More Weird Tales Of The Great Stupid: “Urgency Is A White Supremacy Value”

Many years ago, I was charged with running a U.S. Chamber of Commerce study on rising Hispanic business in the U.S. I worked with many Hispanic scholars and organizations, including the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. One of the recommendations in the draft report, written by a Cuban-American diplomat and scholar, was that Hispanic-Americans needed to purge their culture of toxic habits and traditions that undermined business success, and the primary example was tardiness and a lack of concern with meeting deadlines and appointment times.

The point was especially vibrant because the meetings of the group were almost always delayed while we waited for several key members who wandered in anywhere from 30 minutes to more than an hour after the designated time.

There was some animated debate over this, because some members—not just the habitually tardy ones—tried to argue that impugning the “manyana” attitude tradition would be an insult, allowing “white” values to erase “brown” ones, and declaring non-Hispanic culture “superior.”I remember the debate well: it was notable for the fact that none of those objecting to endorsing the habit of making appointments, being on time and meeting deadlines had anything but weak rationalizations to support their position. Yes, meeting deadlines was more efficient; yes, yes, being on time to appointments showed respect and created trust in a business environment; true, Hispanics being constantly late validated negative stereotypes. OK, not being late all the time was a positive habit that was one of many that magnified the chances of business success. But…but…this is our way! It’s always been our way!

The section on needing to end the tardiness tradition was in the final report.

I was reminded of that debate when I read that the the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), a state government agency that coordinates medical care and social well-being, had issued an email informing the community that a scheduled conversation between OHA officials and relevant members of the public would not take place as planned. The email, from Regional Health Equity Coalition Program Manager Danielle Droppers, read,

“Thank you for your interest in attending the community conversation between Regional Health Equity Coalitions (RHECs) and Community Advisory Councils (CACs) to discuss the Community Investment Collaboratives (CICs). We recognize that urgency is a white supremacy value that can get in the way of more intentional and thoughtful work, and we want to attend to this dynamic. Therefore, we will reach out at a later date to reschedule.”

The contention that any value and habit of success that has contributed to the success of American society is a vestige of white supremacy and should be devalued, ignored or rejected is creeping cultural rot in minority communities and increasingly in the mainstream community as well. More than 50 years ago, black activists derided the need for African-Americans to speak standard English: using grammar and avoiding street slang was “talking white.” Lately we have heard that proficiency in mathematics was a “white” value; also the concepts of merit-based advancement and achievement. Obeying laws…marrying…all sorts of conduct that have led to success for others and that have magnified maladies in the black community when they have been ignored are now being denigrated as part of the “systemic racism” attack on responsibility, accountability and common sense.

It appears that Dropper’s cultural poison was inspired by the work of “antiracist” consultants and educators like Tema Okun, whose website advances the idea that several benign and widespread traits are actually characteristic of white supremacy. She points to preferring quantity over quality, requiring agreements and commitments in writing, and perfectionism among other markers of racism, as well as a sense of urgency. As self-evidently bats as it is, Okun’s work is often cited in educational equity workshops, as is the similar work of Judith Katz, another antiracism huckster.

This is a purely destructive fad, delusion, whatever you want to call it. A sense of urgency, to return to the example at hand, isn’t a “white supremacy value,” it is a universal, unequivocally useful value that causes individuals, organizations and societies to be more successful than those incapable of it.

Anyone who writes, says or thinks what Dropper wrote is unfit to operate any community service, and is, in fact, a danger to their communities as well as being incompetent as an administrator or leader.

But The Great Stupid rolls on, and how much destruction it will wreak on our society and nation before it explodes in a final odoriferous conflagration, spewing hot pus, bile and slime in its death throes, I cannot begin to guess…

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Source: Reason

32 thoughts on “More Weird Tales Of The Great Stupid: “Urgency Is A White Supremacy Value”

  1. Well, jeez, if they are so concerned about a sense of urgency, they should not be working a dynamic, they should be working a lethargic, half-heartedly, of course. Whenever they do re-schedule, the proper response would be, “We are not ready yet.”
    They are living out “stupid is as stupid does”.

