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February 15, 2017

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Rafi

“White fragility” is the unremarkable fact that people by and large don’t like being slandered as racists and then assigned with some pretentious collective guilt, the supposed atonement for which requires deference to actual racists and predatory hokum merchants.

That! :-)

David

See also this:

To ignore race is to be more racist than to acknowledge race. I call it neo-racism.

Yes, guilt in all directions.

Patrick Chester

"Fragility" -Why do I suspect they aren't getting quite the amount of upset whites that they think they are and are throwing annoyed ones in to inflate the count?

TomJ

If it is fragile to be upset by people deliberately saying you are complicit in all sorts off ghastliness, what term is left for feeling upset by a microaggression of which the alleged aggressor wasn't even aware? Hyperfragility? Or, going on orders of magnitude, megafragility?

Burnsie

Or, going on orders of magnitude, megafragility?

Clearly, you'd reach a racially superfragilistic state. Avoid high winds with that umbrella. And yes, your black umbrella is racist. How dare you appropriate "blackness" without acknowledging your role in the oppression holding back every university student of color.

Crazy is easy…and it's fun!

David

throwing annoyed ones in to inflate the count

Well, quite. It’s the casual impertinence of it. However you respond to their smears and insinuations – anything besides instant deference and prostration – will be construed as defensiveness, as proof of “white fragility,” and therefore of guilt. In fact, it’s proof, if more were needed, that the absurd and the sinister aren’t mutually exclusive.

David

For another illustration of just how unrealistic you’re expected to become, see the third item here. Because while you’re being scolded for your invisible racism and your “white fragility,” you mustn’t ask any unsophisticated questions.

Zoodles

Do not grant these terms legitimacy by boosting the signal. They are not intended to inform but to place you on the defensive. By denying it or debating it you end up fighting a battle you cannot win.

Instead, openly refuse to acknowledge the legitimacy of the terms and the competence of the person using them to judge you. Accuse them of verbal terrorism. If you refuse to acknowledge or debate the terms they cannot use you as a platform for their views.

David

Thing is, once you’ve downed the “diversity” Kool-Aid and cultivated all that exploitable pretentious guilt, and once everyone is hung-up on race, fixated by it, you may soon find yourself keeping some very strange company.

People like Dr Riyad A Shahjahan, a “social justice theorist” who wants us to believe that people with brown skin are mystical and exotic, akin to leprechauns, and who denounces expectations of punctuality, attentiveness and competence as racist and oppressive. Or Dr Caprice Hollins, who dismisses grammar and foresight as “white values” and expectations thereof as “cultural racism.” Instead of encouraging students who happen to have brown skin to articulate their thoughts, to be responsible and plan ahead, like everyone else, we must, she says, see people as “racial beings” and “teach [children] to view the world through a racial lens.”

But we mustn’t correct their grammar and spelling – even if this reduces their chances of getting a decent job.

Stuck-Record

Those of us on the anti-madness side spend an awful lot of Time and effort discussing the insanity of this movement.

I'm coming to the conclusion, after watching lots of these videos, that time might be better spent working out verbal strategies to cope with such argumentation tactics. A verbal judo, if you will. We need to begin a program to educate people to the potential techniques that might work in such confrontations.

After all, they are simply using verbal tactics. It can't be beyond the wit of man to come up with counter tactics.

Kian

"behaviours such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation"

I like how they covered all their bases. What other possible behavior is there?

David

I like how they covered all their bases. What other possible behaviour is there?

If you engage with them at all, in any way, and even if you don’t, you’ll be found guilty. And guilt, even pretentious guilt, is exploitable. First, you inculcate racial neurosis and imaginary sin, in every campus you can, then you can pretend to offer a solution, a path to atonement. And in time, if left unopposed, you end up with places like UC Berkeley spending $20 million a year and employing 150 full-time staff to remind students of just how bigoted and racist they are.

But we mustn’t call it hustle.

Rob

To engage with them at any level is to admit defeat. Just ignore them, and if they attack you, beat the shit out of them.

