Victor Davis Hanson // Private Papers
Americans are being saturated by a whirlwind of events never quite seen in recent memory. When a person with a gun or car now kills someone, the media—in anti-humanistic fashion, and quite callously— massages the story to fit deductive narratives. And they are based solely on the race of the victim and victimizer.
So a crazed, white-male sex deviant killer of six Asian and two white women in the Atlanta area is machined into proof of an epidemic of anti-Asian “hate crimes” committed by whites.
Who cares that all the data show African-Americans committing attacks on Asians at numbers far greater than their population percentages, while whites perpetrators are vastly “underrepresented”? (When Asian-Americans, now bombarded with such media certitude, walk out in the evening in big cities, do they feel terrified when a white male approaches and yet relieved when an African-American youth nears?
If the Colorado shooter kills 10, he is useful proof of “white supremacy” and “white terrorism”—until in a nano-second he is revealed as an Arab-American, Syrian-born immigrant with delusions of Islamic victimhood. When did a sick country so racialize death and destruction? In the Jim Crow days, whose values the Left are straining to return to?
If a car rams into a Capitol barrier, the crasher becomes representative of the January 6 “white armed insurrection”—until a media moment later when he is not really, but rather a wannabe Black Muslim unhinged follower of racist Louis Farrakhan?
When two teen African-Americans girls carjack a Pakistani immigrant’s Uber car, crash his vehicle and de facto kill him, and then worry only about retrieving an incriminating cell phone, we are told this is a “joy ride,” or we are advised by officials about securing our own cars so as not to “invite” crimes.
When an-ex NFL player shoots a doctor and his family of four, we sense the media is hoping at last they can run with “white nationalist murderer uses AR-15 to kill five people of color.” And then, the story suddenly mutes. And it is assumed but never spoken that the sick murderer is black, his victims all white.
Can a society long last when the population assumes that official reality is a lie, and the truth is thus opposite from what they are told by the state and its media?