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“Even North Korea is not this nuts”

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That’s not from this Babylon Bee tweet, despite it being another of their wonderful pieces of satire.

Now you may be thinking that photoshopping North Korea’s Kim Jong Un into a modern American university lecture theatre is over-the-top, even for a satirical story.

But that would be before you read this article about a North Korean defector named Yeonmi Park, who has recently graduated from Columbia University.

Park is one of the more famous defectors, having written a 2015 memoir called “In Order to Live”, in which she chronicled her life in the repressive regime of North Korea and her eventual escape with her mother. At the age of 13 she saw people die of starvation right in front of her. When she and her mother managed to get across the border into China they were captured by human slavers. Having been freed by Christian missionaries she still ended up having to walk across the Gobi desert before she got to South Korea.

Then she moved to the USA and went to one of the great Ivy League universities.

“I expected that I was paying this fortune, all this time and energy, to learn how to think. But they are forcing you to think the way they want you to think,” she said. “I realized, wow, this is insane. I thought America was different but I saw so many similarities to what I saw in North Korea that I started worrying.”

Her money quote:

“Even North Korea is not this nuts. North Korea was pretty crazy, but not this crazy.”

When you read the details she supplies about her education you can understand why she came to this conclusion.

Like in North Korea, Park said she witnessed example after example of anti-Western sentiment and guilt-tripping. During her orientation, for instance, a staff member scolded her for liking classic literature, such as the writings of Jane Austen.

“I said ‘I love those books.’ I thought it was a good thing,” Park said of her orientation. “Then she said, ‘Did you know those writers had a colonial mindset? They were racists and bigots and are subconsciously brainwashing you.’”

Heh. I encountered a number of feminists in the 1980’s with a very low opinion of Jane Austen, because she did not fit their conceptions of what a feminist was. To say the least their opinions of the woman were primitive and reductive, but by the late 1990’s things had turned around, with increased celebration of Ms Austen’s feminist traits.

Just in time to now be a “colonialist” and a racist.

Yeonmi Park

Her professors gave students “trigger warnings,” sharing the wording from readings in advance so people could opt out of reading or even sitting in class during discussions, Park told The Post.

“Going to Columbia, the first thing I learned was ‘safe space,’” she said.

“Every problem, they explained us, is because of white men.” Some of the discussions of white privilege reminded her of the caste system in her native country, where people were categorized based on their ancestors, she said.

The similarities with North Korea mounted up, but at least the North Koreans had some rationale in defending their system, which they did partly by hating on Americans. As Ms Park points out there seem to be rather a lot of Americans who also hate America.

When it came to gender pronouns and manipulation of the English language, Park was even more confused.

“English is my third language. I learned it as an adult. I sometimes still say ‘he’ or ‘she’ by mistake and now they are going to ask me to call them ‘they’? How the heck do I incorporate that into my sentences?” she remembered asking herself. “It was chaos. It felt like the regression in civilization.”

It is a regression in civilisation. And it comes from being in a “safe space”.

“Because I have seen oppression, I know what it looks like,” she said. “These kids keep saying how they’re oppressed, how much injustice they’ve experienced. They don’t know how hard it is to be free.”

The paradox of supposedly being taught about “oppression”, “injustice” and being “free” is that it’s producing graduates who actually don’t know anything about them.

Park said as a child she had thought dictator Kim Jong Un was “starving” and overworked until she was in South Korea and was shown pictures that showed how large he was in pictures compared to other people who looked thin and hungry.

“That’s what it does when you’re brainwashed …. Oh my God, why did I not notice that he was fat?’ Because I never learned how to think critically. That is what is happening in America, people see things but they’ve just completely lost the ability to think critically.”

More paradox, this time courtesy of “Critical Theory”. Or perhaps irony is a better term?

“You guys have lost common sense to a degree that I as a North Korean cannot even comprehend,” she said. “Where are we going from here? There’s no rule of law, no morality, nothing is good or bad anymore, it’s complete chaos. I guess that’s what they want, to destroy every single thing and rebuild into a Communist paradise.”