Dave F

"Clearly, you'd reach a racially superfragilistic state." -- and if occurring in California presumably supercalifragilistic.. To expunge it all in the desired docile fashion one could then claim to be "expiallidocious". The successful transitional process for the workshop would then aim for one to be supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

"behaviours such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation . . . What other possible behavior is there?" -- knee slapping laughter?

Patrick Chester

you mustn’t ask any unsophisticated questions.

Oh, of course. If someone kept doing that people might notice the prog's favorite social programs are wrecking ethnic groups under the pretense of protecting them.

Thomas Fuller

After all, they are simply using verbal tactics. It can't be beyond the wit of man to come up with counter tactics.

Already done, and the tactics are very easy to remember, since they consist of a simple two-word phrase, the second of which is 'off'.

Sean

a “social justice theorist” who wants us to believe that people with brown skin are mystical and exotic, akin to leprechauns,

Am now laughing on crowded train.

Ray

Stuck-Record
Re-frame, as they say in the manosphere. I don't talk to nutters. That's not my religion. I gave at the office. It's all politics with you commies, isn't it? Why are non-whites obsessed with race?

Stuck-Record

The problem with not dealing with them is that it isn't an option for a great many people - and is becoming a larger and larger problem as this stuff has moved out of the Unis and into the 'Real' World.

In my business, publishing, it is no longer possible to 'not' express an opinion. 'Not'-expressing is increasingly seen as agreement with the Patriarchy or Oppressive whatever is the biggest stick to beat you with. You are automatically a racist/sexist/transphobe and (increasingly) a Fascist.

You are done. Seriously. Your career is over.

Silence is no longer an option.

We need at least two different response strategies.
1. For those like myself. A way to navigate the jobs where the Witchfinders hold enormous power.
2. The brutalist street confrontations.

R. Sherman

This dynamic bears certain similarity to dysfunctional relationships, wherein one party engages in all manner of irrational abusive behavior and then tries to "gaslight" the victim into believing its the victim's fault s/he is on the receiving end of the abuse.

R. Sherman

And, BTW, it's interesting that those who are so keen to deploy the phrase "fragility," are the same ones who discern "microaggressions" in the most prosaic of human interaction. Project thee much?

Microbillionaire

Kian, while you could *wedge* most behaviors into one of those covered bases, I think a simple "Your opinion is noted, I disagree" still seems to fall outside what would normally be called "argumentation".

Stuck-Record, I think Pillarisation may be your best hope on that score. Find a faction you can tolerate, stick with their alternative institutions, work preferentially with people in your pillar.

David

it’s interesting that those who are so keen to deploy the phrase “fragility” are the same ones who discern “microaggressions” in the most prosaic of human interaction. Project thee much?

Quite. But enough of such quibbles. We must heed Laurie’s wisdom:

Atone ye!

R. Sherman

Atone ye!

Does contributing occasionally to your efforts count? If so, I'm still waiting for my gold-embossed and framed indulgence(s).

Sort-of-Mad Max

I don't talk to nutters.

I've had luck with affecting a voice and expression of great concern, and telling the socialist clown that 'Oh, I just don't interact well with the mentally ill. Good luck, and God bless you!'

And then, of course, walking off with an insufferably pious look on my face, which I have practiced assiduously in front of the bathroom mirror.

PiperPaul

"you mustn’t ask any unsophisticated questions"

I do love that 'sophist' is a key portion of the word, 'sophisticated'.

Sporkatus

It's racist to have a learned response to race hectoring from all previous hectoring. Why, the very fact that you're capable of recognizing hectoring is hectoring priviledge. Now submit and be hectored. Racist.

Sporkatus

What other possible behavior is there?" -- knee slapping laughter?

One might roll eyes and make a masturbating gesture in the air while humming the Battle Hymn of the Republic. Er, not that I would do such a thing. Much.

Hopp Singg

After all, they are simply using verbal tactics. It can't be beyond the wit of man to come up with counter tactics.

A simple "yes, dear" works pretty well.

David

Students at Elizabethtown College this month are wearing white pins in the shape of puzzle pieces to remind them of their white privilege… Aileen Ida, president of the College Democrats, said white people are continually allowing for a societal system of oppression to occur unless they work against it… “No matter how accepting someone is, that doesn’t stop them from being part of a system based on centuries of inequality,” she said.

