Jack Hunter, our former paleocon fellow traveler, is at it again, trying to atone for his past sins against the Church of PC, by throwing his past self and his past audience under the PC bus. I once remarked on a post on Jack’s Facebook page, that I didn’t think his conversion was sincere, and that he was just trying to get back in the good graces of respectable society. He got angry at my comment. I personally think it is hard to un-swallow the Red Pill once you have swallowed it, but for the sake of the argument, let’s assume that Jack really is sincere. Even if we grant that, does he not realize that his continuing to publicly and prominently proclaim his new found embrace of rightthink is unseamly? OK, we get it. You’re now a rightthinker. Now can we please move on? Isn’t there something to be said for the concept of letting your yes be yes and your no be no? I believe I read about that in this really important big Book one time. If he hasn’t convinced his left-wing and neocon PC critics by now, he never will. To continue this sort of public PC prostration is just shameless.
Jack is not without a legit point in his essay, which I concede below. A lot of conservatives’ alleged refusal to listen to blacks is because they are locked into a mindset of ideological color-blindness and follow PC rules pristinely. That’s not the same point Jack is making, but it’s related. But there is a way to make the point Jack was trying to make without PC clowning yourself. Unfortunately, he didn’t do so almost certainly because PC clowning himself was his intent. The trajectory of Jack’s pundit career is a real shame. He made good and thought provoking videos. It’s too bad paleodom has lost him.
Here is my reply to his article that I posted in the comments. So far it is still in moderation. We’ll see if it makes the cut:
Jack, there is nothing wrong with listening to blacks. There is nothing wrong with taking their concerns seriously. I don’t doubt that white cops “profile” and are quicker to assume criminal intent on the part of blacks, but I also don’t doubt that black cops do the same. But you can’t productively have this sort of conversation in isolation from the reality on the ground. And you can’t have it in a climate of PC where it is OK to say all sorts of negative things about whites and white cops but not OK to be honest about black behavior.
The plainly obvious fact that everyone knows is that blacks are grossly disproportionately responsible for crimes and have grossly disproportionately high rates of social pathology such as out-of-wedlock births, chronic unemployment, etc. The city of Ferguson and the surrounding parts of St. Louis County illustrate this. These areas used to be overwhelmingly middle class white and they were entirely pleasant places to live. But as the % of black residents grew, the whites “flighted.” So are all these white flighters racists, or are they realists? And I dare you to say they are racists because if your extended family is at all typical of other white South Carolina families, then it no doubt contains a lot of people who did the same thing.
So this profiling is not just because whitey is a big meany racists who doesn’t like black people. It’s reflects reality.
The problem with Ferguson, is that there was a narrative that developed early on that played perfectly into these black perceptions and the crusading PC media, which is always looking for stories that reinforce its mental framework of evil racist whitey doing a poor put-upon innocent black man wrong, ran with it and fanned the flames. And we know the media is crusading and agenda driven because it deliberately covers up incidents and race when they reinforce reality instead of the anti-white narrative.
But unfortunately for the PC warriors, the early narrative was wrong, as anyone who was willing to take a few deep breathes knew it had to be. The early narrative was not plausible to anyone who calmly examined it in the same way the UVA gang rape narrative or the Martin/Zimmerman case narrative were not plausible . They were too perfect. They were projections of PC fantasy about how the world is, not reliable re-tellings of how the world really is.
There may well be a problem with excessive use of force by police. In fact, I believe there is. But what there is not a problem with is evil racist white cops shooting black people for no good reason just because they are black which was essentially the early Ferguson narrative. Anyone who believes that is living in PC fantasy land. So the “he was running away” and “he had his hands up saying don’t shoot” narrative was never plausible.
The highly likely outcome of the investigation into the shooting was always going to be that the shooting was either legit or at least arguably legit, because almost all such shooting are. The likelihood that the investigation was going to reveal that “yeah, he did in fact shoot him in the back as he was running away with his hands up yelling don’t shoot” and that Wilson actually did act criminally or with reckless disregard for procedure was next to zero. If the Ferguson false narrative megaphones could have stepped back from their attempts to score PC brownie points and tried to be at least minimally objective, this was always a numbers game. Find me another example of evil racist white cop kills poor innocent black man for absolutely no good reason. Surely there must be many examples since white cops killing black people for the hell of it is supposedly all the rage these days if we listen to the MSM.
Contrary to the assertion that conservatives are tone death on race, most mainstream conservatives are exquisitely PC, although unlike the left, their PC manifests as ideological color-blindness, which they trumpet at every opportunity and wear as a badge of honor because they think it proves that they are even more pristine rightthinkers than the racial obsessives on the left who aren’t color-blind. But despite their protests of color-blindness, many will fall all over themselves to talk up and support black and ethnic pundits and candidates such as Ben Carson or Herman Cain or Ted Cruz or Bobby Jindal just to prove their “I’m not a racist” bona fides.
This may be changing somewhat as the rhetoric of the PC warriors becomes more and more extreme, but the backlash to Ferguson among white conservatives was primarily reactive. They’re sick of being told that black criminality and social pathology is their fault and all whites are evil racists, when they know better, so they got fed up and reacted. But very few mainstream conservatives are actually articulating a coherent response to the incessant PC message. For one reason because if they did they would risk becoming not mainstream. And in fact, they are dutifully playing by PC rules within their conservative color-blind context.
The idea that the primary lesson of Ferguson for conservative whites should be that they need to be less tone deaf on race is comically absurd. The real lesson of Ferguson to conservative whites that is so loud and clear it should be unmistakable, is that the MSM and the Powers the Be (what Steve Sailer has started to call the Megaphone) are intractably hostile to them and will jump on every opportunity they can to beat on whitey. What white conservatives need to learn is that they should stop playing by PC rules and they need to grow a spine and a pair of nads and stick up for themselves like they have some self-respect and stop acting like a bunch of PC whipped dogs forever in fear that someone, somewhere might accuse them of wrongthink.