Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Flag Must Fall

We the People have a gaping racial wound.  It won’t heal as long as a particular problematic flag continues to fly.

Recent tragic events demonstrate one thing about the flag above all else: it inflames racial resentments.  While the flag is still regarded by some as a legitimate symbol of cultural heritage, it is seen by many others as a symbol of hate.  Regardless of its historical origins, the fact remains that the flag has been co-opted by bigots.  They wrap themselves in the flag’s colors in order to promote racial violence and even racial genocide. 

The flag should have no place in any public space in the year 2015. 

I am therefore calling on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to support the immediate and permanent removal of the Black Nationalist flag that currently flies on the campus of Malcolm X College.   This flag often appears at rallies held by black supremacists such as the New Black Panthers.  The Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups, describes the New Black Panther Party as a “virulently racist and anti-Semitic organization whose leaders have encouraged violence against whites, Jews and law enforcement officers.”

When I visited Chicago last year and took the “L” to the South Side, I made my way to Malcolm X College.  There I saw, alongside the flags of the United States and the City of Chicago, the Black Panther flag. 

The flag casts a dark shadow on the Windy City.  As a white person, I did not feel welcome in that part of town.   I did not feel safe walking the streets as a member of a race that is disproportionately victimized by interracial violence.

This blood-stained flag of black militancy has no place on the grounds of an institution that is supported by taxpayer dollars.  The flag must come down

I urge the president of Malcolm X College, Anthony E. Munroe, to do the right thing.  Take down the flag. 

If the leadership of Malcolm X won’t take it down, then Chicago’s mayor must end his silent endorsement of this racially divisive symbol in his city’s midst.  Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, and Chicago’s own in the Oval Office, Barack Obama, each have an opportunity and an obligation to speak up on this issue – and help our nation rise above.

We will take a major step toward rising above the racial violence of our past when Chicago’s still-flying flag of racial hostility finally falls.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

That's Why I Offend You

"The sentimental philosophy starts from the first principle that nothing is true which is disagreeable, and that we must not believe anything which is 'shocking' no matter what the evidence may be." 
William Graham Sumner

Sentimental philosophy, or emotionalism, dominates contemporary political discourse.  It is the view that feelings are the arbiters of what is right and wrong.

Ironically, emotionalism now emanates in its most extreme and repressive forms from institutions that were originally founded on reason and free inquiry: the universities.   At the universities, holders of certain sets of feelings are privileged with veto power over the dissemination of facts.  Feminist feelings and feelings of color can be deployed to defeat a proposition or prevent it from being heard. 

From speech codes that prohibit offensive utterances, to mandatory Diversity and Sensitivity training for thought offenders, to mandatory Trigger Warnings on classic literature, to guilt-inducement sessions for unconscious emitters of micro-invalidations, to the erection of Safe Spaces where psychologically fragile members of politically protected groups can be mollycoddled...emotionalism drives the new Orwellian order.  Big Brother has been replaced by Big Mother.  And hordes of infantilized mental children, most of whom inhabit adult bodies, come crying to her like tattle-tales whenever they are emotionally triggered by a joke, opinion, or fact.  They want Big Mother to punish naughty-think.

Meanwhile, the self-appointed lieutenants of Big Mother’s thought police have decreed that the Western intellectual tradition in the sciences, which proceeds based on axiomatic rules of logic and  adherence to empirical evidence, is Sexist and Racist.  Alternative forms of logic (polylogism) and non-objective ways of knowing are just as valid, they say.  To these post-modernists, what matters is not what is true or false objectively but what is right or wrong subjectively, as dictated by their feelings.

For example, a positive, empirically testable claim about how innate sex differences or innate race differences influence social outcomes is automatically wrong.  It doesn’t matter what the evidence is.  To even consider evidence for biologically driven group variations is deemed illegitimate.  Protected groups with hypersensitivities are entitled to feel equal – the scientific method be damned. 

Innate equality must be accepted a priori as an article of faith.  Question it and you can be rendered an Unperson

That is the social status of the unreformed realist.  He is the Unperson who refuses to surrender his cognitive objectivity.  He is the Unperson who refuses to feign deference to the feigned emotional distress displayed by political jackals.  He is the uncompromising defender of objective truth – not merely as a legitimate competing value in the balkanized post-modern intellectual landscape, but a defender of objective truth as a superior value. 

When it comes to understanding nature, including human nature and its variations, objectivity is superior to subjectively self-centered blackness, subjectively self-centered femininity, and the entire socially subjective Social Justice framework within which institutionally privileged identity groups emote and agitate.

In contrast to the sentimental philosophy of Social Justice, realist philosophy start from the first principle that nothing can be agreeable which is false.  In other words, false premises, even if saturated in feel-good platitudes, must be discarded. 

The most heavily sentimentalized false premise of our time is that of innate human equality.  Like a beneficent deity, equality is something that’s widely believed in but never seen.  Equality is never seen because humans aren’t a homogenous species.   

Anyone who looks cursorily at humanity without wearing egalitarian blinders can’t help but to notice biological differences.  Whatever similarities we may share, humans are obviously a polytypic species.  We differ as individuals.  We also differ as descendants of geographically isolated breeding populations that evolved out of the Stone Age in different parts of the world. 
The racial variations that are observable today in the United States, for example, can be traced back to the variations in climate that existed from sub-Saharan Africa to Northeast Asia to Western Europe tens of thousands of years ago.  The ancient ancestors of modern white Americans had to adapt to a cold climate.  Surviving the cold winters of Scandinavia required a different set of physical and cognitive traits than surviving the tropical jungles of Central Africa.  Today, Nordics and Congoids can both survive the comforts of an American city.  Yet even in the same modern environment, their respective ancestrally inscribed racial characteristics express themselves in highly predictable ways.

Almost all traits pertaining to physical appearance and cognitive functioning are highly heritable; and almost all such traits show recognizable patterns of variation that just so happen to correspond with the purported arbitrary social constructs of race and gender.  If race and gender are social constructs, then DNA gave us the blueprints.

No, white males aren’t hard-wired to come out on top in all measures of human ability.  And yes, for a great many traits there is more variation within groups than between them.  The ethnocentric racial sentimentalist who idealizes a particular ethnicity’s phenotype set, and imagines that its members are each endowed with categorically superior traits, is no more objective than the anti-Racist egalitarian.  But whereas white racialists are now socially marginalized, anti-white Diversifiers control the zeitgeist. 

The race and gender tribalists who claim to be fighting for equality use institutional power to privilege their own offendedness and get their adversaries banned, fined, fired, or jailed over intellectual disagreements.  The people you cannot offend profess a creed of equality that cannot be criticized.  Equality is, in the Western world, the only remaining sacralized notion which cannot be opposed – at least not on a fundamental, biological basis. 

In the Muslim world, the prophet Muhammed cannot be opposed.  He cannot even be depicted visually.  The political cartoonist Bosch Fawstin powerfully confronted the totalitarian core of Islam in his sketch of a cartoonist’s hand drawing Muhammad.  “You can’t draw me!” decrees Muhammad.  “That’s why I draw you,” replies the cartoonist.

When an egalitarian prophet of revealed opinion on racial differences and sexual dimorphism decrees, “You can’t offend me!”…the realist retorts, “That’s why I offend you.”