Back in the racially contentious early ‘60s, John W. Campbell wrote an editorial titled The Elsa Effect. One of the top selling books at the time was Born Free by Joy Adamson, published in 1960. Born Free was the story of Elsa, an adult lioness that had been raised from a cub into a house pet by Joy and her husband George Adamson, a Kenyan game warden.
Campbell pointed out that if one were walking across the African veldt and saw a full grown lioness bounding toward him, he might suppose that it were Elsa. It would be far more probable, of course, that it was not Elsa, and a prudent man would raise his rifle and fire. After all, even killing Elsa would be preferable to being served up as lunch for a lion pride.
Similarly, Campbell pointed out, if one were walking alone down a dark city street at night and saw two young black men coming toward him, he might suppose that they were just two friends out for an evening stroll. The realities of our current culture, however, make it far more probable that they are not, and the prudent man will either run for his life or reach for his gun.
Prejudice, which simply means pre-judgment, is a natural and necessary survival tactic. We don’t hate lions, but experience has formed the useful pre-judgement that they are vicious and remorseless killers. And we don’t hate young black men, but statistics have formed the useful and accurate pre-judgement that, while blacks comprise only 12.6% of the population, they commit over 50% of the murders, 35% of the rapes, 55% of aggravated assaults, and 85% of interracial crimes. Prejudice is an essential component of common sense. Prejudice is not racism, but calling prejudice racist is racism.
Campbell was provident in choosing a lioness to illustrate racial prejudice. Lion prides are social structures built on one overriding principle – kill and devour. They roam the veldt looking for a lame zebra or an aged wildebeest so that the lionesses may rush in for the kill and the whole pride might enjoy the height of their social activity – the ripping of flesh off a freshly killed animal. This is their raison d’etre – the reason for their existence and the ultimate exposition of their essential nature.
The black community in America today is a lion pride. Led by lionesses like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and Barack Obama, they roam the veldt looking for an easy kill to feed the pride’s hunger for relevance and excitement in their dull and meaningless lives. Any excuse to feel empowered to smash windows, set fire to cars, and shoot white babies in the face is avidly welcomed by the pride. They live for the celebration of wanton destruction when the lionesses have made a kill. It is the supreme expression of their basic nature.
A recent example of this is the mindless viciousness with which the lionesses attacked George Zimmerman, an Hispanic man who had the bad luck to have his life threatened by a six foot-two inch 180 pound hopped up drug dealer and petty thief named Trayvon Martin – who happened to be black. The fact that a jury of his peers, after hearing all the evidence, found Mister Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting of Mister Martin by reason of self defense only intensified the lionesses’ thirst for his blood. For Barack Obama, of course, George Zimmerman was just another weapon of mass distraction – a convenient diversion from the abuse of power scandals with which he had disgraced the office of President. The Sharptons, Jacksons, and Congressional Black Caucus racists, however, needed a kill to satisfy the pride’s thirst for white blood.
In choosing Born Free to illustrate his point, Campbell may have inadvertently offered us the hope of rectifying this situation. The fact that Elsa was capable of being domesticated raises the expectancy that the black lion pride might be similarly domesticable. But remember that the Adamsons started with Elsa when she was a cub. The Holders, Sharptons, Jacksons, and Obamas are already adult lionesses, ossified in their role as stalkers and killers to incite and inflame the blood lust of the pride. They are beyond the redemption of civilization.
But young blacks could, like Elsa, be trained to be productive and responsible citizens if we can nullify the corrosive effects of the adult lionesses and remove such self-defeating influences as affirmative action, so-called welfare, and food stamp financed drug addiction.
Reprinted form Hisorical Outlooks by G. E. Krukckeberg, to be released soon.
The current black flap in Furguson Missouri seems disproportionate. Why are hundreds of people rioting, looting, and destroying property? I can’t believe it’s because a petty robber – with his stolen booty still on him – was shot when he tried to take a policeman’s gun away from him.
There’s more to this insurrection than meets the eye. I suspect Holder, Sharpton, Obama and other lionesses smell white blood and see an oportunity to further enrich themselves at the expense of the white community and – unfortunately– at the expense of the black slaves on their plantation. It's certainly clear that someone is stoking the fire under this pot to keep it boiling!