Commenting on my post “Abortion funding and blacks“, a visitor by the name of Michelle commented:
Wow… I am amazed at the ignorance of these comments. When you start listing the black on white crimes, think back in history the enumerate amount of crimes that whites have committed against blacks. You people are ridiculous. Your grandparents would go hang a black person at night and then get up and go to church the next morning like nothing had happened. They’re probably burning in hell as I type.
It never seems to occur to such people that they have been fed a distorted version of history all their lives. For example, it never occurs to them that many of the “victims” of lynchings were rapists whom the official justice system had failed to punish. It’s easy to blame those who lynched but more of a challenge to put oneself in the shoes of the rape victims or their families. I would be willing to wager that most, if not all, of those who refer to lynchings as “racist crimes” are the same people who, when asked what they would do if anybody ever harmed their daughters, reveal a willingness to administer justice themselves. If the perpetrator turned out to be black, would they let him go for fear of appearing “racist”? But let us assume, for our purpose, that every black who was lynched was innocent. What kind of numbers are we looking at?
According to Wikipedia:
Nearly 3,500 African Americans were lynched in the United States between 1882 and 1968.
Let us be generous and compare the number of black victims, during those 86 years, with the number of white murder victims of black murder for just 26 recent years. From The Color of Crime:
The Supplementary Homicide Reports (SHR) include the race of the victim and offender, and make it possible to calculate rates of interracial murder. In 2002, blacks were 16 times more likely to murder W&H than the reverse. SHR statistics from 1976 to 2002 tell us blacks murdered 26,727 W&H during those 26 years, and W&H murdered 10,207 blacks, making the black-on-W&H murder rate 17 times that of the W&H-on-black murder rate.
If we subtract the number of blacks murdered by Hispanics and whites for that period, we find a disparity of 36,934 non-blacks murdered by blacks for those years. That’s 1,421 per year. At that rate, it takes less than 2.5 years for blacks to “make up” for the lynchings of those 86 years. As brutal as some of the lynchings were, the murders perpetrated by blacks are often just as brutal and sometimes even more so.
When slavery was practiced in the United States, it was also practiced throughout most of Africa and the Middle East. It was an ancient, and international, institution. To single out white Americans, while ignoring the multitude of black slave owners (and dealers) in Africa, is a typical anti-white double standard. One wonders how many of the “African refugees” allowed into the United States and Europe are descended from slave-owners. One wonders how many of them are descended from both slave-owners and slaves. I wonder if the commentator above would consider a black American, who has both slave-owning ancestors and slave ancestors, as sharing culpability for slavery or as deserving of reparations. This is a problem we run into when we look at injustices of the distant past and try to make up for them in the present.
Indeed, if we look at the victims who leftists point to, as they describe “traditionally disadvantaged minorities”, those victims are almost always seen in hoary black and white photographs. Their descendants could be almost anybody – or they might have no descendants at all. It would not surprise me if some Stormfronters have black slaves in their distant ancestry. This would mean that leftists must be sensitive to those Stormfronters and that they must be careful to avoid offending them – so as to avoid being considered a “racist”.
Overall, leftists are past-oriented. They look to the past for the events that shape their racial ideology. This is why we hear them speak so frequently of “the legacy of this” or “the legacy of that”. A “legacy” is something that happened in the past. They speak of “historically” disadvantaged groups. “History” refers to the past. It’s actors are usually dead and gone.
White advocates are present-oriented. The statistics we cite are reflections of reality as we experience it today, not a hundred years ago. If we look at photos of white victims – murdered, raped, robbed, discriminated against due to their white race – we notice that the photos are all in color. White people are the true “people of color”.
In trying to understand racial disparities, we look to science and technology. We explore genetics, current culture and trends. We examine the facts as they truly are, not as the MSM depicts it in order to advance their own agenda. In other words, we avail ourselves of the latest tools to understand racial dynamics.
But the anti-white, leftist, crowd also has a distorted view of the present. They see statistics, such as black incarceration rates, and view them through the filter of their version of the past. Thus, it is not even the “present” that they see; instead of seeing higher frequencies of black criminals, they see “the legacy of slavery”. They are stuck in the past and, like a broken record, they cannot get past it. If an anti-white leftist considers science or technology at all, in the realm of race, it is only to try to discredit the work of real scientists. Once they feel the task is done, they wash their hands of science and go back to their “doctrine of legacies”.