Race

Black Demands and White Fears

There is no race war coming.

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Black Lives Matter
Octavio Jones/ZUMA Press/Newscom

The June 10, 1966, cover of Life magazine is a gauge of how much America has changed—and how much it hasn't. It featured a photo of Elizabeth Taylor from her movie "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" —which it described as a "shocker" that "shatters the rules of censorship." Today the film wouldn't shock a fifth-grader. 

The other story mentioned on the cover was "Plot to Get 'Whitey': Red-hot young Negroes plan a ghetto war." That caption could run on the popular Drudge Report website, which after the murder of five police officers in Dallas had such headlines as "Black Lives Kill," "He wanted to kill white people" and "'Black Power group' warns of more assassinations." 

Fifty years ago, the specter of black revolt haunted many whites. Demonstrations and riots by African-Americans induced widespread fear. They still do. 

You may think whites have reason to be scared after the black gunman in Dallas carried out his shocking act of racial vengeance. But blacks would have been equally justified being scared last year after Dylann Roof killed nine black people at a South Carolina church in what he said was an attempt to start a race war. But Drudge didn't hype that fear. 

Americans of all races were horrified by what happened in Dallas. But it stirred a different response among some whites than it did among other people, raising the old stereotype of African-Americans as a constant threat to white safety and prosperity. 

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani denounced Black Lives Matter, which organized the protest that ended in deadly gunfire. He said the group is anti-American and racist and "puts a target on" police officers' backs. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, accused President Barack Obama of inciting "hostility" toward cops. 

Donald Trump, meanwhile, proclaimed himself the "law and order candidate"—echoing a phrase used by Richard Nixon and George Wallace in the 1968 presidential race to attract voters frightened by urban riots, crime and Black Power activists. 

Trump has poked racial nerves by portraying Mexican immigrants as "rapists," disputing whether Obama was born in America and falsely claiming blacks commit 81 percent of the murders of whites. 

A recent Reuters/Ipsos poll found that compared with supporters of any other Republican or Democratic candidate, Trump supporters "are more likely to describe African Americans as 'criminal,' 'unintelligent,' 'lazy' and 'violent.'" Most of them also think discrimination against whites is a bigger problem than discrimination against blacks. 

While most African-Americans believe Black Lives Matter is a nonviolent civil rights movement, most whites see it as violent and a distraction from problems like discrimination. But resentment of those demanding racial progress is nothing new. Martin Luther King is revered by all today—but on the eve of his legendary 1963 March on Washington, most whites opposed it. In 1965, only 36 percent had a favorable opinion of him. 

The critics fault Black Lives Matter for its disruptive marches, angry rhetoric, denunciations of police conduct and supposed incitement of violence. But the same critics have no use for Obama, who has pursued change through peaceful legal channels, from community organizing to law to elected office. 

Despite his restrained rhetoric and cautious policies, many conservatives insist on seeing the president as an angry militant. Bill O'Reilly has charged him with "passive racism," and Glenn Beck said Obama harbors "a deep-seated hatred for white people." A Rasmussen poll last year found that 54 percent of whites "believe Obama has driven the races further apart, a view shared by only 21 percent of blacks and 38 percent of other minority voters." 

In the minds of many whites, Obama is dangerous, hostile and anti-white—Karl Rove once called him a "political thug"—not because he behaves that way but because that is a common racist stereotype of blacks. No amount of effort to show his understanding of the concerns of whites or police can make up for the color of his skin. 

When blacks pursue change, some whites always feel they are doing it the wrong way at the wrong pace, thus worsening race relations. These people believe that if blacks gain, they will lose. And they fear that if blacks gain more power, they will use it to exact retribution against whites. 

The truth is that today, just as in 1966, the vast majority of blacks don't want to "get whitey." They just want—and demand—the same rights, opportunities and protections that whites take for granted. For some people, that's scary enough. 

© Copyright 2016 by Creators Syndicate Inc. 

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  1. I thought it was ironic that the BLM demands for change- the 10 points presented- were almost all things libertarians have been recommending for decades. Ironically, they sent them to Clinton and the party that has helped keep them second class citizens.

    Maybe if they listened to Rand Paul when he made a concerted effort to court their vote by pointing this out, things would be different today.

