Hunter Wallace, in a reply to his latest post, allowed as to how he would “rather live around masses of niggers than among liberal Yankees and the suffocating conformism of their insane anti-racist culture.” My reply was mangled, but I said he probably wasn’t stating the literal truth as he probably did not actually live around masses of niggers. I’ll hazard a guess he lives in a mostly white environment, because while not an insightful student of history, he does appear to be a rational person with a normal instinct for self-preservation.
Sadly, another man just paid the ultimate price, not for living around “masses of niggers” but only a relative few. Danny Vega, RIP, was a 58 year-old man of Filipino ethnicity who ran a hair salon in the Rainier Valley neighborhood of Seattle. He was, as you might guess, gay, and visibly and unabashedly so. He was a much-loved member of the Filipino community; Filipinos are traditional and family-oriented, but don’t seem to regard homosexuality as a big deal.
Unfortunately for Mr. Vega, some of the residents of his neighborhood were not as sanguine. While taking his regular evening walk around the neighborhood, he was attacked by three young black men, severely beaten and robbed. (None of the news stories of course mention the race of the attackers, but a commenter on this blog has helpfully looked up the report on the police blotter, where the description is given.) After lying for some time where he fell, he regained consciousness and staggered home. He told his family what happened and collapsed into a coma. He died today. Some in the neighborhood- maybe his attackers, although it’s not clear- had previously made hostile comments to him about his sexual orientation. And yet he seems to have brushed off the remarks. Why did he not feel more threatened?
An excellent tool is available, that lets you see the racial makeup of any neighborhood. It’s a census map available on the NY Times website. It shows you the racial composition of any census district. I looked at where Mr. Vega’s salon and home is located, and to my surprise found it is 48% Asian, and only 27% black. The one on the other side of Martin Luther King is 43% Asian and 32% black. The area is now called Rainier Valley, but my dad likes to refer to it as “Garlic Gulch”- at one point Italians lived there, although I’m guessing they are long gone- and says it was also called “Coon Hollow”, having been a black neighborhood at one time.
The Asians are probably not the classier sort; there are a lot of Vietnamese restaurants and businesses, and Filipinos probably make up most of the rest. It’s a scruffy working-class neighborhood, but not menacing. There are lots of blacks, and they are aggressive. There was a “chimpout”incident in the area last year when an SPD officer punched a black teenage girl who attacked him.
But Vega probably felt comfortable. He probably felt like he was on his own turf. He was in a heavily Asian neighborhood, and was a loved and respected business owner. Blacks are in the minority, and the nasty remarks of a few teenage boys didn’t mean much to him.
He was wrong, though, and his mistake cost him his life. Blacks in a small minority- 10%? maybe as high as 15%? are not inclined to be aggressive. There is a tipping point though, when they are 20% to 25% of the population, where they feel there are enough of them that they are in charge. Vega’s neighborhood is right above that point.
Threatening words have to be taken seriously. People tend to think that people who talk shit are not really serious, that if they meant real harm they would just attack. I’m not a psychologist or a criminologist, but I don’t think this is usually the case. Sometimes, yes. More often I think aggressive people start out with verbal aggression, as a way of probing the victim and working themselves up. Vega ignored them; that’s the correct thing to do when threatened on the street, look straight ahead, don’t make eye contact, keep walking quickly without hurrying or running and maintain strong body language. But that’s only to extract yourself from immediate danger while avoiding provoking the aggressors by either confronting them, or triggering their chase response by running or appearing weak. You have to avoid being in that situation again.
So, if a black person on the street makes a friendly remark, no problem, right? They’re one of the good ones! No. Criminals will try to start friendly conversations with potential victims to get them to let their guard down, fix them in place, and permit an approach. If you ignore the attempt, your snubbing then becomes an insult which justifies an attack. No one has any legitimate reason to stop you on the street. Such attempts should be brushed off with, “Sorry, I don’t know, I’m late, good luck!” while you quickly move away.
In case you haven’t gotten the message. BLACK PEOPLE ARE DANGEROUS. ONE SHOULD BE REGARDED WITH CAUTION, TWO WITH SUSPICION, THREE WITH FEAR. AVOID GETTING CLOSE AND DO NOT LET THEM STOP YOU. IF THREATS OR SLURS ARE USED, MOVE AWAY QUICKLY AND CALL THE POLICE. (Not that that will do you any good, but it may help.) IN THE FUTURE AVOID THE INDIVIDUALS OR THE AREA EXCEPT IN BROAD DAYLIGHT, WHEN YOU HAVE PRESSING AND UNAVOIDABLE BUSINESS THERE, AND YOU ARE PREPARED AND FULLY ALERT.
Danny Vega took a walk every evening for his health, a smart thing to do. But he would be a lot healthier now had he stayed at home, popped a beer and a bag of Cheetos, and avoided black street thugs. Danny Vega, RIP.