  2. In the interests of intellectual integrity and fostering mutual understanding, I must raise the strongest argument I can think of for tardiness. Not tardiness within a culture of punctuality, of course, but tardiness as a culturally accepted habit. Breaking commitments on a whim is never going to be a good idea in a society, because all society relies on trust on some level.

    However, a society can exist where everyone knows and accepts that meeting times are suggestions by default and that people will prioritize socialization and relationship-building, however long it takes, over concrete business decisions. By necessity, this would mean that all business decisions would be done more slowly, and logistics would be delayed in responding to any changes. All materials and products would arrive later than in a society with punctual meetings and decisions, so people would wait longer for things they requested. However, they may also have more time to share with those around them. They are not spending that time participating in the proverbial “rat race”.

    It’s a tradeoff between swift gratification of material wants and needs versus having more time to spend relaxing with one’s community.

    Are there ways of avoiding having to make this tradeoff, to have both more personal time and also more material convenience, and to let people further customize the ratio based on their own individual preferences? Most likely. And yes, those approaches will require committing to mutual expectations, whether those expectations are exacting or flexible.

    I just wanted to raise the point that to get to the best outcome, we do have to recognize the reasons why a functional society might not regard keeping strict hours as terribly important. Only then can we explore approaches that give us benefits from all of these values.

    • I’m not going to give quite the same level of respect to people who shun basic mathematics, clear communication, or emotional self-awareness. It’s fine if people don’t often need such skills for their own lifestyles, but there’s no excuse for not learning them. It’s never healthy to lack a foundational skill, or to value that lack, whether or not you choose to use the skill regularly.

      Foundational skills are for everyone and should be part of every culture in some form or fashion. Some people may reject such skills because the skills were introduced by a rival culture. That’s because they’re afraid that the specific skills are incompatible with their existing values, either fundamentally or by way of competition for time and attention.

      One of the aspects of my long-term plan is to show people that the basic mindsets underlying skills are compatible with any healthy culture and its values. People can take the mindsets and make them their own, adapting them to the skills that will make their culture healthier and help them identify the healthy values they want to keep and the unhealthy values they would want to discard. They just have to know that those skills will build a world they can be proud of, rather than simply letting them conform to someone else’s world.

    • Asian cultures do this as a negotiating ploy. They will tell their potential foreign business partners that there will much time later to discuss business knowing full well the visitor has a RT ticket and is on a deadline to get the job done and will be willing to make concessions in the eleventh hour. Seasoned business negotiators are aware of this tactic and book open jaw air tickets. Delay tactics create asymmetric advantage which is why many cultures use it against us. The strategy to combat this is being willing to walk away without a deal.

      • I’m reasonably sure that the running out the clock in a negotiation is a separate cultural thing from the Latin American lack of concern for punctuality, but it doesn’t surprise me as a business tactic. I’d actually be surprised if Americans didn’t use it against visiting businesspeople from other countries. And yeah, that’s a good illustration of why having a strong BATNA (best alternative to a negotiated agreement) is important.

        If I remember my negotiation class correctly, though, the custom of getting to know one’s business partners through social conversation before getting down to business existed in Asia long before people in Asia were doing business with Westerners who expected to fly out after a short stay. I didn’t get it at first, but now I think I understand. Instead of taking it for granted that someone is safe to do business with, it’s ideal to get a sense of what kind of person they are as much as possible.

        • Probably so EC, but I have found that in my many trips south of the border the notion of punctuality is a one- sided deal. If you, a gringo, are expected to do something by a specific time then they hold you to it. Conversely, if you expect them to do something by a specific time, well don’t hold your breath.
          It may be cultural, but because it only seems to work to their advantage, I have a hard time interpreting it as anything other than a means to gain advantage over another.

          Admittedly, Asian cultures do seek to know their business partners which slows things down. In doing so, they get to learn what is most important to the element in the deal and what are throw away concessions. I don’t know if they are slowing things down simply for relationship development or if relationship development is merely a euphemism for finding out how to leverage the information gained to their advantage.

