Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Quote of the day

J T Levy:
If Black Lives Matter is “identity politics,” then identity politics has provided one of the most significant political mobilizations in defense of freedom in the United States in my lifetime.

FLG is surprised it took him a month to find this article.   He doesn't agree with all of it, for example even Vox raised doubt about whether the origin of the War on Drugs was racist in origin, but overall it made FLG rethink some of the issues.  


Andrew Stevens said...

There's not just doubt about the racist origin of the War on Drugs; it's flatly false. The Nixon tapes give the lie to it.

Also, Black Lives Matter has been a failure precisely because it is identity politics and it shouldn't be. The reason why most comfortably middle class white people aren't interested in the issue is because they think they are immune to police recklessness with using deadly force. They aren't. Most people killed by the police are still white (even the ones obviously wrongfully killed). But you'd never know it from reading the news media or listening to Black Lives Matter.

Andrew Stevens said...

In regards to the Vox article, I have no doubt at all that Dan Baum was just making up that supposed quote from Ehrlichman. Sitting on that explosive quote and never publishing it on his book about the subject until Ehrlichman was safely in his grave? Give me a break. (The quote from the Nixon tapes they use to "support" this is Nixon's saying, "The whole problem is the blacks." But, if you don't take the quote out of context, he wasn't even talking about drug policy. He was talking about how to craft a welfare policy without causing poor white resentment. Nixon was a racist, but he was also always pro-civil rights and received a decent percentage of the black vote. He did not view blacks as "enemies.")

Andrew Stevens said...

To give him his due, however, he may well be correct that, if the issue hadn't been racialized, then the issue would still be receiving very little attention at all.

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