“Systemic Racism” Review

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[Many thanks to Steve Witherspoon for the chart above!]

These stories are proliferating at such a rate that they could easily take over the blog, or worse, explode my head permanently. I can’t begin to cover them all, but my plan is to periodically gather them up in one post, like this one. The claim of systemic racism” has been a handy dandy way to exploit a low point in public embarrassment over some recent distorted and misrepresented incidents as well the undeniable legacy of slavery and Jim Crow in America. Now it is being pushed as a wedge to justify anti-white racism, double standards, restrictions on expression and speech, various forms of discrimination to benefit minority groups, power grabs in multiple institutions across society based on “reckoning” rather than merit or logic, the transformation of the education system into a propaganda indoctrination machine, and tangentially related “social justice” reforms, including creeping Marxism.

There are signs that the purveyors of the systemic racism narrative, including Critical Race Theory, are pushing rapidly toward a tipping point where public sympathy and tolerance will collapse, as well as indications that the ranks of citizens with the courage and civic responsibility to oppose this madness are growing. In both cases, however, it needs to happen faster.

Here are some recent highlights:

  • A large portion of the “systemic racism” brigade is steeped in hypocrisy, much as the #MeToo movement proved itself only offended by sexual harassment by public figures who proved useful in other respects. The Washington Free Beacon asked all 50 Democratic members of the Senate, as well as the Congressional Black Caucus and the NAACP, for for reactions to the weekend’s revelation that R.I. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, last heard cheering on the adoption of the Juneteenth national holiday, was still a member of Bailey’s Beach Club in Newport, a whites-only private club. None of them responded.

Unlike so much of what Democrats attribute to systemic racism, segregated private clubs are relics of systemic racism. One would think the Democratic Party would speak with one voice on this matter. Nope.

I don’t know how anyone can take a party, an organization or an elected official seriously who refused to hold its members and allies to the same standards it purports to care so deeply about.

  • The biggest Broadway musical revival shelved by the pandemic was “The Music Man,” starring the ever-versatile Hugh Jackman. It is scheduled to finally open in December, but the woke have been wadicalized since the original production date, and now whispers have begun that the show, which is set in turn-of-the-century Iowa, is too white. The LA Times complains that the show’s “sanitized and idealized setting, and its intrinsic value as a quintessential America…is probably as much a sampling of America as the Iowa caucuses are of presidential races:…whiter and more rural than the rest of the country; it doesn’t really represent America in some fundamental ways. I must note that “The Music Man” is one show, and no show can represent America in all “fundamental ways.

The lament continues,

“Ultimately, ‘The Music Man’ sets forth a sanitized, insular and very white America — a vision regularly exploited by a recent president [obligatory gratuitous Trump-bashing here] It asks audiences to cheer for yet another romanticized fraud. “The Music Man” is selling tickets while the culture is calling for corrective lenses on such white-centered visions of American history and protesting in the streets for a new vision of modern American life.”

Like all revolutionaries, the Times activist  (Ashley Lee) requires that everything must be political, and that which does not advance the movement is an impediment to it, and must be destroyed. “The Music Man,” easily the winner of the title “The Great American Musical,” is apolitical, unless one detests the United States and finds the presence of white people inherently offensive. But I would not be surprised to see “The Music Man” derailed before December, or to learn that Hugh Jackman has been replaced with a Harold Hill “of color.”

  • Advanced Placement Language and Composition students in Gardiner, Maine will not be limited to readings from a list of 33 books about racism over the summer after all, thanks to an uprising from parents. The list, which includes How To Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi and White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo, can now be skipped by students choosing to read a nonfiction book dealing with science or nature, or a memoir. 
  • The leading candidate in the Democratic Mayoral Primary today is Eric Adams, an African-American with a law and order platform. This makes him anathema to New York’s opinion makers, and there have been newspaper columns instructing voters how to use a new ranked voting system to defeat Adams even if he garners the most first place votes. Andrew Yang and Kathryn Garcia, the former sanitation commissioner, have been campaigning together (since a voter can have both on their ballot) in an effort to beat Adams. They want to beat Adams because they disagree with his policies presumably, but disappointingly, Adams could not resist laying the race card, and claiming that his opposition was based on racial animus and the desire to suppress black votes.

The systemic racism trope creates an irresistible urge   to blame race and racism on anything and everything. The Law of Diminishing Returns has to kick in soon, if it hasn’t already.

