“If Trayvon Martin was a victim of white racism (hard to conceive since the shooter is apparently Hispanic), his murder would be an anomaly, not a commonplace. It would be a bizarre exception to the way so many young black males are murdered today. If there must be a generalization in all thisโ€”a call “to turn the moment into a movement”โ€”it would have to be a movement against blacks who kill other blacks. The absurdity of Messrs. Jackson and Sharpton is that they want to make a movement out of an anomaly. Black teenagers today are afraid of other black teenagers, not whites.” – Shelby Steele

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17 Responses to Quote of the Day: Absurdity Edition

  1. Black teenagers today are afraid of other black teenagers, not whites

    Maybe, but the racial angle is sooooo much sexier. And sooooo much more profitable.

    • That’s what Mr. Steele’s article in the link says. But he also says that this “poetic truth” is a big mistake. Good article.

    • Having recently completed my teenage years (I am 20 years old), I feel I can answer that for you as a 5’4 white Jew. Grew up in Detroit and went to public high school there at a predominantly black school, worked in Dearborn in a very heavily Muslim area that hosts several extremest groups, then left for college in northern Florida where I have had people ask to see my horns.

      My answer to your question? Everybody

  2. I experienced more anti-semitism and ignorant fear of Jews growing up in Skokie (a Chicago suburb with a big Jewish population) than I did in the Army where my fellow soldiers seemed to get a kick out it that I was one of the few Jews (they met) in the Army. The only anti-semitism I heard in the Army ( and it was not directed at me) was by two black specialists/sargents making comments to others.

      • True. I’m speaking in relative terms to others and about newer members some of which never met a Jew prior to age 18 (that was always a funny experience when the guys told me I was the first Jew they’ve met). I was initially in combat arms before transferring to intelligence. I was in sometime during the ’80s. I can’t tell you more since it is all still top secret. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Don’t Hispanics hate blacks more than whites do?

    Not trying to be inflammatory, but in my part of the country the crime d’jour is that black thugs target Hispanics because they tend to carry large amounts of cash.
    …you know – Because they are all here illegal and can’t open a bank account.

    If you are going to pull the race card – this is the mentality that is being used. Hurts to type that.

    • Hispanics and blacks tend to live in similar blue collar and often abutting neighborhoods, where their gangs battle for dominance. Is it a race thing or a male ego thing? Or just a gang/ drug trade thing? But it is clear, as Mr. Steele says in his article and I’ve seen in published statistics elsewhere, the vast majority of murders in the “teen” years are committed by black youth–some 78%, 18% by Hispanics, and a mere 3% by whites.

  4. Actually I guess on a certain level he is right.
    Kids killing kids regardless of color is wrong. But there is so much that needs to be dealt with on so many different levels to fix teen on teen deaths that it is not something you can fix overnight.

  5. Re blacks and hispanics, where I live there is more animosity between those two groups than any other groups. I’ve been told by both blacks and hispanics that many blacks resent hispanics for taking advantage of the advances made by blacks in terms of minority rights. I.e., they don’t think other minorities should ride on their coattails. Admittedly I haven’t heard this from enough people to really make any firm conclusions, I’m just saying it’s something I’ve heard.

    • I’ve heard it too here in Cleveland. Blacks even hate the East Indian folk because they say they built the place (the blacks) and fought for everyone else’s rights.

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