via American Renaissance
Donald Trump is like the post-Civil War Southern political leaders
who sought to restore the honor of whites after bayonet-backed Radical
Republican carpetbaggers imposed rule by former slaves. The defenders of
white honor were called “Redeemers” and, in a sense, Mr. Trump is a modern day Redeemer, even if he has not explicitly embraced this role.
Conquerors can treat the vanquished in many different ways:
exterminate everyone, keep the women and kill the men and children,
impose heavy tax burdens, or simply humiliate them. When Europeans ruled
China in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, humiliation took many
forms. In Shanghai, Chinese were banned from public parks unless
accompanied by a Westerner–who could even be an infant. Such petty
degradations–and they occurred daily–stung deeply, and were seldom
forgotten when the tables were turned.
A public humiliation is like the authorities proclaiming that 2+2=5,
and punishing anyone who denies this “truth.” The final blow is to force
the humiliated openly to affirm that 2+2=5. This resembles the Soviet show trials of
the 1930s: innocent Old Bolsheviks publicly degrading themselves by
confessing to bogus crimes, and signing confessions to save their
President Obama has imposed race-related humiliation in several
forms. The most obvious might be called government-mandated guilt
reversal: A criminal black is now defined as the “good guy” while the
white cop becomes the “bad guy.” Evidence is irrelevant; virtue or evil
is dictated exclusively by skin color. Recall Groucho Marx’s quip: “Who
are you going to believe? Me (i.e., President Obama or Eric Holder) or
your lying eyes?” By official decree, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown,
Eric Garner and Freddy Gray–all certified criminals–were deemed victims
worthy of public sympathy while whites doing their duty, even risking
their lives, were the evil-doers.
And just to rub it in, the riots generated by this good/evil reversal
where treated by the mass media as “understandable,” because American
race relations still have a long way to go, and government must “invest”
yet more billions in futile programs to cure the scars of inequality,
discrimination, racism, and all the other flaws of white society. The
prudent measures the police took in the face of turmoil were often
criticized as excessively militarized, while young blacks looted and
burned without any moral condemnation. Sacking the CVS drug store in
Baltimore was just “sending a message.” Only the bravest whites dared
call the Black Lives Matters/“Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” marchers
Humiliation escalated into collective guilt when Eric Holder’s
Justice Department sent investigators to Ferguson to determine why a
white police officer would shoot a black teenager who had robbed a
convenience store and then tried to kill the officer with his own gun.
There was never a chance the DOJ would investigate witness perjury or
look into who instigated or even helped finance the riots. Eric Holder
had decreed that white officials were responsible for black misbehavior.
The solution was to recruit more black police officers, ease up on law
enforcement, and silence any officer who defended himself.
There was more humiliation after Dylan Roof killed nine black church
goers in Charleston, South Carolina. The culprit quickly became all whites
and their racist culture, not a single deranged individual. In effect,
the official narrative was that Southern whites are driven to violent
hatred by the evil spirits still lurking in flags, statues, and the
names on public building and parks. These spirits had to be exorcised,
since the mere sight of a stars-and-bars decal on a pickup truck might
excite whites to mass murder.
Condemning whites without a trial, let alone evidence, has been a
general policy under the Obama administration. It is assumed that whites
are bigoted and blacks are innocent, so any harm suffered by blacks can be due only to white malfeasance. This belief is enshrined in the doctrine of disparate impact.
Thus, if schools punish black students at a higher rate than whites or
Asians, discipline rates must be equalized via a consent decree.
Similarly, since there can be no racial differences in creditworthiness,
any lending discrepancies can be due only to racism and must be
“healed” by paying compensation to blacks, even if no case of actual
discrimination can be documented.
In these cases the verdict is a foregone conclusion and no defense is
permitted. The DOJ consent decree is the equivalent of the Soviet-style
show trial and signed confession. Anyone who shows that blacks kill far
more whites than vice versa or that blacks default on loans more often
than whites only risks being called part of the problem. Nor does it do
much good to defend the behavior of white policemen by noting that the
incident was thoroughly investigated and no grounds were found for
indictment. Any refusal to prosecute is just one more example of white
There are endless media accounts of black youngsters up to no good,
all of whom were praised by mothers and friends as “nice kids,” all of
whom were reportedly minding their own business, all of whom were about
to turn their troubled lives around when they were attacked by racist
police officers. Washington’s response to such incidents is another
cliché: revamp “flawed” police practices, hire more minorities, etc.,
without any evidence that these measures will either cure whites of
“racism” or reduce black crime. The cumulative psychological impact of
this ongoing morality play is enormous.
Would a Trump administration end these race-based humiliations? Most
likely, though Mr. Trump would never publicly announce this policy
reversal. It is now an officially sanctioned “truth” that whites are
responsible for the misbehavior of blacks; this “truth” will not vanish
even if the Donald appoints Chris Christie or someone like him as
Attorney General. But at least under President Trump, Americans need not
worry that common criminals will be celebrated thanks to their skin
color while white police officers are demonized for doing their jobs. I
believe that this unstated promise helps drives the passion for Donald
Trump. He is a modern day Redeemer.