To me as a Venezuelan immigrant, the full meaning of the federal holiday for Martin Luther King, Jr. finally became clear two days ago: San Francisco’s “Reparations Committee” recommended that the city pay $5 million to every black resident and forgive their debts, despite California’s never having been a slave state [San Fran’s reparations committee proposes $5 million to each Black longtime resident, total debt forgiveness, by Jessica Chasmar, Fox News, January 16, 2023]. The veneration of this binge-drinking rapist, plagiarist, fake Christian, demonstrates the transformation of the American Republic, thanks to the Civil Rights Revolution, into an anti-white polity. Yet anti-whiteism is not a uniquely American phenomenon: It has spread across the Anglosphere with remarkable speed, despite the movement’s central claim that it is rooted in uniquely American chattel slavery and subsequent imposition of Jim Crow segregation in the South.
The passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act was the watershed. As Claremont Senior Fellow Christopher Caldwell argued in his masterful book The Age of Entitlement, that was the first step in wrecking the “Old Constitution” of America. It not only compelled the federal government to end segregation, by force in some cases, but also eradicated Freedom of Association via broad-based anti-discrimination legislation.