October 11, 2010

Don't Let Facts Get In the Way of Your Racist Delusions

I've always found Salon to be one of the most informative web sites on the entire Internet...though not for the reasons you might think. Like many other sites that feature and attract progressives, Salon serves as a chronicle of the "liberal condition," collecting the insecurities and psychological projection of its writers and its intended audience.

And so I find myself gazing with sick fascination into the mind of someone named "Keka," a desperately frightened soul that warns us that a new age of White Supremacy, night riders, and lynchings are on the way, because she saw a bumper sticker at a fast food drive thru.

I wish I were exaggerating:

I saw it. But I couldn’t believe it.

There I was, in a fast food drive through, behind a man whose back window decal, in small white letters, sent me a message that sent a chill down my spine—just as he’d hoped it would, no doubt. It said:


Now, I was there because I needed something to eat badly. I’ve been tending a new puppy that behaves and has to be tended like a newborn, so you only get so much “break’ time if you’re keeping to your schedule. I had just enough to grab a bite, get some work done…and get ready for play time number…I’m not sure which.

But I lost my appetite entirely, when I saw that decal.

I’ve lost my appetite for America, period, to be honest—he’s just one of the many reasons. Forget that fact that if he really believes this, this guy must never have read a history book in his life—it’s the fact that he felt comfortable driving around with that ridiculous statement on his back window that galls me most. But I saw it comin'.

What a delicate, brittle flower of liberal womanhood is our poor friend Keka! A man with a historically debatable message on his vehicle has her all but ready to revoke her citizenship. My, oh my.

Her article, such as it is—White Men With Guns--Reconstruction Redux—is a sad mix of history, ignorance, and willful self-deception. The bumper sticker was just the thinnest excuse for her own ahistorical rant.

She uses civil rights-era violence from a half-century ago as the excuse to foist upon us one bigoted and extraneous stereotype after another. Keka's target is the Tea Party movement, which she is desperate to portray as the next coming of the Ku Klux Klan. For a child of the 60s she is quite limber, contorting reality this way and that in order to twist it into something of which she can be afraid.

She bases her arguments... actually, Keka doesn't both to concern herself with arguments.

Nor does she deem it important to cite facts, instances, actors, or events that justify her beliefs. Unfortunately, poisoned beliefs and bizarre assertions are all that Keka has.

She holds white Tea Partiers responsible for a gay Rutgers student Tyler Clementi committing suicide, because his Indian-American roommate and Asian-American girlfriend filmed him having sex and live-streamed it on the Internet. White people made them do it?.

A Hispanic gang in New York called the "Latin King Goonies" beat and sodomized a fellow Hispanic gang member they thought was gay. But Keka says white people made them do it.

Another white man that Keka most assuredly hates made a comment last week about some people being born to be slaves. He was of course talking about those suffering from the sort of mental bondage to which Keka has subjugated herself, a self-imposed prison from which no other person can set her free. She has made whites in general and Tea Party protesters in specific into boogeymen, responsible for all the evil she sees, facts be damned.

From her sequestered reality it was not doubt a simple matter to turn a blind eye to the eight years of near insanity shared by her fellow passengers (NSFW).

Utterly lacking self-awareness, she laments:

How can I connect these crimes to the Tea Party et al? Easily. Any country which has gotten to the point where it's president can be caricatured and spoken of as he has been in the graphics I've supplied, many of them brandished at Tea Party in trouble. Free speech? You bet. But what that right is being used to say and do right now is a chilling statement about where we are as a nation right now.

It's not really just about Obama, you see. It's about me, my family and all of the black people of America—the world, really. Yes, there were pictures of Bush as all kinds of things—but they were "ideological." Much of the awful stuff being done to Obama's images is racial. Even if the image isn't, the "subtext" is.

She spoke exactly one fragment of truth, when she said "It's about me."

The images she culled from 4chan and photoshop contests are horrific, but signs of bigotry are inevitable on a world wide network, and the fact that she had to pull from the same sources to even prevent the handful of truly racist images she provides is a testament to just how much opposition to Obama has nothing to do with his race, and everything to do with his radical socialist ideology, as the most popular caricature of his image readily proves.

It is readily apparent that Keka's myopia is self-inflicted, her phobias generated from paranoia, her view of the entire outside world overshadowed by a pysche trapped in the worst part of 1955 Missippi.

Congratulations, Keka. You found 14 images on the Internet, and that was enough to validate your own prejudices and world view, and was a sentiment that Salon's editors thought was one your fellow progressives would recognize and share (and they were right).

As Salon so often does, they exposed a seething hatred, and let us see into the twisted minds ruining this nation.