I don’t agree with that last, although I can see why she would think that. The fact is that outside of a tiny fringe of real Marxists there are few who believe in that, mainly because there are so many grifting, money hungry Leftists tearing things up just to make a buck for themselves:

But that doesn’t mean they can’t cause an awful lot of damage to American society as they claw in the money while forcing everybody else to bend to their whims.

Eventually, Park stopped arguing with her professors and “learned how to just shut up” so that she could graduate.

“I literally crossed the Gobi Desert to be free and I realized I’m not free, America’s not free.

Well she did still graduate, and she got to talk to reporters about this – but only once she escaped from the university, and to paraphrase Andrew Sullivan, once we all live on campus…

Jump Joe, Jump

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Manchin that is, Joe Manchin, who is a Democrat Senator from West Virginia – and the jump he should make is to the Republican party since he has just blown up his own party’s plans for destroying the Senate filibuster, thereby screwing a lot of other revolutionary Democrat Party schemes.

Getting rid of the filibuster for all legislation would still have required Vice President Harris to be the tie-braking vote each time, but it would have enabled the Democrats to do whatever they wanted with 51 Senate votes, including packing the Supreme Court.

However the primary goal would have been to pass their “Voting Rights” bill – H.R.1 “For The People Act” (propaganda should always start with a good phrase) – that would federalise (centralise) election management in Washington D.C. and ensure they’d rule the Federal US government as they rule California and Illinois (the Democrats hope).

Manchin told his party to take a hike on that one as well:

I believe that partisan voting legislation will destroy the already weakening binds of our democracy, and for that reason, I will vote against the For the People Act. Furthermore, I will not vote to weaken or eliminate the filibuster. For as long as I have the privilege of being your U.S. senator, I will fight to represent the people of West Virginia, to seek bipartisan compromise no matter how difficult and to develop the political bonds that end divisions and help unite the country we love.

The Democrat Senate caucus meetings may be a tad frosty for a while.

But it’s among the Democrat political activists and MSM journalists where things have naturally dropped to the level of carpet-biting rage, including the following entirely predictable claim about Manchin:

Wow! This is a stunningly original critique from Hill and Jones. It must be all of five minutes since a Republican was called a White Supremacist keen on reviving Jim Crow, but now an Old, White, Male Democrat is getting the treatment! Things must getting serious on “the most dangerous threat to our democracy” front.

Hill is a noted race grifter, having turned a failing gig on ESPN as a sports commentator into a  career as a “journalist” who makes charges of racism against just about everyone who breathes.

However Manchin is not alone. A few weeks ago I noted that he’s been joined in these actions by Arizona Democrat Senator Kyrsten Sinema, whose “Fuck Off” ring and general demeanour show that she’s a younger generation that is wise to all this MSM/Social Media “rage” bullshit and is not intimidated by it.

I also would not be surprised to learn that there are other Democrat Senators who aren’t that keen on all these grand plans either, given the electoral risks involved, but who are quite happy to use Manchin as a shield.

The voters even more so; while they aren’t vocal, there are still a lot of “liberals” who are more middle of the road politically. Manchin, though he seems like a unicorn, is actually a lot more representative than people think he is.

BTW, nearly 70% of West Virginians voted for Trump so Manchin is basically just representing his constituents, which is his job, and naturally he would also like to keep his job. It’s the reddest state in the union in regards to presidential politics.

As result, every single time a raging leftie Democrat goes after him, he gains more credibility for re-election in that state via Republican voters. The media hate him and his own party despises him. They aren’t trying to earn his support, rather, they are seeking to destroy him.

Moreover do these fanatical FaceTwit idiots understand that all of this may actually drive Manchin into the arms of the Republican Party aside from re-election? He has to know that this isn’t going to get any better. The Democrat Party is not moderating.

The old blue-dog era is dead and buried. Manchin may still have a dream of winding the clock back to 1996 but it’s more a hallucination. Woke politics is now at the forefront, as that old friend of segregationists and tough criminal laws, Joe Biden. shows everyday. Does Manchin really want to stick around so he can get called a racist and a supporter of Jim Crow by his own party?

In fact Manchin doesn’t even have to become a Republican. Instead he can become an independent, negotiate with Republicans for whatever committee assignments he wants in exchange for caucusing with them and tell Chuck Schumer and the rest of the Democrats to go fuck themselves.

