For years now I have been telling friends that one of my life goals is to become famous and get featured on TMZ.com. After coming home last week one afternoon from work and seeing my Twitter exchange with MSNBC’s Toure go somewhat viral– hitting Twitchy, the Daily Caller, the blogs of multiple progressive low-life lacktivists (word I just made up…just think about it for a second), and even The Blaze– I can safely say that fame is something I no longer wish to have.
Screw that. It’s not fun, it’s not enjoyable, and even though I barely even experienced 1/100th of 1% of what your average celebrity must experience every day when they leave their house or apartment, I can confirm that it is not that awesome. I write on this website anonymously– not to “hide”, but because I do not believe that the concept of liberty needs to have a face or a figurehead. I do not claim to speak for the whole, but rather I write as a voice offering a different perspective on some of the topics we often hear about daily in newspapers or on television. My goal is to examine issues from a new angle– an angle often dismissed, or shunned by people of prestige, power, and influence. People exactly like Toure– and they have been doing it for a long, long time. I get brash, and I make some very real statements which I deem to be true. I do not exist in a position of power like Toure does, and he should have known better than to get so careless about how he tried to inject race into something that he had to know was going to segue into an all-out rage from the Twitterverse. He brought that on himself. I on the other hand do not have anyone to answer to, and do not owe anyone a toned-down, or more “sensitive” approach to the topic of race in America. Plenty of brave souls have tried that, and every single one of them has been summarily ignored and labeled a racist by the militant left.
If I’m going to be labeled ‘racist’ for what are arguments against racism, and accusations that the nation’s progressive contingent is perhaps the most relentless band of racists this nation has ever known, I sure as hell won’t be the “nice” guy while doing so.
I addressed this via Twitter, but I most definitely understood what Toure meant when he initially replied to me with “The power of whiteness”, after I mentioned the story of my grandfather and his surviving imprisonment in Dachau. Had I expected the fire to ignite like it did (I only found out about it via a Facebook message from a friend, hours after its beginning), I might have stuck around and made note of a few facts for people: that I was not Jewish, as many outlets claimed, that I understood Toure was talking about my family’s “white power” and how that helped us after coming to the States, and so on. But you know what? In hindsight, this worked out just fine. Toure has been making brash statements about race for years now, and if he were a white guy pulling such nonsense, he would be fired or asked to resign. He would be the Donald Sterling of MSNBC, except he wouldn’t get a $2 billion severance check.
But I am not writing this post to simply recall the events of last week in detail– a week in which for the first time ever, Toure just stopped using Twitter for days on end, which I can only assume was evidence of his bosses figuring out the best way to approach the fallout from his irresponsible tweeting. The truth is, I didn’t even expect an apology (and didn’t get one, though he did make one to the general public a few days ago), nor did I want one. I believe in the concept of free speech, for everyone, and in every medium in which that speech exists. What I find a ridiculous amount of irony in, however, is how people like Toure will praise the firing of television personalities, or support forcing people to sell their basketball teams, yet they will talk themselves out of problems (or just tweet their way out of them) as if there is no measure of equivalence between these differing brands of supposed “hate”. I will continue to call people out who persist in abusing their power and privilege in the media, just as Toure does, while doing so much to trample on the freedoms of others– and typically in the name of “freedom”, or “equality” at that, which is laughable.
But moving on–
I wanted to address my position from my tweet to Toure first, and discuss the motivation behind it. I read a lot of criticism about it, and a lot of ridiculous conjecture as to what I “meant”, for example, when I capitalized the word “LEGALLY”, and make things more clear. Here’s the tweet for reference:
— Dat’s Racis’ (.com) (@hope_and_chains) May 23, 2014
Toure, as usual, was pushing some bullshit idea– this time by promoting an article about the concept of white privilege, reparations, and its applicability in today’s America. The truth is I didn’t even read the article he posted. Why? Because Toure has a long and well-documented history of bashing white people and drumming up race wars via Twitter, or during his time on television, and I didn’t need to reference some random article he skimmed to understand the motivation behind his support of something like reparations. The justifications for any kind of reparation-based system, regardless of what they were, did not matter to me– I cannot even tell you who wrote the article, and I won’t be able to tell you anytime soon. I just don’t care. This was about Toure and his incessant race-baiting- and that’s it. Also, and just to fit the explanation in here, I only referenced my family’s “LEGAL” immigration to the States so as to bolster the legitimacy of it, and not to claim that people fleeing to the States for other reasons have done so illegally…though millions obviously have, and still do.
My statement to him was about responsibility. In other words, I was asking what hand my family played in the many atrocities committed against people of color from our nation’s past– how in the run up to some of our most trying times post-slavery, my family wasn’t involved in the rape, murder, house burning, and segregation of black people (that was all done by Democrats), rather, they were either imprisoned in Dachau (which was where my grandfather found himself during the war as a prisoner), or running from Nazis, and even the Soviets. My issue with not just Toure’s promotion of reparations, but of the “race card” in general, comes down to how such tactics are entirely abstract, passively blameless, and entirely responsible for the “blame everyone but yourself” mindset that progressive culture creates.
