Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Getting a Clue
If recent history is any guide, if the bomber ends up being a white anti-government extremist, white privilege will likely mean the attack is portrayed as just an isolated incident — one that has no bearing on any larger policy debates. Put another way, white privilege will work to not only insulate whites from collective blame, but also to insulate the political debate from any fallout from the attack.This is rich, given Mr. Sirota's earlier description of America under a "consistent barrage of of attacks from domestic non-Islamic terrorists" with a supporting link to an article written by fellow leftist David Neiwert just after the Rep. Giffords shooting in Tucson. Mr. Neiwert listed 19 incidents of "domestic terrorism from the extremist American Right" during a 2 and 1/2 year period.
Included on that list was Jared Loughner, a left leaning completely crazy person not in any way on the 'extremist American Right'.
It also included the guy who attacked a Pentagon Metro stop, John Patrick Bedell, a crazy Democrat 9-11 Truther, not on the 'extremist American Right'.
It also included they guy who shot a guard in front of the Holocaust Museum in DC, James Von Brunn, an anti-Semite 9-11 truther not on the 'extremist American Right'.
It also included the guy who flew a plan into an office building, Joseph Ray Stack, who protested taxes but was not on the 'extremist American Right'.
It also included career criminal Byron Williams who hates Soros and his lefty network but is just as comfortable with Green Party loon David Icke and 911 truther loon Alex Jones.
Indeed, the most common connection between the listed, so-called extremist right wingers was that they were crazy.
Others made the list mainly because their victims were black or Muslim, as if there is no racism or anti-Muslim feelings on the left or among the apolitical. The list also includes two people who shot up churches (one to kill an abortionist), not an activity usually associated with the Republicans.
Does anyone want to bet me I cannot find 190 violent criminals in any 2 and 1/2 year period in the last 50 years who spouted lefty talking points before or after committing their crime? Here's a partial list of actual lefty political violence in America from 1963 to 2008 and here is the very disturbing partial list of world political murder by leftists during the 20th Century.
Beam, mote, etc.
UPDATE: Here is a good take on the article from Red State.
UPDATE 2: James Taranto also has a lot to say worth listening to on the subject.
UPDATE 3: Roger Kimball has an admirable analysis of the Sirota article and the situation generally. Money quote:
If Timmy McVeigh blows up a government building, says Mr. Sirota, only he is blamed. If Mohammed does it, Muslims are likely to be “collectively slandered and/or targeted with surveillance or profiling (or worse).”
What do you think of that argument? I think it’s hooey. For one thing, categories like “white male privilege” are a sort of Leftist version of phlogiston: hypothetical explanatory devices that have the unfortunate attribute of not actually existing. For another, there’s plenty of “collective slander” of Christian fundamentalists (you know, those “bitter” small-towners who “cling to guns or religion”) going around.