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2021 Nov 22, 6:14am   15,149 views  187 comments

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In his timely new book Woke Racism, Columbia linguistics professor John McWhorter examines the force of an ascendant political religion that to his mind “has betrayed black America.”

“White privilege becomes the original sin that requires perpetual atonement,” McWhorter observes. Woke rebukes white America for its passive, unpardonable complicity within a fundamentally racist system. One is cleansed only through self-mortification.

According to McWhorter, a multi-racial Elect thinks of itself as a bearer of exclusive wisdom and empathy.

Woke positions itself against the white race, men, Christianity, capitalism and private property, heterosexuality — in other words, against people, institutions, belief systems, and worldly activities at the nation’s core. Convinced of its superior moral vision and divine duty, the Elect displays humorless fanaticism and demands total allegiance.

Providing a ministry of racial auguries, authors Ta-Nehisi Coates, Ibram Kendi, and Robin DiAngelo have catapulted to fame and fortune. With forensic skill, McWhorter analyzes their thin premises in what he has called “go-to books of the moment for whites seeking a way to help America heal racially.”

McWhorter does not think racial prejudice is the main obstacle to black advancement, and this sets him apart from many other prominent commenters on race. As he states in his preface, being black enables him to write a critique that would get a white observer accused of hate speech and racism. Concise and blunt, hastily written, sometimes choppy but deeply sincere, the book compares and coincides with a 624-page “new origin story” from the New York Times’ 1619 Project, “created” by Nikole Hannah-Jones and published by a Random House imprint.

The proposition that white racism is baked into American life has been around since the 1970s. As it goes, U.S. institutions advance Anglo-European ideas and symbols that ensure control over people of color and other oppressed groups. The time-tested idiom is “systemic racism,” which McWhorter considers a “clumsy term.” Woke goes a step further. It rejects time-honored standards of talent and virtue as colonizing, invasive, genocidal, and soul-destroying.

The Elect can be slippery and underhanded, McWhorter has noticed. One minute, as before the Virginia gubernatorial elections, it declares that nothing is going on in schools that we need to talk about. Critical race theory is not even being taught, media and progressives exclaim. The rubes don’t even know what it is. The next minute, this same Elect declares anti-racism lessons to be imperatives — but to thwart backlash from the rubes, we shouldn’t talk about the new developments.

The 1619 Project — perhaps the Elect’s proudest conceptual showpiece — seeks to reframe U.S. history by “placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.” Its editors claim, “out of slavery — and the anti-black racism it required — grew nearly everything that has truly made America exceptional: its economic might, its industrial power, its electoral system.” The nation’s leading historians agree the 1619 opus flagrantly ignores established political and economic truths. Insinuating the U.S. is a criminal enterprise not worthy of survival, the Project’s ambitions border on sedition.

Yet this testament has received acclaim from the nation’s highest offices. Its architect, Hannah-Jones, has received a Pulitzer imprimatur for her commentary. “The #1619Project is a powerful and necessary reckoning of our history,” California’s then-senator Kamala Harris commented upon its release two years ago. “We cannot understand and address the problems of today without speaking truth about how we got here.”

Woke is increasingly official policy. California’s newly mandated ethnic studies curriculum contains lessons to make students “agents for change,” and maintains that “one of the main focuses of ethnic studies is translating historical lessons and critical race theory into direct action for social justice.”

Not just in California but nationwide curriculum supervisors and school librarians won’t consider text or trade books that do not make race and far-left fixations the center of the narrative. Health and sex education frameworks often de-center mom-and-dad families, pushing free-form sexuality and more.

Most functional Americans of all ethnicities try to act what is lazily labeled “white.” As University of Pennsylvania law professor Amy Wax and Judith H. Katz have indicated in radically different ways, much of the anti-white critique is merely anti-bourgeois. Making a case for “bourgeois culture” four years ago, Wax drew intense censure for “assertions of white cultural superiority.” Katz’s 1978 anti-racism training manual, White Awareness, introduced the now familiar theme of white privilege. Assumptions of white culture, Katz professed, included two-parent families, hard work and politeness, objective “linear” thinking, respect for authority and law, investment and saving, punctuality, and emotionally blandness.

Woke is unable to understand why black juvenile violence is a problem, or why white parents who harbor no inherent ill feeling about blacks are protective of their children’s minds, innocence, and safety.

If Woke is accelerating, what is to be done? Modernity’s spiritual hole gives it mass psychological entrée. Legalizing drugs, advancing literacy, and rethinking vocational education is a beginning, McWhorter advises. What to do about black social pathologies and demands of impunity? He hedges, too clever to touch the third-rail. Should you question Woke in many quarters, McWhorter said recently on National Public Radio, “You are to be dismissed from polite society. You are to be sanctioned. You can’t be among us. You’re dirty.”

McWhorter closes his book with advice to Woke’s adversaries to stand up, civil but firm, not roll over: I don’t care what you call me…I will not retract…no, we will not refocus our entire curriculum…and so on. It’s a firmly principled approach but not always easy to execute when a marriage, friendship, or career is at stake.

Woke might be a religion, a quasi-religion, a political death cult — maybe it’s just a passing intellectual fad — but comparisons of Woke to Christian sanctions against pagans in the late Roman empire seem apt. Yet Woke offers no salvation or forgiveness, no solace. It seeks never-ending apologies and humiliation. Whatever the restitution, the debt can never be repaid.

The last decade’s experience suggests Woke does not plan to rest until bourgeois America folds its tent. Whether the Democratic Party has the capacity or will or desire to contain lawlessness and social disorder remains an open question. Woke radicals demand temporal power to redeem virtue, mindful of their responsibility to crush heresies.