Wear your racial shame with, er, pride!

Deborah

There is a tactic that the left has yet to find a way to defend and our friend Milo has been using it to great effect: Mockery

Mockery is my preferred weapon and it certainly adds the element of fun. I usually would stay away from Facebook because, the only friends that would post political were the lefties, the rest of us would just ignore the rants. However, there has been a shift on my FB and I have indulged myself of late with entertaining results.

One tactic that I enjoy is to feign agreement with a lefty and then take the issue to an absurd level. A discussion of Trump's immigration EO was proceding as expected with lefties posting the media issued talking points; immigrants and refugees had not committed any attacks here (untrue, of course) therefore the EO was trying to fix a problem, that we don't have, so I fell in with the lefties and took the argument to its logical conclusions; that I would have to see dead Americans first and lots of them before I could be persuaded that we should take preventative measures. You can imagine just how entertaining this can be. I have been enjoying myself.

False Profiteer

That Laurie Penny twitter thread is incredible. It starts with a girl claiming some comment Laurie made about "manic pixie dream girls" not existing dehumanized her, which I initially took as a joke before realizing she was serious. Laurie says she's sorry, but also apologizes if her comment gave someone else "ammunition" to harm her. So, you know, in case the purported harm of the comment was caused by someone besides Laurie.

Our manic pixie dream girl goes on to say, "My experience was that your school of thought made men ashamed to admit to being with me for fear of looking unfeminist." I bet you can't guess who Laurie is going to blame in this situation. Oh, you guessed the men? That's very astute of you. You'd think she would be happy her influence has caused these men to be worried about being unfemenist.

There's no way to know for sure, but I have a suspicion that manic pixie dream girl's relationship problems aren't really the result of men being worried about being unfemenist.

Hippogryph

“No matter how accepting someone is, that doesn’t stop them from being part of a system based on centuries of inequality.”

This, because these white people "allow" society to continue exist without working assiduously to implement Ms. Ida's political program. (I really can't imagine Ms. Ida letting those awful white people off the hook of her Kafkatrap by working against injustices according to their *own* moral and political judgment.)

To rephrase Ms. Ida: "You are personally complicit in racism, unless you submit to all of *our* political demands and tendentious accusations--including howsoever they be modified by us from time to time!" Or maybe just: "Do what you're told, bigot."

False Profiteer

Hollywood Babalon (manic pixie dream girl from my previous post) has some great insights:

Most people don't have the courage or humility to do this. That's why they're not witches. Being a witch isn't supernatural, it's just hard.

— Hollywood Babalon (@ardensirens) February 15, 2017

I have to say, if being a witch isn't supernatural, just hard, what's the appeal?

dicentra

It can't be beyond the wit of man to come up with counter tactics.

I'm sure the German Jews in the late 1920s thought they could counter anti-Jewish fervor in the universities with reasoned discourse, which they should have had the wit to invent.

Obviously, you cannot engage them on a rhetorical level because their rhetoric is crafted in intensely bad faith. It IS Kafkatrapping, which by design you will lose. Every time. You cannot out-debate the devil.

The only way to fight back is to have the power to neutralize their power as well as their aspirations for ever-more power.

Does a lone editor have the caché to slap down all of the fanatics who would crush him?

Only if he's the top dog, and only then if he can withstand a sustained campaign of outrage that's designed to drive him from his position.

Which, precious few people are in a position to withstand such a thing, regardless of their determination and backbone.

Sometimes the bear gets you because you're in a cave full of bears and the exit is blocked by... more bears. The only way to win was to flee when you still had the chance.

Or not go into the cave at all.

Deborah

Remember the only goal here is to get the normals to submit, all means are on the table to achieve the end. Knowing your enemy is essential and a willingness to be equally ruthless must be the posture. The normals must be as unrelenting in their pushback.

We must remember who we're up against, they are not formidable, regardless of the picture painted by the media. I know these people, you know these people and they are ill-equipped, emotionally and intellectually and I would feel quite ashamed of myself to lose to these clowns in any venue.

Historically, there has been an unwillingness to engage the left, which is finally starting to change. However, too many are still loathe to jump into the fray, so we must not relent, to encourage the sideliners to get in the game.

dicentra

I have to say, if being a witch isn't supernatural, just hard, what's the appeal?