    1. It never seems to occur to them that voting 95% for the Democrats every single election for decades has not improved their lot at all.

    2. Really since when have libertarians called for free college, a living wage, equitable sharing, the elimination of capitalism and reparations to former slaves even though few alive today even had slave ancestors.

      1. Bingo! People prattle on without even considering what they’re saying.

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  2. Well that article was stupid. TL;RD is “Whity’s just scared of change …”. Please, tell me how are all the BLM people calling for violence not “representative”? You can go on twitter and facebook, you can go through tons of YouTube videos, and find violence and advocating for violence but still somehow it’s everyone’s fault but the people doing it. Get a life, look at the facts, and stop writing stupid articles that remove peoples agency and culpability. People like the author are the problem. You don’t get adults by treating classes of people like unintelligent, unredeemable children.

    1. Forget it bro, it’s Chapman town.

      1. Yep. another shitty leftist Chapman article.

    2. It’s not TL;DR it’s SC;DR

    3. Bingo,

  3. They were trying to start a race war then, and they are still trying to now. Fortunately we learned from history to be skeptical of those claims. The problem with the black community is that they are highly dependent upon law enforcement meanwhile the younger generation refuses to lay itself down upon the altar of their parents’ career ambitions. And the problem with the police is that they are running out of wars to prosecute and so now are trying to start a war on guns. Each plays into the others’ hand. But some of us actually paid attention during Scooby Doo and we know to fear no evil. As for Obama he is a race baiter but I would still gladly vote for him over Hitlary or Der Drumpf. Not sure about Johnson but I like that Weld guy. (Must be something wrong with him but I haven’t figured it out yet.)

    1. Didn’t we see this mindless word-salad yesterday?

      1. I wouldn’t know. I only read the comments.

      2. I’m not sure if I’m too smart to understand his theory, or too stupid.

    2. I would say your post is long on assumption, attempts to appear intelligent and short on valuable content. And learn that your audience has some need for comma’s in your writing. Runons cross the eyes.

  4. “Law and order candidate” is a dog whistle if I ever heard one.

    1. I know from experience that you cant hear a dog whistle.

      1. Unless of course you’re the dog.

      2. They only whistle when humans aren’t around.

  5. Very fluffy article supported by paltry statistical analysis or even anecdotal evidence aside from (unlinked) one-line quotations. Not saying that Chapman’s argument is entirely wrong but it seems like a lot of his claims and assertions aren’t backed up by much hard data with the exception of the utterly-asinine “81%” quote from il Douche, Trumpito Mussolini.

    Finally, a gigantic eye roll for the author’s implication that BLM today is in any way equivalent to the righteous movement of Dr. King but that we unthinking, racist white yokels somehow just don’t “get it”. BLM seems to me to be a particularly whingey iteration of cultural marxism run amuck amongst a) young college kids whose only experience of activism is on their facebook pages in between sips of skinny soy fair trade lattes b) pathetic white professorial types who feel guilty about not having been given a chance to particupate in the civil rights movement and “prove” their progressive bona fides and c) poor, uneducated blacks who are (rightly) angry about living in Democrat owned and operated inner-city hellholes. If anything, BLM is the spirtual descendant of racists like Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam rather than Dr. King.

    Come on Chapman, you can do better!

    1. Come on Chapman, you can do better!

      Objection – assumes facts not in evidence.

      1. Come on Chapman, you can do better!

        I’ll take the under on that one.

    2. Chapman must be unaware that MLK has fallen out of favor with the left. It finally sunk in that the whole ‘content of their character’ thing wasn’t working in their favor.

      1. That’s for sure. A Whitey quoting King on a college campus would immediately be expelled for racist comments.

        1. Tantamount to a Lefty quoting JFK at the Democrat National Convention. Doubleplus downtwinkles!

      2. I’d sure like to see you try to support that statement. Bet you can’t.

    3. Chapman CANNOT do better. This is about as good as he gets.

  6. For his thesis to work, that black people are simply “pursuing change” and white people are just racist and fear losing power, you really have to ignore the videos of huge crowds of protesters chanting “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? Now!”, people celebrating the twelve cops getting shot in Dallas, etc.

