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June 25, 2020

God Save Us From the Fury of #WokeWhiteWomen

Unreasoning, irrational, hysterical.

This article by John Sexton, digesting an article by Jonathan Chait about a progressive listserv melting down over racist thought policing (racist, as in certain races demand complete privilege to rule over all others) is important.

A statistician posted an analysis that "race riots" tended to hurt Democrat candidates in presidential elections.

Well, black members of the listservs, as well as nonblack Black Lives Matter zealots, would not hear of such a thing -- they wanted to hear that their riots were holy and perfect in all ways, including in electoral impact, and even on a listserv specifically centered on statistical analysis, they did not want statistics intruding in their safespace.

So, they got the guy... fired.

Fired for posting a statistical analysis of the effects of race riots on presidential elections that the pro-race-riots crusaders didn't like.

From Chait:

Shor's expulsion prompted a heated but heavily one-sided debate. The handful of members who defended Shor were met with reminders that a person who says they were victimized must be believed, and that anybody who questioned the charge needed to undergo self-examination:
I rarely post here, but I think the way this conversation has unfolded has been egregious, and I feel called to name that. I thought this was meant to be a progressive space. Many of us are not acting like it. I'm really disappointed to see so many people here reacting to defend a white man who was being held accountable for his actions, and prioritizing that over the harm he did to a queer person of color.

To all the BIPOC [Black and Indigenous People of Color -- I think -- ace] and especially Black folks reading this, you deserve better than how this space is behaving. To my fellow white people: If you find yourself leaping to defend a white person when they've been called in for doing something racist, notice that impulse, and then SLOW DOWN. Stop. Sit down and breathe and feel your feelings, take a really close look at what you’re doing and why. Find another white person who is an appropriate person to help you process them. (I am willing to do that for a few folks! Email me directly.) Find a different, more constructive action. Keep breathing. Black lives matter, Black safety matters, Black mental health matters, Black emotions matter.

Black emotions matter -- even more than data analysis, on a listserv supposedly about data analysis.

Supposedly this listserv once permitted free thought and exploration.

Now, it is an intensely dogmatic zone of religious extremism.

And who brought this about?

Well, frankly: The same group that destroys every institution they're permitted in.

According to Walter, the problems at the listserv began after Trump's when a group of hardcore feminists demanded the right to take over:
After Hillary Clinton's loss in 2016, said Walter, some of the women on the Progressphiles list became very assertive and authoritarian. To disagree with them as a male was to set yourself up for an accusation of sexism.

"These people started complaining that they were being undermined by the patriarchy, and demanded that the list's leadership be given to women exclusively, without term -- meaning that they would be able to govern the list like they wanted, without end," alleged Walter.

"Under their tenure, this list has become more terrifying to be on," he continued. "There are sublists now formed where people get together and plan what they are going to say on this list, who they're going to attack. There are Facebook groups where people do this. There are people on the list saying things like 'cis white males should not apply for this job.'"...

Below, #WokeWhiteWomen, the Enragees* of the new French Revolution.

"It was always the women, and above all the young ones, who were the most bigoted adherents of the Party, the swallowers of slogans, the amateur spies and nosers-out of unorthodoxy." -- George Orwell, 1984, chapter one

* Les enrage's, or "Enraged Ones," were the primary emotional/rhetorical drivers of the Reign of Terror. Shrieking lunatic extremists who ultimately demanded the murders of tens of thousands.

Adding an extra e to enrage, making it enrage'e, turns it female.

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