Fear in Politics: The unspoken motive. By Jack Kerwick.
Today, it is fear — raw, primal, fear — that is the engine powering the capitulation of Americans, white and black, to the Big Lie, this whopper of a lie, that black Americans are perpetually murdered by a “White Supremacist” society via the police.
Such is the magnitude of this lie that it is no exaggeration to say that it is a parallel universe.
I have no interest at this juncture in elaborating upon the facts, long documented by scholars black, white, and other, regarding the social dysfunction endemic in the black community … These realities … frighten people of all races, including blacks, some 80% of whom flee from the ghetto as quickly as they can once they obtain the resources to do so.
The role of fear in our politics, particularly our racial politics, is seldom mentioned by commentators. I suspect that this is in large measure because it is exceedingly difficult for people, especially men, to reckon with their own fears. …
The moral posturing of whites … is not, as conservatives are wont to label it, “virtue-signaling.” It is vice-signaling. The repulsive spectacle of whites kneeling before blacks and “atoning” for their “white privilege” highlights the most toxic of character defects on the part of the white penitents: obsequiousness, folly, impiety, idolatry, and, most fundamentally, cowardice.
These whites and a good number of others, in their heart of hearts, fear the black thugs that … have reduced their neighborhoods and cities to hellholes. … Whites who are now genuflecting at the altar of Blackism are, essentially, pleading to be spared from this violence.
I am not like those other, evil whites.
Don’t hurt me.
It is to this, and nothing more or less, to which the public confessions and acts of contrition on the part of whites boils down. They are veiled expressions of fear of, and subtle pleas to be spared from, the sort of violence and mayhem that largely black mobs have been raining down upon cities across the land.
The black middle and upper classes, specifically black celebrities and other elites who engage in their own share of vice-signaling, sparing no occasion to prove their “racial authenticity” by expressing “solidarity” with the Cause, are as well motivated, in the final analysis, by the same fear that animates their white counterparts.
Jesse Jackson, in an unguarded moment of candor that the Racism-Industrial-Complex pretends never happened after its attempts to explain it away proved unconvincing, expressed this fear shared by both blacks and whites when, way back in 1993, he said:
“There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery. Then [I] look around and see someone white and feel relieved.”
That it is, fundamentally, fear of the black underclass that lay behind the vice-signaling of the Racially-Correct of all races is a thesis that is far simpler, and more easily provable, than any and all competitors.
Consider only this: White and black apologists for black criminality and thuggery reveal through the choices they make virtually all day and everyday exactly what it is that they truly value. And, since these choices as to where they live, work, educate themselves, date, marry, raise their children, seek entertainment, and spend their money invariably seem designed to steer them as far away from black ghettos as possible, the honest observer has no option but to conclude that these choices are made from fear.
As the black scholar Thomas Sowell was quick to remind readers, people vote with their feet.
hat-tip Stephen Neil