When Values Collide: Cecil the Lion Edition

Cecilgate has been providing top KEK. For one, it’s been hilarious to watch as liberals trip over themselves to sanctimoniously signal to each other how Good and Concerned About the Animals they are. For another, it’s fascinating to watch as they shit themselves trying to slide Cecil and his fellow beasties into the progressive stack and eat each other now that two of their pet concerns-the welfare of black Africans and conservation/environmentalism-have been pitted against each other. In the battle between charismatic megafauna and the third world denizens they prey upon, who will emerge victorious?

Goodwell Nzou, a Zimbabwean from a small village frequently plagued by lions, tees off on the goodwhites wringing their hands over Cecil’s death.

M[y] mind was absorbed by the biochemistry of gene editing when the text messages and Facebook posts distracted me.

So sorry about Cecil.

Did Cecil live near your place in Zimbabwe?

Cecil who? I wondered. When I turned on the news and discovered that the messages were about a lion killed by an American dentist, the village boy inside me instinctively cheered: One lion fewer to menace families like mine.

My excitement was doused when I realized that the lion killer was being painted as the villain. I faced the starkest cultural contradiction I’d experienced during my five years studying in the United States.

Did all those Americans signing petitions understand that lions actually kill people? That all the talk about Cecil being “beloved” or a “local favorite” was media hype? Did Jimmy Kimmel choke up because Cecil was murdered or because he confused him with Simba from “The Lion King”?

Goodwell is observing up close and personal, likely for the first time, just how maudlin and sentimental goodwhites become about issues of animal welfare. And he’s not liking what he sees. He’s had some run ins with this particular apex predator, you see, and he’s not about to shed any tears over another Mufasa dispatched to the netherworld.

In my village in Zimbabwe, surrounded by wildlife conservation areas, no lion has ever been beloved, or granted an affectionate nickname. They are objects of terror.

Wait, wut? Africans don’t like lions? You mean to say that the views of a Portlandia doula and a biochem major from some African shithole are divergent on this issue? Why?

When I was 9 years old, a solitary lion prowled villages near my home. After it killed a few chickens, some goats and finally a cow, we were warned to walk to school in groups and stop playing outside. My sisters no longer went alone to the river to collect water or wash dishes; my mother waited for my father and older brothers, armed with machetes, axes and spears, to escort her into the bush to collect firewood.

A week later, my mother gathered me with nine of my siblings to explain that her uncle had been attacked but escaped with nothing more than an injured leg. The lion sucked the life out of the village: No one socialized by fires at night; no one dared stroll over to a neighbor’s homestead.

When the lion was finally killed, no one cared whether its murderer was a local person or a white trophy hunter, whether it was poached or killed legally. We danced and sang about the vanquishing of the fearsome beast and our escape from serious harm.

So? It’s not like lions pose a real danger to African villagers nowadays, right?

Recently, a 14-year-old boy in a village not far from mine wasn’t so lucky. Sleeping in his family’s fields, as villagers do to protect crops from the hippos, buffalo and elephants that trample them, he was mauled by a lion and died.

Oh. Um…cool story, brah. Who cares. Sacrifices must be made for Simba! Let’s see what the goodwhites have to say about this:

“What an insensitive and appalling article. Lions do not kill humans intentionally. They don’t hunt them down and kill them and cut off their heads for a trophy. It is exactly this kind of thinking that is really responsible for the extinction of species. Money, greed, and stupidity are the real causes.”

Oh. I didn’t realize that the lions had to be acting intentionally to justify controlling the population of this vicious animal predator. 

“Mr. Nzou offered food for thought, so to speak, but when he mentioned “nine of my siblings” (there’s yet more?), I mostly thought “uh oh, that’s your biggest problem right there.”

If Africans just had less children on the whole there’d be fewer Africans for lions to maul? Makes sense, I suppose.

“So to summarize, the writer’s arguments are 1) American’s shouldn’t focus on any of Africa’s problems unless we are prepared to solve all of Africa’s problems, 2) Americans shouldn’t “cast the first stone” because we and our ancestors are also guilty of the same sins of deforestation and hunting animals to extinction, 3) we shouldn’t pity Cecil because because wild animals are by nature wild animals who kill to survive.

