Monthly Archives: January 2011
In case you’ve missed it, Time magazine is trying to
brainwash convince the American people that Obama and Reagan are basically the same type of politician – yes, sure, one is a Republican and the other a whackjob Liberal Neo-Communist Democrat – but when you get right down and dirty, they apparently share the same principles. According to Obama, he just loooooovvvvveeeeesssss Raegan, so much so that he read all about him over the Christmas break (he made sure that the panting liberal MSM got a photo of the Reagan book he was reading). Of course, Time jumped on that tiny bit of centrist BS propaganda and hurried to put the two Presidents on the cover of their latest magazine – with Reagan’s arm around Obama to boot. It nearly brought me to tears so touched was I…..
Watch and get educated with some facts that the world has forgotten or chosen to ignore in their effort to accept the New South Africa…
Wanted: crazy tricycle pilots willing to risk their lives and others in heavy downtown traffic during rain and snow!! Please respond to Mayor Sam Adams for these essential, priority government positions! Actually, it’s quite ironic – putting Americans into the Chinese Rickshaw business and the Chinese into cars! Next the American’s will be eating bugs and cats….oh, wait…..
Officials in Portland are having paper and office supplies delivered on giant tricycles to cut out harmful tailpipe emissions, the city said on Thursday.
Under a deal signed last week with Office Depot, the company is subcontracting with a local firm called B-Line that has riders pedal giant tricycles mounted with cargo containers.
It’s in those cargo containers that B-Line riders are carrying the Office Depot supplies, to nine city offices in the traffic-congested downtown area.
“It’s important for the city of Portland to set an example and be a leader to other businesses in the Portland area and use sustainable business practices whenever possible,” Mayor Sam Adams said in a statement.
B-Line fields six riders on the rickshaw-style cargo trikes, which can each carry up to 800 pounds of cargo, according to the company.
It’s not all huffing and puffing for the company’s riders. If they get bogged down from fatigue, a zero-emission electric engine on the trike gives them a boost, said Franklin Jones, B-Line founder and chief executive.
Delivering cargo by trike might be a novel concept, but Portland has long been known as a bike-crazy city, where all sorts of commuters, from lawyers to store clerks, pedal along on specially dedicated lanes.
I have just come across a person with the name of Tim Wise. Apparently he’s known in the USA for his Marxist-liberal ideology and he hates all Right leaning White folk and wants them to die (wonder if they should suffer or would a clean shot be better for you Mr Wise?). Ahh – you gotta love these “Progressive’s” for their tolerance and understanding of people with a different opinion to them. But, no, Mr Wise was at the back of the line when God handed out functioning brains it seems. I’m sure Mr Wise thinks he’s very witty and intelligent – his day job, after all is to visit US College’s and preach to the young,
gullible fertile minds, about how white man = evil and any other race = good. He admits in the video clip below, that gosh, he has a White wife and White kids – I mean, it’s OK for him to stick to his own race but everyone else needs to be diversified! Of course, it goes without saying that his family are the chosen ones and are allowed to live as they are not Right wing. He is also an anti-racist activist and has a Jewish father. Yeah, there it is again; another liberal Jew White race hater. Just seems to be so darn many of them around these days. I wonder if they get born with a defective gene that activates when they hear the words “White man” and “slavery” in the same sentence. In any case, during his College years, he was part of the anti-Apartheid movement. Of course he was! That was, after all, the obligatory group to join for any White male with a small penis back in the 70-80’s. It seems Mr Wise has forgotten to visit South Africa recently to see how his social justice experiment turned out. I see that he has 2 daughters aged 9 and 7. He should definitely take them for an evening stroll through any of the Black South African townships. Not that there is any danger of them being gang-raped and murdered; no, only so that he can see how the true South African Blacks live under his sanctioned Black Marxist ANC government. I wonder if he’s heard about the Potgieter family who were brutally murdered in December last year (husband hacked to death with a machete and wife killed with a bullet to the head) and whose 3-year old daughter, Willemien, was also murdered execution style? Mr Wise, in case you haven’t heard: 3 year old Willmien was taken to an outside room by 6 Black males, screaming and crying for her parents; a gun was placed against the back of her head and she was shot dead (we’ll hear later if she was also raped – this is the New South Africa’s national sport these days. I’ve posted a picture below to jog your memory). Nah, on second thoughts, I bet you haven’t heard about her because you would’ve gone on CNN to say how happy you are that these vile, evil White Afrikaners are finally getting what they deserve!
