And we are here as on a darkling plainSwept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,Where ignorant armies clash by night.-- Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold.
One of the reasons for being glad to be as old as I am is that I may be spared living to see a race war in America. Race wars are often wars in which nobody wins and everybody ends up much worse off than they were before.Initial skirmishes in that race war have already begun, and have in fact been going on for some years. But public officials pretend that it is not happening, and the mainstream media seldom publish it at all, except in ways that conceal what is really taking place.For American society, a dangerous polarization has set in. Signs of this polarization over the years include opposite reactions between blacks and whites to the verdict in the O. J. Simpson murder case, the “rape” charges against Duke University students, and the trials resulting from the beating of Rodney King and the death of Trayvon Martin.More dangerous than these highly publicized episodes over the years are innumerable organized and unprovoked physical attacks on whites by young black gangs in shopping malls, on beaches, and in other public places all across the country today.
A three-sided race war in this country would destroy any hope of restoring the repubic and would lead, inevitably, to an American Hitler. The black community would not survive it -- indeed, it would look a lot like the final solution. As the smallest of the racial groups in numbers, they would be expunged, and then the rest of the country would be split between whites and Reconquistas. We can win a 4GW against American tyranny. No one wins a race war. No one. Yet I cannot fault Sowell's analysis. We are slipping down the bloody path to ignorant tribal armies clashing by night.