I’m A Victim Too! (IAVT!)-Black chapter
UPDATE 10/24/16: Add the insufferable Tavis Smiley to those multi-millionaire Blacks gleefully, bravely telling college students that the return of slavery is nigh. One must muse that perhaps his keeping the young in the bondage of ignorance and fear is slavery worthy of abolition.
It’s all reminiscent of the Sixties when bored, hyper-privileged White Liberal celebrities were sitting in, marching, committing pointless, redundant Civil Disobedience “against the War!,” vying for “relevance” with one another, hoping against hope to be billy-clubbed, arrested and hauled off to jail as the cameras clicked away in order to be perceived as “with it.”
Now, prominent Blacks enjoying position, celebrity, great clout in their respective fields, find themselves bored (and nervous!) with their affluence and privilege as they elbow one another aside to be the next admired victim of White Racism. Their sad tales are all just little episodes in the wider, long-playing soap opera entitled “I’m A Victim Too,” (IAVT!). Aside from their addiction to media attention, these people tremble at the thought of being lumped in with the other One Percenters (like themselves) come the time when the rabble storms the Bastille.
This very public, shared victimhood is merely CYA time, in effect no different than that practiced by Hollywood hypocrites like Streisand, Rosie, Roseanne, Redford, Clooney or billionaires like Gates, Buffett, Steyer, Soros. Spout the right Leftist slogans, pledge allegiance to the latest chic causes, and it’s Passover when when the Revolution comes.
In truth, this self indulgence is an indication of how well Blacks are doing when many of the most privileged and pampered among them can be as superficial, selfish and cowardly as their White counterparts.
Members of the IAVT! Club (Black chapter) include:
Oprah, perhaps America’s most successful female entrepreneur. Remember the heartless indignity she claimed at the hands of a Zurich saleslady who implied Herself might not be able to afford a $38,000 purse? Remember she just happened to be plugging her big budget film about racism at the time? The inevitable blowback was…embarrassing.
Louis “Skip” Gates, Harvard honcho/Cambridge resident & PBS star. Remember when it turned out that the Cambridge cop questioning him as he broke into his own house was responding to a burglary report (just doing his job) and, most inconveniently of all to the white-on-black-racism narrative, an Obama supporter! Embarrassing.
Charles Blow, NY Times Op-Ed columnist and serial kvetch. Remember him decrying his son’s detainment, neglecting to mention that the “harassing” party was a black cop just doing his job. Inconvenient and embarrassing.
Will & Jada Pinkett-Smith, Hollywood Bigs doing the Leonard Bernstein/Radical Chic cha-cha with the seamy likes of Angela Davis. Now that’s embarrassing.
And there’s always room for the lesser known like the Texas college prof eager for her own 15 minutes of glamorous victimhood via social media. Guilty of “walking while black,” she shrieks out to her new viral audience. Actually, just an obnoxious pedestrian hogging the road and not walking against the traffic.
Too bad when the same viral Internet trumpeting solidarity with the masses proves to be their undoing as facts of so-called”victimhood” prove to be fantasy. Sorry. Our sympathies and attention go to real victims, not to these indulged Boys & Girls Crying Wolf.