You can float?

james

I have to say, if being a witch isn't supernatural, just hard, what's the appeal?

You can float?

*sustained applause*

dicentra

Oh, I've been at this all day: https://twitter.com/dicentra33/status/831921095036985345

Scott

The prefix of the next civil war will be the refusal and inability of anyone to speak with the enemy, and by "enemy" I mean the progressives. If they will not listen, few options are left when they attack. Argumentation and silence are behaviours? One only argues when there's hope. Silence is appropriate when it's hopeless, like teaching my Labradoodle to speak Greek.

If I'm damned no matter what I say because of how I am made (white and male), then this is a precursor to genocide. I, for one, won't ride in the boxcar.

David

Being a witch isn’t supernatural, it’s just hard.

You hope for Wanda Maximoff, in a chic tailored outfit and bending reality with her gestures, but instead you get an unemployable feminist with a bag full of sea shells and a mood disorder.

DeplorableBritInMontreal

Scott, - If they will not listen, few options are left when they attack.- I'd favour water cannon followed by a baton charge. What was that you said about civil rights?

Jenny R.

I wonder if using reverse tactics might do the trick...so do definitely agree with them: non-white people need to be protected from grammar and planning ahead, they need to never be on time and never get their work done. To ask this of them is to be completely racist! In fact, from now on we should endeavor to not teach non-white children the alphabet or numbers, nor any other "white" academic endeavor.

All of this shall be left to the whites because to do otherwise is cultural hegemony...this means that white instructors can only teach white children (and those who don't want to can...just not teach at all) and only white children will be taught alphabets and numbers, etc. because those are white and to do otherwise is profound imperialism.

Nor should we have non-white people wear anything that could be construed as "white" so no jeans and tee shirts, no tennis shoes et al. Nor should they eat "white" food or use "white" cutlery, nor should they be forced to live in houses that use "white" construction methods, nor should they engage in buying or selling anything that was invented, developed, distributed, owned, raised, grown or marketed by a white person -- that includes any money or economic instruments too. And we should definitely endeavor to make sure that white people are not habituated near non-white people; for only through separation from such creatures can the mystical non-whites be kept from oppression.

It is only by doing this that one can completely negate ones overwhelming whiteness.

If anyone points out that this is horrifically racist sounding (as well as being absolutely ludicrous and un-pragmatic), moreso than many slavers and totalitarian race supremacists have even come up with, then perhaps they may be in a position to actually be asked to revisit their line of original thinking.

Although I wouldn't hold out too much hope there, because they'd probably like the insane notions I just mentioned.

Jenny R.

And I've used these tactics on my small children to get them to do something they don't want to do...it works until they are about age 5/6, when they begin to question the logic of it all, and can at least come up with more sensible reasons for their tantrums.
Also use it on teenagers, but I have to be prepared for stompy feet and door slamming...at which point it's always good to remind them that corporal punishment can be brought into play against the completely unreasonable.

Again, I wouldn't hold any hopes though, as my kids are not certifiably insane to the best of my knowledge. These guys I'm not so sure about.

Sporkatus

You hope for Wanda Maximoff, in a chic tailored outfit and bending reality with her gestures

Or even Zatanna, at a pinch. I say this even having encountered rather... large Zatanna cosplay.
Yes, I know, not witch so much as woman of magic, etc.

Sporkatus

Also, an idle question: Is Edgar Winter the root of all evil? I'm pretty sure he has more whiteness to spare (even in his name!) than any three of us more commonly white people.

David

Or even Zatanna, at a pinch

Or Amora, the Enchantress. As I recall, she had some groovy leggings.

Ray

Speaking of the Enchantress, if the villain of your movie is a pretty, tragically fragile white girl routinely tormented by an older black lady, and also as hot as feck in costume, I think you chose wrong.

David

it’s interesting that those who are so keen to deploy the phrase “fragility” are the same ones who discern “microaggressions” in the most prosaic of human interaction. Project thee much?

