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Welcome to the Obama administration's cringe-inducing non sequitur of the week. On Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder continued stoking the fires of racial resentment over a Florida jury's acquittal of George Zimmerman. In an address to NAACP leaders, who are demanding federal intervention, Holder attacked Stand Your Ground self-defense laws.
All together now: Squirrel!
While America braces for more rioting in the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal, and as Attorney General Eric (“my people”) Holder threatens a federal “hate crime” double jeopardy end run, this 17-month saga has obscured an accelerating phenomenon that may ultimately prove more significant.
As I noted in a March 26, 2012 VDARE.com column as the Main Stream Media narrative of the martyrdom of St. Martin was unraveling, cities across the country were being forced to enact emergency curfews to deal with rising racial anarchy since Obama’s election in 2008.
“Obama’s sons” were out of control:
- Columbia, South Carolina: Columbia curfew proposal faces opposition, September 30, 2010
- Newark, New Jersey: Newark seeks public's help in stemming bloodshed, forms 'Safe City Task Force', June 1, 2011
- Baltimore, Maryland: Baltimore teens are getting a curfew, June 15, 2011
- Cleveland Heights, Ohio: Cleveland Heights' teen curfew brings questions in regard to legality, and whether it targets minorities, July 01, 2011.
- Louisville, Kentucky.: Police enforcing city-wide curfew for teens in Louisville, July 19, 2011
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (which was quickly deemed racist) Philadelphia City Council passes new youth curfew law, October 28, 2011.
- New Orleans (which has also been deemed racist) New Orleans City Council passes 8 p.m. curfew for anyone under 16 in French Quarter, January 18, 2012
- Gary, Indiana: Gary police set to enforce curfew law, April 14, 2012
- East St. Louis: East St. Louis officials institute youth curfew, put limits on clothing for males, September 27, 2012. (Limits on clothing means no “royal blue or bright red clothing commonly associated with gangs.”)
- Memphis, Tennessee.: Memphis Police Speak Out on Curfew, February 1, 2013
- Kansas City, Missouri (wasn’t spared from being labeled racist either, because all of the curfew violators cited with tickets have been black.). Kansas City plans to crack down on curfew violators in Northland, May 30, 2013
- Macon, Georgia: Macon police increase attention to curfew during summer, June 13, 2013
.Calls for the National Guard to patrol Chicago (where 11 were killed and 72 shot over the July 4 holiday this year) continue to go unheeded, although Al Sharpton is moving to the city to “help with youth violence”— which
Trayvon Martin was an unarmed teenager walking home from a convenience store with Skittles and iced tea, when he was shot to death by a racist, profiling wannabe cop named George Zimmerman.
National Data | Labor’s Share Falls as Immigrant Workforce Rises—So Why Do Democrats Support The Amnesty/ Immigration Surge Act?
In Economics 101 students are taught that the share of national income received by labor and capital are so stable that they are virtually constant. In empirical work published in the 1920s, the labor economist Paul Douglas, a great liberal and friend of labor who ultimately became Democratic Senator from Illinois, accurately predicted GDP growth based on the growth of labor and capital—with the contributions of each equal to their respective income shares: about 75% for labor and 25% for capital. [A Theory of Production | The Estimation of the Cobb-Douglas Function: A Retrospective View, by J Felipe, FG Adams, Eastern Economic Journal, 2005]
Douglas found that, although total employment fell during recessions, the share of income going to labor remained constant as productivity (and wages) rose for those still working. Similarly, a big hiring boom would eventually increase the productivity of capital relative to labor, keeping income shares constant over the course the business cycle.[ "A Theory of Production", American Economic Review, March 1928 ]
Douglas would be horrified at the current state of the U.S. labor market. Over the past four decades—and especially since 2000—the share of income paid to workers in the form of wages, salaries, and other forms of labor compensation has steadily declined:
In 1970 about 65% of business income in the U.S. went to labor. By 1990 labor’s share dropped to 63%. Fifteen years later labor’s share had declined to 60%, and seven years after that—by 2012—it had fallen to a post World War II low of 57.6%.
