Wednesday, February 27, 2013

niceness, deference, and respect

Social justice warriors sometimes say they only want everyone to be nice, but their definition of "nice" is deference, not niceness. Nice people treat each other as equals. Where everyone respects everyone, no one defers to anyone, except in the most general way of taking turns.

But concepts like "derailment" exist to enforce deference; equals are willing to test each other's ideas. Concepts like "white women's tears" and "the tone argument" can only be called nice in the bizarroverse of SJ Warriordom; in the rest of the world, the kindest way to describe them is rationalizations of rudeness.

Malcolm X understood that speaking truth forcefully does not preclude consideration for others. He said, "Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone." He understood that for the truth to be heard, it must be spoken with respect. I don't know if he would go this far, but I like to think he would: To speak truth without respect doesn't just disrespect the listener—it disrespects truth itself.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

L'Hôte on white liberal agonizing

L'Hôte: getting epistolary:
It should almost go without saying, but: at the heart of most of the white liberal agonizing from the last several days is absolute terror in the face of blackness. Often, at the core of those who demand materially useless rituals such as privilege checking is pure racial panic. They work to position themselves as obsequious reflections of black agency not out of respect but out of the opposite of respect; to grant that they might have a racialized conscience that must by duty interact with the racialized conscience of the nonwhite, they would risk being interpreted by same. They arrange their opinions not to work to the benefit of the essential category of blackness they've created but to be protected themselves from that blackness, from the potential of its judgment. To see nonwhite people as fully-realized actors with whom one might disagree on topics of race would be to risk being regarded as racist by any one of them, and for many or most of the white people who write about race, avoiding that accusation is a higher priority than working against racism as such. They therefore create a mental world in which the act of ceding all personal responsibility for issues of race to the nonwhite is an act of charity, when in fact it operates on the assumption that the nonwhite are inhuman. They are in bad faith.

Fact of the Day

How Much Do You Pay for College? - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education:
Addressing class inequality is more expensive than addressing racial and gender inequities because low-income students need financial aid, which may mean smaller budgets for libraries or faculty salaries.

understanding SJWs: being offended

#101 Being Offended « Stuff White People Like:
It is also valuable to know that white people spend a significant portion of their time preparing for the moment when they will be offended. They read magazines, books, and watch documentaries all in hopes that one day they will encounter a person who will say something offensive. When this happens, they can leap into action with quotes, statistics, and historical examples. Once they have finished lecturing another white person about how it’s wrong to use the term “black” instead of “African-American,” they can sit back and relax in the knowledge that they have made a difference. 
White people also get excited at the opportunity to be offended at things that are sexist and/or homophobic. Both cases offering ample opportunities for lectures, complaints, graduate classes, lengthy discussions and workshops. All of which do an excellent job of raising awareness among white people who hope to change their status from “not racist” to “super not racist.”
With Stuff White People Like, remember that "white" is usually code for "middle class"—this behavior applies to bourgie black and Asian folks, too.

Monday, February 25, 2013

And L'Hote on Jay Smooth, Radley Balko, and bullshit social climber faux-antiracism

L'Hôte: "When I saw, in this Atlantic Wire piece, that Internet personality "Jay Smooth" was lecturing Radley Balko on his attitude towards people of color, I laughed out loud. It's like God decided, "I'm going to create the perfect possible example of cultural liberalism's preference for feelings over material conditions." Jay Smooth makes videos on the Internet. So he's got that going for him. Radley Balko, meanwhile, has gotten actual black people out of actual jail."

Sunday, February 24, 2013

What is "derailment"?

A social justice warrior once called me The Derailment Machine, which I loved so much that I used it as the name of my now deleted LiveJournal.
The definition of Derailment at Geek Feminism Wiki:
Derailment occurs when discussion of one issue is diverted into discussion of another issue, often by the group who were being called out about their bad behaviour in the first place.
As a parttime student of language, I love the way that definition works: people who shut up and accept what they're told are good; people who reject the speaker's analysis are bad.

Here's a more objective definition:
Derail (v): (1) to offer information that does not fit the agenda of a person who wants to control a conversation; (2) to reject the framing of an issue.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Identitarianism’s class problem, part two | MattBruenig | Politics

Identitarianism’s class problem, part two | MattBruenig | Politics: "Unlike many other identities, an individual’s class is is not easily figured out through visual inspection alone. In practice, the identitarian discourse norms favor identities that are more visually apparent — race and gender for instance — over identities that are less so. To be blunt: I’ve seen more than my fair share of situations where a rich (usually white) woman tells a white man whose class background she has no knowledge of to shut up and listen on account of his having a privileged gender or race."

Bruenig's brilliant. This post is short. Read it.

ETA: He deleted it. I think I'll leave this quote up, because this is very true of identitarians: they object to making assumptions based on visual cues, but their entire understanding of privilege is based on visual cues.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

useful term for discussing SJW "fail" events

"In any dispute the intensity of feeling is inversely proportional to the value of the issues at stake." By way of corollary, it adds: "That is why academic politics are so bitter."

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

when intersectionality is anti-intersectional: feminism and "nigger"

Something I failed to notice when some bourgie feminists were upset by the old slogan, "woman is the nigger of the world": They claim to be interested in the intersections of oppressions—a flawed notion that I'll write more about soon—but in this case, when people try to connect the oppression of women with the oppression of black folk, the social justice warriors reject the notion. In their literal-minded world, there are no metaphors, and nothing is connected.

Inspired by Tiger Beatdown › MY FEMINISM WILL BE INTERSECTIONAL OR IT WILL BE BULLSHIT!. (The correct answer is #2.)

PS. This case may be the clearest example of the difference between intersectionality and interconnectedness. And it suggests that another of their concepts, "kyriarchy" is not, as I had thought, a synonym for "hierarchy". People who see hierarchy are seeing related forms of oppression, while people who see kyriarchy are only seeing "bad" forms of hierarchy—people who talk of kyriarchy love telling other people what to do.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Requires Hate: A Video Diary

This made me laugh several times. but I should warn you that if you don't know anything about scifi fandom, it may just seem bizarre. Or it might be even funnier.

Requires Hate: A Video Diary - YouTube: "These angry vitriolic SF bloggers; who are they? Where do they come from? This video diary explains..."

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

fork theory

Some days, I just don't have enough forks to stab everyone who needs stabbing.

Friday, February 1, 2013

"Acting White" is just another snobbish theory of bourgie blacks

Acting White Theory: Black Academic Achievement Based on Other Factors: "The Acting White Theory seems to have particular cachet among flatulent (in the sense of being pompously and portentously overblown) black people who feel a certain disdain toward the less refined (pejoratively "ghetto") aspects of the black community. Many of them have been called "sellouts," which reinforces a key tenet of the Acting White Theory. Other scholars, such as Edward Rhymes and Michael Eric Dyson, push back against the theory. In his book Acting White? Rhymes states: "Somehow many African Americans (usually the affluent, disconnected ones) have swallowed this misconception about African-American youth being anti-intellectual and anti-education. This ideology concerning nerds and geeks did not originate in the African-American community, but in predominantly white, middle-class, suburban communities.""