The priests will be hard to dislodge. The diversity project has captured vast endowments and offices in the nation’s core institutions. As abbots and bishops of old discovered, there’s good money and prestige — even pleasure — in dispensing faith, touched by a singular state of grace and the power to excommunicate.

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102   gabbar   2023 Dec 16, 7:38am  

Freedom of speech, eh?

104   AmericanKulak   2023 Dec 16, 1:45pm  

gabbar says

Wow, it's like the Woke are applying all the canards of a certain Stiff Necked, Nose people to Whites.
105   Patrick   2023 Dec 17, 3:42pm  


Either race is important or it’s not. You can’t encourage one race to have absurd inflated egos about their skin color, while demeaning the skin color of another race, and punishing them if they attempt the mildest defense. Some races are not more equal than others. This isn’t Animal Farm. We should all be assessed by the content of our character, as Martin Luther King (who’d be attacked as a White Supremacist today) once said. I hate talking about race. But it’s their favorite subject. And because none of us wanted to talk about it, we stand on the brink of extinction. That’s something we should all be concerned about, and not afraid to combat. Some species never had this chance. Let’s not be wooly mammoths or dodo birds.
106   stereotomy   2023 Dec 17, 3:47pm  

I quote that all the time "Four legs good, two legs bad." That's what this crap is, pure Marxist/Communist.
109   UkraineIsTotallyFucked   2023 Dec 17, 11:51pm  

Patrick says

Lawsuit city, right there.
110   AmericanKulak   2023 Dec 18, 1:14am  

PumpingRedheads says

Lawsuit city, right there.

As is the IBM Red Hat thing.

Why Haven't there been more suits already?

Wokies are gloating:

Perhaps we need an Alabama Judge, and stop filing in Colorado or Hawaii.
112   Patrick   2023 Dec 22, 2:55pm  


Yesterday, James O’Keefe and OMG Media released another probably-illegal DEI quota video, adding to last week’s IBM exposé. This one was from pharmaceutical giant Sanofi.

“We make it very clear so every hiring manager knows,” stressed Sanofi’s senior vice-president, probably not fully realizing she would later be going viral. Sanofi requires one in five of its employees to be black, and one in ten must be hispanic. I’m not sure which is more troubling, the potential Title VII violations, or the fact that merit seems not to be the highest priority anymore at the nation’s largest corporations that make important things like medicines.

In a landmark June decision, the Supreme Court found university diversity quotas unconstitutional. Because most corporate hiring policies aiming at “diversity” goals have been justified because colleges do it, many commenters expected lawsuits against corporations to follow the Court decision even though its decision didn’t reach private businesses.

As private entities, corporations are not subject to Constitutional limits on government.

But corporations are limited by Title VII, which bars racial discrimination in hiring, even so-called “reverse discrimination.” And in fact, the lawsuits have begun. All the momentum seems to be running against DEI right now.
118   Patrick   2023 Dec 29, 6:55pm  


It’s also more than a little infuriating that the political class has treated the festering poison of institutionalized hostility towards Whites, sorry “whiteness”, with insouciant complacence for decades now, but suddenly discovers its capacity for moral outrage the moment America’s wealthiest and most privileged victim group has to endure insults to their fragile dignity. It’s especially unsympathetic given that Jewish academics have for generations played an outsize role in fostering the anti-White, anti-Western, anti-male, and anti-civilizational bigotry animating the post-enlightenment progressivist ideology of antisocial injustice. Now that they’ve belatedly realized that the multicultural melanated master race they’ve lovingly cultivated as a battering ram against heritage Amerikaners sees Jews as just another group of White supremacists, they suddenly have a problem with their rampaging golem. Excuse me while I dig around in my closet, I’ve got the world’s tiniest shofar packed away somewhere, and I’m going to play it just for them.
122   AmericanKulak   2024 Jan 7, 8:26pm  

Booger says

I suspect about 10% of Californians went from "White" to "Hispanic" or "Chicano" in the past couple of decades, with a stroke of their own pens. Well, my grandma Rosa was half-Mexican, so...
126   gabbar   2024 Jan 11, 10:04am  

Patrick says

But its the white people doing this to white people, isn't it?
127   AmericanKulak   2024 Jan 11, 11:39am  

gabbar says

But its the white people doing this to white people, isn't it?

Minnesota. New England. Talk to White Women there, or anywhere there are AWFLs.
129   Patrick   2024 Jan 13, 6:46pm  


In Effort To "Foster Greater Inclusivity," Baking Company Hosts Baking Competition Which Excludes Whites
138   Patrick   2024 Jan 30, 11:11am  


it's hilarious watching guys like cuban blow themselves up on twitter and reveal themselves as hilariously unable to think by analogy, extrapolate, or foresee simple objections like:

to speak of "the best AA woman" you can find instead of "the best person you can find" is, quite literally, the definition of racism and prejudice.

you're "pre-judging" this person based on race and gender and assuming that these characteristics must somehow imbue some sort of valuable "diverse perspective."

but how do you know it's true?

how do you know this this one specific vector of diversity is the important one?

why not a gay arab or a pilipino? why not tall people or short people or people from cleveland? why not a conservative to offset all the woke?

you're literally ascribing virtue (or inability to have such) to race and gender as a core assumption like it's some sort of trait intrinsic to being black or female.

this is the foundation of racism. ...

it’s just glorious.

it’s the best part of “right now.”

ivory towers are crumbling into ruin and the smug sili valley simplicos are not only hoisting themselves by their own petards, but doing it live as free performance art for the proles.

you could not buy amusement like this at any price.

i doubt this is the bread and circuses they had in mind.
141   UkraineIsTotallyFucked   2024 Feb 1, 11:54am  

Patrick says


Canada doesn't have the slavery baggage the US does. 'Segregation' doesn't have the same connotation.

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