A Tale of Two Hats

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Reading Jim Goad is one of my guilty pleasures, and not just because my favorite Amendment is the 1st. He’s an amazing writer who pretty much got fucked over by the law at one point. Also, if I’m remembering right, the prosecution tried to bring in his zine, Answer Me! as “evidence” against him in an unrelated legal matter, which is a dick move.

Here are excerpts from Jim Goad’s “Biting the Hand that Holds Out the Olive Branch” and my reactions.

Jim Goad
I’ve noticed a trend: The more that white people apologize, the more they get mocked. The more they concede, the more that is demanded of them. The more frequently they make gestures of goodwill, the more they get emotionally sandblasted with malicious rhetoric about how “whiteness” is a poison that needs to be uprooted and eradicated.

PH
I’m on Twitter a lot, about race-related stuff, and also write blog posts, especially about one particular thing that can’t be banished from my consciousness, the death of Kendrick Johnson. As far as I can tell, only one black reader has been rude. The haters, on the other hand, are the same kind of honkies I’ve taken shit from for 50 years, for being a nigger-loving race traitor and so forth.

Jim Goad
The reason is simple: Self-hatred is never attractive, neither individually nor collectively, no matter who’s expressing it.

PH
Experiencing shame on behalf of white racists isn’t the same as self-hatred. I don’t hate myself. Maybe because White Person isn’t my main thing. When the basis of a person’s primary identity is their race, I take it as a sign that they don’t have much else going for them.

Jim Goad
Yet the default Virtue Mode these days for any white person who doesn’t want to be forever banished beyond the Pale—or should that be into the Pale?—is to bend over, grab their ankles, wince, and scream, “Pleeze, Massa, don’t hurt me!” They are sheltered and stupid enough to see such behavior as a virtue rather than a weakness. They appear to view it as a survival strategy rather than an invitation to murder.

PH
Every time a new atrocity shows up in the Twitter feed, my first impulse is to say “For the record, I didn’t sign off on this.” A white person seeing that can know that at least one other paleface believes a wrong has been done, and be inspired to say it too, if they feel that way. A black person can know that at least one paleface is aware that a wrong has been done. What they do with that knowledge is, as always, an individual choice. The NSA goon who sees it will have one more example of my lack of love for the government, but I’m already on the list, and look forward to meeting many interesting people in the re-education camp, perhaps even Jim Goad.

Jim Goad
Of course the clueless white ethnomasochists wind up getting hurt. It’s as if they’ve willingly allowed a giant KICK ME sign to be painted on their backs.

PH
Ethnomasochist?
Personally, I’m not anti-white. Some of my best friends are white.
I’m anti-asshole, and is it my fault that an awful lot of asshole traits are also white characteristics?
History seems to show that in any social upheaval, the early sympathizers are the first to suffer when the revolution gains momentum. Any vengeful anarchist who goes on a kill spree is more likely to cross my path, than Dick Cheney’s. As an ordinary citizen with no armored car, I’m pretty much available to be eliminated by anyone who thinks the world would be better off without me. Nevertheless, I’m still ashamed of white people.

Jim Goad
As was seamlessly documented in Howard Bloom’s The Lucifer Principle, most kings throughout history were overthrown not at the height of their despotism, but after they’d grown soft and started trying to make amends.

PH
Here is where Goad really loses me. What does monarchy have to do with any of this? Kings are assholes. Anyone who wants to be a king is by definition an asshole.

Jim Goad
That’s the problem with white people—not that it was so easy for them to conquer the world, but that it’s so easy to make them feel bad about it.

PH
Any urge to conquer boils down to the urge to make other people do one’s will. Actually, it’s very appropriate to hate oneself for wanting to make other people do one’s will. Why? Because that is a disgusting and shameful desire.

Jim Goad
It’s been a long process, but huge swaths of the globe’s Caucasian population have been snookered and hoodwinked and bamboozled into thinking that being history’s winners should be a matter of shame rather than celebration.

PH
“History’s winners” is a euphemism for being the most successful aggressors, liars, thieves, violators, enslavers, murderers, etc. etc. I see little to celebrate and much to regret.

Jim Goad
Look with disgust upon these squirming white worms with their endlessly tacky public displays of self-flagellation, exulting in the idea of their own wickedness, trying to drown their historical sins in a cleansing wave of softly genocidal immigration.

PH
I heard Ann Coulter on “Race Wars” say, close down immigration for 10 years and take care of the Americans who need help. Not a bad idea; but I expect the first part would happen and somehow the second part would not happen.

Jim Goad
Afflicted with a perverse sort of racial body dysmorphia, they would crawl out of their white skin if they could only find a way.
This is the sort of thing that happens in the late stages of a crumbling empire, when the fat, lazy, and pampered have grown so soft they’ve blinded themselves to the wolf pack waiting at the door that’s eager to tear them to pieces.

PH
Check your generalizing, Mr. Goad. Ideologically I’m probably everything you deplore, yet I’m okay with my skin color. (Though I did used to have afro hair. Except for needing a perm every few months, it’s a low-maintenance do.) I’ll even own fat. But lazy, pampered, and soft? Not so much. Your stereotypes are showing.

