So I started reading this column by Paul Craig Roberts explaining why “white privilege and white racism are hoaxes” and I began to feel a little woozy. Roberts’ leaps of logic were so strange and vertiginous I began to halfway wonder if someone had put something in my drink. Or in his.
More likely in his. The other inhabitants of my apartment don’t have opposable thumbs (they’re cats), so I don’t think they slipped me a mickey. No, the discombobulation I’m feeling right now must be coming from Robert’s article.
Let’s just go through it line by line and see if it affects you in the same way it affected me. Like so many far-right figures before him, he begins with a reference to The Matrix:
As part of the false reality that The Matrix has created for us, white people are privileged because of their skin. Allegedly, this privilege creates in white people the impression that they are superior to all others, and this makes them racists.
Not so much “allegedly”; that’s how it actually happens.
This dogma has become immune to all evidence. For example, when Americans elected Obama, who regards himself as black, President of the United States and then re-elected him, it passed unnoticed that these events disproved that the white majority is racist.
How does Obama’s election prove whites aren’t racist? Most white voters voted against Obama. And more than a few spread the rumor that he wasn’t even born in the US. Then there was the Tea Party and well, I think you’ve probably got the idea.
And what’s that bit about Obama “regarding” himself as black?
I have often wondered why Obama, who is half white and half black, chose to be regarded as a black person. This decision cost him “white privilege.”
What “decision?” What “choice?” The way race has historically worked in the US is that mixed black and white people are considered black. This isn’t something that Obama could have just overturned by declaring himself white. Had he done so, people wouldn’t have started recognizing him as white; they’d have dismissed him as a crank.
Obviously, Obama, a politician accustomed to considering what most improved his chances, decided that the advantage was in being black, not in being white.
Gosh, I guess it was lucky for him that he was black, according to America’s unwritten laws of race.
Now do you see why Roberts’ argument made me feel like I was taking crazy pills?
Obama is not the only mixed race person of note who decided being black was advantageous to being white. Lewis Hamilton is also half white, half black, and he also has chosen to be black rather than white.
Lewis Hamilton — in case, like me, you never heard of him before — is a Formula One racecar driver. This is what he looks like:
In our racial regime, people who look like this are considered black; they do not have the choice to identify as white.
Roberts points out that the black Hamilton makes more money from racing than his white team partner does. Of course, that might just be because, as Roberts acknowledges, he’s the better driver of the two. Then Roberts hedges this a little bit by noting that he’s also got the best car.
Why does Hamilton, who is 50% white and 50% black, identify as a black if there is white privilege?
If white people were racists, why do the white British Formula One fans cheer Hamilton so sincerely and delight in his wins?
Maybe because the racists in Formula One fandom are a little shy about being overtly racist in real life and would prefer to send Hamilton racist messages anonymsously online?
In other words, all this white racism stuff is poppycock. Go watch a deep South football or basketball game. 85-90% of the players are black, and the white fans cheer them wildly. How does this reconcile with white racism?
I don’t know, dude, how do you reconcile your argument with what happened to Colin Kaepernick after he took a knee during the national anthem?
Dear readers, if you’re already feeling a bit seasick because of Roberts’ weird lurches from topic to topic, brace yourselves because he’s about to make a big swerve.
You are not allowed to say so, but the same holds for National Socialist Germany according to documented facts presented in his histories by David Irving. The national socialists went through extensive debates as to how much of a Jew one had to be to be a Jew. Whatever the decision, Irving reports that there were 150,000 half or quarter Jews serving as officers in the Wehrmacht.
How do we reconcile this fact with the holocaust? We can’t, because no one is allowed to investigate or offer an opinion. The holocaust is unchallengeable. Europeans and Canadians who challenge it go to prison.
First off, David Irving is a holocaust denier who’s been found in court to have lied about history (in a libel case he brought against a critic and lost). Nothing he writes can be assumed to be true.
Second off, fuck you.
But it doesn’t really matter because Roberts quickly moves on to what he sees as the upcoming END OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION.
The situation in which the Western world lives is one in which reality is based on suppositions and ideological assertions, not on facts.
I’m not sure it’s your ideological opponents who are the ones light on facts.
Facts have become irrelevant in the Western world. Having rejected facts, Western civilization, which is based on facts, has repudiated itself.
It is this self-repudiation that signals the dissolution of Western civilization.
Well, it was fun while it lasted, huh?
Having already suggested that the Holocaust was a myth, Roberts might as well finish off his article with a reference to one of the top five most racist books of the 20th century. So he does.
As Jean Raspail made clear in 1973 in The Camp of the Saints, European Civilization only exists in its monuments.
What on earth does this even mean? What does it have to do with anything else you’ve been writing about? Are you really and literally high?
In the United States, allegedly a Christian country, no Christian symbols are permitted on public display at Easter and Christmas.
What are you talking about? You can publicly display all the Christmas or Easter crap you want to, just not on government property (and even there you can get away with it lot of the time.)
Also, the US is not “allegedly a Christian country.” It’s allegedly a country with separation between church amd state. Have you ever looked at the Constitution?
There is no such thing as a living civilization whose roots are dug up and cast away.
Whatever the fuck that means.
This was truly the worst LSD trip I’ve ever been on, minus the LSD.
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