By Jeffrey T. Kuhner via The Washington Times
Black supremacy is on the march. It is a poison that is spreading across our society, meeting little to no resistance. This must change. Otherwise, America will confront the real prospect of racial conflict.
The New Black Panthers are the tip of the spear. They champion black supremacy, hatred of whites, and militant Islam. They are the black version of the Ku Klux Klan — bigoted thugs who practice vigilantism and mob rule. They placed a $10,000 bounty for the capture of George Zimmerman — “dead or alive” — for the killing of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old black teenager. Their actions threaten the rule of law. Placing bounties on people’s heads is an invitation to lawlessness and murder. It has no place in a civilized society.
Recently, on their radio show. the New Black Panthers called for a race war. In an April 6 broadcast, Chawn Kweli, the party’s national spokesman, said that “true revolution means some bloodshed.” In particular, he championed the racial cleansing of American whites.
“And there are those who wish they could stand in this hour, to see the destruction of the devil’s world and the devil’s society …” Mr. Kweli said. “I’m talking about that blond-haired, blue-eyed, sometimes brown-eyed Caucasian walking around with a mind-set, a demonistic mind-set, and a nature to do evil and brutality.”
On that same broadcast, the Panthers’ chief of staff, Michelle Williams, demanded that blood be spilled for Trayvon’s shooting. “Let me tell you, the things that’s about to happen, to these honkeys, these crackers, these pigs, these pink people, these —- people,” she said in an interview. “It has been long overdue.”
Mr. Kweli and Ms. Williams were inciting violence and a race riot. Yet, Attorney General Eric Holder refuses to file charges against the New Black Panthers. This is the same Mr. Holder who dropped the case against members of the Black Panthers for their flagrant intimidation of voters at a Philadelphia poll in the 2008 election. He has told staffers at the Justice Department that he will not prosecute black civil rights abuses perpetrated on white victims. Under his leadership, justice is not blind; rather, it is viewed through a racialist lens.
It is not just, however, the New Black Panthers. The sickness of ideological racialism even reaches the White House. For more than 20 years, President Obama attended the church of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. The pastor champions black liberation theology. It fuses black nationalism with revolutionary socialism. Mr. Wright baptized Mr. Obama’s daughters and presided over his marriage to Michelle. He was Mr. Obama’s long-time spiritual adviser.
Recently, Mr. Wright was back in the news. At a revival meeting in Charleston, W.Va., the pastor railed against whites. He claimed that Jesus Christ, who was “not European,” was crucified by the “European” — meaning white — Roman Governor Pontius Pilate. Mr. Wright also attacked America’s supposed racist power structure, saying that it was based on capitalist greed and black oppression.
“There are people in power right now who have opinions about you based on their privilege of skin color,” he said.
For Mr. Wright, the primary engine of history is race — especially, the imperialism of white supremacy. “The ignorance and arrogance of white supremacy have the movers and shapers of world policy living in a different world from people of color all together,” he raged. “And the sooner you realize that the better off you’re gonna be.” His solution is what he calls “restorative justice and theology” — the redistribution of wealth from the upper and middle classes to the poor.
Mr. Wright is simply a more polished version of the New Black Panthers. He doesn’t call for blood on the streets. He doesn’t walk around in military fatigues and jackboots wielding a club. But his message is the same: Blame whitey. It is virulent racism masquerading as social justice.
If George W. Bush had spent 20 years in the church of a white supremacist, he never would have come close to winning the Republican nomination — never mind the presidency. Conservatives would have rightly excoriated him. The liberal media would have driven him out of Washington. Yet, when it comes to Mr. Obama, the press corps has been largely silent. The reason is simple and pernicious: When it comes to race, there is a blatant double standard. White racism is condemned; black racism is excused.
This racial hypocrisy permeates American society. Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Louis Farrakhan — all are race-baiters and grievance-mongers who peddle a form of black nationalism. Instead of being ostracized, they are embraced and their behavior is rationalized by the liberal establishment. The N-word is routinely used by black rappers and musicians. It can never be uttered, however, by whites. Black-on-white crime is largely ignored by the media. White-on-black crime is turned into a national tragedy — even when the alleged perpetrator is Hispanic, such as Mr. Zimmerman.
Institutionalized discrimination against whites — affirmative action, racial quotas, and university admissions policies — has become a permanent feature of life.
Liberals are playing with fire. Multiethnic states — the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia — were torn apart by nationalist passions. Other major countries, including China, France, Britain, Spain, Canada and Nigeria, are under tremendous internal strain due to resurgent tribalism. America is no exception. The danger of black revanchism is that, if it remains unchecked, it may trigger a counterreaction among whites. For every Farrakhan there could be a David Duke. The New Black Panthers would then get what they want: a race war. And that battle will not end well — for anybody, black or white.
Jeffrey T. Kuhner is a columnist for The Washington Times and president of the Edmund Burke Institute.
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