If you think the current civil turmoil we are enduring is all about police brutality, you are not paying attention.
The earthquake that began in Minneapolis with the murder of George Floyd by a White policeman was caused by a massive tectonic plate shift: Africa has collided with Europe, and with it a tsunami of new myths is engulfing us. The very foundation of Western Civilization is cracking under the strain. Sounds melodramatic, but hear me out.
The tension between African Americans and law enforcement is real and has passed the breaking point. Whether it was precipitated by Blacks resisting arrest or from mistaken identity, African Americans can rightfully claim undue violence by the police. Yet, the police can argue that much of their enforcement duties and risk revolve around the Black community. But, we are long past any debate.
Resisting arrest is off the table. Black crime statistics are off the table. Black-on-White crime is off the table. African American social disintegration is off the table. What is left on the table is White privilege, White racism, and 400 years of White oppression. And, even the table itself must be replaced – the myth of the United States of America.
Admittedly, older White Americans were raised on a steady diet of Euro-American greatness – from discovering America to the victories of World War II. We wrote the history and embellished it with mythology – the sacred Founding Fathers and “all men are created equal.” As Italian Americans, we not only embraced that history upon arrival but tacked on two thousand years of our own greatness – from Roman civilization to our sweat and blood on these shores. Now, all these facts and myths are on the chopping block. A new negative version of White history must precede the New Order.
It was once called Black Power, today it is a social and economic revolution known as the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. It differs from the traditional civil rights struggle in that equal opportunity is not the goal, myriad laws already insure that. Rather, it is a demand for a transfer of wealth and power. What is also different is the number of White Americans who are part of this revolution, in many cases over 60% of BLM protesters are White. They too want to replace White mythology with a Black one. But, make no mistake, African American history is just as mythologized as White.
Centuries of Black and Muslim slavers disappear in this mythology, while White “kidnapping” of Africans becomes the original sin. America’s wealth, they tell us, came on the backs of Black slaves, not White ingenuity and risk-taking. I would contest that with the example of “King Cotton,” which only produced Southern wealth after the invention of the cotton gin by a White guy from Connecticut, not solely Negro cotton-picking.
The New Order requires the demonization of Western Civilization and magnifying Euro-American guilt in order to recruit a young generation of White collaborators. Academia has worked overtime to insulate itself from Black ire by accelerating the demonization of Whites. Educators must match historical perspectives to their diverse student body to make history “relevant.” In doing so, Euro-Caucasian imperialism is fully exploited, but the outrages of Africans, Muslims, and Asians and their miserable treatment of women are minimized. In the media, the A & E reality show Cops has been cancelled after 32 years to avoid broadcasting actual Black bad behavior.
It is not a grand truth that is coming with the rise of minorities. It is a ho-hum dismissal of Western progress: anybody could have discovered America; the Americas were a paradise, as was Africa, before the White man despoiled them; Islam saved scholarship during the Dark Ages and was the font of all tolerance (how did that turn out?); India and China were the well-springs of civilization, even though they knew nothing of democracy or equality.
Today’s NYTimes has a 2-page ad by African American media mogul Byron Allen, private owner of nine cable networks including the Black Entertainment Television (BET), with a 10-point program for White America to mend its ways. He lists the following vulnerable groups who only “want PEACE!!!” (his emphasis) from White America “but have been denied it:” Native Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Muslims, Jews, and Blacks.
They not only want PEACE, but a PIECE of our soul. -JLM