SLIPS OF PAPER HIGHLIGHT HYPOCRISY
The police chief and the town supervisors stood up and with great passion denounced the little slips of paper and the web site to which they referred.
Something about white people, and their need to bind together.
It was racist, and hateful, the politicians said, and would not be tolerated.
The undersheriff was there and a lady from the activist group and it was a robust denunciation.
The slips of paper had been dropped off in driveways in a couple of affluent neighborhoods in two upper-crust suburbs. Not one-percenters, but five-percenters for sure.
And they had caused quite a stir. Television stations were called and marches were held and society was denounced.
And finally, the police chief said, the culprit had been found.
A 32-year-old man, from the city. They had invited him to the press conference but he, apparently not of a mind to be crucified, declined. He was not identified by name -- or by race, or by any other means -- because he had not committed a crime.
They talked to the FBI. They talked to the attorney general. They checked all the hate-crime statutes. They couldn't use postal regulations. They consulted with the district attorney.
And there was no crime.
Which makes you wonder why there was an investigation. Absent Fourth Amendment probable cause, American police don't typically engage in months-long investigations. Without evidence of a crime, American police aren't supposed to investigate American citizens.
Especially for what the police chief called "political" speech.
And actually, on that point, he was incorrect. These notes were not political speech. They may have been philosophical, or sociological, or maybe even cultural or fraternal, but they were not political. They did not refer to an election, a candidate or a party. They were a point of view.
And they fell under the umbrella of First Amendment protected free speech.
Which, in a free society, should not trigger government or police investigations.
Noteworthy in all this, of course, is the illustration of our societal hypocrisy. So firm is the grip of progressive political correctness on our national mind that we self-righteously cling to an illogical double standard in regards to speech like this.
Had the word "white" in these notes and on the web site been replaced with the word "black," and the word "European" been replaced with the word "African," there would have been no upset. There would have been no denunciation, no investigation, no community upset. The cause might even have been called noble and been highlighted with a press conference for the evening news. There might have been grants and non-profit status and proclamations of bravery and community praise.
In fact, in our society, any number of efforts -- from special studies programs at universities to campus demonstrations to Black Lives Matter marches -- group people by race in chauvinistic efforts of pride and identity building.
It's all over the place.
And if it involves non-white people, it's applauded as progressive. But if it's white people, it's denounced as racist.
That's the racial lie of modern America.
Group identity and heritage pride are priorities for non-whites, and great moral failings for whites. Two actions, morally and intellectually identical, but one is championed and the other is condemned.
That's our hypocrisy.
And here's the truth: It's all racism.
It's all chauvinism, it's all prejudice, it's all divisive, it's all hate.
If you think your racial group is special and ought to come together to advance its interests, you are a bigot and a racist -- even if you're not white. Logic declares that, and only racism opposes it.
If we are one nation indivisible, if the Declaration and the Preamble and the Fourteenth Amendment are real, if the Christian view that God is no respecter of persons is true, then the tribal divisions of other societies have no place here. And will only bring here what they have brought elsewhere -- division, hatred and war. From the anti-Chinese racism of the Imperial Japanese war effort, to the recurring genocides of sub-Saharan Africa, to the hatreds in the Balkans and the endless wars of Pre-Columbian America, it is human nature to divide into tribes and to hate outsiders.
That's what America has largely avoided, in the notion of equality and national identity.
But now we champion tribalism.
Unless it's a white guy.
In which case we denounce him.
It is a hypocritical double standard not supported by logic or morality. And it should end. What's good for one is good for all.
The politicians were right to denounce the chauvinist who left off the pieces of paper.
I wonder if they'll ever have the honesty and courage to denounce all the other chauvinists.
- by Bob Lonsberry © 2016