Seems like evil Apartheid isn’t as evil as people wanted to believe. I’m finding more and more articles like the one below that supports the basic Apartheid principle – that races need to stick to their own. Have a read below. The Principal of a school in Pennsylvania has looked at the history and stats and is using them to better educate his Black students. No PC tap dancing around the issue – just plain results and stats to go on. It is no accident that Black students did better 20-40 years ago (all over the western world) when their education was segregated and they had 2-parent households. Not only that, the crime stats were also representative of their demographic make-up. Then along came Liberal PC useful idiots and forced everyone together and bang went the western world. We now sit with Black youths hunting in packs; high Black unemployment; doing poorly at school; speaking “gangster rap” (who wants to employ people who can’t even speak properly??); and being the highest representative race in jails…Let’s hope his little experiment bears some fruit, although I ‘m not sure what he can achieve in 6 minutes a day and 20 minutes a month??
|Principal Bill Jimenez says test results demanded a different approach with students|
A high school has defended its decision to segregate students by race and gender.
The scheme, at McCaskey East High School in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, separates black students from the rest of the school pupils, and then further breaks it down into black females and black males.
The separation is only for a short period – six minutes each day and 20 minutes twice a month – but it has drawn criticism for raising the spectre of racial segregation.
Today the school’s principal defended the policy.
Bill Jimenez said the school noticed that black students were not performing as well as other students, and that research had shown that same-race classes with strong same-race role models led to better academic results.
Mr Jimenez admitted that no other students were divided by race at the school, but he added that academic data dictated the school take a different approach with its black students.
He told Lancasteronline.com: ‘One of the things we said when we did this was, “Let’s look at the data, let’s not run from it. Let’s confront it and see what we can do about it”.’
The idea came from Angela Tilghman, an instructional coach at McCaskey East.
She said statistics had shown about a third of McCaskey’s African-Americans scored proficient or advanced in reading on last year’s Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests, compared with 60 per cent of white students and 42 per cent of students overall.
In mathematics, only 27 per cent of black students scored proficient or advanced.
She said research had shown that grouping black students by gender with a strong role model could boost both academic achievement and self-esteem.
Some students, staff and parents were against the segregation, saying that it ran against everything the school stood for – with students from diverse backgrounds.
But it was something Mr Jimenez thought was worth trying.
In all segregated classes, mentors track their students’ grades, test scores and attendance.
One such mentor is Michael Mitchell, who hopes to inspire his black male students during their short daily meetings.
He said he often quoted the Reverend Martin Luther King, who said: ‘Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.’
Mr Mitchell recently used the quote when he found that some of his students were failing gym.
He said: ‘They’re all young. They’re all strong. They’re all athletic. But they’re failing because they chose not to participate.
‘That’s an example of “conscientious stupidity”. You can do but you choose not to do. These are the things we need to get away from.’
Actor Tracy Morgan OpenIy Fantasizes About Sarah Palin On TNT, Says She’s Nothing More Than "Masturbation Material"
A Black American actor, Tracy Morgan, said on TNT that Sarah Palin is “good masturbation” material. Really?? Let’s wait for the MSM media’s outrage in 5,4,3,2,1……Nope – nothing…. Guess it’s ok to speak about her in this way in liberal America. It’s only when Conservatives say things like this that would get a reaction. It’s also, apparently ok for Black men to talk about White women in this way. Now, wonder what would happen if a White actor had said that about Michelle Obama (not that anyone would cause she’s ugly)?
So this is how free speech works in America! Only if you AGREE with the liberals/progressives/communists/Black race hustlers are you allowed to have your say. Anybody who doesn’t gets crushed by the bullies. Now I get it! And here I thought that America was tolerant and allowed everyone their say….Guess American Rennaisance is going to have to find a “secret” location to hold it’s next conference as the hotel they’ve booked has canceled their reservation – after being fully informed by AR who they are and what they stand for. Seems like some intolerant Black racist hustler, who is a City councillor, waved his magic Black finger and – poof – no more conference. Wow – he must feel so good about himself such a man of power! What a big man he is – scared of a few hundred little nationalists. What – did he think they were going to go on a rampage in the city and lynch anyone not the same color as them? Mr Big City Councillor – get over yourself you little bully. People who support AR are usually a lot more intelligent than the average Democrat KKK member. You should rather stick to doing your council work – for which you earn a salary and mind your own business. You need a good dose of STFU.
|Here’s the BIG MAN, Patrick Cannon|
When a white nationalist magazine announced a conference in Charlotte, anarchists and other groups vowed to protest or disrupt the gathering.
