There have been a lot of interesting resignations in the last couple of days, all with ethics implications.
1. Reddit Co-founder Alexis Ohanian announced his resignation from the company’s board. This was an apparent capitulation to critics who claimed Reddit didn’t do enough opinion censorship, the new rage among tech companies and social media platforms.
Former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao, who lost her position under fire for being censorship-minded, criticized the tech company earlier last week after it published its mandatory George Floyd letter. Pao responded by accusing the social network knowingly of profiting from hate. “You don’t get to say BLM when reddit nurtures and monetizes white supremacy and hate all day long,” Pao tweeted. Smart–she knew that in the throes of mass virtue-signaling and white flagellation, nobody would have the guts to ask her, “Who gets to define hate, Ellen? You?”
Lacking the fortitude to make an argument, Ohanian, who is married to professional tennis player Serena Williams, said he would commit to using future gains from his Reddit stock to serve the black community and focus on curbing racial hate, because, as we all know, throwing money around has been so effective at that. Ohanian said he would donate $1 million to former NFL player and activist Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp. Then he said that he wanted his replacement to be black, Not experienced, fair, wise, savvy or effective. Black. That’s what matters.
2. The other shoe dropped: the New York Times yesterday announced the resignation of its editorial page editor James Bennet, who had held the position since May. Deputy editorial page editor James Dao was also demoted to the newsroom. Their crime? They had allowed a U.S. Senator, Tom Cotton(R.-Ark.), to have his op-ed published, and hundreds of Times staffers signed a letter of protest. As I have mentioned here already, this was just a public demonstration of the determined and intractable political bias that has poisoned the Times and the American journalistic establishment that it claims to lead, and in that respect, a good thing. The mask, which was sagging anyway, is finally off.
It was nice to see that John Lennon’s youngest son figured it out, though a bit late:
3. Meanwhile, Stan Wischnowski, the top editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer, has announced his resignation, days after his newspaper’s woke and dissent-opposing staff flipped out over a headline on a column about the impact of the civil unrest following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The headline: “Buildings Matter Too.” (They do, in fact, matter, and they also affect lives. But the paper’s staff wasn’t about to allow any nuance or perspective interfere with its pro-riot cheerleading.). Publisher Lisa Hughes said that Wischnowski “has decided to step down as senior vice president and executive editor”–when newspapers lie like this about their own business, why should anyone believe them about anything else?—and thanked him for his 20 years working at the paper and serving as executive editor. “We will use this moment to evaluate the organizational structure and processes of the newsroom, assess what we need, and look both internally and externally for a seasoned leader who embodies our values, embraces our shared strategy, and understands the diversity of the communities we serve,’ she said. Those values apparently must mirror those of the Times—propaganda first.
4. The entire Buffalo Police Department Emergency Response Team resigned, a total of 57 officers, in protest over the two BPD officers suspended without pay (and before any investigation) after a video showed them shoving and injuring a 75-year-old protester. Comments from the team members, who are still employed with the department, indicate that they felt the officers were being punished “for doing their jobs.”
I do not expect police to meekly submit to the demands that they be presumed guilty in such confrontations, which is one of Colin Kaepernick’s arguments. The mass vilification of police will have serious, perhaps disastrous consequences.
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#4 “The mass vilification of police will have serious, perhaps disastrous consequences.”
I completely agree.
As for all the resignations; I expect to see a lot more as more companies and individuals virtue signal at social justice warriors and their terrorist militia mobs. We’re nearing the brink.
“The modern conservative’s net effect on Majority members (writes Wilmot Robinson in The Dispossessed Majority) is to anesthetize them into dropping their racial guard at the very moment they need it most. That is why, of all those who consciously or unconsciously oppose the majority cause, the modern conservative is the most dangerous.”
I do not think there has ever been an historical case in which an entire country, and one particular group within that country, has come under the control of a wielded narrative that is only and solely ‘moral’. The slinging of guilt, the use of guilt as a tool and a weapon, against a majority population (!) that falls down before it and begs for mercy. But the only power wielded is an accusation, a profound moralizing guilt, which the victim of it is completely powerless against!
In The Genealogy of Morals Nietzsche deals on this theme. That is, the ‘transvaluation of values’. Kafka’s story In the Penal Colony is a transposition of this essay into an imagined scenario in which the planned punishment of a criminal is totally reversed.
There are (still) a higher percentage of European-descended Whites in America. Jordan Peterson alerted to this fact in numerous of his talks. Were the Whites to all on the sudden gain or regain or reclaim their power, they could (theoretically) stop all of this in one moment. But as I have investigated and thought about this they could only do this if they (the Whites) could really understand what is going on and what it ultimately means for them. We have alerted *you* to White Genocide. You did not — you could not! — take it seriously. You would not and you could not understand. You would not *see*.
You are now the victim of the Colored Mob. What will happen to you now God only knows. I referred dozens of times to The Rising Tide of Color by Lothrop Stoddard. He predicted all of this! And though it must be rather bitter to face this reality, how much more horrifying it is that you brought this on your self! You have no way to oppose it. What would you say? How could you possibly ‘answer’ those Hordes of Color when they have you on trial? You are their victim and you will be punished. Your punishment . . . is your thorough dispossession.
God this is unbelievably weird.
1. Cynic OB here. Alexis is in a business arrangement/merger with Serena Williams. For him not to go all BLM would be bad for business. Res ipsa loquitor.
NO, I think that’s right. Besides, she can beat the crap out of him.
#4 – For what it’s worth two of the Officers that resigned from the ERT have come forward to say that didn’t resign in solidarity with suspended officers, but due to the police union notified them they wouldn’t back the ERT with legal representation going forward.
In Buffalo, and where I come from, touching a police officer or anyone else without their consent, can be be an actionable offense. Edited out of most of the clips was where the elderly man moved into the path of the moving group of officers and pressed what looked to be a cell phone against the torso of the first officer and was maybe trying to show him something. The second officer was alerted and surprised by that and when the man touched the second officer’s forearm with the object, he was swatted away in self defense.
The police were walking purposefully with their batons in a horizontal posture and moving fast enough and also slow enough so that any coherent individual could read their body language and stay out of their way. To move into their path was foolish and he suffered the consequences. The officers have been charged, but I doubt that they will be convicted of anything. The fallen man may have been at the site of a peaceful protest, or he may have been impaired and just out walking around. The fifty seven officers who resigned that squad apparently were in agreement. It looked like the supervisor called for medics immediately after the fall, I hope the guy comes out ok and uses more caution next time. His rights ended at the edge of the officers personal space.
There are other examples easily found of videos featuring ignorant or foolhardy tourists blocking the way of a “ceremonial” march or procession, or invading the space of a protected monument like the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier or Buckingham palace.
These authorities are not actors in fantasyland theme parks placed for the entertainment of the observers. They are agents of the social contact placed there to enforce order with necessary force. I’m not surprised if citizens decide to be disorder where the current contract is clear to most that force is to be applied in the situation.
You cannot claim that a neighborhood’s community watch volunteer should have waited for the police before attempting to keep an eye on suspicious activity, and then claim years later that the police need to be abolished in favor of community social programs for crime control. You cannot say that the officers responding to Tamir Rice should have just observed and waited for backup and at the same time blame officers for doing the very thing you said they should have done while responding to the Pulse nightclub and Parkland massacres, directly resulting in large numbers of lives lost.