The acrimony surrounding Trump’s call to the Black widow of soldier Sgt. La David T. Johnson killed in Niger demonstrates many truisms about race relations in a society dedicated to multiculturalism and leftist identity politics. Trump, along with regular Americans, would be well advised to take note.
I’ll take it for granted that readers will share my assumption that Trump did not call the widow Myeshia Johnson in order to somehow provoke her. What he didn’t realize is just how easily such unintended provocations may occur in multicultural contexts, in particular when the White-Black dynamic is at play.
President Trump was quoted in the press, as reported by (Black activist) Rep. Frederica Wilson who was listening in on the call, as telling the widow heartlessly, “You know, he must’ve known what he signed up for.” This has been taken out of context as to be a kind of taunt to the widow rather than simply reflecting on the natural role of a soldier. Left out was the second clause of the sentence: “but it still hurts”
What can we learn from this whole affair?
Firstly, many ordinary, everyday interactions with Blacks can quickly become unpleasant. In a climate of mutual distrust, normally insignificant statements quickly become “microaggressions,” and you can expect some turbulence — like asking immigrants where they are from. Everyday niceties become contexts for outrage by the aggrieved and yet another example for White people to feel guilt.
Rep. Wilson, Democrat from Florida, came out to the cameras in her gaudy outfit and ridiculous hat to suggest that Trump is a “sick man”: “He’s cold-hearted and he feels no pity or sympathy for anyone”, when characterizing Trump’s condolence call. General Kelly, now chief of staff in the White House, remembered an earlier instance of Congresswoman Wilson’s tactlessness at a press conference this week:
The congresswoman stood up, and in the long tradition of empty barrels making the most noise, stood up there in all of that and talked about how she got the funding for that building, and how she took care of her constituents because she got the money. And how she just called up President Obama, and on that phone call, he gave the money, the 20 million, to build the building, and she sat down.
Kelly was surprised, to say the least: “We were stunned, stunned that she had done it. Even for someone that is that empty a barrel, we were stunned.”
Kelly was apparently wrong about his claim that Wilson took credit for securing funding for the building as indicated by a video of the dedication. However, the White House Press Secretary that Wilson “also had quite a few comments that day that weren’t part of that speech and weren’t part of that video that were witnessed by many people that were there.” And one doesn’t know what to make of her statement “I have staff, people who write the speeches.” Is she admitting Kelly was right but that it’s not her fault because she didn’t write the speech?
So it’s he said-she said. However, the point is that once again the incident was turned into an accusation of racial insensitivity. Wilson now claims she is the victim of Kelly’s virulent racism by his use of the phrase “empty barrel” — the term now apparently being the new dog-whistle epithet because, you know, any negative comment by a White person about a POC is apparently now not just a possibly true comment on things like character or competence. It’s an open-and-shut case of “racism.”
In the context of Black grievance, pretty much anything a White person says can be construed as racist. “We looked it up in the dictionary,” the ever-inquisitive congresswoman explained. Kelly has that naïve WASPish quality in which he actually would expect decent behavior from someone like Rep. Wilson, and therefore still has the capacity to be stunned. Those of us more versed in race-realism cannot quite muster that kind of shock when a racial advocate and exemplar of the grievance industry acts true to form, as Wilson did in her response to Kelly.
But alas, under the hierarchy of Cultural Marxism, one such as Rep. Wilson is granted moral authority by default. If she is angry, rest-assured that is righteous anger. Everything she says is to be believed with absolute certainty, and that is how it has played in the media.
Another thing we can learn: one cannot necessarily expect the usual decorum when dealing with interracial situations, especially for Blacks who make a living via the grievance industry. Whether they’re interrupting a Richard Spencer speech or going on national television mischaracterizing or even lying about your condolence call, many Blacks (and, it must be said, a great many White college students/antifa) don’t always adhere to previously understood standards of etiquette. Civilization means at least a veneer of courtesy. With vibrant diversity, even that thin veneer is taken away, and we are left with a kind of Hobbesian war of all against all.
Finally, we must at last accept the fact that Blacks loath Donald Trump to an alarming degree. After all, Congresswoman Wilson is part of a merry band of Black congress members who have called for Trump’s impeachment. When the proportion of Blacks who hysterically oppose Trump is approaching 90 percent, I think it’s time to start making some generalizations. Clearly Wilson is part of that 90 percent, so we’ll have to take her opinions with a grain of salt too.
Blacks feel a type of righteous indignation that they are not permitted the privilege of personally vetting the commander in chief — understandable, and a good reason why it is insane for Whites to look forward to becoming a minority. They are simply going bonkers that the man who insulted the great Barack Obama is now in charge, and continues to disrespect him. His latest “dis” was that Obama was not really so diligent in calling the spouses of fallen soldiers, and that indeed Obama had not taken the trouble to call Chief of Staff Kelly when his son died. Should we not take some mirth, then, in Trump’s continual trolling of them?
This ghetto sensibility of being ever vigilant against “disrespect,” and Trump’s devil-may-care attitude towards political correctness is a volatile combination; and it is frankly amusing to watch!
Hence Trump’s response to the congresswoman via Twitter:
The Fake News is going crazy with wacky Congresswoman Wilson(D), who was SECRETLY on a very personal call, and gave a total lie on content!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 20, 2017
The childish temper tantrums at Richard Spencer’s speech at the University of Florida served as an opportunity to show people the true nature of our adversaries. So too the reaction to this phone call resulting in a moral panic, wall-to-wall virtue signaling on the left, accusations of racism, and an insight into the results of the triumph of leftist identity politics: all race (and gender), all the time. It’s a textbook case of how multicuturalism gives rise to increased conflict.
And given the posture of prominent Blacks vis-à-vis Trump, one cannot help but conclude that this political struggle has something of an existential struggle about it too. When Kelly expresses his indignation that such a private moment as a phone call to the wife of a fallen soldier can become politicized, we can nod in knowing agreement. But we cannot for a moment be surprised.
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