Hannah and Papa J

Hannah and Papa J

Monday, August 17, 2015

"Black lives matter" and other horrible slogans

Dear Hannah,

A short while ago President Obama made a deal with Iran -- a deal in which they got nearly everything they ever wanted out of us, and we got almost nothing we wanted out of them.  But what was most interesting about the agreement was that after we'd capitulated and relations should have been smoothed (at least, that's what you expect when you make a generous deal with a respectable person), the supreme leader of the Iranian people was caught shouting "death to America" with a substantial portion of his political allies.

Now, this is discomforting for several reasons; the first of them being that we just gave them the green light to work with nuclear materials, and above all they seem to want us dead.  Some well-intentioned people think they don't want us dead, because that is what generous people think when they want to give someone the benefit of the doubt.  These people are idiots.  You always take someone seriously when you catch them openly wishing for your death.  Of course, you're always welcome to take them poetically, too, which may mean they really only want us to suffer horribly.  In which case you may suppose everything is going to be fine.

If the phrase death to America seems a little backward, it's only because nobody in our national government has been (recently) caught wishing any particular nation a national death (unless we're counting Obama's pastor).  And also because it's about the most obvious and most ridiculously unchivalrous thing anyone could possibly yell about an enemy.  In Iran's defense it may also be the most honest.  I also imagine (and I stress imagine, because death to America isn't something you want on your search engine history) that it sounds much better in the Middle East.  I imagine that before it's translated into English, it sounds something like eff America.  And I imagine going beyond this that if anyone told the Iranians that we were shouting that we wanted to screw them, that perhaps they might think we were a little worse than they already think us now.  Perhaps literal translations are why they call us the Great Satan.

But going beyond the Iranian slogan we find the more domestically obnoxious black lives matter, which can be translated from blackanese to only terrible people matter (which may also be translated death to America)If this translation seems a little unconvincing, a quick look at their own manifesto shows that they are against the improvement of terrible neighborhoods (which they call gentrification), against the success of any white businesses (which they decry as profit-making), against the right of policemen to use necessary force (which they call brutality); and as Bernie Sanders so recently stated in his civil rights agenda, against the avoidance of any convicted criminals (which they call discrimination).  In short, they've even given up pretending that black "victims" are hard-working and law-abiding, good for neighborhoods and and children and businesses, and have decided to openly persecute every American who actually is.  If they were interested in defending good black people, they might have been shouting good lives matter (which I think is more to the point than the excessively generous all lives matter).  But good martyrs weren't available, so they went for color instead of character.

Nobody has proved this translation any better than Black Lives Matter activists themselves, who listed what we can only suppose to be the best cases of racially-hateful homicides in the entirity of the American continent.  One man they listed, Mike Brown, was proved by two independent investigations to have attacked the police officer who killed him.  Gabriella Naverez was killed after ramming a police officer's car in an attempt to escape arrest -- after a high-speed chase which could easily have killed innocents.  Tanisha Anderson was clinically insane and arrested for disturbing the peace, and died after she attempted resisting arrest.  Tarika Wilson (whose own mother testifies she had six children by five different drug dealers) was probably the most innocent of the lot, being shot in the middle of a dangerous drug raid -- of someone who was dealing drugs to the neighborhood.  The central theme of the Black Lives Matter movement is that there are innocent blacks being murdered by racist policemen all over the country.  Black Lives Matter has produced none of them, which leads anyone of any intelligence to believe that black people are safe -- if they are not being stupid or breaking the law.  It is the criminals who are in danger.  The innocents they brutalize and the neighborhoods they destroy are apparently irrelevant (which is where I get death to America).

In a further twist of irony, a recent speech by two Black Lives Matter activists asked a crowd of Bernie Sanders supporters to check their privilege, which can be safely translated as maintain and establish privilege.  And the reason why should be obvious.  Nobody white has ever stormed a stage of a presidential candidate, and been given enough time not only to ramble out a ridiculous and irrelevant message, but four additional minutes for the purpose of silence.  And it ought to seem strange that the people asking whites to check their privilege aren't only doing something nobody white could ever do, but asking for advancement only for the color of their skin.

Whites (and perhaps other people who read books and use dictionaries) have historically only recognized privileges as the things you get without deserving them.  They have also recognized privileges as things enjoyed by a minority at the expense of the majority.  But Black Lives Matter activists view their advancement as something completely independent of merit -- as something that ought to be forced for a statistic, rather than something that ought to be won by good conduct.  In other words, if white people used to have privileges before we outlawed titles of nobility and made people work for everything they want (at least until the reintroduction of statism), Black Lives Matter activists want a color of nobility, which is a guaranteed hereditary advancement for a privileged minority.  They want what white people have at white people's expense without doing anything to deserve it; they want it in spite of the fact that many of their martyrs deserve the opposite (which is what many of their "martyrs" got).  And they get it by claiming that privileges are evil, right before suing the pants off of the only race in America that doesn't have any actual privileges.

And so we find that if anything is wrong with the world, it is that only the Iranians (who are the bad guys) are saying what they actually mean, while Americans (who are the supposed to be the good guys) are saying what they don't.  Perhaps we ought to take a lesson from our national enemies and mean death when we mean it -- as we ought to mean things like privilege.  But I suppose this kind of honesty is only for the Muslims.  At least, it is until we decide to actually be more like the Man we claim to be our country's Lord and Savior, and ruin some dinner parties by outing our hypocrites.

Your father,

1 comment:

  1. Adam Smith defines capital as "That part of a man's stock which he expects to afford him revenue is called his capital." (Wikipedia)
    skin color is the capital of black lives

    skin color is capital