Although rioting, looting, burning, and demolition of our cities have seriously damaged our physical structure, it can be rebuilt. But the ongoing dismantling of our cultural values and traditions might not be salvageable. The loss of our cultural values has happened gradually over the years as a result of our continuous acquiescence to demands from grievance groups. We thought these groups would be appeased. But every time we made a concession, rather than being placated, a new demand was made. And each new demand has the full support of media and academia.
Advocacy organizations of the past have done great harm to our American culture, but if the recently created Black Lives Matter has its way, the country envisioned by our founding fathers will no longer exist. This is no exaggeration. Black Lives Matter also has activists successfully trashing centuries-old cultures of European cites, literally threatening the continued existence of Western civilization. And that is no exaggeration. How could this have happened ?
In the 1970s, Democratic Senator Patrick Moynihan publicly expressed his concern over the excessive focus on racism and the exorbitant actions being proposed to eliminate it. Moynihan felt that the obsession with racism was not healthy for society and might even encourage additional claims of racism.. Moynihan encouraged a period of “benign neglect” regarding racial issues. Instead of “benign neglect”, the decades following Moynihan's prophetic warning have been inundated with continual accusations of racial discrimination. Racism has become the raison d´etre for every real or imagined conflict involving a minority.
To make racism an ongoing media subject through all those decades, new forms of racial bias had to be found. Sociologists and media obliged by “discovering” previously unknown versions of racial discrimination. Racist claims by media were not always verifiable and questions have been raised about the diagnoses of racial discrimination by sociologists. These sociologists use a concept known as “self-reporting.” After subjecting the complainant to numerous questions to determine their truthfulness, the therapist would ask: “ Have you ever been treated unfairly or badly because of your race or ethnicity?” Their answer was obviously based on their perceptions which could not be scientifically verified.
Establishment projects to eliminate racism and other societal flaws have become overblown and do not enjoy widespread popularity. To make them more amenable to the public they are often renamed. Consider the concept of “Leveling”, eliminating economic and social differences to achieve equality. Leveling was not viewed favorably because it conflicted with private enterprise and individual responsibility. Clever semantics were employed to make the leveling of society sound like a moral endeavor. Hence Leveling was renamed “Social Justice.”
Media has made the concept of “Social Justice” an essential cog in our societal apparatus. Universities have even made Social Justice a field of study coequal with history, literature, geography, economics and so forth. College students who major in Social Justice take courses cataloging society's injustices; courses that blame these injustices on White Supremacy. In fact, many of these courses are simply anti-White proselytizing - universities are actually offering an undergraduate course called “The Abolition of Whiteness.”
Widespread television coverage has allowed media and academia to characterize America's White population as thoroughly racist; so inbred with racism for so long that Whites are no longer aware of it. As large segments of society are too intimidated to question media and academia, they have manipulated much of our thinking. Their strategy is to take isolated incidents, blame them on race, and portray them as a national phenomenon; “systemic racism.” The death of one black man at the hands of white Minneapolis police is explained by “systemic racism.” So the “pain” is nationwide which justifies nationwide rioting, looting, burning, and destruction of property.
Once an lone incident has been converted into a coast-to-coast racial problem, it can be used against against other Leftist targets. An example is Virginia's Democratic Governor, Ralph Northam. Citing the “pain” caused by the Minneapolis incident, the Governor stated “... the pain can’t go on... it’s a time for this country to heal.” And what healing action does Governor Northam propose for the callous killing of a black man in far away Minneapolis? The Governor will remove the Robert E. Lee statue that has adorned Richmond's Monument Avenue for over a century.
Media often blames Confederate memorabilia as the underlying cause of racial violence regardless of where the violence occurs; Minneapolis being the latest example. Of course, media and academia have long been driving forces behind the campaign to discredit the Confederacy. But what if all Confederate symbols are actually eliminated? Will advocacy groups discontinue their protests? Will Black Lives Matter end its mission to “eradicate White supremacy?” Will we have years of racial harmony?
To answer these questions we need only consider the outrageous vandalism on the Jefferson Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and other non-Confederate relics.
Gail Jarvis is a Georgia-based free-lance writer. His writing is influenced by witnessing how versions of news and history were distorted for fashionable political reasons. Mr. Jarvis is a member of the Society of Independent Southern Historians and his articles have appeared on various websites, magazines, and publications for several organizations. He lives in Coastal Georgia with his wife.