That’s Right, Please Leave Your White Privilege at the Door and Watch Yourself on the Way Out
If you as a white person do not consider yourself racist then you are out of step with the warped post-modernism view of the world and desperately in need of redemption by application of the critical race theory. You must deny your white privilege and stand up for the oppressed: black power, black lives matter and so on.
“Critical race theory (CRT), the view that the law and legal institutions are inherently racist and that race itself, instead of being biologically grounded and natural, is a socially constructed concept that is used by white people to further their economic and political interests at the expense of people of colour.”
Once you are suitably chastened, if you are white and apologetic you are now fashionably “woke,” the colloquial term for the white-skinned breast-beaters apologizing for every historic injustice against coloured people they can think of plus those provided by the real movers and shakers of this destructive movement. It does not matter a whit that the recipients of your proffered “wokeness” disagree with you because this is more about you than the “oppressed”.
It does not matter that the atrocities occurred before your time. It does not matter that “white man’s justice” keeps looters, rapists and murderers from breaking down your doors. The real crime is white man’s law and order and justice which must be stopped! “Get police off the streets!” they scream.
American-born author, mathematician, and political commentator, Dr James Lindsay examines the origins of wokeness in his writing “The Woke Creation Myth”, subtitled “the genesis of injustice”.
Lindsay’s analogy is set in the Garden of Even. In the beginning everyone is equal, no group above another. Justice and equality prevail but peace does not. There is violent conflict but no single group has the upper hand because “all had the same amount of power.” “Each culture saw each other as they were: equal and, most importantly, not oppressed.”
This all changes with the development of a cultural knowledge base. Once acquired, knowledge is defended to the death because it is superior to all others. Justice and equality fall before the rule of a new law and systematic racism kicks in — the process of teaching an inferior culture what and how to think.
Any relationship between Lindsay’s garden of Even and the biblical garden of Eden is reduced to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil provided by the serpent who whispers “take the knowledge and you will be free”. All lies of course. Hegemony prevails and all hell breaks loose. It is true that knowledge is power; the tricky bit is how to use it.
Lindsay is one of a trio of scholars who pulled off an academic hoax several years ago.
“James Lindsay, Helen Pluckrose, and Peter Boghossian—wrote 20 fake papers using fashionable jargon to argue for ridiculous conclusions, and tried to get them placed in high-profile journals in fields including gender studies, queer studies, and fat studies.
Their success rate was remarkable: By the time they took their experiment public late on Tuesday, seven of their articles had been accepted for publication by ostensibly serious peer-reviewed journals.
Seven more were still going through various stages of the review process. Only six had been rejected.”
Two years later Lindsay’s analogy also pokes fun at the notion that knowledge is the ultimate tool in decision making; for example, that peer-reviewed scientific papers must be believed. The truth is they aren’t necessarily any more reliable than information offered by someone from an earlier generation, or the one before that. But not all academics are biased culture warriors.
The hoax papers duped scholars because the readers wanted to believe what was written. In other words, if the reader buys into the premise, even if the science doesn’t make sense, they will support the argument anyway…
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