But behind the scenes the conference apparently met an unexpected obstacle: Charlotte City Council member Patrick Cannon.
On Wednesday, American Renaissance magazine said plans for its annual conference are now in limbo because the hotel where it was scheduled to take place canceled the reservation.
An e-mail Cannon sent to a constituent early this week suggested he was lobbying local hotels to refuse to book American Renaissance.
Cannon wrote that he had contacted hotels and that “they seem to be cooperating.”
“An attempt was made for accommodations at another hotel but based on what I ask to take place they were denied again,” the e-mail said.
Jared Taylor, American Renaissance editor, said Cannon’s e-mail violated the First Amendment.
“It’s unconscionable (that) public officials would try to interfere in private contractual affairs,” Taylor said. “We have never run into this before.”
In a brief interview Wednesday, Cannon said he sent the e-mail to “update a constituent on where things stood.”
“By no means would I be in the business of trying to violate someone’s rights,” Cannon said.
The news came on the same day that the Jewish Defense Organization posted a statement on its website, saying City Council member Warren Turner sent an e-mail to Charlotte hotels about the conference.
Turner denied contacting hotels to stop the conference.
American Renaissance is published by the nonprofit New Century Foundation. The group advocates what it calls “race realism.” The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks such organizations, says Klansmen, neo-Nazis and other white supremacists gather at Renaissance conferences.
Organizers scheduled a conference Feb. 4-6 at the Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel near Charlotte/Douglas International Airport. The group booked 100 rooms at the eight-story hotel, where rooms cost as much as $225 a night.
But the hotel released a statement Wednesday saying officials canceled the reservation for the safety of guests. Organizers did not reveal the nature of the conference when they booked the hotel, the statement said.
Taylor, the magazine editor, disputed the hotel’s account. “We leveled completely with the hotel,” he said. “They said they understood.”
American Renaissance has tried to reserve rooms at other hotels but has been rebuffed, Taylor said.
Taylor said Cannon’s e-mail reflected intolerance and was “profoundly hypocritical.”
Richard Toenjes, associate director of UNC Charlotte’s Center for Professional and Applied Ethics, said Cannon’s e-mail could be construed as a violation of free speech.
“If the person used his or her name which would be recognized as the name of a council member, I’d say the member was functioning as a public official and hence out of line interfering with protected free speech,” Toenjes said.
But Scott Huffmon, a professor of political science at Winthrop University, said merely warning hotels about the upcoming conference is within the rights of elected officials.
“Alerting the hotels and saying this isn’t good for our image is using the bully pulpit, but not necessarily unethical,” Huffmon said. “If he tried to use the position to cajole, coerce or bully that would be different.”
How many more studies do we need to start listening? Should the Muslim population continue to grow at the current rate in the UK, by 2030 they will be 10% of the population – the level where they start imposing their laws, culture and religion on the rest of the population. This religion is like a festering wound, left untreated, it just eats the flesh up around it until the poison enters the bloodstream. These Muslims walk around the streets in their black robes and masks like they own the place – they know it’s only a matter of time. All the while they outbreed the local people and the government looks the other way. By 2030 the UK will have more Muslims in the country than Kuwait! Winston Churchill is probably turning in his grave. This is the same nation who fought a war with the Boers in South Africa at the turn of the last century, and put our women and children in concentration camps to die. What for?
The Muslim population in the UK will almost double to 5.5million within 20 years, it was claimed last night.
According to a worldwide study of the spread of Islam nearly one in ten Britons will be Muslim by 2030.
And the forecasts mean Britain would have more Muslims than Kuwait and close to the number found in America, even though five times as many people live there.
An increase in the Muslim population from its current 2.8million will be mainly driven by immigration, according to figures prepared by a Washington think tank.
‘The greatest increases in the Muslim share of the population – driven primarily by continued migration – are likely to occur in Western and Northern Europe, where Muslims will be approaching double-digit percentages of the population in several countries,’ it said.
Britain has long had high immigration levels from some Muslim countries, notably Pakistan and Bangladesh, and in recent years has seen high numbers of migrants from Islamic parts of Africa.
