Monday, July 8, 2013

Portrait of a young thoughtcop

That essay I talked about the other day is causing some people to wonder how we can stop the wrong people from learning the hatefacts:

My first reaction was that I wanted to believe it was a bigot’s fabrication. I’d still like to believe that, but it wasreposted by a black man who claims it is representative of “dirty laundry”: bad stuff [known among blacks] about black folk never to be said around whites.
My second reaction, afterwards, was: for those of us who insist that people ought to be judged by the content of their characters rather than the color of their skins, what emotionally compelling argument do we have against anti-black racism that reading this doesn’t blow to smithereens?
...But if this is really where they came from – if this is what they’re right-end-of-the-bell-curve exceptions to, and that reality becomes widely known or believed – rational argument won’t be enough. How can we keep the bigots from winning? 
The truth or falsity of that white teacher's account doesn't matter you see. All that matters is that we must, as a matter of basic societal survival, keep the bigots from winning. And to do that we need to erect a massive Cathedral of lies, doublethink, and shaming techniques to ensure that white people hate themselves and especially their ancestors with a burning passion. The life of a White Person in the 21st century is a never ending struggle to prove that he is smarter and more tolerant than the wrong kind of White People.

Just for the sake of argument, pretend that these bigots whom ESR is so horrified about have been right all along: that there is an unbridgeable gap between the academic potential of whites and blacks that is rooted in immutable genetic differences. Just pretend that that's the case for now. How is that going to affect you personally? How is it going to affect public policy, if at all? I suspect that if you pinned them down and made them confess, you'd learn that what really scares the rabbit people is the notion that they've been wrong and their opponents right all along. I can understand that; I don't like admitting I'm wrong. But at the end of the day, somebody is right and somebody is wrong. Either your worldview corresponds with reality or it doesn't. Live not by lies friend.

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