How Midwestern farmers, New York students, Seattle cops, Oakland teachers, and art docents in Chicago are collateral damage in an ideological war.
"Meantime, Robert Levy, the chair of the AIC’s Board of Trustees, wrote in a recent Chicago Tribune op-ed that “critical self-reflection and participatory, recuperative action is required if we are to remain relevant to the changing audiences seeking connection to art.”"
Lol, Roberts fancy way of saying; ' I am a white liberal consumed with a guilt I cannot quantify, but will attempt to make myself feel better about by destroying other white people lives....'
The left is so very good at the use of words to obfuscate meanings. The “antifa” crew are violent fascists. The “anti-racists” are despicable racists. Orwell would be proud.
It’s racism. It’s racist people doing racist things. But at base it’s all about a grift for money, in this case racism for money.
It is important to remember and push back with this:
Equity, when pursued as a social goal, is the greatest evil in the last 100 years. Somewhere around 100 million humans have been sacrificed on the "alter of equity" in the past century by the very governments sworn to protect them. From Pol Pot's stated desire to create a more "equitable" society that left 1/4 of the entire population of Cambodia sacrificed to Chairman Mao's desire to create a more "politically correct and equitable" society that resulted in 10's of million dead we know how evil social equity is.
We need to call it out every time someone tries to push it. Call out the 10's of million slaughtered. Call out the rivers of blood that could fill the Amazon River. Call out Stalin's sanctioning of 100's of thousands to millions of Cossacks rounded up and beat while being shipped to Gulags in the name of land equity. Call out how policies like this resulted in the starvation of millions.
The idea of forced "equity" while sounding utopian and nice, has always resulted in human suffering, pain and death.
Why is it soooo hard for people to recognize it and call it what it is ? ?
Smart people - with PhD from top schools - seem to suspend all reason and critical thinking when RACE is a factor.
RACISM IS EASY TO IDENTIFY - it is advantaging or disadvantaging a person or a group - BASED ON THE COLOR OF THEIR SKIN (whether White, Black or any shade between).
The NEO-RACISM says it's "okay to be racist - as long as you are discriminating against Whites or Asians - to achieve equity". Evil comes in may names - "equity" is the current name. It sounds so good, "equity". But evil never stands up and says - here i am - it always come cloaked in some positive sounding way. Remember, "the road to hell is paved with good intentions".
The people who choose to exploit RACISM by calling it "equity" or "diversity" are the REAL BAD ACTORS. CALL THEM OUT. They are race-baiting (usually for some financial gain). They are also promoting division and hate. Don't let it continue. Enlighten people about what's really happening. Together we defeat hate.
God Bless Bari Weiss....
Fight the good fight. We are all in your corner.
A few questions for these folks who "spearhead the anti-racism movement in the upper echelons of America’s cultural hierarchy: universities, legacy media, Hollywood, Silicon Valley."
1. What do you want America to be/look like? What is the "end game?"
2. Would you like those who champion civil liberties to be eliminated from public discourse?
3. Do you personally realize or even feel guilty by the lasting, profound damage your institutions are causing?
4. Do you realize there will be pushback and that it will be something that you never even imagined?
We cannot forget that we spent 80 years as a new country that had slavery before ending it, and another hundred tolerating Jim Crow before banishing it - and we should not forget.
Yet we cannot seem to (nor be allowed to) remember that we DID end slavery, and DID end Jim Crow. And produced levels of class mobility and harmony unmatched elsewhere in the world for over fifty years before the match was lit by opportunists and new-racism hustlers.
Throngs of black and brown skinned migrants & refugees arriving hourly in the USA attest that “systemic racism” is nothing more a left-riling shibboleth and a clever deflection of accountability that allows grievance mongers to keep the bellows pumping to divide, shake down and vilify opponents.
This article nicely surveys the mess that our progressive countrymen have foisted on the nation. Prepare to reap the whirlwind.
At one of the colleges where I work, there's a meeting every other month or so for "faculty of color" where they discuss whether they are getting what they want from Admin, which assumes that the white faculty are getting what THEY want. Can't help wondering what the "faculty of color" want...and given the narratives of late, one might go so far as to assume they prefer no longer having to deal with white people.
And, on that note, the new president of the university is black, and after firing numerous administrators during COVID, hired a new (black) diversity officers at a ridiculous salary. On the home page, they introduce themselves as (I paraphrase, or maybe not): as 'only recently being recognized as human,' or some horrifically offensive bullshit like that. Offensive you say? YES. In the words of Joan Rivers, "How dare you" in your narcissistic fervor assign to my white face the inability to see you as "human"? SCREW YOU and your Princeton and NYU degrees. 'Only recently seen as human' MY ASS.
