At Untethered, Dennis Dale writes:
Appropriate that which is AppropriateThe Scramble for Africa is defined in Wikipedia as:
… It’s important to understand we’re in the appropriation phase of “civil rights”, a period of wealth confiscation and privilege transfer from white to non-white. …
It began in earnest with the Obama Administration, and was well on its way to finalizing a sort of post-white order, with whites serving as a legacy oppressor even as their numbers dwindled. Most importantly it was about the orderly transfer of that wealth and power–it had to go to the right people after all. Needless to say Trump derailed all that, if only for the moment.
This is what all this talk of cultural appropriation and representation is about. It’s why Google is convulsing right now under its own attempts to transfer half of its employment opportunity to favored groups.
It’s everywhere, and a proper economic analysis of its cost, and the costs to come if we continue on this path, would probably make our collective head explode.
The initial fervor that greeted Obama’s rise was based for many whites on the notion it would solve America’s race problem, reassuring black Americans finally of our sincerity and inspiring them to do better.
It’s as if the average liberal really understands it isn’t white racism holding people back; he just thinks black people don’t know it yet. Once they do, things will sort out.
Eight years after Obama black people show less signs of catching on. The myth of white racism is more jealously held than ever.
If blacks generally hadn’t been paying attention to the culture’s positive encouragement, Obama certainly had. He took up the archetype he learned on TV and it worked better than any amount of authenticity. A little fake inflection here, a little pretending to like hip hop there. Authenticity is overrated.
The notion that he, in turn, would inspire, finally, black America to pull its weight resembled something like an economic stimulus program, without even the temporary bump. The "Obama Effect" purported to find its positive effects, and quickly fizzled out. Another social justice perpetual motion machine never got going.
Not that blacks weren't inspired by Obama's election. Urban blacks responded right away, discovering and improvising on the flash mob concept. There was a new confidence and energy in black America, but it wasn't expressed by black America becoming more law abiding and successful, whiter; it was expressed—but of course—by more confident blacks being blacker.
The “Scramble for Africa” was the occupation, division, and colonisation of African territory by European powers during the period of New Imperialism, between 1881 and 1914.A few acquisitions, such as taking the gold and diamond mines of South Africa from the Boers, proved wildly profitable for the imperialists (with the British usually getting the best of it). Some other land grabs, such as the fertile highlands of Kenya and Rhodesia, were profitable for colonialists willing to go there and farm. Most of Africa, however, turned out to be less valuable than imagined.
We are now in the Scramble for America.
Ironically, African-Americans will probably turn out to be big losers on average in any objective sense. But maybe not in a “Kill my neighbor’s cow” sort of way.