from the American Spectator:
Social Justice Isn’t Everything, It’s the Only Thing
Hysteria now rules, and the racist in you will soon enough be discovered.
Black Lives Matter differs from past American mass movements from which it claims lineage. It represses rather than liberates.
Activists do not demand their rights. They come for your rights.
Paramount among the rights they regard as wrongs? Free expression, specifically, the ability to issue criticisms — real or perceived, overt or implied, conscious or unconscious — of Black Lives Matter or even to do something its votaries misunderstand, willfully or otherwise, as racist now rationalizes firings, ostracization, and criminal investigations.
When the white mayor of Oakland dragooned the FBI into the hate-crimes investigation, she launched into “nooses” ominously spotted in trees, a civic-minded black fitness enthusiast stepped forward to announce that he put the rigging in a public park months ago for exercises, swings, and fun. “Out of the dozens and hundreds and thousands of people that walked by, no one has thought that it looked anywhere close to a noose,” a befuddled Victor Sengbe told the press. Yet Mayor Libby Schaaf insists, “Intentions don’t matter when it comes to terrorizing the public. It is incumbent on all of us to know the actual history of racial violence, of terrorism, that a noose represents and that we as a city must remove these terrorizing symbols from the public view.”
As the most famous Oakland resident could have told the mayor, “There is no there there.”
Mike Gundy, a past consensus collegiate coach of the year, wore a One America News t-shirt on a fishing trip. For ESPN college football commentator Paul “Fashion Police” Finebaum, this constitutes grounds for termination as head coach of Oklahoma State. Citing the fashion faux pas, FPF said he did not understand “why Mike Gundy has been allowed to continue to coach at Oklahoma State” and advised “the sooner that Oklahoma State gets rid of Mike Gundy the better it’s going to be for that school.” FPF admitted that he had never watched One America News and that the reasons for firing Gundy did not pertain to his record as a coach. He said, “The issue is his insensitivity.” This from a guy demanding someone’s job for wearing a t-shirt? He’s the insensitive one? Really?