White Supremacism, Liberal-Style
January 16, 2003
affirmative-action debate has returned to the
U.S. Supreme Court, and the Bush administration, defying liberal demagogy,
has weighed in against racial preferences. President Bush himself says
the University of Michigans anti-white admissions policy is
This comes as something of a
surprise from a Republican Party that flinches easily at charges of
racism, especially after the recent uproar over Trent Lott. Ever since that
episode the Democrats have been screeching that Lott merely exposed the
Republicans true feelings about race. But all the Republicans have
really done has been to adhere to the color-blind principles the Democrats
used to espouse, but have long since abandoned.
The Democrats have moved on
to white supremacism. Nearly four decades after the 1964 Civil
Rights Act, which the Democrats at the time swore would never be used to
authorize racial privileges especially quotas for
minorities, they have committed themselves to quotas for all eternity.
Yes, of course, these measures
are temporary. But like so many temporary
measures, they have no expiration date. No Democrat says they will be
necessary for only a definite term say, 10 or 20 more years. There
is no clear criterion by which their success can be judged, so that we
might say, one fine day, that they are no longer needed. By now its
clear the Democrats intend to maintain them permanently.
Why dont they come out
and say it? They dont believe blacks and Hispanics will ever
achieve equality on their own in competition with whites, any more than a
paraplegic will ever be able to discard his wheelchair. The Democrats
thrive on racial inequality, especially while racial privileges are
Different racial groups have different aptitudes. Why?
Who knows? Even some Hispanic groups have different
aptitudes than others. Its the same with white and Asian groups.
Its absurd to ascribe all these differences to racism, prejudice,
and discrimination. In fact its a sign of human diversity.
The Democrats pay lip service to
diversity, as long as it means uniformity. And uniformity
requires discriminatory coercion. Whites are presumed capable of success
without government assistance; even, in fact, when burdened by conditions
imposed by government itself. The implication is that whites, unlike
minorities, can take care of themselves. They dont suffer from
individual acts of injustice, it seems, because they are a superior race.
They can handle it.
This implicit white supremacism
also assumes that only whites can be treated as responsible moral agents.
They can be expected to behave properly, to transcend mere causation.
Minorities cant. They are mere passive victims of an environment
created by others, and those others are white.
But to treat only whites as
responsible or guilty is to reduce nonwhites to a subhuman level. The
old-fashioned white supremacists contradicted themselves by
simultaneously blaming nonwhites for acting like animals while insisting
they were capable of nothing better; the liberal white supremacists
contradict themselves by demanding equality for blacks while excusing
them for gross behavioral failings.
The height of circular reasoning
is reached when whites are blamed for black crime rates. This is the
liberal version of blaming the victim: whites are reproached for fleeing
black-dominated neighborhoods, even though interracial violent crime is
disproportionately committed by blacks (and would be even more so, but
for white flight). But liberal ideology is immune to
objective facts of life. Oddly enough, black rates of crime, illegitimacy,
and other social disorders were much lower before liberal thinking
and liberal policies caught on.
Many so-called racial prejudices
arent prejudices at all, but sensible empirical conclusions. People
often reach them, for their own safety, in spite of official propaganda.
They dont want to be robbed, raped, stabbed, or shot, thats
all. If whites were merely racist, they would be as fearful of Asians as
they are of blacks.
And what about those Asians?
This category includes Arabs, Indians, Chinese, and many others who
thrive here without racial privileges. Think of the Vietnamese boat
people, who arrived in this country destitute, racially different,
not even speaking English, certainly not privileged; yet a few years later
their children were high-school valedictorians. How did that happen?
Maybe someone forgot to tell
them they were victims of the white man.