Faculty at the University of California, Santa Barbara have been busy planning how to sabotage an upcoming talk by Ben Shapiro. After vandalising signs advertising the event and holding debates on the best methods of gratuitous disruption, and amid claims of emotional “distress” at even the prospect of hearing him speak, staff and students plan to ease their upset with poetry and candle-making.

Previously, at Marquette University.

Jen

amid claims of emotional “distress” at even the prospect of hearing him speak, staff and students plan to ease their upset with poetry and candle-making.

Thank God they're the clever ones.

David

Thank God they’re the clever ones.

These self-imagined intellectuals are rendered emotionally incontinent by even the prospect of a contrary view being heard, by anyone, even once. Which is to say, they’re outraged that it’s even being permitted. This, then, is the new benchmark of campus intellectual life. And the plans to disrupt the talk are, again, gratuitous and spiteful, and utterly disdain those who wish to hear Shapiro speak and ask questions. More than most speakers, Shapiro actively encourages debate with lengthy Q&A sessions immediately after his talk, in which he invites people who disagree to speak first. It’s hard to see what more a person could do to be obliging, short of not turning up.

And yet the ‘protestors’ are acting like it’s a visit via time machine by the Klan. Members of the Black Students Union casually smeared Shapiro as “racist,” based on nothing they cared to specify, insisting that he should not be allowed to speak on the topic of Black Lives Matter because he is a “white man.”

I mean, there’s irony and then there’s irony.

Hal

we must, she says, see people as “racial beings” and “teach [children] to view the world through a racial lens.”

Marathon!, Marathon!, Rah, Rah, Rah!!

---Yeah, yeah, we're now going to get the complaints from the 30 yard dash afficionados . . . .

David

Incidentally, the “white tears” workshop, complete with loaded and condescending title, is the project of PhD student Ainsley Lambert-Swain, who teaches sociology at the University of Cincinnati, and whose background is in “critical race theory” and “racial microaggressions.” For those who want to know just how anti-rational and mentally blunting “critical race theory” is, see here and here. This, remember, is someone who presumes to teach the rest of us how to “manage emotion” while being insulted and called a racist, based on a self-flattering conspiracy theory.

Zionist Overlord #73

After all, they are simply using verbal tactics. It can't be beyond the wit of man to come up with counter tactics.

Islam does not recognize intersectionality, you vile Islamophobe!!! You will all BURN IN GEHENNA!

David

Racism detected!

What other explanation could there possibly be?

Alice

Racism detected!

Asking someone to turn their music down is now a racist hate crime.

David

Asking someone to turn their music down is now a racist hate crime.

And yet it seems to me that race is at least as likely, if not more likely, to inhibit justifiable complaints, such is the bourgeois wariness of being thought racist, even by voicing a polite request for more considerate behaviour. It’s certainly been my experience and I can think of several examples where this – dare I say it – privilege was pretty obvious.

PiperPaul

I'm starting to think that the "Body of Knowledge" that the SJWs rely on as justification for their crusades might possibly be a teensy bit suspect. Maybe.

Sonny Wayze

"After all, they are simply using verbal tactics. It can't be beyond the wit of man to come up with counter tactics."

I can't find an online version of Asimov's 'judo arguments'and I don't have a paper copy, but it seems to me that (from memory) they might be apropos.

Hal

Asking someone to turn their music down is now a racist hate crime.

I live in a wood frame building of four apartments, have DNA that is Scottish, Scottish, Scottish, British Isles mutt, and in the next apartment over is a pair of female Asians, one a researcher, the other possibly student related. Below them is a black woman with a cat who as a guess is also a student, or likely to be---have only chatted with her in passing. We all pay rent to a team of Chinese realtors who manage the multi building apartment complex on behalf of the Chinese or so building owners.

Recently, the realtors sent out a letter to everyone in all the buildings in the complex which very pointedly reminded that there is no smoking of any sort anywhere in the complex---interpersonal politeness as well as city health regulations and all that.

The letter also reminds that what is also mandated out of interpersonal politeness, but also rather noted elsewhere, is that the use of nightclub scale speakers in a wood frame building of one bedroom apartments is clearly solely for the intent of demonstrating that the user is a demented and childish cretin and devoid of taste, style, and a clue---and therefore such use of such speakers is also quite emphatically forbidden, silent hours listed in the letter, obvious negative audial impact upon other apartments clearly spelled out, Etc.

