Perhaps you have seen the loathsome “no more hesitation” target practice sheets (see here, if you haven’t) provided to the Department of Heimat Sicherheitsdeinst by an entity called Law Enforcement Targets, Inc. They depict old men, young mothers, pregnant women – even a little boy. Anyone who has seen these cretinous confections has been dismayed – and outraged. What sort of sick mind would even think to create such things – let alone actually create them? And can you imagine the reaction if someone made shooting targets depicting cops? No doubt there would be two-in-the-morning SWAT raids and probably a Waco-style barbeque of the offenders.
But I’d like to bring up another aspect of this despicable affair that’s just as telling – and perhaps even more dismaying. The same government that hectors the country relentlessly about diversity is apparently very happy with a certain homogeneity when it comes to portraying “domestic extremists” on shooting targets: White older man; white young mother; white grandmother; white little boy.
No diversity at all.
This is of a piece with the none-too-subtle efforts to depict Ron Paul supporters, constitutionalists, Tea Party people – in brief, any who disagree with the current administration – no, any who disagree with authoritarian, collectivist government – as racial enemies.
They’ve made this rather explicit.
I’m reminded of something cruel and awful from the past – something many of you who are over 40 may also remember: The Official Running Nigger target. In the ’70s, these were commonly seen at gun stores and elsewhere. Their purpose was to turn black people into things – less than human things – in the minds of people who weren’t black. So as to make it easier to treat black people as less than human.
And now, history is repeating itself – only this time, it is white people – in particular, anti-government, liberty-minded white people – who are the “niggers.”
But, there’s a difference. This time, there’s no outrage. Or rather, there’s no outrage from officialdom. This is startling – and, alarming.
Even in the darkest days of segregation, it would have been inconceivable for the government to order a few million “running nigger” targets. If someone within the government had done such a thing, he’d have been cashiered right quick – even in 1950s America. There would have been abundant – and very public – mea culpas.
And now, here we are in 2013 – and the government has ordered a bunch of “shoot whitey” targets – and no one seems to have noticed, much less care.
Oh, they care that harmless-looking old men, pregnant women, grannies and little boys are depicted as shooting targets for government thugs, in order to desensitize them to shooting old men, pregnant women, grannies and little boys in actuality – when the time comes. But no one seems outraged that all the targets arewhite folks.
Apparently, people of color cannot be “domestic extremists” – and for them, “hesitation” is still protocol.
One can draw several conclusions from all this:
First, it’s indicative of the racial hatred or at least contempt that bubbles beneath the seemingly placid, even-toned lectures of Barack Obama and Eric Holder. They may not have actually ordered the targets (though who knows? maybe they did) but now that the existence of these targets is public knowledge – and not a single apologetic word has been forthcoming from the executive – we can reasonably assume there is no outragewithin the executive. Which is another way of saying, they approve of these things.Because we can fairly assume that had the “no more hesitation” targets depicted pregnant black women and small black kids andblack men there would have been an eruption of not merely apologies from the executive but a witch hunt of McCarthyite proportions. Any official of the government remotely involved would not only have been summarily fired, he’d be publicly vilified and perhaps even brought up on “hate crimes” charges.
But here, silence.
And as Sir Thomas More once pointed out, silence is taken to mean approval.
We have a new Imperial Wizard, it seems. He may not wear a white sheet – but he’s the same sort of person. A racialist – or a racialist fear-monger. It means the same thing, ultimately.
The government – the Obama government – may simply be using these odious targets for the age-old purpose of divide and conquer. Enrage whites – and egg on their fear/race hatred of blacks. Anything to prevent blacks and whites from thinking of themselves – and one another – as individuals.
Individuals in the same crosshairs, ultimately.
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Contributed by Eric Peters of Eric Peters Autos.
Eric Peters is an automotive columnist and author who has written for the Detroit News and Free Press, Investors Business Daily, The American Spectator, National Review, The Chicago Tribune and Wall Street Journal. His books include Road Hogs (2011) and Automotive Atrocities (2004). His next book, “The Politics of Driving,” is scheduled for release in 2012. Visit his web site at Eric Peters Autos.