This blogge lacks ‘important context’ for moral clarity!
“Calling it progressive to send children of color the message that achievement is White is an irony lost on the woke.” — William McGurn, Wall Street Journal.
Training seminar instructs Coca Cola workers to be “less white.” (Read & Weep!)
Muppet Show comes with trigger warnings! (Babylon Bee does it better.)
Bari Weiss bailed out of the New York Times and its prison camp of Stalinist groupthink in2017. Now she writes a blogge called “Common Sense.” Like Jefferson’s fireball in the night, Ms. Weiss reminds Americans:
“Something morally grotesque is swallowing liberal America.
Almost no one wants to risk talking about it out loud.”
We do, here at Blaska Policy Werkes. It’s called “identity politics.” It has taken hostage entire school buildings and elected councils of government in cities across America — from Madison WI to Portland OR and back to Baltimore MD.
It ruins careers and silences speech. It yanks Abraham Lincoln from his pedestal. Substitutes a numeral for schools named after George Washington. Demands a huge boulder deposited by a glacier thousands of years ago be scooped off UW-Madison’s Bascom Hill because someone in the 1920s referred to it with a slang racial term.
Thousands upon thousands of dollars are wasted on corporate re-education camps in which your very denial of racism is proof of your racism. Law enforcement spins the revolving door ever faster lest richly deserved punishment be adjudged disproportionate by the externalities of epidermis.
Ms. Weiss relates the story of a low-level dormitory staffer, salary $45,000 — at prestigious Smith College, where the tuition is approximately double her salary. This is Jodi Shaw’s story:
In July 2018, the culture war arrived at our campus when a student accused a white staff member of calling campus security on her because of racial bias. The student, who is black, shared her account of this incident widely on social media, drawing a lot of attention to the college.
Before even investigating the facts of the incident, the college immediately issued a public apology to the student, placed the employee on leave, and announced its intention to create new initiatives, committees, workshops, trainings, and policies aimed at combating “systemic racism” on campus.
“Shaw was required to attend a mandatory Residence Life staff retreat focused on racial issues. The hired facilitators asked each member of the department to respond to various personal questions about race and racial identity. When it was my turn to respond, I said “I don’t feel comfortable talking about that.” I was the only person in the room to abstain.
“Later, the facilitators told everyone present that a white person’s discomfort at discussing their race is a symptom of “white fragility.” They said that the white person may seem like they are in distress, but that it is actually a “power play.”
‘In this environment, people’s worth as human beings, and the degree to which they deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, is determined by the color of their skin.’
The Bottom Line goes to Jodi Shaw:
“Under the guise of racial progress, Smith College has created a racially hostile environment in which individual acts of discrimination and hostility flourish. …. It is an environment in which dissenting from the new critical race orthodoxy — or even failing to swear fealty to it like some kind of McCarthy-era loyalty oath — is grounds for public humiliation and professional retaliation.”