All of the above is why I wasn’t interested in the hysterical screaming from the US Right when they found themselves facing Democrat control of all three branches of the Federal government after January. That control was razor thin in all three areas. Even with a huge increase in the popular vote the Electoral College win by Biden was slim – in terms of vote difference in the key swing states it was actually smaller than Trump’s win in 2016. The five-six Senate seats the Democrats expected to win never happened and it was only thanks to the unusual event of having not one but two runoff elections in a single state, Georgia, that they even got a tie. As for the House, the GOP lost no seats and cleaned up a dozen or so Democrats, bringing them to within half-a-dozen votes of sending Nancy Pelosi to her final ash heap.

This is nothing like 2008 when the Democrats got all three branches with overwhelming majorities. Back then every US Right winger had serious cause for concern at what they could get done. But sufficient Democrats know how close they are to the razor’s edge to not push things too far.

In theory you could say the same thing about the GOP but the difference here is that it’s the Democrats who are pushing extremist policies across the board, where even a seemingly normal infrastructure bill that could be bipartisan is reduced to being nothing but a porkfest where only simple bribery might get GOP votes. Although the Democrat Operatives with Bylines in the US MSM and around the world do their damndest to portray the opposite, after 2016 few are stupid enough to think that the MSM represents many voters.

The Democrat coalition is unsustainable. The radicals have taken over the leadership, either directly or via proxy, and the further things move left, the more the party splits in two.

Written by Tom Hunter

June 10, 2021 at 3:49 pm

Got ya daily dose of batshit insanity right here

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This is actually a good follow up to the previous post about modern university education in the USA and in general.

Yale University is one of the famous Ivy League colleges in the USA, which actually started the term in relation to their sports teams but gradually extended it to everything else about themselves, as Wiki explains:

The term Ivy League is typically used beyond the sports context to refer to the eight schools as a group of elite colleges with connotations of academic excellenceselectivity in admissions, and social elitism.

Despite it’s centuries old success, famous graduates and incredible wealth (their 2019 endowments totaled $30.3 billion) Yale has been taking quite a few hits in recent years.

A recent event won’t help. A psychiatrist named Dr. Aruna Khilanani, lecturing at Yale’s Child Study Center, was invited by the university to give a guest lecture and she jumped at the chance with:

‘The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind’.

Yeah Baby!

Click on the link to the substack article, which in turn has an upload of the audio recording. It’s a doozy. Here’s just some sample quotes:

  • This is the cost of talking to white people at all. The cost of your own life, as they suck you dry. There are no good apples out there. White people make my blood boil. (Time stamp: 6:45)
  • I had fantasies of unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way, burying their body, and wiping my bloody hands as I walked away relatively guiltless with a bounce in my step. Like I did the world a fucking favor. (Time stamp: 7:17)
  • We are now in a psychological predicament, because white people feel that we are bullying them when we bring up race. They feel that we should be thanking them for all that they have done for us. They are confused, and so are we. We keep forgetting that directly talking about race is a waste of our breath. We are asking a demented, violent predator who thinks that they are a saint or a superhero, to accept responsibility. It ain’t gonna happen. They have five holes in their brain. It’s like banging your head against a brick wall. It’s just like sort of not a good idea. (Time stamp 17:13)

Rather than lambasting this fucked up woman as a bigot and a racist I think we should just conclude that she simply should not have anything to do with psychiatry and should be moved into another field. Caring for pet gerbils perhaps, although I’d fear for the lives of the albino ones.

Got the bastards! Now where’s that revolver?

But with a mind and a worldview like that, the universities that gave her a degree – apparently Cornell and NYU – should be fucking investigated to find out what the hell is going on inside them. At a minimum her employer should be made aware of all this, but they probably already know all about her since people like this lack self-awareness and discretion and lose control of themselves: I’d bet good money that she just cannot keep her mouth shut at work.

Dr. Khilanani is also obviously in desperate need of treatment from her own profession, but perhaps that would be a mistake. I have a cousin with a PhD in psychiatry who lectured at university on the subject some years ago. Long retired he is now and – as one other cousin recently remarked – “As crazy as a a shit house rat”, so perhaps it just comes with the territory?

