Well, we each received a typewritten manifesto in our inboxes, smelling of pine and mountain cabin. The others kind of looked at it, we all looked at each other, and then looked back at the document. And the Mandarin said, Im not editing this. And so it falls to the Czar.
Twitter stalker Jedmo1996 sends us this, which we reprint in its entirety with only minor editing. This is tough to respond to, of course, because we are not the intended audience. We welcome your submissions in response, if you can think of any. Jonah Goldberg has some thoughts.
Gentlemen (and Puter)
I am sure you have heard of the Facebooks on the interweb (the interweb being on computers) now is rife for many exchanges. I do have a few friends of color and we do engage in conversations about race. These men are all educated and very smart and engaging people. Then comes a case like Troy Davis. One of my friends goes on a screed about how unfair, unjust the criminal justice system is to the black man. He posts about 7 of the 9 witnesses who recanted their testimony. How a man is being unfairly executed etc etc. We have also gone round and round on the Mumia case. Physical evidence is never convincing it is always a conspiracy you see, but I digress. Back to the Davis case. So I calmly reply about the myth of the witnesses recanting their testimony and how during the appeals process Mr. Davis refused to call one of his friends to the stand – therefore the courts disregarded the sworn recanted affidavit. The fact that shell casings matched a man he shot in the jaw earlier in the day was of course also forsaken. So with that he posts names of people who have been aggrieved by the criminal justice system: Emmett Till, Eleanor Bumpurs, Abner Louima,Amadou Diallo, Deandre Brunston, Muhammad Usman Chaudhry etc. etc. I said I don’t know many of these cases however it is a non-sequitar because how do these relate to the Troy Davis case? They also throw out the poverty and lack of education. Black men being incarcerated at alarming rates. I actually point them to Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s study and Walter E. Williams. I say the welfare state has destroyed the black family and yet you (the collective you) monolithically vote for a party that has contributed to your destruction. You continually support the bigotry of low expectations. I am not a guilty white liberal. Of course looking into the mirror is always difficult – I have seen the enemy and it is us.
Then I get the patented “It’s a black thing, you wouldn’t understand.” Also the black man/woman will never get a fair trial. I said unto him my friend the Davis jury consisted of 7 black people – the majority being of color. That did not matter because you see white supremacy rules all. I of course cited O.J. getting off – crickets. I then said would the verdict be more credible if from an all black jury (I ask that because the claim of Mumia’s jury being prejudiced is bandied about)-no because the system is white supremacist Then I asked them bluntly – so I guess we can never try a black person ever. I suppose that in your eyes black people can never be held accountable because the justice system cannot in your eyes render fair and blind justice. I then pondered then perhaps you are in favor of Plessy v. Ferguson because in all of your diatribes you always say how unfair the system is.
I bring all of this up because in the progress we have made in the 50 years I fear race relations will never equalize in my lifetime. These are smart people yet when push comes to shove they cling to the race card like they would a liberal clinging to free and unlimited abortions. I carry no animosity towards my friends but I get tired of the “It’s a black thing…” I then ask you guys all talk a big game about MLK and such – wasn’t he preaching essentially being color blind and treating people on their own merits? Again crickets. Then of course Georgia spares some guy and I have no idea why. You can imagine the Facebook outrage. I am not familiar with this person or his case. I have no idea why he was spared – good behavior not withstanding.
So how can we truly be a color blind society when one side perpetually feels aggrieved. The other side is tired of the race card being played at every turn. I do not deny racism exists – it exists on all sides however I say unto them – has whitey kept you down lately? Are you being stopped from pursuing whatever it is you want to do? I get the touchy feely – well we feel like we are always looked down upon and we never feel like we are taken seriously. That may well be at times, but for most I say it probably is not the case. Of course I am not black, so I do not understand.
What as a society do we do? We give a race baiter and criminal Rev. Al a tv show to spout his hate. Yet Fox News is RAYCESS !!!1ELEVENTY!!!@!1 White America is not innocent in all of this, but how do we move on? I mean we do have the most transformative president in our history and most substantial (pardon; I had to wipe the vomit out of my mouth) and still all racial animus has not healed. I write this manifesto to convene the greatest minds on the interwebs – that and you publish your email addresses.
Божію Поспѣшествующею Милостію Мы, Дима Грозный Императоръ и Самодержецъ Всероссiйскiй, цѣсарь Московскiй. The Czar was born in the steppes of Russia in 1267, and was cheated out of total control of all Russia upon the death of Boris Mikhailovich, who replaced Alexander Yaroslav Nevsky in 1263. However, in 1283, our Czar was passed over due to a clerical error and the rule of all Russia went to his second cousin Daniil (Даниил Александрович), whom Czar still resents. As a half-hearted apology, the Czar was awarded control over Muscovy, inconveniently located 5,000 miles away just outside Chicago. He now spends his time seething about this and writing about other stuff that bothers him.