Saturday, July 11, 2020

Wokeness started over five years ago

The current political madness did not start with George Floyd. See this June 2019 article in the Jewish magazine Tablet:
sea change has taken place in American political life. The force driving this change is the digital era style of moral politics known as “wokeness,” a phenomenon that has become pervasive in recent years ... In reality, “wokeness” — a term that originated in black popular culture — is a broad euphemism for a more narrow phenomenon: the rapidly changing political ideology of white liberals that is remaking American politics.

Over the past decade, the baseline attitudes expressed by white liberals on racial and social justice questions have become radically more liberal. In one especially telling example of the broader trend, white liberals recently became the only demographic group in America to display a pro-outgroup bias—meaning that among all the different groups surveyed white liberals were the only one that expressed a preference for other racial and ethnic communities above their own. As woke ideology has accelerated, a growing faction of white liberals have pulled away from the average opinions held by the rest of the coalition of Democratic voters—including minority groups in the party. The revolution in moral sentiment among this one segment of American voters has led to a cascade of consequences ranging from changes in the norms and attitudes expressed in media and popular culture, to the adoption of new political rhetoric and electoral strategies of the Democratic Party.
This trend pre-dates Donald Trump's political career. I have complained about it on this blog for many years. Electing Trump was a response to it.

Some academics have posted an open letter for free speech. You would think that this would be non-controversial, but it had to be peppered with anti-Trump remarks in order to get any support at all. And once published, there was a flood of denunciations, such as from Sean M. Carroll.

A Princeton faculty letter starts:
Anti-Blackness is foundational to America. It plays a role in where we live and where we are welcome.
I would have thought that only White supremacists would say stuff like this, as a way of saying that America is for Whites, and not non-whites. But this letter is explicitly saying that non-whites should be the privileges ones.

Black Lives Matter is collecting many millions of dollars in donations. Many companies are donating as a way of proving their anti-racism. (As it is used today, anti-racism is a contraction of anti-white racism.)

So who would the Blacks use to collect that money? You think that maybe they would use Black people? Nope, a Jewish Communist feminist terrorist has control of it. If you don't believe me, see this Wash. Examiner article. She would still be in prison, but Pres. Clinton commuted her sentence. Her father was a Manhattan dentist and her mother a theatrical producer.

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