  7. Today the film wouldn’t shock a fifth-grader.

    Serious question: Today, what does shock a fifth-grader?

    Besides a Taser, I mean.

    1. Taking away their iPhone?

    2. Losing a soccer game and not getting a trophy anyway.

    3. Strict discipline?

  8. Trump has poked racial nerves by portraying Mexican immigrants as “rapists,” disputing whether Obama was born in America and falsely claiming blacks commit 81 percent of the murders of whites.

    Mexican isn’t a race. Claiming someone wasn’t born in thus country has nothing to do with race. Tweeting a false statistic isn’t claiming that the statistic is true. What a lazy article by Chapman.

    1. Only the first paragraph should be in quotes. That’s what I get for not hitting preview first.

    2. Calm down, WABob. Pretty sure it was a typo: “Trump has poked *facial* nerves ….”

    3. Trump’s retweet of those statistics had two numbers switched, sure, but the rest of the numbers were accurate. Everybody talking about how that particular number was wrong completely ignored that all the others were right, and showed very inconvenient statistics to the narrative.

      1. The alternative would be complete ignorance of his statements by the media, in absence of such a transposition.

  9. There is no goddamned race war despite the left’s best efforts. It is an idea war. In the end the left is going to lose, just like they always do.

    1. This

    2. I wish I could share your optimism. But leftist ideas are paramount in both the news and entertainment media, in both primary and secondary education, and we are one election away from having the 1st and 2nd amendments rendered completely meaningless.

      1. Why do people keep repeating that silly line that the news is liberal? The largest news source in the US is FOX, and it most certainly isn’t liberal…nor is it really a news source. news sources lean one way or the other. Check this chart developed by Pew Research : http://static3.businessinsider…..80/pew.png

        1. Fox News is a cable network. it does not have as many viewers as NBC, CBS, or ABC.

        2. As a guy who’s worked in news my whole life, newsrooms are absolutely liberal. It’s not an outward “how can we screw conservatives and libertarian ways,” but more in a way of crafting stories through the liberal-viewing lens.

          After San Bernardino, the first thing said in our news editorial meeting was, “Let’s show how easy it is to get your hands on ‘assault rifles’.” They thought they were being earnest, not partisan.

          There’s a few conservatives or libertarians, but they quickly learn to shut their mouths so that the vast majority of liberals in the room don’t rip them apart. So in the meetings, sometimes you get random asides like a smart-ass “but I thought the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun was with a good guy with a gun.” Most of the time, people don’t engage with these comments and instead move on, but it’s a clear sign of where the newsroom stands.

          Anyone who says the media isn’t bias had either never interacted with the media or just must have had some unusual experiences. The media ABSOLUTELY is hugely bias. Hell, our newsroom in fucking ARKANSAS was liberal as all hell. Can you imagine newsroom in New York and California.

    3. Yes just like the 73 Dolphins. They are going to lose any time now … any time now. It has been a 100 year long season and they have hardly lost a game.

    4. When has the Left ever lost? Which one of their entitlements has been terminated, what government excess has been rolled back? If there is indeed a race war, or even an imaginary race war, don’t worry, a new intrusive socialist program will be created to fight it. Although, like all the other “wars on…”, it will cost a huge amount of tax-payer money and make the problem much, much worse.

    5. What in the word, “the left always loses”? Not to be redundant to the above comments, but the entire post-WW I era has been a ratcheting of this country to the left, left, left, left, left. Ratchets only work in one direction. Sometimes they pause (the 80s?), but it only ratchets left.

      1. The USSR is less leftist now than when it was communist. So, there’s that.

  10. Chapman. Sigh.

    But blacks would have been equally justified being scared last year after Dylann Roof killed nine black people at a South Carolina church in what he said was an attempt to start a race war. But Drudge didn’t hype that fear.

    They WERE justified. Endlessly.

    And Drudge had no need to hype the fear of whites starting a race war–hyping THAT fear is a core requirement in most colleges (and many elementary schools).

    But why would whites be justified in being scared–I mean really, it’s not as if there are conferences on ending whiteness–or just ending white people. It’s not as if there are daily fully accepted calls for the genocide of whites or a national media that trumpets the coming end of a white majority, right?

    What’s that? All those things exist!?! No!

