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Razib Khan reviews Charles Murray’s Facing Reality

Comfortable white people—“nice white parents” in affluent neighbourhoods who support efforts to “defund the police”—can refuse to look into the data or insist that those data are the product of racist systems and structures. They can “interrogate their privilege” and “confront their white supremacy,” or better yet, demand that others do so. But they won’t be any closer to understanding why poor African Americans and Latinos in inner-city neighbourhoods want more police officers in their neighbourhoods and not fewer, nor why poor African American parents clamour for access to strict charter schools that activists condemn for being “anti-black.” Principled ignorance might be a costless gesture for affluent progressives, but they’re heaping additional injustice onto the backs of those who can least afford the wages of social signalling.

Ben Sixsmith on when paedophilia was avant-garde: 

The German Green party was especially notable for its enablement of child abuse. As the Times of London reported in 2015, “a paedophile network was active in the Berlin branch of the Green party until the mid-1990s, with potentially hundreds of victims.” Daniel Cohn-Bendit, a leading student activist in the 1968 unrest and a prominent member of the Greens, wrote fantasies about sexual contact with children which he later awkwardly described as “irresponsible” and “a type of manifesto against the bourgeois society.” Cohn-Bendit was not, as you might assume, a hair-brained student when he wrote that filth, but 30 years old. Perhaps the bourgeois society had something — at least something — to be said for it.

Hans Bader on woke bigotry and a dishonest news media:

On July 15, a Reuters fact-check claimed that “many Americans embrace falsehoods about critical race theory.” But it is Reuters that embraced a falsehood, not the American people. Reuters denied that critical race theory teaches that “discriminating against white people is the only way to achieve equality,” saying that was a “misconception” promoted by “conservative media outlets.”

It’s not a misconception. It’s the explicit position of the most famous exponent of critical race theory, Boston University’s Ibram X. Kendi. The “key concept” in Kendi’s book How to Be an Antiracist is that discrimination against whites is the only way to achieve equality: “The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination. The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination,” writes Kendi in that book, a New York Times bestseller touted by many progressive journalists… Kendi’s book… is a “comprehensive introduction to critical race theory,” notes the leading progressive media organ Slate. Kendi says he was “inspired by critical race theory,” and he has been described as a leading “critical race theorist.” Kendi said that he cannot “imagine a pathway to” his teachings “that does not engage CRT.”

Reuters says it is a fallacy to believe that critical race theory teaches “that white people are inherently bad or evil.” But it is hard to justify widespread discrimination against white people, as Kendi does, unless you believe they are bad. Kendi once wrote an op-ed suggesting that white people are aliens from outer space.

And Tyler Hummel on some of Mr Kendi’s fellow hustlers: 

The University of Kentucky paid $5,000 to the Centre for Healing Racial Trauma for the workshop… Titled “Cultivating an Anti-Racist Mindset for Academic Administrators,” the workshop was hosted last winter by the centre, which offers trainings designed to heal people of racism and teach them to be anti-racist, among other services. The centre is run by University of Kentucky psychology Professor Candice Hargons… The session involved deans and other top faculty writing out their “chosen metric for anti-racism,” to whom they have chosen to be accountable, and the steps they have taken thus far to address it… Mary Davis, [dean of the University of Kentucky’s J. David Rosenberg College of Law,] wrote she has begun to “force myself to accept white inferiority,” and that it is “really hard.”

During this jolly barn dance of intersectional psychodrama, weak-minded administrators are instructed to “replace white supremacy with the more accurate white inferiority complex,” an allegedly all-pervasive phenomenon that, we’re told, “organises most systems in the USA.”

Ah, yes. Ectoplasm everywhere. Can you feel the healing yet?

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Comments

Richard Cranium

Get a room, you two.

David

In a nutshell.

See also, “social justice.

Nikw211

Acknowledging unambiguous patterns ... will often result in the rebuke that some beliefs are divine mysteries, to be accepted on faith ...

On a related theme - I think this may count as a spanner getting thrown into a certain kind of works.

David

I think this may count as a spanner getting thrown into a certain kind of works.

Heh. Please stop noticing reality.

Peter J

He tells us, for instance, that black people are somehow harmed by expectations of competence, reciprocation and effort - which he disdains as “racist” - and can only be “liberated” when they “reject cultural standards,” i.e., personal responsibility, diligence, punctuality, etc. And his books are given to children in middle schools across the US.

This goes beyond just being stupid and irresponsible.

David

This goes beyond just being stupid and irresponsible.

