Sitting Bullsh*t

Over the weekend a young man was caught on video committing the most horrific crime imaginable in contemporary America: being white, Republican and insufficiently deferential to a minority.


The usual Twitter mob formed, headed by blue checkmarks with enormous followings who called for the young man to be ostracised from society along with his family and friends (check out the entire timeline to see just how depraved this pile-on became). While the individual in the video might look like a smug git with a punchable face, it’s important to note that he did not engage in violence, nor abuse anybody. In fact, on any objective measure he doesn’t seem to be doing much wrong. But none of that matters, and the hatred and anger being directed at this teenager by Twitter’s finest rests on his merely being “disrespectful” to a protected class. The terms “white privilege” and “white supremacy” are being thrown around like confetti and, naturally, Trump is to blame.

However, several videos have since emerged (1, 2, 3) which shows the kids were doing little other than acting like kids do on a school trip when the Native American “elder” approached them, beating his drum. In other words, he got in their faces, not the other way around. Oh, and the kids were also being told they were on “stolen land” and should “go back to Europe“; presumably they were expected to meekly accept that and move on. One might also ask where the outrage was after this incident, or this one. The Washington Post quickly got hold of the Native American and uncritically published his side of the story, whereas the boys, who are pupils at a Catholic School, had no such ear lent to them. Nonetheless, one pupil’s account seems to match that of the video footage, and as I am writing this most of Twitter agrees the entire episode was a deliberate attempt to construct a narrative using misleading footage and generate a pile-on.

There are a couple of points to make here. The first is that since Trump’s election, race relations have collapsed to lower levels than even Obama managed, not because of bands of Nazis roaming the land lynching blacks but because there is now an entire industry devoted to labeling anyone and everyone a racist if they do so much as twitch an eyelash in opposition to aggressive minorities. It seems a lot of people, including an awful lot of whites, are hell-bent on starting a race war using a wholly imagined prevalence of white supremacy as an excuse. Ironically, these people claim to be opposed to the “normalising” of white supremacist thought, but here’s the thing: if you keep bandying that term around and accusing random people of being white supremacists for not grovelling before troublemaking minorities, at some point it is going to become normalised. Trump’s about as much a white supremacist as he is a Trappist monk, but progressives have decided everyone who supports him is a card-carrying racist. Well, keep that up and don’t be surprised if a candidate appears on the scene threatening to take minorities down a peg or two and a few million vote for him.  The ZMan often remarks that, sooner or later, whites are going to start voting along racial lines just as everyone else does; incidents like this are only going to bring that moment closer.

The second point is I can see a business opportunity in providing immediate support to those on the receiving end of a Twitter mob. These people need professional help in the form of legal advice, personal security, and PR on short notice in order to keep themselves safe and their lives intact. I’ve heard a few discussions on podcasts on what to do if a Twitter mob comes for you, and I’d not be surprised to find companies springing up actually offering this service before too long. Maybe one day you’ll be able to insure yourself against it; considering how many people fear it compared to how many it actually happens to, it might be a lucrative market.

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38 thoughts on “Sitting Bullsh*t

  1. “…there is now an entire industry devoted to labeling anyone and everyone a racist if they do so much as twitch an eyelash in opposition to aggressive minorities.”

    And that’s not confined solely to the US. Sadly.

  2. For those of us who studied the subject, this has all the hallmarks of a Communist agitprop set-piece. It’s something we’re going to have to get used to, and start remembering how to identify again.

    When I first saw this, all I heard was the framing they were using. Looking at the imagery, I was struck at how closely akin it was to how the Paliwood stuff is usually staged, so I kinda went “Hmmmm…”.

    And, as I halfway suspected upon hearing of this, the facts that have since evinced themselves do not match the initial narrative.

    When all this ends, the media here in the US will be unable to convince anyone that the sun is rising in the east, without someone going to check for themselves to ensure that that is what’s actually happening. I don’t think this is a healthy trend for a democratic republic…

  3. Why are schoolkids being taken on a political demonstration? And why are the teachers letting them mill around unsupervised with other people on other political demonstrations?

  4. “When all this ends, the media here in the US will be unable to convince anyone that the sun is rising in the east, without someone going to check for themselves to ensure that that is what’s actually happening. I don’t think this is a healthy trend for a democratic republic…”

    Not quite – you will be unable to claim the sun rises in the east without publicly acknowledging the feelings and celebrating the diversity of those who believe it rises in the west, or the south.

  5. BiG, I wonder what the accusation would be when you point out to these people that the world does not revolve around them?

  6. “When all this ends, the media here in the US will be unable to convince anyone that the sun is rising in the east, without someone going to check for themselves to ensure that that is what’s actually happening. I don’t think this is a healthy trend for a democratic republic…”

    I think you are already there.

  7. You utterly fail to realise that the term “white privilege” is used in the same context as “racist” – it is meant to claim the moral high ground and shut the discussion down. The accuser gets to dictate the debate terms, conditions and direction of the debate.

    Occasionally it backfires like this incident when David Webb was accused of “white privilege” when he is slightly more suntanned than a Liebstandarte SS Sturmbahnfuhrer …

    https://www.breitbart.com/the-media/2019/01/15/cnn-analyst-accuses-sirius-xm-host-david-webb-of-white-privilege-then-learns-hes-black/

    That ‘ole white privilege kicking in again, eh?

  8. “Not quite – you will be unable to claim the sun rises in the east without publicly acknowledging the feelings and celebrating the diversity of those who believe it rises in the west, or the south.”

    Northist.

  9. >For those of us who studied the subject, this has all the hallmarks of a Communist agitprop set-piece. It’s something we’re going to have to get used to, and start remembering how to identify again.

