The almost instantaneous overcharging of Atlanta policeman Garrett Rolfe in the death of Rayshard Brooks is yet another indication (of many) that we have entered the era of the New Segregationism.
No societal evolution could have been more tragic.
Gone are the days of judging a person not by their color, but by their character. The dream of Martin Luther King Jr. is so far in the rearview mirror, it’s disappeared over the horizon line.
Black Lives Matters’s leadership has more in common with former Alabama Gov. George Wallace (“Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!”) than they do with Martin Luther King Jr.
Sound exaggerated? I’m sorry to tell you that it isn’t.
While the original segregation was an extension of slavery and other evil and horrific traditions of the Old South, this new segregation comes from a form of tribalism that is almost as noxious and primitive and possibly more enduring.
It is an alliance of the black separatists of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement with the social justice warriors of our college campuses that now have infected just about every other aspect of our culture.
The not-so-hidden intention of BLM is black power (i.e., black control) just as it was for Stokely Carmichael and, only slightly later, the Black Panthers.
The not-so-hidden intention of the white progressive left (the metastasized social justice warriors in the media, politics, and virtually everywhere) is to shame other whites and thus control them.
Every white, to both groups, is a de facto racist based on the color of his or her skin.
This makes any kind of change or progress impossible. You are your skin color, no matter how trivial the difference in DNA terms.
Of course, this is the intention of those two groups, the one in control and the other expressing permanent fealty while dissing normal, middle-of-the-road Caucasians as inherently racist. Segregation now, segregation forever, as the man said.
For these New Segregationists, words matter far more than actions. In fact, actions are pretty much irrelevant, whether they be Trump signing prison reform or looters wrecking a small business.
As long as your pronounced racial views are deemed politically correct, you’re blamed or excused, as the case may be. It doesn’t matter what you actually do.
The big losers in this essentially tribal behavior out of the Middle Ages are normal white people and, especially, normal black people whose communities have been put greatly at risk.
The second not-so-hidden intention in all this on the part of both parties—the black separatists and their white social justice acolytes—is, for purposes of their own power, to create racism where it doesn’t exist.
Trying to convince people who aren’t racist that they are is one of the best and most efficient ways imaginable to make them one.
Racism is being manufactured before our eyes across America, indeed across the world.
Segregation is the handmaiden of racism. It makes it go. Keep the races apart and keep them hating each other.
Some of us who were involved in the original civil rights movement remember, “Black and white together, we shall not be moved.” That is no more.
Now, it should be written, “Black power advocates and SJWs together, we shall overcome some day.” Make that: “We have overcome!”
Roger L. Simon is a prize-winning author, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, and co-founder of PJ Media. His most recent books are “I Know Best: How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If It Hasn’t Already” (non-fiction) and “The GOAT” (fiction).
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