Well here we go again. Goodwhites (many of whom, I’ll confess, are my friends) have been aghast about all the “hate” unleashed among badwhites during the Trump ascenscion. Just look! — here’s a sweet young Muslim woman assailed by Trumpist bigots on the subway, while out at Nassau County Community College some sociopath, his mind obviously unhinged by “the dehumanizing forces of whiteness“, had been going around scrawling swastikas. Both of these stories were all over our local news. We all felt so ashamed.
Well, not me, of course. And when I saw the lovely Nina reacting goodthinkfully to these stories, and reaching for her pearls, I cautioned her that if I know anything about these things — which as you know, dear Readers, I do — these were probably false-flag operations.
Lo and behold, first the poor dear Muslima’s story unraveled, and she was arrested. Now we learn that the Nassau Nazi was no badwhite, nor indeed any sort of white at all: he is Jasskirat Saini, a student “of color” who doesn’t like Jews. (He is probably a Sikh: Saini is a northern Indian family name, found among both Hindus and Sikhs, and Jasskirat is a Sikh forename.)
There are nearly 320 million people in the United States; nearly a third of a billion. That’s enough people that some very tiny fraction of them are, no doubt, Nazis; some much smaller subset of those are Nazis who are so fidgety, stupid and unsophisticated that they would actually leave their homes to go around scrawling swastikas on university campuses. That latter cohort, however, are surely not many, and I expect that the number of them who live in Nassau County is probably zero.
There are a much larger number of people, however, mostly young, who have been so continuously marinated in grievance against the traditional American culture, and in whom that resentment has been so abundantly legitimized by everything they see, hear, and read in their schools and mass media, that they would actually go out and do such a thing as scrawling swastikas, or making up stories of assault by white bigots. They do this with the confidence — not misplaced! — that such behavior would both strike a blow against an evil, pallid culture, and increase their own status within their inverted virtual reality.
Most conservative, traditionalist sorts are fonder of order than chaos, of tidiness than graffiti, of civility than insult, of police than hooligans, of those who obey the law than those who break it, etc. In short, they are much less likely to deface public buildings with graffiti, and to lie to the police about things that didn’t happen, than the good souls who brought you Ferguson, Baltimore, Occupy Wall Street, the Rolling Stone rape story, the Michael Brown mythos, and so on. Even when they are sufficiently aroused to assemble in protest, they do not break things, or defecate on flags and police cars. They show up, mill around for a while, tidy up after themselves, and go back to their homes and jobs.
So: I don’t know about you, but when I read these stories, my pearls remain provisionally unclutched, my couch likewise unswooned-upon. There’s plenty of time for all that later, if needed. It almost never is.