          In any case it makes sense to be aware of the practice. I live by the maxim, when in Rome do as the Romans do.

          As for punctuality being pushed as a racist or supremacist value in the United States by woke academics, I believe it is nothing more than attempts to undermine western culture. You never hear of these pseudo academics attack any other culture for pushing its cultural demands on others. Successful American business travelers go to great lengths to avoid cultural faux pas when they travel, yet so many want to denigrate our culture. When supremacy hucksters start telling people that putting their chopsticks upright in a bowl is racist Buddhist supremacy only then will she have any legitimacy.

          https://www.forbes.com/sites/theyec/2019/05/22/

    • Wasting time waiting for other people doesn’t give you more time to socialize. Being inefficient with time and expecting that to leave you with *more* free time is like idling your car to make your gas go farther.

      • It’s true that letting appointments wait is not as efficient as it could be for either purpose, but of the two purposes involved, it prioritizes spending time with people over keeping appointments on time.

        Meanwhile the American system isn’t that much better, just different: people are punctual but spend almost half of their walking hours (sometimes more than half) working stressful jobs that make someone else rich by convincing people to buy something they don’t need.

        It’s a classic dichotomy of wastefulness versus austerity, where potential working time is the resource subject to scarcity. One approach wastes working time while the other one hoards time for work beyond what is probably necessary. I think we can do better than both of these approaches.

        To start with, I recommend we figure out as a society what sorts of things really make us happy and fulfilled, so that we can then set enough people up with skills and jobs to deliver those things without requiring so much time and effort per person. With all the people and resources out there, building a happy and fulfilled world shouldn’t take as much work as we’ve been putting in, and certainly not so unevenly distributed. We need to work smarter so we don’t have to work as hard.

        How does that sound?

  3. “ Therefore, we will reach out at a later date to reschedule.”

    And, what makes them think people will be on time for THAT meeting?

    -Jut

  4. Will these consultants be willing to wait indefinitely to get their fee? If not, they should STFU.

    This is nothing but a dodge to avoid responsibility. The ironic thing is that claiming their way is superior is itself racist.

  5. I wonder if the Mexican cartel business model recognizes and is sensitive to the manana paradigm out of respect for cultural tradition.

    • We should ask the Hispanic people who died in the tractor trailer because the driver didn’t get around to doing anything about the reefer not working when they mentioned it to him? Manana!

  6. When I saw the announcement shared on social media, I thought it was a Babylon Bee satire story.

    Clearly this is a good case for “Not the Bee” instead.

  7. Oh, great. Tema Okun, world class thinker and scholar that she is, tells me that promptness and punctuality are racist. I wonder what Judge Hittner will think when I show up 55 minutes later for trial tomorrow and I say, “whoa, hold on there, pal. Don’t force your patriarchal, privileged Western European ideology on me. I reject your primitive, hegemonic, racist obsessionion with time” and throws my case out of court. Sounds like a cook trip to Malpracticelandia, ¿no?

    Oh, but did anyone notice that Tema Okun, scholar that she is, thinks that demands for racial and social justice are urgent? How can that be?

    jvb

    • Of course some of the judges have no problem being 45 minuntes+ late and just shrugging about it… but those are also often the judges who get sent to landlord tenant or to domestic violence court. Bill DeBlasio was really bad about punctuality and so was Bill Clinton. Eisenhower, on the other hand…

    • I am trying to reconcile the idea that whites value quantity over quality and perfectionism all at the same time.

  8. When I served in the military, here’s the guidance that I was given:
    If you’re early, you’re on time.
    If you’re on time, you’re late.
    If you’re late…don’t even think of it!

  9. I think it’s interesting that almost exactly two years ago we were talking about the Anti-White Stereotyping At The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. There was discussion about the manner in which the brainwashing political left intentionally infects society with their propaganda, then retracts or retreats from their proclamations after it has been effectively disseminated throughout society. The propaganda infection takes hold and is extrapolated to absurdity by a large segment of the population that’s gullible and hive-minded, to these people it’s irrelevant if there was a retreat or retraction from the propaganda.

