From my new column in Taki’s Magazine:
As I’ve been known to point out, the “equity” that the all-conquering Diversity-Inclusion-Equity (DIE) crusade truly wants is your equity in your home. Current developments in Evanston, Ill., and Manhattan Beach, Calif., are starting to give us a sense of how today’s increasingly antiquarian white guilt will be leveraged into sizable handouts over supposed injustices in the distant past.
We live in an era bizarrely obsessed with real estate transactions of increasingly remote generations. For example, Amazon’s new TV series Them is about the horrors at the hands of whiteness faced by blacks moving to Compton, Calif., in 1953. For example, the first episode “Covenant” is about the supernaturally sinister power of restrictive covenants, which were abolished in 1948, but their bad juju powers live on, or something.
Read the whole thing there.
By MARTIN GOULD FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and RUTH STYLES IN BROOKLYN CENTER, MINNESOTA, FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 16:40 EDT, 13 April 2021
Daunte Wright choked a woman and threatened to shoot her if she did not hand over $820 she had stuffed in her bra, court papers obtained by DailyMail.com allege.
That is the case that led to a warrant for his arrest at the time he was shot and killed by police officer Kimberly Potter in Minnesota on Sunday, leading to days of unrest.
And online speculation that he did not know there was a warrant out for his arrest is false, DailyMail.com has learned. A letter returned to the court for having a wrong address was giving notice of a court date in August and had nothing to do with the warrant. …
Wright was due to face trial on a charge of attempted aggravated robbery – with a possible maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
Charging papers say he and a second man, Emajay Driver went to a home shared by two women in Osseo, Minnesota ‘to party’ in December 2019. At the time, Wright was 19 and Driver was 18.
The women asked them to leave around 2.30 am on December 1, but they said they didn’t have a ride and the women – who are not identified in the court documents – allowed them to sleep on the floor.
In the morning, one of the women went to the bank to get her $820 rent money which she gave to the other woman and then left for work. As Wright, Driver and the second woman were leaving, Wright allegedly tried to hold up the woman.
‘The three of them were walking to the door to exit the apartment and defendant Wright turned around and blocked the door preventing victim from leaving,’ says the report, written by Osseo Police Officer Shane Mikkelson.
From the Washington Post’s news section:
The rise of domestic extremism in America
Data shows a surge in homegrown incidents not seen in a quarter-century
By Robert O’Harrow Jr., Andrew Ba Tran and Derek Hawkins
April 12, 2021
Domestic terrorism incidents have soared to new highs in the United States, driven chiefly by white-supremacist, anti-Muslim and anti-government extremists on the far right, according to a Washington Post analysis of data compiled by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Everybody who spent 2020 in a coma at the bottom of a salt mine would have to agree.
The surge reflects a growing threat from homegrown terrorism not seen in a quarter-century, with right-wing extremist attacks and plots greatly eclipsing those from the far left and causing more deaths, the analysis shows.
The number of all domestic terrorism incidents in the data peaked in 2020.
Who can forget all the right-wing extremist domestic terrorism incidents of 2020, such as, well, you know …
Since 2015, right-wing extremists have been involved in 267 plots or attacks and 91 fatalities, the data shows. At the same time, attacks and plots ascribed to far-left views accounted for 66 incidents leading to 19 deaths.
Later on they’ll admit the extremely contrived way they exclude BLM and Antifa violence.
… More than a quarter of right-wing incidents and just under half of the deaths in those incidents were caused by people who showed support for white supremacy or claimed to belong to groups espousing that ideology, the analysis shows.
Victims of all incidents in recent years represent a broad cross-section of American society, including Blacks, Jews, immigrants, LGBTQ individuals, Asians and other people of color who have been attacked by right-wing extremists wielding vehicles, guns, knives and fists.
Dozens of religious institutions — including mosques, synagogues and Black churches — as well as abortion clinics and...
