Every year or so I teach a course called “Trials of the Century.” The class examines famous American trials from various standpoints – legal, cultural, and otherwise. Students enjoy most of the cases I cover but none so much as the Charles Manson case, which was tried in the early 1970s. One of the reasons they find the case so intriguing is that it reveals much more about Charles Manson than they ever knew. While they always knew he was a nut, not all students realized just how much of a racist Manson was.
But the members of the Manson family all knew “Charlie” was both a nut and a racist. That is why Manson talked incessantly about how the Beatles were sending messages to him, saying that he ought to start a race war. Manson was so crazy and race-possessed that he believed the Beatles White album was dedicated to white supremacy. He even believed that the term “Helter Skelter” meant “Negro revolt” and that the song “Revolution” was calling for an all-out race war.
Of course, Manson was a coward. Like Hitler, he programmed others through repetition so they would not think critically, but instead follow his orders and kill for him without even really thinking. Those who are old enough to have followed the trial remember the bizarre scene that occurred in court the day after President Nixon said he thought Manson was guilty. With shaved heads and swastikas carved into their foreheads they stood up in court and repeatedly chanted:
“IF THE PRESIDENT SAYS WE’RE GUILTY, THEN WHY GO ON WITH THE TRIAL?”
The image of these young racists who were so brainwashed they could not even think coherently was disturbing to everyone present in the courtroom. Indeed, they seemed to have no other purpose in life than to defend mass killing motivated by deep-seated anti-black racism. I had never seen anything match it until I discovered this recent video taken by my good friends at Campus Reform, (see www.CampusReform.org).
In the video, a young black man is poised to speak out against the mass killing of blacks in the name of “choice.” He wants to tell people about the racist origins of Planned Parenthood. He also wants to explain that most black pregnancies now end in abortion. But then his forum is taken from him by a bunch of mostly white abortionists chanting in unison and holding up signs to block his Power Point presentation.