A Partisan Powder Keg

Salon: “And so the hate speech begins: Let Paris be the end of the right’s violent language toward activists”

Salon: “Nightmare in Paris: Democracy is under attack, and the right makes common cause with ISIS”

International Viewpoint: “The cruelty of imperialist wars results in the cruelty of terrorism”

A Separate State of Mind: “From Beirut, This Is Paris: In A World That Doesn’t Care About Arab Lives”

A Mind Unleashed: “America: Your Solidarity with Paris is Embarrassingly Misguided”

The Independent: “Got a French flag on your Facebook profile picture? Congratulations on your corporate white supremacy”

There are obviously a bunch more articles “from the right” by the Usual Suspects, but these are the ones I saw from my liberal friends. I don’t disagree with a number of these articles, in a vacuum—and on a broader level, I think it’s important to maximize discourse even at the risk of offense and/or tastelessness. It just strikes me as deeply disingenuous that this kind of criticism is kosher during a period of global mourning, but critiquing college activists is off-limits or somehow inherently ill-intentioned.

Your thoughts? Drop me an email. Update: I just spotted these on-topic tweets from Conor:

Update from a reader who dissents over my framing of this note. This is the only such dissent I’ve gotten thus far, so I’m not cherry picking here:

That reader email was not an “imprecise comparison,” but a MASSIVE False Equivalency, and calling it “thought-provoking” is a callous assessment some liberals have been guilty of.

There’s no inconsistency in NOT critiquing the black students and TOO criticizing the one-sided mourners. [CB note: “one-sided” meaning those mourning for Paris but not Beirut.]  The principle here is siding with those who are the oppressed and marginalized groups. Aside from the direct relatives of the dead French people, the two grieving groups are anything but equal:

– The black college students are protesting a SEVERE social injustice that has been going on for centuries. As a group, they have been, are now, and will be the marginalized, disenfranchised group.

–  The one-sided mourners are “winners”; they live in a virtual paradise, they have universal health care, and they won’t get shot and killed by the police anytime soon.

“Here you have a real, horrible tragedy.” With such a statement, your reader is casually dismissing as mere whining the 450 years of black enslavement, Jim Crow, Northern and federal racist housing policies that have led to the present SEVERE SEGREGATION everywhere. White racists are terrorizing blacks on universities on a large scale, but this is apparently not a tragedy to your reader.

So, that is why it’s wrong to critique the Mizzou protesters because they’ve been beaten up by white society, and often by the liberal whites they thought they could trust. And by “beaten up” I mean: shoved about, pushed around, disproportionately locked up, laughed at their suffering, raped, killed, lynched, hunted for sport, and maimed.

It’s correct to criticize those who mourn Parisians but who can’t seem to give a F–K about Lebanese victims. Or about victims in Africa, who are suffering because of Western wars for diamonds, coltan, and other resources.

I’m not saying that blood isn’t thicker than water. But to casually deny racism is immorally nauseating. It’s pretty clear why whites don’t care about black suffering, because that would put them with the perps; crying about Bataclan [the site of the most killings in Paris] makes whites victims, too.