Probably the most internationally prestigious female author of the 21st Century is Elena Ferrante, who writes novels about girls growing up in Naples. But Ferrante is a pen name, and the identity of the writer or writers behind the pseudonym have never been announced.
From Literary Hub:
Elisa Sotgiu on Reading Gender and Class in One of the Great Literary Mysteries of Our Time
March 31, 2021
When Claudio Gatti published an investigation into Elena Ferrante’s identity, a few years ago, he raised an outcry both in Italy and abroad. He had pried into the author’s privacy, violated her right to remain anonymous. It was unfair, it was irrelevant, we didn’t want to know.
Didn’t we? Yes and no. There was one conclusion that mattered in Gatti’s article: the person writing Ferrante’s novels was the translator Anita Raja, a woman.
Gatti showed, among other things, that Ms. Raja and her husband, Italian literary lion Domenico Starnone, had bought a very nice apartment for themselves after the Elena Ferrante royalties began to pour in.
That’s kind of like doxxing, so I’m not sure if I approve.
That was a relief. If you haven’t experienced firsthand how sexist Italian academics and journalists can be, it might be difficult to imagine how important Ferrante’s gender has been for all of us studying her work over the years. Before My Brilliant Friend was even published, there were rumors that Ferrante’s work had been authored by a man, and they intensified after the success of the Neapolitan Novels in the United States. I remember my advisor telling me about these speculations when I started working on Ferrante in 2015; we both scoffed at the misogyny that that kind of gossip implied, feeling like we were on the trenches of a mini culture war.
So when I first stumbled on a series of scholarly articles that, through stylometric analysis, identified Elena Ferrante as the Italian novelist...
Tucker Carlson delivers a very clear statement of the facts on his Fox News show:
Native-born Americans of every race and class are being systematically disenfranchised. We need to start talking about it
By Tucker Carlson | Fox News
Last week, we said something on television that the usual chorus of hyperaggressive liars is now pretending was somehow highly controversial. Ordinarily, we’d ignore all of this. Once you’ve been denounced as a White supremacist for quoting Martin Luther King Jr., you realize such criticism is all just all another form of social control. Honestly, who cares what they think?
But in this one case, we thought it might be worth pausing to restate the original point, both because it was true and worth saying, and also because America badly needs a national conversation about it.
Now, I know that the left and all the little gatekeepers on Twitter become literally hysterical if you use the term “replacement,” if you suggest that the Democratic Party is trying to replace the current electorate, the voters now casting ballots, with new people, more obedient voters from the Third World. But they become hysterical because that’s what’s happening, actually. …
So this matters on a bunch of different levels. But on the most basic level, it’s a voting rights question. In a democracy, one person equals one vote. If you change the population, you dilute the political power of the people who live there. So every time they import a new voter, I’d become disenfranchized as a current voter. So I don’t understand. I mean, every wants to make a racial issue out of it. “Oh, the White replacement.” No, no, no. This is a voting rights question. I have less political power because they’re importing a brand new electorate. Why should I sit back and take that? The power that I have as an American,...
From the New York Times news section:
Officials from Brooklyn Center said that the fatal shooting was an “accidental discharge,” and released body-camera video of the encounter.
By Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs and Julie Bosman
April 12, 2021
BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — The police officer who killed a man in a Minneapolis suburb on Sunday did so accidentally, officials said Monday, releasing a graphic body-camera video that appeared to depict the officer shouting, “Taser!” before firing her gun.
“It is my belief that the officer had the intention to deploy their Taser, but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet,” Chief Tim Gannon of the Brooklyn Center Police Department said of the shooting on Sunday of Daunte Wright, 20, during a traffic stop. “This appears to me, from what I viewed, and the officer’s reaction and distress immediately after, that this was an accidental discharge that resulted in a tragic death of Mr. Wright.”
The officer, who was not publicly identified, has been placed on administrative leave, officials said. Chief Gannon said that Mr. Wright had been initially pulled over because of an expired registration on the vehicle he was driving. The video showed a brief struggle between Mr. Wright and police officers before one of the officers fired her gun.
