Hi. My name is Unimportant. I'm in my 60s, male, heterosexual and white. I love Starbucks coffee and I appreciate very much the fact the corporation you work for is encouraging conversations about race among partners and customers.
I'm using this "Race Together" initiative as an opportunity to explain some of my own positions to people outside the Dissident Right, which is a very diverse cluster of different political tendencies. You might think of it as somewhere to the right of the Tea Party, but once we start thinking beyond the confines of mainstream political positions, linear political categories are not particularly enlightening.
I want to respond to two points made in the first paragraph of the "Race Together" special section in the March 20 edition of USA Today.
Racial diversity is the story of America.No. In a nutshell, the story of America is about explorers, adventurers, conquerors, settlers, planters, slave traders, slaves, indentured servitude, tobacco, whiskey, cotton, legislatures, compacts, governors, limited government, public education, intellectual property laws, sex, drugs and Rock 'n' Roll. There are elements of racial diversity in all of that, but to say "Racial diversity is the story of America" is silly. I'm not calling you silly, just the company you work for. Yes, there was a great conflict between white settlers and their descendants and the peoples native to North America before the arrival of white people. Over the course of that conflict, no one used the phrase "racial diversity." It wasn't about "diversity." It was a flippin' race war.
Yet racial inequality is not a topic we readily discuss.That is true. I write about racial inequality all the time, but I am normally too timid to talk about it, especially with strangers. Briefly, racial inequality is a fact rooted in history, culture and, most of all according to some, biology. Check out the web site American Renaissance if you are interested in pursuing this kind of thought.
My timidity is not the least bit irrational. The nasty attacks on Corey duBrowa that erupted almost immediately after the Race Together initiative was announced are part of some weird Leftist "anti-racist" playbook. That kind of stuff has been going on for decades. I wrote a long account of racial activism on the University of Michigan campus in 1987. There were huge amounts of animosity and antagonism coming from the "anti-racist" Left, but let me explain the sneer quotes. The Lefties I'm writing about are, in my humble opinion, not truly "anti-racist." They are using racial unrest, ultimately, to bring about a violent revolution. To do that they present themselves as the most intense, most dedicated, most militant of anti-racists. They won't let anyone else gain prominence or public recognition for any kind of "anti-racist" initiative. Accusations of racism are what they use to keep themselves at the top of the heap.
In some abstract sense, those Lefties do what I do. They use current events to forward their political agenda. Except they are super-nasty about it. I'm a nice guy, most of the time. I seriously discourage my fellow Right-Wingers from being reflexively hostile or flamingly stupid in their attempts to communicate with the public. By the way, my ideas about Leftist motivations, etc., are synthesized from years of observation and study. I might be wrong, but I'm not paranoid. If I'm paranoid, so is Corey duBrowa.
Well, I see there are 40 people lined up behind me for coffee. They are mostly white, but I think they will put my head on a pike if I don't get out of the way. Oh, this Pike Roast is getting cold, but that's my fault.
If you want to sit down with me and have a long conversation, I would love it. Everyone in this town knows who I am. I'm Unimportant Guy.
The only sound in the entire cafe at this point is that of a quarter falling
into a tip jar.
Dang, Howard Schultz is one heck of a business guy, doncha think?
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