Written by Tom Hunter

June 7, 2021 at 2:00 pm

These Six Simple Steps will increase crime

You too can have violent crime like this if you do the following:

  1. Defund the police so that they have to reduce staff and policing activities.
  2. Make it clear that it’s the Police who are the problem, thereby causing officers to quit in large numbers before they become the next scapegoat to political ambition, and severely restrict the policing they do, both of which reinforce step 1.
  3. Have District Attorneys (DA’s) with policies to reduce prison populations by releasing long-term convicted prisoners, including those convicted of violent crime.
  4. Have DA’s release people just arrested by police (no cash bail and so forth), as well as dropping charges against them, especially if they’re BLM or Antifa protestors.
  5. Reduce the thresholds for “minor” crime, like refusing to prosecute unless it’s more than $900-$1000 of theft.
  6. Vote Democrat Party politicians into power in all positions and levels in your city for decades, because One Party control has always worked before.

I should add that there is a seventh step:

Make sure you have an MSM willing to cover your Democrat backside on all this until things become too awful to ignore and then report on it as a surprising new piece of unexpected news.

Schooling the Public

Many people have been talking about how the Great Chinese Sinus AIDS pandemic of 2020 has “changed everything“.

But by that they (“they” means the usual suspects of the Left) mean that Big Government is back to save us, since it saved us from the virus, at least here in New Zealand. So now it’s on to even bigger government, just the way Micky Savage and company would have wanted it. On that last, people should take note of the incredibly tough restrictions the First labour government placed on supplying benefits.

But the changes wrought may hit society in ways the Left have not expected, and of which they will not approve.

Like Public Education, especially in the USA, where the wooden-headed arrogant opposition of the teacher’s unions to re-opening schools in many parts of the USA – especially the Democrat parts – has left parents steaming and done more to wreck the system than any right-winger could have hoped to do.

Even the kids know there’s something wrong, as little Johnny does in this video where he explains his particular problem made worse by mask wearing and tells how his teacher doesn’t have to wear a mask because she has asthma, and that while he believes it’s ok for his teacher not to have to wear a mask, he should get the same choice too.

Perhaps I should not be so hard on teachers in the USA when you consider how many ordinary people there are who have been mentally damaged by Chinese Lung Rot: They’re Vaccinated and Keeping Their Masks On, Maybe Forever:

Whenever Joe Glickman heads out for groceries, he places an N95 mask over his face and tugs a cloth mask on top of it. He then pulls on a pair of goggles.

He has used this safety protocol for the past 14 months. It did not change after he contracted the coronavirus in November. It did not budge when, earlier this month, he became fully vaccinated. And even though President Joe Biden said on Thursday that fully vaccinated people do not have to wear a mask, Glickman said he planned to stay the course.

In fact, he said, he plans to do his grocery run double-masked and goggled for at least the next five years.

Just imagine running into this sad, insane person at the supermarket. He’d probably start screaming at you and then running away, even if you quoted the head of the CDC on masks. And he probably watches Rachel Maddow on MSNBC every night, even as she say things like this about the new guidelines to try and guide poor bastards like Glickman into the light, step by tiny step:

“I feel like I’m going to have to rewire myself so that when I see someone out in the world who’s not wearing a mask, I don’t instantly think, ‘You are a threat’, or you are selfish or you are a COVID denier and you definitely haven’t been vaccinated. I mean, we’re going to have to rewire the way that we look at each other.”

Whose this “we” Kimosabe?

We willfully indoctrinated, unscientific, groupthought fucktards…” is a better take on it.

I did like the response of fellow journalist Megyn Kelly:

“Thoughts and prayers for her during this difficult time.”

Also remember that these are the sort of people who have been screaming “But Science” in your face for the last year, when they clearly would not know science if it bit them on the bum.

Meantime it would seem that Critical Race Theory (CRT) may have a tougher time overthrowing Martin Luther King’s observation than the racist fanatics of the Left have hoped for (I probably should include the fact that White Supremacists love CRT also).

This Black mother lets her school board have it right between the eyes about the mindless, racist crap they’re trying to foist on her kids:

Some teachers would also appear to be fighting back:

Burn Loot Murder doesn’t care about Blacks

That’s no surprise to anybody who has studied what they actually do in the inner city areas of the USA.