After the officer fired, she is heard on the video saying, “Holy shit. I just shot him.”
In the hours after the shooting on Sunday afternoon, protests, violence and looting broke out in Brooklyn Center, a suburb of 30,000 people north of Minneapolis. The shooting comes amid a national reckoning over police misconduct and the killings of Black people by the police; Mr. Wright was Black. City officials did not identify the race of the police officer.
At no point does the article state that the inept shooter was a “woman” or was “female.” But if you read carefully, you might notice...
As I’ve often pointed out, the news media insists that everything it reports on must be a trend even if it’s just interesting: e.g., “Why Are Women Increasingly Falling in Love with Death Row Murderers?” In reality, nobody knows whether women are increasingly falling in love with Death Row murderers, but the topic is simply interesting, as Tracey Ullman has been pointing out for the last quarter of a century. It would be perfectly reasonable to write about the reasons women fall in love with Death Row murderers without contending that it’s a growing trend. But you are supposed to write about increasing phenomenon.
Thus, if I were a normal journalist, I’d entitle this post something like: “Why Are Journalists Increasingly Framing Everything As an Upward Trend?” But, in truth, I don’t know that this media practice is rising in frequency. It seems pretty common as far back as I can remember.
But there’s one thing that is not a trend. From the New York Times opinion section:
Transgender Childhood Is Not a ‘Trend’
As far back as historians have found evidence of transgender people, they’ve found transgender children.
By Jules Gill-Peterson
Ms. Gill-Peterson is an associate professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh and the author of “Histories of the Transgender Child.”
If you can’t trust a professor of English for a valid grasp of statistics, who can you trust?
April 5, 2021
The high visibility of transgender youth in this country is quite recent, but transgender children themselves are not. Indeed, as far back as historians like me have found evidence of transgender people, we have found transgender children. …
If there were a few of a thing in the past and there are many of a thing in the present, that can’t possibly be described as a “trend” because reasons.
In the Arkansas state legislature, Joseph Backholm, a senior fellow at the Family Research Council,...
With rioting back in the news, let me point out that I recently reviewed Andy Ngo’s book Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy.
But, let me also point out that, being an old coot, I can’t actually distinguish clearly in my mind between Andy Ngo and Ian Miles Cheong, who has a pretty great Twitter account:
“There is no meaningful distinction between men and women.” pic.twitter.com/5Ydy0Zpeho
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) April 11, 2021
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Ethiopia has long done quite well by Sub-Saharan African standards. It has a good record of human accomplishment, being the only country in the region to have developed a literary corpus before European colonialism.
But it was, until recently, extremely poor. But no longer so after a decade of some of the highest growth rates in the world, which has been faster than China’s every single year during the 2010s:
Despite Corona and the ethnic unrest, growth remained at 6.1% in 2020.
This is a vindication for the HBD theory of economic growth, which says that over the long-term, as countries exit Malthusian traps and adopt development best practices, they should converge to a level correspondent with their human capital. Ethiopian polygenic IQ probably isn’t significantly worse than Kenya’s, which has the best psychometric performance in SSA, so I expect Ethiopia to sail smoothly to its level (political shocks aside). But whether it can continue China-level growth beyond a Kenyan GDPpc of ~$5,000 is another matter.
This week’s Open Thread.
(1) Vitalik Buterin – Prediction Markets: Tales from the Election. Best explanation of why predictions markets were giving Trump 10% well after it was clear it was <1%.
(3) Scott Alexander reviews a biography of Recep Erdogan. Important to understand
(4) Glenn Greenwald got violently robbed in Brazil and only mentioned it a couple of weeks later. Meanwhile, Blue Checkmark hacks whine about being subjected to violence for being criticized on Twitter.
Greenwald is becoming increasingly based in general.
(5) Robert Stark is now blogging at Substack. Latest: An Alternative Vision for California.
