The phenomenon of #BlackBrunch, in which black activists pile into fashionable restaurants to ruin the dining experience for the people who live there, is wonderful for a whole number of reasons.
At least, if you don’t live in cities like San Francisco, New York, and Oakland.
It’s an in-your-face, modern version of blockbusting, a technique used by real estate developers during the early days of Civil Rights to ethnically cleanse white people from American cities while earning big commissions for doing it. Whereas in the 1960s, real estate agents had to hire black people at day rates to wander around neighborhoods and give the impression that they were all moving in.
Unlike the historical version of blockbusting, it’s not likely that real estate developers are behind these protests. It’s more likely to be just the ordinary workings of the political left, seeking to confront mostly liberal whites in a way that pushes them towards taking more radical stances in favor of white dispossession and in favor of judicial lenience for blacks.
The harder that these groups push, the easier that it becomes to convince those same people who are having their brunch ruined that the left is doing all that it can to harm their lives. It becomes easier to promote anxiety around urban crime to the most affluent demographics in America. It damages the economies of majority-liberal democratic cities. It encourages more emigrants to flee those areas for more conservative locales.
In this way, the left is cannibalizing its most important support base of moderate, affluent liberals.
While such organized efforts may galvanize the true believers, it can only lead to despondency for whites raised on tales of the virtues of the civil rights movement. The people who pack movie theaters to see “Selma” and “12 Years a Slave” don’t see themselves as the oppressors. They see themselves as the heroes. They see other, nasty white people — mainly southerners and flyovers — as being the villains. They will support black protesters when those black protesters are attacking the ‘evil’ whites — not them.
They know that they’re the elect — and they believe that with more fervor than they might believe in any magical virtues that Africans might have.
They like the little poor African child when he is smiling in the photo-op, making the good liberal appear to be more virtuous. They are not interested in stories that paint good, moderate, average, educated liberals as if they were bad people.
Let there be 10 #BlackBrunches. Let there be 100. Let there be 1,000. Let there be 10,000!
Anything that brings complacent liberals face-to-face with the consequences of their own policies is a good thing. Especially when it happens in their cities, in their expensive neighborhoods, ruining their Sundays.