Dismantling America (contd.): That Duluth (!) Guiltfest

If there`s a shortage of hate
crimes in your community, you can always try to dig one
up from the remote past. In Duluth, Minnesota, the
closest thing to a hate crime anyone seems able to find
is the lynching of three blacks in 1920 by a white mob
that believed them guilty of raping a white woman. It
might not be a hate crime by modern definitions, but
it`s still close enough for guilt-mongers and
Afro-racists to exploit it for their own dubious

The lynching took place on June
15, 1920, so the 81st anniversary of the
event was upon us last week, and the Associated Press rehearsed
all the details. The details of what happened back then
are not the point, however. The point is how the
incident is being used today—to induce guilt in whites
and to push the racial-political agenda of blacks.

“When they first came to me, I
thought, `Why would I want to tell the world that
something so horrible happened in my city?`” Duluth Mayor
Gary Doty
asked. He soon got his answer. It`s
precisely because the lynching was horrible that those
who seek to make use of it demand it be resurrected.

An organizing committee to rake
up the horrors
and inflict them on the present was
formed, and last week it went to work. “The committee
has held poetry readings, a concert, [and] a fund-raiser
to create a memorial sculpture,” just to make sure it
stays raked up. There also were “celebrity readings”
from a book
about the Duluth lynchings. It all sounds like too much
fun, but the mayor, quickly persuaded of the value of
telling the world of the horrors of his city and his
race, also came to “look at the memorial as a
`stepping-off` point for race discussions.” Here
we approach the meat of the festivities.

“Race relations in this
community are good,” the hapless mayor told the AP.
“But then you`re talking to a white, middle-aged
guy, so there must be some things we need to work on.”
What would white guys know about race relations anyway?
If they think race relations are good, it`s only
because they`re not plugged into the real horrors
their race is perpetrating to this day. That`s why we
need “race discussions,” don`t you see?

The discussion was kicked off by
organizing committee member Portia Johnson. “There`s
other ways of lynching folks,” the learned Miss
Johnson preached. “Like no jobs, like you have a
number of blacks in jail disproportionate to the number
in society. That`s a lynching.”

Well, no, it`s not a lynching,
but it is a convenient opportunity to grouse and whine
about what the Afro-bigots call the “victimization”
of blacks by the “institutional racism” of whites.
There may or may not be “no jobs” in Duluth, but
whether there are or not probably has little to do with
the racial attitudes of whites. Nor does the number of
blacks in jail, who are there because of the crimes
they`ve committed, not because whites are mean and
cruel and like to put blacks in jail.

The memorial observances may be
transparent racial-political theater to push a few
points, but transparent or not, they apparently had
their effects. Asked about her reaction to the memorial,
the white owner of the funeral home that took in and
buried the lynching victims 80 years ago told the press,
“It makes you embarrassed to be a white person.”

That, of course, is the final
point and purpose of the whole spectacle, to make whites
ashamed of their race and their history and thereby to
undermine whatever political and cultural power they
have left. It`s a tactic often deployed in the wake of
“hate crimes,” and it often works.

Similar “racial discussions”
took place in Jasper,
after the 1998 murder of a black man by
whites, with the result that many whites apologized to
blacks for their “feelings” of years earlier. There
are no recorded instances of blacks apologizing to
whites for any of their feelings of the past, let alone
for any racial horrors
they may have committed. There never are.

“Racial discussions” are
always a one-way street down which only whites are made
to travel, to force them to wallow in racial guilt and
push into their minds the sentiment that gushed back
from the white woman in Duluth: “It makes you
embarrassed to be white.”

that sentiment is embedded in the white mind, the path
is open to any and every anti-white racial
. Until whites themselves see through the
fraud of “racial
and the guilt and fear they`re
intended to instill, that will be the path down which
more and more whites will inevitably be driven.


June 21,