The Untold Story

They Call Americans Monsters

July 13, 2017

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They Call Americans Monsters

This week gossip blogs like CNN focused on a black stripper who was being harassed by her ex-fiancé, Kim Kardashian’s brother. It was obviously a pathetic display of myopic minutiae, but it was also a telling look at our cultural priorities. Blac Chyna is the stripper in question, and she dumped Rob Kardashian when her baby was one month old. She dumped her previous baby-daddy when the kid was 1. That’s two babies without a daddy and no marriage in sight, but ABC News was focused on the “revenge porn” Rob dared to put on social media. Three-quarters of black kids are born out of wedlock. But hey, who cares about the kids or the institutions we used to hold dear? Let’s focus on this stupid slut’s privacy (link NSFW).

You see this same willful blindness in the PBS documentary They Call Us Monsters. Directed by Ben Lear (son of the guy who created Archie Bunker), the film tracks three teenagers accused of attempted murder and discusses the ethics of trying “youths” as adults. They completely ignore the Hispanic influence involved in all three cases and treat the boys like some random victims of their random environments. When I saw the movie, I couldn’t not see a world where marriage is trivialized and poor Hispanics prove again and again they are incompatible with American culture.

“Norman Lear created Archie Bunker as a way to lampoon the working class, but it backfired and we all learned to love ol’ Arch.”

The first boy, Juan Gamez, came from El Salvador when he was a child. Back home his father expressed disdain for Juan because he thought the brother was a tougher kid. That kind of neglect may work in El Salvador. It’s not in a state of war; it is a war. Importing people from this country would be like plucking Crazy Horse from the Battle of the Rosebud and plonking him into the middle of Tokyo with a broom in his hand. Juan was determined to prove his worth to his father and this is typically done by showing you are a more ruthless warrior. Unfortunately, when it came time to prove his manhood, someone changed the scenery and they were now living in California. The father was back home and there was no battleground for Juan to prove himself on, but he couldn’t adapt so he followed the plan and joined a gang. He did well in “the game” and proved himself to be way more cold-blooded than his brother, but it didn’t matter. California isn’t looking for brutal killers, so when he shot a rival gang member in the head at point-blank range, he was arrested for murder. Juan’s story begins while he is awaiting sentencing and ends with him getting fifteen years, after which he will be sent back to El Salvador. I’m assuming this means he’s illegal, but the film doesn’t tell us because that’s not how the Lears operate.

Antonio Hernandez is the second kid we learn about in the film. He’s a likable Mexican drug addict who comes from a single mom who is little more than a professional baby machine. When Hernandez talks to the filmmakers at home, there are toddlers strewn all over the floor like some kind of tiny Jim Jones massacre. Some have pillows. Some have pants. One managed to get a diaper, but none of them have a bed to sleep on. It’s clear the mother just has food lying around and they crash when they’re tired. You know, like rats. Antonio never had a father and stabbed a rival gang member shortly after joining a gang because that’s what you’re supposed to do. They say drugs are the root of all crime in America, but I believe the idle hands that lead to drugs are just as bad, and idle hands come from no dad.

Being on trial and away from drugs gets Antonio clean and he sets his sights on military school. It’s not clear why, but the courts drop the charges if he pursues a career in the Army. It’s way too lenient for trying to kill someone, but what happens next is much more important and the film just glosses over it. Antonio finds himself incompatible with the other students in the school because they’re “squares” and he really hates having to wear a tie. He says he has nothing in common with them at all. Soon after, his mother and her Jim Jones brood move into his room and he hits the streets. By the end of the film, he is back on trial for drug-related charges. We never hear about the boy’s father or his mother’s inability to close her legs. We never hear about a culture where there is zero stigma in any of this. Normal Lear’s son is focused on “the system” and how it does nothing to help, even though we see the exact opposite right before our eyes.

Finally, we have Jarad Nava. He is white and is facing attempted-murder charges for saying, “You’re going to die today, bitch,” and firing into a rival gang member’s car. The girl he hit is paralyzed for life. Jarad is unlike the other two boys in that his childhood was perfectly normal. He didn’t grow up running from the pandillas in the murder capital of the world like Juan. He wasn’t constantly stepping over exhausted babies in the living room like Antonio. He was an only child of two American citizens. Things started to go awry for Jarad when his parents got divorced. The father was soon replaced by a Hispanic man who impregnated his white wife and made two daughters. Jarad had to adjust to his new family, but the stepfather also had adjustments to make. I got the feeling that the Hispanic stepfather felt as incongruous in his new situation as Antonio felt in military school. Eventually, the stepfather gets so depressed he tries to stab himself to death in the backyard and is only alive because young Jarad ran out to stop him. This left the boy deeply damaged and he immediately becomes so Hispanic he makes MS-13 look like Orson Welles. He moves his hands like a cholo and speaks with their slang. It’s possible he recognized his new dad felt like a fish out of agua and overcompensated by becoming a human Mexico. Don’t kill yourself, Dad. You’re not the only Hispanic guy in the family. Jarad doesn’t do as well as the two Hispanic kids when it comes to sentencing at the end of the film. He gets life and will only be eligible for parole when he’s 47. No free plane ride to Central America for the American citizen. No free military school for the white kid who saved his stepdad’s life. Just prison.

The end of the film is like the end of the Kardashian saga. The takeaway is that marriage is irrelevant, minorities are victims, and the system needs to do more to protect them. I don’t get that from either story. Blac Chyna is making babies without dads and that’s child abuse. Mass immigration from third-world countries combined with limitless welfare is another form of child abuse. It turned fatherless Antonio into a way to get a paycheck and nothing more. It took away Juan’s father and brought the boy from a battleground where you need to kill to survive to a country where killers can’t survive. Jarad’s situation started out great, but it too devolved into child abuse. Divorce culture took away his father and mass immigration may well have brought him a father who can’t cope. Instead of belonging to a strong community that could have helped rebuild the boy, he fell into the gang warfare our open borders have created.

Norman Lear created Archie Bunker as a way to lampoon the working class, but it backfired and we all learned to love ol’ Arch. His son made a documentary to criticize the system, but in true Lear fashion, it backfired too and he accidentally showed America the importance of marriage, the trouble with welfare, and the dangers of mass immigration.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article cited a study that said 92% of blacks have babies out of wedlock when the mother is white. That study is not reliable and has been removed.

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