The difference between 1970 and to today—about 7 percentage points
I have argued that the Beltway Right a.k.a. Conservatism Inc. is simply an elaborate corporate lobbying scam. And it's no secret that its leaders regard patriotic immigration reformers as enemies. But the fact remains that the grassroots American Conservative Movement itself is still a more-or-less coherent socio-cultural grouping. In the end, it will come down to this grouping—the “true conservatives”—to stop the 2013 Amnesty/ Immigration Surge Act…even in “Blue” states like New Jersey.
Leading the battle in the Garden State: Steve Lonegan, former mayor of Bogota, NJ. (Pronounced /bəˈɡoʊtə/ buh-GO-ta—unlike Bogotá, the capital city of Colombia, whose name is accented on the final syllable. Bogota NJ’s Colombian population is less than 2%, in case you were wondering.)
Lonegan is cruising to the Republican U.S, Senate nomination in the October special election to replace the late lamented Senator from the Treason Lobby, Frank Lautenberg—author of the notorious Amendment.
In many ways, Lonegan is a surprising immigration patriot. His politics are typically Republican, notable for his Scott Walker-type confrontational approach and success in a Democratic town. Lonegan made a name for himself with attacks on unions and taxes, the kinds of issues that warm the heart of the Conservative Establishment. He privatized services and cut spending, notably in regard to education.
Needless to say, despite Lonegan’s success, he was a divisive figure in the opinion of New Jersey Democrats, who organized protests against him. He was the target of a typical liberal political documentary, Anytown USA, which made him out to be a heartless budget-cutter pitted against those who only want to help “our kids” boo hoo.
But, despite this fierce opposition, Lonegan won re-election an Mayor in 1999 and again in 2003. Since 2007, he has served as the state head of Americans for Prosperity, which appears to be a typical Conservatism Inc. free market group.
However, Lonegan does break from the typical Republican mold because of his long record as Mayor on Offical English, illegal immigration, and the National Question.
In 2006, Lonegan asked the CBS Outdoor company to remove a McDonald's billboard that advertised in Spanish. The corpocrats refused and called in their multicultural auxiliaries in the so-called Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey (what???) to accuse Lonegan of, guess what, racism.
But, amazingly, Lonegan didn't back down, calling them “divisive,” and even attempting to make English the official language of Bogota, which the New York Times moaned was a “nativist quest.” [Editorial, September 10, 2006] Lonegan also supported efforts to allow local police to enforce immigration law.
In 2009, in his run for the GOP gubernatorial nomination, Lonegan won the endorsement of the Minuteman Project's founder Jim Gilchrist, who contrasted his record with that of the eventual victor, Chris Christie, who notoriously said “being in this country without proper documentation is not a crime.” Lonegan's campaign rhetoric was admirably forthright. He said illegals “should not receive government services and should be deported.” Even the opposition of his own brother, an immigration attorney (isn't it great when moral posturing and profit coincide?) did not change Lonegan's position. [In a New Jersey Town, an Immigration Fight Pits Brother Against Brother, By Nina Bernstein, NYT, September 4, 2007]
More recently, Young Americans for Liberty invited Lonegan to speak on September 24, 2012
Six women jurors, five white and one Hispanic, now hold in their hands the fate of George Zimmerman and, to a considerable degree, that of equal justice in America. “I think the state’s case is kaput,” forensics expert Larry Kobilinsky said last week on the Jane Velez-Mitchell Show, whose eponymous host is pro-prosecution. [Transcript, July 10, 2013]But will these women have the courage to agree.
Remember, this is an anarcho-tyranny show trial. The lack of any credible prosecution case is not a bug but a feature. The Obama-Holder Justice Department organized black mobs to demand and get a show trial, despite there being no grounds even for an arrest. [Documents Obtained by Judicial Watch Detail Role of Justice Department in Organizing Trayvon Martin Protests, Judicial Watch, July 10, 2013.] Florida officials cooperated, turning our legal system upside down and presuming the guilt of a white-enough defendant.
