Thursday, March 14, 2013

Newspeak in Mississippi

“Don't you see the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the language of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible because there will be no words in which to express it” — George Orwell

George Orwell is the most relevant writer from his period, easily.  Not that he was predicting the mangling of language for political purposes.  He was merely extrapolating from what was going on in his day.  He says it directly in "Politics and the English Language," which you should read if you haven't.  It's all on line right HERE.

The Newspeakifying of English has been taking place for years, and while we don't quite yet have an actual government bureau that officially makes words illegal, we certainly have it in effect.  Some words are just too meaningful to be allowed.  Ethnic designations are only allowed, for example, when protected minorities do something admirable, or when they're victimized. When they misbehave, their ethnic designations must not be used.  As Nicholas Stix puts it, the media are always reporting on "raceless" perpetrators of crimes.  There are never any Black riots, just "disturbances" involving "youths" or "teenagers."

Clearly, though, we've carried Orwellism to a height never anticipated by Orwell.  A recent murder in Mississippi involved a homosexual Black victim.  The press managed to emphasize the daylights out of that fact, while completely obfuscating the fact that the perpetrator, the confessed perpetrator.... Well, I'll let Steve Sailer tell you.  He's very expressive and properly snarky:

The KKKrazy Glue That Holds the Obama Coalition Together

We are constantly told that the GOP is doomed because it’s the party of straight white men. That may well be true, but few have asked: How can the diverse Democrats hold together? How can special interests as different as blacks and gays be kept in sync?

The answer appears to be: The Obama coalition can stay together only by stoking resentment—and, indeed, hatred—of straight white men. This naked animus is rationalized by projecting the hate felt by the victorious Democrats onto the losers:

We hate straight white Republican men because…they are so full of…uh…hate. Yes, that’s the ticket: We hate them because they are hateful. No, wait, I mean, we hate them because they are hate-filled. They’re practically Ku Klux Klanners.

To service this Hunger for Hate, the prestige press assiduously generates the Democratic Party’s KKKrazy Glue by whipping up fear and loathing over hate crimes, even when they didn’t technically happen.

Last week we were solemnly informed of a one-man KKK rally at Oberlin College. (Apparently it was a lady in a blanket.)

Then the top story on last Friday evening was the “mysterious” murder back on February 26th of Marco McMillian. He was a black gay candidate for mayor of Clarksdale in Mississippi, a state with a “dark history of racial brutality,” as the Post helpfully reminded.
“The Obama coalition can stay together only by stoking resentment—and, indeed, hatred—of straight white men.”

A hate crime, right? It’s Mississippi, so what else do you need to know? Clearly, a gang of homophobic redneck Christians had hunted down with their AR-15s the gay black activist bravely challenging Clarksdale’s white power structure. No doubt, County Sheriff Bull Connor III then covered it up, which must be why it’s still big news in the Washington Post a week and a half later.
(It gets even better.  Keep reading HERE.)

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