The politics of guilt
It is the equivalent of the perpetual motion machine. Your opposition to Critical Race Theory is proof of your implicit racism. So says the editor of The Capital Times, which wears whatever fashion progressivism dictates this season. (Must. Keep. Up.)
Paul Fanlund congratulates himself for “extending an olive branch to conservative Republicans willing to push back against the noxious and at-times violent cult of Donald Trump.”
Blaska checked his in-box again this morning. No olive branch for those of us who push back agains the noxious and at-times violent cult of BLM. Instead, we found a frayed race card, played face up, postage due. Opposition to the CRT creed that the USA is systemically racist, that white people suffer from “implict bias,” that “Equity” requires jiggering test scores and demonizing law enforcement — why, that’s just plain “dishonest.” Criticism of The New York Times’ “1619 Project” — that traducing of history that brands Abraham Lincoln a racist — “is racially inspired,” according to the Book of Fanlund.
“The bogeyman for the racist right has been critical race theory.”
Tell that to historians like James McPherson and Sean Willentz. (The 1619 Project critiqued.)
Because Fanlund is a) white and b) male, the good progressive requires validation from a black woman. Who else but Gloria Ladson-Billings, “respected professor emerita at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, current president of the National Academy of Education, and a longtime national expert on critical race theory.”
That’s like asking Rudy Giuliani if the 2020 presidential election was rigged. But at least the editor recognizes that critical race theory IS being taught in our schools, given that the professor presides over the National Academy of Education. (Apparently, there is such a thing?) Want tenure? Want to get hired as a K-12 teacher? Toe. The. Line.
Ladson-Billings goes on to say, in effect, so what if little white kids get shamed. Think of how the little black kids felt at Little Rock high school in the 1950s.
→ For further study: “All journalism is activism.” — Nikole Hannah-Jones.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: What’s a little race-shaming? Except that it teaches today’s black kids that they are victims and someone else is the problem.
What Fandlund and other guilty white liberals are doing is characterizing anyone who criticizes CRT as a right-wing fanatic while ignoring the fact that CRT is the very definition of fanaticism. And the notion that a generation (or more) of little white kids needs to get shamed because in the past little black kids were shamed is so puerile and ethically bankrupt on its face that it deserves no refutation.
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“Dissenters will be ostracized”. That’s really funny as we watch and repub. that says trump is full of c#$p gets kicked to the curb and has their lives threatened.
Richard, I hate to go all Ad Hominem on ya, but may be yer favorite gerbil (you know, the one that tickles when he climbs in & up) could do double duty and proof read yer comments. I realize ya’d hafta actually take him out & forego some pleasure. But seriously, Richard-may-I-calls-ya-Dick, accuracy, grammar and continuity are important aspects when commenting here….
Guilty white pro-regressives who believe their profession needs more diversity should resign and give their positions to members of under-represented groups.
If Lefty Less Paul Funland feels so strongly,
he oughta man up and take one for team,
… be the “quit” in EQUITY.
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First off: Paul should read this article from Quillette about what is going on in South Africa.
It is not only race that can divide a people. It can be group identity as well.
Second: Paul should take a good look at the management, senior writers and staff at the Capital Times. https://madison.com/ct/ct/meet-the-cap-times-staff/article_02f4da7a-5982-11ea-ad38-4ffe4912517b.html. I see a lot more white folk than I do of people of color.
It is one thing to talk the equity thing and it is another to practice it.
In fact, I would like to see the racial breakdown of the news media and those in the wheel of power. Would be interesting to see how many liberals in the media and in power just talk the talk without ever walking the walk.
One more thing: Paul would you be willing to give up your position of power in order to make the Capital Times a more inclusive place for those people of color?
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Paul Fanlund exudes the essence of oiliness from every pore. Matter-of-fact: Search WIKI under “Petroleum By-Products” and his smug, smirkin’ face inexorably leers at ya. But as long as Madison has Progressives, he’ll always have a gig. And a sneer…
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More progressive than thou.
Just did a little tour of the news organizations here in Madison. Mostly white people manage, make and report on the news. Very few people of color.
Channel 15- https://www.nbc15.com/about-us/meet-the-team/
Channel 3000- https://www.channel3000.com/station/meet-the-team/
Channel 27- https://wkow.com/meet-the-wkow-news-team/
Mostly all white faces. Why is that? Equity and diversity are all bull when it comes to the people that say that WE the White PEOPLE of this community are racist because we are white.
Well, if that is the case, these news organizations are the racists!
On to the University of Wisconsin Madison.
Here is the management team. https://www.wisc.edu/about/leadership/
Again, not a lot of faces of people of color.
I can say the same about the Mayor’s team here in Madison. Again, not a lot of people of color.
I could probably say the same about the State of Wisconsin leadership team as well as the Dane County leadership team. I could also say the same about the City of Madison School district.
Point is that all these so called WOKE individuals only talk the talk, and not walk the walk.
These people are HYPOCRITES!
They seek to divide us for their own purposes. That purpose is power. Power over the rest of us!
A few years ago, UW-Madison officials tried to do something about the lack of white faces on campus by doctoring a photo of a crowd at Camp Randall to include more black faces. A perfect example of how progressives value image over reality–and when those two don’t match up, just tinker with the image and all is well.
That’s interesting alright ! B/C in the last few months I was noticing on newscasts in other cities and states, that there are often 1, 2 or even 3 Blacks, Hispanics and/or Asians on board. Hypocrisy, thy name is “Progressive”…