelled to ride on a mindless, manufactured, racial carousel. For this is about sustaining the thing Afrikaner philosopher Dan Roodt has dubbed “metaphysical racism.”
…few people in the US have had any direct experience of racism, they nevertheless discern racism in other people’s body language, in their use of euphemisms or in being patronized by others
explains Roodt. The US is “married to metaphysical racism forever.” Perceived racism can be “public, private, postmodern, subliminal, imagined, symbolic,” anything, so long as it survives in some form or another, for without it, the edifice of an industry built upon grievance and excuse-making is destined to collapse. “Like sin,” says Roodt, “metaphysical racism is insurmountable.” It “is the real motor of history.”
ILANA MERCER is a paleolibertarian writer, based in the United States. She pens WND’s longest-standing, exclusive paleolibertarian column, “Return to Reason” and is a fellow at the Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies, an award-winning, independent, non-profit, free-market economic policy think tank. Ilana’s latest book is Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons For America From Post-Apartheid South Africa. Her website is www.IlanaMercer.com.She blogs at www.BarelyaBlog.com