Jim Goad
Pictures say a thousand words, especially pictures of social justice warriors.

PH
How did “social justice warrior” become a bad thing? Even Joe Rogan is ragging on them. Since when did social justice become a bad thing? Since when has “warrior” been a bad word? The comic book heroes that America loves so much – aren’t they pretty much all social justice warriors? Wasn’t Superman’s slogan “Truth, Justice, and the American Way”? (The reality seems more to be a matter of truth, justice, OR the American way.)
By the way, do social justice warriors call themselves that, or is it just a mean insult?
And why is it an insult? Maybe this: One of Jim Goad’s tweets says,
“Hi, I’m on the Internet thumping my chest and proving I’m a good person by taking a completely risk-free stance against something.”
This sarcastic declaration takes for granted that people who talk about issues online are not doing anything else about the problem, which is an unjust and unjustified assumption. Also, anyone who really cares about being a good person, knows to whom they answer, and it isn’t the general internet public. And risk-free, are you kidding? The white supremacists whose panties are all in a bunch about the so-called Black Grievance Industry are quite industrious themselves, when it comes to doing damage from afar.

Jim Goad
Here’s a picture of Frank Joyce, a white man who recently pecked out a screed called “White men must be stopped.” And here’s a candidly horrifying snapshot of Gillian Schutte, a miscegenatin’ white South African slag who scribbled one of those endlessly tiresome “Dear White People” open letters to white people from a white person who is ostensibly enlightened enough to see whiteness as a cancer.
Those are faces that were born, marinated, and sculpted in a culture of relentless white guilt. They are ugly, defeated, self-hating, despicable mugs, the type that would likely enjoy being spat upon. If I were nonwhite, I’d feel entirely justified in walking up to such pathetic visages and saying, “Thanks for your apology—now give me your wallet.”

PH
The assumption that everything about a person can be detected in the facial features is so hopelessly ignorant, it’s hard to know where to begin. Talk about lazy! Attacking someone’s ideas based on their looks is kindergarten-level discourse.
Cops have that kind of arrogance. They’re all about “I could tell he was lying. I knew he was hiding something” and similar claims of omniscience.
To define people’s faces as “ugly, defeated, self-hating, despicable” and present that as legitimate invalidation of their ideas… well, let’s just say I expected better of such an intelligent guy. If someone believes Marlowe wrote the alleged works of Shakespeare, would you base your judgment of his arguments on the fact that, according to the first photo you found, one of his nostrils is bigger than the other?

Jim Goad
Then take a gander at John Wayne and Rita Hayworth back when there was no such thing as white guilt—back in the “bad old days” when there was no institutional culture of apology.

PH
To make any kind of point in this context, Rita Hayworth is a weird choice. Her Hollywood overlords undertook an extensive remake, to tone down her Latina-ness, especially around the hairline. I remember reading that some movie mogul referred to her natural look as “simian.”
Also, is Jim Goad kidding me right now? Why bring up the physical attributes of two movie actors, as if that could possibly be relevant to anything? This is where I really begin to lose patience.

Jim Goad
In fact, look at nearly any white person in photos prior to the 1960s and tell me they don’t look more robust, dignified, and full of life than most welfare-siphoning, medication-gobbling, self-loathing, guilt-wracked, demoralized, virtue-signaling white folks these days.

PH
A lot of factors are involved in the history of photography
It’s been my experience that welfare-siphoning, medication-gobbling white folks (or indeed, welfare-siphoning medication-gobblers of any race) are not the least bit guilt-wracked or self-loathing, but instead are rather complacent about their ability to partake in such a satisfactory lifestyle.

Jim Goad
When white people don’t hate themselves, they end up doing something horrible—like ruling the world.

PH
I feel that this is sarcasm, and that Jim Goad doesn’t really believe ruling the world is a horrible thing. Is it possible that anyone could think ruling the world, or even wanting to rule the world, is a good thing? But that’s too big of a topic to get into here.

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About Pat Hartman

Before publishing the two books "Call Someplace Paradise" and "Ghost Town: A Venice California Life", my main project was "Salon: A Journal of Aesthetics. " I wrote extensively for "Scene," a monthly arts and entertainment magazine with a circulation of 25,000. Also proofread, sold ads, put together the music calendar and, for a couple of years, served as editor. Presided over a couple issues of the local NORML newsletter, as well as being featured speaker at chapter meetings. Wrote a complete screenplay; collaborated on another one; worked on a couple of scripts (additional dialog and general brainstorming) with an indie film producer. Booked the talent for a large music festival. Wrote, designed, illustrated and produced various catalogs and brochures for small businesses. Spoke at a high school as a panelist on Women in the Professions; was a featured speaker at the 1991 Women in Libertarianism Conference; presented public programs on "Success in One Lesson" and "The Bloomsbury Group: What's It To Us?" Created the website VirtualVenice.info and wrote many politically-oriented pieces for Earthblog.net
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