    I stated back in July of 2020 about the anti-white stereotyping propaganda that the political left intentionally provided “…the irrational social justice mobs with more bullet points that they will present as fact…”, “Like Paul Joseph Goebbels strategy with lies, just give it a little time and it will take root and become main stream “truth” for the irrational social justice warriors. So in today’s world of leftist propaganda, this is another job done well.”

    What the Oregon Health Authority did was either the direct or indirect result of the anti-white stereotyping propaganda infection perpetuated by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and immoral race baiters, it’s delusional thinking.

    I rest my case.

    Delusional: adjective, characterized by or holding idiosyncratic beliefs or impressions that are contradicted by reality or rational argument.

    • The other tactic which this allows, (which is well-spotted, by the way!) is a sort of cultural-wide gaslighting/no true scotsman combination. They throw the seeds out there, then abandon them. If it gets picked up by the useful idiots, it’s a win. If it gets called out, then you’re a paranoid righty who listens to conspiracy theories. If it gets proven, then you can’t hold the benevolent left accountable for what a few fringe whackos are saying. If they really get nailed to the floor, then ‘of course that’s true. Everyone knows it, you racist!’
      In the meantime, they’ve expended zero energy in defending their attacks, have time to come up with the next one, and their opponents are tripping from one bear trap to another.

      The biggest question to me is, how to defuse this when you encounter it in the wild. Either from the rabid lefty you have to work with on a regular basis, or from the “I’m too sick of politics to argue this with you, and I don’t know why you have to make everything political, anyways.” crowd.

      • My approach is to ignore the bad points they’re making and focus on the values at stake. Behold, the three-step collaborative problem-solving process:

        1. Identify one’s own values
        2. Identify others’ values
        3. Frame the situation constructively

        Their bad points become irrelevant when I give them a path to achieving what they want in a way that doesn’t rely on intellectual dishonesty. With a vocabulary of basic values, it’s easy to figure out what they really want through a short conversation, even if they themselves don’t quite have a handle on it. Then I can make good points on their behalf, which they can confirm for me. From there, we can explore options that would work for both of us. How does that sound?

  10. There’s a difference between saying cultural conditioning can lead people to act a certain way and saying those cultural values are good. There are many cultural values that are downright evil (female genital mutilation, for example). It’s not someone’s fault that they were raised in a crazy sort of way, but for people from that culture who see the negative parts of it, they need to speak out. There are objectively better and worse cultural practices.

  11. The entire idea that there are universal cultures for racial groups is simultaneously hilarious, asinine and offensive. I work with people all over the world, on 6 different continents. Culture is local. Different parts of the SAME country have entirely different attitudes towards concepts like punctuality. It doesn’t fall on racial lines!! The entire idea that it would is racist. American Hispanics don’t have the same culture as south American Hispanics. Why would anyone think that they do? Different parts of Mexico don’t even have the same opinion on punctuality! Lumping people together under stereotypes is racist and frankly, stupid. Deal with people as individuals.

    Concepts like punctuality, urgency, or responsiveness exist because they help people to work together with minimized friction. Minimizing friction isn’t racist. Calling on people to allow maximized friction is an effort to cause chaos and societal upheaval, not an effort to eradicate racism. There isn’t any reason to be tolerant of behavior that causes increased group disfunction. Expecting people to follow the golden rule is ethical. The golden rule would indicate an effort to work together smoothly and be considerate of others is ethical.

  12. The bigger point here really boils down to one thing: Danielle Droppers and her ilk are declaring that non-whites are incapable of functioning at a basic level of competence. It follows on eliminating standards in education. If these groups can’t perform at grade level, then abandon the grade levels. If these groups can’t write or read it grade level, then promote ESL or other substitutes for the dominant language. If these groups can’t do science at grade level then disregard science in favor of woke dogma.

    This won’t end well.

    jvb

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