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The inevitable consequence of the Ivy Leagues’ racist admission standards

You can’t interfere with a meritocracy and expect the results still to have merit — but that’s what the stupidly woke Ivy Leagues are doing.

This is a slightly older story that I’ve been meaning to write about for a long time; namely, the Ivy League’s attempt to deny admission to any straight white male students if at all possible, with a good sideswipe at straight white female students too. Paul Mirengoff sums up the latest information about the incoming class of 2025:

Princeton has offered admission to its class of 2025 to 1,498 applicants. According to numbers provided by the University, around fourteen percent of them are white American males.

14 percent of the admitted applicants identify as international students. 68 percent of the admitted applicants from the U.S. identify as “persons of color.” 52 percent are female. 48 percent are male.

Putting these numbers together, we see that only around 28 percent of admittees are white Americans. Less than half of that relatively small group are male.

Whites make up much more than one-third of American students. Thus, whites are severely underrepresented in the group of American students Princeton has admitted to the class of 2025. Princeton’s class of domestic students won’t “look like America,” as the saying goes.

In its announcement, Princeton lumps Asian-American together with Blacks and other minority group members as “persons of color.” Thus, we don’t yet know what percentage of those offered admission belong to which minority group.

Based on what I’ve seen at my children’s colleges, I think we can also assume that, of the men admitted, at least half of them will be gay or “trans” (i.e., women who claim to be men or men who claim to be women).

What Princeton just did is to begin the rapid devaluation of its product. Currently, whites, Far East Asians, subcontinent Indians are probably miffed that they’re being denied access to Princeton despite the fact that, statistically, they’re more likely to meet objective, merit-based metrics. However, within ten years (maybe a little more), a Princeton degree will be worth about as much as your local community college degree.

Why do I say that?

Because we know that affirmative action is at work. Leftists constantly tell us that, without affirmative action and generally lowered standards, minorities don’t stand a chance against all those “privileged” white people, especially all those “toxic” white males.

That’s why we know that the people entering Princeton in the Fall will, on average, be less prepared for college. It doesn’t matter whether this is because they’re just less cognitively gifted or because their grades were lower. Whatever the cause, they won’t be able to keep up the intellectual pace. What we’ll see is “academic mismatch” on a university-wide scale.

Pretty soon, the Ivies will get the reputation as a diploma mill. They will churn out marginally educated, incompetent people — more so even than they do now when they take bright students and dis-, mis-, and de-educates them.

Of course, that’s assuming that there is a “ten years from now.” I’ve been reading a lot of material that makes an excellent point: Biden, in three months, has put us on a straight path to being Venezuela. No borders, massive government-created inflation, race-hatred, fights over political spoils, cities turned into Mad Max arenas, the end of the rule of law, different legal standards for favored and disfavored people in society, a military incapable of fighting a war, a climate change policy that is blind to the fact that a Grand Solar Minimum is on the way that will decrease our food supplies, and more.

If this were a novel, this would be the point where the prophetic person says, “Be afraid. Be very afraid.” I know that I am. My response is that I buy canned soup rather compulsively. Whenever it’s on sale, I snatch up more cans. In my mind, they combine protein, liquids, carbohydrates, and mental comfort all in one little can. When the zombies come, I’ll eat the final can of my soup and then go out and make a last stand (presumably armed with my soup ladle).

But back to Princeton. The only thing that differentiates any Ivy League school from a decent second-tier private college or a state school is the school’s cachet. By rejecting a meritocratic admission policy and opting for a racial and otherwise “intersectional” one (gender, race, sexuality, orientation, etc.), Princeton and the other Ivies are closing the door on the students who make that cachet possible. Eventually, these schools will be filled with a bunch of average people in some old buildings. Imagine a school made up entirely of Michelle Obamas (a Princeton alum and, by virtue of her age, probably better educated than the upcoming classes) and you’ll know what I mean.

IMAGE: A Birds-eye view of campus in 1906 by Richard Rummell – Princeton University. Public Domain. 

Blacks and Asians

Here’s the reality behind the Democrat lie that Trump has caused black-on-Asian violence.

You probably know that there’s been an uptick in random, clearly race-related attacks against Asians. I’m under the impression that all, or most, of the attackers are black. Here’s a representative story:

The claim is that this is all Trump’s fault because he insisted on saying that the Wuhan flu originated in Wuhan, China. He also made it clear that he thought that the Chinese government, even if it didn’t create the virus in a lab or lose control of it, nevertheless deliberately lied about it and sent its citizens abroad to spread COVID. By saying such things, assert leftists, Trump turned Asian people into targets.

Let me restate that fine argument: The black people who presumably hate Trump (because of the media’s and Biden’s Fine People Hoax), nevertheless believed Trump implicitly about China’s responsibility for the virus. Then, despite Trump never having said a word about Asian people in America or in any way encouraging violence against them, these Trump-hating blacks took it upon themselves to get revenge against China by pushing over elderly Chinese people.

The media clearly think black people are idiots. Or they think Americans generally are idiots to believe that story. The fact is that it’s the leftist Americans (Democrats, progressives, socialists, etc.) who are that stupid if they believe this kind of media crap.

Allow me to tell you what’s really going on here: Blacks dislike Asians because they resent them. Incidentally, Asian immigrants, being incredibly racist in their home countries, despise blacks, whom they view as an inferior race. This Chinese commercial is Exhibit 1:

You can find Exhibits 2 through infinity across all of Asia if you spend just a few minutes looking. When I was growing up, the Chinese-born parents of my friends, all of whom liked me, nevertheless made it clear that their child’s friendship with a white kid was permissible only because, with the girls, these were obviously mere friendships while, with the boys, they were obviously nothing more than friendships. Nothing would have enraged them more than if I’d been dating one of their sons.

But this post isn’t about Asian immigrants looking down on blacks or whites. It’s about why blacks dislike Asians: It’s because Asians show that the black problem isn’t slavery; it’s culture.

Starting in the 1970s, Chinese immigrants began to pour into America. Coming from a communist country they had nothing. They didn’t speak the language (or anything related to the language) and they had no real marketable Western skills. They squeezed multiple families into cramped slum apartments and took whatever hard, dirty work came their way.

Oh, and they demanded that their children do well in school. That was the Number 1 thing: Do well in school. And the Chinese kids did exactly that.

After doing well in K-12, they went to state colleges and universities or, if they were super smart and very lucky, got scholarships to prestigious colleges and universities. They worked hard in higher education, aced their classes, got great jobs, and bought houses in the suburbs where they moved their hardworking parents and grandparents. They were model minorities: Minimal crime, incredible academic performances, good jobs, increased affluence.

Things are different among blacks. Ever since the Civil Rights Movement, blacks have sneered at academia. If you want the details, read John McWhorter’s Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America. In it, he details a culture in which doing well in school and staying out of trouble is “acting white” and a bad thing.

This is the mindset BLM advances: doing math, being ambitious and punctual, working hard, being respectful — those are all signs of white, cultural imperialism being used against blacks. The fact that blacks could do those very things themselves and succeed is irrelevant. What matters is that across the activist black world, in the schools among the kids, and in the streets among the gangs, the message is relentless: Hard work and other behaviors that lead to academic and professional success are the internalized self-loathing that comes from systemic white racism.

