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"I guess I understand the compulsion to find somewhere to engage this national conversation... The white people who do this..."

"... don’t realize (or maybe just don’t give a damn) that we’re on different timelines. You learned yesterday what white privilege means? Great! Welcome to 1962. This, however, doesn’t mean I need to engage you about it today. Or tomorrow. Or ever. And most important, maybe I’m out walking, shopping or playing with my children, or out just, I don’t know, staring at a fire hydrant because I want to give myself a break from writing about, from speaking about, from thinking about and from raging ab...
Tags: Law, Relationships, Etiquette, Conversation, Young, Pittsburgh, Don, Damon Young, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse


In the news — the attack on individualism.

Having created a tag "the attack on individualism" — for reasons stated in the previous post — and gone back to find that subject in my archive, I wanted to look at the present and see how much of this topic was in the current news.Here are a few things I found:1. "Big Data Analytics Shows How America's Individualism Complicates Coronavirus Response" (UVa Today): Painstakingly, and with tremendous amounts of data processed by 97 advanced computers, Jingjing Li, Ting Xu, Natasha Zhang Foutz and B...
Tags: Europe, Law, America, Cnn, Pope Francis, Baseball, Pope, Nuremberg, CBS Sports, University Of Virginia, Donald Trump, Yankees, Hairstyles, Steinbrenner, Li, Nietzsche


That last post finally pushed me over the line to create a tag I've been thinking about for a while...

... "the attack on individualism."The pressure was building after yesterday's post about Seattle's effort to teach its employees about their own "Internalized Racial Superiority," which is "defined by" — among other things — "individualism."What pushed me over the line into new tag creation this morning was a criticism of women who fall into the "trap" of talking about their individual struggle with motherhood. I went back into the archive and added the tag to a few old things:June 19, 2020 — Th...
Tags: South Korea, Guns, Law, North Korea, Korea, Ayn Rand, Karl Marx, Party, Seattle, Orwell, Soviet Union, Tom Wolfe, Clarence Thomas, Ortega, Durkheim, E.J. Dionne


"On the one hand, she’s already paid a steep price. That’s not enough of a deterrent to others? Bringing her more misery just seems like piling on. So if the DA feels the need to pursue charges, he should pursue charges. But he can do that without me."

Said Christian Cooper, setting a fine example, quoted in "Birdwatcher not cooperating with investigation into Central Park ‘Karen’ Amy Cooper."In honor of the kindly, generous birdwatcher, I decided to research what is the most kindly, generous bird. The answer, it seems (from The Cut), is the parrot:A very endearing German study recently found that parrots are capable of selfless acts of kindness. When placed in neighboring cages, researchers found, the birds will pass each other tokens that ca...
Tags: Psychology, Parrot, Law, Birds, Npr, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Amy Cooper, Christian Cooper, the Cooper incident, Good Citizenship, Central Park ` Karen


"The City of Seattle held a racially segregated employee training session aimed at White staffers and instructing them on 'undoing your own whiteness'..."

"... in order to be held accountable by people of color, according to documents obtained by a public records request... According to the documents, the Office of Civil Rights hosted a two-and-a-half-hour 'Training on Internalized Racial Superiority for White People.' In the email invitation to the event, the office asked 'city employees who identify as white to join this training to learn, reflect, challenge ourselves, and build skills and relationships that help us show up more fully as allies ...
Tags: Law, Feminism, Fox News, Seattle, White, Office of Civil Rights, Rationality, Race And Education, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Whiteness


Morning thoughts on the subject of graffiti...

I'm reading the Wikipedia article on the Alexamenos graffito — the "blasphemous graffito" — because we'd been talking about graffiti.That's a rubbing of something that was scratched into a plaster wall in Rome, long enough ago to be possibly the earliest depiction of Jesus. The exact date is unknown, but it's circa 200.The image seems to show a young man worshipping a crucified, donkey-headed figure. The Greek inscription approximately translates to "Alexamenos worships [his] god," indicating th...
Tags: Comedy, Law, Wikipedia, Animals, Rome, Language, Christianity, Nyt, Jesus, Black Lives Matter, Free Speech, Madison, Christ, Corinthians, Carthage, Constantine


"Why We’re Capitalizing Black/The Times has changed its style on the term’s usage to better reflect a shared cultural identity."