And remember, George Zimmerman is a liberal who fought, when no blacks cared, to avenge the maltreatment of a black homeless man, Sherman Ware, by a white policeman’s son.[In 2010 race-related beating case, George Zimmerman pushed to discipline same officers who investigated Trayvon Martin shooting, By Matthew Boyle, Daily Caller, April 4, 2012] As my mom always says, no good deed goes unpunished. And that goes in spades for Zimmerman’s yeoman efforts to protect his community.
Since my last column, this surreal trial has continued in the same direction. The prosecution called more witnesses that either helped the defense, or were laughably incompetent (Medical Examiner Dr. Shiping Bao). By Day 12 (Wednesday), the prosecution had come full circle: after starting out claiming that Zimmerman was on top of Martin, the prosecution now argued that Martin was on top, and even brought in a dummy to demonstrate, which elicited a lot of merciless puns about “dummies” from cable network lawyer-commentators otherwise supportive of railroading Zimmerman.
This case should never have been brought; once brought, the judge should have summarily dismissed it. But instead, anything could happen.
- This is an unusually ignorant jury.
There’s a saying that the ultimate insult is that one was too dumb to get out of jury duty. The prosecution team, including Judge Debra Nelson, has compounded that by withholding all sorts of information critical for the Zimmerman defense.
Judge Nelson refused to permit the defense to exhibit Trayvon Martin’s text messages, in which he bragged of bloody fights and swinging at bus drivers, of wanting to buy a gun, and a picture of a gun, giving the baseless assertion that it wasn’t clear that Martin was sending the messages from his own cell phone. Thus, the jury has no proper context in which to put Martin’s brutal beating of Zimmerman.
On top of that, the prosecution team has presented Martin as “a child”—“That child had every right to be in that 7-11…. Didn’t that child have the right to defend himself against that strange man?” (Prosecutor John Guy, in his emotional, baby-talk rebuttal to the defense’s closing argument,
In the current hiatus between the Senate’s passing of the Schumer-Rubio Amnesty/ Immigration Surge bill and the House’s taking up, or deciding not to take up, the bill (or deciding to try for piecemeal legislation), bigfoot pundits have been peddling their immigration wares, like the girls who appeared in spotlights with trays full of ice cream for sale during intermissions in the movie theaters of my childhood.
Much of their commentary was not so much about the bill itself as about other people’s commentary.
Thus Bill Keller [Liberals vs. Immigration Reform, New York Times, July 7, 2013] sought to “address some of the liberal misgivings.”
As usual, reader’ comments on a NYT article about the Senate’s passing of the bill [Senate, 68 to 32, Passes Overhaul for Immigration, By Ashley Parker And Jonathan Martin , June 27, 2013] had included many that were negative, often from an Old Left viewpoint (“It’s a slap in the face of the American working class and the millions of unemployed Americans . . .,” etc.) Keller sought to shore up the globalist elite’s dwindling base of Old Left support.
Along the way he made some interesting concessions, saying things that are close to heretical by Times standards, although wearily familiar to VDARE.com readers:
As the demographer Michael Teitelbaum points out, you can find shortages of skilled labor at some times, in some fields, and in some places, but over all there is plenty of domestic STEM talent looking for work.
Disaffection among Outer Party members
[James Fulford writes: Tonight we're starting to run Ann Coulter's syndicated column. Ann Coulter has been fighting the good fight magnificently on immigration and other conservative issues since the administration of Bill Clinton , whom she almost had removed from office. Her work on the current Amnesty attempt is equally magnificent. Note to the $PLC and Media Matters—Ms. Coulter is not responsible for the links in this column, or the fact that we are running her column. I've had to explain this before—I call it "guilt by syndication."]
This week, instead of attacking a Hispanic senator, Marco Rubio, I will defend a Hispanic citizen, George Zimmerman, on trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin. (Zimmerman would make a better senator.)
