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Red Guards Then, Black Guards Now

Karlos Dillard, a bully who picks on white 'Karens' for fun and profit (Karlosdillard.com)

You need to watch this. It’s painful, but necessary. A gay Seattle black man, Karlos Dillard, torments a white woman he claims cut him off in traffic, flipped him off, and called him a n-gger.

If you are a normal human being, you want to run protect that woman. He torments her, calling her “Karen.” She sobs and screams that he’s going to put this on the web and ruin her life. She tries to hide her license plate from him. She screams that she has a black husband. This vicious, hateful monster, Karlos Dillard, relishes tormenting her. According to Newsweek, off-camera (but on audio), he tells her that it won’t be on Instagram. He lied — it has gone viral now, and Dillard is selling t-shirts with one of the lines she screams in her terror. It’s pathologically cruel. And Newsweek says there is no evidence that she used a racial slur, at all. I believe Dillard is making it all up to advance his career.

Watch the clip. Watch it. This could be you. If I were this woman’s husband, I know exactly what I would do to that bully Karlos Dillard. Sooner or later, these bullies are going to pick on the wrong person, and someone is going to be beaten or killed. You know, though, that this is total Red Guard behavior, from Mao’s Cultural Revolution: the public humiliation and destruction of people targeted by the ideologically fervent.

This. Could. Be. You.

Karlos Dillard shared this on his Twitter account. You know what his Twitter handle is? @wypipo_h8 — that is, “white people hate.” Twitter allows this, because he is black, and he has the privilege to boast of his hate for white people.

A blogger who supports Black Lives Matter, but who thinks Karlos Dillard is a race-hustling fraud, examined all the evidence Dillard has uploaded to claim that “Karen” cut him off in traffic and called him a n–ger, and finds nothing. What he finds is plenty of evidence that Dillard craves attention, and wants money. Dillard’s video of his causing this poor woman to break down has now been viewed multiple millions of times. As the blogger points out, the woman drives a Geo Metro; someone driving a Geo Metro in this day and age isn’t rich.

Here is what black people like Karlos Dillard are doing: making it too risky for white people to have contact with black people. Obviously the overwhelming majority of black people are nothing like Karlos Dillard. But it only takes one Karlos Dillard to ruin your life. Karlos Dillard, and those like him, and those that boost him — like Essence magazine — are stoking racial hatred and ultimately racial violence. Like I said, sooner or later, some Karlos Dillard is going to pick on the wrong non-black person — perhaps even a non-black person who is armed.

Beyond that, these grifters are destroying the possibility of social relations across racial lines by making everyone paranoid and angry.

In Dante’s Inferno, the deepest level of hell is reserved for traitors. Why traitors? Because they make life in community impossible. In medieval Italy, cities were in a frequent state of war with each other. When they closed the city gates at night, everybody in the city had to trust that no one would open the gates during the night and let in troops of the enemy. If you could not have that trust, you couldn’t sleep. You couldn’t live, for fear that your neighbor would betray you, and everyone, to the enemy. To render everyone isolated from everyone else, and living in fear — this was hell. This was the worst thing, for Dante.

Similarly, this is what life was like under communism. You never, ever knew who was safe, and who wasn’t. One wrong word to the wrong person, and your life was over.

This is what we are doing now — what people like Karlos Dillard are doing, and everyone who supports and magnifies them. As long as there is fame and profit to be made by destroying the Enemies of the People — in this case, middle-aged white women that cross paths unhappily with a vengeful young black man who is social-media-savvy — we will destroy this society. It’s already happening. They assume license to dehumanize those they hate, and destroy them.

Watch this clip and listen to the way Karlos Dillard reacts to her. He is enjoying her pain, her helplessness. He loves this. He is a monster. I repeat: This could be you.

He is what we are turning into in America.

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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