The Making of an Idiot: Understanding the Dangers of Engaging ‘White Lives Matter’ Activists

After hearing that a group of approximately twenty ‘White Lives Matter’ members took it upon themselves to not only enter White Lives Matter 1Houston’s historically African-American Third Ward with assault rifles, but also protest in front of the local National Association for the Advancement of Colored People office, I reflected upon what could be the primary catalyst behind this particular protest activity.

After a bit of reflection upon who or what is to blame for the protest, I have concluded that such stupidity can only emanate from one locale, that being a failed public school system. I refuse to believe that even a decent educational system could produce such people. From my perspective, such an occurrence is in a word, impossible.

Trust me when I say that I know ignorance when I see it or hear it and this ragtag bunch of ‘White Lives Matter’ activists are the personification of ignorance. Just consider the following quasi-political, yet full-blown ignorant, statement from Ken Reed one of the ‘White Lives Matter’ leaders.

We came out here to protest against the NAACP and their failure in speaking out against the atrocities that organizations like Black Lives Matter and other pro-black organizations have caused (such as) the attack and killing of white police officers, the burning down of cities and things of that nature. If they’re going to be a civil rights organization and defend their people, they also need to hold their people accountable.

We’re not out here to instigate or start any problems…We’re exercising our Second Amendment rights but that’s because we have to defend ourselves. Their organizations and their people are shooting people based on the color of their skin. We’re not. We definitely will defend ourselves, but we’re not out here to start any problems.

The lack of knowledge and understanding exhibited by such individuals is in a word, stupendous. They are totally unaware that the venerable NAACP was created by a vast majority of whites, out of the initial 60 individuals who answered Dr. Henry Moscowitz’s call to address the horrific violence being doled out by whites against Blacks, only 7 were Black. What follows is a list of a few of the individuals who signed Dr. Moscowitz call that was symbolically put forth on the centennial of President Abraham Lincoln’s birth:

  • Mary White Ovington (White)
  • Oswald Garrison Villard (White)
  • William English Walling (White)
  • Henry Moscowitz (White)dubois2
  • W. E. B. Du Bois (Black)
  • Ida B. Wells-Barnett (Black)
  • Mary Church (Black)
  • Joel Spingarn (White)
  • Arthur Spingarn (White)
  • Josephine Ruffin (White)
  • Mary Talbert (White)
  • Inez Milholland (White)
  • Jane Addams (White)
  • Florence Kelley (White)
  • Sophonisba Breckinridge (White)
  • John Haynes Holmes (White)
  • Mary McLeod Bethune (Black)
  • George Henry White (White)
  • Charles Edward Russell (White)
  • John Dewey (White)
  • William Dean Howells (White)
  • Lillian Wald (White)
  • Charles Darrow (White)
  • Lincoln Steffens (White)
  • Ray Stannard Baker (White)
  • Fanny Garrison Villard (White)
  • Walter Sachs (White)

I actually do not think that I have the intellectual stamina to explain to these idiots that the NAACP was created by a conglomeration of individuals of varying races/ethnicities to address the seemingly insatiable blood-thirst that a significant segment of white America exhibited on a daily basis via their favored activity, the lynching and burning of African-Americans under the all-too-familiar banner of the Confederate Flag. There is no more significant bonding agent for white southerners than their inexhaustible hatred for Black America. Put simply, there are segments of white America whose cultural and religious identity rests heavily upon their hatred for Black America.

I have lived long enough to understand that successful navigation of divisive and often contradictory issues such as Race, Class, Manhood, Historical Recollection, and Nationalism are not only extremely White Lives Matter 3tricky, but also mandate that I use every available tool. Such realization has led me to rely upon sage advice from whence it comes. Consequently, I am comfortable relating to you that George Carlin has offered the wisest advice one could possess when considering any interaction with idiots such as those who assembled in front of the NAACP with assault rifles. Carlin admonished that we should “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.

Rest assured that I know the natural desire to rush forward and enter into a verbal joust with idiots over substantive issues. However, your engagement with an idiot puts you at the extreme risk of appearing to be his/her intellectual equal; trust me when I say that is never a good thing.

If provided the opportunity to advise my people, I would plead with them to avoid confronting idiots. If you are uncertain of what an idiot looks like in today’s society, simply look for either a Confederate Flag or a hat that says “Let’s Make America Great Again”.

Please do your absolute best to resist the nearly irresistible bait that such individuals will use against you by saying things like the Confederate Flag “…has nothing to do with racism…We’re proud to White Lives Matter 2be Southern. It has all to do about heritage, nothing to do with hate.” Once again, I know that it is tempting to engage an idiot, however, you must use your intelligence and realize that there are some people who are quite simply ‘slow’ and simply do not possess the possibility of understanding basic logic. Such individuals are quite simply too dim-witted to understand the cavernous holes in what is all too frequently a backwards political argument that they are doing their absolute best to parrot.

If you fail to heed my warnings regarding engaging an idiot in an intellectual ‘debate’, you are more than likely going to find yourself embarrassing yourself by shouting things at an idiot who is not even listening to your argument. There is quite possibly no more satisfying moment for the dim-witted as they have managed to achieve the only thing that they are capable of achieving, that being, reproducing themselves and making you look like their intellectual equal; put simply, they have succeeded in bringing you down to their level and made you look like an idiot.

Avoid appearing idiotic at all costs.

Dr. James Thomas Jones III

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