(6) Peter Frost – Recent cognitive evolution in West Africa. The Mende of Sierra Leone show much lower polygenic IQ scores than the Yoruba of Nigeria (who score almost as high as African-Americans). Unfortunately, no data on Igbo.
Not too surprised about this. The Benin metalwork I saw at the British Museum was quite respectable.
(7) Russia Warns of Anti-White ‘Aggression’ in U.S. Good troll.
(8) RT: Armenia’s hapless PM Pashinyan to resign
(9) Paul Robinson on Western propaganda vs. Russian vaccines while accusing Russia of promoting anti-vaxx sentiment.
(10) /r/slatestarcodex on superiority of bullet points over prose. I sympathize with this.
(12) Roko on why rationalists (largely) failed to foresee crypto.
(14) Razib Khan – Enter Stepplandia
It strikes me that most of life’s most exquisite comforts can be had with ~$10M or so.
^ The virgin financial docs sleuthing to suggest Bad Orange Man isn’t a billionaire vs. the Chad PHYSIOGNOMY proof of the same.
Conversely, though, it seems to me that you can’t do very much at all extra between about $10M and $10B.
Only significant exception that comes to mind is space tourism, for which you currently need ~$20M (so need to be at least $10Ms range). But that sort of proves the general point. And Papa Musk should lower that number a couple orders of magnitude anyway over the next decade, to something commensurate with taking a cruise on a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker in the Arctic (~$40k).
I suppose another example is that owning and operating a private jet becomes realistic at $100M, whereas at $10M it would be highly profligate. But, again, that’s small peas in the grand scheme of things.
To radically transform the world – to start influencing major areas of research, funding insurrectionist and irredentist movements, etc. – you really need to be in the $10B+ range.
Bloomberg gives Soros wealth at $8B, but other sources peg it at closer to $25B. Musk of course is at ~$200B. He also has singularly big ambitions, such as Mars colonization, which will really require trillions.
Sean McMeekin estimates that the Germans gave the Bolsheviks 50 million gold marks (=$1B today) which would confirm the point.
Yes, you can strike lucky with more targeted spending (NRx/rationalist-sphere people make a big deal of “leverage”). But as with making money itself, you need both brains and luck to find that moonshot. German attempts to foment instability in Britain by way of Ireland failed.
The LDNR exists in significant part thanks to the semi-private efforts of Konstantin...
From the indispensable BioHackInfo:
China’s new Criminal Code, which came into effect four weeks ago on March 1st, has a new section dedicated to ‘illegal medical practices’, which makes it a punishable crime to create gene-edited babies, human clones and animal-human chimeras.
The new section is an amendment to Article 336 of China’s Criminal Law, and officially outlaws “the implantation of genetically-edited or cloned human embryos into human or animal bodies, or the implantation of genetically edited or cloned animal embryos into human bodies,” — with penalties ranging from fines to seven years imprisonment.
Back in 2018 on November the 25th, Chinese biophysicist Dr He Jiankui announced that he had used gene-editing tool CRISPR to create the world’s first gene-edited babies. Dr He had modified the babies’ CCR5 gene — which the HIV virus uses as a pathway enter the cell. Through this CCR5 modification, the babies were made immune to HIV infection, and quite possibly had their cognitive capabilities enhanced.
Dr He was widely rebuked for this experiment, and after a storm of media-generated outrage and mounting pressure from influential Western bioethicists, Dr He was detained, and on December 30th 2019, a Chinese court sentenced him to three years in prison.
And so China takes itself out of the race towards the Biosingularity.
This is arguably a more monumental development than the ordinary humdrum of news about Corona or Ukraine or Taiwan or whatever the latest /r/worldnews headline is, though one that will only be recognized as such decades hence.
Nor is it an entirely unexpected one:
Anyway, what I’m saying is, one shouldn’t necessarily expect the biosingularity to originate in East Asia. While before I thought China had much better prospects than the US, now I rate them about equally.
