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The Hate Crimes False Narrative

91 year old Asian man assaulted in Oakland by a black man (Source)

I’ve said this before here on many occasions, but it still boggles my mind to think about how clueless the Left is about the way they are using race to demonize half the country, and to create the conditions for bitter racial hostility. In Oakland, a bunch of rich people have given money to be distributed, via the Mayor’s Office, to poor families in this Covid crisis — but not poor white families:

A program to give $500 monthly checks to low-income families of color in Oakland, California, has been criticized for explicitly excluding the 10,000 white residents living in poverty in the city.

The lottery system, funded by private philanthropists, will see the no-strings-attached checks go to households with an annual income of less than $59,000 if they have at least one child. The other half of the $500 checks will go to those earning under $30,000.

According to data from an Oakland Equity Indicators Report, cited by officials to justify favoring people of color, white households earn about three times that of African-American ones.

The same report states around 8 per cent of the city’s white residents, approximately 10,000 people, live in poverty.

Schaaf told the Associated Press the reason for limiting eligibility to black, indigenous and other people of color was that white households in Oakland make on average about three times as much as black households.

Mayor Schaaf said: ‘We have designed this demonstration project to add to the body of evidence, and to begin this relentless campaign to adopt a guaranteed income federally.’

These progressives are so race-blind that they think — or at least behave like they think — that this is all white people:

When I was a junior in high school, a group of us went over spring break on a college tour of the Northeast and mid-Atlantic, led by our school’s guidance counselor. The short bus stopped somewhere in Appalachia for gas. I saw a white Appalachian family there gassing up their beat-up pick-up truck. The bed of the truck was full of scrawny, dirty, scabby children. I lived in a poor state, and in fact grew up in a rural part of it, where there is poverty, especially black poverty. But I had never seen anyone, black or white, as poor as that family. Nearly forty years later, I can still see in my mind’s eye the way a little boy with stringy blond hair looked at me through the bus window. It was like an outtake from those Walker Evans photographs of poor tenant farmers in the Depression. It felt like I was in another country.

But yeah, according to the Narrative, those white people are oppressors. Don’t feed the oppressor.

In Quillette, Heather Mac Donald has a good piece about how the Left cannot help but impose the Narrative on the recent mass shootings. Excerpts:

The problem with this interpretation [that the Atlanta shootings were an anti-Asian hate crime] was that there was no evidence to support it. Long told the police that he had targeted the three Atlanta spas to purge himself of his lust and his addiction to pornography. This explanation is wholly credible. All three establishments have been investigated for prostitution, and Long had frequented at least two of them. Customer reviews of the massage parlors attest to their provision of sexual services. Long has said nothing about Asian responsibility for the coronavirus. Indeed, if he were upset by a supposed connection between Asians and the pandemic, one would expect him to have avoided close contact with Asians. By all accounts, Long was tormented by an inability to control his sexual thoughts and behavior, which he believed to be a violation of his Christian faith. He also said nothing about hatred of Asians per se. Perhaps a revelation of anti-Asian animus will emerge, but for now, Long appears to have targeted presumed sex workers who happened, given the demographics of the massage trade in Atlanta, to be Asian. Long intended to target a business in Florida next that made pornography, he told police. The employees there were unlikely to be Asian.

The uncontradicted evidence for Long’s motivation and the absence of evidence for a white supremacist impulse were no impediment to the narrative. Anyone who doubted that narrative was complicit in white supremacy. Reuters was reprimanded on social media for the headline: “Sex addiction, not racial hatred, may have driven suspect in Georgia spa shootings.” The news organization’s revised attempt—“Motive in Georgia spa shootings uncertain, but Asian-Americans fearful”—earned it no absolution. “We don’t let mass casualty shooters diagnose themselves,” sniffed a terrorism expert at Georgia State University. Needless to say, had Long told the police that he was seeking revenge on Asians for COVID, his self-diagnosis would have been taken as definitive proof.

Both Harris and Biden obliquely referred to the question of motive while dismissing its relevance. “Whatever the killer’s motive, these facts are clear,” Harris said. “Six out of the eight people killed on Tuesday night were of Asian descent.” Biden was similarly unconcerned about the relationship between Long’s intentions and the atrocity’s significance: “Whatever the motivation, we know this: Too many Asian-Americans have been walking up and down the streets and worrying.”

Well, yes, but Harris doesn’t mention the fact that the anti-Asian hate crimes in this recent wave have been carried out by black assailants. Mac Donald lists a number of them, giving details of the crimes. She goes on:

In fact, the suspects in all of these cases were black; the news reports rarely mentioned that detail. Had the suspects been white, their race would have led each news report, as it did for Robert Aaron Long. A former member of the Oakland police department’s robbery undercover suppression team tells me that this racial pattern of attack and its lack of coverage is longstanding. No one cares about Asian robbery victims, he says, “We used to follow around elderly Asians, waiting for the bad guys to start circling. This has been one of my long-term frustrations. They are pretending to care now but ironically blaming it on white supremacy”—even though the suspects in Asian robbery attacks are almost exclusively, in this cop’s experience, black.

The New York Police Department compiles the most extensive data on hate crimes in the country. These data confirm the Oakland officer’s observation. A black New Yorker is over six times as likely to commit a hate crime against an Asian as a white New Yorker, according to New York Police Department data. In 2020, blacks made up 50 percent of all suspects in anti-Asian attacks in New York City, even though blacks are 24 percent of the city’s population. Whites made up 10 percent of all suspects in anti-Asian attacks in 2020 in New York City but account for 32 percent of the city’s population. If we include black Hispanics in the black category, blacks account for 60 percent of all anti-Asian attacks in 2020.

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White supremacy is also apparently getting whites beaten up. Blacks commit 88 percent of all interracial violence between whites and blacks, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Yet on March 22nd, 2021, CNN ran a special entitled “Afraid: Fear in America’s Communities of Color,” as if whites were putting US minorities at risk. The move to blame white supremacy for black-perpetrated attacks on Asians results in a strange linguistic divide. Press reports refer to activists condemning “anti-Asian racism” and fighting anti-Asian “hate.” The intended referent in such observations is whites. But the actual referent is blacks.

The lie about white supremacist violence is not innocuous. It forms the basis of the Biden administration’s policy in national security and in a host of domestic welfare programs. It is the pretext for Big Tech and Big Media’s silencing of speech. And the shamelessness with which that lie is constructed grows more brazen by the day. It must be fought with facts before it irrevocably alters our culture.

Read it all. 

These lies, and this false narrative, is unquestionably going to spark a fierce white racial backlash. These progressive liars are summoning demons from the deep. I cannot imagine why these liars can’t see that. It’s probably because the only white people they know are those who either capitulate to it, or are so afraid to voice objections that the liars have reason to believe that these people accept the Narrative.

As Mac Donald says, though, this progressive racism is not innocuous. It is malicious, and is turning Americans of all races against each other, teaching us to live in fear and loathing.

Live not by lies!

 

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. A veteran of three decades of magazine and newspaper journalism, he has also written three New York Times bestsellers—Live Not By Lies, The Benedict Option, and The Little Way of Ruthie Lemingas well as Crunchy Cons and How Dante Can Save Your Life. Dreher lives in Baton Rouge, La.

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