    Well, at least white people aren’t told that their opinions matter less or that they should shut up and let non-white people talk. What?

    Well, at least violence against whites isn’t actually excuse–…….no? really?

    Fuck.

    1. Well, noticing these things just makes you a racisty racist, so no one needs to address these facts. Because racist.

      1. Actually, if you think about it — “RACIST. Racist racist. Racist.”

        I was just going to say…”RACISTRACISTRACISTRACIST. Racist.”

        You have correctly identified the current most powerful word in the English language.

  11. In the minds of many whites, Obama is dangerous, hostile and anti-white…

    So he just showed up a police memorial service to turn it into an anti-gun political rally – in case anyone still doubted his hostility.

    1. And basically claimed that the police were racist, as well.

  12. You may think whites have reason to be scared after the black gunman in Dallas carried out his shocking act of racial vengeance. But blacks would have been equally justified being scared last year after Dylann Roof killed nine black people at a South Carolina church in what he said was an attempt to start a race war. But Drudge didn’t hype that fear.

    Were whites rioting all over the country before the Charleston shooting? I must have missed that.

    1. Chapman and Richman are trying to out-stupid each other.

      1. To see who gets the cake.

        1. The cake is a lie.

    2. That’s because you are blinded by your white privilege.

  13. I’m not seeing racial tension in the real world. Outside of the talking heads creating their own news, the politicians exploiting lowest common denominator, and the campus inspired PVU ( Professional Victims Unit), I think most blacks and whites are getting along just fine.

    1. That’s the thing; by and large, in day-to-day life, people get along fine, because most people are not ideologues and are OK with living and letting live. The other day a Facebook acquaintance of mine cited a study that showed that 70% of Americans thought that race relations were generally good, and quipped that the other 30% had their heads in the sand. But I wonder if he thinks there was some magical time when race relations were better than they are now? I mean, within living memory, in many states you could be thrown in prison for marrying outside your race; today, about 90% of the American people approve of interracial marriage. In some ways I think racial issues are being pushed now not because they’re worse than ever, but precisely because they actually look more fixable than ever before. Who actually believes that police violence against Black Americans is worse now than it was in the 1950s?

    2. Thats just because white men haven’t organized yet. Did you are the riots in Minnesota yet?

  14. Trump has poked racial nerves by portraying Mexican immigrants as “rapists,” disputing whether Obama was born in America and falsely claiming blacks commit 81 percent of the murders of whites.

    He specifically called the ones crossing illegally rapists. From what I’ve read from a variety of sources, somewhere between 60% and 80% of females crossing illegally are raped at some point along the way. So apparently, this particular subset of migrants, are a bit more rapey than average.

    The critics fault Black Lives Matter for its disruptive marches, angry rhetoric, denunciations of police conduct and supposed incitement of violence. But the same critics have no use for Obama, who has pursued change through peaceful legal channels, from community organizing to law to elected office.

    THE MONSTERS. I just can’t believe someone would simultaneously disapprove of the Black Lives Matter antics AND Barack Obama’s tenure as the Community Organizer Who Went to Washington.

    Despite his restrained rhetoric and cautious policies, many conservatives insist on seeing the president as an angry militant.

    You are either a lying twat or a fool Chapman. It’s been a while since you’ve written really loathsome article. I bet you’ll be relieved come November, you’ll finally be able to pull Obama’s cock out of your throat.

    1. Everyone watch carefully while Obama cautiously assassinates a US citizen without due process.

      1. …and calls Republicans in the House “terrorists” because they won’t fund all of his pet projects. Such restraint!

    2. “He specifically called the ones crossing illegally rapists. From what I’ve read from a variety of sources, somewhere between 60% and 80% of females crossing illegally are raped at some point along the way.”

      But he didn’t specify males, so he was calling rape victims rapists. Misogyny!

    3. Chapman intends to replace Obama’s cock with Hillary’s. Or maybe he fancies a spit roast .

  15. A Rasmussen poll last year found that 54 percent of whites “believe Obama has driven the races further apart, a view shared by only 21 percent of blacks and 38 percent of other minority voters.”

    They must be racist to disagree with minority voters. What do those stupid fucking whites know anyways? Amiright Chapman, you self-loathing sanctimonious pile of shit?

