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2021 Nov 22, 6:14am   15,146 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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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.
143   Patrick   2024 Feb 5, 10:11am  


A senior BBC employee described white people as a “barbaric bloodthirsty rapacious murderous genocidal thieving parasitical deviant breed,” while also calling the UK a “bigoted” country.

Tell us what you really think.

Dawn Queva, who is a scheduling coordinator at BBC Three, made the comments on her Facebook page. It is unclear whether they were made before or after she was hired by the BBC, which appears to have done no checks on her background.

While Queva appears to vehemently hate white people, that didn’t stop her living in the UK, a country she branded “bigoted” and “genocidal,” while also referring to Britain as the “UKKK,” a reference to the Ku Klux Klan.

According to the BBC staffer, white people are “barbaric bloodthirsty rapacious murderous genocidal thieving parasitical deviant breed” who disturb the natural order of the planet.

Dawn Queva, a BBC3 senior scheduler & playout planner has been found making vile anti-Semitic comments on Facebook.

But the only thing that will get her in trouble at all is her anti-Semitism, not her hatred of white people.

145   AmericanKulak   2024 Feb 5, 1:30pm  

Patrick says

But the only thing that will get her in trouble at all is her anti-Semitism, not her hatred of white people.

The answer is to imitate.

The "But Jews and Israel" is Intel Agency sponsored distraction. A pincer movement. Woke on the Left, Muh Misunderstood Hitler on the "Right".

Recast "But Israel" into "Let's Israel shit up": Build a wall like Israel's, expel criminal refugees that already bypassed a safe country or two in the first place, etc.

There was a poster on here when Fakeass Floyd was overdosing, blaming Israel for the safe MRT tactic (MN Police Policy 5-316 for all the SAUCE?! BLM supporters) employed by Chauvin that had NOTHING to do with his overdose death of 97ng/ml total opiate levels (plus 19ng of amphetamines way too high to be OTC medicine as well as THC in some quantities not that it's relevant outside of him being a full spectrum addict). Pincer Movement.
148   Patrick   2024 Feb 11, 1:13pm  


In the academic world, professors publish or perish. Often coveted perks like tenure are tied to the quantity of an academic's published work.

One key aspect of getting published is having one's work peer-reviewed, but that's going to be very difficult for people of a certain race and sex going forward.

If a European-male with a Phd submits his work to any of Sage publishing's 1,000 academic journals, he's likely going to find himself on the other side of a desk rejection (academic publishing's cute title for a rejection form letter).

Honestly, that's been the case for most of the past four years, but now they're saying it out loud with their new DEI rules.

Professor Adam Ellwanger a professor at the University of Houston-Downtown is blowing the whistle about the changes at the publishing organization.

It all began when his papers started being rejected without any review, and then he was sent the following demographic survey forms. ...
157   GNL   2024 Feb 26, 7:52pm  

I do not doubt it at all that one day your color will be your uniform. It's natural and logical.
158   Kepi   2024 Feb 27, 9:09am  

GNL says

I do not doubt it at all that one day your color will be your uniform. It's natural and logical.

Ultimately, oh yeah. Let us take a look at our world right now where the shit gets real. Prisons and jails. The inmates get sorted out by their skin. Ain't no time to fuck around. What makes the most sense? Uhh, put people with their own. Otherwise, a whole bunch of paper work for the correction officers.
159   Patrick   2024 Feb 27, 9:48am  


US Airman who set himself on fire to protest Israel dies ... but lefties still hate him ...

But it's the "Rest in power" message that's got a lot of wokies up in arms.

Here's the general sentiment:

You can literally set yourself on fire for the latest leftist cause and the pronoun brigade will still crap on you because you're a white male. ...

Any death is a tragedy, but the Left can't even keep it together long enough to rally around a guy who killed himself because of their extreme rhetoric.

What a sad joke.

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