Opinion: Turning Our Back

Photo: Gwen Berry (Credit Image: © Wang Lili/Xinhua via ZUMA Wire)

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Just a few days ago, very few people knew who Gwen Berry was. However, in modern America, protesting the flag is a good way for an athlete to become famous.

Miss Berry finished third in the hammer throw at the U.S. Olympic Trials. On the medals stand, while the white athletes who took first and second stood at attention with their hands on their hearts, Miss Berry mugged for the camera with her hands on her hips, and then looked the other way. Unless the American Olympic team sweeps the hammer throw, Gwen Berry will be known almost exclusively for this gesture of disrespect. Color of Change is now helping her negotiate corporate sponsorships.

This incident captures blacks’ relationship with America. Miss Berry shirked the most basic gesture of national respect because she thought it would be an insult to her people. She aired her complaint on the “Black News Channel,” the very existence of which tells us a lot about “privilege.” “I never said I hated the country – never said that,” she said. “All I said was I respect my people enough to not stand or acknowledge something that disrespects them. I love my people, point blank, period.”

Many conservatives are disgusted. “How, Exactly, Can One Represent America but Oppose Its Anthem and Flag?,” asks Charles C. W. Cooke in National Review. He argues that Miss Berry is “electing” to represent the United States and thus should not object to the flag. Rep. Dan Crenshaw says she should be removed from the team.

Representative Dan Crenshaw (Credit Image: © Chip Somodevilla/CNP via ZUMA Wire)

However, in a sense, Miss Berry is right. She lives here, but she doesn’t consider herself “American.” At the least, she considers “her people” to have a greater command on her loyalty. Her passport is not her true nation.

I respect her honesty. She loves her people. We love ours. She doesn’t think the flag of the historic American nation represents her. I agree. The difference is that her racial nationalism does not offend those with media power. Love for our people, by which we mean whites, is “hate.” Her racial nationalism may get her corporate sponsorships.

I’m sure she’s sincere. What does the historic American flag mean to people who believe this country was founded by white “racists?” She’s not wrong. The Founders thought that they were starting a white country. Given today’s standards, they wouldn’t just be barred from politics; they’d be lucky to hold jobs.

The flag is also the official banner of the current government that rules from the District of Columbia. That government gives blacks like Miss Berry priority in jobs and education. The government pursues “equity,” which is now more important than what were once core American freedoms of association and the freedom to do what you want with your property. For biological reasons, blacks will never achieve equality, so the government’s war for equity will end as disastrously as the war in Afghanistan.

We should reconsider trying to convince Gwen Berry to respect the flag. Pursuing racial equality has been the main American domestic policy goal for more than 50 years. Almost every other priority, including space exploration, science, building the military, controlling spending, or undertaking great public works, has been secondary. You could almost argue that the United States of America exists to prop up black people. Paul Kersey calls it “Black-Run America,” not because blacks literally run it, but because their prosperity and even emotional self-esteem are apparently the most important national goals.

What have decades of effort and uncounted trillions accomplished? American education, transportation, and quality of life are worse. Videos from the past, when American cities were clean, orderly, and attractive, look like dispatches from a utopian future. It’s painful to realize they were destroyed for nothing. Countless achievements were sacrificed so blacks could be coddled. The bill amounts to one of history’s great tragedies.

Whole areas of American cities are in ruins. Patriotism is declining. America’s history is being rewritten and statues of its heroes torn down to appease blacks – but they are angrier than ever. Still, white Americans keep degrading themselves, trying to convince blacks to love them.

Few have contributed so little yet demanded so much as blacks. They shouldn’t be angry at America; whites should be. We pay for their temper tantrums.

Don’t try to get blacks to respect the flag. Consider your own protest. When some black celebrity begins speechifying, the black nationalist flag flies, or the “Black National Anthem” plays, turn your back. If current trends continue, the federal government’s flag may deserve the same treatment.

Does this mean I’m giving up on America? I’d suggest it’s blacks who have given up on us. We are racist no matter what we do. Some whites may go along with this because they profit from it. Many more seem to be driving themselves literally insane pursuing an impossible and immoral creed. There’s no reason to go along with it any more.

I’m taking Gwen Berry at their word. We share a passport, but we aren’t part of the same people. I have nothing against her personally, but she is no more to me than is any Japanese or Guatemalan. If Gwen Berry doesn’t like the flag, that’s her business. If she gets corporate sponsorships from this display, it’s further proof that America is just an enormous shopping mall.

We can’t blame Miss Berry for acting in her own interests. Instead, we need to act in our own. Turn your back on America’s pet racial minority, its subsidies, its demands, and its complaints. Make your own demands.

If blacks want to build Wakanda, they are welcome to try. I wish no one ill, but after America has spent decades putting blacks at the center of our national identity, I find it hard to care. If the regime can’t even get token gestures of respect from its client class, that is the regime’s problem, not ours.

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