Since I’ve been here I’ve seen several instances of a White person telling the story of how he used to be liberal or egalitarian when it comes to race – and then he saw the light.
He came to realize that there are, in fact, serious differences among races. That a lot of the politically unpalatable stuff said about Blacks is…true.
The way they describe this new-found recognition of innate Black deviance, you can almost hear the sigh of relief. “Now I can criticize Black people out loud. And there’s a whole community of people just like me out there with whom I can share stories and vent all my frustration.”
A “race realist” has just emerged from the Liberal Womb.
Only it’s not really that impressive.
The most hardcore post-slavery racists saw themselves as “realists” when it came to race. Some of them mocked people – especially well-intentioned Northerners – who were trying to assist in the advancement of Blacks. In belittling such efforts, their amused attitude regarding “the Negro” was, “God save him from his friends!”
They had the entirely “realistic” view that there was only so much that could be done for “the Negro,” and that White people had their hands full just trying to deal with the very real likelihood that “the Negro” among them would revert to his natural savagery, inflicting ruin on decent White society.
These latter-day race realists are heirs to a really old tradition. Blacks who lived through the worst of Jim Crow would instantly recognize “race realism.” And so would Whites who lived through it, I’m assuming. Is there anything about this new mindset that’s different from what others have believed since the founding of the republic?