Scan a few racist websites and you'll find a pervasive fear that white people are persecuted and threatened with extinction. But this is actually just a bit of projection, because it's actually the people who make a living off being racist who are the endangered species. The phrase "national conversation about race" is a dumb cliché, but in the wake of Trayvon Martin's death, it seems like we're actually having one, and we can draw two conclusions from it: a surprising number of people are racist, but being racist will cost you your job.
Tuesday night, National Review editor Rich Lowry announced the firing of the magazine's second overtly racist contributor in a week: Robert Weissberg (pictured above). Weissberg contributed to the magazine's education blog, Phi Beta Cons, but unfortunately for his NR career, he also contributed to a white supremacist conference in Tennessee last month. As described on the white supremacist site American Renaissance, Weissberg gave a speech on "A Politically Viable Alternative to White Nationalism," which entailed creating "Whitopias" using zoning laws to keep out non-whites. One must be aware of the political difficulties, Weissberg warned, because for those in the white movement, "We are considered just above child molesters." That last line is interesting, given the following description of the speech:
Prof. Weissberg went on to argue that liberals are beyond reason when it comes to race, that explaining the facts of IQ or the necessity of racial consciousness for whites “is like trying to explain to an eight-year-old why sex is more fun than chocolate ice cream.”
One struggles to imagine Weissberg's thought process when selecting this particular way of explaining this idea. "'It's like trying to explain to a Prius driver why a Dodge Ram's payload capacity matters!' … No, needs to be more folksy… 'It's like trying to explain to a vegan why a hamburger tastes good!' … No, not exciting enough… Gotta kick it up a notch … Maybe something about sex! … Everyone likes sex… Wait but who doesn't like sex? …Oh, of course! Third-graders."