In Grudging Praise of White Racists

In Grudging Praise of White Racists, by David Cole.

Until last week, I had no idea who Kendrick Lamar is. I’d heard the name, to be sure, but I’d assumed he was some kind of sports figure, as his name seems tailor-made for an NBA jersey. Turns out he’s a popular rapper who actually won a Pulitzer Prize (has anyone checked the Pulitzer HQ for lead paint?). A few days ago, Lamar was playing a music festival in Alabama when he invited a young white woman to come up on stage to “sing” his hit “song” “m.A.A.d. City”:

Yawk! Yawk! Yawk! Yawk!
Man down
Where you from, nigga?
Fuck who you know, where you from, my nigga?
Where your grandma stay, huh, my nigga?
This m.A.A.d city I run, my nigga

It’s nice to know that, as we pull down statues of Stephen Foster, we can bear witness to a new generation of master songsmiths who’ll pick up his torch.

Lamar specifically chose a white girl to come up on stage to perform with him. And he specifically chose “m.A.A.d. City” as the number to be performed. So, as requested, she began to recite the lyrics. And when she said “nigga,” Lamar stopped the show and publicly humiliated her, encouraging the audience to boo and insult her as he scolded her for doing exactly what he’d asked her to do. By the next day, the girl had been threatened and harassed off social media. That the woman in question is rotund and unattractive only made it worse, as she proved perfect grist for the meme mill.

See around 1:01.

Perceptive social media users noted that this was obviously a calculated setup, a way for Lamar to get in the week’s news cycle (it worked). But while the setup angle was obvious to those with a brain stem, America’s leftist pundits (who as a group have the highest incidence of anencephaly in the U.S.) cheered Lamar, and eagerly heaped additional abuse on the unfortunate girl.

Race aside, let’s focus on the unequal power dynamics at play here. A multimillionaire rapper humiliated, scolded, and whipped up a hate mob against an absolute nobody who wielded zero power in the situation. Remember the days when leftists claimed to side with the powerless and disenfranchised, regardless of race? But today’s media elites not only sided with Lamar, they actually applauded him for bullying the girl. …

The Lamar incident was nothing more than a power play, an attempt to humble and intimidate a person of a different race, a public spectacle designed to make sure that people with a certain skin color remember their place. This is frighteningly familiar stuff. In the early part of the previous century, opera singer Marian Anderson was attacked by white racists for daring to sing “white music.” In Nazi Germany, Jews were banned from performing “Aryan music” (indeed, in the ghetto/town of Theresienstadt, to which “privileged” Jews, including many artists, were sent, the orchestra was expected to play only “Jewish music,” because, according to the Nazis, Jews don’t possess the “racial soul” to comprehend Aryan art).

And now the left is resuscitating and repositioning the notion that music has a racial soul. …

The Hitlerian concept of a musical “racial soul” has gone mainstream, and although the complainant must always be a person of color, the victims are no longer exclusively white. In March, pro-level black lunatic Seren Sensei attacked Bruno Mars (who is Filipino and Puerto Rican) for daring to sing “black” music. And now whites are being told that not only can they not sing “blacks-only” lyrics, they mustn’t even copy-and-paste them.

It’s a hilarious irony: The SJW “punch a Nazi” crowd is mainstreaming Nazi racial theory. …

Every one of the hundreds of articles and op-eds in the mainstream media about how whites are innately bad or harmful, how whites are an oppressive force responsible for all evil in the world, helps create an atmosphere that encourages violent crime against whites. And my biggest fear regarding this kind of leftist Nazism is that it is increasingly unopposed in the West. That’s a huge danger. Safe, mainstream conservatives are allowed to politely rebuke leftist racial extremism, but the actual reverse-negative mirror image of leftist racism — right-wing white racism — is essentially banned (by law in Western Europe and Canada, and by nongovernmental speech regulations here in the States). Now, as I’ve never been shy to say, I strongly dislike white nationalists, white supremacists, and sieg heilers. But one of the reasons I fight for their right to speak is that there needs to be some balance against the leftist Streichers and Rosenbergs. When an extremist ideology is allowed to exist unopposed, it becomes mainstream.