Jemele Hill doesn’t understand black men. Not surprising, given the fact she isn’t one. Rather, Hill – the former ESPN commentator who was ousted after calling Republicans names – is a woman. Of course, like many feminist women, she presumes to understand how men think and feel.
Here’s what Hill wrote in her most recent article “What the Black Men Who Identify With Brett Kavanaugh Are Missing” in the Atlantic:
On Tuesday night, I was in an auditorium with 100 black men in the city of Baltimore, when the subject pivoted to Brett Kavanaugh. I expected to hear frustration that the sexual-assault allegations against him had failed to derail his Supreme Court appointment. Instead, I encountered sympathy. One man stood up and asked, passionately, “What happened to due process?” He was met with a smattering of applause, and an array of head nods.
This event befuddled Hill. And she goes on to not only explain to us why black men are wrong (because racism), but prescribe to them both what they should think and how they should feel. In all fairness, from her own selfish point of view, she does want black men to focus on racism, because black men focusing on issues in modern day Western society that unfairly endanger men doesn’t help her. However, men, regardless of skin color, see the danger in the current gynocentric state of affairs.
Kanye West’s recent remarks about the black family are a perfect example of this. You can’t denigrate men and have a healthy, functioning community. But that is exactly what has happened to black communities over the past century. And the societal effects of that are clear. This is an obvious problem for the Progressive agenda – it has regressive effects on the groups it is claiming to help.
It doesn’t empower them … it disables them by ascribing to a cult of weakness. Or to paraphrase Kanye: sometimes the plantation is in the mind.
Hill’s jeering in response to all this highlights an important lesson: Groups of people have weird ideas about “the truth”. Most of those ideas are based on what we know at any given moment, but what we know is almost always incomplete. In hindsight, that is apparent.
In Italy, archaeologists recently revealed a “vampire burial” of a 10-year old child from the 5th century AD, who was buried with a large stone in its mouth to keep it from rising from the grave. This all occurred during a large malaria outbreak in the area. The locals at the time thought that malaria was caused by vampire bites apparently. And so the stone was meant to keep the child from rising and biting others.
Obviously in hindsight, that seems like a ridiculous idea. But groups of people can be egged on by beliefs and superstitions to a great degree. Even people today. That phenomena is the basis of mob behavior in humans. Think villagers with torches and pitchforks chasing down Frankenstein. Even though we like to think we are too smart for that, remember: every generation has thought they were too smart for that. Every generation thinks: this time it will be different. It is the modernist fallacy.
Jemele Hill is simply a present day example of this. Which could perhaps be an apt definition for “progressive” these days. Lighting a torch and raising a pitchfork to chase down something she doesn’t understand.