The New York Times, History, and the Emerging Anti-White Majority

The main theme of the New York Times 1619 Project (as sociologist Alexander Riley aptly sums it up) is: “It is not just the American Founding that is racist to its core; every facet of white identity, from the beginning to the present moment, is directed in a laser focus toward the oppression of blacks. … Indeed, it is blacks who made everything valuable and worthwhile in this country.” But the Project’s anti-white screed, as I explain below, badly distorts history on four key points: 1. The Times paints U.S. slavery as a unique evil; and by current standards, it was brutal; yet, at the time, slavery prevailed nearly worldwide; and the U.S. system was not as harsh as many others. 2. In any case, the South had no clear path by which it might have divested itself of slavery’s baneful legacy. 3. The Project asserts that slavery and racism have enriched current U.S. whites; they have not, and the Times case relies on studies that other scholars have largely rebutted. 4. The Times also ascribes U.S. blacks’ problems solely to white malice; such a claim is, at best, simplistic. The 1619 Project seeks to justify punishing U.S. whites for what it regards as their sins against blacks. But the social model that the Times promotes can only lead to endless, bitter strife. ... Read More

Coming Soon to a City Near You: George Floyd Riots Redux

When videos showed Derek Chauvin placing his knee on George Floyd’s neck for eight plus minutes and Floyd subsequently died, many – myself included – concluded that we had witnessed a homicide. To quote Mark Lane, we perhaps had engaged in a “rush to judgment.” Certainly, the dominant narrative in the US was that Floyd had been killed by racist police and the Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison raised the charges against Chauvin from third degree murder to second degree murder and charged the other officers on the scene with aiding and abetting second-degree murder. This step was likely welcomed by the many Americans who had concluded that George Floyd was manifestly killed by the police who will understandably expect that Chauvin and one or more of the other officers present will be convicted of murder and sentenced harshly. One can also understand how this expectation has been baked into the public consciousness with the tenor and intensity of media coverage of the encounter as well as the subsequent discussion of and protests against police misconduct.... Read More