Put another way, the message that is now writ large across America thanks to BLM is that black failure is white people’s fault because white people put unreasonable demands on blacks. We’re told that, because of the dislocation of the slavery that ended 160 years ago, and because of the genuinely systemic racism of the Jim Crow era (which only a small proportion of people still experienced) , blacks can’t be expected to perform up to white standards. Only a racist would expect that.

But then you have these Asian people, tiny, speaking a foreign language, navigating a completely alien culture, often living in the same slums as the black people — and damn their hides, they’re mastering the system. Their kids do great in school and the families amass wealth. It proves that, no matter the grim circumstances in people’s backgrounds, through those despicable “white” attributes (hard work in school and out), they can succeed.

In the last 30 years or so, the successful Far Eastern Asians (mostly Chinese and Korean) have been joined by the South Eastern Asians from the Indian subcontinent, who are, on average, the highest-earning people in America. Their culture also puts enormous stress on academic achievement and it pays off.

I’ll share a little racist secret with you: I think blacks are every bit as capable as whites or Asians, or pinks or greens, for that matter. There is nothing inherently wrong with blacks. Genetically, they’re people who live on a bell curve like everyone else, with a broad spread of physical and mental talents.

What’s wrong with blacks is that, since the 1960s, they’ve allowed white Democrats to impose upon them a culture of failure and to convince them that this is their natural, inherent black culture. When they see Asians arrive without even the advantage of speaking English and then do well, it infuriates them. Rather than confronting their Democrat puppet masters about the racist lie being used against them, they take out their rage on the nearest convenient objects. These “objects” happen to be fragile, elderly Asian people, whom they smash to the curb as the only way they can think of to lash out at an unjust system.

These frustrated blacks, trapped in a cycle of poverty and crime, are right that the system is unjust but that injustice isn’t because of those innocent Asian victims. It’s unjust because white elites in the Democrat party and their black kapo enforcers in BLM and the race hustlers in the media are running an ugly, obscene con job on blacks to keep them in a perpetual state of servitude. The goal is to ensure that Democrats can rely on black’s loyal votes in perpetuity.

And the really big Democrat joke on the blacks is that, having attained total federal power, the first thing the Dems are doing is opening the border and giving citizenship to 30 million illegal Latin Americans. These are the people who compete with poor blacks for jobs and housing, and who will make black votes irrelevant. The Democrats will have all the votes they need from the new Hispanic population.

Democrat efforts to use and abuse blacks ended with slavery and Jim Crow. However, they eventually figured out that they could control blacks completely with a vicious, destructive simulacrum of kindness that would destroy them, turning generations of young blacks into mindless people committed to violence and dependent on the government. And once these grievously manipulated people had fulfilled their Helter Skelter purpose of destroying America’s successful economic, social, and political culture, the ruling class could abandon them in favor of the easier-to-manage Latin Americans, who haven’t yet learned to bridle at doing menial labor for the Nancy Pelosis and Joe Bidens of this world.

But back to the Asians, there is something that might console these blacks who are brainwashed enough to think that it’s the Asians, not the Democrats, who are their enemies. Asians invariably send their kids to college. In the last 20 years, colleges have become so wacked-out with Wokeness and identity-politics, that their children are getting deeply propagandized, just as surely as blacks have been.

Asian children, instead of feeling superior and accomplished, are being taught that they’re victims. And once they learn that, they’ll fail too, just like all the other identity groups the Democrats demean and exploit.

And that’s why there’s an uptick in black violence against elderly Asian people.

A few highlights from the draft 2020 Democrat Party Platform

The Democrats released a draft version of their 2020 platform. These are just a few highlights (or lowlights) from this 80-page racist, Marxist disaster.

The draft platform is an 80-page-long, singe-spaced document. It’s very repetitive, repeating the same facts to make different points. It is as hard left as a document can be. It is communism without the bother of a full-scale revolution first. Democrats clearly hope that a few revolutionary battles in a few city streets will be sufficient to scare Americans into voting for them without bringing out the guillotine first.

I don’t have time for a deep dive. This is a shallow dive.

Whose recession? As a general irritant, the document refers to “Trump’s recession.” The reality is that Trump gave us one of the strongest economies ever in American history. It was the Democrats’ lockdowns, followed by the Democrats’ riots, followed by more Democrat lockdowns, that damaged the economy. The only reason people aren’t in worse shape is because of the strong Trump economy, which gave us some resiliency.

Hypocrisy about reparations. On its first page, the document has an acknowledgment that America is built on land once held by Native Americans:

The Democratic National Committee wishes to acknowledge that we gather together to state our values on lands that have been stewarded through many centuries by the ancestors and descendants of Tribal Nations who have been here since time immemorial. We honor the communities native to this continent, and recognize that our country was built on Indigenous homelands. We pay our respects to the millions of Indigenous people throughout history who have protected our lands, waters, and animals.

Under the rules of reparations as set out by the Democrat party, every Democrat in America has a moral obligation, if he or she owns land, to donate it the descendants of the Native Americans from whom it was taken. Those Democrats who do not do so are low-down, dirty, lying hypocrites.

Despite lip service to Israel, this is not a pro-Israel document. The Democrats say that they want a strong Israel that has the right to defend itself. They promise to abide by the 2016 Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”), which sounds very Israel friendly. It’s not.

First, the MOU was something America forced on Israel so that Israel could continue to buy the weapons it needs against the genocidal nations surrounding it. The agreement makes it impossible for Israel to buy weapons from places other than America, including buying weapons from itself.

The foreign aid dollar amount in the agreement includes the cost of missile defense — but the missile defense amount is dependent on Congress. A hostile Congress will leave Israel without a defense against Iran, Hamas, and Hezbollah. The flip side of that is that the MOU bans Israel from asking Congress for extra money, which means it has no flexibility.

Thankfully, Israel has turned herself into an extremely well-trained porcupine, bristling with weapons. However, the agreement places shackles around her that make it very difficult for her to augment her defenses in times of need.

In addition, while professing its love for Israel and (to its credit) saying it will not countenance either the Boycott, Divest, & Sanction movement or the UN’s incessant Israel-targeting, the Democrat party has a few other tricks up its sleeve. It continues to be invested in the two-state solution, which is a meaningless dead end. Israel pulled out of Gaza and all she ended up with was a terrorist state on her border.

And then there’s this a sneaky clause, right in front of saying that Jerusalem should remain Israel’s capital. That clause reads, “We believe that while Jerusalem is a matter for final status negotiations….” No, it’s not. Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. “Final status negotiations” only means that the Democrats will push to divide the City. We know what happens if any part of the city goes to the Palestinians: They will make it Judenrein and will destroy all signs of Jewish presence, historic or current.

Finally, Trump stopped sending “pay-to-slay” money to the Palestinians. Democrats intend to reinstate it.

The Mideast policy isn’t any better. As a general matter, the Democrats’ Middle East plan attempts to turn the clock back to the Obama era. They plan to reinstate the Iran Agreement. This would be terrible, especially considering that Trump has seriously weakened the mullahs who terrorize their own people. It also puts Israel right back in the nuclear crosshairs. Israel has bought itself time with the sabotage all over Iran, but that’s just a year of breathing space.

Shorn of anti-Trump rhetoric, the policy regarding ISIS is Trump’s policy: a small, agile force that can police those sadists as necessary.