The crazy thing here is this: if people made an argument about “white privilege” in a way that did not a.) blame people with absolutely zero connection to our country’s dark past for it, b.) belittle those who accepted no help from the government and still made things work, or c.) entirely excuse people who just might not be that good at something, skilled enough at something, or determined enough to pave their own way, we might actually have a conversation where we look at the problem as one we would love to lend a hand towards solving together. As it stands, the idea of “liberty” is a no go in bridging that divide, and even people like Toure have claimed that “jobs aren’t the answer for unemployment” (I’m paraphrasing because the position is too stupid to devote time towards Googling for the actual quote, but yes, that’s what the man said). None of the liberty movement’s (or as Toure would claim, none of the “extremist right-wing”) positions are good enough to help create equality, so what we are left with is an onslaught of government-heavy legislation which, intentionally, breeds dependence. You know, I had to laugh when Toure tweeted a picture of him reading Rules for Radicals in first class during one of his recent trips– Toure isn’t man enough to be a radical, and he isn’t autonomous enough, or “colorblind” enough to imagine a world without the government holding the hands of the citizenry through every step down the path of life. I called Toure out because he is ignorant, hypocritical, and gets a pass for just about everything he says– including what he said to me about the “power of whiteness”. But more so, I monitor what he says and criticize him often due to his constant support of government-enabled dependence and despair. Toure is the antithesis of radicalism.
I did not start this conversation with him expecting it to stretch into days of banter, inquiries from news media about my grandfather’s story, or to become a Twitter and blogosphere sensation. I did not particularly love coming home to 700-1000 Twitter notifications, even though it was interesting to check out what people were saying about the incident, and it became tedious though the vast majority of it revolved around Toure’s condemnation from the public– something long overdue. I write as a means of voicing an opinion that is too often dismissed, for all of the wrong reasons, by the country’s political and media elite. One such “reason”, and often from the folks at MSNBC, is for the liberty movement’s “obvious racism”, which oddly enough goes without evidence just about every single time it is proclaimed. I write to act as a vector from the sidelines, for other “little people”– those of us who might remain silent in the face of Facebook friends, coworkers, and relatives who speak with complete freedom because progressivism is “like sooo coool mannnnn“, and because they’re so into “like progress and not hate, maannnnnn“.
Progressivism is nothing more than a more academic term for “poser”.
Earlier I made reference to the term “lacktivist”. In other words, an activist that lacks the substance necessary to make their end goals come to fruition. This is the very definition of the American progressive. Toure, Maddow, Harris-Perry, Matthews, Gore, Moore, deBlasio, Bloomberg (yes, Bloomberg), Matt Yglesias, Joan Walsh from Salon.com, every single contributor to Think Progress, etc. These are lacktivists. They are individuals, often ridiculously privileged in their own right, with minds obviously intelligent enough and coordinated enough to find success and generate ideas, but their emotions enable them to do nothing more than consider their good intentions and “caring” to be all that is necessary for the eradication of the societal ills they simply cannot shut up about. It is all talk, and no substance– and in five or ten years when the newest, progressive “caring” initiative fails, they figure out a way to convince the poor souls they are ritualistically screwing over that it’s the Republicans’ fault for not giving enough money to the cause. For as much as progressives love to wail about the billionaire Koch Brothers (looking at you, Harry Reid), they sure do settle on “money” a lot as to the reason why their utopian, castle-in-the-sky fantasies never seem to pan out.
I did not create this discussion with Toure to minimize the severity of what slavery was, or to detract from the gaps in society something more recent like segregation has caused. No shit there have been negative effects in the aftermath of those horrendous events– even effects which have spilled into, and influence the way we live our lives today. But get this– they were all Democrat-created things. Every single one of them. And today, in my blog, I often discuss how the same “ownership”, dehumanization, and liberty-suffocating principles (which was in essence what slavery was) of the “old” DNC are very much alive and well in today’s DNC and its progressive, demagogue pulse. I will continue to point this out, regardless of who I piss off and who it “insults”. If this correlation startles you, then please consider how Democrats, in the decades since the New Deal, have run urban populations into the ground, into poverty, and continue to do so through today. Please explain how our first black President, a man that was anointed as a political messiah as the savior of America’s downtrodden, and given Nobel Peace Prizes before even so much as lifting a finger, has managed to ensure those in the lower classes are only slipping deeper into the holes that either they, or society has dug for them– worse off than ever before.
But no– keep blaming the Koch brothers and “corporations”. That’s the spirit.
Perhaps if I write enough of these blog posts, it will finally click in the minds of a few people that making the poor poorer is the intent and not the problem progressives are trying to solve. Toure, or any of the other folks I have mentioned, might not see things this way anytime soon, but if by chance I influence just one person in a way that enables them to see things in a scope wider than the foolishly simplistic and infantile way they see things now, this entire hobby of mine can be considered a success. At least by my own standards, anyway.
Until then, liberty needs to be promoted, every day and always. Adherence to our founding traditions of republicanism, as a nation which allowed democracy to happen, needs to be exercised. And when people of power seek to use their atrociously biased influence to ensure we continue to set our nation “back”, which is often what they claim to be fighting so vehemently against, they need to be called out. It just so happens I have gotten tired of being labeled as ignorant or racist because I happened to be born a white male, into a family that has been successful– this is how I started to create public discussions about race. And it is quite alarming just how often we allow people like Toure to slip race into the equation when there are so many good people in this world who go about their days not giving a shit about what color someone’s skin is.
Until next time, with liberty, and justice for all.