The New York Times’ Seth Stephens-Davidowitz is an educated and empathetic fellow who has committed a dangerous error. His recent op-ed breaks the most important rule of political propaganda: he humanizes his opponent.
Now to be sure, Seth includes all the necessary buzzwords for his audience: hate, holohoax, bigotry, etc. You know who the bad guys are, you know which team Seth bats for. Seth also makes his offering to the altar of narrative, indirectly implying that more murderers frequent Stormfront. Many of his readers will never check his work, which would reveal that the data doesn’t match up with that implication. Yeah, oopsie.
“100 murders over 5 years” can be broken down to 5/100k in a year, which is markedly higher compared to the Caucasian average. This would be a matter for some concern, if it wasn’t for the use of “linked to” in the condemnation. I am comfortable asserting that the actual murder rate would be significantly lower than even the CDC average for Caucasians.
Of course, the New York Times’ audience will for the most part accept the implication and do no further research. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone.
Some of my readers may be inclined to react with anger to this article, the massaging of data, etc. That’s silly; you should expect this by now. What you should notice, what you should be surprised at, is that a NYT contributor actually pulls his punches against what is the antichrist to the liberal gospel of equality. Seth doesn’t try and argue that the Stormfront user he has been stalking is actually a vapid monstrosity who hides behind Shakespeare and poetry. Quite the opposite.
Return to VikingMaiden88. When you read her 189 posts since joining the site, she often seems like a perfectly nice and intelligent young woman… But she also has a lot of hatred…
Why do some people feel this way? And what is to be done about it? I have pored over data of an unprecedented breadth and depth, thanks to our new digital era. And I can honestly offer the following answer: I have no idea.
Where is the moral superiority here? The conviction? Piety in the face of heresy? I know God is dead to these people, but they never got around to burying Him; you would think they would remember simple things like decorum.
Perhaps the editor was on vacation last week? Such open dissonance and discomfort with the author’s own narrative should have never been allowed to be published. This is how countries lose wars. This is how ideas and ideals die.
Instead of buying into the grift and following the programming, Seth genuinely seems conflicted. I can certainly imagine why. Perhaps Mr. Stephens-Davidowitz recognizes that his views on personal identity, history and social cohesion would be radically different had he been born in the sands of the Levant instead of the relative insulation and safety of the bay area in California? Perhaps “hate” isn’t something monopolized by those who think things that make you upset? Perhaps bigotry is an inevitable consequence to human action?
To be quite frank, if your entire worldview is threatened by the mere possibility that normal people can come to differing conclusions, you have need for an existential crisis.