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February 20, 2021

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I was told that the civil rights law protections were not created to help people like me.

Record them. Sue them.

Squires

Three rules to live by:

1) Don’t give loaded guns to monkeys.

2) Don’t give power to diseased minds.

3) If you have to choose, armed monkeys are the lesser evil.

John Lewis
I was to present a library orientation program into which I had poured a tremendous amount of time and effort, and which had previously been approved by my supervisors, I was told that I could not proceed with the planned program. Because it was going to be done in rap form

It is difficult to feel too much sympathy for a person who attempted to feed the tiger and got her hand bit off.

David

It’s worth noting that the objections one might raise regarding “critical race theory” and its implementation – objections raised here many times and in three of the links above - are by no means esoteric. They’re pretty obvious and straightforward - among the first things one might think of. And yet, among the woke, it seems they don’t occur. And if raised by others, it seems they’ll result in, at best, bewilderment, or more likely, hostility.

And hence the word stupefying.

WTP
There is a myth that political events happen in cycles or that there is some sort of swinging political pendulum that goes too far one way and then overcorrects to the other. People make this mistake because they confuse election results and prevailing political parties with directional changes for the nation. While it is true that election results can swing from cycle to cycle, and while there has been a historical back-and-forth regarding the occupant of the White House, the actual direction of the country in terms of diminishing individual liberty has been consistent over the past one hundred years.

Said mathematically, if the X axis is time and the Y axis represents level of liberty, we have been steadily descending toward the X axis for a very long time. We are now about to test the limit function.

In less than twelve months, we have hit three inflection points along that downward-sloping line that have led to its descent at an ever-increasing rate. The first was the advent of the Chinese coronavirus that made people susceptible to government control and allowed governments to gain control. It also instilled in us the willingness to, leading to reveling in, the turning in of our neighbor.

The second was the incident involving George Floyd, which tapped into an individual’s notion of shame and triggered a societally conditioned need for self-sacrifice (altruism). Millions of people came to feel they somehow had to surrender something, anything, to right a social wrong that was identified with catchphrases such as social justice, police brutality, and black lives matter.

The third was the rally in Washington D.C. on January 6th, which provided a visual image that could justify having to silence our speech, remove us from our positions, and generally limit our freedom in order to “protect us from unruly and dangerous elements.”

Over a period of less than twelve months, the American “body politik” was given a mainline injection of an emotional cocktail that included fear, guilt, dependency, revenge, anger, class struggle, oppression, and even empowerment (for those joining the “cause”). We created what Charlie Kirk calls “micro tyrants”, people of normally limited status who by virtue of their position were able to exercise authority over others (wear your mask, keep your distance, and so on). These were people used to feeling of limited significance who were suddenly given the ability to be part of something bigger. Something that was moving. Something that had force.

https://www.brenthamachek.com/post/understanding-and-embracing-the-role-of-the-21st-century-american-dissident

Absolutely this. And RTWT.

Captain Nemo

Can you “try to be less white”?

Well, I suppose I could always try blacking-up. Wait, what do you mean that's also problematic? So let me get this straight. You want me to be less white, but also my becoming less white is also an issue. I see...

Nikw211

You’ve Seen What We’re Doing ...

Is it any wonder conspiracy theories are proliferating when everywhere you care to look there are visible signs of what seems to be a successful takeover?

No shots were reported, no Post Offices or Television towers occupied, no walls pulverised, yet apparently here we are.

aelfheld

Interesting. Some of the most oppressive, arrogant, certain, defensive, ignorant people of the past century have been non-white - Mao, Pol Pot, Mengistu, Amin, &c., &c. Not to mention murderous.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

This rather helps explain the phenomenon, I doubt he is unique among academics.

anon a mouse

"When it was my turn to respond, I said “I don’t feel comfortable talking about that.”

Yeah, no. The proper response to a "facilitator" is "go F*** yourself. Preferably with a pineapple or similar. Now where's my manager so I can file a complaint?"

Trying to reason with a snake will only get you bit.

fnord

Not enough lampposts, not enough rope.

WTP

Now where's my manager so I can file a complaint?