    True, unfortunately.

  10. I will try and remember to add the [sarcasm] tag next time. Must Remember Rule 35: The necessity of indicating sarcasm on the internet is directly proportional to how bleedingly obvious the sarcasm is.

  11. The only sane response to those who chuck the “white-privilege” epithet about is to ask them whether they agree with Martin Luther King’s sentiment about judging people by their character and not the colour of the skin?

  12. “I will try and remember to add the [sarcasm] tag next time. Must Remember Rule 35: The necessity of indicating sarcasm on the internet is directly proportional to how bleedingly obvious the sarcasm is.”

    And I’ll remember to add the [tongue in cheek] tag.

  13. And that’s not confined solely to the US.

    Indeed. Look how readily the likes of David Lammy and Diane Abbott accuse people of racism without any basis, and continually portray ordinary people as racists.

  14. Looking at the imagery, I was struck at how closely akin it was to how the Paliwood stuff is usually staged,

    A few people have noticed the similarities with Paliwood: send a video to credulous journalists, and let them do the rest. I’ve said it before, but the media ought to be viewed as the propaganda arm of the ruling classes.

  15. Being an unreformed, unashamed old time whitey I was on the kids side before the unedited vids appeared and if possible I’m even more so now. I was worried the kids would be hung out to dry but it seems people are now stepping up in their defence.

  16. “Paliwood”.

    First time I’d heard that term.

    Thanks, another research topic rabbithole for me to fall down.

    It reminds me of that quote by Brian Eno, “I get very annoyed if I don’t have one brilliant thought a day”.

    I hope I’m not as pretentious as Eno. I get very annoyed if I don’t learn one new thing a day.

  17. ask them whether they agree with Martin Luther King’s sentiment about judging people by their character and not the colour of the skin?

    Surely he’s been officially reclassified as an ‘Uncle Tom’ by now?

  18. Surely he’s been officially reclassified as an ‘Uncle Tom’ by now?

    Sure, they may “officially” venerate MLK (because it is hard to do the opposite), but many in the black community, not just the activists, think exactly that.

    MLK is considered an “Uncle Tom” by many blacks because he espoused supportive views and expectations of the white liberal establishment to stand by their own liberal views in opposition to the racism in the USA at that time. They think he should have been smearing the racism of their fellow white people in the faces of the politicians in Washington DC, not trying to get legislative and executive action to remove the barriers that black Americans genuinely faced.

    The problem is that the solutions were wrong. Those who were least affected by the problems (the liberal middle-class) pushed affirmative action as the solution which only exacerbated the divisions, particularly among the poor of all colours and creeds.

  19. Oh, and the kids were also being told they were on “stolen land” and should “go back to Europe“;

    Yeah, bet Drummer Guy wishes his ancestors had had better border security to keep the immigrants out…

  20. More seriously, I know a lot of people freaked out when Trump called the media “the enemies of the people”, but frankly, this case has removed any doubts I had as to his correctness. If Trump rounded up and shot every journalist in America, the world would be better off.

  21. Being an unreformed, unashamed old time whitey I was on the kids side before the unedited vids appeared

    Regardless of what additional video one has or hasn’t seen, it’s impossible to avoid noticing that in the original, there’s a young kid standing serenely while an old man bangs a drum loudly and directly well inside that kid’s personal space, in his face – there are jurisdictions where that’s considered criminal assault, even if no physical contact is made. Anyone with kids is familiar with the “I’m not touching you” argument. Absent the “all white men bad” filter, this video always made the guy with the drum look like the aggressor.

  22. @William of Ockham
    Not impossible. US withdrawal from Vietnam is 1973 and the fall of Saigon is 1975, so the agitator would have been between 19 and 21. It is of course possible that he served in the military at the time of Vietnam, but not actually in any role in the conflict.

  23. It is of course possible that he served in the military at the time of Vietnam, but not actually in any role in the conflict.

    Which is why the term “Vietnam-era veteran” is being bandied about, although Phillips himself uses the term “Vietnam-times”. Given I was an army cadet between 1992 and 1996, I think it’s high time I start calling myself a Balkan War veteran.

  24. That Vietnam Era Veteran is an official status. I worked with a guy who was in the last basic training class of 1975 and he qualified for benefits as a Vietnam War Era Veteran even though he served in Germany starting in 1976. We used to joke about it. Also what makes me suspicious that Injun Joe never served is that he awkwardly worded it “Vietnam times”. I would expect anyone distinguishing themselves from actual war vets to use the generally standard phrasing of “Vietnam War Era Veteran”.

  25. “I think it’s high time I start calling myself a Balkan War veteran.”

    I bought a pair of German army surplus parachute boots last month (from that funny little shop near Waterloo Station) prior to having to walk around various snowy European cities.

    Apparently I’m due in Nuremberg for my preliminary hearing next week.

    (The boots are brilliant though, best 50 quid ever)

  26. Does this make him a bit of a Walt? I think our military friends should give us their opinion.

  27. “I bought a pair of German army surplus parachute boots last month…”

    Back in the day, I worked for a company that imported WW2 memorabilia, and I used to shop the army-navy stores (they were cheaper at the time)
    I had an SS rain parka (very cool camo pattern) and a German commando sweater (It was astoundingly warm, comfortable, and looked cool.

    Every now and then a customer would ask – “hey…um..is that a german flag on your sweater?” Why yes, yes it is..

    “That’s an unusual coat” “Waffen SS. Cool huh?”

  28. The UK saw a lot of ex-German army gear mainly because of national service producing so much of it and after their two years it had to go somewhere. I grew up beside a German army tank range and so we got loads locally, it was great for farm work.

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