As I wrote back then, contra stereotypes about “rationalist” East Asians, in reality:
I know this will come as a shock to many of my regular readers, but I will nonetheless ask you to respect my new identity as a Black Trans Russian (#BTR, pronouns: she/her) and support me in my transition.
You can do that verbally, or even better, financially. Those surgeries don’t come cheap.
Black Trans Russian Lives Matter! #BTRLM
In other news:
~ Steady trickle of new escalations in the Donbass, with news of Russian military equipment being brought to the border. This is a Russian response to the Ukrainian buildup in Donbass, ongoing for two months. I think the Americans are frontrunning the narrative of Russian aggression for when Ukraine attacks the LDNR and Russia defends it, to create grounds for sanctions. My followers are about evenly split in assessing the chance of serious fighting in Donbass within the next half year between <20%, 20-50%, and 50%+, respectively.
~ mal comments on Russian developments in space radiator chillers.
~ Vladislav Inozemtsev – The Physics of Sanctions (h/t Thulean Friend).
~ In addition to my stunning and brave decision to transition, Peter Schiff has unexpectedly endorsed Bitcoin and there are reports that Trump is seeking to buy Putin’s Palace in Gelendzhik and convert it into a 5 star hotel.
~ Global Times has also repealed a Report on Human Rights Violations in the United States in 2020. Foreword: “I can’t breathe!” — George Floyd.
In 2015, I attempted to quantify the military power of the world’s states with an index of Comprehensive Military Power. You can read the post, including the detailed methodology, here.
Since then, its conclusions – broadly speaking, that China and Russia had about a third of US military power in the mid-2010s, while the next-tier Powers had a third of Russia/China’s military power in turn – has been replicated in a couple of other indices:
… and was to correctly predict the outcome of Karabakh War II.
Nonetheless, five years is a significant period of time in world geopolitics, especially as concerns rapidly modernizing China, so an update is warranted (note there have been a few minor methodological changes*).
Performance of the US, Russia/USSR, China, and India in terms of total CMP from 1940-2020.
This table contains the CMP of the world’s states where the US is normalized to 100 every single year.
The most notable change, obviously, has been China’s rapid gain on the US (though it not been more impressive than its economic gain – cognizant of the perceived rule of military overspending on the Soviet collapse, it has soft peddled this aspect of its convergence). Russia has paddled water relative to the US. India’s growth has been very impressive, albeit from a low base. Nor should the striking divergence between South Korea and North Korea since 1990 surprise anyone. India has left Pakistan in the dust.
Here is a visualization of the CMP in which, as in the table, the US is fixed at 100.:
American remilitarization during the Korean War knocked the USSR back down – though in fairness, the Soviet advantage then was deceiving, since the US had hundreds by the late 1940s and thousands by the early 1950s, so in practice, it was vastly more powerful. But the 1970-80s Soviet military buildup brought it to parity....
It’s quite amusing that, read in the wrong (right?) light, this basically comes off as a paean to White Supremacy.
It’s the ultimate humblebrag.
I think there’s quite a lot of truth to this thesis of The Unbearable Lightness of White Supremacy. Regardless of which White faction “wins” this civil war, the power structure itself will remain unchallenged.
(1) Len Sassaman and Satoshi: a Cypherpunk History. This is, I think, the strongest case for someone being Satoshi that I have read to date. All I can say is that IF it was him, he played the double act VERY well.
Imagine being advised to buy Bitcoin at $20. https://t.co/l0g9kak2eN
— 🇷🇺 ANATꙮLY 🤔 KARLIN (@akarlin88) March 23, 2021
(2) Gregoire Canlorbe (Postil Magazine) – A conversation with Emil O.W. Kirkegaard
(3) James Thompson – Our World in Blank Slate Data?
(4) Anders Sandberg – Galactic duck and cover
(5) Turkey’s lira is collapsing again. Sovereign default? Probably not – still has ample reserves (on paper). But interesting developments nonetheless.
