Jim Goad Compares Black-on-White Violence to the Lynching of Emmett Till

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On the January 15, 2017 broadcast of Red Ice Radio, Taki Magazine’s Jim Goad made a guest appearance to discuss the “war on whites” with Henrik Palmgren. Of course, there is nothing remotely resembling a “war” on white people, especially since, in spite of the shocking torture of a disabled Chicago teen, hate crimes against whites remain rare. Nonetheless, Goad railed against our supposedly “anti-white” culture, and promoted the myth of white slavery as described in the 1991 book They Were White and They Were Slaves by Michael A. Hoffman:

Goad: And I’d never even met either grandfather, and I have a vague sense of my ancestry. I was told I was Irish. I didn’t even know the etymology of [the name] “Goad.” He said they were English and they were initially brought as convict laborers. So I started delving into — you know, I’m accused of white privilege and a legacy of slavery, but I started reading into it and books such as They Were White and They Were Slaves by Michael A. Hoffman, who’s sort of a genius and doesn’t get nearly the credit for laying the intellectual groundwork for a lot of stuff that’s known as alt-right now.

Palmgren: I agree.

Goad is probably correct that Hoffman laid the “intellectual groundwork” for the alt-right, and for the very same reason that his scholarship should be viewed with suspicion: Hoffman is a conspiracy theorist and Holocaust denier who, as reported by Irish scholar Liam Hogan, “unsurprisingly blames the Atlantic slave trade on the Jews.”

As Hogan points out, this ahistorical conflation of indentured servitude with hereditary chattel slavery is used “as a rhetorical ‘attack dog’ which aims to shut down all debate about the legacy of black slavery in the United States.” Thus, the myth of white, particularly Irish, slaves often circulates on white supremacist websites such as Stormfront and White Aryan Resistance (W.A.R.). (Hogan debunks multiple racist memes regarding Irish slavery in a six part series that begins here.)

Palmgren brought up a recent Taki Magazine article by Goad on “white genocide.” Specifically, the article was an attack on a Drexel University professor who came under fire for tweeting “All I want for Christmas is white genocide.” As the professor made clear, and as other media outlets noted, white genocide is a myth concocted in the fevered minds of white supremacists.

In other words, the professor in question was not literally calling for the extermination of white people, but was simply making a joke at the expense of paranoid racists. Goad, however, accused the left of attempting to “gaslight” him by 1) denying the existence of white genocide while 2) joking about declining white birthrates:

On one hand they’re openly, eagerly applauding. It’s like, “In one generation, fuck you, you won this time. You’re gonna be drowned out. Non-whites are gonna reproduce. You’re gonna die out.” And they’re laughing and clapping. But then if you just mention it, they’re like, “Oh, you’re paranoid.” It’s like, fuck you. Don’t gaslight me, ’cause then you’ll have an enemy for life.

To be clear, there is a difference between, say, pointing out that — at the rate things are going — whites are projected to be a minority in the U.S. by the year 2050 or so, and actually committing genocide. No one has a gun to the heads of white people forcing them to marry non-whites or not reproduce at all. If whites become a minority it will be due to the reproductive choices of millions of individual Americans, not the calculated efforts of a shadowy anti-white cabal. It is not, therefore, a contradiction to state that whites will become a minority and that white genocide is a myth.

Goad also took issue with a second tweet by the Drexel professor calling the Haitian revolution against the French a “good thing.” This is undoubtedly true, as it would be with anyone who successfully fought off brutal colonists and slavers. Goad’s disagreement stems from the shape that Haiti now finds itself in. “Has he been to Haiti?” he asked. “Has he been to anywhere that’s majority black on Earth?” In other words, the Haitian revolution was not a good thing, not because of the bloodshed and lives lost, but because it resulted in black self-governance. Goad is essentially championing the centuries-old justifications for imperialism.

Finally, Goad attacks “leftist radicals” because, he claims, “everything they say about this racist, oppressive America is historically illiterate.” Moreover, he says, “For all these motherfuckers talking about being on the wrong side of history, they’re working from a really old script. They wanna talk about Emmett Till, but they will not touch modern interracial rape statistics. They wanna talk about lynching, but they will never touch the fact that more blacks kill each other in America every year than were lynched throughout American history.”

Lynching and other bias-motivated crimes are different than most other crimes, however. These crimes are used not just to target individuals, but to intimidate and threaten minority groups more broadly. Non-hate crimes involving rape and murder are still horrific, but it’s an apples-to-oranges comparison that ignores the reason why some crimes produce more outrage and generate more coverage than others. And “black-on-black violence,” which is often used as a rhetorical cudgel by racists and critics of Black Lives Matter, actually is discussed by the black community. (Though when white people victimize one another I never hear the phrase white-on-white violence, so there’s yet another double standard at play here.)

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