Once Aryan Skynet Goes Live It Doesn't Matter Who Pulled The Switch
It all started so innocently. A big fan of Kievsky’s blog, Mind Weapons In Ragnarok, I had commented a few times under a few handles. After reading about “hipster racism” I logged in under the handle “Hipster Racist” to post the latest side-splittingly funny outrage by The Usual Suspects about a new phenomenon: “hipster racism.”
That’s all it was supposed to be. But it just meta-sized from there. A handful of times I wanted to retire the handle, but people said, “don’t. It’s iconic.” So I started a blog and supplemented my drinking with diatribes, trolling, conspiracy theories, and dirty stories.
Well, “Hipster Racist” stuck, so now every few days I log on and search for “hipster racism” on Google News. Every time I think I was overstating the case, that “hipster” is a code word for “white liberal who is secretly racist,” I find something like Salon attacking a TV show about privileged whites in Los Angeles who don’t want to send their kids to public schools with a bunch of Diversities, thus want to build a charter school.
The one thing the aging-hipster parents know of their school district, Los Angeles Unified, is its “broken-ness” — and by extension, the rest of America’s obsession with that term. These “thoughtful” parents don’t waste one breath discussing the possibility of their white middle-class children attending their neighborhood school, saving it instead for lengthy wails of anxiety about private school applications and liberal guilt about isolating their kids from “the community.”
Who cares what a Hollywood show about “disenfranchised and lost” film industry workers and their precious progeny does?
We all should, because “Togetherness” very much reflects the state of national discourse on education and its corrosive effects on public schools, particularly as it has played out in Los Angeles. (I taught in LAUSD public schools for 20 years.) The show also presciently mirrors a current school board race in that district that is pitting a charter school reformer against an old-time public school advocate.
With “Togetherness,” we witness the battle through the intersection of art, politics, race and class.
It doesn’t matter what your liberal credentials are. It doesn’t matter if you support Gay Marriage, Saving the Whales, Abortion on Demand, and Obamacare. You’re white, therefore a racist. If you did, in fact, send your kids to a ghetto public school, you’d probably still be accused of “cultural appropriation” anyway. Hell, you could marry a Black woman and still be accused of “sexualizing black bodies.”
You can’t win.
PBS/NPR regularly broadcast shows like “All Jews Considered” with a round-table discussion about how to generate more friendly publicity for the apartheid regime of Jew bigotry in Zionist-occupied Palestine (sorry, Gregory Hood, I’ll never stop using that phrase.) Nevertheless PBS takes the time to sniff out “Millennials” (“Millennial” is a code word for “hipster”) that are still very, very racist.
The data below visualize the percentage of whites in each age group espousing the explicitly racist idea that blacks are not hardworking or intelligent, as well as the percentage who say that blacks face little or no discrimination. Finally, I include the percentage of whites in each age group who say they have “never” felt admiration for blacks. The youngest whites (17-34) are only modestly less likely than the oldest (65+) to say that blacks are lazy (3.6 point difference) or unintelligent (1.5 point difference), but they are also less likely to perceive discrimination against blacks (6.3 point difference) and far less likely to say that have felt admiration for blacks. Compared to the generation immediately before them (white aged 35-49) the youngest whites are slightly more likely to say blacks are lazy (2.4 points) and unintelligent (4.3). In sum, it’s clear that age has little effect on the likelihood that whites hold racially-biased feelings about blacks.
The old racists keep dying out, but the new generation of “progressives” wind up developing attitudes toward blacks that are hardly distinguishable from their Klansmen grandparents. Education doesn’t seem to help, so you can hardly chalk it up to “ignorance.” One thing is certain, if you don’t think that blacks are intelligent and hard-working, if you don’t “admire” black people, and if you don’t think that blacks are regularly “held back” by “racism” – you’re a racist.
Actually, if you were to say, “black people are intelligent, hard-working and I admire them” – you’d probably be accused of “hipster racism” – it’s like saying you “have a black friend.” A white person having a black friend is not only not a defense against “racism” – merely bringing it up is somewhat suspicious. Maybe you are only friends with him because you don’t want to appear “racist” – thus making you racist?
Reddit is one of the highest ranking websites on the Internet, full of Millennial hipsters, and its “racism problem” is a constant source of clickbait for the Old New Media like Salon.com.
Reddit’s ugly, racist secret: How it became the most hateful space on the Internet … The powerhouse website is turning a blind eye to hate, explains Southern Poverty Law Center’s Keegan Hankes
Keegan Hankes of the $PLC? Hmm, that name sounds awfully familiar…
When you think of places on the Internet where racists like to congregate, there are probably a few obvious locales that jump to mind: the explicitly white supremacist Stormfront, the hipster-racist [ed: there’s that term again!] Taki’s Magazine, the comments at YouTube, the comments at the Daily Caller, the comments at almost any local news’ website… So basically every comment thread on every popular or conservative website. But according to a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the arguably vilest, ugliest, nastiest and most unapologetically hateful space on the Internet is not in some comment thread you weren’t going to read anyway but at one of the most popular websites there is: Reddit.
In fact, it doesn’t even matter if you are “well intentioned.” If doesn’t matter if you really, truly, honestly, deep in your heart LOVE all people of all races like in some vision of a 1980s United Colors of Benetton orgy. You are doing “anti-racism” wrong, thus, are a “hipster racist.”
Uncomfortable fact: hipster racism is often well-intentioned.
Instead, we’re confronted with what many refer to as “hipster racism” – that whole I’m so not racist that I can say anything racist because we’ve totally moved past that attitude. You see it in white girls who wear Native American headdresses to music festivals and think they’re just being quirky, or in the stand-up comedian who does “hilarious” impressions of his Asian coworker. We seem to think that we’ve moved so far beyond our past that now it would be fun to ironically resurrect it.
There are many examples. Take the white women who named their PR company “Strange Fruit” after the Billie Holliday/Nina Simone song about the lynching of black people. They weren’t trying to mock Nina or the actual blood in her words; they loved the song and thought the title was great for a business that “stands out in a crowd”. They didn’t understand what it means to take a piece of work so important to the struggle of civil rights and re-purpose it for your business needs. Seeing the most beautiful and heartbreaking renditions of the pain of black people turned into the slogan “Are you a strange fruit?” is like a punch in the stomach considering that the “strange fruit” in the song is the hanging bodies of lynched black people.
These are well-meaning people who do not consider themselves racist. They got themselves into trouble because we haven’t updated our conversation on racism since the 1960s.
Starting to notice a pattern? We all know that “anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.” The corollary is that “racist is a code word for white person.” Chances are, if the term “hipster” is used in the media, it’s likely to be followed by hysterical accusations of racism.
To hear the “anti-racists” tell it, “hipster” is a code word for “racist white person in denial about their vicious racism.” Hipsters are, in fact, as racist as Ku Klux Klansmen lynching Negroes, just with better taste in music.
Is he a “hipster racist” for appropriating the culture and struggles of an oppressed minority?
Or is he a “nipster” – a “hipster neo-Nazi” – hiding his anti-semitism under the guise of anti-Zionism?
I’m not sure, but it reminds me of that old joke: “How do you keep an idiot occupied?”
Meanwhile, keep calm and listen to The Field.