by FJ Rocca 7/15/15
Traditional social values are under attack by several so-called “communities” on whose behalf “activists” do various things to offend the rest of us. On behalf of the “LGBT community” several people were recently photographed at the white house flipping the bird to the camera whilst standing beneath the portrait of Ronald Reagan. Others performed a derogatory mock crucifixion, while still others spit in the face of a Catholic Priest. In Baltimore in April members of the “Black Community” rioted, burned down stores and other buildings, attacked and insulted police and looted in protest (looted in protest?) against police, who were ordered by another member of the Black Community, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake, to stand down and give the thugs “room to destroy” as a matter of self-expression. On university campuses white students are told to “check your privilege” and are subjected to other indignities out of a sense of Political Correctness, again done in representation of some “community” or other. Done with malice, these acts of impotent rage are meant to be a demonstration of unity within the “community” and to give the impression of purpose, power, and righteousness. But this impression is a fragile lie constructed on flimsy but deliberate misconceptions.
First, the term “community” as used in this context is Orwellian Newspeak for “collective” or “mass.” In reality, a community is, by definition, a group of individuals who come together for some purpose, while retaining their identity as individuals. The collective is a false concept deliberately created by Marxist Progressive Liberals to make people forget they are individuals and make them think they are just specs in a mass. Thus, the lie of the Community erases individual rights replacing them with mass interest. Masses are easily led like herds of buffalo while individuals who think cannot. In fact, the communities themselves are non-existent, because people are not collectives, no matter how hard the Progressive Liberals try to assert it as fact. Each person always exercises his individual nature through personal action, even within the same group. Not every Gay person approves of mock crucifixions as a way to demonstrate the validity of their lifestyle choice and not every black person steals, kills or riots as a matter of self-expression! That impression is a byproduct of Progressive Liberals’ intent to create the illusion the community is unanimous in its purpose. Even when large numbers of people agree they rarely act in concert on their own. To act as a mob, people must become a mob.
This is where their community “leaders” come in. These leaders create causes that will inflame and motivate individuals to join in collective action. In both cases above, that cause is collective oppression. Under the banner of victimization, Community leaders pose as fighters against it. Without the false concept of Community, these leaders would have a difficult time rousing the rabble to destructive action. We are not talking here about legitimate protests against unfairness or in favor of something beneficial such as civil rights. In both cases, the argument is to increase special interests and not to redress actual grievances. In fact, no large scale oppression continues against black people, who achieved social equity long ago, despite Al Sharpton and his ilk, who continue to deny it for their own purposes. Vast opportunities are available in today’s society to every individual who works hard to take advantage of them. Moreover, apart from hate crimes, which are infrequent, homosexuals and others in the LGBT community are not persecuted as a mass.
The angry actions of small groups of people, are intended to give the impression that they are so fierce as to be feared. While rioting, destroying buildings and assaulting cops may seem frightening on the surface. In fact, it is not a frequent occurrence. And, if police are enabled to do their job, riots can be put down quickly and easily with a minimum show of force. Stephanie Rawlings Blake, whether intending to do so or not, enabled the impression that vast numbers of black people were so discontented they reacted in vast numbers against their oppressors. In fact, the rioters were no more than a few hundred and most did not engage in any serious destruction, but merely in nuisance behavior. And while giving the finger to Ronald Regan’s memory, parodying crucifixion, and spitting on a priest may offend, it does not constitute a show of force. Not that actions have no consequences. Suing a baker or pizza parlor owner for refusing service can cause great harm to their businesses and finances. And, while burning down a CVS and a senior citizens’ center are evil actions, buildings can be rebuilt. Society at large shrugs at such antics.
If strength in numbers is the prevailing rule, both LGBT and black “communities” lose. Facts always foreshorten misrepresentations of strength. According to demographic population studies reported by NHIS in July, 2014, only 1.6 percent of Americans identify as gay or lesbian, and 0.7 percent considered themselves bisexual, a total of 2.3%. Rabble rousers like Al Sharpton would like us to believe that the community he supposedly represents is larger than it really is but the total population of black Americans is under 13%. It is safe to conclude that the rest of the 320 million US inhabitants, a whopping 97.7% are “straight” and that non-blacks outnumber blacks by almost eight to one.
The point of all this is simple if one cares to examine it. While grievances exist and can be redressed, it is individuals acting as individuals who can challenge and change society best. Notwithstanding the effectiveness of the original union movement in the US, which did have its effect by collective bargaining in various industries, the numbers of the aggrieved were large enough to resonate with American society at large. Now, even among American workers, who enjoy the highest standard of living in human history, the union movement has lost favor and is dying out, because Americans recognize that collective bargaining is no longer necessary in a truly free society in which corporations provide excellent wages and benefits. There is a lesson in this. Among people who self-identify as LGBT, as well as people of African-American descent, individual personal achievement is universally recognized, in the arts, in sports, the professions, and government. There is no need to be seen as Communities, if they are already celebrated as individuals. The mantra for everyone should be: Step forward and show society your individual strengths. You can only be rewarded for proving your achievements.
FJ Rocca was born the day after Pearl Harbor in the same hometown as Johnny Appleseed. He is a trained classical musician, a published illustrator and a prolific writer of fiction and non-fiction. His website is candiddiscourse.com. • (1735 views)