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Gaslighting Critical Race Theory (CRT)

I can only assume that the grassroots fight back in the USA against this racist shite is beginning to bite, because all of sudden the MSM is starting to run stories and articles and news items that are trying to gaslight the whole thing.

The gaslighting is the same as that used against the Tea Party protests in 2009-10, in that it’s “racist” and created by the Republican Party and Fox News as battle-space preparation for the 2022 mid-term elections.

Specifically they’re hitting the following themes:

  • Nobody really understands CRT. It’s just an academic theory.
  • If bad things are happening it’s because “fringe groups” and “some individuals” are twisting the theory to their own purposes.
  • It’s only about “racial justice” and “anti-racism” – and who could be opposed to such good things.
  • It’s not about hating on White People. That’s just crazy talk.

Ok. So instead of fighting the whole “White Boy” fight, let’s turn the argument over to the people for whom this theory is supposed to make life better (“Kill Disparate Impact”).

A Black dad with two medical degrees goes off on Critical Race Theory.

A Black dad with his little munchkin of a daughter, goes off on CRT:

A Black mother goes off on the Loudoun County School Board about CRT

And of course the Black professor of linguistics from Columbia university, John McWhorter.

But if the mantra is that what we need to do to solve black America’s problems is “get rid of systemic racism,” we’re in trouble. That analysis, be it explicit or tacit, is based on a third-grader’s understanding of how a society works. More importantly, that analysis does not help black people and often hurts us

His plea on “systemic racism” will be ignored

John McWhorter’s that is. He’s pictured here. He’s a linguist professor at Columbia University, where he also teaches philosophy and music history. His research speciality is creole languages.

Like most linguists he hates the sloppy use of words and grammar, but in this article he goes after the recent term “systemic racism” because he thinks it’s useless, unhelpful and racist itself.

But if the mantra is that what we need to do to solve black America’s problems is “get rid of systemic racism,” we’re in trouble. That analysis, be it explicit or tacit, is based on a third-grader’s understanding of how a society works. More importantly, that analysis does not help black people and often hurts us.

I’m always amused by academics who can’t see the political aspects of what they’re discussing, in this case the simple fact that “systemic racism” is far too politically useful to the Left at the moment to stop being used.

It’s useful in two ways.

First, it puts opponents on the back foot in the same way that hurling the simple word, “racism” does, but with the added benefit of not sounding like a direct attack. The Leftist is not actually calling you a racist – just the system in which we all live; the implication being that if you don’t want to radically change the system it’s likely because you’re privileged by it and… well, you know… You’re a….

McWhorter actually does get this visceral aspect and argues that it’s one of the reasons why the approach is so useless in solving real problems – but he still grants good faith to the people using the term.

The second reason is that it can be used to explain away a multitude of failures in Left-wing institutions that have been built over the last hundred years. Are Blacks and other “People of Colour” (POC) falling behind in education, healthcare and social welfare stats? Well, the explanation is not that Public Health, Public Education and Public Welfare are shoddy structures with poor incentives, or even counter-productive ones built in. No, the explanation is that they’re systemically racist.

Where will it get us, beyond thrilling rhetoric, to pretend that with racism, the difference between past and present doesn’t matter? Most of us get that this is, in the present tense, “racism without racists.”

I can see real problems for the Left in pushing this theory, since the initial proposed solution is a basic re-programming of the minds of all the White people in those institutions. Such brainwashing strategies have a bad history of cruelty and failure. As it fails the next logical step will be to create separate entities for POC: a separate healthcare, education and welfare system.

Is this sounding familiar to you as a New Zealander? It should as He Puapua hoves into view. Ye Olde Tyme Leftie Chris Trotter is already shitting bricks about the implications for his beloved Public world, as he should be.

But back to McWhorter’s critique of “systemic racism” in the US. The article specifically looks at the failure of Black kids in US education – but the argument used there is used in all the other areas of society; that the discrepancies between Black kids education and other American groups is due to systemic racism. This theory has the official stamp of the US government and legal system with the approved term being “Disparate Impact”: if there is disparate impact then it means that racism is present, even when explicitly non-racist practices are used.

McWhorter lists the usual reasons for Black school failure: lousy schools and Black families that perhaps don’t have the “cultural capital” to invest in their kids (unlike Asian families especially). But he points out that the gap exists in good schools and that “hard-pressed, semi-educated” Caribbean and African immigrant families get their kids into top schools.

