A friend sent along this story about a teapot tempest at Yale, saying:
Did you see this wonderful example of applied Critical Theory … the Yale offered for Continuing Education Credit… Yale has backpedalled, but this lecture counted, for credit.
Given what we have witnessed for the past five years, I don’t find this very troubling. There is something deeply and intensely sick at work in this country. MLK was being polite when he said this, and not a damn thing has changed in 50 years:
“Whites, it must frankly be said, are not putting in a similar mass effort to reeducate themselves out of their racial ignorance. It is an aspect of their sense of superiority that the white people of America believe they have so little to learn. The reality of substantial investment to assist Negroes into the twentieth century, adjusting to Negro neighbors and genuine school integration, is still a nightmare for all too many white Americans…These are the deepest causes for contemporary abrasions between the races. Loose and easy language about equality, resonant resolutions about brotherhood fall pleasantly on the ear, but for the Negro there is a credibility gap he cannot overlook. He remembers that with each modest advance the white population promptly raises the argument that the Negro has come far enough. Each step forward accents an ever-present tendency to backlash.” — Where Do We Go From Here: 1967
Homicide as a favor to the world… yeah. That’s troubling.
I’m trying to get my conservative friends to understand that even if they don’t see color, it doesn’t mean their friends of color haven’t experience prejudice from the many that still do
“Color doesn’t matter” — when it comes to inherent worth “Color matters” — when it comes to how one is treated, still.
One of the reliable sources of right wing outrage porn is minor academics and untenured oddballs in Ivy League. If it’s a slow news day, the Right Wing Lie Machine can always find an academic or a starlet saying or doing something weird so they can cry “O TEMPORA! O MORES!” I always dock at least 50 moral outrage points from news stories about obscure academics or celebrities. It’s one of the standard tricks the Right Wing Noise Machine uses to distract from people with actual power doing actual evil.
Yale granted credit for listening to this nut… which showed execrable judgement on their part. And Barri Weiss isn’t a part of that machine you cite
As for actual people doing harm… is “The New Jim Crow” still in place? Asset forfeiture? The R’s aren’t helping, I know. But the D’s aren’t acting either, and the mass incarceration continues.
Yeah. Dumb. But that’s about it. Universities are places where new ideas get tried out. Sometimes they are bad ideas. And, as here, they get weeded out. Precisely the difference between things like this and, oh, the entire GOP and the whole MAGA cult, is that bad ideas are rejected while with the Cult bad ideas are doubled down on and all efforts are made to defend them and destroy the tiny handful who say, “This is a bad idea.” I just can’t get very worked up about this. It’s not that big a deal.
I grew up inside the academy… stupid ideas don’t get weeded out, stupid ideas that embarrass the establishment get weeded out. (and c.f. Semelweiss good ideas that embarrass the establishment)
c.f. “The Truth Wears Out” (the reproducibility crisis in the social sciences)
I still think this trivial incident, already renounced, is nothing compared to the monstrous and deadly evil of Pandemic and Insurrection (and institutional racism) to which the MAGA cult is 100% committed. It was the equivalent of a glitch. MAGA is the equivalent of an ideological Zyklon B manufacturer pumping poison into the body politic.
I really wish ex-President Trump would go away. He like some evil trickster god… like Loki, but venal and stupid. And no fun to watch.
He’s a Bellwether though. (did you ever read Connie Willis book of that name?) good book. geek love story, corporate parody, math science subtext, social commentary.
Nope. Never heard of it.
Trump was an apotheosis. He is everything that cult dreamt of. And now that they have tasted the hope of nihilist power, they can’t go back. They need it like a fix. And they have to be destroyed because they are not going to stay put. They are going to continue going from evil to evil unless they receive a miracle of grace. They are the gravest threat we have faced domestically since the Civil War.
I can’t get that worked up over them. They couldn’t start a food fight in a FroYo. Jan 6 was bad and dark, and the Qidiocy got people killed… now they’re just sad.
The Beer Hall Putsch was a failure too. But without crushing such people, it becomes a practice run. The GOP is still a huge threat to democracy and public health. They mean to end democracy and institute authoritarian rule. And they have already killed nearly a million Americans without a hint of regret (unless they get COVID, which is the only thing that matters to them: themselves.) Don’t kid yourself that this is over.
I don’t believe it. The GOP has too much invested in the current system to overthrow it. Same reason I poo poo’d people claiming Biden would go anti-capitalist…. too much status in the quo.
I think the GOP leadership are idiots thinking they can dabble with this huckster and not gut the party worse than they have.
But by the time they realize it, they won’t have enough power to do squat outside the rules.
I think you badly underestimate the degree to which Crazy has taken over the GOP. The industrialists who backed the Nazis reassured themselves they could control Hitler too. Turns out they were wrong. These nuts want a Great Nut to lead them. If not Trump, then some other predator–and the next one may not be a massively stupid as Trump.
Most beltway R’s don’t seem to get how R has become a dirty four letter word.
I don’t think they’re that clever. (or powerful for that matter) They don’t have corporate backing for such a think the corp’s are too busy trying to not look predatory for the masses and pouring money into both camps.
There was a lot of big business that didn’t like DJT’s trade war one little bit.
Next time they will learn from Trump’s mistakes (and victories) and focus their energy on turning the military and the cops into their personal Praetorian Guard. Hell, Texas GOP are already putting out feelers about arresting their political enemies. These people mean to turn this country into a police state. We came within in an ace last time. The Pentagon brass was preparing to resign rather than be a part of it. But next time, those types will be weeded out and the fascists promoted. It’s coming, if these SOBs get a chance.
I hope you’re wrong and I’m right.
But I’ve been wrong before.
Right now I’m trying to work within my church to be a relevant witness w/o political baggage.
Think about how quickly the Never Trumpers capitulated and adjusted to the New Normal. Corporate moneybags didn’t get there by moral courage, but by predatory cunning and adaptation. They would instantly adjust to a soft or hard GOP dictatorship.
Finally, he said:
I’m going to keep praying for the nation.
So much we need to repent of… starting with me.
Going to be up in Seattle Aug 26-29… don’t know how much time my family will have me booked.
Cult … the Enemy loves it why lies thrive. Pray for the deliverance of the deceived.
Is there a Saint that specializes in that?
Beats me. I ask Mary and St. Michael for help a lot. 🙂