At no time have I ever smelled anything---or very particularly heard and had the building walls and floor buzzing from combat scale sound transmission---because of anyone in the other buildings in the complex. In my building in the complex, the only person in the entire complex who is clearly described by that letter, the quite well documented hipster that is below me in all other ways as well as geographically, is white.

Squires

These self-imagined intellectuals are rendered emotionally incontinent by even the prospect of a contrary view being heard, by anyone, even once. Which is to say, they’re outraged that it’s even being permitted.

As Muhammad would put it, roughly paraphrasing, 'Who is it who will see to this one who has insulted Allah and His Prophet?'

They like to think they have the market cornered on "critical thinking" and thus any actual critical thinking applied to them and their Narrative is haraam.

Birds of a feather do flock together.

As Abu Afak warned, "Men who overthrew mountains and never submitted, a rider who came to them split them in two (saying) "Permitted", "Forbidden", of all sorts of things."

Anna

Wear your racial shame with, er, pride!

"Political correctness is just about politeness, you privileged white supremacist racist."

David

“Political correctness is just about politeness, you privileged white supremacist racist.”

Heh. Absolutely.

And what could be more polite that telling impressionable teenagers, repeatedly, arbitrarily, with no knowledge of their actual lives and behaviour, and based on nothing but the fact that they are white, that they are “personally complicit” in racism, “accomplices” to oppression? And telling them that they should want to wear badges to publicly acknowledge their complicity in racial subjugation, colonial pillage and other imagined sins. And telling those same teenagers that any objection to this accusation, any questioning of it, is proof of their “white fragility,” their “white tears,” and therefore damning confirmation of their guilt.

In a saner world, these hucksters would be pelted with soft fruit and chased out of town.

Spiny Norman

Tar and feathers works, too.

David

Meanwhile, in Chicago high schools.

Because that far-left indoctrination has to be seeded early, while minds are soft and yielding.

Alice

'White people destroy everything'

https://twitter.com/FeministShit/status/832651334201470977

David

‘White people destroy everything’

The left’s chokehold on education is really paying off. Onwards!

Nikw211

Meanwhile, in Chicago high schools.

If that story is accurate and if the equation Racism = Power + Prejudice, where Power refers to legal, institutional and social authority and Prejudice refers not only to actively holding preconceived opinions about a certain group of people based on their ethnicity, but also to when the beneficiaries of a discriminatory social system are ignorant or in denial of how they have benefitted to the detriment of others, then how is this not, by that definition, an example of racism?

The high school is publicly funded and therefore holds legal, institutional and social authority over the students and their parents. And they have used that authority to deny the wishes of those parents.

The parents have then taken the matter higher up the political ladder, only to be denied by those with authority over them yet again.

    Parents have been pleading with school officials since October to allow the other side to be heard. Their concerns, however, have not been taken seriously, and the school has refused to incorporate their views into the seminar’s agenda.

And this is in spite of the fact that:

    ... New Tier has violated its own policy by organizing a program that gives only one point of view.

If an institution is in a position to be able to visibly violate its own policies while at the same time demanding that others abide by them, and moreover to do all this in service of presenting a highly tendentious and politically motivated point of view as if it were incontrovertible fact, then it seems hard to escape the conclusion that this is an abuse of institutional authority and power.

If we add to that use of power the prejudice strongly suggested in the titles of those workshops - “Examining Our Biases,” “Microaggressions: Voices from Literature,” and “Appropriate Alliances: Working in White Spaces.” - then, I think, we must surely conclude that this is an example of racism.

I have often marvelled at the consistent track record of abject failure of political activists and why this is so. It seems to me that at least part of the answer must lie in the fact that they are the proverbial sawers of the branch they are sitting on.

David

And they have used that authority to deny the wishes of those parents.

It does rather suggest that these are not merely idiots or well-meaning people who’ve made a mistake. They are something else.

David

This seems worth digging out again:

New students at Pomona College, Claremont, California, were welcomed to campus with posters in their dorms… stating that all white people are racist.

Just in case anyone had assumed, or hoped, that the ‘initiative’ at the University of Cincinnati must be an isolated aberration.

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