John McWhorter
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John McWhorter teaches linguistics and music history at Columbia University, hosts Slate’s Lexicon Valley podcast, and is Contributing Editor at the Atlantic.Source
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YOU ARE NOT A RACIST TO CRITICIZE CRITICAL RACE THEORY.

YOU ARE NOT A RACIST TO CRITICIZE CRITICAL RACE THEORY.

SubscribeSince a year ago, CRT-infused members of The Elect, traditionally overrepresented in the world of schools of education, have sought to take the opportunity furnished by our “racial reckoning” to turn American schools into academies of “antiracist” indoctrination.And the backlash is on.  One by one parents, teachers and even students are speaking out against the idea that the soul of education must be to battle the power that whites have over others. Yes, that’s the watchcry. It’s why The Elect can make so little sense to the rest of us: they actually believe that the heart of all...

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Jun 16
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Words Have Lost Their Common Meaning

Words Have Lost Their Common Meaning

H ever been in less basic agreement on what so many important words actually mean? Terms we use daily mean such different things to different people that communication is often blunted considerably, and sometimes even thwarted entirely. The gap between how the initiated express their ideological beliefs and how everyone else does seems larger than ever.The word racism has become almost maddeningly confusing in current usage. It tempts a linguist such as me to contravene the dictum that trying to influence the course of language change is futile.Racism began as a reference to personal...

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Mar 31
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Is it racist to expect black kids to do math for real?

Is it racist to expect black kids to do math for real?

SubscribeThere is a document getting around called , a guide put together by a group of educators. It has a black boy on the cover.The idea is to show us how our racial reckoning of late ought change how we expose black kids to math. I suppose the counsel is also intended for kids of other types of melanin, but this is in essence a document that could be called “Math For Black Kids.”The latest is that state-level policy makers in Oregon are especially intrigued by this document. There is all reason to suppose that its influence will spread more widely.And this is to resisted, as this lovely...

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Mar 1
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THE ELECT: NEORACISTS POSING AS ANTIRACISTS AND THEIR THREAT TO A PROGRESSIVE AMERICA

THE ELECT: NEORACISTS POSING AS ANTIRACISTS AND THEIR THREAT TO A PROGRESSIVE AMERICA

SubscribeTHE ELECT:NEORACISTS POSING AS ANTIRACISTSAND THEIR THREAT TO A PROGRESSIVE AMERICAPREFACEI’m not one for long introductions – I like to get to the point. However, before we begin I would like to give the reader a sense of the trajectory of these installments, and what kind of statement they are intended as making.This book is not a call for people of a certain ideology to open up to the value of an open market of ideas, to understand the value of robust discussion, and to see the folly of defenestrating people for disagreeing with them. My assumption is that the people in question...

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Jan 27
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Black fragility?

Black fragility?

SubscribeLaw professor Jason Kilborn cited the N-word (and the B-word) on an exam thusly: n****, b****. It was in a question about an employment discrimination case. He has done so for years previously to no comment – as all reading this but a sliver would expect.But this year, a group of black students initiated a protest against him for harming them in exposing them to this expurgated rendition of the N-word. That is, in a class training them in litigation in the real world.One black student claimed that they experienced heart palpitations upon reading the words. During an hours-long Zoom...

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Jan 27
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Schools Must Resist Destructive Anti-racist Demands

Schools Must Resist Destructive Anti-racist Demands

A killing last spring, protests have flowered on many campuses, and so have manifestos demanding that the schools fully commit themselves to an anti-racist agenda. More are likely as the school restarts and we move into spring. Some may feel that the enlightened course is to simply satisfy these demands out of a commitment to America’s ongoing racial reckoning. However, just as many will see a mismatch between actual conditions on these campuses and the nature and tone of the manifestos, as well as the protest actions usually accompanying them. Administrations must decide where racial...

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Jan 29
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Is Your Master Bedroom Racist?

Is Your Master Bedroom Racist?

Advertisement After failing at the one thing people think they need from government, Minneapolis is getting tough on making damaged citizens pay up. Harris' origins allow her to properly claim Asian or Black/African American legal status, and she has chosen the latter. There’s nothing wrong with a little linguistic housekeeping, but reclassifying dozens of common words, expressions, and songs as slurs goes too far. Is the Kanye 2020 platform designed to steal votes from Joe Biden? Plus: Uber, Lyft threaten to suspend California operations following court decision; New Zealand reimposes...

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Aug 12
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The Dehumanizing Condescension of 'White Fragility'

The Dehumanizing Condescension of 'White Fragility'

that I had not gotten around to actually reading Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility until recently. But it was time to jump in. DiAngelo is an education professor and—most prominently today—a diversity consultant who argues that whites in America must face the racist bias implanted in them by a racist society. Their resistance to acknowledging this, she maintains, constitutes a “white fragility” that they must overcome in order for meaningful progress on both interpersonal and societal racism to happen.White Fragility was published in 2018 but jumped to the top of the New York Times...

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July 15, 2020
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Kneeling in the Church of Social Justice

Kneeling in the Church of Social Justice

"washing the feet of the organizers and asking for forgiveness."Cary, NC — Jason Fuhrmann (@JasonFuhrmann3) Woke white liberals get yelled at by Black Lives Matter for being too woke and engaging in self-flagellation. — Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) The difference implies that the virus is much less deadly than it looks, but it also makes contact tracing a daunting challenge. The 4-2 ruling is reminiscent of the federal Supreme Court's dubious decision in Kelo v. City of New London, which also upheld a condemnation for a project that turned out to be a dud. Walter Duranty and The New York...

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June 29, 2020
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