The Democrats are obsessed with race and sexual habits. I view Americans as a single people. Ideally, we all want safety, prosperity, and liberty. Democrats, however, see Americans as little nodules of interest. Here’s just a sampling of the pandering to all sorts of different interest groups (a lot of which involves marginalizing less melanized people):

America bills itself as the land of opportunity, but intergenerational mobility has plummeted; children born in the United States are less likely to move up the income ladder than those in Canada, Denmark, or the United Kingdom. Women still earn just 82 cents to every dollar men earn, with even greater disparities for women of color. Median incomes are lower and poverty rates are higher for Black Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and some Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, compared to median white households. And there is a persistent, pernicious racial wealth gap that holds millions of Americans back, with the typical white household holding six times more wealth than the typical Latino family and 10 times more wealth than the typical Black family.

Democrats aren’t going to help wealth creation in America. They’re going to have spreadsheets and make sure that only the right people (i.e., non-whites) benefit from a Democrat-run administration. And note the reliance on the canard that women earn less than men because of discrimination. It’s illegal to pay women less for the same work. Women learn less because they gravitate to lower-paying jobs, something that’s often connected with children. They want flex time or, in many cases, they take years or decades off from the job market to raise their children.

Democrats know, though, that it’s all about the racism — which can only be fixed with more racism:

We cannot hope to raise wages without taking on the profound racial biases at work in our employment system. The wage gap between Black workers and white workers is higher today than it was 20 years ago. It takes a typical Black woman 19 months to earn what a typical white man earns in 12 months—and for typical Latinas and Native American women, it takes almost two years. Democrats believe we need to be much more proactive and aggressive in rooting out discrimination in our employment system. We will increase funding to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and increase its authority to initiate directed investigations into civil rights violations and violations of the rights of people with disabilities. Federal contractors should be required to develop and disclose plans to recruit and promote people of color, women, people with disabilities, and veterans—and be held accountable for delivering.

Democrats also demand equality by refusing to recognize that we’re all humans. If you’re really all about equality, all you have to say is that every American deserves and will get equal justice under the law and equal opportunities. End of story. Instead, the Democrats insist on dividing us into useful political victim groups.

Democrats will protect and promote the equal rights of all our citizens—women, LGBTQ+ people, religious minorities, people with disabilities, Native Americans, and all who have been discriminated against in too many ways and for too many generations. We commit ourselves to the vision articulated by Frederick Douglass of “a Government founded upon justice, and recognizing the equal rights of all.”

The same dividing people by race stuff shows up over and over, regarding health care policies, “racial justice and equity,” education, the military, terrorism, and pandemics. And always — ALWAYS — the narrative is that whites are getting more than their fair share and that only government action can create (i.e., force) equality.

It’s a frightening document that blames one race for another’s suffering. Other governments have used the same tactic and it never ends well.

Climate change. Democrats continue to use climate change as a reason to redistribute wealth within America and then to redistribute America’s wealth around the world. The first thing they plan to do is rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement, which shackled America while giving China unfettered pollution rights.

Considering that China is responsible for the biggest amount of plastics in the oceans and is responsible for a significant part of pollution in the air, rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement is a huge gift to a government that terrorizes its people, enslaves its people, commits genocide against its people, is attempting to colonize all of Asia, commits massive financial and industrial espionage around the world, and gave us the gift of the Wuhan virus. China certainly got what it paid for when it bought the Democrats, from Biden on down.

Speaking of China. The Democrats want a reset, bringing our relationship with China back to the way it was during the Biden years: China undercuts us in trade through unfair means, pollutes the air, and steals our intellectual property.

Unions. Let’s just say that the Democrats have lots of goodies for unions. Lots and lots of goodies. Incredible amounts of goodies. Of course, the unions might want to think about the fact that the treats of China will do away with union jobs. In addition, if the Democrats continue to keep schools closed, that will end the teacher’s unions. Police officers’ unions are already figuring out that they’re safer with Trump than they are with the Democrats.

I’ve got to work now so I’ll stop. Overall, the document is 80 pages of racial division, economic destruction, increased worldwide air pollution, brown-nosing China, and helping to nuclearize Iran. If Americans vote for this, the America we know now is gone forever. It remains to be seen whether Americans will like the ZimbabVenezCuba that raises in its place.

A few highlights from the draft 2020 Democrat Party Platform

The Democrats released a draft version of their 2020 platform. These are just a few highlights (or lowlights) from this 80-page racist, Marxist disaster.

The draft platform is an 80-page-long, singe-spaced document. It’s very repetitive, repeating the same facts to make different points. It is as hard left as a document can be. It is communism without the bother of a full-scale revolution first. Democrats clearly hope that a few revolutionary battles in a few city streets will be sufficient to scare Americans into voting for them without bringing out the guillotine first.

I don’t have time for a deep dive. This is a shallow dive.

Whose recession? As a general irritant, the document refers to “Trump’s recession.” The reality is that Trump gave us one of the strongest economies ever in American history. It was the Democrats’ lockdowns, followed by the Democrats’ riots, followed by more Democrat lockdowns, that damaged the economy. The only reason people aren’t in worse shape is because of the strong Trump economy, which gave us some resiliency.

Hypocrisy about reparations. On its first page, the document has an acknowledgment that America is built on land once held by Native Americans:

The Democratic National Committee wishes to acknowledge that we gather together to state our values on lands that have been stewarded through many centuries by the ancestors and descendants of Tribal Nations who have been here since time immemorial. We honor the communities native to this continent, and recognize that our country was built on Indigenous homelands. We pay our respects to the millions of Indigenous people throughout history who have protected our lands, waters, and animals.

Under the rules of reparations as set out by the Democrat party, every Democrat in America has a moral obligation, if he or she owns land, to donate it the descendants of the Native Americans from whom it was taken. Those Democrats who do not do so are low-down, dirty, lying hypocrites.

Despite lip service to Israel, this is not a pro-Israel document. The Democrats say that they want a strong Israel that has the right to defend itself. They promise to abide by the 2016 Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”), which sounds very Israel friendly. It’s not.

First, the MOU was something America forced on Israel so that Israel could continue to buy the weapons it needs against the genocidal nations surrounding it. The agreement makes it impossible for Israel to buy weapons from places other than America, including buying weapons from itself.

The foreign aid dollar amount in the agreement includes the cost of missile defense — but the missile defense amount is dependent on Congress. A hostile Congress will leave Israel without a defense against Iran, Hamas, and Hezbollah. The flip side of that is that the MOU bans Israel from asking Congress for extra money, which means it has no flexibility.

Thankfully, Israel has turned herself into an extremely well-trained porcupine, bristling with weapons. However, the agreement places shackles around her that make it very difficult for her to augment her defenses in times of need.

In addition, while professing its love for Israel and (to its credit) saying it will not countenance either the Boycott, Divest, & Sanction movement or the UN’s incessant Israel-targeting, the Democrat party has a few other tricks up its sleeve. It continues to be invested in the two-state solution, which is a meaningless dead end. Israel pulled out of Gaza and all she ended up with was a terrorist state on her border.

And then there’s this a sneaky clause, right in front of saying that Jerusalem should remain Israel’s capital. That clause reads, “We believe that while Jerusalem is a matter for final status negotiations….” No, it’s not. Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. “Final status negotiations” only means that the Democrats will push to divide the City. We know what happens if any part of the city goes to the Palestinians: They will make it Judenrein and will destroy all signs of Jewish presence, historic or current.

