Wednesday, August 29, 2012

seeing color, the 2012 version

Critical Race Theorists hate the metaphor of colorblindness. It took me a while to understand their objection because, during the civil rights era, opponents of racism worked for a colorblind future. When Malcolm X said, "I believe in recognizing every human being as a human being, neither white, black, brown nor red," and Martin Luther King said, "I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character," no one thought we would no longer be able to see the color of someone's skin. We thought the pseudo-scientific notion of race would disappear.

But when "people of color" was adopted by academics to include all people who are not considered white, "color" gained positive values and "colorblind" acquired negative ones. That blindsided people who had used the colorblind metaphor for decades—the history of race is filled with polite terms replacing each other. Use an older term, and you sound racist to people who don't know it was a term of respect.

These days, I only use "colorblind" when talking about casting—Idris Elba was a great Heimdall.

But while I've surrendered the metaphor, I still want the world Martin and Malcolm worked for.

ETA: Because Critical Race Theory is based on the idea that "whiteness" is the problem, for anti-racists, "colorblindness" cannot be the solution. Their metaphor requires them to fight whiteness, not deny it.

the selective acknowledgment of class by SJWs

I've said social justice warriors hate to talk about class, but that's not exactly true. They happily mention class when racists denigrate people of color based on racial interpretations of poverty or crime statistics. For example, if someone said black folks in the US commit more crimes than white folks, anti-racists might cite something like this from Bill Bennett and Freakonomics:
It is true that, on average, crime involvement in the U.S. is higher among blacks than whites. Importantly, however, once you control for income, the likelihood of growing up in a female-headed household, having a teenage mother, and how urban the environment is, the importance of race disappears for all crimes except homicide. (The homicide gap is partly explained by crack markets). In other words, for most crimes a white person and a black person who grow up next door to each other with similar incomes and the same family structure would be predicted to have the same crime involvement. Empirically, what matters is the fact that abortions are disproportionately used on unwanted pregnancies, and disproportionately by teenage women and single women.
SJWs only hate to talk about class issues when class undermines their focus on race.

my policy on "outing"

If someone puts information in a public post on the web, thereby making it public knowledge, I will share it; if they don't, I won't. If anyone tries to out anyone in the comments here, their comment will be deleted; I take privacy very seriously. Social Justice Warriors delight in outing their opponents—see the outings of Zathlazip and Igor Sanchez—but I believe people who make some effort to keep Google from linking their identities should be respected, no matter what I think of their beliefs.

When I know someone's identity and I'm not sure whether it's public knowledge, I do a Google Advanced Search using "all these words" to see if any of the hits are posts made by that person. But if I make a mistake, please correct me, and I'll delete the name from my blog immediately.

Recommended: Sierra Wyndsong - A Matter of Public Record

Monday, August 27, 2012

tweeting with Lavie Tidhar

In reply to

Sunday, August 26, 2012

CRTheorists should cite Elijah Muhammad, not Malcolm X

"The Blackman is the original man. From him came all brown, yellow, red, and white people. By using a special method of birth control law, the Blackman was able to produce the white race. This method of birth control was developed by a Black scientist known as Yakub, who envisioned making and teaching a nation of people who would be diametrically opposed to the Original People. A Race of people who would one day rule the original people and the earth for a period of 6,000 years. Yakub promised his followers that he would graft a nation from his own people, and he would teach them how to rule his people, through a system of tricks and lies whereby they use deceit to divide and conquer, and break the unity of the darker people, put one brother against another, and then act as mediators and rule both sides." —Elijah Muhammad

"I believe that there will ultimately be a clash between the oppressed and those that do the oppressing. I believe there will be a clash between those who want freedom, justice, and equality for everyone, and those who want to continue the system of exploitation. I believe there will be that kind of clash, but I don't think that it will be based on the color of the skin." —Malcolm X / El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz

Social Justice Warriors, Self-Righteousness, and The Merciless War on Unconscious Racism

I often question the usefulness of "self-righteous", an insult that can be applied to anyone who believes in a cause, but, perhaps because of social justice's religious roots, SJ Warriors take self-righteousness as far as any cult can. For example, in the recent Weird Tales kerfuffle, Rose Fox, who writes Genreville for Publishers Weekly, told Weird Tales' publisher, "I’m dismayed that you took down Kaye’s post, thereby deleting the comments that were on it. I think it’s important to keep an archive of such things, so both you and others can learn from your mistakes."

Any Maoist or McCarthyist would agree.