He then references a detailed study done in 1997 of the attitudes that Black kids have to schools and education:

I know of no study that more elegantly gets across a subtle but determinative difference between how black and white kids tend to process the school thing. For the black kids, school is something “else,” something for “them,” beyond the comfort zone; for the white kids, it is part of the comfort zone.

Casteel’s study pointed up a quieter aspect of something richly documented nationwide – a sense among black teens that school is “white” and that real black kids don’t hit the books. 

But precisely because Casteel’s study did not blame racism the study is argued against by Black academics, even though:

a) Note that our issue here is not assailing black kids for being lazy students.

b) We cannot fall back on the idea that the kids’ white teachers were “racisming” them, because the black kids said they did their work for the teacher, just not their parents.

c) Casteel was not a white Republican or anything close. He is a black man, having been a career educator among many things, deeply devoted to helping the black community.

But what would such a man know compared to someone with a PhD in some aspect of Critical Race Theory?

McWhorter tackles the non-solution of “Systemic Racism” head on:

“Undoing the racism in the system,” in this light, is word magic, not an intelligent prescription for change in the real world.

If our only approach must be to show that we aren’t racists by “eliminating the racism” embedded in societal procedures, then of course the new idea is that we should eliminate whatever it is that is challenging black students. Just tear it down.

But here is where we get whites smiling nervously and pretending to think that actually getting the answer is white, that being competitively tested is white (unless, I guess, it’s on a basketball court or in a rap battle?), that being expected to raise your hand and give an answer is white.

Which leads to this killer point:

And anyone who misses that this is exactly the way Strom Thurmond wanted it is all but working to be ignorant.

Of course that’s “anti-racism” in a nutshell.

A different solution is proposed:

It would seem that our solution to the kind of thing Casteel identified is putting extra effort into training black kids for tests, getting the word out among them about the value of collaboration in studying (which blunts the idea that studying is not what “we” do), valuing black kids learning next to each other in solid charter schools over the idea that they are better off learning next to middle class white kids (despite some evidence of slightly better performance in such cases – priorities will differ), and other things.

But of all of our strategies, “get rid of the racism” is the goofiest, most unreasoning and ultimately most harmful.

Well sure, but that’s the academic in him. Politically “systemic racism” is incredibly useful for the Left, so the harm does not matter, but read the whole thing anyway.

UPDATE:

Well looky here –White privilege’ is infecting the education system – H/T Homepaddock:

“Teachers are being shown videos that instruct them to list their ‘privileges’ and view their students in terms of racial groupings. The training modules we have seen state that ‘education is a form of symbolic violence’ and that the structure of school day doesn’t work for Pacific learners who ‘are not tuned into the different parts of the day’.

As I keep saying, focusing on the USA is worthwhile because almost all of what develops there turns up in New Zealand sooner or later. Also keep note of the “Right-Wing” politicians and activists of the National Party as they mindlessly repeat the term “systemic racism”.

Written by Tom Hunter

May 28, 2021 at 10:48 am

America is not a racist country.

That’s a direct quote from a speech given a few days ago by a Republican Senator doing the usual reply to the President’s Congressional address (which was decidedly not a State Of The Union address).

It’s something that tens of millions of American voters, Democrat and Republican alike, agree on about their nation in 2021.

Here’s the context around the statement.

“Today, kids again are being taught that the color of their skin defines them — and if they look a certain way, they’re an oppressor. From colleges to corporations to our culture, people are making money and gaining power by pretending we haven’t made any progress.

By doubling down on the divisions we’ve worked so hard to heal. You know this stuff is wrong. Hear me clearly: America is not a racist country. It’s backwards to fight discrimination with different discrimination. And it’s wrong to try to use our painful past to dishonestly shut down debates in the present.

Here’s the man who said it, Senator Tim Scott from South Carolina.

Naturally this caused a meltdown on the US Left. Black men are not supposed to say this because it hurts the Left’s narrative about America and removes a big reason to vote for the Democrat Party.

Reporters did ask both Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris whether they agreed with Tim Scott and lacking the usual Democrat angles of going off about some Old, White, Privileged Male saying such a thing they were both forced to acknowledge the truth of Scott’s statement – and effectively disavow the primary claim of Burn Loot Murder and the modern American Left.

Sort of.

You can listen to Harris here: “Kamala Harris: ‘I Don’t Think America is a Racist Country’ BUT…”.