Finally, Trump stopped sending “pay-to-slay” money to the Palestinians. Democrats intend to reinstate it.

The Mideast policy isn’t any better. As a general matter, the Democrats’ Middle East plan attempts to turn the clock back to the Obama era. They plan to reinstate the Iran Agreement. This would be terrible, especially considering that Trump has seriously weakened the mullahs who terrorize their own people. It also puts Israel right back in the nuclear crosshairs. Israel has bought itself time with the sabotage all over Iran, but that’s just a year of breathing space.

Shorn of anti-Trump rhetoric, the policy regarding ISIS is Trump’s policy: a small, agile force that can police those sadists as necessary.

The Democrats are obsessed with race and sexual habits. I view Americans as a single people. Ideally, we all want safety, prosperity, and liberty. Democrats, however, see Americans as little nodules of interest. Here’s just a sampling of the pandering to all sorts of different interest groups (a lot of which involves marginalizing less melanized people):

America bills itself as the land of opportunity, but intergenerational mobility has plummeted; children born in the United States are less likely to move up the income ladder than those in Canada, Denmark, or the United Kingdom. Women still earn just 82 cents to every dollar men earn, with even greater disparities for women of color. Median incomes are lower and poverty rates are higher for Black Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and some Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, compared to median white households. And there is a persistent, pernicious racial wealth gap that holds millions of Americans back, with the typical white household holding six times more wealth than the typical Latino family and 10 times more wealth than the typical Black family.

Democrats aren’t going to help wealth creation in America. They’re going to have spreadsheets and make sure that only the right people (i.e., non-whites) benefit from a Democrat-run administration. And note the reliance on the canard that women earn less than men because of discrimination. It’s illegal to pay women less for the same work. Women learn less because they gravitate to lower-paying jobs, something that’s often connected with children. They want flex time or, in many cases, they take years or decades off from the job market to raise their children.

Democrats know, though, that it’s all about the racism — which can only be fixed with more racism:

We cannot hope to raise wages without taking on the profound racial biases at work in our employment system. The wage gap between Black workers and white workers is higher today than it was 20 years ago. It takes a typical Black woman 19 months to earn what a typical white man earns in 12 months—and for typical Latinas and Native American women, it takes almost two years. Democrats believe we need to be much more proactive and aggressive in rooting out discrimination in our employment system. We will increase funding to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and increase its authority to initiate directed investigations into civil rights violations and violations of the rights of people with disabilities. Federal contractors should be required to develop and disclose plans to recruit and promote people of color, women, people with disabilities, and veterans—and be held accountable for delivering.

Democrats also demand equality by refusing to recognize that we’re all humans. If you’re really all about equality, all you have to say is that every American deserves and will get equal justice under the law and equal opportunities. End of story. Instead, the Democrats insist on dividing us into useful political victim groups.

Democrats will protect and promote the equal rights of all our citizens—women, LGBTQ+ people, religious minorities, people with disabilities, Native Americans, and all who have been discriminated against in too many ways and for too many generations. We commit ourselves to the vision articulated by Frederick Douglass of “a Government founded upon justice, and recognizing the equal rights of all.”

The same dividing people by race stuff shows up over and over, regarding health care policies, “racial justice and equity,” education, the military, terrorism, and pandemics. And always — ALWAYS — the narrative is that whites are getting more than their fair share and that only government action can create (i.e., force) equality.

It’s a frightening document that blames one race for another’s suffering. Other governments have used the same tactic and it never ends well.

Climate change. Democrats continue to use climate change as a reason to redistribute wealth within America and then to redistribute America’s wealth around the world. The first thing they plan to do is rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement, which shackled America while giving China unfettered pollution rights.

Considering that China is responsible for the biggest amount of plastics in the oceans and is responsible for a significant part of pollution in the air, rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement is a huge gift to a government that terrorizes its people, enslaves its people, commits genocide against its people, is attempting to colonize all of Asia, commits massive financial and industrial espionage around the world, and gave us the gift of the Wuhan virus. China certainly got what it paid for when it bought the Democrats, from Biden on down.

Speaking of China. The Democrats want a reset, bringing our relationship with China back to the way it was during the Biden years: China undercuts us in trade through unfair means, pollutes the air, and steals our intellectual property.

Unions. Let’s just say that the Democrats have lots of goodies for unions. Lots and lots of goodies. Incredible amounts of goodies. Of course, the unions might want to think about the fact that the treats of China will do away with union jobs. In addition, if the Democrats continue to keep schools closed, that will end the teacher’s unions. Police officers’ unions are already figuring out that they’re safer with Trump than they are with the Democrats.

I’ve got to work now so I’ll stop. Overall, the document is 80 pages of racial division, economic destruction, increased worldwide air pollution, brown-nosing China, and helping to nuclearize Iran. If Americans vote for this, the America we know now is gone forever. It remains to be seen whether Americans will like the ZimbabVenezCuba that raises in its place.

Guns and police, and still more guns

I spent a large part of the day talking about guns, thinking about police and guns, and handling guns. That’s what this post is about.

Today was a gun day. It began when a friend who strongly supports the Second Amendment nevertheless wondered why police shoot people who end up proving to be unarmed. Why can’t they stop doing that, she asked.

I explained to my friend that police have milliseconds in which to determine whether a person is a threat to them. The fact that the person who was aiming something at them is later shown to have been pointing a pen or cell phone gets discussed a lot in Monday morning quarterbacking. In the real world, though, police can’t stand there debating what the guy (it’s usually a guy) is holding in his hands. All they can do is to act, and act fast. Sometimes they act wrong. Here are a few shoot/don’t shoot videos in practice settings:

When people who wish blacks well tell them to be compliant in the face of police actions, that’s not because they are telling blacks to demean themselves or be slaves to white people’s orders. It’s because the human brain cannot determine in two seconds whether someone is a predator coming at them or just a fool moving around. Lacking that analytical ability, unless a cop is suicidal, his brain is going to say “predator” and he will shoot.

What happened in Atlanta the other day is classic. If you watch the Rayshard Brooks videos, you see that he got into a violent altercation with the police and grabbed for their weapons. He succeeded in grabbing something that later proved to be a taser, then ran away, only to stop and aim the taser at them:

All that the police lizard brains knew, though, was that Brooks was violent, that he had something in his hand (a weapon), and that he was planning on discharging it at them. At that moment, Officer Garrett Rolf’s survival instincts kicked — for him, it was kill or be killed, not black or white. Now, he’s probably going to be charged with murder.

Police all around America are watching this. Each officer knows that s/he may end up in situations with people who are non-compliant or stupid. The officer will then have to make a millisecond judgment call that could save him or her from a killer or see his or her life destroyed in a hostile legal system. If the presumption is always going to be that a black man, if shot, was innocent and the police officer was guilty, police will make two sensible choices: They will quit the department immediately or continue to collect the paycheck while failing to do any meaningful policing. That does not bode well for America. Vigilante justice will step in and vigilantes don’t have police training. They’ll always shoot first.

This does not mean that I am hostile to better police training. First, there’s always room for improvement. Second, training, coupled with making it easier to fire bad policemen, should help weed out people who shouldn’t be on the force. Third, the one thing that the protesters have right is that we need better systems for handling the mentally ill. Police are not, and should not be, mental health therapists.