The NYT explains its policy change. I assume the answer is: We're doing it because it's something we can do, and we want to do something.It makes me think of the phrase: I wouldn't lift my little finger to help you. By pushing the shift key when typing the "B," they are, at least, lifting their little finger...But are they helping? Are people with this characteristic helped by a gesture that says — or is supposed to say — you have a shared cultural identity with the other people who have the sam...
Tags: Law, Journalism, The Times, Nyt, Times, Racists, Brown, Abrams, Corbett, Lacey, Dean Baquet, Baquet, Du Bois, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Insults


"This Fourth of July holiday is one of the most humbling in our history."

"Even at the height of world wars or the Great Depression, America inspired. But, today, the United States is destroying the moral authority it once had. There will still be fireworks. And the Statue of Liberty still towers over New York Harbor. But it is harder today to convince others that Americans embrace—or practice—the ideals that Lady Liberty represents."Says Robin Wright in "To the World, We’re Now America the Racist and Pitiful" (The New Yorker).I'm surprised to encounter reverence for ...
Tags: Law, America, History, United States, Slavery, Robin Wright, Wright, WaPo, New York Harbor, Frederick Douglass, Douglass, Festivities, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Jonathan Lande


What's wrong with being a warrior... and how is it inconsistent with being a woman?

That's one of the protest murals in downtown Madison. It was photographed by me today, near this familiar corner: I know feminism is so last year, but as I'm getting this racial ideology slammed in my face, I must protest on the ground of feminism. A woman can be a warrior! Why would you bemoan your little girls growing into woman warriors?I remember when young women were fascinated by the book "The Woman Warrior" by Maxine Hong Kingston (1976). Excerpt:After I grew up, I heard the chant of F...
Tags: Photography, Law, Military, Feminism, Murals, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Maxine Hong Kingston, Fa Mu Lan


Enlisting school children to paint "Black Live Matters" murals for downtown Madison.

I'm reading "Painting murals gives students empowering role in protest movement" (Wisconsin State Journal):As murals were being painted at the end of the school year, SJ Hemmerich, art teacher at Randall Elementary School, created a slide presentation of them. Hemmerich then presented it to students and as a last assignment asked , “If you could design your own mural for (Black Lives Matter), what would it be?” Then Hemmerich got the idea of why not do it for real.Hemmerich, like other teachers,...
Tags: Law, Wisconsin, Black Lives Matter, Middleton, Randall, Race And Education, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Using Children In Politics, Hemmerich, Madison School District, Randall Elementary School, Monique Karlen, La Follette High School


"Have the people hyping this impressively crazy book [White Fragility] actually read it?"

"[Robin] DiAngelo isn’t the first person to make a buck pushing tricked-up pseudo-intellectual horseshit as corporate wisdom, but she might be the first to do it selling Hitlerian race theory. White Fragility has a simple message: there is no such thing as a universal human experience, and we are defined not by our individual personalities or moral choices, but only by our racial category. If your category is 'white,' bad news: you have no identity apart from your participation in white supremac...
Tags: Law, America, Matt Taibbi, Racists, DiAngelo, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Robin DiAngelo, White Fragility, Robin -RSB- DiAngelo


"I now understand that people of color should always voice people of color. We missed a great opportunity to represent the Vietnamese-American community..."

"... accurately and respectfully, and for that I am truly sorry. I applaud all those who stepped away from their voiceover roles in recent days. I have learned a lot from them. In hindsight, I wish that I didn’t voice the character of Diane Nguyen," wrote Alison Brie, about her role on the animated TV show "Bojack Horseman," quoted at Vulture.Bojack Horseman showrunner Raphael Bob-Waksberg has also expressed regret over Diane’s casting, recently explaining his decision on Twitter and telling Vul...
Tags: Law, Animals, Horses, Actors, Cartoons, Vulture, BoJack Horseman, Diane, Alison Brie, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, BoJack, Race And Pop Culture, Alex Jung, Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Diane Nguyen


"Revolutionary moments also require public confessions of iniquity by those complicit in oppression. These now seem to come almost daily."