As the “BUT” in the headline indicates, she moves on as fast as possible to what amounts to an assertion that America is a racist country:

“… we also do have to speak truth about the history of racism in our country, and its existence today.” 

I reckon there’s a way to make a distinction to save her from the charge of being an incoherent idiot: define the term “racist country” down so narrowly so that a country with a lot of racism in it could still not be a “racist country.”

Then there was Biden:

No, I don’t think the American people are racist, BUT

Woah! Another “BUT”.

But okay. First stop implying that they are racists by saying shit like how the Floyd death “ripped the blinders off for the whole world to see the systemic racism, or saying how Mitt Romney is going to take Blacks and “put y’ll back in chains” (complete with what he imagined was a Southern Black accent). And make sure the rest of the Federal government isn’t sending that message either (too late, judging by his appointees). Make sure you don’t hire fucking idiots who say shit like this:

“I mean, you got the first African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man,”

Biden could also take a crack at all those little American progressives who support you as they rushed to denounce Senator Scott with “#UncleTim being the most inspired epithet trending on Twitter.

Admittedly Biden’s old KKK pal Robert Bryd (D) – to whom he gave a fulsome eulogy a few years ago – and the Segregationist Southern Democrat Senators he hung with in the early 70’s, would probably have laughed at that epithet as well.

That’s what a real uniting President would do. But let’s face it, Biden just says whatever’s placed in his head and hands by his advisors.

… I think after 400 years, African-Americans have been left in a position where they are so far behind the eight-ball in terms of education, health, in terms of opportunity. I think the overhang from all of the Jim Crow and before that, slavery, has had a cost, and we have to deal with it.

Taking this point-by-point:

  • America has been “dealing” for decades with the after-effects of slavery and Jim Crow – in welfare, education, and health:

    – Welfare checks go to Blacks to a disproportionate degree.

    – Blacks benefit to a disproportionate extent from free health care via Medicaid and subsidized care via Obamacare.

    – Blacks also receive very preferential admission to American colleges and universities, something that is increasingly being attacked by the Asian community as their kids miss out on places. Admittedly Blacks do suffer badly from the “K-12” (Kindergarten to our Year 13) Public school education system, but that’s almost entirely under the control of Biden’s Democrat Party – like most of the rest of the places where American Blacks live, so Biden could start there in eliminating “systemic racism”.
  • Slavery was abolished more than 150 years ago and it’s been more than fifty years since Jim Crow prevailed. Vast numbers of Blacks have taken the opportunity of equality under the law to build a solid Middle Class across the USA. That wouldn’t have happened if the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow had, in Biden’s words, “left [them] in a position where they are so far behind the eight-ball.”
  • So in dealing with those who are “so far behind the eight-ball” it’s quite possible that they’ve left themselves behind by not doing the things that other Blacks have done to get ahead of the eight-ball (and what has been done by members of other American groups that started off behind because of racism, poverty and so forth). If Biden wants to throw even more assistance at Blacks who are left behind, he should show exactly how they’re behind due to slavery and Jim Crow, rather than because of their own choices and the Democrat Party-controlled environments they live in.

There was a similar event recently when the BBC made the serious mistake of interviewing a former US Police Officer about the Chauvin verdict. Only four minutes long but it packs a punch.

And this late addition is not to be missed. For those of you who don’t know, Alyssa Milano is one of the “Disney kid stars” of the 1990’s who has now gone on to …. other things, like being a political activist. She was quite vocal about the #MeToo movement (Believe All WomanTM) – until the rise of Grandpa Gropes for President. It would appear that her new schtick as a spokesperson for Blacks is also about to die.

Written by Tom Hunter

May 4, 2021 at 6:00 am

This guy gets it. Others soon will.

Leo Terrell

The guy in question is Civil Rights lawyer Leo Terrell, who has been part and parcel of Democrat party politics for years in California.

Over the years some of his more notable cases included:

  • In 1995, Terrell represented Kumasi Simmons, a former football player from Centennial High School in Compton expelled for hitting a referee. Simmons accused the referee of using racial epithets. Terrell accused the Beverly Hills Police Department of intimidating witnesses who could back up Simmons’s claim.
  • In 1999, Terrell called on the Los Angeles police commission to hear witnesses who claimed that a homeless woman, Margaret Laverne Mitchell, was running when police officers shot her.
  • In 2012, Terrell called for an investigation of misconduct by trainees of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

He also hates Trump.

