Tuesday, September 28, 2010

understanding anti-racists, and my hope to take a break from this blog

The sort of thing their race-based understanding of power ignores: Census Finds Record Gap Between Rich and Poor.

How their ethics work: Kill Whitey. It’s the Right Thing to Do.

Their flawed approach to activism: Small Change: Why the revolution will not be tweeted.

Anti-racists remind me that no one's more dangerous than a crusader. They believe their cause justifies anything they do, including death threats and lies.*

Something that cannot be said often enough: They're racists, no different in kind than the people who call themselves racialists or racial realists. If you hope to get them to acknowledge that a reasonable person might doubt their faith, cite people of color like Thandeka and Adolph Reed Jr. (Mind you, anti-racists don't mind that the most prominent figures in anti-racism are white. All faiths can bear contradictions.)

* I sometimes wonder if I'm the only person in the world who has received death threats from both racists and anti-racists.


  1. Regarding the first link: I find those thought experiments repulsive, and if recruited for one, I'd like to think I'd walk out. Guess it would depend on how hungry I'd gotten and whether there was compensation.

    But the difference in those two names, for me, is the "III" at the end of one of them. I see class rather than color there, because of my kneejerk stereotype of people who count how many members of their families are wearing the same name. But at least I recognize it as a kneejerk stereotype, and remind myself that even if the guy is rich, that's not a capital crime.

  2. Yeah. The first Chip I thought of was Delany, who, it's true, is from a privileged background, but sure isn't white.

    And then I thought of Kimberly Tempest Bradford. Rich folks' names ain't for white folks no more.

    And, of course, there's Clarence Williams III. And the delightfully named Winkfield F. Twyman, Jr.

  3. My brother is a third. (Although his middle name is spelled wrong because there was a typo and my mother didn't want to pay to fix it... so really, he shouldn't be.) Definitely not rich. :)

    Names like Chip and Tyrone are extremely uncommon around here, though. (Which is to say, I've never met anyone with those names.) I'd probably read either one as 'other' and see the entire scenario as being slightly ludicrous. At which point my response would probably also be ludicrous.

    On the other hand, I'm pretty rigid about the idea of sacrificing other people for the greater good anyway. The only person I'm ethically allowed to sacrifice is me.

  4. I was thinking Tyrone was a bit of a cliche. I knew a black guy named Tyrone when I was young, but the only other Tyrone I can think of is Tyrone Power.

    As for sacrificing someone, I'm cool with the hard math. If you look at equivalent cases throughout history, people sacrifice the few for the many when they have to.

  5. Yep, they do it all the time. And I still don't approve. *grin* Possibly because I've had people sacrifice me before. (Non-literally, of course.)

    I don't get to push the fat guy in front of the train. The fat guy can make his own decisions. (Which is not to say that I wouldn't eat my neighbors if I was really hungry. It just wouldn't be ethical. ;) )