Like her manager f##$&@g cares. Like management has no idea WTF is going on in these classes? WTF have you been the last 25-30 years? Does the name Jane Elliott ring a bell for you? Conservatives..."conservatives" are all strong and brave in the abstract, but mostly worthless chickenshits in the real world when the chips are down. Ask me how I know.

anon a mouse

Was she the broad who remembered something, something that no one else ever saw on TV?

*yawn*

WTP

2009, though the videos are now conveniently unavailable...

https://davidthompson.typepad.com/davidthompson/2009/10/i-sense-a-malign-presence-.html

WTP

Also....On that link...back then I was posting under my RW initials, KRW. Search on KRW and refer to those comments in regard to "ask me how I know". It was a result of things like that that made me think I should distance my personal opinions a bit from my real-world persona in case the HR/PC culture came looking for me. It's 12 years later and I now (obviously?) don't give (much of) a crap.

Jay Guevara

The hired facilitators asked each member of the department to respond to various personal questions about race and racial identity. When it was my turn to respond, I said “I don’t feel comfortable talking about that.”

I'm guessing that this would not have been a good time to bring up IQ scores. Or high school graduation rates. Or felony conviction rates. Or murder rates.

Daniel Ream

It is difficult to feel too much sympathy for a person who attempted to feed the tiger and got her hand bit off.

Jodi Shaw was, until this afternoon, a staffer at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. [...] She is a divorced mother of two children. She is a lifelong liberal and an alumna of the college

Ms. Shaw was a librarian, a group which has been noted here before as being the most viciously woke of them all. I have rummaged about in my steamer trunk of f*cks and come up empty, I'm afraid.

Darleen

The Purity Spiral

Bill de Haan

I remember having to study Critical Race Theory as back as the 1970s.

Of course, that was in a school outside of Johannesburg, and so of course they used the local Cape Dutch word of "Apartheid" (apart-ness, or separation).

It's surprising how well those lessons have stood the test of time.

Oh, certainly, the Boers (whites) and Bantus (blacks) have switched sides now, but it's the same logic, the same rationales, and the same justifications, pretty much point for point.

David

Is it any wonder conspiracy theories are proliferating when everywhere you care to look there are visible signs of what seems to be a successful takeover?

These things do often have a Quatermass vibe. And I suppose that’s the thing. If the environment is sufficiently dementing and unmoored from reality – if, say, it’s inverted, morally and psychologically – and if the rules of dementedness are dutifully observed by enough statusful people, then it can leave the victim wrongfooted. They may even assume, “It can’t be this insane. Maybe it’s me. Maybe I’m just not getting it…”

Wry Mouth

Read the thesis. R. DiAngelo is a talentless hack -- err, was at least a talentless hack when she wrote the dissertation.

: stats scientist type

NTSOG

The Purity Spiral?

I thought that was the mini whirlpool that I see when I flush the toilet and all the 'waste' disappears.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Also related, "From Peggy Mcintosh's Concept of White Privilege", How To Conduct A Privilege Walk.

There could be some intersectional conflict, though, for taking a step back:

17. If you started school speaking a language other than English, take one step back.

What if it was German or Chinese ?

Not really related, the left can't meme...

Burnsie

So if a co-worker of color acts oppressive, arrogant, defensive, ignorant, overly sure of himself or downright conceited to the point where he won't listen to instructions, what do you do? Tell him to stop acting so white?

I need answers!

WTP

To Conduct A Privilege Walk.

A few years ago I was taking "training" to do volunteer work, ostensibly to work with/help people on the margins of homelessness. It is somewhat a thing with me as my mother's father died in the the depths of the Great Depression (1931) but she and two brothers and mother persevered. The training went on and on with a class every couple of weeks for months. What finally caused me to loose patience with the idiocy was having to do a Privilege Walk. One administered by a couple of millennials who themselves were raised far more privileged than I had been. If my mother had to do one of those things she would have been at the very back of the class. What bullshit.

Daniel Ream

If my mother had to do one of those things

An uncomfortable hatefact is that the Irish diapora in Canada and the US suffered massive legal and social discrimination as well - well-earned discrimination, if I'm honest. It took concerted, persistent effort by religious leaders exhorting the Irish communities to clean up their act to rehabilitate them.