    Some whites are always racist dirtbags. Not like you though Chapman, you’re different because you know that white people are just cowardly little people that don’t have the wherewithal to comprehend how great Barack Obama and his dick really are. They can’t appreciate the nuanced understanding on matters of race that the BLM advocates are just so in tune with.

  16. When blacks pursue change, some whites always feel they are doing it the wrong way at the wrong pace, thus worsening race relations. These people believe that if blacks gain, they will lose. And they fear that if blacks gain more power, they will use it to exact retribution against whites.

    The truth is that today, just as in 1966, the vast majority of blacks don’t want to “get whitey.” They just want?and demand?the same rights, opportunities and protections that whites take for granted. For some people, that’s scary enough.

    You’re right, they just want equality! Because right now they have put up with all these laws infringing specifically on their rights like umm…. uhhh…ermmmm….ohhh I know, VOTER ID LAWS! And they want equal opportunities like getting preference for university admission and hiring for work, regardless of merit. Because equality.

  17. Crap from start to finish. Violent or not BLM works from precepts that can’t be supported by reason, it spins tragic events into systemic problems for which there is no evidence.

    However, someone who claims, “Karl Rove once called him a “political thug”?not because he behaves that way but because that is a common racist stereotype of blacks.” can’t be expected to see that. However venal Rove might be, his accusation was tied to Obama’s tactics while attaining prominence in Democratic politics. Playing it off as racial was the Left’s damage control tactic and part of the “Oppose Obama? You’re raaaaacist!” Syndrome.

  18. Restrained rhetoric? Obama?

    Chapman’d.

  19. “the vast majority of blacks don’t want to “get whitey.”” That nonsensical statement in the last paragraph pretty much defines the author’s lack of understanding of civil unrest.

    Revolutions, riots, civil unrest, terrorism, and ultimately societal collapse happens due the actions of a tiny minority. Just a few percent of an aggrieved population is enough to utterly incapacitate law enforcement and bring a city or country to it’s knees.
    Not saying we’re anywhere close to that, but we are certainly walking a dangerous path.

    The black population of Chicago is roughly 850k. The police force of Chicago is roughly 12k….and a good percentage of those don’t actually work the street.

    So…2% of the black population riots with active intent to harm…..16,000 roughly.

    Look at Baltimore. The cops have largely pulled back to defuse the unrest. think that is longterm viable?

    Study some history, Chapman, you need it. Same as it every was.

  20. Obama has people bombed, assassinated, imprisoned or expelled, all through peaceful legal channels.

  21. There is no race war coming.

    Someone is not going to last too long when the war starts.

    1. I think someone needs to tell the Vulcans and Romulans they’re the same Goddamn race. So we can head that off.

  22. There has been a race war for a long time.

    Progressives have been stoking race hatred against Whitey for decades. And Whitey has been putting up with it.

    We’re starting to see Whitey push back.

    1. There are a lot of different explanations for Trump, but they all boil down to this or its cousins — “we’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take it any more” applies to lots of cultural structures where “regular folk” (usually rural, usually white) feel like they are being spit on. Racially, PC, intellectually, sometimes economically. So Trump = pushback.

  23. I see Chapman is now doing the PC thing of attacking Drudge even though all he does is link to articles. Hell if it weren’t for Drudge most websites wouldn’t get any traffic.

  24. Was there an “Old Race War”?

    if so, when, and who won?

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  26. That caption could run on the popular Drudge Report website, which after the murder of five police officers in Dallas had such headlines as “Black Lives Kill,” “He wanted to kill white people” and “‘Black Power group’ warns of more assassinations.”

    All true statements. I suppose the author’s complaint is that Drudge should censor headlines and stories which make non-white people look bad, and play up stores which make white people look bad, like Reason and the rest of the MSM do.

    “are more likely to describe African Americans as ‘criminal,’ ‘unintelligent,’ ‘lazy’ and ‘violent.'”

    Other than “lazy”, which is hard to measure, relative to any other group those things are certainly true.

    Are claiming that they’re not true? Or that people should pretend they’re not true?

    1. “Other than “lazy”, which is hard to measure,”

      Measuring is for fags. Of course they’re lazier.

