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Race and Trump’s Aggrievement

December 17, 2020

Heather MacDonald writes in City Journal that race has become an issue in the Staatsballett Berlin’s production of Swan Lake. In the United States, commercial advertising–not protected by First Amendment freedom of press–achieves “balance” by laws that mandate the presence of African Americans in product advertising.

Recently a CNN “journalist” confused the percentage of 44.1 million African Americans to the 250.2 million white Americans. That total is 17%, not the 40% proclaimed by CNN.

The assumption of near numerical parity may explain how Affirmative Action, a policy initiated by President Lyndon Johnson, morphed into a pervasive “Affirmative Discrimination.” Choosing the “best” candidates for employment based on qualifications must now be achieved by subterfuge that skirts gender and ethnic bias.

The all-pervasive imposition of “race” in communication and advertising is a form of political religion, softer perhaps than the Leninist engendered murders of the Soviet Union or the PRC, but brutal, nevertheless. So prevalent is racial bias that often we are surprised when an African American commentator on CNN or MSNBC expresses superior commentary, as opposed to the race-tinged insights of Dr. Eddy Glaube, Joy Reid, Van Jones or Don Lemon.

Why and how did race become a central part of the American dream?

These words in the American “Declaration of Independence” drafted by Thomas Jefferson in 1776 play a part:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness

The principle of equality of “all men” rooted in the Christian principle of man, made in the image of God (James 3 verse 9), was transformed in France of 1789 into a “manifesto,” Articles I and II of which read as follows:

Article I. Men are born, and always continue, free and equal in respect of their rights. Civil distinctions, therefore, can be founded only on public utility.

Article II. The end of all political associations, is the preservation of the natural and imprescriptible rights of man; and these rights are liberty, property, security, and resistance of oppression.

Jefferson, too, had a hand in drafting The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen not comprehending that these words a short four years later would empower a Reign of Terror that killed Louis XVI and his consort Marie Antoinette and target the French nobility for summary execution.

I suggested in a 2015 essay in “Chronicles” titled “Dreams versus Reality” that the popularity of Donald Trump reflected resentment against the bludgeoning of white Americans by public executives, mass media and other representatives of our Ruling Class to accept “white guilt.”

The anger that President Trump is generating as he protests against ballot fraud is real and ought to be watched carefully as he builds a new presence in American politics as an aggrieved ex-President.

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