Monday, August 24, 2015

Rachel Dolezal,Shaun King, and Jerry Seinfeld

I am a big Seinfeld fan. My favorite character? Too many too choose from, because the main characters never carried an episode on their own. My favorite episode? "The Old Man" with Mr. Sid Fields. Elaine Benis and Jerry Seinfeld got roped into helping elderly people by visiting in their homes. Jerry lucked out (*sarcasm*) with a cratchety old man who hates and fears his domestic maid: "She steals from me! Takes my money. She thinks she's gonna hypnotize me then rob me blind!"

"I'm black? I thought you were Hispanic!" (YouTube)
He then leads Jerry along, then spoofs him at the end: "Would you change my diaper?!" then bursts out laughing.

Now, Seinfeld comes to the forefront of my mind once again when I read about the President of the Seattle, Washington NAACP, who was actually white. Then another exposé showed that #BlackLivesMatter Shaun King activist is also white.

Wow? What ever happened to "Once you go black, you don't go back?" I guess it doesn't work when you pretended to be black from birth, when you were never black in the first place.

Not one of my favorite episodes, but one of the top tier, "The Wizard", one of the plot threads focused on another of Benis' 56 boyfriends (I did not count Puddy more than once. High Five!). This boyfriend, Darrell, looked black, or at least that's what Jerry thought. Elaine does a double-take, questioning what her friend is talking about.

Then she asks George what to do: "Have you ever thought about asking him?" Elaine balks: "That would let him know that I really want to know."

Rachel Dolezal (Liberal America)
The more that she thinks about, he does seem to have black features. In his apartment, she finds a whole set of ethnic masks on his wall. "Are these . . .African masks?" Elaine asks. Well, yeah, South African. That settles it. Darrell tells Elaine that he is so happy to be in an inter-racial couple. She shares the joy, and even smiles when they learn that people discriminate against them because of their "inter-racial status". Not much help there. In the background, when the two are not dating, Elaine starts acting like she's black, too.
Not until the end of the episode do we learn the true identity of the two.

Because she thinks she's the sister from another mister with all the other black people, she talks to a black waitress: "I hear you, sistah!" She looks at Elaine funny. "It's OK, I have a black boyfriend." Darrel shows up and asks: "You do?" The waitress gives them  a few minutes to think it over. "You said we were an inter-racial couple," Elaine reminds him.

"That's because you're Hispanic," Darrell answers.

"I'm Hispanic? What made you think that?"

She looked that way, just like Darrell looked black.

"So, we're just a bunch of white people?" Darrel reasons. Yes, and they go see a movie.

That Seindfeld episode mocked the political correctness and the dissipating effect it has on reasoned open discourse on race in America. Earlier in the episode, when George and Elaine are discussing Darrell’s identity, then George furtively looks around and mutters: "I don’t think we should be talking about this."

Yet we should we talking about this, and more importantly why white people like Dolezal and King pretend to be black.

Ben Shapiro discussed:

All of this demonstrates one undeniable fact: being black in America in 2015 is perceived as a status symbol and an advantage. This does not deny the horrific and evil history of racism against black people in America. It also does not deny the fact that a disproportionate number of black people live in poverty and suffer as victims of crime (primarily from other black people, just as white people suffer crime primarily from other white people).

Shaun King (Twitter)
But Dolezal and King make it clear that America’s attempts to repair the effects of that horrific history have now made black skin advantageous for a certain subset of activists, which is why people like Dolezal and now allegedly King have masqueraded as black for personal advantage.

White people pretend to be  black because it makes them feel better,  grants them more connections, gives them more power. Race has turned into another channel for dividing people and taking advantage of others without promising anything or delivering anything.

In the case of Elaine and Darrell, their "inter-racial" status gave them a sense of elite preeminence over others. It was funny and had little consequence. The fraud perpetrated by Rachel Dolezal exposed the somewhat amusing state of racialized politics, proving that the NAACP has become brain dead, losing touch with the fact that government involvement hurts race relations rather than helps them. The case of Shaun King, however, has exposed the bankrupted nature of race-baiting in this country. Political correctness, taken to unwholesome extremes, justifies bad people doing very bad things, like expanding victimhood and entitlement into a ugly phalanx of hatred and violence, all in the name of social protests. This new political correctness, which allows minorities to break the law and terrorize communities -- and lets white people slip in and pretend to be black -- paralyzes leaders and galvanizes violence without solving the core problems plaguing minority families: the breakdown of stable families and thus communities. The lack of rearing and leadership in black homes has led to the lack of personal and voluntary communal responsibility, and the fallen expectation that "white people" should continue to pay for the sins of previous slave-owners.

Hardly a Seinfeld episode ending, but even that show ended with harsh consequences for callous, selfish people who refuse to face hardships and deal with them, looking for every excuse to promote themselves at the expense of everyone else. For Jerry Seinfeld, it was comedy, and gave us a way to laugh at this nonsense, but the racial play-acting of Dolezal and King is taking this country down a bad path and needs to be stopped, just as the law locked up Seinfeld in the final episode.

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