Fred Reed is a crotchety old guy, a son of tidewater Virginia, a Marine combat veteran of Vietnam, and a long-time crime reporter in the DC metro area. You could call him an anti-war paleoconservative, but such labels don’t really respect or explain a man’s experiences. I find some of his beliefs off-putting, but I’m sure he would find a lot of my beliefs off-putting.
He gives his opinion on the Zimmerman case, and it’s notable in its dispassionate honesty. It’s what you’d expect of an old redneck. He has lived around blacks, in times before civil rights and after. He knows these people and their history on a personal level far better than most who are willing to speak about it.
He proclaims integration a failure. It’s true. It was done with the best of intentions and the highest of hopes, and it just hasn’t worked, for reasons beyond human control. Call me a racist, that worst of epithets. Call me evil and inhuman. I was raised by people who believed deeply in these principles, and submitted totally to them. They gave their assent, their contrition, and they gave me over to these evil forces as a sacrifice. Didn’t work. I came by my racism the hard way, years, decades of being played the fool, thinking justice and decency would set this aside. But as I have written, blacks and other NAMs only saw civil rights as an opportunity to become more aggressive.
In an era of generally increasing prosperity, this was papered over, however awkwardly. Those times are past. The Zimmerman trial will bring all this out and we will see which fork in the road we go down. I think we will take the road of racial appeasement and abasement. Blacks have tremendous, overwhelming political, social and cultural power. Enough people in power remember the bad times, or the times when blaming everything on poor whites seemed to work, for this not to continue for another generation. When those people have died off, maybe then we will face the sordid reality of black aggression.