Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Insanity Seems To Be Catching On The Left

This micro-aggression meme is beyond clueless.  There are quite a lot of them and the underlying subtext is racist.  You can't succeed in eliminating racism by continuing to reinforce it by this kind of narrative.  Let's take a few examples from the above list.

1.  When I look at you I don't see color.  The objective as has been articulated for my whole life is to have a color-blind society because, frankly, color is an incidental characteristic, what Aristotle called an acciden.  Color is no part of the essence of a person and pretending it is is the fundamental nature of racism.

2. There is only one race, the human race.  This is in fact an accurate statement.  That means it is true.  Pretending that it is not true is the essence of racism.  So saying it is expressing a truth and claiming it is a "micro-aggression" is a way of sustaining and continuing racism.

3. America is a melting pot.  The idea here has always been to have those who come here embrace American culture and values.  The emphasis on diversity as emphasized by the left is in fact a way of destroying America.  If we can't have a common culture then we will collapse into a bunch of incoherent antagonists.

4. I don't believe in race.  See 2. above because there is no race.  Ask a biologist.  It was this view that there were inferior races that led to things like gas chambers.  The only thing that counts is reality and truth is reality.

5. Denying the experiences of students by questioning the credibility/validity of their stories.  We all tell stories and some of them are more credible and valid than others.  If you can't be questioned than your stories have no real value at all because without questioning you can't distinguish delusion from reality.  Question everything and get some strength of character and learn to defend your stories if they are in fact defensible.

6. I believe the most qualified person should get the job.  And the problem with this is what?  Obviously the subtext is that someone external to the organization wants to dictate how jobs are awarded.  One has to wonder why?  To curry favor with favored groups perhaps?  The only rational way to award jobs is to give them to the most qualified.

7. Of course he'll get tenure, even though he hasn't published much -- He's Black.  I'm not sure why this is here.  In the world of Affirmative Action you can attribute this kind of sentiment to the fact of structured discrimination.  It is unfair to those who earn tenure but is a sentiment that is understandable in a world where color is a factor in awarding benefits.

8. Men and women have equal opportunities for achievement.  Actually this turns on things like the definition of achievement.  It is self-evidently true if it refers to the striving for achievement.  It may not be perfectly true when it comes to measures like actually presence in the various categories like salary or specialty.  An example dear to my heart is computer science.  The statement is true in fact computer science curricula and teachers bend over backwards to encourage and woo women into the programs.  It doesn't work very well although we have stellar performers who are women.  Why?  I don't know.  Apparently women tend not to like computer science as much as men on average.

9. Gender plays no part in who we hire.   This is a statement that is either true or false in different situations.  I suspect that Hooters doesn't hire as many men as waitstaff as women.  The point is that it often is true and you can't just reject it out of hand.  Men are stronger than women for example.  That's a general statement that is almost always true.  It's biological in nature.  So jobs that require a lot of physical strength go disproportionately to men.

10. America is the land of opportunity.  I think this is obviously true.  You don't see any other country with the sheer number of folks striving to enter the country legally or illegally to become part of the most successful country in the history of man in raising the level of people's prosperity.

11. Everyone can succeed in this society, if they work hard enough.  I think that's just true.  You could multiply examples until you're blue in the face and those who disagree will still point to failures.  But quitting isn't an example of working hard.  We are actually teaching people that if at first they don't succeed, quit!  The adage I was taught was "If at first you don't succeed, try try again."

12. Affirmative Action is racist.  Another statement of fact.  Favoring someone on the basis of race is to award benefits for a characteristic that is an acciden, i.e. a non-essential characteristics.

OK, that's my take on the central column.  I'm fed up with the lying and racism that the left is pushing as if it is true.  They are the racist and this list of micro-aggressions is pretty much all the proof you need.

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