The Pew report also cited high birthrates. It said that ‘generally, Muslim populations tend to have higher fertility rates than non-Muslim populations’.
The study used past population changes, migration figures and fertility rates to estimate changing Islamic populations. By 2030 Muslims will make up 26 per cent of the world’s projected population of 8.3billion, up from 23 per cent of the estimated 2010 world population of 6.9billion, it said.
Those figures represent an increase from 1.6billion in 2010 to 2.2billion in 2030, a rise of 35 per cent.
The analysis comes amid continuing debate over the views of Muslims in Britain and attitudes towards them.
Last week Tory Party chairman Baroness Warsi said prejudice against Muslims is seen as normal and called for people to stop categorising them.
Illana Mercer is an ex-South African, US based conservative writer and below is the speech she gave to the 3rd Annual Meeting of the HL Mencken Club, October 23 2010. She attempts to get to the bottom of why White South Africa handed the country over to Black rule and asks the question of whether WASP mentality is to blame (White Anglo-Saxon Protestants). For the record, I agree that our Christian principles played a significant role in us peacefully handing over the country – along with trust in our government at the time. Boy were we stupid back then….
|Peter Brimelow with Ilana Mercer at 2010 H.L. Mencken Club conference|
The topic of my talk today—also the title of a chapter in my forthcoming book, Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America From Post-Apartheid South Africa—directly relates to the theme of this conference: the thing we deprecate with the epithet “political correctness.”
The Law Of Rule
Political Correctness, or PC, is tyranny euphemized. In Orwell’s fiction, the Ministry of Truth is a reified entity. In U.S. reality, there isn’t one concrete ministry that decides how the country thinks—there are many such entities. America’s many Ministries of Truth include the education system, most churches, the self-anointed “intellectuals,” the ruling duopoly and their attendant TV bobbleheads. They issue countless edicts. This “dark art of rule” demands obedience. Choose to disobey, and you risk public shame, libel, and loss of livelihood.
Sometimes The Ministries of Truth will lunge for your property in the form of a law suit. Canada’s Ministries have a special Kangaroo Court in which they judge un-PC speech. Traditional legal defenses have been barred—for example, truth; or, the lack of intent to harm.
PC is the law of rule—mob rule—as opposed to the rule of law.
This self-inflicted tyranny, so typical of Western societies, plays a role in collapsing our societies. It is the perfect segue to the topic of my talk. Over the last three years I’ve been consumed with one mission, and that is writing a book about my old homeland, South Africa, and getting it published in my new home, the USA (which happened to help kill off the old).
Phase one of the mission has been achieved.
Those who’re in the process of publishing on the topic of immigration will forgive me for saying this, but Peter Brimelow wrote everything there is to write about the topic. Steve Sailer (not Dinesh D’Souza) has done the same in analyzing Obama’s pigment burden. And Paul Gottfried said it all about the neoconnery and the conservative movement.
Similarly, in a sane world, Into the Cannibal’s Pot would become the standard reference for when the truth about the death of South Africa begins to matter. But, realistically, I’m afraid that we’ll continue to be force-fed with Richard Stengel’s serialized tributes to Saint Mandela. (Stengel, a TIME magazine editor, has completed two. It’s possible that a third is planned.)
Burkean or Kirkean, Into the Cannibal’s Pot is a polemical work, anchored in history, reality, fact, and the political philosophy of classical liberalism. It is a manifesto against mass society, arguing against raw democracy, here, there, and everywhere. My book follows Russell Kirk’s contention that “true freedom can be found only within the framework of a social order.” It is a reminder that civilized societies are fragile. They can, and will, crumble in culturally inhospitable climes.
Let me return to the tyranny of PC, so unique to the West—even playing a role in its near-collapse. For white Protestant societies don’t just die: they either wither from within. Or, like South Africa, they are finished off by other white Protestant societies.
The fate of South Africa was sealed by “The Anglo-American-Australian Axis Of Evil” (yet another chapter in Into the Cannibal’s Pot), which helped to bring the old, orderly South Africa to its political knees.
Ambrose Bierce is supposed to have said “War is God’s way of teaching Americans geography.” The US might not have used South Africa as an object geography lesson for the bumper crops of ignoramuses its schools produce, but it certainly doubled down in diplomatic warfare against it.
