Colin Kaepernick, the half-Black, White-adopted, flash-in-the-pan San Francisco 49ers quarterback, sparked a wave of protest in the National Football League when he refused to stand for the national anthem. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” explained Kaepernick in an interview. In other words, “Help! Help! I’m being oppressed!”
Football players are no longer All-American role models and hometown heroes from when America was a White nation, but gladiators battling for sport in the coliseums of a multicultural empire.
Years ago, when I gave my father (who grew up in Baltimore, Maryland) a football signed and authenticated by Johnny Unitas of the Baltimore Colts, he actually shed a lone manly tear. Who would have such a reaction for any of today’s thugs?
Blacks comprise 13.3% of the American population, but commit 28.1% of all crime, including 49.4% of all murders, 32.5% of all forcible rape, 54.9% of all robberies, and 34.1% of all aggravated results. Regarding rape, the National Crime Victimization Survey has shown year after year that all interracial (i.e. between White and Black) rape is of Black men against White women.
The National Crime Victimization Survey sheds even more light on interracial crime. While Blacks commit 84.9% of all interracial crime, Whites commit only 15.1%. While 38.6% of victims of Black crime are White, only 3.6% of victims of White crime are Black. Statistically, a Black is 27 times more likely to commit a violent crime against a White than vice versa.
In Kaepernick’s California, with a population of 38% Whites and 6.5% Blacks, Blacks are 5.35 and 4.24 times more likely than Whites to be arrested for violent crimes and property crimes, respectively:
- 8.58 times for homicide.
- 6.36 times for forcible rape.
- 13.39 times for robbery.
- 4.32 times for assault.
- 6.95 times for kidnapping.
- 4.66 times for burglary.
- 3.74 times for theft.
The reason that Blacks disproportionately get shot by the police is simply that Blacks disproportionately encounter the police.
Kaepernick claims that Blacks suffer from racial inequality. The Census Bureau tells a different story.
Blacks benefit more from welfare than any other race: 54.6% of Black households receive some form of welfare, the highest percentage in the nation (Latinos are a close second at 54.1%, although Latino immigrants with children do beat Blacks in some categories).
Blacks also benefit from “affirmative action” (an official public and de-facto private mandate to hire minority applicants over equally qualified or even better-qualified White men) and “disparate impact” (a legal principle that neutral standards which happen to have a disproportionate racial impact are a form of racial discrimination). Receiving preferential treatment is probably not the sort of racial inequality to which Blacks wish to call the attention of Whites.
The criminal activity and welfare dependence of Blacks described above are typically blamed on the legacy of slavery. History tells a different story. The dirty little secret about American slavery is that over the long run, far from making Blacks worse off and Whites better off, it actually made Blacks better off and Whites worse off. In other words, the legacy of slavery was a net positive for Blacks and a net negative for Whites.
Yes, slavery inflicted physical and psychological abuse on blacks, but it also gave them the privilege of living in civilization instead of savagery. The fact is that black lives were improved materially, medically, and mentally when they were removed from Africa and relocated to America. Without this admittedly violent introduction to the Western world, blacks would still be living as cannibals and witch doctors in Africa--although now toting Kalashnikovs and sporting Nikes.
The reason that today’s French, Spanish, Germans, and British do not complain about the legacy of Roman imperialism--even though the Roman Empire brutally conquered their Gallic, Germanic, Britonnic, and Celtic ancestors--is because they know that the imposition of civilization upon the barbarians was what enabled their rise after the fall of Rome.
Furthermore, many the aspects of the physical and psychological abuse, such as the breakup of Black families and emasculation of Black men, were grossly exaggerated by abolitionist propaganda. Robert W. Fogel and Stanley L. Engerman, two economists eager to signal their virtue, instead cringed with white guilt as they published such myth-busting findings in the product of years of painstaking research, Time on the Cross: The Economics of American Slavery.
In return for increasing the standard of living of Blacks and giving Blacks greater opportunities for advancement, American Whites received not only the above-mentioned crime-ridden and welfare-dependent population, but also an underclass which agitates and votes consistently for the Left--not to mention a civil war which cost the lives of over half a million American White men.
The legacy of slavery can be summed up in one simple question: would Blacks today rather live in America or in Africa?
Libertarians, as is becoming increasingly usual, miss the real issue at stake and thus reduce themselves to serving as the useful idiots of the Left. In their mind, by refusing to stand for the national anthem, Kaepernick is Lysander Spooner, rejecting the authority of the social contract as well as the concept of the nation-state. In reality, Kaepernick is advancing a false narrative aimed at empowering the minority fringes over the White majority.
Indeed, any delusions which libertarians harbored of allying with “Black Lives Matter” should have been dispelled once and for all when the latter published its latest list of demands on its revamped website: it is the same old “drive for an aggravated form of coerced parasitism over the white population” that Murray Rothbard mocked back in his day.
Also, by scoffing at the national anthem, libertarians show that they do not understand how a common culture and a limited government can make a society safer and freer--as even Ludwig von Mises did. Once again, while priding themselves on their independence, libertarians actually serve as unwitting tools of the Left in its historic mission of destroying societies from within and seizing power after they collapse.
The cuckservatives beating their chests and bellowing over Kaepernick’s protest of the national anthem are also missing the point, however. Their belief that America is a “proposition nation” which was “founded on an idea,” rather than a traditional nation united by “blood and soil,” has turned the country into a gigantic, glorified shopping mall to which increasing numbers of citizens feel little to no allegiance.
Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton, who disagreed on virtually everything, both agreed that Americans were a distinctive people with distinctive values and that mass-immigration from monarchical Europe (to say nothing of today’s Third World) would change what made America great. All the history that the cuckservatives know, however, is a few out-of-context lines from the Declaration of Independence and Gettysburg Address, the term “melting pot,” and the socialist-written inscription on the Statue of Liberty.
The cuckservative dream is flawed: the ideas on which they believe America was founded--liberty and equality--are indeed good ideas, but they are European-descended ideas which cannot be sustained without a European-descended population. That is why Liberia (a colony for free slaves founded by American philanthropists) has a constitution almost identical to that of the United States, but is still a Third-World country after more than 150 years of independence.
Kaepernick is wrong that Blacks are oppressed. On the contrary, Blacks are a highly privileged minority, but governmental Black privilege cannot overcome natural Black dysfunction.