However, as is usually the case with cults like Antifa, BLM or Stalinists, it takes former members getting woke to the bullshit for other people to start listening, although even then it doesn’t convince the True Believers, or those using it to grift political power, money or even down to the low level of blog comments.

Which is why the following little talk from one Rashad Turner is something to which attention must be paid:

In 2015 Turner helped to found Black Lives Matter in St. Paul, Minnesota. “I believed the organization stood for exactly what the name implies, black lives do matter,” he recounted. “However, after a year on the inside, I learned they have little concern for rebuilding black families and they cared even less about improving the quality of education for students in Minneapolis.”

Well of course they don’t. BLM was created by “trained Marxists” who see such things as tools by which Western capitalist democracies can be damaged enough to be destroyed. That’s always been the dream of Marxists and it’s always been a massive wank that has failed, as will BLM/Antifa.

But not before such Marxists cash in on the sweet, juicy capitalist loot, property ownership and “systemic racism”, all while causing a lot of damage, aided by people like naive people such as Turner who either did not know or did not care about such foundations.

I’d like to think that Turner’s revelation comes purely from a point of personal good will, rather than what I forecast in 2020, which is that in 2021 Democrats would find both BLM and Antifa no longer useful allies following the defeat of OrangeManBad.

Given the ongoing damage to Democrat cities the following should not be a surprise.

Still, there’s 2024 coming up.

Written by Tom Hunter

May 31, 2021 at 2:00 pm

GFAZ

In 2020 in Seattle, Antifa booted the cops out of one part of the city and created the CHAZ, the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, a fabulous new Anarcho-Communist area of the USA that began falling apart after a couple of days with food shortages and violence.

It looks like something similar has been created in Minneapolis, the George Floyd Autonomous Zone, an area around the site of Floyd’s death which has been barricaded, where Militants rule and the local cops are not welcome, although it seems that it’s only the police they want kept out rather than the rest of the system.

Not that the cops bother trying to go there anymore, especially having lost an incredible one third of their number in the last year, with the survivors well aware that they have zero backing from the community and the political leadership. Even the slightest mistake or mis-judgement will be pounced on as evidence of “police brutality” and likely “racism” as well. Why stick around for that.

“One of us is gonna get killed and nobody cares. And that’s what’s sad. Nobody cares. Not the citizens, not our brass. Not our administration, not our city. They don’t care. They don’t care one bit.”

Even the MSM are uninvited, as this reporter found out.

Several people have been shot and killed in the Zone, with no consequences. Incredibly some businesses in the area apparently still think they can save themselves by siding with these people, including one place that was torched during last year’s riots.

Reminds me of the classic Biblical story.

For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the Lord will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.

Except in this case it’s not working, and the effects are spreading across the city:

… the prevalence of unjust killing and violence in the Twin Cities area has vastly increased since last summer’s protests and riots. Minneapolis recorded its second-most homicides ever in 2020 — after only 1995, when the city was ignobly dubbed “Murderapolis” in national media. And the trend has continued to escalate in 2021: between January 1 and April 25, the number of homicides increased by 92% compared to the same period in 2020.

A retroactive analysis showed a 537% increase in carjackings in one month — November 2020 — compared to November 2019. Yes, you read that correctly: 537%.

Good heavens! I’m stunned and amazed.

More than 80% of the shooting victims in 2020 were black.

This is my shocked face. Also, you’ll be stunned to learn that the vast bulk of these shootings were not committed by White Supremacists, the Proud Boys or any of the other boogeymen conjured up by the Democrat Party to justify their Washington D.C. hysteria dance of the last few months.

At least The Guardian covered it. On the left is the front page of the local paper, The Minneapolis Star Tribune, the next morning. They’re totally complicit in this with their No Enemies To The Left reporting narrative.

I did like this little caveat in that previous article:

Yes, it’s true: police are generally not credentialed experts in criminology or sociology, and their theories for complex multi-causal phenomena obviously should not be taken as gospel. Still, it is worth incorporating their viewpoint into any assessment of the overall situation.