And so, a familiar question. If you were sufficiently malicious that you actually wanted to degrade the life chances of minority children, to send them on a path to failure and resentment, what would you do differently?

But this is pretty much a defining dynamic of wokeness in general, isn’t it? Pretentious collective guilt for things over which you personally have zero influence, including historical events involving strangers long dead, and simultaneously, no responsibility whatsoever for your own damn choices and incontinent behaviour.

As noted here many times, it’s remarkable just how often ‘progressive’ sentiment only makes sense as an attempt to displace responsibility, and with ever greater contrivance.

Darleen

I think this may count as a spanner getting thrown into a certain kind of works.

It's almost as if there were innate differences between males and females.

pst314

If you were sufficiently malicious that you actually wanted to degrade the life chances of minority children, to send them on a path to failure and resentment, what would you do differently?

"The worse things get, the better."
--old Marxist slogan

U. S. Person

Unfortunately, I was not available for the first 19 days of this urgent "training":

(excerpt from an email received this morning:)

"Welcome to Day 20! Building My Anti-Racist Action Plan

To be an Anti-Racist leader, one must first understand what anti-racism is and how to effectively outline a plan that exemplifies this. 'To create an equal society, we must commit to making unbiased choices and being antiracist in all aspects of our lives*.' -National Museum of African American History & Culture"


Question: How do I plan an anti-racist backyard chicken coop? Does an anti-racist chicken coop plan have to be approved by the Building Department?


* including personal hygiene? I mean, including personal hygiene!

pst314

National Museum of African American History & Culture

Our taxes pay for that racist shit-show.

David

[ Sounds of muffled exertion, hammering, etc. ]

Well, that’s tomorrow’s ephemera bolted together.

pst314

Well, that’s tomorrow’s ephemera bolted together.

How did another week pass so quickly??

semi retired conservative

If you need something to pad out your Friday follies have a gawk at this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKBs9l8jS6Q&list=WL&index=2

I know nothing about CGI but I do like sci fi and some of these 3 second "renders" (whatever the hell that is) made my jaw drop with their ingenuity and artistry.

Apologies if it has been featured before.

APL

In a nutshell

One of the responses to the Twitter thread regarding objections to Critical Race Theory was "No, it's like paraplegics in a wheelchair having a ramp to get into and out of places. Some people are and will be different and should be heard for the little exemption they require."

When it is framed like this, people sort of back down because who would be opposed to access by paraplegics?. But the reality of CRT is more like restricting access to non-paraplegics, claiming any objective testing of disability is paraplegic-ism, not being allowed to notice that the people using the ramps don't seem in any way disabled, and loudly proclaiming that non-paraplegics are evil and are the root cause of this and all disabilities - and Global Warming.

Which is a little different.

David

Which is a little different.

Also, the conceit of framing black people as akin to paraplegics. It’s… bold.

Or perhaps I mean some other word.

Daniel Ream

I recognize some of those video games.

pst314

We need more of this.

pst314

And less of this

pst314

Come on, officer, just shoot the animal already!

Charly

a spanner getting thrown into a certain kind of works

Reminds me of this year's NCAA distance medley relay final, where 1200 meter runners (11/12 white) handed off to a mostly black cohort of 400 meter runners, and then the event turning mostly white again upon their handoff to the 800 meter runners. It was so blatantly diverse (but in the wrong sense of diverse) that I thought an NCAA equity official would have called it off. All they'd have to do to create the right sort of diversity is to stop giving athletic scholarships to farmgirls from Iowa and start giving them to farmgirls from Kenya.

We can expect a lot more mixed male/female teams in future. Obvious mismatches like the one in the video aren't a problem. It'll all get absorbed into team spirit, with everyone having different but equally essential contributions to make. It throws up compelling you-go-girl scenarios, for example where the male athletes fail to chase down the woman on the final leg, in which case the front page photo will show the triumphant finish and not the head start, the headline will be about women successfully competing "with" men, and anyone who quibbles will be a bad sport with a creepy obsession about proving female inferiority. And when the women are more relatively dominant than the men, the inferiority script can be flipped...

Imagine that it’s 2026 and the U.S. women have prevailed over the Netherlands 2-0 in the first game of the two-game final. What would follow is an exciting — nerve-racking! — last battle. Would the American men screw things up in the second game, despite being handed a 2-0 lead? It would be a revolutionary ultimate contest: We would all be on the field together to determine the best in the world.