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  28. Where I live, perhaps the most progressive democrat city in northern Virginia, they are in the process of uprooting an old black neighborhood to make room for more lofts, wine bars, and yoga studios for white liberal hipsters. Same thing has been happening in DC for the past 10 years at least. I wonder if any of them would live someplace else if you told them they are being racist by moving here.

    1. “they are in the process of uprooting an old black neighborhood”

      Population transfer is as American as apple pie.

      1. I love your doublethink here. Moving into a neighborhood and buying or renting property previously owned or rented by someone else who either sold it to you, or their lease expired, constitutes a ‘population transfer.’ Next I suppose you’ll compare eating at chick fil-a is tantamount to a holocaust against gays. No wonder you people want to outlaw everything.

  29. In the minds of many whites, Obama is dangerous, hostile and anti-white?Karl Rove once called him a “political thug”?not because he behaves that way but because that is a common racist stereotype of blacks.

    Yeah, certainly not because he’s an imperial fuck who blatantly and admittedly sidesteps the legislative process at every possible opportunity, starts wars without even the pretense of congressional consultation, murders American citizens without trial or process, supports racially discriminatory policies in housing, college admissions and employment, and then deflects all criticism of his policies as racist.

    1. RACIST!~!!

      /Chapman

  30. You know, I’d actually take the time to attack Chapman’s points but they’re just so asinine and, frankly, insulting that I’ll just say this: Chapman, if I had a time machine, I’d go back to your youth and give you an entire box of plastic bags to play with.

  31. I was happy when Obama won in 2008, figuring that he would fulfill his promises to bring us together. .

    Instead, he’s jumped into every controversy on the side of the black activists/protester, not waiting until the facts of investigations or trials, regardless of the consequences From the Harvard professor, to Trevon Martin, to ‘Hands Up/ Dont Shoot” to these latest shootings.
    CBS reports today that Sterling had an eerily similar incident in 2009. Police charged Sterling with possession of marijuana, sound reproduction prohibited (for the CDs), illegal possession of a firearm with drugs, resisting an officer and illegal possession of a stolen firearm, says WAFB-TV. Sterling pleaded guilty to illegal carrying of a weapon with a controlled dangerous substance, went to prison, being paroled in 2013. So this convicted felon got a new gun, and was on the street and allegedly pointing the gun at some when the police were called.

    Obama and the media immediately take up the narrative that this poor man was merely selling CDs on the street. If it turns out to be a false narrative and five cops get assassinated because of the publicity generated, well that’s tough luck–but justified because of a past history of racism by cops.

  32. John Ehrlichman, who served as domestic policy chief for President Richard Nixon when the administration declared its war on drugs in 1971 said in 1994 that the drug war was a ploy to undermine Nixon’s political opposition ? meaning, black people and critics of the Vietnam War: …And here it is decades later and pot is still a class 1 drug, right up there with heroin. Unbelievable.

    1. Whereas Obama’s policies of encouraging or requiring universities and employers to discriminate against white people or males is a ploy to undermine… Well, white males. I guess he’s just not as subtle as Nixon, which is saying something.

  33. Wow. This entire article is a race-war between white straw-men and bllack ones.

    1. Amen. How this site continues to publish this empty-headed, bland, establishment-lefty jargon continues to astonish.
      Has there ever been a writer more lost than Chapman, whether it’s his (sorry to grab your adjective) straw man arguments on global warming or cooling or – oh, crap — whatever it is today, or race relations, or economically-illiterate explanations on rationalizations for poverty….
      Sorry, I know Comments are for pithy, wise-ass, kicks in the ass, which I do enjoy reading. But how Gillespie and Co. continue to implicitly endorse, and round-about pay, this basically-moderate and uncreative “new democrat” is beyond me. The gentleman has not had a unique nor incisive offering in…. hell, ever.

  34. Reason seems to wallow in a racist world view, which starts with dividing people into “blacks” and “whites” and then reasoning about these groups as if they shared anything within them other than skin color and historical accident.

    I’m afraid of people who want to hurt or kill me, or take my stuff, or express hatred towards me. It’s not my fault that, statistically, that set of people happens not to have the same demographics as America as a whole.