This is, writ large, the narcissists running the asylum. They manipulate by denigrating your intentions. They claim victimhood even when they are anything but. Jack Dorsey's "gift" is a narcissistic payoff. Beholden to Dorsey, the bigger narcissists will lay off. It's like painting the lamb's blood above your door during the Seven Plagues of Egypt.
There's also a generational component to appeasment of this ideology. Boomers, in many cases, are at the tail end of their careers, and are just looking to avoid conflict/scandal until they can "run out the clock" and retire. So you get CEOs, University Deans, Editor-in-Chiefs, etc. who should really know better, but who empower the inmates to run the asylum because they know they only have a few years left of having any skin in the game.
Like climate change, it will be younger generations left holding the bag for this mess.
Please avoid using the outdated term ‘farmers of color’. The preferred nomenclature is ‘non-Kulaks’
I always found it very ironic that the elite private schools of Manhattan (The Bearerly School, The Dalton School, and Grace Church) would adopt curricula which were contrary to the intellectual principles of the Enlightenment. It is reported that the Headmaster of Grace Church is a scion of an extremely wealthy family with large holdings in the Hamptons.
I've considered for some time that this sudden embracing of what some describe as intellectual Marxism is just a canard. The extremely wealthy of this country simply desire to maintain their tax havens, un-taxed fortunes, and privilege. The price is small, allow some highly educated people of color into their ranks and push for increased taxes on the 99.9% all the while parroting equity and justice.
It is that cynical. All one need do is examine the proposed Democratic tax plan. The vast fortunes remain untouched.
Agree that "For centuries, black Americans" WERE "the victims of structural and often violent discrimination — slavery, Jim Crow, redlining, and attitudes and norms." Students of Dr. Thomas Sowell, who has written for decades about race and culture, know that prior to the "Great Society" programs of the Democrats, blacks were making incredible economic progress in the United States. Most black families included a mother and a father. The illegitimacy rate of blacks and whites was about the same. After the Great Society programs were implemented, with policies like fully supporting pregnant black women unless they were with a man, the illegitimacy for black women increased from 37.5% in 1970 to 72.1% in 2010. Providing unearned benefits such as housing and food subsidies reduced the work ethic. Most black households do not have a male or father. Many black families have lived like this for several generations. Now the same people who created this problem, the Democrats, are crying about the poor and helpless individuals that they themselves created. This is made even worse by what Dr. Shelby Steele defined as "redemptive liberalism," i.e. liberal white people supporting even more of these policies because of guilt about situations and policies of the past that they and their ancestors had nothing to do with. Considering the devastation and despair to black families created by these Democrat policies, it is difficult to understand why the black vote continues to be a political monolith for the Democrats.
A different type of collateral damage in today's ideological war is the decision to remove a statue of Thomas Jefferson from New York City's city council chamber. The statue shows Jefferson holding the Declaration of Independence, which he had the wisdom and courage to author; and from my perspective that is the key reason to honor him, despite the fact that he was a slaveholder. Removing that statue ignores the historic and living document Americans have cherished through the years. This includes Frederick Douglas, who spent the first 20 years of his life as a slave and said the following in his famous Fourth of July speech: "I have said that the Declaration of Independence is the ring-bolt to the chain of your nation’s destiny; so, indeed, I regard it. The principles contained in that instrument are saving principles. Stand by those principles, be true to them on all occasions, in all places, against all foes, and at whatever cost."
There is no accurate reading of history that makes "white" people more immoral than darker skinned peoples. Collective guilt is evil ideology to begin with, but the other big problem is terrible scorekeeping.
Among the advances that caused the "white" world to progress far beyond the rest were being the dominant source of the notions that racism and slavery were bad. Other regions of the world always practiced both to far greater extents, and still do today.
"slavery, Jim Crow, redlining, and attitudes and norms that, to this day, exacerbate poverty and racial disparity." -- I am an immigrant who came to America over a decade ago, educated myself, got a skilled job, and now live like a middle class citizen. I barely spoke the language. How is it those who are born here, at least two generations after Jim Crow are still unable to bootstrap themselves? And am I responsible for 'holding them back'? There is nothing historically unique about slavery that blacks were subject to. But to continue in "poverty" in America where there is a surplus of jobs points to something else other than our collective responsibility. Slavery was not the making of anyone living today, and if you wish to irrationally blame one community for the condition of another community, then you have lost my interest.