Incite-ful versus insightful

A tale of two marches:

Saturday, in Minneapolis, Reuters reported:

Several hundred protesters from the Black Lives Matter movement marched to the Minnesota State Fair on Saturday to bring attention to race issues ranging from policing to underrepresentation of minorities at one of the nation’s biggest state fairs.

The mixed-race crowd, including senior citizens and children, chanted slogans along the 1-1/2 mile route and briefly lay down on a bridge south of the fairgrounds

Minnesota media reported the number of marchers at 325.

A few hundred miles to the south, a throng of 20,000, led by Glenn Beck, marched in Birmingham, Alabama, along the same route marched by Martin Luther King. They were there to declare that “All Lives Matter.”

Guess which march received national media attention and which one didn’t.

The theme of one march was summed up by the quote “love is the answer,” (they’re right) while the other was marred with chants of “pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon.”  The true hatefulness of many on the “social justice left” is now routinely on display.  Is it any wonder they find that their message is increasingly repugnant to what’s left of mainstream America?

In a similar vein, Victor Davis Hanson points out the hypocrisy of Latinos decrying racism under the banner of a Federally-funded advocacy group known as “La Raza:”

Sometime in the last five years, the public woke up and grasped that Latino elite activists were not so much interested in illegal immigration per se, but only to the degree that the issue affected other Latinos. Were 3,000 Chinese illegally entering California per day by ship on the Northern California coast, Latino activists and politicians would probably be the first to call for enforcement of federal immigration law.

It is difficult for the National Council of La Raza to attempt to airbrush away vocabulary like “anchor baby” and “illegal immigration,” while insisting that its own nomenclature “La Raza” has nothing to do with race. The public knows that La Raza means “The Race,” and that those who founded that organization chose that racially charged noun for the precise purpose of ethnic triumphalism — in the way that every infamous 20th-century Latinate racist demagogue from Mussolini to Franco found a use for Raza/Razza, a mostly taboo term in Mediterranean Europe today. In an age when the Washington Redskins earn a presidential rebuke, it is inconceivable that the chief illegal-immigration advocate is a federally subsidized group known as the National Council of La Raza. No other organization would dare use such a term. In the public mind illegal immigration has gone from the old narrative that racists were enforcing the law to keep out mostly brown people to a new generation of racists who are trying to subvert the law to bring in mostly brown people.

The real racists today are the ones using the past to silence opponents, demanding that one particular group sit in shame on “stools of everlasting repentance” while they hypocritically carve out categorical privileges and immunities for their favored classes of people.  This is not an honest effort to improve America.  It is demagoguery in its worst form–divisive and violent–and needs to be denounced by every civilized American.

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