 

In other words his bonafides as a Democrat and a champion of civil rights, especially for Blacks, is solid.

And he’s had it with the Democrat Party’s response to the George Floyd murder in Minneapolis, in particular the insane policy of defunding the police in Democrat cities like LA, NYC and Minneapolis, all of whose mayors have recently announced those proposals.

He then went into the lions den of appearing on Hannity’s show on Fox, where he has often clashed with the host before, even walking off the set some years ago. What he had to say should send shivers up the spines of a party that thinks it’s got Trump where they want him for an election loss in November – with riots, mayhem and a nasty economic recession caused by government responses to the Chinese Lung AIDS disease.

On the show he stated bluntly that the Democrats have been “hijacked by the extremists” and he got stuck into the abysmal Joe Biden:

“He threw blacks in jail with his crime bill. It was President Trump with his first step action that got us out of jail, and then his best friend [LA Mayor] Eric Garcetti calls cops killers.”

And he also had some choice words for people who have been running the line that it is Trump who is failing to unite the country, looking at Biden’s recent comment that:

“There are probably anywhere from 10 to 15% of the people out there that are just not very good people.”

I’m surprised it’s as low as that in the estimation of the Democrats. It surely must include the 63 million who voted for Trump in 2016 and is an insane echo of Hillary Clinton’s “Deplorables” comment that helped her to lose an unlosable election. Terrel went right to the point on that:

“He claims he wants to unite the country, well he just threw out 15%, they’re not good people. Well, Joe Biden, I’m part of that 15% and proud of it.

Then he further divides the country by claiming that if you don’t vote Democrat, you ain’t black. He further divides the country by then not supporting the police department. I find it insulting.”

The Democrats may be in for a hell of shock, especially when it comes to the Black vote, of which they need 95% to win.

Written by Tom Hunter

June 7, 2020 at 8:42 pm

Grooming the successor

So now in the USA Democrat voters have three candidates to choose from for President:

– Senile Joe
– Creepy Joe
– Racist Joe

The last one has really turned on the taps of racist stupidity in the last week after his infamous “You Ain’t Black” brain explosion about Blacks voting for the Republicans. This later led the host of the radio show on which Biden blurted this, Charlamagne tha God, to say that:

“Dems have to worry about voter depression, and that’s people staying home on Election Day because they just aren’t enthused by the candidate”.

Not enthused you say? Really?

Racism, straight up.

For years now, Joe Biden has got away with gaffes and behaviour that’s simply been dismissed as “Oh, that’s just Joe” (chuckle).

And fortunately for America he’ll likely continue to get away with this in his campaign for President.

His primary accuser, Tara Reade, is already finding out the Democrats and the MSM will only praise you if you make accusations against a Republican, otherwise you’re the target, and you can look forward to being destroyed in the media.

It’s been a bit of an eye-opener for more than just Ms Reade, as she openly wondered on Twitter why the MSM refused to interview or ask questions of Biden for days after her accusation surfaced. But she surely got the message when she started getting Tweets like the following from a prominent “feminist” attorney:

Nothing new here. Way back in 2008, in the notorious Right Wing magazine CounterPunch filed an article by Alt-Righter Alexander Cockburn, that really let Biden have it:

Biden is a notorious flapjaw. His vanity deludes him into believing that every word that drops from his mouth is minted in the golden currency of Pericles. Vanity is the most conspicuous characteristic of US Senators en bloc, nourished by deferential acolytes and often expressed in loutish sexual advances to staffers, interns and the like.  On more than one occasion CounterPunch’s editors have listened to vivid accounts by the recipient of just such advances, this staffer of another senator being accosted by Biden in the well of the senate in the weeks immediately following his first wife’s fatal car accident.

His behaviour is so well-known that even his supporters don’t bother denying it:

… the [a former Secret Service] agent asserted that, “We had to cancel the VP Christmas get together at the Vice President’s house because Biden would grope all of our wives and girlfriend’s asses.” The annual party was for agents and Navy personnel who were tasked with protecting the Biden family.

He would mess with every single woman or teen. It was horrible,” the agent said.

According to the source, a Secret Service agent once got suspended for a week in 2009 for shoving Biden after he cupped his girlfriend’s breast while the couple was taking a photo with him. The situation got so heated, the source told Cassandra Fairbanks, that others had to step in to prevent the agent from hitting the then–Vice President.
Additionally, the agent claims that Biden would walk around the VP residence naked at night. “I mean, Stark naked… Weinstein level stuff,”

It’s called being entitled.