"I’m still marveling this week at the apology the actress Jenny Slate gave for voicing a biracial cartoon character. It’s a classic confession of counterrevolutionary error: 'I acknowledge how my original reasoning was flawed and that it existed as an example of white privilege and unjust allowances made within a system of societal white supremacy … Ending my portrayal of "Missy" is one step in a life-long process of uncovering the racism in my actions.'... If you find this creepy, but don’t wan...
Tags: Law, America, New York Times, Mlk, Kkk, Actress, Orwell, Jenny Slate, South, 1960s, Racists, Sullivan, Madison Wisconsin, Missy, Andrew Sullivan, Race Consciousness


"Why are you fighting me?"

“Why are you protecting it?!”BLM activist gets into a verbal exchange with an older black guy who was speaking up against tearing the statue down.#emancipationstatue pic.twitter.com/4crUOJhDFP— Sagnik Basu (@_sagnikbasu) June 27, 2020 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Conversation, Protests, Lincoln, BLM, Frederick Douglass, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Destruction Of Art, Sagnik Basu


Some Whole Foods employees are walking out because they're forbidden to wear "Black Lives Matter" masks and other gear.

Fox News reports.Now, maybe you're like me and the first thing you think is the important thing is whether Whole Foods has a neutral policy against wearing messages. That ought to make it an easy question. But no. The company did have that all along:“In a customer-focused environment, all Team Members must comply with our longstanding company dress code, which prohibits clothing with visible slogans, messages, logos or advertising that are not company-related,” the company said in a statement. “...
Tags: Law, Labor, Whole Foods, Masks, Cambridge, Fox News, Globe, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Mottos, Savannah Kinzer


"I can't read Left-wing twaddle. It reminds me that the Right sometimes has a valid point, and that upsets my world-view."

"Thanks again, Chait for doing the deep(depressing)-dive so I don't have to."A comment at "An Elite Progressive LISTSERV Melts Down Over a Bogus Racism Charge" by Jonathan Chait (NY Magazine). I can't possibly copy the whole thing, and you probably don't have a subscription to NY Magazine, but here's a bit:On May 28, progressive election data analyst David Shor tweeted about a new paper by Princeton professor Omar Wasow, showing that peaceful civil-rights protests moved public opinion toward pro...
Tags: Law, Princeton, Jonathan Chait, Chait, Shor, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Left-wing Ideology, Wasow, Omar Wasow, David Shor


"A man critically injured in one of the shootings inside Seattle’s chaotic, cop-free CHAZ claims it was a hate crime committed by racist infiltrators who dropped the N-word."

"DeJuan Young told KIRO 7 that he was fleeing the sound of gunshots from where a teenager was shot dead early Saturday when he was accosted by at least four men who dropped a racial slur when they shot him. 'I’m not sure if they’re Proud Boys or KKK,' Young told the station... 'But the verbiage that they said was, "Hold this n—r" — and shot me.... And they stood over top of me and continued to fire.... I tried to protect myself and got shot in the arm,' he claimed of the assailants, who apparent...
Tags: Crime, Law, Police, Seattle, Madison, King, Young, Ny Post, KIRO, MPD, Madison Wisconsin, Chaz, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, DeJuan Young, W Gorham


"Now, in America, there's quite, I'll say, narrow-minded thinking. Black people, white people — we are same... human, brother, sisters..."

"We should emphasize oneness — sameness — emphasize that. All these strong feelings of differences, that's shortsighted — narrow-minded."Said the Dalai Lama, rejecting what he called "old thinking," quoted at "The Dalai Lama on the coronavirus, Donald Trump, and 'old thinking' in America" (NBC). [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Psychology, Law, America, Dalai Lama, Donald Trump, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Diversity Politics, Said the Dalai Lama


Timothy Leary "had no interest in politics. He called student activists 'young men with menopausal minds' and suggested that LSD could stand for 'Let the State Disintegrate.'"

