Today Dennis Mangan comments on the actor Jamie Foxx’s recent opening monologue on Saturday Night Live, which I hadn’t seen until just now. It is startlingly frank (I realize I shouldn’t be startled by this sort of thing any more, but I’ll admit I was) in its triumphalist antipathy toward white people. At one point Mr. Foxx, describing his role in some movie he’s just made, says that he gets to “kill all the white people”. Beaming, he asks the audience: “How great is that?”
It hardly needs mentioning, but if any white person had made such a comment in reverse (on the immensely implausible assumption that a movie might even be in theaters today in which a white protagonist slaughters black people), he would be dragged into the public square to kneel and grovel for forgiveness, and his career would be over. (See, for example, Michael Richards). Yet a grinning Mr. Foxx can do this on one of America’s premier network television programs and elicit nothing but howls of approval from the audience.
To put this as delicately as I can: if history and human nature are any guide, at some point this may lead to unpleasantness. Of course, history and human nature may in this case not be a reliable guide, because the blithe acquiescence of Western, Anglo-European culture in its own obliteration has, as far as I am aware, no historical precedent.