Spinning Roanoke

Some of our moral and intellectual superiors are trying to convince us the underlying cause of the execution of two Roanoke journalists is an abstract thing called “gun violence.” Others argue it’s bigger than that – it’s actually an unfortunate example of “workplace violence”:

UC Haas School of Business professor Jo-Ellen Pozner says one possible key to addressing workplace violence is to find ways to address employees’ mental health and wellness.

“It seems clear that there was an emotional, mental health issue going on here and that’s I think the key to figuring out how to deal with these things in the workplace,” Pozner said, “I think there’s a public policy question there that we need to address in a larger level, that’s less about workplace violence and more about the violence in our society today.”

This isn’t just nonsense, but dangerous nonsense. Vester Flanagan hated Whites, and was convinced Whites conspired to hold him back and demean him out of racial hate. He was so obsessed with his delusions of racial persecution that anything could set him off, as one ex-coworker commented:

‘We would say stuff like, “The reporter’s out in the field.” And he would look at us and say, “What are you saying, cotton fields? That’s racist”.’

‘We’d be like, “What?’ We all know what that means, but he took it as cotton fields, and therefore we’re all racists.’

Fair added: ‘This guy was a nightmare. ‘Management’s worst nightmare.’

I’ll bet there are thousands more just like him. People like Flanagan constantly hear warnings that Whites are holding them back and oppressing them. That’s the drumbeat you hear from the Social Justice Warriors, antifa thugs, newspaper editors, and race hustlers. According to these prophets of doom, even Whites who appear helpful and supportive are still responsible for something called “institutional racism” that silently and secretly prevents Blacks from getting ahead. White success, on the other hand, is assured by another malevolent and unseen force called “White privilege.” So Vester Flanagan only struck back at those who exerted their mysterious and detrimental power over him.

The gatekeepers of approved thought who bloviated that the Charleston murders were caused by a memorial to Southern war dead are now scrambling to assure us it wasn’t anything THEY said that fueled Vester Flanagan’s hatred of Whites.

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2 thoughts on “Spinning Roanoke

  1. weavercht

    It is frightening how many blacks talk, openly!, of white oppression, how cops supposedly shoot them, how Southerners supposedly shoot them when on property. It’s socially acceptable for blacks to create a delusional fantasy world where blacks are fighting non-existent oppression.

    For society to truly improve, more will need to stand up to blacks, to demand equality from blacks.

    A comment replying to me in the pro-Southern Catholic article I linked to awhile back claimed the South had needed reform prior to the Civil Rights Movement, had truly oppressed blacks. This written by someone claiming to be otherwise pro-South. I believe actually he’s a regular in the movement – and a nice guy.

    But the reality, racial differences *do* exist, and only complete miscegenation would remove racial differences, which would also eliminate the identities of the white and black populations. Telling blacks their woes are others’ fault does not help them. The resulting society today is much less stable, and white demographics are in such a free fall that “blame whites” cannot continue indefinitely.

    The South had not been very wrong pre-Civil Rights. Racial tensions were fanned externally, and whites generally did care for blacks. Greater racial harmony would have been achieved based on states’ rights. Outsiders aren’t going to understand a multi-racial society that includes two very different races. Now that the rest of the US enjoys diversity, they too have “the wolf by the ears” in a sense.

    Catholics have some brilliant ideas, but at times they’re too academic on race. You can’t always apply simple ideas to reality. We see similar issues in Ireland: The complex, intellectual Catholics there can’t bring themselves into reality enough to oppose record mass immigration. Nationalism is supposed to be some abstract thing no one understands, immigrants can enter and *poof* instantly transform to Irish or any other nationality. (I’m not saying the Protestant and secular English are better, but the English destroy themselves differently.)

    Anyway, those wanting to feel “enlightened” like to support popular movements such as the Civil Rights, without going to extremes. They remain pro-South but want some reform too. They don’t stand with the ugly Southerners depicted on tv that everyone opposes. In truth though, humans are ugly. It can be the right thing at times to stand with ugly Southerners and their mere humaness.

    Similarly we see the phenomenon with elections: reasonable people opposed Pat Buchanan for being “too extreme”, yet now his “extreme” border fence idea is quite popular. The enlightened, reasonable approach was to support Dubya.

    I don’t feel a sense of vindication though that American society on the whole is now suffering from the Civil Rights movement. Man is very stupid. There’s no one to prove anything to. Even the most intelligent of us will misunderstand what’s outside our narrow expertise, and we’ll decline to support unpopular positions and sides, striving for an “enlightened” moderate position that often gets lost in its abstract-nature.

    I believe this belief in vindication is an Anglo-Saxon phenomenon and populist: The belief that society will recognise how it was wrong and correct. Society will not. Does a bear later understand why it was relocated out of a neighborhood? You have a winner and a loser, and the South lost. It’s in no one’s interests to record the South well, and increasingly few care for truth. Those pursuing truth certainly don’t want to appear unenlightened by defending the ugly South.

    An additional lesson from all this: Sam Francis wrote something on how moderate groups trended left-wing with time. Only those that took a hard-right position would remain right-wing. And, while the terms “left” and “right” can be fuzzy and ambiguous, I believe there is much wisdom in this: Moderation has its place, but principle also has its place.

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