Friday, April 13, 2012

Split Second Decisions from the Security of Your Living Room

In a post Ed Rasimus titles Detwaddling, he points us to a piece written by Fred Reed titled Some Things Detwaddled - Cops, Race, Reporters wherein Fred asks readers to do this.

Let us play a little game in the peace and security of your living room. You will be a cop responding to an armed-robbery call at a Seven-Eleven, and you will have your pistol in your hand. I will play the robber, initially with my back to you as you enter the store. I will tell you before the game begins that I will have in my hand, close to my body, either a (toy) gun or a dayglo-yellow plastic banana.

Ed encourages readers to think about what Fred writes.  I second the motion.

Posted by John Venlet on 04/13 at 01:47 PM
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Racism’s Rule is Collective

Why does racism have such a rule over individuals’ minds, and in recognizing this fact, can actual racial harmony ever be achieved?

Billy Beck addresses the above questions as follows, in response to the John Derbyshire interview at Gawker.

Derbyshire: “My own sense of the thing is that underneath the happy talk, underneath the dogged adherence to failed ideas and dead theories, underneath the shrieking and anathematizing at people like me, there is a deep and cold despair.”

Beck: I agree with him. This is true.

Derbyshire: “In our innermost hearts, we don’t believe racial harmony can be attained.”

Beck: *This* is true, too, but almost nobody knows why. I do. I know why.

It’s because the defeat of racism requires a completely integrated metaphysics and epistemology, in order to arrive at the proper ethics: we must be understood as a single species of *individuals*. This is *impossible* in all but the most renegade minds, now, because this culture has been wading around ass-deep in the moral filth of *collective* political premises for whole generations.

I’ll add the following quote to the above thoughts for your consideration, which was obtained from Jacque Ellul’s Violence.

Black racism is no more excusable than white racism.

Thanks to The Trooper’s Gal for alerting me to Billy’s words, which were part of a Facebook discussion.

Posted by John Venlet on 04/13 at 07:57 AM
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