My friend also asked me why police don’t do what Biden suggested and aim for the legs. That was an easy one. I had a friend in law school who was a former police officer. I asked him the same question (not challenging him but genuinely curious) and he gave me a very simple answer: Police are not sharpshooters and, in moments of stress, it’s almost impossible to aim. For that reason, once you’ve determined that there’s a threat, you must aim for body mass because it’s the only certain way to end the threat.

Moreover, when the threatening people are large, crazy, or hopped up on adrenalin or drugs, there’s a substantial likelihood that they will continue to be a threat even after several shots. Having crossed the Rubicon and fired the first shot, anyone who is facing a threat must keep firing until there’s no doubt that the threat is neutralized.

So, whether you’re black or white, young or old, if police are talking to you, immediately comply with their requests. Keep them informed about what you’re doing. Let them see your hands at all times. And try to be nice. If you do those things, unless it’s a rogue cop in a corrupt police force, there’s a good likelihood you’ll walk away alive no matter what color you are.

The above is the “police and guns” part of this post.

Now for the “more guns” part of this post: I went to a gun store today to look into buying a pistol both for recreational shooting and home security. Once there, I was reminded, as I always home, that gun stores are really nice places. People who work at the stores are happy to help, especially if you’re honest about your ignorance, and the other customers are usually happy people. These stores are the living embodiment of an armed society being a polite society.

The one thing that made me sad was that I may inadvertently have left a black family thinking I’m racist, though, even though what I really am is kind of Aspergery. I was talking with the salesman about the fact that I needed a gun that works for my small hands. With many guns, I find the distance from the grip to the trigger too long for my fingers. That throws off my aim.

One of the men was buying for his wife (who was not with him) and asked if I could handle a gun he was thinking about to see if it would fit my hand. I was happy to help. However, when I turned my back to tell my salesman that I’d be back in a minute, the group shifted and I ended up talking to an entirely different man.

Because the whole group was black, I think that they may have thought to themselves, “Typical white woman. All blacks look the same to her.”

That’s not true.

What’s true is that, until I get to know people, all faces look the same to me. I have a very hard time distinguishing new faces, so I look at externals: Skin color, height, body habitus (skinny, fat, etc.), and hair. All of these guys were black, yes, but what made them indistinguishable to me was that they all had long dreads, they all had burly body types, and they were all tall. The masks didn’t help. I would have done exactly the same thing with a trio of white guys, Hispanic guys, or Asian guys who had similar externalities.

Still, the guys were sweet, so from my point of view it was a no harm, no foul, and I hope it was from theirs too. By the way, this is not white guilt speaking. This is Bookworm guilt. I hate hurting people’s feelings or making them feel uncomfortable.

And what did I buy? Nothing, yet. The range was too crowded for me to test anything, so I’ll go back in a day or two to try again.

Here’s something that did please me, though: It’s been at least three years since I handled a pistol and, before then, I’d done it infrequently, at best. However, once I picked up the guns the salesman was showing me, my muscle memory kicked in. Not only did I know what to do, I remembered to keep my finger away from the trigger. That last made me incredibly happy.

So, police, guns, and more guns. I wrote what I promised.

The Fawlty Towers kerfuffle should be a Biden disaster

BBC’s attempt to cancel Fawlty Towers’ funniest episode may have been the worst “cancel culture” decision ever because it could (and should) hurt Joe Biden.

The big non-Wuhan Virus, non-protest kerfuffle over the past few days was the decision that UKTV, a BBC-owned television network, make to delete the funniest Fawlty  Towers episode ever, the one called “The Germans.” For those unfamiliar with either the show or the episode, here’s the briefest rundown possible.

Fawlty Towers ran on the BBC in 1975 and 1979. John Cleese played Basil Fawlty who, with his wife Prunella, ran a hotel on Britain’s southwest coast. Basil is a combination of incompetence, pomposity, ignorance, condescension, and inferiority, all of which are powered by his endless rage.

The hotel also employed Polly, a sensible housekeeper, and Manuel, a sweet, hapless dogsbody from Spain who never mastered English. There were a few permanent guests, one of whom was Major Gowen, a doddering, senile, racist remnant of Britain’s lost empire.

In the episode “The Germans,” filmed in 1975, thirty years after WWII ended, Basil is overwhelmed by the fact that German guests will be coming to his hotel. He’s desperate to ensure that no one makes them feel uncomfortable, so his oft-repeated warning is “Don’t mention the war.” That all changes when a moose head falls on Basil. Rather than staying in the hospital, Basil staggers back to the hotel’s restaurant, where he relentlessly and hysterically keeps mentioning the war to the Germans. It is one of the funniest moments ever put on television:

The above scene, though, was not what triggered the censors at the BBC. Instead, what got the censors going was when Major Gowen, a dotty old relic, made racist comments:

When John Cleese heard about UKTV’s move, he immediately pointed out the central problem with the BBC’s censorship (emphasis mine):

“The Major was an old fossil left over from decades before. We were not supporting his views, we were making fun of them,” said Cleese, who knew nothing of UKTV’s move until this masthead contacted him. “If they can’t see that, if people are too stupid to see that, what can one say?

The BBC/UKTV responded to public outrage by reinstating the censored episode. The important lesson here is that the normals can push back against cancel culture.

Still, while the kerfuffle was hanging out there, it occurred to me that the BBC and UKTV did a terrible thing to Joe Biden when they pushed Major Gowen to the forefront of everyone’s mind just months before the November election. Think about Major Gowen. Look at his racist comments in the above clip. Then compare them to America’s real-life Major Gowen (and the Democrat party candidate):

It’s not just the racism, though. It’s also the . . . is dodderingness a world? If not, it should be. Here you can see Major Gowen stutter and dodder his way through the show:

Those moments too should remind you of someone:

The reality is that Biden and the Major are one and the same. If you’re a fan of really bad puns, you could say that, while Biden has always been a dimwit, in old age he has morphed into a Major dimwit. The BBC and UKTV were doing racial virtue signaling when they pulled the best Fawlty Towers episode ever, but what they really did was remind me (and, I hope, others) that Joe Biden is the living incarnation of one of the most stupid, senile, racist characters ever immortalized on film. And while he’s funny in an old TV show, the thought of Major Gowen as President of the United States should put the fear of God in everyone.

Enough with the corporate virtue signaling filling my inbox!

I’m fighting back against corporate emails expressing solidarity with Black Lives Matter, by sending replies telling them I don’t care what they think.

I got another email today from a company with which I do business telling me that it’s against racism and believes in social justice. I finally snapped and wrote back to let the corporation I was not interested in its politics. I suggest we all start doing the same. Enough is enough.

Here’s a proposed form letter:

Dear _____________________,

I have no interest in your or your employees’ views on political and social issues. I do business with you because you provide a good product at a good price. Please stay in your lane. If you continue to flood my email box with your opinions on matters unrelated to your product, be assured that I will take my business elsewhere.

Sincerely,

I think what pushed me over the edge was reading yesterday about Sashi McEntee, who is the mayor of Mill Valley. She’s also a “person of color,” whatever that means. She’s not black. I think that, while she’s American-born, her family roots are in India.

