Woke revolution that worships blacks: It’s about the money

Woke revolution that worships blacks: It’s about the money. By Dominic Green.

Something else is going on here. …

The propagandists insist that the response to the killing of George Floyd was unified, and a mostly sympathetic American media has repeated this. But the truth is that the protesting, looting and rioting rapidly divided on racial lines. So did a more radical and open-ended political campaign that used the killing of George Floyd not to end police racism, but to pressure elite institutions.

Black protestors in the cities tended to direct their protests at the local police and their violence at the local stores they looted. …

When order broke down at the protests, younger whites fought the police. … In almost every major city after every major march, Antifa and its sympathizers fought the police. Not without reason, black protest organizers and inner-city residents complained that their cause and protests were being hijacked by woke whites. …

The further the focus of protest moved from police violence against black people, the further it moved from black neighborhoods, and the whiter the faces in the footage became. The anarchists who seceded from the United States by declaring the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone in six gentrified, heavily gay and mostly white blocks of Seattle were almost entirely white. They rectified this by delegating security in their urban Eden to Raz Simmons, a black rapper who poses with a machine gun in his Twitter profile. Simmons delivered his first exemplary beating within hours of his appointment.

But watch for the side effect of the woke revolution. Who benefits?

Meanwhile, older whites — call them the weak, rather than the woke — engaged in ritual abnegations and atonements. White church leaders knelt to wash the feet of black church leaders. In Virginia, white suburbanites rallied to raise their hands, testify to their sins and announce their spiritual rebirth, as though appropriating the habits of evangelical black churches.

Prominent whites in the media confessed too.

Condé Nast, a top-of-the-market titan [home to some of the world’s most iconic brands, including Vogue, The New Yorker, GQ, Vanity Fair, Wired] was a particular locus of revolutionary conscious raising. …

“Our mastheads have been far too white for far too long,” his staff announced. Their recipes, they confessed, had been “white-centric”. When they had covered non-white recipes, they had “appropriated, co-opted or Christopher Columbused them”.

Cicero, who famously asked “Cui bono?” (Who benefits?)

None of this had anything to do with George Floyd or police violence against black men. Nor did the revolt of the newsroom at the New York Times after it published an op-ed in which the Republican senator Tom Cotton called for the use of force against rioters, a notion endorsed by a majority of Americans. The weapons of struggle were now the thought-crime language of the private campus: institutional racism, white supremacy, whitesplaining, cultural appropriation. Those wielding them were the graduates of four-year colleges, the kind of people who can afford to take entry-level jobs in the media.

Again, the white generations divided, only this time their antagonism was obvious. As with the #MeToo scandals, the young are “calling out” the complicity of the old. Their talk of equity and equality and Christopher Columbusing is a means of seizing the moral high ground, displacing senior management, and moving up the corporate ranks. In the parlance of Tom Wolfe’s essay of 1970, they’re “Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers”: exploiting white guilt to gain sinecures in the institutions. …

Job, jobs, jobs for the woke, scaring retiring boomers into getting out of the way so they can take their places:

The generation that graduated after 2008 are lost and angry. The Boomers who left college after 1968 inherited the prosperity of the Fifties, enjoyed the social liberalism of the Sixties and Seventies, then cashed out in the economically liberal Eighties. Their grandchildren, the Millennials, are going nowhere, relatively speaking. They are the first postwar generation who don’t expect to live better than their parents do.

They enter the job market already lumbered with a mortgage (“student loans”), only to discover that a liberal arts degree isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on. Like Dostoevsky’s “underground man”, they live in their parents’ basements and bristle at low-grade clerical work, because the internet has made clerical workers of us all. …

The young American left talks like Marx, but their revolution is Tocqueville’s: the “revolution of rising expectations”. As in pre-1789 France or pre-1917 Russia, America’s educational system produces more prospective members of the elite than the state and the market can employ. The liberal order that enriched the Millennials’ grandparents and parents has failed to enrich them. It is, in fact, holding them down, because the “silverbacks” of the older generation are still in power.

The Millennials talk of “safe spaces” because there are fewer safe spaces in American life, fewer secure perches in a gig economy that makes Uber drivers out of college grads. The only safe space is now inside an institution, whether of government, education or media. Once you have that spot, the only way to protect it from the increasingly vicious competition of your peers and rivals is to outplay them in the rhetoric of identity politics.

It all makes a lot more sense now:

The younger, radical generation is taking the civil rights of blacks as a pretext for levering their parents’ generation out of power. They have no time for free speech: why would they want anyone to describe what they’re doing?

As usual, the mascots of a politically correct game — in this instance, lower class blacks — are just pawns in an elite struggle over power and money.

This notion is sometimes incompletely expressed as “it’s really class war, not race war”. That’s true, and gets part of the way there. “Class” is of course a polite way nowadays of saying “IQ”, because classes have become broadly stratified (not completely, thank goodness) along IQ lines due to universal education and job mobility.

That still doesn’t mean they mightn’t harm you though. What’s a “few” innocent casualties, or just an honest miscalculation that leads to a frenzied conclusion of mayhem and murder that no one anticipated?