(6) Stronk buy signal:
In honor of the memory of George Floyd, those peddling social justice reform are advocating nonviolent criminal acts such as shoplifting from big box stores should no longer be a criminal offense. [Retailers urged to re-think police calls for low-level crimes after George Floyd’s death, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, April 12, 2021]:
George Floyd died in police custody after a corner store clerk reported he had used a fake $20 bill, a nonviolent offense so low-level that police don’t usually take people to jail for it.
Now, as the trial over his death continues to unfold, criminal justice reform experts and diversity specialists are hoping the case will prompt retailers — from small businesses to major chains — to reassess how they treat Black and other minority customers and how they can handle loss prevention cases more equitably.
Retailers, they point out, are on the front lines of racial justice in their own stores.
“While interactions with the police can be fairly infrequent, everyone shops,” said Cassi Pittman Claytor, a sociology professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, who has studied racial profiling in retail settings. “When [Black people] are asked about the contexts where they are treated unfairly due to their race … shopping in a store ranks above all other settings, including interactions with the police.”
Since Floyd’s death last May, many retailers have made public promises committing to racial equity. Several companies, including Twin Cities-based Target and Best Buy, have shared their plans to diversify hiring and made financial contributions to Black-owned businesses and organizations focused on fighting inequality.
But some criminal justice reform advocates say retailers need to do more to create and enforce policies to address how racial bias negatively impacts customers.
“I don’t think that they really have dealt with and have been honest about dealing with it,”...
What is life like in Atlanta, the purported “Black Mecca” of America? It’s a city where the black majority continually stress-test the concept of “Black Lives Matter,” to the point where police have embarked on a social media campaign begging residents to stop shooting each other. [Atlanta cops beg residents to stop shooting each other in new campaign, New York Post, April 10, 2021]:
Maybe if they just ask nicely.
The Atlanta Police Department has taken to social media to beg residents: please stop shooting each other.
“We’re hoping that people will see the message and think twice before they resort to picking up a gun,” department spokeswoman Chata Spikes told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“Anger + Guns Adds Up to Nothing Good,” reads a Facebook post that pictures the equation’s answer as a flower-bedecked coffin.
“You cannot put the bullet back in the chamber once it is discharged,” the post explains. “Many have learned this the hard way.”
Murders in Atlanta surged by about 60 percent in the first three months of 2021, according to the report — while the city has logged 167 reported shootings since Jan. 1, up more than 50 percent from the first three months of 2020.
Repeat after me: Black. Lives. Matter.
When was the last time a white individual murdered a black family?
The corporate/regime media would never let us forget this heinous crime. NEVER.
Academia would never fail in rehashing this story and Hollywood (every streaming service) would never fail in retelling the story.
Nevertheless, their Name is is Adah and Noah Lesslie. They were two white children murdered by a black NFL player. [NFL player Phillip Adams killed 5, including 2 kids and himself, in South Carolina: Authorities, KTLA.com, April 8, 2021]:
Former NFL player Phillip Adams fatally shot five people, including a prominent doctor, his wife and their two grandchildren before killing himself early Thursday.
York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson told a news conference that investigators had not yet determined a motive for Wednesday’s mass shooting.
“There’s nothing right now that makes sense to any of us,” Tolson said.
Dr. Robert Lesslie, 70, and his wife, Barbara, 69, were pronounced dead in their home in Rock Hill along with grandchildren Adah Lesslie, 9, and Noah Lesslie, 5, the York County coroner’s office said.
A man who had been working at the Lesslie home, James Lewis, 38, from Gaston, was found shot to death outside. A sixth victim, Robert Shook, 38, of Cherryville, North Carolina, was flown to a Charlotte hospital, where he was in critical condition “fighting hard for his life,” said a cousin, Heather Smith Thompson.
At Thursday’s news conference, Tolson played audio of two 911 calls, the first from an HVAC company that employed Lewis and Shook. One of the men, the caller said, had called him “screaming” and saying that he had been shot, and that his coworker was shot and “unresponsive.”