I’ve known Sashi for years through Republican circles. She’s a smart, nice woman who’s mostly a fiscal Republican. She’s mayor only because the Mill Valley town council assigns that position on a rotating basis. I assume she got onto the council in the first place because she promised some fiscal sanity. And of course, it’s entirely possible that she’s a NeverTrumper who’s become a Democrat. I neither know nor, frankly, do I care.

When the whole George Floyd* matter arose, Sashi decided to stay in her lane. The leftists who are the (vast) majority in Mill Valley and Marin as a whole were not going to allow that.

During a teleconference public meeting for Mill Valley’s town council, a white leftist was incensed that the town removed a sign posted on public property saying, “White Silence is Violence.” When this virtue-signaler demanded that Mill Valley “show that black lives matter,” Sashi responded, “It is our council policy that we do not take action on issues that are not of immediate local importance.”

Two days later, Sashi, having learned that she would be made to care, issued her ritual apology:

I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Sashi made this obeisance because the nuts in Mill Valley know where she lives. As a fiscal conservative, Sashi knows that the best way to help black lives matter is to create an environment in which they can achieve economic success: good schools, a safe and reliable infrastructure, and a moral community that complies with anti-racism laws that have been on the books for decades. It would help if blacks followed the rules for success: Get educated, get married, have children, stay married. Oh, and don’t commit crimes.

Of course, Sashi’s apology wasn’t enough. The mob still went after her on the streets as they insisted that she bow down and kneel with and before them.

The article about the face-to-face attacks again Sashi includes quotations from black people giving their testimonials about the hell that is their life in uber-Democrat Marin County. All I can say is that it’s becoming increasingly clear that majority-Democrat communities are hotbeds of racism. No sane minority should ever live in a Democrat community or vote Democrat.

Incidentally, where I live in the South, I’ve never in my life seen more mixed-race couples and biracial children. What would probably shock Mill Valley’s lily-white activists is that these couples and their children are just like everyone else. Weird, huh?

Anyway, I digress. The point is that, as Sashi shows, in leftist-land, you will be made to care. Well, I’m not going to be made to care. My form letter starts going out today to all those companies that won’t just sell their damn products. I want them to start caring about me too.

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*George Floyd is the ex-con who used a gun to rob a woman in her home and committed multiple other crimes, whose system was filled with illegal drugs at the time of his death, and who’s now been turned into a plaster saint because cops in an entirely Democrat-run institution killed him.

Corporate virtue-signaling about institutional racism hides the real problem in black America

America doesn’t have institutional racism. It has a black community that undercuts itself and enablers who allow blacks to blame others for their failings.

I know this sounds petty given the outrages on American streets, but one of the things that irritates me most is the corporate virtue signaling that’s going on. Whether on their home pages or social media, various corporations are in a race to abase themselves. It’s difficult to determine whether they’re doing this because they think it’s good business, or because their management is now made up almost entirely of leftist-indoctrinated white college grads, or because they’re trying to deter the looters from attacking them. (If that last is their goal, they’re failing miserably, as I’ll discuss more below.)

The most ridiculous thing about corporate America’s pushing the “we stand against systemic racism” narrative is that there is no systemic racism in America. Legally it is not allowed. Practically, there are two real problems, and they’re both buried within the black community. The first problem is that blacks commit crimes in numbers disproportionate to their representation in the population; the second is that there is a damaged black subculture that aims relentlessly downwards, not upwards.

First, the virtue-signaling: At the top of this post you can see a collage. It’s a collection of 13 virtue-signaling moments from American companies just to give you a sense of how desperately they’re embracing the “systemic racism” notion in America. If you scroll to the bottom of this post, you can see the complete images.

None of these corporations engage in discriminatory hiring. Even if they wanted to, it would be illegal. All of these corporations are staffed by university grads who are assiduously non-racist, so the likelihood that they would want to discriminate against anyone other than white males in hiring is slim to nil.

As I noted in the opening paragraph, the corporations are abasing themselves for one of three reasons: A marketing scheme, a plethora of management employees who graduated from American colleges in the last 25 years or so, or a payment to the Black Lives Matter movement along the lines of a protection racket.

If the last, it’s not working. As President Trump tweeted, Macy’s had all of the ground-level windows on its flagship New York store smashed:

A Mercedes-Benz store in Beverly Hills was looted:

A Bank of America in San Bernardino was looted:

A Wells Fargo in Minneapolis was looted:

Amazon trucks were looted in Santa Monica:

A FedEx in Melrose Park was looted:

A Footlocker in Austin was looted:

A Nordstrom in Seattle (Nordstrom’s home town) was burned down:

And of course Target, one of America’s premier virtue signalers, was at the epicenter of looting in its hometown of Minneapolis:

Corporate America has a lot of problems, including cowardice, greed, and way too many leftist management employees, but systemic racism is not one of the problems.

The black community’s problems lie with the black community. It’s true that a disproportionate number of blacks are victims of police violence relative to black presentation in the American population.

Do not forget the statement about lies, damn lies, and statistics. The implications flowing from that statistic are a damn lie. The police are not systematically slaughtering blacks.

The statistic hides the fact that blacks are disproportionately responsible for crime in America:

Today blacks are about 13 percent of the population and continue to be responsible for an inordinate amount of crime. Between 1976 and 2005 blacks committed more than half of all murders in the United States. The black arrest rate for most offenses — including robbery, aggravated assault and property crimes — is still typically two to three times their representation in the population. Blacks as a group are also overrepresented among persons arrested for so-called white-collar crimes such as counterfeiting, fraud and embezzlement. And blaming this decades-long, well-documented trend on racist cops, prosecutors, judges, sentencing guidelines and drug laws doesn’t cut it as a plausible explanation.

In other words, the likelihood that blacks will have contact with the police is vastly greater than the likelihood that other racial groups will. Each contact with the police in a crime situation increases the possibility that someone will get hurt.

Moreover, despite primarily preying on each other, blacks are also disproportionately responsible for crimes against whites:

Far from destroying the black body, whites are the overwhelming target of interracial violence. Between 2012 and 2015, blacks committed 85.5 percent of all black-white interracial violent victimizations (excluding interracial homicide, which is also disproportionately black-on-white). That works out to 540,360 felonious assaults on whites. Whites committed 14.4 percent of all interracial violent victimization, or 91,470 felonious assaults on blacks. Blacks are less than 13 percent of the national population.

And what about the famous “driving while black” problem? That’s a myth too:

According to the study commissioned by the New Jersey attorney general and leaked first to the New York Times and then to the Web, blacks make up 16 percent of the drivers on the turnpike, and 25 percent of the speeders in the 65-mile-per-hour zones, where profiling complaints are most common. (The study counted only those going more than 15 miles per hour over the speed limit as speeders.) Black drivers speed twice as much as white drivers, and speed at reckless levels even more. Blacks are actually stopped less than their speeding behavior would predict—they are 23 percent of those stopped.

Does this data mean that blacks are less capable of being law-abiding then whites? Of course not.

What it means is that both the black community and its white enablers are giving blacks a pass. The crime problem within the black community is the equivalent of alcoholism.

Early on, the alcoholic denies that there’s any problem at all. Sure, he has a few memory lapses and makes a fool of himself at parties, but it’s not a big deal. When the consequences increase, the alcoholic in denial starts the blame game: My boss is a jerk; my wife is a nag; the cop who pulled me over was an anti-black / anti-Hispanic / anti-white / anti-man / anti-Mercedes driver; that stupid woman cut in front of my car; the judge was a hard-ass….

