In a previous essay, I argued that our contemporary culture offers males in search of manhood few viable models. Fortunately, all is not lost. But in order to realize his potential as a man in the future, a male must first turn his attention to the past, to an ideal type of Manhood with a […]
That everyone in Americanow knows the names of Trayvon Davis and George Zimmerman is a tragic commentary on the times. It is tragic because it is a bold-faced confirmation that the Racism Industrial Complex (RIC) is the hegemonic power of our generation.
The agents and officers of RIC include the majority of journalists and commentators in corporate media; most academics in the liberal arts and humanities departments of America’s colleges and universities; entertainers; and politicians. In concert, they labor fast and furiously to ensconce within the American consciousness the idea that blacks and other racial minorities are perpetual victims of “white racism.”
But because it has become all but impossible to any longer find instances of white-on-black brutality to exploit, the agents of RIC, from sheer desperation, have resorted to creating, not just “white racists,” but whites. In spite of the fact that no one who has seen any photographs of George Zimmerman would think to identify him as a Caucasian, and even though Zimmerman himself identifies as Hispanic, RIC agents insist on depicting him as white.
The fatal confrontation that transpired in Sanford, Floridabetween Zimmerman and Martin was a confrontation between two “persons of color,” two racial minorities. However, precisely because the story of a brown-on-black attack frustrates the aims of RIC, the story is transformed into one that serves the industry’s purposes.
Not only, however, is it false to describe Zimmerman as a white person (and, more ridiculously, a “white Hispanic”); it is just as irresponsible to claim that it was some disdain for blacks that motivated him to pursue Martin. At the very least, contrary to what RIC agents would have us think, there is zero evidence to think that Martin’s color factored at all into Zimmerman’s now fateful decision.
From everything that we have been able to gather thus far, it appears that Zimmerman did nothing illegal. This is why those authorities at the local level who have investigated this situation did not arrest him. But this is not good enough for RIC agents.
An entire industry is mobilized against Zimmerman, demanding his arrest—and, with it, his conviction. And what if authorities do not concede its demands? Its agents have already answered this question: unless Zimmerman is arrested and convicted for the shooting death of Martin, there will be violence.
For approximately the last half-of-a-century or so, American history has been episodically punctuated by eruptions of black riots. Such riots almost always arise as responses to some unrequited grievance or other, whether imagined or real. Perhaps it is because we have become habituated to this phenomenon that many Americans are all too ready to acquiesce in it. Unfortunately, Republican politicians and establishment right-leaning commentators are no exception here. Whether it is nationally syndicated talk radio show host Mike Gallagher or Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, corporate “conservative” media personalities appear to be just as willing as anyone else to permit injustice as long as it placates the leviathan that is the Racism Industrial Complex.
By now, most reasonable people who have been following the Martin/Zimmerman story are nearly, if not totally, convinced, that Zimmerman did not act in violation of the law on the night that he shot Martin. This would include the likes of Gallagher and O’Reilly. Yet there doesn’t seem to be any readiness on their part to speak out against the injustice that is about to befall a man who, by their own lights, is innocent of any wrongdoing. Unless Zimmerman is arrested, tried, and convicted, they have promised us, there will be, as O’Reilly put it on his show on Monday April 2, “racial violence”—i.e. black violence.
Peaceful co-existence between blacks and whites, or maybe just between decent people and indecent people of all colors, is difficult enough as long as the Racism Industrial Complex maintains its monopoly over the national “dialogue” on race-related matters. Peaceful co-existence becomes impossible once the agents of this industry can undermine the historical achievement that is the American legal system by simply threatening violence.
As the great conservative theorist Edmund Burke famously said, “The only thing that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” Strangely, when it comes to fighting Islamic evil doers over seas, there is no cost that those in the Republican-dominated media are willing to spare. But when it comes to those right here at home in the Racism Industrial Complex who are doing the Devil’s work, these same people assume a much more reserved posture. This is more than a bit ironic, for the threat to American civilization posed by the agents of RIC eclipses any that Islamic jihadists throw up.
None of what has been said here should be mistaken for hyperbole: the Racism Industrial Complex is truly villainous. But because it has been with us for all too long, we have become desensitized to its character. Think about it: for the purpose of serving themselves, RIC agents are willing to sacrifice innocent human beings, to say nothing of the well being of their country, so as to stoke the flames of the most inflammatory of topics—“racism.” There is no lie that they aren’t willing to purvey, no distortion that they won’t commit, if it serves this end.
This is evil. And everyone, both those within RIC as well as those who would comply with its wickedness through their silence, has innocent blood on their hands.
Jack Kerwick, Ph.D.