A Couple Of Culprits
For advocating “constructive engagement” with South Africa, members of his Republican Party launched a coruscating attack on Ronald Reagan. Senator Lowell P. Weicker Jr., in particular, claimed: “For this moment, at least, the President has become an irrelevancy to the ideals, heartfelt and spoken, of America.” [Senate, 78 to 21, Overrides Reagan’s Veto and Imposes Sanctions on South Africa, by Steven V. Roberts, New York Times, October 3, 1986]
Republicans had slipped between the sheets with the fashionable Left. Today, they are as eager as the next drug-addled supermodel to press flesh with Nelson Mandela.
In 1990, President Bush Senior expressed his preference to South Africa’s President De Klerk that blacks enjoy “equality of outcomes” instead of “equality of opportunity.” [The Afrikaners: biography of a people, By Hermann Buhr Giliomee, p. 639]
Herman Cohen, US Under-Secretary of State for Africa, specified that minorities should not expect a veto. Mandela’s African National Congress, of course, said “No” to minority veto power, power-sharing, or even to any meaningful federalist-style devolution of power to the regions of South Africa. And the ANC’s wish was the command of the power-brokers in Britain and America. In the words of Duke University’s Donald L. Horowitz , South Africa’s white minority was commanded “to legislate itself into a position of political subordination.” [A Democratic South Africa?: Constitutional Engineering in a Divided Society, P. 95]
A Couple Of Characters
Two Africans: one white one black; one a gentleman, the other a general. The Axis of Evil pushing for democracy in South Africa held white Africans in contempt. With special vengeance did the Axis turn on the Afrikaners (who happen to be as African as black South Africans). But neither was the Zulu minority’s rights safeguarded. Zulu leader Dr. Mangosuthu Gatsha Buthelezi represented (still does) an authentic, indigenous authority. He is also a devout Christian, a capitalist who eschewed populism and has retained the annoying habit of mining the Western canon for what it teaches about liberty.
(Buthelezi recently quoted The Second Coming by W. B. Yeats to describe what has become of his homeland: “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.”)
Representing another authentic, indigenous authority: General Constand Viljoen. Viljoen was a military hero and the former chief of the South African Defense Force. He planned on leading an alliance that would have deposed De Klerk and negotiated for an Afrikaner ethnic state. But, being a White Protestant, he decided against it. I’ll come back to him.
The Notional Afro-Saxon Nation
America’s aggressive insistence on “democracy” for South Africa was probably, in part, borne of the ingrained American notion of a propositional nation. Afrikaner patriot Dan Roodt argues convincingly that “American and ANC views on Africa have actually converged.” [US, Britain wanted ANC in power, By Dan Roodt, praag.co.uk, July 14, 2009] South Africa under the Afrikaners was a European-style nation-state: Christian, and bi-racial, in the main. But under the ANC it has adopted multiculturalism, which Roodt says subsumes an “American radicalism” that “aims at abolishing the nation-state and replacing it with a kind of global corporatism and welfarism.”
The ANC is very much a creature of the West. South Africa is now what I call the “Notional Afro-Saxon Nation”.
Israel: One Plucky, Un-PC Friend
Israel was perhaps the only friend the old South Africa had. It was a firm relationship forged in the fires of international excoriation and excommunication. Back then, it was South Africa and Israel against the world.
Despite the sanctions decree of the United States, Israel’s Labor and Likud governments chose barter over boycotts. In 1986, Yitzhak Shamir, at the time Israel’s foreign minister, gave a remarkable—even Jeffersonian—speech in New York. He told his audience “that Israel would not institute sanctions against South Africa.” Instead, Jerusalem would leave “entangling alliances” to the great powers and continue its “normal” relations with Pretoria. And so it did. [Israel Won’t Act Against Pretoria, By David Bird, New York Times, September 27, 1985]
More recently, in May of 2010, further proof of the depth of this relationship surfaced. Israel was credibly accused of offering to provide apartheid-era South Africa with nuclear warheads. A book written by Sasha Polakow-Suransky—one of those academics with a gender neutral double–barreled name (The Unspoken Alliance: Israel’s Secret Relationship with Apartheid South Africa) —was meant to disgrace Israel. But it warmed the cockles of this binational heart.