Thanks for that.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at October 11, 2010 06:20 PM

Need someone remind her that the Union army defeated the south and enforced Lincoln's proclamation using... guns?

Posted by: Phelps at October 11, 2010 07:12 PM

While Keka stupidly let the bumper sticker spin her into fantasy land, the bumper sticker was petty and provocative.

Plus, the bumper sticker neglects that there were plenty of other races who built the country, and plenty of people who didn't wield guns.

A better sticker:

This country was built on the freedom to use guns.

Posted by: mockmook at October 11, 2010 07:35 PM


This country was built on liberty and guns.

Posted by: mockmook at October 11, 2010 07:41 PM

I have never been a "love it or leave it" person. But I have always pondered those who appear to hate or fear the US and who remain. Precious little Keka and her precious little puppy and the rest of her precious little menangerie need to sit down with a World Book Almanac and pore over the nations listed, finding the one most suited for her delicate sensibilities. Surely there must be many countries just oozing social justice and harmony and populated by many fewer white men.

Or she could just be honest with herself and admit she's full of it, and that this pissy screed is just laying the groundwork for explaining the debacle she and her compatriots are facing this November. The majority of the voters have finally figured Obama out, and nobody likes finding out he's been lied to along with being cheated and robbed. All she's doing here is setting up the "racist America" strawman that the left reluctantly and temporarily set aside.

Of course, expecting them to retire the strawman permanently is unreasonable. Whenever they suffer rejection at the polls it's dragged out and paraded - shoved into our faces, in fact. If only they would decide that we're not worth it, that they are wasting their time lecturing us on our sins, and that we won't let them fundamentally transform America into a European style social democracy. If only they would accept that, then perhaps they'd learn French or Spanish or Dutch and buy one way tickets out of here.

You don't need to love America to live here. You don't even need to like it much. But if you despise it as much as the hard left does, and if it fills you with the awful dread poor sad Keka is experiencing, then maybe this isn't the right country for you. Why not find the ocuntry that most closelt matches your ideal, and go there instead of trying to shoehorn this one into that mold?

Posted by: Steve Skubinna at October 11, 2010 08:01 PM

Circa five hundred,I presume mostly black, are killed in Chicago every year, because a stupid white man, Richard Daley, degreed that only criminals and his political patrons can carry guns. That is the price of victim disarmament.

The fact is that free men are free to carry guns. Serfs are not. Keka is content to be and remain a serf. Are you?

Posted by: DavidL at October 11, 2010 09:30 PM

Haha. I posted roughly the same diatribe on my blog. She practicies justifiable bigotry. For her, its ok to use the same tactics of the people she's condemning, because of a history of subjugation. And the fact that people are dissagreeing with a president on the issues, and not because he happens to be black, is threatening to her. It is removing her race card, and she is threatened by that.

Posted by: JakeG at October 11, 2010 11:45 PM

Sigh.. I didn't have the heart to post a comment there and possibly disillusion those delicate trembling liberals.. but I wish to point out that many thousands of white- and black- men with guns fought and died to hold the Union together, and free the slaves in the process. They fought the Southern Democrats and after the Civil Wat these same Democrats formed the KKK and went on a reign of terror against whites and blacks alike and in due time they killed the son of the teacher of 'Keka'.. It was white Democrats wearing hoods not tea party folk who did that.

Posted by: S. Wolf at October 12, 2010 12:07 AM

When my family arrived here (both sides) everybody used guns. Period. So? I am not Tea Party Member. I am a Tar and Feather Party type. Now get sick and loose your appetite.

Posted by: Odins Acolyte at October 12, 2010 10:19 AM

Uncomfortable though it might be in the present age, the bumper sticker is mostly right. I leave the US every few months for one reason or another. I have always been happy to return, even if I was unhappy with some imperfection in the politics here from time to time. The problem with morons like Keka is they read too many books but never see what the rest of the world is like first hand. If they did, they would be relieved at living here .As for her contempt for the bumper owner, Voltair said that "history was a trick played on the dead". In Keka's case she might as well join the tricked. I would feel sorry for her, but unfortunately she can vote, so she is just another liability I have to accept but would rather not.

Posted by: mytralman at October 14, 2010 09:20 PM

Sounds like a joke:

A Conservative Woman and a Liberal Woman see a bumper sticker that says
"THIS COUNTRY WAS BUILT BY WHITE MEN WITH GUNS" and are horribly offended.

The Liberal goes home, mopes, and finds solace in googling pictures off the internet and blogging about them.

The Conservative woman goes home and prints out a bumper sticker for her car.
"This Country Was Built by Women With Guns Too."

The reaction shows the mindset: Liberals Whine, Conservatives take Action.

Posted by: Georg Felis at October 14, 2010 10:52 PM