"But by 1968, his slogans were so poised between derangement and Madison Avenue that they could pass for visionary; 'Everyone should start their own nation,' he uttered, just days after Martin Luther King's assassination. It was awfully hard to tell charlatans from prophets at the time, and besides, the denatured, anti-intellectual language that dominated discourse then (and is still with us, in a New Age guise) had been rolling off Leary's tongue since before he had ingested a single microgram ...
Tags: Law, Martin Luther King, 1960s, Leary, Madison Avenue, Luc Sante, Timothy Leary, Crumb, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Hippies


Our art museum — the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art — boarded itself up and has repurposed the utilitarian protection into a surface for painting.

Is it art? That's a boring old question, but is art made under duress art? I think of the writer tortured to write in Stephen King's "Misery." I think of Scheherezade. I think of the old cowboy trick of shooting at a person's feet and shouting "Dance!" (Is the stepping crazily out of the way of bullets properly termed a "dance"?).Ah, but the museum isn't doing the art. It's bringing in the artists and saying Go ahead, draw on my wounds."Stop": "Power": "... fucking for virginity... the path t...
Tags: Art, Law, Police, Stephen King, Museums, Madison, Graffiti, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Murals, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse


"I want to see you brave and manly and I also want to see you gentle and tender."

Words from Theodore Roosevelt, firmly attached to a wall near the entrance of the Museum of Natural History, photographed by me in 2007, and dug up this morning on the occasion of the news that the TR statue will be removed from its sublime place of prominence in front of the museum.The NYT reports:[T]he museum’s president, Ellen V. Futter... made clear that the museum’s decision was based on the statue itself — namely its “hierarchical composition”—- and not on Roosevelt, whom the museum contin...
Tags: Law, Museums, Sculpture, Bill De Blasio, Columbia University, Propaganda, American Museum of Natural History, Roosevelt, Teddy Roosevelt, Museum of Natural History, Theodore Roosevelt, Masculinity, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Race And Pop Culture, Era of That's Not Funny


"Is it me, or do we seem to have a problem with sculpture today? I don’t mean contemporary sculpture..."

"... whose fashionable stars (see Koons, Murakami et alia) pander to our appetite for spectacle and whatever’s new. I don’t mean ancient or even non-Western sculpture, either. I mean traditional European sculpture — celebrities like Bernini and Rodin aside — and American sculpture, too: the enormous universe of stuff we come across in churches and parks, at memorials and in museums like the Bode. The stuff Barnett Newman, the Abstract Expressionist painter, notoriously derided as objects we bump...
Tags: Law, San Francisco, Blogging, Sculpture, Protests, Manhattan, Richard Serra, Rodin, Bernini, Picasso, Hegel, Leonardo, Junipero Serra, Barnett Newman, Michael Kimmelman, Charles Baudelaire


"White fragility is the sort of powerful notion that, once articulated, becomes easily recognizable and widely applicable.... But stare at it a little longer..."

"... and one realizes how slippery it is, too. As defined by [author of 'White Fragility' Robin] DiAngelo, white fragility is irrefutable; any alternative perspective or counterargument is defeated by the concept itself. Either white people admit their inherent and unending racism and vow to work on their white fragility, in which case DiAngelo was correct in her assessment, or they resist such categorizations or question the interpretation of a particular incident, in which case they are only p...
Tags: Books, Law, Washington Post, DiAngelo, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics, Whiteness, Carlos Lozada, White Fragility


"I admit to having a complicated relationship with Aunt Jemima... For a period of time in the late 1940s and early 1950s, my grandmother, Ione Brown..."