“I think there’s been a bad shooting,” a different man said in a second 911 call, saying he was outside cutting his grass and heard “about 20” shots fired at the Lesslie home before seeing someone leave the house.
Tolson said evidence at the scene led authorities...
Black Lives Matter, take 1,004… [‘Provocative’ billboard campaign targets homicides and violent crime in Charlotte, Charlotte Observer, March 22, 2021]:
When Charlotte recorded its highest number of homicides — 122 in 1993 — the local chapter of 100 Black Men of America launched a billboard campaign to address the violence. Nearly 30 years later, after another record-setting year of homicides, the organization is bringing back the same campaign.
On Monday, 100 Black Men of Greater Charlottere-launched its Stop the Violence effort to help reduce the rise in homicides in the city. The organization primarily mentors young Black men, but spokesman Johnathan Hill said the group decided it wanted to address how many of the victims fall into that demographic after last year’s deadly spike.
The campaign consists of 34 “provocative” billboards across the Charlotte region as well as a series of community panels, according to 100 Black Men of Greater Charlotte’s website. The group also hopes to partner with the city to connect people to violence prevention resources and also hold community listening sessions.
The billboards were expected to be up by the end of Monday, Hill said.
The messages on the billboards, splashed against a black background, read: “Our Pandemic. Together we can cure the violence,” “We can’t all rise. If we’re not all here” and “We’re losing the Black race.”
Charlotte ended 2020 with 123 homicides before the Mecklenburg District Attorney’s Office reclassified two cases as justified homicides . The city has also seen an increasing number of homicides each year since 2014, when there were only 44 murders.
The victims tended to be young Black men. According to previous reporting by The Charlotte Observer, nearly 80% of the victims were Black, over half of the victims were under 30 and separately, male.
According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Charlotte has seen 18 homicides this year. A year ago...
Virtually every day, I wish I could turn away and not pay attention to what’s happening. Years ago as an undergraduate, Steve Sailer told me candidly not to pay attention to race. It wasn’t worth it.
To let it go.
I was prepared to do just this, until a friend of mine I grew up with was murdered in the streets of Atlanta back in 2011. Her sin? Her crime? Being white.
She was gunned down by a black male engorged by anti-white hatred learned through white privilege teachings in college, compelling him to target two other white females in a racial shooting spree virtually no one remembers.
We aren’t supposed to remember these names. We aren’t supposed to remember what happened to them or how they were murdered. How their final moments on earth passed them by, and just who/whom ended their lives.
But I do.
Her Name Is Mary Ann Elvington. [Suspect in elderly Horry Co. woman’s death had extensive criminal history, WPDE.COM, APRIL 1, 2021]:
Officials arrested Dominique Davonah Brand, 29, of Marion, for his connection to the kidnapping and murder of 80-year-old Mary Ann Elvington on Wednesday, according to a tweet from the Horry County Police Dept.
A source connected to the investigation told us Brand turned himself in Wednesday to authorities.
Brand is also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, the post said.
ABC15 requested a background check on Brand from the State Law Enforcement Division. According to the background check information, his criminal history is lengthy:
- In 2008, Brand was convicted on two misdemeanor petty larceny charges out of the city of Marion. He was sentenced to 15 days in jail, but that was suspended if he paid a fine and restitution.
- In 2009, Brand sentenced under the youthful offenders act on a non-violent second degree...
Nothing else to say. Every segment of American society is anti-white, to the detriment of the society white people uniquely created. It’s all a nosedive to the African mean from here… [United Airlines prepares to shake up white, male-dominated pilot population, Reuters, April 6, 2021]:
United Airlines said on Tuesday it wants women and people of color to make up at least half of the 5,000 pilots it plans to train this decade at its new flight school, a push to diversify a career traditionally dominated by white men.
The announcement comes as U.S. airlines resume pilot hiring halted last year during the pandemic and as they find themselves in the crosshairs of politically charged issues involving race.
