Horror and Significance: Thoughts About Tim Wise and Knoxville
August 4, 2007

I presume readers are familiar with the horrific details of the kidnapping, rape, torture and murder of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom. If not, do a bit of searching on the web. The American Renaissance web site has several discussion threads concerning those crimes. Tim Wise, the famous explicator of "white privilege," recently posted an article based partly on comments from those threads. I decided to make a few notes before reading Tim's article.


I'm about to read a new major Tim Wise article where he mentions the murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom in Knoxville, Tenn. I want to write down my own reasons for thinking that the crime is significant before getting tangled up in all the Tim-think. A single instance of anything proves essentially nothing, but can still illustrate much:

The Knoxville horror is certainly of significance because it illustrates all of those points. I mention it for that reason and also because it illustrates the fact that racial differences are sometimes a matter of life and death and we can't make that fact go away by pretending. Plus, it illustrates a need to organize: We need pro-white people in the courtroom to cover the trial. If the judge allows chaos on the behalf of supporters of the defendants, then that absolutely must be reported. That kind of chaos should never happen, but sometimes it does. Our needs are many, but this is not the place to enumerate.

There are times when I deliberately avoid mentioning Knoxville or similar events. Specifically, when I'm writing for high school students. Some of them are mature enough and intellectually talented enough to develop powerful abstract arguments against the doctrines of "diversity." But many of them are not mature enough to understand all the horrible things that go on in the world. So I'll offer a truce to the diversity peeps: You skip the horror stories and so will I.


OK, now I've read Tim's article. He makes a lot of perfectly fair points. The article should be on the recommended reading list for pro-white activists, both for those fair points and for some seriously unfair points. I'm leaving detailed commentary on the article as an exercise for the reader.

Here are a few related links:

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Addendum, 2 Nov 2007:

A recent article by Nicolas Stix gives many interesting details about media coverage of the murders in Knoxville. See: The Knoxville Horror: Crime, Race, The Media, And “Anti-Racism”.

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