In a blog entry here yesterday [Africa’s Land Crisis–How BIG Is The Greatest Migration Out Of Africa Going To Be?
], Steve Sailer called our attention to a New York Times
article, Loss of Fertile Land Fuels ‘Looming Crisis’ Across Africa
, by Jeffrey Gettleman [July 29, 2017].
It's a lengthy article, and Steve focused on overpopulation, its main theme. But buried deep within the piece is the following understated paragraph on a quite different matter:
Kenya is a democracy, but many describe it as more of an ethnocracy. Kenyans vote overwhelmingly along ethnic lines, and elections stir up ethnic tensions. Several elections have erupted in bloodshed, the worst in 2007 and early 2008, when more than 1,000 people were killed after government agents appeared to have rigged the votes and outrage exploded.
How did an illuminating but politically-incorrect sentence like that make it into the Times
Well, on October 4, 2015, PowerLine's John Hinderaker wondered—based upon a Times
article about Melania Trump that had received five corrections—Does The New York Times Even Have Editors?
Referring to one of the five, Hinderaker wrote:
This bizarre error raises once again a question I have pondered from time to time: does the New York Times actually employ any editors? Or do they just publish stuff without anyone reading it first? At this point, the existence of editors is entirely hypothetical.
So maybe that explains how a sentence about ethnically-driven voting appeared in NYT
print and pixel, in which case we'd have reportorial frankness as another reason—besides schadenfreude—to welcome cutbacks and other aspects of hard times at the Times
In any event, such voting along ethnic lines is a familiar topic at VDARE.com, especially in our repeated use
of a striking quote from Lee Kuan Yew, the father of modern Singapore. Indeed, here's something Steve Sailer wrote on December 14, 2008:
As Singapore`s Lee Kuan Yew, perhaps the most adept statesman of the 20th Century, noted: “In multiracial societies, you don`t vote in accordance with your economic interests and social interests, you vote in accordance with race and religion.”[Blagojevich, Obama, And The Diversity–Fueled “Chicago Way”; emphasis and links in original]