We all know that the only way the alcoholic is going to end this destructive behavior – destructive to himself, his family, his colleagues, and his community – is for him to acknowledge that he has a problem and that he is the problem.

Slavery ended in 1865. The Jim Crow era ended in 1964 with the passage of the Civil Rights Act, almost 60 years ago. Over 85% of the population today was under ten years old the last time institutionalized racism existed. Today’s whites were not the problem with slavery and Jim Crow and today’s blacks were not the victims.

There are racists today. Pick any race, and you’ll find people within it who hate other races. As a Jew, I certainly know about that. After all, next to American Muslims, who hate Jews with a burning fervor, the most anti-Semitic cohort in America is blacks. (The link is a little old, but believe me, since then, the problem has gotten worse, not better.)

These racists are icky people, but they are not what’s standing in the way of blacks. What’s standing in the way is saying the kids who do well in school are “acting white” – and then beating them up. What’s standing in the way is feeling that, because of slavery, you’re entitled to commit crime. What’s standing in the way is fatherless homes because the welfare system makes men expensive. After all, welfare is worth more than a low-salary. What’s standing in the way is a bad attitude, which sees blacks assume that everyone hates them.

This is a Jewish joke. It could be a black one:

Man 1 sees Man 2 walking down the street, obviously upset. Man 1 asks Man 2 what happened.

Man 2 explains, “I-I-I ap-ap-applied for a j-j-j-job as a D-D-D-J and-and-and they t-t-t-turned me d-d-down. D-d-d-amned anti-S-s-semites.

No, it’s not always anti-Semites and racism. Sometimes it’s you. When that small cohort of blacks that treats itself like garbage starts cleaning up its act – less crime, less antipathy to education, more marriage, a smaller chip on its collective shoulder, a greater willingness to bring energy and intelligence to work – then I’ll believe it when blacks and white liberals say we live in a world of systemic, institutionalized racism.

I blame middle-class blacks, too, even though they don’t show any of those behaviors. Somehow they managed to escape racism, but when they’re faced with that percentage of blacks that fails at everything but crime, suddenly these middle-class blacks blame racism and only racism.

Going back to my alcoholism analogy, these middle-classers are enablers. And by the way, a lot of people like being enablers. They complain about the person they’re enabling, but they enjoy the feeling of superiority.

Despite 4,000 years of consistent genocidal mania, which ended with 6,000,000 slaughtered in four years, Jews have done all right. Their collective success is not because of some evil cabal. It comes about because the Bible tells them to live justly, and the majority of Jews do.

I am certain that every black in America is at least as good as, as smart as, as honest as, and as capable as every Jew in America. Or, for that matter, the equal of Asians, Whites, Hispanics, and all other races in America. I believe we’re all God’s children or Nature’s children or whatever’s children, but that we are fundamentally equal. Sure, there’s always going to be a bell curve, with some people more athlete, more beautiful, more mathematically-gifted, or more verbal, but that’s a HUMAN bell curve, not a racial bell curve. What I almost sure of is that those people who strive, who aspire, and who abide by basic legal principles (including driving at the speed limit) will – on average – do better. Not all will. Yes, some will run afoul of jerks, racists, and even evil cops. But on average, in America, the recipe for success is always the same: Work hard in school, work hard at work, abide by the law, get married, have children, stay married.

(I know that black kids are trapped in stinky schools. Blame virtue-signaling white leftists and black race hustlers for that because they oppose vouchers that increase competition and, therefore, quality. But blame the black community for not emphasizing education and allowing their children to run with the idea that getting educated is a form of race betrayal.)

So, now I role back to where I started, which is those virtue-signaling corporations. These craven enterprises are simply more enablers who perpetuate the race-aholism that perpetually afflicts America’s black community.

Random postscript: Considering that blacks are the primary victims of black crime, I think all law-abiding black citizens should be armed. Since the problem of black crime begins at home (meaning the neighborhood), that should be the best way to control the problem. Unfortunately, those white liberal enablers and their black race-hustler cronies have decided to disarm those law-abiding blacks suffering in urban black communities.

CORPORATE VIRTUE SIGNALING GALLERY

Every black progressive should watch PBS’s Clarence Thomas bio

Dear @cthagod, now that you’ve interviewed Joe Biden, I suggest that you learn about Clarence Thomas to clarify your thinking about blacks and Democrats.

In the past two days, two things collided in my brain. The first was the interview that Charlamagne tha God did with Joe Biden, from which emerged Joe’s epic gaffe telling blacks that they’re black only if they vote for him. The second was Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words, which I believe is still available for viewing for another week.

You’ve all heard about Biden’s utterly tone-deaf statement, “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.” There’s no doubt in my mind that Joe thought he was funny. He did not intend to be either offensive or racist. Biden either thought he was making a “no true Scotsman” joke, or he believed that his lifetime of race-based politics makes him some sort of honorary African-American. If he thinks the latter, he also probably thinks he can use the “n” word too, which is a scary thought, especially since incipient dementia has a way of leeching away a person’s social controls.

That Joe was stupid and offensive was the least interesting thing to me about the interview. Charlamagne is a decent interviewer. He was polite, but he called Biden out on the things that concerned Charlamagne and his audience. He then sat back and just let Biden talk. The only problem is that I don’t believe Charlamagne knew quite how many lies or – let’s be kind – distortions Joe included in his wandering narrative.

He distorted his record on the coronavirus response. He would have people believe that he handled things better than Trump did. His January 27 article, though, did not have any useful concrete statements. Instead, he ultimately insisted that America needs to work with (and, of course, fund) the international community. Biden also conflated two different things: A runaway virus in the only country in the world that is as globally connected, if not more globally connected, than America, on the one hand, and, on the other hand, a scary disease in a thankfully small and quarantinable corner of West Africa.

On January 31, when Trump ignored the WHO’s continued attempts to downplay the Wuhan virus and closed our borders to China, Joe promptly lambasted Trump as hysterical and xenophobic. Biden then did nothing concrete until mid-March, when he finally released his plan.

Aside from echoing much that Trump had already done, the plan was the equivalent of Anne Elk’s theory about dinosaurs, for what Biden basically promised was to create an infrastructure that would create a plan.

Having lied, er, distorted his record, Biden tripped lightly over to systemic racism. He noted (accurately) that blacks are harder hit by the Wuhan virus. Doing so ignored the fact that blacks are concentrated in Democrat-run urban areas, which have been hit harder than most places anyway.

This is especially true for New York, where both de Blasio and Cuomo continued to let packed subway trains run. While more affluent whites were working from or sheltering at home, less affluent blacks were packed into underground moving Petri dishes. That’s not on Trump.

Blacks also have more risk factors for dying from the Wuhan virus, such as obesity and the diseases of obesity – Type II diabetes and heart disease. What no one will admit is that, just as the Japanese as a culture eat that super-healthy diet that has them routinely living into their 90s, blacks in America eat traditional Southern food, much of it a fusion of African and American cuisine.

Although Southern food is some of the most delicious food on planet earth, it’s also some of the least healthy. I have heartburn for days after eating a Southern meal. Sure, you can blame poverty, but culture and food choices matter too.

