[Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively on VDARE.com.]
Fifty years ago, give or take a few weeks, subscribers to the quarterly Leftist journal Partisan Review were just settling down with the Winter 1967 edition — accompanied, one imagines, by a nice dry martini and a freshly-opened pack of Chesterfields.
That edition of Partisan Review featured a symposium in which sixteen luminaries of the period offered their answers to the question: "What's happening to America?"
Among those luminaries was Lefty activist, writer, and lesbian Susan Sontag. Her contribution included the memorable sentiment that "The white race is the cancer of human history." [Partisan Review, Winter 1967, pp. 57-58 ]
We can therefore say that the modern style of white ethnomasochism was born fifty years ago this Spring, and that Ms. Sontag acted as midwife to the birth.
She might, if she had thought ahead a bit, have trademarked the phrase "the depravity of whiteness," which as I just reported, was actually used to promote a recent study group on “white privilege” at Santa Fe’s St. John’s College.
So this is a good place to mention, as I should have before, that anti-whites (some of them certainly white) definitively took over the Democratic Party via the February 25th election of Thomas Perez as chair of the Democratic National Committee. Mr. Perez is a clever and determined foe of "the depravity of whiteness" and no doubt thinks the white race is a cancer, etc.
Put it another way, Mr. Perez is a dedicated Social Justice Warrior, a key enforcer of the Obama administration's anti-white programs when serving in key positions in the Justice Department and the Department of Labor across almost all of the eight Obama years.
Mr. Perez' election to the DNC chair followed a four-month campaign against a competing candidate, Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison.
Perez, the U.S.-born son of Dominican immigrants, “identifies as” Hispanic. Ellison is your basic black law-school intellectual, a junior-league Barack Obama, who converted to Islam in his college years.
After Perez won the contest, he named Ellison his deputy chairman. [ Perez elected DNC chairman, by Gabriel Debenedetti, Politico, February 25, 2017] If you want to read that as another big step by the Democrats to make it clear to everyone that they are the anti-white party, I won't try to dissuade you.
Ellison is just an Affirmative Action booby, but Perez strikes me as very intelligent, at least in a political way. He's been a vigorous shill for illegal aliens. Before joining the Obama administration's Justice Department in 2009 he worked in the state government of Maryland, and as president of the board of CASA de Maryland, an ethnocentric Hispanic group lobbying for, of course, the interests of illegal aliens.
At Obama's Justice Department, Perez was a key figure in blocking any action against the New Black Panther Party voter-intimidation case in Philadelphia during the 2008 elections. [Thomas Perez Dropped Voter Intimidation Charges Against Black Panthers Who Brought Weapons to Polling Place, Ryan Saavedra, Gateway Pundit, February 25th, 2017] Following the intervention by Perez and the dropping of charges against the Panthers, senior Justice Department lawyer J. Christian Adams resigned in protest. When Perez was proposed for Labor Secretary, Adams called him the "most extreme cabinet nominee" he had ever seen.
Perez is a canny and ruthless crusader for every variety of anti-white activism, a wily and dedicated enemy of the Historic American Nation.
Still, regarding him as a general in the Cold Civil War, you have to wonder how effective he can be, especially with Ellison as his deputy.
The Cold Civil War is, as I keep reminding you, basically like the hot one 150 years ago: a struggle between two groups of whites, with blacks and Hispanics as sluggish auxiliaries. Putting two anti-white minorities in charge of the DNC is a bit like giving command of the Union armies to Frederick Douglass and Chief Sitting Bull.
The previous chair was Donna Brazile, who is black. But she was just a place-holder for a few months. The DNC chairs prior to that were, going backwards in time to 1993: white female, white male, white male, white male, white male, white male, white male, white female (but another place-holder), white male, black male.
So this is somewhat of a new departure for the Dems, at least since Bill Clinton's election.
How much it matters depends on how relevant the DNC is to winning elections, which I confess I don't have a good feel for. The party chair is a behind-the-scenes position. I doubt if one American voter in twenty, maybe not one in a hundred, could tell you the names of the party chaircritters at any given time.
If that's right, a wily minority SJW pulling the levers backstage, keeping himself off TV and out of the news while practicing keen obedience to the real power centers — cheap-labor lobbies, public-sector unions, ideological enforcers in the Main Stream Media, and so on — could be very successful.
In short, Thomas Perez worries me.
Let's keep a sense of proportion, though. At least this anti-American creep is no longer in government, putting his activist buddies in key positions and sending them to harass police departments and employers over bogus charges of "discrimination."
When it comes to draining that swamp, I bet Jeff Sessions has some work to do getting rid of the activists Perez planted in his four years at the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.
Memo to Jeff Sessions: Why does the U.S.A. of 2017 need a Civil Rights Division? Are anyone's civil rights really under threat in out nation today?
Perhaps it's time to just shut down the whole racket.
John Derbyshire [email him] writes an incredible amount on all sorts of subjects for all kinds of outlets. (This no longer includes National Review, whose editors had some kind of tantrum and fired him. ) He is the author of We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism and several other books. He’s had two books published by VDARE.com: FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT (also available in Kindle) and From the Dissident Right II: Essays 2013. His writings are archived at JohnDerbyshire.com.