And now a group has put together a video of years of Biden fondling young woman and little girls and overlaid on it a general talk by one Professor Anthony Zenkus who studies sexual violence. As a dedicated member of the Far Left Zenkus will probably be horrified at how his talk about boundaries and “grooming” is being applied to Biden, but the descriptions of what you’re watching are brutally accurate.

 
 
Still, I don’t think any of this will stop Biden being selected at the Democrat Convention as their Presidential candidate to face OrangeManBad. The DNC were more terrified of a True Believing Socialist than of credible accusations of sexual abuse, cognitive failure and racism and carried Biden over the line past Bernie Sanders in the primary campaign, so they’re not going to give up on their man now.
 
There has been talk of dropping in a last minute replacement, but if it’s not any of the other failed primary candidates there would be hell to pay – especially from Bernie Supporters who would count it as a bigger cheat against them than Hillary’s in 2016.
 
However, I doubt we will ever again hear the phrase, “Oh, that’s just Joe!
 
And just a reminder for our more TDS commentators who are determined to make a meal of Ford v Reade:
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Written by Tom Hunter

May 31, 2020 at 7:26 am

THE SYNERGY BETWEEN AFRO-AMERICAN AND MAORI VOTERS

Donald Trump rightly poses the question to the Afro-American community … what have the Democrats done to deserve the massive support your voting demographic gives them … why not give the Republicans a chance to prove we can make a difference?

Certainly it can be argued that in recent years the Black community can show very little gains from having ‘their’ man in the White-house. Unemployment in the Afro-American community is up; the numbers receiving food stamps increases by the week; welfare is a growth industry; the ghettoisation of the inner cities continues apace; drugs and crime are rampant; the light at the end of the tunnel remains dim at best.

Yet since 1964 no Republican running for President has scored more than 15% of the Black vote.   The worst result was in 2008 when John McCain scored just 4%.   Why so given the Republicans are the Party of Lincoln that freed the slaves while the Democrats for the next 70 years resolutely opposed the granting of rights to the Black community and it was not until 1924 that Afro-Americans were even allowed to attend the Democratic National Convention.

Up until the late 1920s the Black vote was pretty evenly divided between both parties.   A seismic shift occurred in 1936 with the election of FDR and the New Deal.  HST reinforced this during his Presidency when he ended segregation in the armed forces while JFKs New Frontier and LBJs Great Society further cemented in Black support.   But in the half century since then and under a slew of Presidents from both sides of the political divide nothing much has changed. Dreams remain just that.   The Afro-American vote remains wedded to the Democratic Party … for what and why?

There is a certain synergy between Afro-American and Maori politics. The mid 1930s saw the election of the first Labour Government.  Some years earlier that Party had forged a crucial alliance with TW Ratana (Pira Wiri Tua … The Campaigner) and by 1943 had captured all four Maori seats.    It is difficult to avoid the conclusion the alliance benefited Labour far more than it did Maori. Their four MPs were treated as electoral cannon fodder while the advent of social welfare convinced many in Maoridom that all they had to do was sit back and that Government would provide in the manner of a Cargo Cult of the John Frum variety.

The inevitable outcome was as Sir Apirima Ngata feared when he warned of the danger to Maori in relying on the State for everything.   Maoridom stopped thinking for itself and lost its way.  Labour threw the odd bone including the 1985 Treaty of Waitangi Amendment Act which allowed for the airing of grievances dating back to 1840 and spurned the treaty grievance industry which remains today alive and flourishing.   Add to that, the quality of Labour’s Maori MPs could hardly be described as standout.

Many can and do argue that Maoridom is better served by governments of the right rather than the left.   Certainly National has a far better record than Labour in settling ‘legitimate’ Treaty claims.    In simple terms the Right prefers a hand-up approach rather than the Lefts hand-out.   Whanu Ora is a way forward. Charter Schools are making a difference.   Both are opposed by Labour simply because they don’t fit Labour’s one glove fits all approach.

Modern Labour  (a misnomer if ever there was one) has failed Maori just as the Democratic Party had failed Afro-Americans.   While I don’t hold any great candle for the Kingitanga movement the Maori King got it about right recently when he said that Labour had forfeited their trust …  that he would never vote Labour again.

To the question, a fair one, what has the Black community got to lose in voting for Trump?

Written by The Veteran

September 2, 2016 at 10:15 pm