That turns out to be not just a “Don’t hurt me for reporting an opinion” but a segue into telliing what the “non-police citizens” think. This one is my favourite:

Kevin C. is 22 years old and lives with his younger sister in their great-grandmother’s house off Lake Street in South Minneapolis — the epicenter of last summer’s riots and protests. He was a protester himself, and even had to jump out of the way during an infamous incident when a tanker truck nearly barreled into the crowd he was in on the interstate.

A few weeks ago, he said, there was a shooting in the alley behind his house — bullets were flying just yards from him and his sister. “The police came, but they didn’t really like, investigate,” he recalled. “They just shined their lights and then drove off.”

He said he’d noticed a steep decline in police presence lately, especially after last week’s trial of Derek Chauvin ended with a guilty verdict. “Even before the trial,” he said, “they would drive through here, but there wouldn’t be any, like, policing going on.”

It’s like,… you know,… like a complete mystery isn’t it Kevin? My suggestion is to join a local pistol club, buy an AR-15 at a minimum and get some firearms training: the NRA provides that. Nice people too.

I don’t think the reporter chose the following very well in further describing Kevin. I’ll just leave this here:

He is shortsighted, and said the eyeglasses store he used to go to down the street has been permanently shuttered since last summer. 

The article goes into some backgrounds of the people who have been murdered, which is nice because otherwise they’d be forgotten by history, like 78 year old Maria Elena Mantini, who was stabbed to death at a bus stop on the morning of March 17.

But the criminals are just getting started. As the weather warms up so does the crime:

A nine-year-old Minneapolis girl is in the hospital after she was struck by gunfire over the weekend, making her the second child to be shot in the city in under a month. The girl was shot in the head while she played with friends on a trampoline

six people were shot in Minneapolis the same Saturday night.

The criminals are also getting bolder than just randomly shooting little girls:

Multiple police officers were injured throughout the night while responding to calls. In one case, officers were maced by someone with a “party can” of pepper spray when responding to a stabbing around 2:15 a.m. outside the Pourhouse on Hennepin Avenue, according to Crime Watch Minneapolis. Two officers were taken to the hospital about an hour earlier when a group of street racers threw rocks at the first responders.

This caused Police Chief Medaria Arradondo to conduct a press conference where he pleaded with judges to stop releasing violent offenders, which has been another Democrat policy across the USA with many elected District Attorney’s carrying it out (once again I note the similarity of Left policies in the USA and here). The Chief’s pleas will likely fall on deaf ears, judging by this response from none other than the City Council President Lisa Bender (love the mask):

Basically nothing has changed since this 2020 interview with the same evil moron.

With people like this in charge, “Murderapolis” is now well on the way to joining Detroit, Baltimore, Chicago and a bunch of other Democrat-run shit holes, and unlike the mid-1990’s when national Democrats like Bill Clinton and Joe Biden were keen to be tough on crime, I can’t see Minneapolis recovering this time around thanks to the culture change.

Minneapolis has been under total Democrat control for more than five decades, and they’ve been “progressive” Democrats too rather than those nasty old guys like Democrat National Committee member, Alabama’s ‘Bull’ Conner.

Democrat politicians and voters are just going to have learn the hard way, as one Democrat did a few days ago in Atlanta (shootings up 46 percent, murders up 59 percent and car thefts up 25 percent in the last year):

A councilman and mayoral candidate in Atlanta who backs the ‘Defund the Police’ movement and voted to cut the police budget by $73 million, was dragged from his car while it was being stolen Wednesday.

Brown held on and was dragged for a block before he let go… [he] says the thieves appear to be children from 7 to 11 years old … He claims it took 45 minutes for police to arrive because it was assigned as a low-priority dispatch.

Antonio Brown

Awwww! Somebody may need to explain to this utterly un-self aware asshole that when funding and staff get cut priorities have to be imposed, and it looks like carjackings are not as high up the list as he must have hoped when he called the cops.

Mmm… Mmm….. that is schadenfreudelicious.

But no word on whether it has changed his mind any more than Bender has changed hers. Given that he’s currently under indictment on charges of wire fraud, mail fraud, and bank fraud you’d have thought he’d have the decency to admire than handiwork of the boys rather than snitching on them to the cops.