It's becoming painfully obvious why no charges were brought against Zimmerman in this case—until Al Sharpton got involved. All the eyewitness accounts, testimony, ballistics and forensics keep backing up Zimmerman. We should send a big, fat bill for the whole thing to Sharpton, courtesy of MSNBC.
With the prosecution's witnesses making the defense's case, the inquisitors' last stand is to claim that, if the races were reversed, the black guy would have been instantly charged with murder. As explained in The New York Times:
"Had Mr. Martin shot and killed Mr. Zimmerman under similar circumstances, black leaders say, the case would have barreled down a different path: Mr. Martin would have been quickly arrested by the Sanford Police Department and charged in the killing, without the benefit of the doubt." [Zimmerman Case Has Race as a Backdrop, but You Won’t Hear It in Court, By Lizette Alvarez, July 7, 2013]
The people who say this are counting on the rest of us being too polite to mention that it is nearly impossible to imagine such a case in a world where half of all murders and a majority of robberies are committed by blacks. To reverse the races with the same set of facts, first, we're going to need a gated, mixed-race community, similar to the Retreat at Twin Lakes, that has recently experienced a rash of robberies by white guys. The only way to do that is to enter "The Twilight Zone."
There were at least eight burglaries in the 14 months before Zimmerman's encounter with Martin. Numerous media accounts admit that "most" of these were committed by black males. I'm waiting to hear about a single crime at Twin Lakes that was not
[VDARE.com Note: So far, Rand Paul is "standing with" Hunter—he hasn't given in and fired him for un-PC speech.]
The recent attack on Jack Hunter a.k.a. “The Southern Avenger” radio host follows an all-too-familiar script in Washington. Someone connected to the Republican mainstream is accused of saying something Politically Incorrect. The Left and neoconservative echo chamber repeats the smear and tries to connect the Politically Incorrect statement to as many of its enemies as possible. The offender grovels. He may or may not be able to survive.
Jack Hunter is a leader of the “Liberty Movement” in his capacity as an official blogger for Ron Paul’s presidential campaign and a close aide to Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. The younger Paul appointed Hunter as his social media director last year and Hunter coauthored the Senator’s book The Tea Party Goes to Washington . Hunter had previously written columns and had a radio show under the name “The Southern Avenger.”
The neoconservative webzine the Washington Free Beacon ran a hit piece on Hunter entitled Rebel Yell: Rand Paul aide has history of neo-Confederate sympathies, inflammatory statements (by Alana Goodman, July 9, 2013)
Among Hunter’s sins:
- He was a member of the secessionist group, the League of the South during the 1990s.
The “conservative” Free Beacon even interviewed a representative from the Anti-Defamation League, as if it were an authority: the ADL proclaimed
The League of the South is an implicitly racist group in that the idealized version of the South that they promote is one which, to use their ideology, is dominated by ‘Anglo-Celtic’ culture, which is their code word for ‘white’.
More "evidence" against Hunter:
- In 2004, Hunter wrote: “Although Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth’s heart was in the right place, the Southern Avenger does regret that Lincoln’s murder automatically turned him into a martyr.”
- In 2007, Hunter wrote that, while blacks and Hispanics and blacks are encouraged to celebrate their racial identity, “not only are whites not afforded the same right to celebrate their own cultural identity—but anything that is considered ‘too white’ is immediately suspect …The term ‘diversity’ has become nothing more than a code word for ‘not white,’ and it’s a shame that just because we have fair skin, we are always denied fair treatment.”
(Note: This was long before
World Crisis Alert: Guantanamo Bay detainees don't want to eat. Muslim rapper Yasiin "Mos Def" Bey is so worked up about their appetite plight that he videotaped himself being force-fed to build support for closing Gitmo. Cry me a river.
This latest round of hunger strikes isn't an international human rights tragedy. It's another manipulative act of Jihad Theater.
The Fulford File| What Will Amnesty Do For The Tens Of Thousands Of Illegals Who Don’t Even Know They’re Aliens—And Will They Be Allowed To Vote?
