An Ironic Segue
This was on this evening’s NBC Nightly News broadcast. I’ve snipped an interesting series of three stories (the preceding stories were about the western wildfires and the impending U.S. involvement in the civil war is Syria – which is an asinine idea, by the way).
Yup, you saw it. They followed the horrible story of the beating death of the (White) World War II veteran Delbert Belton by Black hoodlums with a story about the ongoing Black quest for Civil Rights, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s March on Washington. This is the essence of irony, to say the least (or perhaps just highly unfortunate timing). The bit even contains a Black man claiming that he’s dreaming of a world where 16 year-olds can walk home from the store without getting killed…
Even the fact that the news broadcast was anchored by Lester Holt adds to the irony. Holt – as an accomplished Black man – serves as a visible reminder of the full range of “diversity” that exists among Blacks, and of the contrast between himself and not so accomplished Black men, such as the killers.
And, interestingly, the third story talks about Gary, Indiana – a Chicago suburb which is 85% Black, much like another U.S. city. And with that other city, Gary shares in many of the same problems. However, like some other Black-dominated areas, Gary may be taking steps towards improvement.
The incredible irony here – which I’m sure will rile up more than a few of you – may be something. But truth be told, the movement that gives us this modern push for Black civil rights may be a good thing. It serves as a counter balance to other forces within country that would serve to push things to bad places. To put it in terms of my series on the American nations, I wouldn’t be surprised that if the Dixie nations (i.e., the Tidewater, the Deep South, and Greater Appalachia) were left to their own devices, they’d in short order re-institute Jim Crow or something similar.
Of course, I don’t have to tell you that the Cavalier and Borderlander sentiment is still alive and well (the latter of which gave us the KKK – albeit for semi-defensive reasons – in response to the encroachment of freed Blacks into Appalachia – see Those Who Can See). But in case there’s any doubt:
As well, as further evidence of the lasting divisions between the American nations, see these two maps:
The second map is that of the overall direction each state voted in the last four presidential elections (ranging from 4 out of 4 times, to 3 out of 4 times, to 2 times for each party), from Wikipedia.
The historic division between the “Northern Alliance” (Yankeedom/Greater New England, the Midlands, and the Left Coast) and the Dixie coalition (the Tidewater, the Deep South, Greater Appalachia, and much of the Far West) remains.
But in reality, I don’t think these recent murders will change much. The Belton and Lane killings have gotten attention, but they’ll likely fall down the memory hole, I suspect. I don’t think that they will bring about a “new era” of race realism as some in the blogosphere have claimed (or hope). And that’s likely a good thing; it’s better that HBD doesn’t go mainstream that way, I think. More likely – and perhaps better – is if the power of genetics becomes evident through the availability of embryo screening technology. (Of course, this is assuming that scientists manage to pin down genes for desirable traits; we don’t seem to be making all that much progress so far.) However, it’s possible that we might just have to wait for knowledge of HBD to become accepted in polite society, and for the demographic problems that we face to be recognized and tackled. Unless…