  • Saving the worst for last, I draw your attention to the Vancouver School Board in British Columbia, Canada. It is eliminating honors courses to “foster inclusivity and equity in the classroom.” “By phasing out these courses, all students will have access to an inclusive model of education, and all students will be able to participate in the curriculum fulsomely,” said  the school board. This is the Maoist concept of equality at all costs, and the justification for it is that only “systemic racism” can explain why certain demographic groups remain stubbornly behind.

In a related development, the ABA released the 2021 bar exam pass rate broken down by race and ethnicity:

Bar pass rate

African American law school grads lagged significantly behind. Since the ABA, given its proclivities, is certain to attribute this to “systemic racism,” it will be interesting to see how they propose to “foster inclusivity and equity” in the courtroom.

19 thoughts on ““Systemic Racism” Review

  1. The message from the 21st century social justice warriors (SJW’s) of the world is if you’re a white person then you’re a white supremist and a racist and any denial of this is proof that you’re white supremist and a racist, end of discussion for their narrow viewed world. The people that are promoting this garbage are anti-white racists out to persecute anyone they consider white and any white person that supports this garbage is a proxy anti-white racist.

    21st Century Social Justice Warrior Department of Education

    In the mind of a SJW the hive mind has spoken and resistance is futile. Keep thinking that you ignorant SJW’s right up to the point that the whole of rational thinking society revolts in a not so pleasant way against you and your bull shit.

    Things are going to get really ugly in our culture before the bells of common sense and reality ring loudly and “we the people” turn on the lunatic social justice warriors en masse and take back our country and our world, until then the SJW’s will continue to grow the ranks of their blithering idiot army of drones.

    • Maybe misunderstanding, but the “2020FT” column only represents test-takers who passed on their first try. The 2018U/2019U columns represent takers who passed on their first try, plus those who “Ultimately” passed in later years. So some of the 17% who aren’t in the 2020FT column will end up in a “2020U” column in next year’s report.

    • What is “diploma privilege”? And what is the significance,if any, of the 2021 number being 4x the two prior years?
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      The Law School-Industrial Complex is fine…. It looks like the number of students/graduates is up, and they get paid whether or not the graduate passes the test.

      • I know this one! Disploma privilege is where a state admits you to the bar without taking the bar exam, as a function of getting a legal diploma. Practise peaked around the 1900’s and has been steadily on the decline since. Only state that still gives diploma privilege is Wisconsin. And if a Wisconsin lawyer wants to move and practice elsewhere, only 25 states grandfather their bar, exiting Wisconsoners have to take the exam in the other 24, regardless of years of experience.

    • Damned if you do and damned if you don’t. Fried chicken and collard greens aren’t soul food? All the cooks in the kitchen (in Atlanta) were from Sweden? Little fucking martinets.

  2. Easy. They’ll give all the lawyers of color jobs as prosecutors! Also solves the over incarceration problem! Shazaam! A twofer.

  3. I think I have figured out what bugs me about CRT (obvious racism etc. Aside). Much of this am be said of similar Marxist or feminist systems.

    It is a bias-affirming, as opposed to a confirmation bias. From Wikipedia:

    Confirmation bias is the tendency to search for, interpret, favor, and recall information in a way that confirms or supports one’s prior beliefs or values.[1] People display this bias when they select information that supports their views, ignoring contrary information, or when they interpret ambiguous evidence as supporting their existing attitudes.

    Systemic racism does not involve confirmation bias because it does not involve selecting or favoring things that support your view. In contrast, the theory is the bias and EVERYTHING can affirm that bias. Everything supports it. I asserted on Facebook that Juneteenth was evidence that America was not inherently racist, but inherently egalitarian, as it represented a fulfillment of egalitarian promises contained in the Declaration and the Constitution. The counter to that argument was that my view of CRT was obtuse, CRT was egalitarian and freeing the slaves proved systemic racism.

    Looking at the triangle, saying it is “just a joke” is racist. It may be, but any thinking person knows it is not always the case. But, when all evidence can be used to affirm the bias. (Global Warming, anyone?)

    George Floyd presents a good example. As Jack has said repeatedly, there is no evidence that race was a factor in his death. Yet, it takes little thought to use that example to affirm CRT.

    As someone said, damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

    The tail of the theory wags the dog of the facts.

    It presents an unfalsifiable proposition. I have not yet bothered to ask anyone what might disprove the theory. I expect the answer I will get is that CRT is real; therefore, it can’t be falsified; and you are racist for even suggesting otherwise; and that is more proof of CRT.

    Bias-Affirming.

    -Jut

  4. I think you accidentally wrote “wadicalized” instead of radicalized? And I read it in the voice of Bugs Bunny and liked it way better. And it might be more accurate that way too.

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