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The Biggest Lie Summons the Biggest Excuse

In an earlier entry, I discussed the single biggest lie being peddled from the Trayvon Martin story: That white bigotry gives rise to white violence against, and specifically white murder of, blacks. This is point-blank false.  The incidence of black-on-white murder is, proportionately, more than ten times that of white-on-black murder.  If one must think about it in this way, it's blacks doing the predation and whites being the prey, not the other way around.

This is part of another unpleasant truth no one seems eager to say out loud (this in spite of  --  or is it because of?  --  Eric Holder's insistence on an honest discussion of race).  The truth is that, proportionately, blacks commit vastly more crime than whites.

Occasionally this truth get spoken, or at least hinted at in a roundabout way.  But it almost always comes out, not as a call to take responsibility, but as the prologue to an excuse.  You could hear echoes of this in President Obama's recent remarks about the case.  The odd, ironic, and very revealing thing about the Big Excuse is how much it resembles the excuse Southerners made for more than a hundred years after the Civil War for the South's appalling if not sadistic treatment of black people.
This essay lays it out.  As it notes:

You have to understand, [Obama] in effect explained, that we blacks are the products of America's racist history, and that's why we don't see things the same way others do. "And when you think about why, in the African- American community at least, there's a lot of pain around what happened here, I think it's important to recognize that the African- American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that -- that doesn't go away."

Blacks, he explained, have a history of being the victims of discrimination, of being profiled, of seeing others see them as potential criminals, and that history not only informs but explains their current attitudes and behavior.  Obama continued (emphasis added):

And you know, I don't want to exaggerate this, but those sets of experiences inform how the African-American community interprets what happened one night in Florida. And it's inescapable for people to bring those experiences to bear.

The African-American community is also knowledgeable that there is a history of racial disparities in the application of our criminal laws, everything from the death penalty to enforcement of our drug laws. And that ends up having an impact in terms of how people interpret the case.

Now, this isn't to say that the African-American community is naive about the fact that African-American young men are disproportionately involved in the criminal justice system, that they are disproportionately both victims and perpetrators of violence. It's not to make excuses for that fact, although black folks do interpret the reasons for that in a historical context.  We understand that some of the violence that takes place in poor black neighborhoods around the country is born out of a very violent past in this country, and that the poverty and dysfunction that we see in those communities can be traced to a very difficult history.

I'm assuming that the readers of this blog are sophisticated enough to know that when they see a phrase like, "It's not to make excuses for that fact, although..." they're about to see a list of excuses.

And sure enough.  As the essay goes on to explain:

Obama's use of the history excuse is eerily and ironically reminiscent of the great novelist Robert Penn Warren's perceptive discussion, in his short but penetrating little book on The Legacy of the Civil War (1961), of how The War gave white Southerners "The Great Alibi" that explained all their shortcomings and hence excused them. "By the Great Alibi," Warren wrote,

the South explains, condones, and transmutes everything.... By the Great Alibi pellagra, hookworm, and illiteracy are all explained, or explained away, and mortgages are converted into badges of distinction. Laziness becomes the aesthetic sense, blood-lust rising from a matrix of boredom and resentful misery becomes a high sense of honor....

"The Southerner, with his Great Alibi," Warren explains, unwittingly foreshadowing Obama, "feels trapped by history." Even the entire problem of race, "according to the Great Alibi, is the doom defined by history -- by New England slavers, Midwestern abolitionists."

Explanation that assigns responsibility for attitudes and behavior to social forces always bears the risk of absolving people of responsibility for their own actions, of sliding inexorably from explaining to explaining away. The view, moreover, that blacks are somehow uniquely still controlled by their own history is ultimately patronizing and insulting, trapping them in perpetual victimhood. For both blacks and whites, in short, history -- make that History -- can sometimes explain, but it can never excuse.

In a New York Times (of all places) column six years ago, "History As Alibi," Maureen Dowd (of all people) concluded with what turns out to be a prescient comment on our current president's use of the history alibi: "History is just the fanciest way possible of wanting to deny or distract attention from what's happening now."


Unlike 'history as an alibi', true accounts of past events clarify and remove doubt, explain God & man's unchanging natures, and if we utilise it wisely, plan and safeguard our future.

For instance, from the accounts surrounding Saul of Tarsus, we receive how
brilliant, learned, passionate talents can be used to persecute and advocate
the death of the innocent, yet after redemption, may be better employed in
the greatest single Messianic mission in history (Paul of Damascus)!

From the historical recordings of the Dane, Tycho Brahe, the German, Johannes Keplar, recognised three laws of planetary motion, whereby we have satellite technology and space travel.

By the deciphering of the Rosetta Stone, the study of British tactics at Camden, languages are unlocked, and revolutions are realised.
&ct &ct &ct . . .


I suppose the pentultimate question is why do blacks commit vastly more murders than whites and what if anything can be done about it?

I imagine there are a multitude of factors that are in play. Personally I'm curious what the black murder rates look like when adjusted for income and education. Of course solving the riddle of black poverty and education hasn't really happened either.... but maybe that is the crux of the problem.

I have no idea how the laws of planetary motion and brozne noses play into this post but for my astronomy ill stick to the reruns of Carl Satan's Cosmos.

I think it's Carl Sagan's Cosmos. Carl Satan runs the OTHER Cosmos.

I feel compelled to note that unlike such as
creationists Keplar and Kelvin,
one is hard pressed to identify a single positive accomplishment,
for either the world or science, by
evolutionists Satan and Sagan.


Bill, good catch. An example of typo that is actually pretty funny. Billions and billions...

Let he who is without typos throw the first stoan.

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