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The Week That Perished

December 31, 2017

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The Week That Perished

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BALTIMORE SETS A HOMICIDE RECORD IN 2017
It is becoming increasingly evident that the Black Lives Matter movement may be responsible for more black deaths than anything since, well, black people themselves.

In 2014, when Ferguson, MO burned for months due to rioting based on a fraudulent “Hands up, don’t shoot” narrative, the city’s annual violent-crime rate was 291.6 per 100,000 residents. At the time, its police chief was a white man named Tom Jackson. Two years later, after Eric Holder’s feds did a witch hunt that ended with vague insinuations of systemic racial bias against blacks in the Ferguson Police Department, and after Ferguson swapped out their white police chief for a black one, and after police had basically been terrorized into avoiding all possible interactions with blacks for fear of being labeled racist or even killed, Ferguson’s violent-crime rate had shot up 173% compared to 2014—even accounting for all the rioting in 2014. Black Lives Matter critic Heather Mac Donald dubbed this the “Ferguson Effect”—in American cities that experienced substantial anti-police rioting over the past few years, there has been a strong tendency for violent crime rates to skyrocket. And these crime rates disproportionately affect black victims. So in effect, the end result of Black Lives Matter was to cheapen the value of black lives.

In 2015, the death of a black man named Freddie Gray in the back of a police van led to Baltimore being nearly burned to the ground. The city’s black female mayor infamously told police to stand down and allow rioters “space…to destroy.” The per-capita murder rate in Baltimore that year—again, which includes all the rioting—was 33.8 per 100,000. This year Baltimore will set a per-capita homicide record of 55.8 killings per 100,000 people. As this is being written, there are still two days left in the year, so there may be a few more homicides in Charm City before “Auld Lang Syne” is sung. There were more total murders in Baltimore this year than in all of New York City, which has 13 times as many residents.

In other cities such as St. Louis, Dallas, Charlotte, and Milwaukee—all of which were host to “significant civil unrest that erupted following the killing of black men by police officers,” black-on-black crime has exploded rather than abated thanks to Black Lives Matter’s tireless efforts.

After morbidly obese Staten Island street cigarette peddler Eric Garner died when he resisted arrest in 2014 and somehow found enough breath to say “I can’t breathe” 11 times, there was no significant rioting in New York City, but Garner became a BLM icon along with Michael Brown and other Men of Color of Dubious Honor. Although the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office said his death resulted from “compression of neck (choke hold), compression of chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police,” they also listed the fact that he was 350 pounds, had asthma, and heart disease were all contributing factors in his death.

In other words, if he didn’t resist arrest and wasn’t in extremely poor health, he never would have died.

“The end result of Black Lives Matter was to cheapen the value of black lives.”

Buttressing our contention is the fact that last week, his 27-year-old daughter Erica Garner died as a result of a heart attack. She was widely lauded as an “activist,” and many similarly minded “activists” blamed the NYPD for her death. Few of the eulogies mentioned that her family received a $4-million payout as a result of her father’s death, which is likely far more than her dad ever would have made peddling loose smokes on street corners near the Staten Island Ferry.

Ya win some, ya lose some.

ROLLING STONE PUBLISHER ACCUSED OF RAPING A DUDE
We wrote last month about Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner being accused of forcing his dry, “serpent-like tongue” down freelance writer Ben Ryan’s mouth in 2005 and “demanding sex…in exchange for a lucrative contract.”

Now another male writer is accusing Wenner of raping him back in February 1983. Jonathan Wells says that after a long night of drinking vodka and doing cocaine with Wenner at his Manhattan home, the publisher ordered a female prostitute for them. After she left, while both men were “mostly naked,” he says Wenner made his move:

I was lying back and he put himself on top of me. He was kissing me, but you know, normal stuff, kissing my chest. I remember him putting his penis in my mouth. I remember him sucking me, going down on me. I remember his hair on my stomach.

Everyone with two brain cells to rub together knows that if someone puts their penis in your mouth against your will, the sane and sensible thing to do is bite it off. But Wells said he subsequently returned over the next few weeks for two more consensual sexual encounters with Wenner.

Although Wells denies being a faygeleh, we sincerely hope dozens more men—gay or straight, what does it matter?—come forth and accuse Jann Wenner of raping them.