All straw man arguments at best. In an era of global warming that’s rapidly killing our planet, we really need to stop identifying as “American”, or “African”, or “Zimbabwean”, and instead identify as “Earthlings”. As such we are all responsible for the problems we have created and we are all responsible for creating the solutions. Or we can keep on finger pointing, arguing with each other, and even denying any problems exist. In the end the problems will get solved for us. Good bye planet. Thanks for playing.”

Well, you were really the only person “straw manning” here. His argument was simply that American sympathy with Cecil in particular and vicious apex predators in general might be misplaced, considering how much damage they do to the people who live in close proximity to them. And yeah, sure “Earthlings” and all that. That’s beautiful. But it doesn’t obviate the fact that the safety concerns of some histrionic faggot keyboard jockey living in Seattle are different in nature from those of some black dude in some shit part of Africa, who lost a leg to some venomous bush viper and spent his life hobbling away on his peg leg from lions on the hunt.

Aderemi Adeyeye (possible badblack? Is there such a thing?)

“Interesting that you think lions, not Mugabe, form the source of your problems in Zimbabwe. I was not aware that lions and people share communities in Zimbabwe. Why then is the Zimbabwe’s government seeking extradition of the American child who killed this lion since, by killing Cecil the lion, he saved the lives of many Zimbabweans? Your piece sheds a lot of light on the reason Mr. Mugabe has been able to remain in power.”

“The issue isn’t lions mauling your fellow villagers to death, it’s your corrupt & incompetent leadership. Trying to prioritize immediate questions of life and death over distant philosophical ones of good governance is retarded.”

“Hunting a lion that poses no threat to humans has absolutely no justification. You are a fool for thinking otherwise.”

“If people are attacked by lions and other wild animals, the people should be protected by staying away from these animals. Why should the world be deprived of seeing such magnificent creatures because humans lack the common sense to stay away from them.”

“This is unfortunately the view of a small minded immature person ill equipped, apparently, to see the big picture. That lions and other wild animals are in many locals [sic] heading for extinction is apparently lost on this guy who sits fat and happy (on whose nickel by the way?) on a U.S. campus many thousands of miles from the leonine horrors he claims to have grown up around tells you all you need to know about him.” 

This one takes the cake. Completely true, but irrelevant to the issue at hand, but illustrative of something I’ll discuss after the jump:

“I can find Zimbabwe (formerly Southern Rhodesia) on a map. I also know that it has been run by an incompetent, flailing despot for decades, and that it is one of the most anti-gay bigoted countries on the planet. Don’t tell us to stand by and allow psychopathic American trophy hunters to assist driving lions into extinction because you want their money poured into a country that has been destroyed by your own incompetent dictator.”

This is first time I’ve ever witnessed liberal whites (NYT’s primary readership) so openly & vehemently attacking blacks…well, for anything. And they broke ranks over a lion. Not over crime, not over welfare, not over their general dysfunction and lack of achievement, not over their overwhelming hatred of whites, but over a lion. If this is all it takes, it’s clear a schism is coming. By now, the Left must realize that it has patched together a very uneasy coalition. The identity politics of the Nutroots Nation/La Raza crowd, the gimmedatology of the hoodrat set, the chauvinism of the gay/trans rights mafia, the female supremacists, and the suicidal environmentalism the typical blue state yuppie is a volatile hodgepodge bound to explode the minute any one of those constituents attempts to capture the organization. As we see with these comments, one group’s efforts will necessarily come at the expense of all other groups within this coalition.

No black person, African or otherwise, gives a damn about the Cecil situation. They’ve told the world how they feel: all lives matter [only] black lives matter. Get it? Not lion lives, not white lives, not azn lives: black lives. God help the goodwhite who has the misfortune of getting underfoot of these jungle bunnies as he eagerly tries to save the King of the Jungle. Similarly, no white Leftist is willing to watch lions go extinct to save a few raggedy Africans, as we can divine from a cross section of the comments left on this fellow’s article. Once the Left’s motley crew starts waking up to how mutually indifferent they are towards each other, it’ll be interesting to see how things pan out. But one thing is clear: the cracks are beginning to show.


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