Are you certain you’re not oppressed?
Because you probably are, y’know
In the Wall Street Journal today, Shelby Steele, a senior fellow at Stanford U’s Hoover Institution, explains “Why the Left is consumed with hate.”
For many on the left a hateful anti-Americanism has become a self-congratulatory lifestyle. “America was never that great,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently said. For radical groups like Black Lives Matter, hatred of America is a theme of identity, a display of racial pride.
… hate is a license. Conservative speakers can be shouted down, even assaulted, on university campuses. Republican officials can be harassed in restaurants, in the street, in front of their homes.
What it all boils down to is that the Left has always relied on victimhood for its sustenance but is running out of credible victims. A prime example (which Steele does not use) is Sandra Fluke, the law student attending pricey, private and Catholic Georgetown University pleading at the 2012 national Democrat(ic) convention for someone to pay for her birth control.
The problem, Steele observes, is that “America has achieved since the ’60s one of the greatest moral evolutions ever. That is a profound problem for the left, whose existence is threatened by the diminishment of racial oppression.”
The left’s unspoken terror is that racism is no longer menacing enough to support its own power. The great crisis for the left today — the source of its angst and hatefulness — is its own encroaching obsolescence. Today the left looks to be slowly dying from lack of racial menace.
A single white-on-black shooting in Ferguson, Mo., four years ago resulted in a prolonged media blitz and the involvement of the president of the United States. In that same four-year period, thousands of black-on-black shootings took place in Chicago, hometown of the then-president, yet they inspired very little media coverage and no serious presidential commentary.
White-on-black shootings evoke America’s history of racism and so carry an iconic payload of menace. Black-on-black shootings carry no such payload, although they are truly menacing to the black community.
The left is still stalked by obsolescence. There is simply not enough menace to service its demands for power. The voices that speak for the left have never been less convincing. It is hard for people to see the menace that drives millionaire football players to kneel before the flag.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: And that, my friends and liberal-progressive-socialist acquaintances, is why the Left wants to:
• Expel cops (not troublemakers) from of schools;
• Yank a grave marker from Forest Hill cemetery; and
• Politicize dimly remembered teenage horseplay from 36 years ago.