When the pro women's leagues for basketball and soccer were founded in the 90's, the expectation was that by now the leagues would be sustained by spontaneous and organic female support, stadiums full of the daughters and granddaughters of 90's soccer moms. It's pretty clear now that women don't follow sport with the same intensity as men, and that female victories are met with polite applause instead of the tribal joy that follows on male victories. Mixed teams are a way of getting male players and fans to attach as much importance to a female performance as they do to a male performance. This is also a corrective for toxic masculinity, cases of which will be found and amplified in order to push through the co-edization of teams.

Watcher In The Dark

Oh Lord, movies and the pompous idiots who make them...

I still cite the one thing in any movie that no matter how famous the director or accomplished the writer, proves it is stupid and badly directed and appallingly written. This is the bullet-through-the-rear-window-of-a-fleeing-car bit.

I ponder on every occasion when I see this in a movie (which is quite often) how a lump of high speed metal, having shattered the rear window of a fleeing car, somehow disappears and never reaches the people in the front. Nor does the slug manage to hurtle on and puncture the windscreen (The scene always seems to be viewed of the people in the car looking forward and ducking/flinching, natch) So I am left to conclude the bullet either disintegrates on impact with glass or drops magically on to the rear seat of the car.

This, incidentally, is echoed in some movies where bullets cannot go through the thin sheet of car door metal (with attendant leather-effect cardboard on the interior). Apparently not even a .50 calibre machine gun can penetrate the side of a modern hatchback. Amazing!

The one film that I think was true to life in this respect was 'Bonnie and Clyde' when the bandit-lovers met their end. Their car was pretty badly holed and so were they. After that movie I suppose a shocked Hollywood decided bullets were dangerous-but-harmless...

David

And less of this

Given the remarkable number of transgender people who report being molested as children, and given that gender dysphoria may often be a consequence of said molestation, a perverse coping mechanism, the attempts by some trans people to sexualise children, to blur normal boundaries, should be making the red light flash. After all, some damaged people want to pay it forward.

Governor Squid

We would all be on the field together to determine the best in the world.

I tried to read the linked article, but all I could hear is:

Girl: "He has a bowl of ice cream and I dont!"
Grownup: "Okay, sweetie. Here's a bowl of ice cream."
Girl: "But his bowl has more in it!"
Grownup: "They're the same, honey. I measured."
Girl: "Well I don't want this one! Make him share that one with me right now!"

They "negotiate" like toddlers and then wonder why nobody treats them seriously...

Darleen

some of these 3 second "renders" (whatever the hell that is) made my jaw drop with their ingenuity and artistry.

thank you for that! There were some that I really wanted the whole story!

dcardno
The one film that I think was true to life in this respect was 'Bonnie and Clyde' when...
I seem to recall Sonny Corleone's car looking like a large colander in the scene at the toll-booth. That aside, you are right; entertainment bullets have their own laws of motion, and they are unfamiliar to physics students.
Farnsworth M Muldoon

I ponder on every occasion when I see this in a movie (which is quite often) how a lump of high speed metal, having shattered the rear window of a fleeing car, somehow disappears and never reaches the people in the front.

Unless the glass isn't typical laminated tempered safety glass or strictly vertical (like a pick up truck rear window), a bullet will deflect, likely tumble and/or fragment, the degree to which any of those things happen depends on things like calibre, velocity, weight and composition of the bullet, angle of incidence, etc.

What is bogus is a windshield or rear window shattering, something tempered auto safety glass is specifically designed not to do.

Daniel Ream

What is bogus is a windshield or rear window shattering, something tempered auto safety glass is specifically designed not to do.

That's exactly backwards. Tempered glass is designed to shatter into small dull bits instead of shards. You're thinking of laminated glass, which is used for all front windshields and may or may not be used for the side and rear windows, depending on the manufacturer and age of the vehicle; but side and rear windows are usually tempered.

entertainment bullets have their own laws of motion, and they are unfamiliar to physics students

Now do computers.

WTP

No one really knows for certain what is going on inside a computer. It's all theory and conjecture based on prior knowledge.

pst314

No one really knows for certain what is going on inside a computer. It's all theory and conjecture based on prior knowledge.

Except for David's hamster.

Sid

On realism in car chases, there's also John Ford's philosophy...

“One thing I can’t understand about it, Jack. In the chase, why didn’t the Indians just shoot the horses pulling the stagecoach?”

pst314

why didn’t the Indians just shoot the horses pulling the stagecoach?

Because they Deeply Respected, And Lived In Harmony With, Nature? 😄

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