Then again, the social dynamics were different. There weren't massive swaths of the establishment telling Irishmen that their violent, drunken culture of spawning children they couldn't afford was A-OK and anyone who exhorted them to change it was Irishist.

Steve E

An uncomfortable hatefact is that the Irish diapora in Canada and the US suffered massive legal and social discrimination as well...

My father and his parents were called "hunky" and it wasn't because they were sexually attractive. Eastern Europeans faced discrimination after the Irish became respectable.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Those darn wypipo and their ice skating in the late 1700s.

Felicity

Meanwhile, over at goggle, https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9280297/Google-ethical-AI-unit-leader-tweets-Im-fired-amid-investigation-handling-documents.html . They have created a woke vortex that they can’t control. It sounds like these people are implicated in serious security breaches, and are now screaming Mysogyny/racism. Will be interested to see how this is played out, or if it gets buried. Might cost goggle a few sheckles.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...now screaming Mysogyny/racism...

Speaking of which, police brutality...

There were two cops behind me - hands on their guns. I had my hands up and was struggling to find the words I always had thought I'd say if I was EVER in that situation but all I could think of: one sudden move and I would be shot.

...or maybe not.

Squad 1830 (Officer 1): Okay, well you have a good night.

Unidentified [brutalized] Person: Would you mind giving me a ride?

Squad 1830 (Officer 1): No, I can’t, I can’t give you a ride.

Unidentified Person: Okay, thank you

Squad 1830 (Officer 1): Thank you

Squad 1830 (Officer 2): We are still looking for the guy, that’s why we can’t give you a ride alright...

ATTICA ! ATTICA ! ATTICA !

Daniel Ream

over at goggle

Gebru combined deep learning with Google Street View to estimate the demographics of United States neighbourhoods, showing that socioeconomic attributes such as voting patterns, income, race and education can be inferred from observations of cars.[17] If the number of pickup trucks outnumbers the number of sedans, the community are more likely to vote for the Republican party.[21]

While getting a master's degree in EE from Stanford is no mean feat, it would be nice if these people didn't work quite so hard to live down to the stereotype.

Daniel Ream

And from a summary of the paper that got her fired:

Gebru’s draft paper points out that the sheer resources required to build and sustain such large AI models means they tend to benefit wealthy organizations, while climate change hits marginalized communities hardest.
researchers have sought to collect all the data they can from the internet, so there's a risk that racist, sexist, and otherwise abusive language ends up in the training data. An AI model taught to view racist language as normal is obviously bad.

I'm kind of with Google on this one.

David

ATTICA ! ATTICA ! ATTICA !

Thanks for that. It deserves a post of its own, I think.

Karl

I'm kind of with Google on this one.

I once thought that Google employees must be the absolute cream of the crop, but the more I read about their "research" and their corporate behaviour, the more I'm coming to the conclusion that they are really very dim bulbs.

This researcher, Timnit Gebru, co-lead of Google’s ethical AI team, invested a lot of effort and Google's money in demonstrating that AI work - her work - was (supposedly) damaging the environment, and "marginalised" communities and "perpetuating harm" against minorities.

And so they fired her.

???

randian
So let me get this straight. You want me to be less white, but also my becoming less white is also an issue. I see...
Whites are always wrong, a classic double bind. Reject it and it's a Kafkatrap. The only winning move is not to play, if you can. I expect people to start getting fired or demoted for walking out ("failing to comply with conditions of employment"), and many lawsuits to follow. The question is whether you can find a contingency-fee attorney to take your case in states that are hotbeds of this sort of stuff, like CA or NY. I wouldn't be surprised to see attorneys who take such cases have their license threatened for violating the bar's "diversity" mandates.
Daniel Ream

I once thought that Google employees must be the absolute cream of the crop

They used to be. The thing is all the hard technical work has already been done and while there's still some interesting research in small parts of the company they've been in station-keeping mode for a while now. Much of the top flight talent has left and the company has been turned over to the marketing suits. Same thing happened at Oracle, Microsoft, IBM - any large technical company, really.

rechill

I'm lucky to not have yet to deal with this nonsense because I work for a small business that isn't entirely bat shit crazy. It may only be a matter of time though. It's going to get interesting when my reply is "Go fuck yourself. You're the racist."

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