“WHITE GENOCIDE” PROFESSOR RESIGNS IN A TORRENT OF SELF-PITY
Late in 2016, Drexel University professor George Ciccariello-Maher Tweeted:

All I want for Christmas is White Genocide

He’d also written things such as “Abolish the White Race” and about how “Racist Crackers” should be sent to gulags.

The good professor is white. Of course.

Last week on Facebook, he announced that he is resigning:

After December 31st, 2017, I will no longer work at Drexel University. This is not a decision I take lightly; however, after nearly a year of harassment by right-wing, white supremacist media outlets and internet mobs, after death threats and threats of violence directed against me and my family, my situation has become unsustainable….This is why the Right is targeting campuses with thinly veiled provocations disguised as free speech….In the past year, the forces of resurgent white supremacy have tasted blood and are howling for more.

Howling for blood? Excuse us, but aren’t you the fellow who called for the extermination of over a billion people?

THE FIRST TRULY ALT-RIGHT CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE?
To our knowledge, there is only one former (and future) congressional candidate who has tweeted a picture of Paul Ryan being dropped from a helicopter, who has used the (((triple parentheses))) to tag someone as Jewish, who has used the phrases “the goyim know” and “It’s OK to Be White,” and who claims to be currently reading Culture of Critique by Kevin MacDonald, whom John Derbyshire once referred to as “The Marx of the Anti-Semites.”

That man is Republican Paul Nehlen of Wisconsin, who ran against Paul Ryan in 2016 but was only able to squeak out a measly 15% of the vote. Nehlen says he intends to run against Ryan again in 2018, although his recent enthusiastic embrace of Alt-Right terminology would appear destined to sink him.

Last week Breitbart News—which used to feature Nehlen’s writing—formally disavowed him. “Nehlen is dead to us,” said Arthur Schwartz, an advisor to Breitbart’s Steven Bannon. “He’s gone off the deep end,” said Breitbart editor Joel Pollak of Nehlen.

After being queried by The Washington Post about his recent radicalization, Nehlen responded with a text message:

If pro-White is White supremacy, what is pro-Jewish? I reject being called a White Supremacist, because clearly Pro-White isn’t White Supremacy unless Pro-Jewish is Jewish Supremacy.

As of press time, The Washington Post has steadfastly avoided Nehlen’s question. Instead, they have condemned him merely for posing the question.

STATISTICS PROVE THAT S.A.T.S ARE BIASED IN FAVOR OF ASIANS
Despite the fact that it’s the current year, and despite the fact that we’ve struggled as a nation since the mid-1960s to work toward an equal world, Asian students persist in making black students look dumb.

Recent research finds that in the math section of the SATs—with a perfect score being 800—black American students lag behind Asians by a staggering 170 points. Factoring in their relative percentages of the population, Asian students are a mind-melting sixty times more likely than black students to score higher than 750 in math on the SATs.

We sincerely encourage Asian students nationwide to do some soul-searching and stop acting so smart. The Narrative depends on it.

STUDY: BROWBEATING PEOPLE ABOUT BEING “RACIST” MAKES THEM MORE “RACIST”
In a recent research paper with the academically unwieldy name of “Ironic Effects of Antiprejudice Messages: How Motivational Interventions Can Reduce (but Also Increase) Prejudice,” Lisa Legault of the University of Toronto arrives at the ironic but not at all surprising conclusion that people are much more likely to make a personal decision to be racially tolerant compared to when you scold and shame and harass and pressure them into not being “racist”:

Individuals with a controlled motivation to regulate prejudice are motivated to reduce prejudice for external reasons (e.g., pressure, fear). They might suppress racism because they seek approval from others or because social norms require that prejudice be avoided. Conversely, individuals with a self-determined motivation to regulate prejudice are motivated by internal factors, such as the personal relevance and importance of striving to be nonprejudiced. For such individuals, the pursuit of nonprejudice is valuable and enjoyable, and energized by the satisfaction gleaned from intergroup relations.

We’re not so sure about that last part—the whole “it’s enjoyable and energizing to strive to be nonprejudiced,” because we’ve never found striving for anything to be particularly enjoyable. But we’ve been stressing the first part for years—if you’re constantly clucking your tongue and tormenting people about being “racist,” sooner or later anyone with a spine will cease to be so much as bothered by the accusation. Instead, they’ll simply shrug and say, “Sure—why not?”

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