Don Surber: Men have a legitimate complaint
Nick Pell on one of my favourite topics:
Few are aware that weapons played a pivotal part in the American Civil Rights Movement, specifically through the person of Robert F. Williams. A curious figure in American history, Williams doesn’t so much defy definition as he’s a product of a bygone age. Libertarians might be quick to lionize him and his radical approach to black self-defense, however they’ll quickly cool when they learn of his longstanding association with leftist totalitarian politics and governments. Conservatives likewise might initially find themselves infatuated with a man who did not wait for “big government” to deliver his people, but rather leveraged the Second Amendment for that purpose. Liberals, for their part, might find something to admire in Williams’ notion of liberation, but will recoil in horror when learning that his preferred vehicles for change were the NAACP (great!) and the NRA (terrible!) (…)
C.O. Chinn is another figure you won’t read about in the Civil Rights Chapter of your history book. Chinn’s allegiance to firearms was originally just good business sense. He was, among other things, a bootlegger and the owner of a rhythm and blues club in Canton, Mississippi. He was also armed to the teeth, something that caused the segregationist sheriff of the county to once state that Chinn was the only other “bad son of a b*tch” in the county besides himself.
Chinn is instructive for one reason: Even officially “nonviolent” sectors of the Civil Rights Movement like SNCC and CORE were happy to outsource their violence to Chinn and his band of rough and readies. Violence for thee, but not for me.
Flashback: “I can leave now…”
And, come to think of it, what seems like a timely flashback to my trip to the National Review Summit in 2013.
Your mileage may vary.
David Cole writes:
“The powerful image of an infuriated Reagan shouting at blacks was highly unusual for a white politician,” George Mason University’s Jeremy Mayer would later write in the book Deconstructing Reagan. “Highly unusual” then, totally unthinkable now. I mean really, can you imagine any white politician doing that today? Yet the message that Reagan was trying to convey—that black Americans need to stop expecting the federal government to ride in, wave a magic wand, and make their problems disappear—is even more needed and relevant now than it was thirty-six years ago.
Reagan’s outburst was the lead story on every network news show that night, and on the front page of every major newspaper the next day. Incredibly, the shouting match was covered fairly. No accusations that Reagan “laid bare his racism,” or that he tried to “whitesplain” reality to a throng of poor, “historically powerless” blacks. The objective tenor of the coverage would be just as unthinkable today as the outburst that caused it.
The other Charles Johnson has launched WeSearchr, and this is one of the first “bounties.”
If you’re wondering about the “gay or straight” bit, well, read my most recent Taki’s column all the way to the end.
Mark Steyn writes:
On Wednesday morning, I started the day with Toronto’s Number One morning man, the great John Oakley, on AM640. Click above to listen to the full interview.
John and I chewed over the state’s crackdown on transphobia north and south of the border, the theatrics of Trudeaupian elbows, and Trump and Sanders as contrasting patriarchs. That last one arose from John’s discussion this morning of the extraordinary number of Canadians in their late twenties and thirties still living with their parents — still trudging up the stairs each night to sleep in the same bedroom they’ve slept in since they were curled up with teddy and blankie.
In MY day, not only could kids not wait to move out of the house, sometimes they even lived like this:
“At the time, there were so many people who didn’t have anywhere to live and so many empty houses, so we decided to take direct action – take the houses over and improve them, rather than leave them to go to rack and ruin. The squatting led to a growing sense of community in the area – many people who squatted still live there now, – and that was the basis on which Wech was formed.”
Wech continued in the same anti-establishment vein as Strummer – taking the fight to the council in a bid to force it to make basic improvements, such as installing central heating and bathrooms.
Describing Joe Strummer and most of these others as “homeless” is hysterically funny, and I trust some commenters took note, even though it is the Guardian.
And nothing quite says “anti-Establishment” like begging The Council to install bathrooms in your stolen house, at taxpayers’ expense!
But obviously they all just wanted to party and do other helmet-free stuff that today’s kids are too wimpy to do, especially without — see above — heating and plumbing.
Of course, if you’re flying EgyptAir, the chances are great that your pilot (and co-pilot and who knows who else on board) is named “Mohammed” anyway. But now reports indicate that for Mohammed Shakir, the pilot of the downed EgyptAir plane, Flight 804 was no ordinary journey.