Another day, another dumb liberal video has gone mega viral.
This time we have a horrifying episode of a young woman getting harassed on the street by a whole lot of dudes. Filmed during one 10-hour walk around New York City, the short video has driven predictable outrage at the oppression women face when they get cat called and complimented walking in the city.
Naturally, this clip makes a perfect battering ram to attack American men, particularly White men, for their rampant misogyny and rape-like behavior. Cue the comparisons to Gamergate and all the other episodes of men attacking women.
But there’s a massive elephant in the room that’s getting little notice—all the men catcalling are Black and Hispanic. Instead of a “man” problem, this looks more like a non-White problem…and that’s what it really is.
The “street harassment” problem has arisen recent years largely due to the rise of young, college-educated Whites gentrifying urban hellholes. While more Whites and Asians are moving in, not all of the non-Whites are moving out. Thus, we have more women who spent four years learning gender theory coming face-to-face with virile minorities who give zero fucks about urban elf etiquette. Now we have a street harassment problem.
Considering that these are urban elves we’re dealing with, the racial angle will never come up with this problem. Instead, the anger is directed against the monolithic “patriarchy.” If these catcallers are ever depicted, there’s a desperate attempt to show that they come from all “backgrounds”, or are fellow urban elves. The Daily Show’s segment on the phenomenon did just that and portrayed every male imaginable engaging in this behavior. (It even starred a Black female to show how “black bodies” are somehow objectified.) BuzzFeed’s video that “reversed” the roles of catcalling exclusively featured low T White and Asian males, implying that they are the ones committing this grave injustice.
The reason to place the blame on White males is easy: they’re the only ones who will listen to this drivel, and their subjugation is the intent of feminism. That’s why rape culture and Gamergate dominate the feminist discourse more than street harassment. It’s much easier to conjure up villains when you’re dealing with gamer nerds and frat boys. It’s a lot harder when the perps are the lovable victims of White oppression. The intentional campaign to paint this as an issue that extends to all races and classes (when it doesn’t at all) then makes perfect sense. Otherwise, you’re left with an issue that would make great propaganda for those creepy racists.
This is when feminism and racial truths collide. If feminism has continually promoted the notion White men are the ones to fear, one video demonstrating that’s not the case can cause some consternation, to say the least.
Hanna Rosin is ahead of the curve in noticing the subversive racial message in the catcall clip, while spending an entire article arguing that it isn’t true non-Whites are overwhelmingly the perpetrators. Her evidence? The Daily Show segment. Seriously, that’s it. The aspiring actress who starred in the clip also reiterated the “men of all backgrounds” line, even when her own video disproved it.
While it’s currently claimed that there were White guys who hollered during the filming, they were edited out because their responses either weren’t egregious enough or mysterious sirens blocked out their calls. What a shocker. But I won’t be surprised if this video is re-edited to include blond-haired Wall Street brokers hurling “Ride my dick, bitch!”
Additionally, there’s the question of how to stop this supposed menace. The group behind the campaign, Hollaback!, wants the state to ride to their rescue and arrest these men. This is rich because the same liberals who want to end stop-and-frisk now demand police to arrest Black men for shouting unwarranted compliments. That idea would quickly backfire and create another outrage movement—this time from Blacks rather than privileged women. It’s also unlikely to ever be enacted. But it does show, once again, that independent women always resort to the “men with guns” option when it comes to dire threats.
Needless to say, street harassment presents a major dilemma for feminism. While most of their subjects of choice are abstract (like rape culture) and affect few women, if any, street harassment has an impact on a large swath of women and is an immediate threat. I have little doubt that it’s terrifying to have swarms of Black men accost you on a daily basis and threaten you with rape. I understand that because it’s not a feminist issue. It’s a race issue. While society tells you to move to the big city straight out of college, all of America’s problems stem from Whites, and you have nothing to fear in regards to non-Whites, street harassment tells you otherwise. This is the effect of living in a multiracial society where you’re not allowed to express racial truth. So you go along with the feminist explanation—but you know deep down that it isn’t true.
And that’s why this will remain a problem for young White women. I predict that Rosin’s critique is only the start of the backlash against this viral hit and it will quickly be denounced for the unintended racial message. They will hastily assemble an all-White version or find a White scapegoat to keep the “all backgrounds” line alive. They’ll obscure the truth and keep blaming the patriarchy, rather than the real culprit of non-White aggression and different cultural norms.
You the reader might now be saying to yourself that we, as White men, have to do something to stop this. Not at all. These urban elves have made their bed, and now it’s time for them to sleep in it. Most of them have lived their entire lives in sheltered enclaves where they never once had to interact with a real non-White. Sure, they had that one token Black friend and got to know the really bright Mexicans that got into their prestigious school thanks to affirmative action. But while they may love diversity, they’ve never experienced diversity.
I’m a firm believer in the opposite of contact theory. Coming into contact with different groups, particularly catcalling Blacks, is more likely to make Whites racially aware than secluding themselves in lily-white suburbs. Maybe street harassment is opening up a few eyes to America’s very real race problem. Maybe it’s making more White women want to stick with their own people than go out of their groups. Maybe it’s making them ask questions you’re not supposed to ask.
Whatever is occurring, one thing is for sure: the prevalence of street harassment is due to urban diversity. If urban elves want to celebrate diversity, then let them experience it up close and personal.