Over the nearly 30 years of our “friendship”, I’ve had to endure an inordinate amount of blatantly racist idiocy from Karl. For all that he claims to be an “intelligent” person, the blatant racism is rather telling, both in form and in the fact that it exists at all.
For one thing, Karl never offers “arguments” in support of his racism. Rather, it (typically) takes the form of extremely inane “humor”, or making excuses for other — more consistent – racists.
An example of the “humor”:
For some reason, the guys at the only local Ham radio club which will even halfway tolerate him had built a rather crude sort of “power-block”, consisting of a wooden block, with two screw-terminals mounted onto it. I was never entirely sure of the purpose(s) this block was intended to serve, but that’s beside the point.
Anyway, the salient thing to know about the block was that the two screw-terminals were labeled POS (for “positive”), and NEG (for “negative”).
For some (utterly inane and borderline incomprehensible) “reason”, Karl thought it woudl be funny to (crudely) add the letters “RO”, such that the negative terminal now read “NEGro”.
The Ham radio club in question has NO African-American members. Moreover, Karl was (I think) well over ten years old at the time this incident occured.
I fail to see the “humor”. Then again, I fail to see the “humor” in the fact that the guys from the Ham Radio club in question periodically go to their repeater site, for the express purpose of dousing damaged electronic gear on fire, and lighting it up.
(Tellingly, Karl is also enamored with characterizing the sound of a chainsaw as “Run-nigger-nigger-run”. The fact is, approximately 99% of such “hipster bigots” are actually FUCKING PUSSIES. In that they wouldn’t “risk” saying any of that kind of bullshit to aBlack person’s face (for fear of being HAVING YOUR ARM FORCIBLY DISARTICULATED, AND THE BLOODY END SHOVED UP THEIR ASSES.
Quite frankly, if you are too much of a coward to swagger up to the victim of your bigotry, and express such bigotry OPENLY and BRAZENLY — then I have absolutely no respect for you, whatseover.
Quite frankly, Karl is too much of a coward to be open and honest about his own views.
Actually, I would genuinely love to see Karl attempt one of his racist “jokes”, in the presence of a Black guy. Most likely, he’d catch a beat-down as a result, and then spend the rest of the evening curled up in a ball, like a weepy little bitch.
The other blatantly grating thing about Karl is his attempts to “defend” (or, more accurately, excuse) The fact that Thomas jefferson — and many other “Founding Fathers” – not only chose to permit the institution of “Race”-based chattel slavery to continue post-1776, but actually “owned” slaves, themselves.
Predictably, his “reasoning” is as abysmally shit-encrusted, as every other aspect of his lifestyle:
On the one hand, his standard cop-out is the claim that they “knew that Slavery was already on it’s way out”, but merely continued to ‘permit’ the institution as a matter of pure political expediency. (In other words: a “revolution” explicitly predicated on “Unalienable Rights” to ‘life, liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”, was to be ENABLED by permitting what amounted to the most blatantly obvious, institutionalized ABROGATION of such – purportedly – “unalienable” Rights.
(Admittedly, this “defense” amounts to Standard, textbook “Conservative” rationalization, on this issue.
What makes Karl particularly execrable on this issue is his response, when I simply pointed out the blatantly obvious and incontrovertible fact that the institution of slavery AS SUCH necessarily requires the abrogation of the — purportedly — “Unalienable Rights” of the enslaved.
AT LEAST Thomas Jefferson (any many of the other “Founding Fathers”) were (semi)-aware of this contradiction. Nevertheless, many of them continued to “own” slaves themselves. (Funny: they were — supposedly — willing to stake their “lives, fortunes, and sacred honor” on the Revolution, but unwilling to risk diminishing said “fortunes” by actually respecting the principles used to rationalize their insurrection.
So, my question is: Given that they were explicitly in a position to “lead by example”: why did so many of them explicitly fail to do so?
Karl’s “answer” is typical of what passes for his “thought”, on pretty much every subject: a particularly stupid aphorism, as opposed an a reasoned answer.
“Make hay while the sun shines”.
In other words: FOMENT INSURRECTION. PRETEND THAT THE INSURRECTION IS ACTUALLY MOTIVATED BY PRINCIPLES WHICH ARE — PURPORTEDLY — “SELF-EVIDENT” (“UNALIENABLE RIGHTS” TO “LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS”).
AT THE SAME TIME, CONTINUE TO “PERMIT” WHAT AMOUNTS TO A “RACE”-BASED CASTE SYSTEM (ALLEGEDLY FOR REASONS OF “POLITICAL EXPEDIENCY”) — WHILE MAKING USE OF THAT SYSTEM, YOURSELVES.
AT LEAST the “Founding Fathers” understood (at least subconsciously) the “Faustian Bargain” implicit in continuing to permit “race”-based chattel slavery in what was (allegedly) the “Land of the Free”.
Karl is either too stupid to comprehend the issue, or simply too bigoted to actually give a fuck.
(Actually, the second option is infinitely more likely — given his other pet aphorism about supporting “the technology of the 20th century, and the politics of the 19th.”.
One thing I genuinely hope: I really, really REALLY hope that a cop pulls him over, because his rickety shit-box of a jeep is malfunctioning. Moreover, I hope Karl — in his typical ineptitude — divulges that the aforementioned rickety shit-box is neither inspected, nor registered.
I also hope that Karl then attempts to draw a “line in the sand”, by emulating Bill Cooper’s dictum that they “won’t take him in alive”.
MOST OF ALL, i GENUINELY HOPE THAT KARL’S EVENTUAL INSTRUMENT OF “SUICIDE-BY-COP” IS A BLACK GUY.