Do apologies mean anything anymore? Consider the case of Ilya Shapiro.
The same people who demand Professor Shapiro's firing would have a fit if Biden nominated Candace Owens!
It was stupid of Biden to make public his decision to give the seat to a Black woman - he could have done the same thing and gotten the same political points if he'd just chosen a Black woman and claimed she was the best candidate.
Making it public that he is choosing a candidate based on sex and race will make the nominee look foolish, and it will undermine respect for her.
Identity Politics is the most insulting and dehumanizing ideology to come along in decades.
"Objectively best pick for Biden is Sri Srinivasan, (but) we'll get a lesser Black woman."
This is not "inartful" or "poorly drafted". It is logically necessary. If the best pick is Srinivasan, anyone else will be lesser. And since she'll be a black woman she'll be a lesser black woman.
The left doesn't care about Shapiro's tweet. Their goal is to demonstrate their power, as a warning to anyone who doesn't agree with "everything we stand for". That's what the Joe Rogan/Spotify affair is about, too, as Glenn Greenwald has eloquently pointed out in a recent Substack.
The issue is never the issue; the issue is the Revolution.
Georgetown has a genuinely horrible reputation. Georgetown fired Sandra Sellers for observing (with regret) that black students in her classes get lower grades on average. Of course, her observation was 'true' (a nasty 4-letter word), but so what? Observing the truth isn't PC and PC is the only thing that counts.
I'm done worrying about the consequences of offending or annoying the whacko left and its Twitter mobs.
My daughter is always telling me "You cannot say that."
I then reply, "But its TRUE and it is common sense and obvious."
She then tells me, "It doesn't matter, you cannot say that."
I then ask, "Why the hell not?"
She generally replies, "You do not get it. You are showing your age."
She is right on both counts. I do not get it and I am old enough to remember when people spoke what they thought. They did not hem and haw and find a thousand ways to say what they thought in a way that might not offend anyone and if they believed something to be true, they just said it expecting either someone to PROVE them wrong or demonstrate why they were mistaken OR to admit you were right.
These people, the ones that are not straight out crazy, are brittle and weak. My generation grew up without participation trophys, teachers and parents more concerned that you learned and learned how to survive, than with your feelings. For us, confidence came from real achievement and failure taught you lessons. Realizing you were never gonna be a super model or a star QB gave you the chance to go be a great mathematician or scientist or maybe a cop.
WEAK....BRITTLE....FRIGHTENED.......that is how I see these people.
Since you are new to the "conservative" side of things. I thought I'd point out the known rule which is to never apologize. We've seen the double standard for years and an apology just makes them smell blood and go in for the kill. Since you're going down anyway, you double down and speak the truth because once they come for you, you're done. I find it fascinating that you believe after the past few years that an apology from a conservative means anything any more. We are the outcasts, the persona non grata because we can only speak the party line or will be destroyed. That is why we voted for Trump. No one tried to stand up for conservatives so we hired a pit bull. A vicious unmannerly pit bull, but at least he tried to stand up for us.
The right thing to do is have a spine.
Georgetown University has become a disgrace to the American Catholic Church. I know people who graduated from Georgetown. I doubt if they would send their children there today. It used to be an outstanding university. No longer. Sad.
I dream of Biden's eventual black female nominee saying something to the effect of:
“Mr. President, I am honored to have been selected by you to be an Associate Justice of The Supreme Court. All my life I have dreamed of this moment. But Mr. President, I am haunted by another dream, the dream of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. He dreamed of people who look like me being judged solely by the content of their character, not by the color of their skin or if I may add, their gender. I feel that your appointment of me for the reasons you have previously stated flies in the face of Dr. King’s dream. In fact it’s diametrically opposed to it and for that reason, it is with a very heavy heart that I cannot – must not – accept this nomination.”
Why on earth would any accomplished person want to be SO condescended to, so demeaned, so insulted, by having herself selected for her race and gender and not solely on her qualifications?
And of course Shapiro is (very likely) Jewish. Just saying...
The first politician to take this on with no nonsense bare knuckles intelligent bravado takes the whole country.
People have had it with this garbage.
I can't understand how, by now, any sane and responsible adult can still not see and be alarmed by the disgustingly obvious double standard that currently infects the polluted sphere of officially accepted discourse. As the exalted leaders at Animal Farm advise us, "All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others." Dare I suggest that, as anti-semitism is also apparently welcome into the commodious tent of woke hate speech, there is possibly a hint of that stench in this latest bit of woke hypocrisy? Whether the "offender" is insufficiently woke or insufficiently woke and also Jewish, this harks back to some of the many accounts I've read about how Jewish scholars and professors were among the first victims of professional expulsions from German colleges and universities as the holocaust began to take hold.
Embarrassed once again for being a graduate of this once great institution.
We are all living in a world created by the 20 something assistants with degrees in feminist literature working in the HR department.
The universities are lost. I commend you in your efforts to create a new university based on free speech.
Everyone knows that if you are of a certain identity, you can be in a lower decile of accomplishment and have chances of getting in that are much, much higher than Asians or Whites-but especially Asians.
Alas, there will always be an asterisk by people who belong to such preferred groups. And President Biden himself made things much worse by specifically saying he would select a woman (Has she been asked whether she identifies as such) who is Black. In essence, choosing among 6% of the population and eliminating the remaining 94%.
I subscribe to Dr. Glenn Loury's conversations with Dr. John McWhorter, and I am fairly sure the topic will come up the next time they make a recording.
BTW, Dr. Shapiro made a grave error in apologizing. It changes next to nothing, that's clear from history, other than to show vulnerability.
I have no sympathy for Shapiro. I agree with him in this case, but as I have written many times, nothing intelligent can be written spontaneously and certainly not in 140 characters. In the words of PJ O’Rourke, Twitter is the medium that has put all the idiots in the world in touch with one another. Shapiro is an idiot based on his use of Twitter; and Bari, I love you, but stop being an idiot. Drop Twitter!!
There is possibly, every 10 years, a great Jewish quarterback. So how about an NFL team saying ok, Tom Brady was great, but this time we want a Jewish quarterback because Jews are underrepresented in the NFL. Done laughing? That is what Biden says he is doing with the court.