Bowing down in blind credulity, as is my custom, before mere authority and the tradition of the elders, superstitiously swallowing a story I could not test at the time by experiment or private judgment, I am firmly of opinion that I was born on the 29th of May, 1874, on Campden Hill, Kensington; and baptised according to the formularies of the Church of England in the little church of St. George opposite the large Waterworks Tower that dominated that ridge. I do not allege any significance in the relation of the two buildings; and I indignantly deny that the church was chosen because it needed the whole water-power of West London to turn me into a Christian.
Well, we’re skeptics about the Gang Of Eight—SchMcGRubio and Company as Michelle Malkin calls them—and their plan to Amnesty and put on a “path to citizenship” millions of illegals including the DREAM Act kids who (as we’re incessantly told) “came here as children.” And Chesterton’s joke is one reason we’re skeptical.
The DREAM Act kids have already been covered by Barack Obama’s illegal and unconstitutional Administrative Amnesty. But they’re not currently on a path to citizenship, and they’re not yet allowed to vote.
But do they know that?
It’s like the notorious “Birther” controversy—if it were to turn out that Barack Obama’s birth did not actually take place in Hawaii, or that his natural father was someone other than Barack, Senior, it would not be his fault. The President has no more personal knowledge of where he was born than anyone else, because it happened when he was too young to remember. That’s the common experience of mankind.
Take the late A. M. Rosenthal, who was for years Executive Editor of the New York Times, and for years after that the author of what Slate press critic Jack Shafer
Harold Meyerson [Email him] recently gloated that "the South may soon undergo an epochal political change" because of the Amnesty/ Immigration Surge bill. In the meantime, Meyerson advocated building a border fence "in the right place" from Norfolk to Dallas which would keep America safe from "the all-round fruitcakery of the right-wing white South." "Start the border fence in Norfolk, Va." [Washington Post, June 25, 2013]
I would like VDARE.com readers to ponder the implications of Meyerson's ingenious thought experiment on the last fifty years of U.S. immigration policy. In this thought experiment, 15 Southern states (Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia) seceded from the Union in the year 1965 and constructed a double-layered border fence along the Potomac and Ohio Rivers which wraps around Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas down to the Mexican border.
This border fence separates a restored Confederacy—the "Republic of Dixie"—from the restored Union—the United States of America. What would the last fifty years of American immigration policy have looked like in an independent Southern Republic without the interference of the "damnyankee"?
(Note: in the vote counts that follow, I indicate the when legislators failing to vote with square brackets .)
In the U.S. Senate, the South provided 16 of the 18 votes against the Immigration Act of 1965, and the region voted 16 to 13 against the bill. Sen. Norris Cotton of New Hampshire was the only senator from the Northeast that voted against the bill. Every senator from the Midwest also voted for the bill.
United States: 76-18  The South: 13-16
In the U.S. House, the South voted 79-43 against the Immigration Act of 1965. But every member of the U.S. House from the Northeast voted for the Immigration Act of 1965—except for Rep. Leo O'Brien of New York, who failed to cast a vote.
In other words, the disastrous nation-breaking 1965 Immigration Act would never have passed if it had been up to the South.
United States: 318-95 The South: 43-79 
In the U.S. Senate, the South voted with the rest of America for the Reagan-supported IRCA Amnesty of 1986. (Strangely enough, Ted Kennedy and other Northern senators such John Kerry and Joe Biden voted against the bill—presumably arguing the amnesty provisions were too onerous)
United States: 69-30  The South: 25-4 
In the U.S. House, the South voted against
[This article appears in the current, Summer 2013 issue, of the U.K. quarterly magazine Salisbury Review]
The intelligence quotient or, to give its popular acronym, IQ, has now achieved its centenary. This measure of our thinking, problem-solving, learning and memory abilities was devised in 1912 by Wilhelm Stern, a professor of psychology at the University of Breslau, now Wroclaw in Poland.
Stern’s IQ scale was constructed with the average set at 100, and with a range from zero to about 200. Approximately 96 per cent of people have IQs between 70 and 130, with about 2 per cent below 70 and 2 per cent above 130. People with IQs below 70 have some degree of learning difficulty, but most of these have IQs between 50 and 70 and function reasonably well performing undemanding jobs.
