The New Norman
Bill Maher writes:
I don’t know what kind of psychic hold William Buckley does or doesn’t have on the Republican Party (he might be L. Ron Hubbard – deeply loved and read by people I don’t know – or he might be Barbara Cartland), but when Florida acquitted George Zimmerman of killing Trayvon Martin, it reminded me of something Buckley’s old enemy Norman Mailer wrote in 1957:
Any Negro who wishes to live must live with danger from his first day, and no experience can ever be casual to him, no Negro can saunter down a street with any real certainty that violence will not visit him on his walk. The cameos of security for the average white: mother and the home, job and the family, are not even a mockery to millions of Negroes; they are impossible. The Negro has the simplest of alternatives: live a life of constant humility or ever-threatening danger. In such a pass… paranoia is as vital to survival as blood.
Mailer wrote The White Negro half a century ago. Look how far we’ve come. Offer not good in Florida.