I must be one of the few Jews who are proud of the fact that Israel—in the person of the tough, laconic Yitzhak Shamir—told the US it would take no part in its attempts to cripple South Africa. (For fighting the British mandate in Palestine, Shamir has been described as a terrorist in American paleoconservative circles. Afrikaners, who had been likewise brutalized by the British, disagreed. If anything, the Afrikaners and the Israelis would have been united in their shared hatred of the British.)
Similarly, I rejoiced to read of a 1974 “Top Secret” letter [PDF] that Minister of Defense Shimon Peres wrote to Eschel Rhoodie, a minister in the Vorster government, declassified recently by the ANC in order to embarrass Israel. [Israeli president denies offering nuclear weapons to apartheid South Africa, by Chris McGreal, Rory McCarty, David Smith, The Guardian, May 24, 2010]. In it, Peres spoke about the two countries’ shared determination to resist their enemies and to refuse to submit to the injustices against them.
“Surrender Without Defeat”
So, yes, the Anglo-American axis of evil ganged up on the Afrikaners. Sanctions had a considerable effect—although, having lived through them, I can attest to the fact that times were only truly tough for the blacks, who were supposed to be helped by these measures.
But the question remains: why did the Afrikaner give up his birthright for a mess of pottage?
Often called “The White Tribe of Africa”, Afrikaners are perhaps the toughest tribe in Africa. They had a 350-year history on the Continent—as long as their American cousins have been in North America. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the Sherlock Holmes character, dubbed the modern Boer “the most formidable antagonist who ever crossed the path of Imperial Britain.”
So why is it that the Afrikaners, unlike their Israeli allies, failed to endure as a nation-state? Why did the modern Boer burn bright for a relatively short while, and then, despite superior military prowess, simply, as Hermann Giliomee put it in a 1997 journal article, “surrender without defeat”?
I earlier mentioned General Viljoen, the former Chief of the South African Defense Force. “You and I and our men can take this country in an afternoon”, Viljoen famously said to the Army Chief, General George Meiring, as President De Klerk was preparing to cave into ANC demands, forgoing all checks and balances for South Africa’s Boer, British and Zulu minorities.
Why on earth did the formidable SADF capitulate to Mandela’s ragtag ANC? And the very same people, in the very same spirit, went on to dismantle the six nuclear devices they had built at Pelindaba, west of Pretoria.
Since it all makes so little sense, my conclusions are more philosophical than factual.
The Pathos Of The Puritan
The pathos and the tragedy of the Afrikaner and the American—a function of a shared Calvinist-Puritan ancestry—is the struggle to reconcile Pietism with power. Some clues as to why white Protestant societies tend to wither from within are offered by Afrikaner novelist W.A. de Klerk (no relation to the traitor president), excerpted in Into the Cannibal’s Pot:
“The basic dilemma of Western man is how to reconcile power with justice. … Those within the Calvinist-Puritan ethic, who secretly yearn for power, find it impossible to do so openly and unashamedly. … Naked power… is not possible for Western Christian man, especially of Calvinist-Puritan leanings. … For Puritan man, the quest for power—a quest very much alive—cannot be an open bid for supremacy,” but, rather, has to be “power acceptable in Christian terms”; it must be power driven by a devotion to a great ideal’.”[ The Puritans in Africa: A Story of Afrikanerdom, 1975]
The Afrikaner’s “great ideal” was inextricably tied to enduring as a biblically sanctified nation. However, if national endurance was to be accomplished, power was absolutely essential. Apartheid was the political superstructure within which the Volk sought safety for what they saw as their divinely-ordained sovereignty.
This “great ideal”, however, turned the Boers into something they detested. The people who had fought imperial Britain in Africa’s first anti-colonial war were now lords and masters of their own satrapies: the African Bantustans. Soon, the biblically-blessed country became an Ishmael, an outcast.
Charges of “racism” were especially difficult for them to withstand. Petty perhaps, but no less intolerable for these South African Spartans was their banishment from international sports. Patriots that they are, Afrikaners resented being expected to feel ashamed of their country. Puritans that they were, the resentment soon turned inward.
As an abstraction, the grand ideal of separate but equal development failed to reconcile power with justice. True to type, the Puritans of Africa relinquished the former to achieve the latter.
Consider General Meiring’s response to General Viljoen’s call to take back their beloved country before the ANC seized it:
“Yes, that is so, but what do we do the morning after the coup?”
“Celebrate” is how a member of the African National Congress would have responded to Viljoen.
But then the ANC is unencumbered by the Puritan’s thanatotic urges.