About one person per 1,000 has an IQ of 145 and above, and IQs higher than 160 are possessed by only approximately one person in 30,000. An IQ of 200 is about the highest ever recorded and is very rare. It has been estimated that this IQ was possessed by Francis Galton, Blaise Pascal and John Stuart Mill.
During its hundred-year existence, it has been found that our IQ affects our life in a number of important ways. It is a significant determinant of how well we do at school and in further education, our income, occupation, health, life expectancy, and of our choice of friends and partners.
In the early years of the twentieth century, attitudes to the IQ assumed a political dimension. The Liberal-Left generally approved of the IQ and research showing its importance. One of the most salient issues was the discovery that intelligent women were having relatively few children and the inference that was drawn from this that the IQ of the population was deteriorating. In many countries eugenics societies were established to promote ways to reverse this.
The principal supporters of eugenics came from the Liberal-Left. In Britain they included H.G. Wells, Sidney and Beatrice Webb and George Bernard Shaw. The programs they advocated were the provision of financial incentives for those with high IQs to have more children, designated positive eugenics, and measures to reduce the numbers of children of those with low IQs, designated negative eugenics.
In the United States and a number of countries in continental Europe, the principal of these negative eugenics measures was the sterilisation of the mentally retarded to prevent the birth of mentally retarded children. This was not introduced in Britain, but H.G. Wells in his book A Modern Utopia (1905) came up with the alternative of getting rid of them by dumping them on an uninhabited island.
This was initially welcomed by the Liberal-Left because it promoted the ideal of equality of opportunity. It enabled children from working class families who had high IQs to obtain a grammar school education and enter the middle and professional classes.
In the second half of the twentieth century, Liberal-Left opinion turned against
Just as the U.S. House of Representatives is returning from the July 4 recess to take up the Schumer/Rubio Amnesty/ Immigration Surge bill, the Labor Department has reported that unemployment remained stubbornly stuck at 7.6% in June, although the reported 195,000 jobs created in June was better than expected. This persistently high unemployment is not surprising: nearly half of the June job gains are needed just to absorb the 90,000 legal immigrants that arrive in the U.S. every month. It’s why VDARE.com keeps saying there should be an immigration moratorium. Instead, incredibly, Schumer-Rubio proposes to double (at least) that legal influx.
Indeed, our analysis of the June data indicates that the job market is fairly strong—but for immigrant workers only. Native-born Americans continue to lose jobs, exit the labor force, and retire earlier than planned.
Result: immigrant displacement of American workers had reached an all-time Obama Era high.
The “other” employment survey, of Households, shows a 160,000 job gain in June. The Household Survey now reports place of birth (but not legal status—it includes illegals). This allows us to see that behind the job growth lie two disparate job markets:
- Total employment rose by 160,000, or by 0.11%
- Native-born employment fell by 84,000, or by -0.07%
- Foreign-born employment rose by 244,000, or by 1.05%
Immigrant job growth north of 1.0% per month is particularly noteworthy. If that rate persists, immigrant employment will double within 72 months—or by June 2019. That surely rivals (exceeds?) immigrant job growth in any comparable period of U.S. history.
Perhaps there are seasonal factors that propel immigrant employment up faster than native-born employment in the month of June. Nevertheless, the spike in foreign-born employment this June stands in sharp contrast to the declines over the past two Junes.
In fact, the immigrant share of total U.S. employment in June
On February 3rd 1954 the British Cabinet, under Prime Minister Winston Churchill, discussed the issue of the fast-swelling nonwhite population of the U.K. That population then stood at 40,000, most of them blacks from the Caribbean, eighty percent having arrived in the previous six years.
Sir David Maxwell Fyfe, the Home Secretary (i.e. Attorney General, approximately) weighed the pros and cons of controlling the inflow by legislation. By imposing controls, said Sir David, as reported in the abbreviated language of Cabinet minutes:
“We should be reversing age-long tradition that British subjects have right of entry to mother-country of Empire. We should offend liberals, also sentimentalists.” Accordingly, “on balance, scale of the problem is such that we shouldn’t take these risks today.” He finished with a shrewd, cynical thrust: “The coloured populations are resented in Liverpool, Paddington and other areas—by those who come into contact with them. But those who don’t are apt to take liberal view.”
