janan.ganesh@ft.com on ‘the pessimism of white nationalism’ . Political Observer comments

In one sentence Mr. Ganesh sums up his utter ignorance of ‘Race’ in America!

A feeling of racial dispossession animated at least the fringes of the Tea Party movement a decade ago.

The existence of slavery, named The Peculiar Institution by Kenneth M. Stamp as a form of academic pseudo-apologetics, has escaped Mr. Ganesh’s moral/political attention! A partial list of America’s record on a political culture steeped in racism.

  1. Dred Scott v. Sandford, 60 U.S. 393
  2. Reconstruction’s de facto end with the murder of Lincoln
  3. The Rise of the KKK terror, and Jim Crow Laws
  4. KKK membership once 3 million
  5. D. W. Griffith’s ‘Birth of a Nation’ based on ‘The Clansman: A Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan’ a novel published in 1905.
  6. Brown v. Board I & II
  7. The birth of the Federalist Society & its ‘Originalism’
  8. The mass migration of ‘Dixiecrats’ into the Republican Party in ’64-’65 in response of the passage of the Civil Rights & Voting Right Acts
  9. The Southern Strategy of Nixon
  10. Reagan’s ’76 campaign against ‘Welfare Queens driving Cadillacs’
  11. Reagan’s 1980 Neshoba County Fair speech: ‘I believe in States Rights’
  12. Bush The Elder & Lee Atwater’s ‘Willie Horton’
  13. The Republican attack on Obama as ‘not one of us’
  14. Tea Party and its Permanent Revolution :Brat defeats Cantor.


Headline: Trump calls for nationwide ‘stop-and-frisk’ policy

“I would do stop-and-frisk. I think you have to. We did it in New York, it worked incredibly well and you have to be proactive and, you know, you really help people sort of change their mind automatically,” Trump told the questioner. “You understand, you have to have, in my opinion, I see what’s going on here, I see what’s going on in Chicago, I think stop-and-frisk. In New York City it was so incredible, the way it worked. Now, we had a very good mayor, but New York City was incredible, the way that worked, so I think that could be one step you could do.”

The practice, carried out most famously in New York but also by other police departments, is frequently criticized as an avenue for officers commit acts of racial profiling. Others tout it as responsible for a dramatic drop in New York City’s crime rate, although former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said in 2015 that the practice is “not a significant factor in the crime rate of this city.”


Headline:Departing Judge Offers Blunt Defense of Ruling in Stop-and-Frisk Case

In the interviews, Judge Scheindlin defended her handling of the stop-and-frisk case and cited the drop in the number of recorded street stops, to about 24,000 last year from 685,000 in 2011.

“Think of the lives that that has changed, the lives that that has touched,” she said, “the lives of people who were stopped for no good reason and how intrusive that is.” The policy had “bred nothing but distrust,” she added.

Judge Scheindlin said that, in her view, Mr. Bloomberg was “one of our best mayors,” but he “really never appreciated what was wrong with stopping 700,000 overwhelmingly innocent people as they went about their daily lives.”


Mr . Ganesh’s historical ignorance, as expressed in his rhetoric, serves the purpose of not offending this publication’s Conservative readership. The term pentimento: ‘a visible trace of earlier painting beneath a layer or layers of paint on a canvas’ is much too highfalutin a term, for what, in vulgar parlance, might be called a maladroit attempt at ‘whitewash’ ?

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