Some Black website posted this offering titled “don’t blame Oscars for lack of Black nominees” – which is code speak for exactly the opposite. The poor Blacks are lamenting the fact that there wasn’t a single Black nominee in any of the major categories. But, don’t you worry neglected Blacks – next year I bet you’ll have a stream of Black actors winning the awards to make up for this huge un-PC oversight by the AA committee. I’m not sure about you reader, but I’m kinda tired of watching movies/TV series that have the obligatory Black actor in some high role (usually Chief of Police or Detective, or Head of Surgery – positions both you and I know that most Blacks will never have and which only exist in the Libtard world of racial utopia) and then, not only are they in these positions, but the men usually have a White women panting after them. Throw in the mandatory MF word and I’m completely turned off – that’s why I don’t support movies at the cinema anymore – I’ve had my fill of the multi-cultural inter-racial film genre. I would much rather stay at home and watch paint dry. And of course, I refuse to financially support the Hollyweirdo libtards that get to PC preach me through their movies. Hey, just had a wonderful idea! Maybe Black actors and Directors can have their very own
pity-party “Blacks only” ceremony. Then they can get ALL the awards! That should make them feel real good and superior about themselves and therefore racial crisis averted!
|They had a Black presenter to make up for the Oscar snub|
Ah yes, the Academy Awards: Hollywood’s ornate fete to its own monumental ego. Many movie lovers rejoice in the pomp and ceremony of the hours-long marathon display of self-congratulation; others just watch because we’re experiencing football withdrawal. Along with the endless scrutiny of who is wearing what, the inevitable controversy will erupt about which movies are “Oscar-worthy”, and whether the Academy has done enough to ensure its nominees are adequately representative of a multi-racial, multi-ethnic America.
No doubt the Oscars’ overlooking of black industry players this year will come in for sharp criticism, accompanied by hand-wringing and amorphous pledges to do better. Yet the ensuing platitudes are likely to omit a very important detail: with a few notable exceptions, 2010 was a figurative wasteland for black cinema.
By no means should this imply that quality black films do not exist — plenty do, and the industry is replete with examples of excellent movies with black actors and directors at the helm. The principal problem is that for every emotional Eve’s Bayou or Precious, there’s a proportionately farcical Soul Plane or a Lottery Ticket. In short, much of what is considered marketable fare in Hollywood skews toward the comedic or romantic variety with an urban (and often buffoonish) flavor. While many laudable and noteworthy independent black films (such as the little-seen Night Catches Us) do get made, they often debut to minuscule audiences, virtually non-existent industry buzz and sharply limited distribution. Many have talented yet unknown actors and directors that lack name recognition and track record that brings in audiences. Suffice to say, most well-made black movies are hard-pressed to find financial success and mainstream accolades.
It’s not difficult to fathom why. A thoughtful 2009 New York Times article accurately detailed the state of contemporary black cinema and what continues to hamper its development. Despite the commercial and critical successes of Mr. Washington, Ms. Berry and especially Will Smith — all of whom have enjoyed a variety of roles that steadfastly defy stereotyping — Hollywood continues to view black moviegoers through a woefully circumscribed prism. To them, black movies are less mainstream products than they are niche. And let’s be frank: the overwhelming majority of black consumers give them ample reason for doing so.
Alas, much like the eternal debate over mainstream music, movies are a function of stark economics and financial viability. Ultimately, what gets green-lighted is a reflection of the public’s willingness to pay. While Tyler Perry’s movies have received more than their fair share of criticism, black audiences clearly respond to his brand of (urban) humor. Regardless of Hollywood’s oft exaggerated insistence on creativity and its art house pretensions, movie making is a business. As such, industry participants expect to receive a sizable return on their investment in a film. Given how expensive movies are to make nowadays, that’s not an unreasonable expectation.
Advocates for black film will likely fault the Academy for their perceived snub of black artists. Truthfully, however, the Oscars are notorious for a clubby, culturally highbrow worldview that bestows its imprimatur on unknown vanity pieces (The Hurt Locker, anyone?). More often than not, they tend to shun movies, black or white, that hew to mainstream tastes.
All hope, however, is not lost: film festivals such as Urbanworld are breeding grounds for small-budget yet quality black movies. This year’s omission of black actors should be a wake-up call to moviegoers: start patronizing better movies, and Hollywood will be forced to take notice.