My emphasis. I took that extract from Family Britain, 1951-1957, the second volume of David Kynaston’s social history of the post-WW2 United Kingdom.
(To the degree that Sir David Maxwell Fyfe is remembered at all today it is for his response to Member of Parliament—and promiscuous bisexual—Robert Boothby when Boothby was lobbying for reform of Britain’s homosexuality laws: “I am not going down in history as the man who made sodomy legal.”)
Contact Theory takes a point of view opposite to Sir David Maxwell Fyfe’s. It argues that group prejudices and stereotypes are a result of isolation and ignorance. If persons from different groups are brought together, says the Contact Theorist, they will see the falseness of their prejudices and embrace the “psychic unity of mankind.”
Contact Theory is one of the foundation stones of the modern cult of Diversity.
To be fair to Gordon Allport, The Nature of Prejudice presented Contact Theory in a subtle and qualified form. Allport repeatedly stressed, for example, that the individuals in contact need to see themselves as being on the same social level for the theory to work its magic: “occupational contacts with Negroes of equal status tend to make for lessened prejudice,” etc. (page 276, Allport’s emphasis).
Subsequent social science research, notably Robert Putnam’s much-discussed 2006 paper, further diluted Contact Theory down to well-nigh homeopathic levels. There is a good discussion of the theory’s current status in Chapter IV of Russell Nieli’s book Wounds That Will Not Heal, which I reviewed for VDARE.com here.
Sir David’s observation that familiarity breeds rancor while ignorance is multicultural bliss seems oddly up-to-date. Here for example was I,
"[The date] will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this Continent to the other from this time forward forever more."
However, while this is, as Presidential Proclamations still say, “the Year of Our Lord 2013 and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh,” it is also the fifth year of the Obama administration.
The threat of a repeat of black mob violence on the Fourth of July is causing at least three cities to cancel their annual Independence Day fireworks parties.
Black mob violence has marred for several years the annual holiday celebrations in the Cleveland suburb of Bedford. Almost none of which made its way to the local media. But the city council heard an earful from local residents following last year’s holiday violence.
They reported that 50 to 80 black people were hitting people in the face and disrupting the festival and surrounding areas.
“Police officers used pepper ball pellets and a taser,” said city council minutes from a special meeting in August 2012. “Even the Wal-Mart and Get-Go store had to be closed for three hours.”
“The mayor was shocked by what he had witnessed,” said the minutes. The mayor assured the audience that Bedford was “not the only city that had these types of problems.” People were “traveling from city to city just causing problems.”
Because Bedford no longer has a daily newspaper, the city sent out a “Code Red” message warning residents of the violence and lawlessness that was “out of control” at their event. Three surrounding police agencies were called in to quell the violence.
The fire chief said his people were not armed or trained for this kind of activity.
Some of the residents complained of “political correctness” that prevented them from talking about what really happened. City manager Henry Angelo did not deny that black mobs were responsible for the violence. But he did say it was “contemptuous” that anyone would notice. [More]
Kaboom! Now Black Mobs Kill 4th of July | People 'traveling from city to city just causing problems', WND.com, July 1, 2013
In April, 2012, John Derbyshire wrote a famous article for Takimag "The Talk: Nonblack Version”, with a list of ways to avoid being the victim of random black violence. (Instead, he was the victim of random Political Correctness—National Review Editor Rich Lowry randomly fired him.)
One of the items on Derbyshire’s list:
If planning a trip to a beach or amusement park at some date, find out whether it is likely to be swamped with blacks on that date. (Neglect of that one got me the closest I have ever gotten to death by gunshot.)
That was a riot at the Six Flags Great Adventure Park in Jackson, N.J., which Derbyshire happened to be visiting in April, 1987. See