Yesterday was an amazing day, in that the trolls were met and faced down. I can't say I've ever been this impressed with a group of posters before.
So there's no confusion, let me state outright that I think Jonah Goldberg and Rich Lowry are racists. Now, they're not the cross burning kind, but their ongoing contempt for the state and intelligence of black people is so obvious and clear cut, their denials are, at best, comical. They, like so many white people before them, want to pick who will influence and lead black people with no idea of what black people think or expect. Anyone who praises Charles Murray and says black people should support social security theft because they die earlier, has no respect for black people. Just because they don't curse black people doesn't mean they like them. We do know the difference.
Goldberg fucked up because he didn't realize how silly he would look calling a black man a racist. Then when he got hammered, he had to say I looked silly. Well, Atrios proved who was silly yesterday.
The reason they reacted like scalded cats is not because they care about Armstrong Williams, Goldberg couldn't wait to attack him, but because being a racist is the one thing no American wants to be called. Racists are ignorant, cross burning idiots in the popular imagination. Well, no. They can have a deep, abiding contempt for black people, black society and black morays, but they're not racist because they don't wear sheets.
They keep telling us how bad the Democrats treat black people, as if a party which made Trent Lott a leader, has that level of credibility with anyone who isn't white. Their contempt for black people shines from their words and deeds and what is so insulting is that they don't think we're bright enough to notice.
However, the real test wasn't about Williams. It's about Lorin Jones, the black Republican in Matt Taibbi's Rolling Stone story I reposted yesterday. Not one of the trolls had a word to say about the contemptible way he was treated by the local Bush campaign. No comments.
Because they don't care enough to denounce it.
He wasn't an opportunist or a grifter, but someone of genuine belief. Yet, when he went to the GOP HQ, he was treated shamefully and left to fend on his own.
What amazes me about conservative arrogance is that there's this idea that I would debate my racial views with them. Which I will not do, because they have absolutely no credibility to challenge them. We might as well stand around discussing tampons. Lowry and Goldberg aren't worthy of debate or even any more energy than this.
Time and again, I have seen conservatives act as if black people are too stupid to pick up a newspaper. Or watch CNN. That we would actually consider their arguments as if we were small children and followed the Democratic Party because we didn't know any better. The idea that black people make complex, thought out political decisions seems to be alien to them. That black support for Democratic candidates is not a random or ignorant choice, but as complex as their choices. Not that they would respect that, since they hardly respect anything black people say or do. I've read both the Nation and NR on and off since the age of 16. I know exactly what they run in both magazines. However, it seems Goldberg was stunned by that little fact. Do I read every issue? Of course not. But I have read it over years.
What stunned me with the trolls was the idea that they could call me a racist and I would care. They came from NRO and Instapundit. I assumed that at best they were projecting. Conservatives make the assumption that liberals care what they think and will react to it.
There's a tendency for liberals to try and be fair, to consider other viewpoints, so we get baited by them in debates on terms that they set. I'm going to act on the following: I don't care what conservatives think. The NRO Corner thinks I'm a racist, I don't care, their opinions on race are meaningless.
Instacracker doesn't like what I say?
That's the purpose of the exercise.
I want conservatives to read this site and come away steaming. I don't want them to think they will like a word I will say here. I don't want them to think I will consider their opinions or viewpoints. I want them to think: boy he doesn't like conservatives and really, really doesn't care what we say.
I'm tired of people acting like these people can be reasoned with or talked to. They don't want to talk, they want to drive us away into a corner and ridicule our ideas.
I'm not writing to make conservatives happy. I want them to hate my opinions. I'm not interested in debating them. I want to stop them.
Oh, I'll have a lot more to say about payola, but I have to listen to black radio first. That should be fun.
posted by Steve @ 2:55:00 AM