    1. “I’m afraid of people …. It’s not my fault… ”

      It’s all about you. Congrats, by the way, on sharing the same demographics as America as a whole. You must be proud.

      1. So, are women who are more afraid of men than other women as sexist as whites who are more afraid of blacks?

        And since when to people have a right not to have others be afraid of them? Or is this a new one you thought of to justify mandatory reeducation camps?

        1. *as sexist as whites who are more afraid of blacks are racist.

  35. This is one of the most horrible articles that I have ever read on this site. If this person cannot detect the vitriol that is directed at White people then his head must truly be buried in the ground!

    1. It’s not as malicious as that. It’s simply lazy thinking. The author has (here and throughout his unexceptional career) mouthed cliches, unsubstantiated and directed at groups. Make that pop-culture groups. Groups without definition sans the latest coffee house generalities. It sells, so it makes a buck, and most folks rely on identity politics, nor do they have the inclination for specificity.
      Turning to the author himself, “There is no race war coming.” Really, Chapman? Ya think??? We were all so worried.
      Just to reciprocate in kind, there’s no earth-ending climate change coming either! Best to return to parsing Hillary quibbles, Trump racism, and text book brushes that explained right and wrong for you.
      Cripe, is there a writer more vanilla and superficial?

  36. So…Reason Magazine endorses the hooliganism of “peaceful” President Obama and the more blatant hooliganism of Black Lives Matter? Note the zero analysis of what’s actually been said and done at BLM protests and riots.

    1. Yes, it’s appalling. Apologists for a racist hate group like BLM and the modern left-wing racists.

  37. Drudge did not hype the Dylann Roof incident because, fortunately, it was so rare that it fell into the category of man bites dog. The black on white incidents are news because they are part of Obama’s increasingly successful efforts to start a race war in the United States.

  38. WTF?

    This has to be the most idiotic article I’ve ever read on reason.

    There’s no race war? Wake the fuck up. Black Lives Matter doesn’t incite violence? Wake the fuck up. Black people just want “equal rights?” Have you ever heard of “affirmative action?” How is such a racist policy consistent with wanting “equal rights?”

    The current “civil rights” movement is really just a racist movement and BLM is the new KKK.

    Let’s try color blindness under the law and strive for MLK’s dream.

  39. There are the proposals listed on the BLM website, which make sense to libertarians. But then in public the perception is that it’s all about shouting people down and shutting down interstates.

    The actual BLM organization has done a poor job of public relations. MLK knew the importance of that. It doesn’t matter what you put on your website if you go out in public and act a fool.

  40. This whole article is idiotic and wrong. It just repeats the same racist claims made by leftists trying to increase racial tensions. It assumes whites are racist (which is a racist assumption) and therefore concludes that they can’t possibly object to certain racial policies because they’re unreasonable, they have to be objecting because they’re racist.

  41. http://www.nationalreview.com/…..-president
    “That’s one theory. Another one is that people may be put off by Obama’s grating habit of turning every tragedy into a sermon about our supposed collective failings. I doubt the president is substantively more partisan than the average politician, but like most people on the left these days, he no longer bothers to make a distinction between a policy position and a moral struggle.”

  42. Is the Huffington Post? What a stupid article to post here at Reason.com. The divisive BLM movement incites racial violence. BLM is becoming a domestic terrorist organization.

  43. “The truth is that today, just as in 1966, the vast majority of blacks don’t want to “get whitey.” They just want?and demand?the same rights, opportunities and protections that whites take for granted. For some people, that’s scary enough.”

    Wrong. What native-born black people want, on average, is to have society tell them that their lack of progress is not their fault– that it’s the fault of _society_. That it’s the fault of those nasty ol’ white people.

    But the increasing percentage of African-Americans who voluntarily emigrated here, or whose parents did, either from Africa or the Caribbean (typically) are putting the lie to that. They deal with exactly the same white people and same justice system. They have, on average, darker skins than native-born black people. And yet? They have lots of cultural capital. They have an interest in getting married and settling down. They avoid having kids either outside of marriage or young. They value real education and move wherever they need to to get it for their kids. They have higher income and more assets.

    As I see it, the attitude of the Left toward black people in America is one of the worst things ever to happen to African-Americans.

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