See also:

The Democrat Cities: Minneapolis

The Minneapolis Riots: Looking back – and forward

Written by Tom Hunter

May 31, 2021 at 6:00 am

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

The Song Remains The Same

This is outstanding news:

Tens of millions of dollars have been spent on Auckland light rail since Labour came to power, despite there being no shovels in the ground to build it. 

Information released by Waka Kotahi-NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) shows $34.8 million has been spent since October 2017 on business cases, project management, legal costs, office space and equipment, and Ministry of Transport funding. 

With more projects like this we’re going to able to stand up and proudly proclaim to the world all the wonderful things we’re doing to halt Global Warming… whilst actually doing abso-fucking-lutely nothing about it.

Plus there’s the wonderful Keynesian effect of all that money passing through the hands of lawyers and consultants and into the pockets of Mercedes and Tesla dealerships and Auckland real estate companies.

Now be honest. What more could you want from a government?

The only problem is that they’re showing signs of becoming restrained:

The Government was left with a $47 million contingency in its $6.8 billion NZ Upgrade transport package after $211 million worth of rail projects were put into the package at the last minute.

This was despite repeated warnings from officials the contingency might be too small to pay for any cost blowouts.

Those warnings were prescient, as new cost estimates for the transport projects have led the Government to back away from promises to build everything they proposed a little over a year ago – something that could have been avoided had the projects been given larger contingency funding.

I’m sure they’ll learn from this and put in a bigger contingency for next year’s budget. About a billion dollars should do it.

On the other hand their extreme restraint in achieving anything may actually start being translated into spending as well, with that contingency problem perhaps not being the usual Labour screwup as an indicator of where they’re going, as Chris Trotter points out:

Let’s begin with the Labour Government’s decision to impose a three-year wage freeze on three-quarters of the Public Service. Under the old Political Rule Book, such an action would have been deemed extremely unwise. That rule book would have explained the sheer folly of effectively decreasing the purchasing power of some of the Labour Party’s most loyal supporters. This is hardly surprising: “Look after your electoral base.”; has always been the first and most important rule of electoral politics.

Chris thinks that this is all part of keeping onboard those National voters who crossed the aisle last year, but it’s more likely that Robertson has taken a look at the deficits and debt and finally got the wind up about blowing more money on stuff, especially as he considers how much of the spending to date has produced nothing of consequence or, in the case of poverty and healthcare, seen things go backwards.

To me it therefore seems quite a natural and logical progression for Labour to start down the He Puapua route of separate Maori development. As I have pointed out several times Critical Race Theory, which is currently shredding the USA, was always going to make it down here to New Zealand where it would be gleefully taken up by Maori activists and academics as an even more extremist extension of what used to be called Political Correctness (now “Woke” Politics).

But the reason why the political and activist Left have glommed on to it is that the traditional Left ideas have failed Maori, just as they’ve failed Blacks in the USA.

Public education. Public Healthcare. Social Welfare. And still Maori are suffering worse in education, health and poverty than other ethnic groups in our society.

What else has the Left got to offer Maori? Nothing, which is why this new ideology has taken hold so quickly on the NZ Left. I think it will ultimately prove to be even more useless than traditional Socialism, but for the moment it’s a salve for Maori activists and a possible electoral winner for White Leftists who otherwise have no idea what to do to improve their public institutions beyond simply dumping in more money.

There’s also increasingly a lot of moaning from the Left about why their wonderful Labour government can’t get anything done. Certainly a lot of this is due to their shambling incompetence; they are the most useless shit shower of a government that I’ve known in my lifetime.

But the simple fact is that you can’t build the same thing twice. Is Adern’s Labour government going to build another Social Security system? Another Public Healthcare system? Another building to house the bureaucracy for them? The low-hanging fruit was plucked by the First Labour government. There may be equally revolutionary things like a Universal Basic Income that they could try to implement, but I see no signs of such things from this government.

Which, as a Right-Winger, suits me just fine. I may even vote for them in 2023 on the sound basis that the more useless a government is the better it is for the individual.

But then I recall that even a government that’s too useless to build anything can still stuff things up badly by constantly saying “No” and stopping people doing things, and that’s so easy that even this government can do it. In fact it seems to be their speciality.

Labour 2023: Vote For Nothing.

If I could have just one extra promise from Labour though it would be that their post-2023 government spend less for nothing.

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