And then there’s Vitamin D. More and more studies are showing that Vitamin D is critical to people’s immune function. Elderly people and blacks are chronically low on Vitamin D.

Blacks also metabolize Vitamin D differently, because they can draw from it a subset of the vitamin that helps build strong bones. This does not mean, however, that this same vitamin subset helps black people’s immune systems.

Indeed, if they are other deficient in Vitamin D, that may also help explain the problems of obesity, Type II diabetes, and heart disease. Skin pigmentation meant to filter out the African sun beating down on people who lived outdoors for tens of thousands of years may not serve people well in northern climates or living life indoors.

Still, as far as Biden is concerned, the black mortality rate is all Trump’s fault because . . . systemic racism.

And that’s where I want to jump from talking about Biden and get to Charlamagne tha God and Clarence Thomas.

Charlamagne tha God didn’t start life out as a hip talk show host. Instead, he was born Lenard Larry McKelvey in 1978, just outside of Charleston (i.e., coastal-ish South Carolina). Clarence Thomas was born in 1948, in truly coastal Pin Point, Georgia, before moving as a child to Savannah. The two men, therefore, were separated by thirty years and about 120 miles. Those 120 miles don’t make a big difference, but the thirty years sure do.

In the 1990s, when I was in my thirties and a Democrat, Thomas was the black sellout who did mean things to Anita Hill. Today, I’m in my 50s and a conservative. Until this afternoon, all I knew about Clarence Thomas was that he is a strict constructionist and originalist on the Supreme Court whose writing and thinking I deeply admire. He is, I believe, the unsung intellectual genius on the court.

What changed this afternoon was that I watched that PBS special about Thomas. Everything in it was new to me because I had not read My Grandfather’s Son: A Memoir, Thomas’s autobiography. Watching the show was a revelation. Thomas has lived an extraordinary life.

Clarence Thomas was born into rural poverty in the Jim Crow south. His first language was Gullah, a dialect unique to coastal South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

Shortly after Thomas was born, his father left, so his mother was raising three children on her own. She eventually relocated with her two younger children (Thomas and his younger brother) to Savannah. They lived in segregated squalor that modern Americans cannot even imagine.

Eventually, Thomas’s grandparents stepped in, taking him and his brother into their clean, shiny, new home. His grandfather was a semi-literate, incredibly hard-working, God-fearing martinet. During the school year, the boys attended a primarily black parochial school where the Irish nuns made it clear that the black children under their care were all children of God. During the summer, their grandfather had the boys working on an old-fashioned family farm, one without any modern farm implements. Thomas’s grandfather infused his life with meaning, discipline, and faith.

At sixteen, Thomas decided he had a calling and entered a local seminary. His grandfather told him that, having made this choice, Thomas must stick it out. If Thomas didn’t become a priest, said his grandfather, he would be on his own, without his family’s support.

After two years there, Thomas heard a fellow seminarian celebrate Martin Luther King’s assassination. Disgusted, Thomas turned his back on becoming a priest and on God. His grandfather, terribly disappointed, kicked him out, telling Thomas that, having made a man’s decision, he was now responsible for himself.

The only lifeline Thomas had was that he had been admitted to the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. Because Thomas had grown up in segregation and lived through the traumas of MLK’s death, Robert Kennedy’s death, and the hideously ugly fights about school segregation, he was deeply disenchanted with America. He became a hardcore leftist and instantly fell in with the school’s black student movement, which was a leftist, indeed, communist movement. So involved was Thomas that he helped found the Black Students Union there.

What changed Thomas was the night he went to Boston to participate in protests. He was so appalled by the unbridled violence of the night (and, he suggests, by what he did), that he prayed for the first time in two years. He renounced violence and hatred, and put his life on a new track.

Thomas had always been interested in the law, which he understood controlled the world and controlled blacks. As I argued in an older post, the problem in the South was the law as laid down by the government:

Civil rights mean small government, with the government limited primarily (although not entirely) to protecting citizens from itself.

Martin Luther King understood this.  The Civil Rights movement was a stand against overt government encroachment on the rights of black people.  The Southern States, ignoring the Declaration’s acknowledgment that all meninherently possessed civil rights, used the government as a weapon against the black people within its borders.  The real problem blacks faced wasn’t that their fellow white citizens behaved hostilely, and even murderously, towards them.  Had the government fulfilled its policing responsibilities and stepped forward to protect those citizens, Jim Crow would have been a short-lived phenomenon.  The real problem was that Southern government itself encroached on citizens’ freedom.

It was Southern government that legislatively segregated schools, segregated housing, segregated business establishments, segregated marriages and enacted barriers between blacks and ballots.  It was Southern government that was a “Form of Government [that had become] destructive of these ends [life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for black people],” making it the civil  “Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

I figured the above out through aging and brute intellectual work. Thomas figured it out because he lived it. He realized that some people are good and some are jerks, but that it’s the government, acting through the laws it enacts, that forced upon blacks the rules that made their lives miserable. With this belief, and with good grades, Thomas chose to go to Yale Law School.

I’ll skip over the middle parts, which you know: After Yale, Thomas finally got a job when a Republican politician, John Danforth, hired him to work in Missouri. He ended up in Reagan’s EEOC, became a respected judge, and got nominated for the Supreme Court. (The documentary covers all this; I’m the one skipping it.)

The documentary covers quite well that disgraceful episode in America’s political life. As I said, back then, I was too stupid to understand. I got all my news from NPR, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The New Republic. I was pro-abortion and thought it was splendid that the Democrats were making abortion a litmus test for the Supreme Court and that Anita Hill conveniently emerged to take out a pro-Life black man.

I am only grateful that I have lived long enough and become wise enough to understand the terrible thing that the Democrats – led by Joe Biden and Teddy “Kopechne killer” Kennedy – did to a conservative black man. (Thomas’s only comment about Biden was that then, as now, Biden made no sense.) I’m also, as I said, wise enough to know that Thomas will go down in history as one of America’s greatest legal minds.

So let’s go back to where I started, to Charlamagne tha God and Clarence Thomas. The younger man grew up geographically near to Thomas, but in a world that wasn’t just thirty years away, it was a universe away. I don’t doubt that Charlamagne’s experiences as a black man in modern America were troubled. He hints that he had run-ins with the law before he found his way.

Having said that, Charlamagne did not, could not, experience the degradation that was visited upon Clarence Thomas, a black man raised in a grotesquely racist, segregated community; a black man who was brilliant and graduated from America’s top law school, only to find himself unemployed; and a black man whom Democrats attacked by pinning on him one of the oldest racist tropes, which is that black men were unable to control their animal sexuality.

So here’s my question for Charlamagne: Is it possible that Clarence Thomas’s belief in the wisdom of the Founders — imperfect men who nevertheless had a brilliant vision — is of more worth than your ingrained support for the Democrat Party and progressive politics? And is it possible that Clarence Thomas’s belief in the individual rather than in divisive labels and powerful government entities is at least worth your consideration?

I urge you to watch the PBS show (with “you” being Charlamagne and everyone else who reads this) and to think long and hard about how Thomas, slowly and very painfully, reached his conclusions about conservativism. You might find that you view differently how the Democrat party uses and abuses American blacks, so much so that Biden thinks it’s funny to tell blacks who they are for political purposes.