"... was part of an army of women who worked as traveling Aunt Jemimas, visiting small-town fairs and rotary-club breakfasts to conduct pancake-making demonstrations at a time when the notion of ready-mix convenience cooking was new. I never knew about my grandmother’s work until long after she died... [W]hile researching a family memoir... I learned that she made good money and covered a region including Iowa, the Dakotas, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. She was often treated like a celebrit...
Tags: Minnesota, Law, South Park, France, Wikipedia, New York City, Advertising, America, Language, Iowa, Marvin, Switzerland, Slavery, Jim Crow, Mcqueen, Pancakes


"[W]hen things get real — really murderous, really tragic, really violent or aggressive — my white, liberal, educated friends already know what to do. What they do is read."

"And talk about their reading. What they do is listen. And talk about how they listened. What they do is never enough. This isn’t the time to circle up with other white people and discuss black pain in the abstract; it’s the time to acknowledge and examine the pain they’ve personally caused. Black people live and die every day under the burdens of a racism more insidious than the current virus that’s also disproportionately killing us. And yet white people tend to take a slow route to meaningful...
Tags: Books, Law, Reading, Johnson, Racists, White Privilege, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Tre Johnson, Tre Johnson WaPo


"Yes, racism is real, but as a crucial factor that enables or prevents social advancement, it has lost a lot of force in the past half century."

"I am sure that there are deep-seated inequality problems in America that affect everyone, and black people in particular. Some are institutional, but many have to do with the culture and behavior of black people themselves. I’m talking about lack of educational achievement, and about the higher crime rate; I’m talking about the collapse of the black family. Seven out of ten black children are born outside of marriage. It is a plausible surmise that households where a mother is present, but no f...
Tags: Crime, Law, America, Racists, City Journal, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics, Glenn Loury


"In their eagerness to display dazzling empathy and solidarity, they only muddied the current conversation about race."

Writes Robin Givhan in "Congress’s kente cloth spectacle was a mess of contradictions" (WaPo).A brief history of kente cloth would emphasize that it is the pride of Ghana, where it originated, and it is typically worn on special occasions....[The Justice in Policing Act of 2020 isn't] “black” legislation. No one, whatever their race or ethnicity, should want inhumane police officers roaming through their city....The stoles read as a vague and confused declaration by lawmakers that they stood tog...
Tags: Fashion, Law, Congress, Ghana, Democratic Party, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Robin Givhan


"The Compton Cowboys, a close-knit club of friends, joined thousands of people for a peaceful trip through Compton on Sunday."

"The club, which formed in 2017 to dispel stereotypes against black people, welcomed all riders for a march from Gateway Towne Center to Compton City Hall." [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Horses, Cowboys, Protests, Compton, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Compton Cowboys, Compton City Hall, Gateway Towne Center


"Seeing the brutality of a white power structure toward its poor black citizens [on the streets of Ferguson], and at its rawest, helped shape the way a generation of reporters..."

"... most of them black, looked at their jobs when they returned to their newsrooms. And by 2014... Twitter...  offered a counterweight to their newsrooms, which over the years had sought to hire black reporters on the unspoken condition that they bite their tongues about racism. Now, as America is wrestling with the surging of a moment that began in August 2014, its biggest newsrooms are trying to find common ground between a tradition that aims to persuade the widest possible audience that its...
Tags: Google, Law, America, Journalism, New York Times, The Times, Nyt, Ferguson, Ben Smith, Donald Trump, Bennet, The Washington Post, Tom Cotton, Ferguson Mo, Dean Baquet, Race Consciousness


Sign posted in my neighborhood tells white people we "don't get to criticize" the choice of protesters to resort to rioting.

It's "white privilege," we are told, to express a desire for order and security: A second sign attempts to convince us to abolish the police because they "uphold an inherently racist system" and "protect whiteness and capitalism": ADDED: I anticipate that my post title will be criticized on the ground that there were a lot of peaceful protesters and we don't know whether any of them participated in anything that can properly be called "rioting." I want to keep the facts straight, and I want to...
Tags: Law, Police, Censorship, Signs, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Unconvincing Arguments, Race And Economics