“We want to make sure that we are tapping into a big deep talent pool and not limiting ourselves to just one section of the pond,” Chief Communications Officer Josh Earnest said on a Zoom call with journalists.
Chicago-based United joined Delta Air Lines and American Airlines on Monday in speaking out against voting restrictions following recent legislation in states like Georgia that activist groups say unfairly target Black and other racial minority voters.
United is the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, the United Aviate Academy, which it bought last year just before vanishing demand because of the pandemic forced the industry to scale back its operations.
Now, as more Americans are vaccinated, airlines are ramping up again.
United plans to hire 10,000 pilots by 2030, half coming through its academy, and the rest from other airlines or the U.S. military.
Of United’s roughly 12,000 pilots, about 7% are women and 13% people of color, the company said.
There are fewer than 100 black women pilots flying for major airlines, United pilot Carole Hopson said on the call, adding this situation had to change.
Becoming a pilot can be a long and costly pursuit and the company is offering $1.2 million in academy scholarships.
The airline’s credit...
So about that whole Black Lives Matter trope… [Dallas Nonprofit ‘The Value Of A Life’ Raising Awareness About ‘Black On Black Crime’, DFW.CBSLocal.com, March 24, 2021]:
In the wake of last Saturday’s deadly shooting at Pryme Bar, a Dallas nonprofit is bringing attention to what it describes as a “black on black crime” problem in Dallas.
In an attempt to raise awareness and create change, The Value of a Life is working to make investments in the lives of black men.
“We tend to not want to show each other unfavorable, and in this case because it’s a life, we have to come out of that shell,” The Value of a Life founder Bruce Carter said.
National Black Police Association – Dallas President Sgt. Sheldon Smith agrees.
“We can no longer sit back and not talk about it,”he said. “Bring it to the forefront.”
Sgt. Smith said in Dallas, 43 people were murdered so far this year. Twenty-three of the victims are black males between the ages of 20-29. And twenty-three of the suspects are also in that demographic.
“If you have an African-American son and he’s between the ages of 20 and 29, you need to sit down and have a talk with him and tell him don’t let your emotions and a one second decision cost you time out of your life,” he said. “We cannot solve crime alone as a police force. It’s going to take the citizens and the police department.”
“We’ll bring up new black men by serving and helping them and I think we’ll change where people’s mindsets are,” Carter said.
Wednesday they starting with 23 year-old CaTavien Barnett.
“He has a one-year-old baby and says he doesn’t want to be a victim of the streets,” Carter said. “He wants to do good.”
“A lot of us we have pain going on in the mind – people of color, they don’t want to speak about it because they feel like they’re not being heard or being seen,” Barnett said.
Barnett has dreams of becoming a videographer so The Value of Life and partner...
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Her Name is Julie Eberly, a white mother of six, murdered in a “road rage incident gone wrong” by a black male.
Remember – America is a society dominated by white privilege, white supremacy, implicit bias, systemic racism, and structural inequality. If all were true, we’d know Julie Eberly was murdered by a black male in a road rage incident gone wrong, and that her six children were now motherless. [Suspect arrested in savage road rage shooting that killed mom of 6, NY Post, April 1, 2021]:
A North Carolina man has been nabbed in a cold-blooded road-rage shooting that left a mom-of-six dead, authorities said Thursday.
Dejywan Floyd, 29, of Lumberton, was arrested early Thursday on first-degree murder charges in the death of 47-year-old Julie Eberly, the Robeson County Sherriff’s Office said.
The arrest comes a week after Eberly was shot through the passenger door of her car as she and her husband, Ryan, were on their way to celebrate their anniversary in Hilton Head.
The couple was driving on Interstate 95 in Lumberton when her husband accidentally cut off another motorist.
“I didn’t see that he was going around me and I pushed him into the shoulder mistakenly. As soon as I was able, I gave him room to get back on the highway,” Ryan told news station WGAL.
But then Floyd allegedly...