You have to be fairly old, and have an unusually good memory for atrocities involving celebrities, to remember the details of the Manson Family murders. One that tends to slip recall is the prophecy Charles Manson laid upon his followers:
Manson believed in what he called “Helter Skelter”, a term he took from the Beatles’ song of the same name to describe an impending apocalyptic race war. He believed the murders would help precipitate that war. From the beginning of his notoriety, a pop culture arose around him in which he ultimately became an emblem of insanity, violence and the macabre. After Manson was charged with the crimes of which he was later convicted, recordings of songs written and performed by him were released commercially. Various musicians have covered some of his songs.
In the movie about the trial of the Manson Family members, one of the killers – the completely unrepentant Susan Atkins – characterized the “Helter Skelter” apocalypse as “everybody taking it out on everybody else.” (Cue the obligatory George Alec Effinger “All The Last Wars At Once” reference.) Perhaps we’re not quite there yet, but in hindsight Manson’s beginning to look like a genuine prophet.
What’s that? You want evidence? Well…
Texas Democrat Sheila Jackson Lee, who represents one of the most racially gerrymandered districts in the entire country, has introduced legislation to Congress that would end free speech for white people in the United States, creating a new type of speech-based federal “hate crime” that only white people can be charged with.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s “Leading Against White Supremacy Act of 2023” which, as the name suggests, would only be enforced against white people, makes it illegal for white people to question open-borders immigration, advocate for preserving America’s culture and traditional demographic make-up, or even criticize minorities.
This is the sort of thing that fills me with an urge to clean and oil all my guns. It’s the sort of suggestion that “should” have resulted in Congressvermin Lee’s immediate expulsion from Congress at the very least. Yet it was introduced on the House floor as a serious piece of legislation.
Add the swelling of anti-Semitism, anti-Catholicism, anti-Trumpism, and other sectarian hatreds. Add the simmering hatred ever present within contemporary feminism. Add the slow but steady emergence of the white identity movement, championed by groups such as Identity Europa. Beat until stiff, chill, and serve. I can’t get a pleasant answer; can you?
The trends all point in one direction. There appears to be no countervailing influence. However, it’s important to note the varying inclination of these antipathy groups toward aggressive violence. One group stands out above the rest, as witness federal statistics on violent crimes aggregated according to the race of the perpetrator. It’s not the group whose freedom of speech is threatened by Congressvermin Lee’s proposed legislation.
If matters progress as the trends suggest, I can see only one outcome.