Thursday, April 18, 2013

'Emotionally, it is very hard for me to consider such ilk as fellow Americans, let alone as decent human beings...'

That's from Darleen Click, at Protein Wisdom, "David Sirota of Salon on Boston Bomber: I SEE WHITE MEN!!!"

And I must admit, it's very hard for my to consider Walter James Casper III a fellow American, let alone a decent human being, for retweeting Sirota's despicable screed:

BONUS: Don't miss James Taranto, at the Wall Street Journal, "The Privilege of Not Belonging: A theory of white racism against whites":
There have been plenty of nonwhite mass murderers -- among them Long Island Rail Road shooter Colin Ferguson (black), Beltway snipers John Muhammad and Lee Malvo (black and Muslim), Wisconsin mass shooter Chai Soua Vang (Laotian) and Virginia Tech's Seung-Hui Cho (Korean). None were treated as anything other than lone wolves, and it's been decades since America bombed either Laos or Korea.

It's true that Muslim terrorists are often "portrayed as representative of larger conspiracies, ideologies and religions that must be dealt with as systemic threats," but only because that portrayal is accurate. And many important media and other cultural voices go out of their way to argue that not all Muslims are terrorists (which is to their credit) and to play down Islamic terrorists' religious and ideological motives (which is not).

The Sirota piece isn't really worthy of the foregoing rebuttal, but we were drawn to it as a psychological case study. As you can see from the accompanying photo, the guy David Sirota was hoping the bomber would turn out to be bears a striking resemblance to David Sirota. What leads a white person to be prejudiced against "his own kind"?

The answer is white privilege: a phenomenon of which Sirota turns out to be less a serious critic than a poster boy.
No doubt.

A poster boy of white privilege and racism, like Walter James Casper III.