"I seriously think certain segments of American political life will become completely unhinged. I can imagine the fear of this social unraveling actually aiding Obama enormously in 2008."
We all know, of course, just which "segments of American political life" Goldberg is referring to so coyly. This "social unraveling" really means race riots.
In Salon.com, Glenn Greenwald immediately criticized Goldberg for making such an (allegedly) racist observation. And to my knowledge, Goldberg has not repeated it since. But it is an important question and Jonah Goldberg deserves credit for raising it, however gingerly.
In the same post, Goldberg further warned us that if Barack Obama loses the presidential election "teeth shall be gnashed, clothes rent, and prices paid".
I am not really sure what Goldberg meant by this. But I certainly agree that the outcome might very well be dangerous—most especially, for whites.
How dangerous? Consider one of the more serious race riots of the last decade: the Cincinnati Riots of 2001.
In April, 2001, 19-year old Timothy Thomas led a dozen police officers on a long, late-night chase through the dangerous "Over-the-Rhine" section of
Timothy Thomas was the 15th black male to die while in confrontation with the
This, despite the fact that most of these black men were extremely violent criminals—one murdered a teenage girl with an axe and another shot a female police officer, then carjacked her cruiser. In fact, ten of the
These facts did not matter to
Two days after Thomas’s death, a heated throng of black activists forced their way into a City Council meeting with the usual demands for "justice". The protest quickly grew into a crowd of over 1,000 black men, women, and even children. They eventually poured out of
Anger would only increase over the next three days. hordes of black males rampaged through the city targeting whites and white-owned establishments. Storefront windows were smashed in and their goods looted, parked cars were trashed, vending machines were overturned. Rioters also torched an outdoor market, a police substation and dragged several dumpsters into the middle of the street and set them ablaze.
"It was a night of white terror" said one
Unfortunately, such instances of mass racial violence are not unusual. Many Americans do not realize how often they occur because the MainStream Media either glosses over such events or ignores them altogether. CNN, for example, initially described the Cincinnati Riots as mere "disturbances" committed by "protesters".
- Most people outside of
have never heard of the Crown Heights Riots of 1991, where for three days black mobs looted stores, vandalized property, and brutalized whites, specifically Jews—culminating in the death of 29 year old Yankel Rosenbaum, who suffered multiple stab wounds and a crushed skull. New York
- Few Americans remember the Seattle Mardi Gras Riots of 2001, where gangs of young black men (and women) clobbered whites at random, including twenty year old Kristopher Kime who was hit over the head with a broken bottle then stomped to death for coming to the aid of a badly beaten white woman.
Given this proclivity to mass racial violence, it seems reasonable to ask, then, if riots will break out around Election Day—not simply because Barack Obama is the nominee, but because so many members of the black underclass fervently support him.
Rapper Snoop Dog recently told Newsweek: "People that I know that have never cared about politics are registering to vote this time: gang members, ex-cons, you name it. I hate to see a lot of that hope go down the drain, and if [Obama] loses, it will."
In a recent column well-worth reading, Dennis Prager warned that "the deep emotional connection that nearly every black American has to an Obama victory is difficult for even empathetic non-blacks to measure". [Liberals' Warnings About Obama Loss May Prove Self-Fulfilling,
Yes, white liberals are attached to Obama too, but only superficially. After Election Day, they can sip their lattes with a clean conscience knowing that they voted for a black man for President, then go on with life as usual.
For black Americans, however, Barack Obama is far more than a cause célèbre. Their attachment, as Prager suggests, is something far deeper, and far more disturbing.
This emotional connection is perhaps best illustrated in a video taken at a charter school in
It is clear from the stony stares of these boys that Obama does not so much inspire their admiration as reinforce their anger. How do you expect they will react if Obama loses the election?
White liberals have convinced themselves that Barack Obama is one of them, or nearly so, because of his articulate English and elite education. What would an Ivy League educated, half-white man from Hawaii have in common with incendiary black leaders like Louis Farrakhan?
Quite a bit, actually. Obama’s spiritual mentor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, is a good friend of Louis Farrakhan and even accompanied him to Libya to meet with General Muammar Gaddaffi in 1984. And in 1995, Barack Obama himself flew from
The unsettling truth is that Barack Obama is not some bridge between black and white, but a man who is obsessed with the perceived injustice of growing up black in a white-run world. In Dreams from My Father, Obama writes of how, as a teenager, he would closet himself in his room and absorb the works of black radicals like W.E.B. DuBois and Malcolm X, withdrawing "into a smaller and smaller coil of rage".
Indeed, the one idea Obama most identified with then was Malcolm X’s wish that "the white blood that ran through him, there by an act of violence, might somehow be expunged".
It does not seem to matter to Barack Obama that the white blood that runs through him is not there by an act of violence, but by an act of marriage. Or that he has never personally experienced any of the injustices we typically associate with black Americans.
Clearly, Barack Obama has far more in common with the angry young black men who are devoted to his candidacy than most Americans realize.
Moreover, Obama has been leading in the polls for many weeks. His supporters are psychologically prepared for his victory. So if he is ultimately defeated, then it would appear to be because a significant number of white voters switched to John McCain at the last minute. When that happens, expect the pundit class to make many gloating remarks about the "Bradley Effect" and how bigoted American voters will just never elect a black candidate.
Even Obama supporters have begun to admit violence is likely if Obama loses. On CNN, James Carville recently hinted at riots, saying that if Obama loses, "it would be very, very dramatic out there".
And Philadelphia Daily News columnist Fatima Ali, a fervent Obama supporter, recently wrote that "If McCain wins, look for a full-fledged race and class war, fueled by a deflated and depressed country, soaring crime, homelessness—and hopelessness." [We need Obama, not 4 more years of George Bush, September 2, 2008]
Many urban police departments are making special preparations in the event of Election Day unrest, including Cincinnati,
Significantly, police fear violence not only if Barack Obama loses—but even if he wins. That is because blacks have a history of violence in victory, especially after sporting events. For example, riots of varying size often coincide with the conclusion of the NBA Finals, most notably in
Some will call it bigoted to prepare ourselves for post-election race riots. But given recent history, it’s all too possible that if Barack Obama loses the presidential election, a large number of black Americans just might become unhinged.If this is bigotry, make the most of it.