With a h/t to Half Sigma, and an excellent write-up and comments at Mindweapon, a white liberal publicly announces the end of his white guilt.
Big changes in the public mood are occurring. This is a very significant article, because this is the kind of thing that people felt all the time, but only admitted to safe friends. Now he is, to borrow religious imagery, perfectly appropriate since his bike was stolen while he was at church, shouting it from the rooftops.
Particularly hurtful and sad was the response of his liberal, religious friend-“That person needs our prayers and help,” she said. “They haven’t had the advantages we have.”
(I’m leaving this in because for some reason websites don’t trust you to link now. There may be a few cents in royalties for somebody involved.)
I have been wanting to go more into the subject of Christianity and leftism. Were I a more organized and disciplined writer I would have this all laid out, but I’m mostly just writing what pops into my head these days. The most important thing though is the relationship between leftist Christianity and criminal justice. I grew up in a leftist Catholic family. The view of my parents was that if somebody hurt you or stole from you, you couldn’t try to get them punished or ask for justice, but only look on them as a victim motivated by deprivation. This attitude is not specifically Catholic, it’s actually more Quaker and goes back a long time. It’s extremely destructive, if there is more than a very small amount of crime. Being harmed and unable to obtain justice dismays and embitters people.
This effect is behind what Hunter Wallace calls the “Stormfrontization” of American politics. People’s fear and anger about black crime are reasonable and not motivated by animosity towards blacks. But for 50 years they have been treated as such. If you tell somebody for decades they are a racist because they are worried about crime, at some point they may well say, “OK, if that’s how it is, I’m a racist.”
The people in charge know we exist, but put a great deal of effort into formally ignoring it- hence my banning at the Atlantic for the most innocuous of comments. But to talk about racism- RACISM!- you have to talk about racists, and here they mention the talk of these sinister folk.