I'm regularly struck by the warriors' lack of compassion.  Because Fox seems to consider herself an SJ war correspondant,  I'll use her as a convenient example. At Weird Tales: From Frying Pan to Fire, she wrote, "I would entirely disagree that public shaming of offensive views accomplishes nothing."

She fails to see that shaming Marvin Kaye, a person who read an interracial romance about a racist white woman learning to overcome her racism and concluded the book was non-racist, is not the same as shaming the use of tropes that Critical Race Theorists have declared taboo.  She does not care that when you denounce a person's view as offensive and cite the person prominently, you are shaming the person. The religious attitude of social justice warriors is not "hate the sin, love the sinner"—it's "those who are not for us are against us."

Attacking people is the highest priority for SJ Warriors. In the same article, Fox demonstrates the flexible ethics this requires, writing, "While the ethics of reprinting personal emails are debatable..."

Her ethics did not include posting a comment I left there: "The ethics of reprinting private correspondence are not debatable by ethical people." To SJ Warriors, the only ethical question is whether sharing a private correspondence will boost their google juice.

In Weird Tales Goes Back in Time, Fox wrote, "It is just barely possible that Foyt may have had the best of intentions and been genuinely taken aback when her book was called out for displaying her unconscious racism. Kaye, however, has no such excuse."

Social justice warriors often talk about unconscious racism because they believe white people are either consciously or unconsciously racist. Whether any of them have taken the race test at Project Implicit to test their own "unconscious racism", I don't know, but I have. My result: "Your data suggest a slight automatic preference for African American compared to European American." That's not uncommon. Project Implicit debunks the theory that everyone is racist in favor of their race: "75-80% of self-identified Whites and Asians show an implicit preference for racial White relative to Black."

Social justice warriors assume friends criticize friends because they think the purpose of friendship is to help each other achieve ideological purity. When Charles A. Tan tweeted:

Wow. Lost a friend for taking a stance and criticizing them.
Rose Fox tweeted back:
I'm sorry your friend turned out not to be such a good friend.
SJ Warriors don't understand friendship or how to inspire others by any means other than direct assault. Amanda Palmer, one of their targets, does get it. In real feminists don't gaze at males, she told people trying to promote feminism, "if you’re trying to turn your friends into feminists, i think you’re taking the wrong tack. i would back up and start off by not trying to turn them into ANYTHING…this is how we got into this whole mess in the first place."

ETA: At class, race, fandom, and Dr. Who, discussing K. Tempest Bradford accusing Paul Cornell of "unintentional" racism, I noted, "Tempest's comment about "unintentional" racism absolves no one of racism. All racism is unintentional: racists do what they do because they believe what they believe, not because they intend to be racist." Which is to say, either someone's racist or they're not. No one wakes up and says, "Why, I think I'll be racist today."

Saturday, August 25, 2012

tweeting with Requires Hate and her pals

These tweets followed Requires Hate's reference to me as a subhuman; see Acrackedmoon hates Jews! or how to be a Social Justice Warrior.

according to Shittery, people who call him out "attend the expensive private schools of the US's ruling class" Shittery went to Choate
 Yes. This is why I know so much about them.
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"the nicest man anyone could ever know, and if everyone wasn't caught up in buzzwords, they would quickly see that he preaches equality"
 Why is it always "b-but he's the nicest ever!" He can't just be "nice" but the most nicest. Talk about sucking up.
 and even if he were a little puppy (likely of the incontinent, yapping sort) offline, online he's still shitting everywhere
  The "he's great in person" defence rings hollow because it turns out people online are actually people
   Well, except for the subhumans, of course.
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 I saw the bingo card (class class class class) someone made and, to spout a cliche, laughed out loud
  I love that card! I used it as my LJ icon until I finally deleted the LJ.
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"but he's REALLY a nice person!" used to defend everyone from serial murderer, Assange, to Shittery
  It is nice to be included in Assange's company. Being hated by the ruling classes is high praise.
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"Classism bolsters every ism I can think of. Racism and sexism and all the rest are tools" quoth white man, Shittery
 Would you like to do an interview, white man vs. rich woman? I'm your huckleberry.
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 Watch out when an American talks about "class" they usually mean "I envy people with more money & status than me."
  Standard Republican copout: No class warfare! That's envy talk!

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 Didn't you see that the first WT post about it had a trackback from Stormfront? They were overjoyed. 
   I saw it. They were overjoyed that people were attacking an interracial romance story.
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Regarding my time at Choate: a short autobiography by Will Shetterly