Saving the Muggles

 

When I first read about it, I admit I admired the entrepreneurial spirit (if maybe not the ethics) of those who provide “antiracist” training dinners for wealthy white women at $2,500 a head.  It seems clear that this kind of activity can help spread the new religion (as it is called by John McWhorter, or the new Puritanism according to Noah Rothman). It would foster attitudes useful for electing left-wing politicians, but what exactly does it do for racism’s putative victims, particularly the urban poor?

There is something very Harry Potterish about the woke.  They believe that white people can impose systemic racism merely through their thoughts.  White people’s thoughts are so powerful that they can even unconsciously oppress non-white people.  Non-white people are more like muggles.  They have no magic and their behaviors and destiny can be directed or controlled by those who do possess magic.  In essence, they have no agency and their well-being depends solely on whether the good wizards/witches can defeat the bad ones.

The muggles include a sizeable number of individuals with behavior problems.  For example, the murder rate among African-Americans is vastly higher than for white Americans. (Horrific chart to the right).

How many rich white women “doing the work” would it take to reduce that rate by 20% or more?  If all professional sports players take a knee before each game and if Shakespeare and Mark Twain are expunged, how many lives would that save?

The unspoken premise coming from our new national Hogwarts is that woke consciousness will affect political change, which will solve any problems caused by disparities and inequities.  But how?  The USA lost the War of Poverty despite trillions spent. What is the program mix or dollar amount that would have worked and not caused damage instead? Or was the spending and program mix just right but undermined by the collective evil thinking by the bad magic holders? OK, which of you out there is NOT wishing for Tinker Bell’s recovery ?!!

Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King, and Malcolm X had radically different political visions but shared the commonsense assumption that education, personal virtues,  good habits, and seizing opportunity whenever wherever it appeared were keys to both personal and collective advancement.  For the first time in our history, black leaders, under the guidance of the enlightened woke, are endorsing the notion that the deck is so stacked against black youth they should not strive but simply rely on the woke to save them.  Being on time, homework, and the entire corpus of learning and skills that has empowered white people are to be rejected in the name of anti-racism.  Criminals should not be jailed.  Violent protests are the only legitimate form of political expression because the despair of ever using “the system” is now the right outlook.  Personal responsibility is to be erased lest we blame the victim.

In the 1850s, if we conducted a national poll, an overwhelming majority of whites would likely have answered “yes” to Would it have been better if slavery had never come to America? –probably a majority even in the south.  A smaller majority would have responded in the affirmative to Is the enslavement of human beings immoral but a follow-up question So, should we just abolish slavery? probably would not have commanded a majority because of the widespread belief that those who knew nothing but slavery could not hack it as free men and chaos would follow sudden abolition.

I have the feeling that the new racism emanating from the woke religion is bringing back that 1850’s notion of black incapacity, a people defined entirely by their imposed limitations.

Back then, meeting Frederick Douglass probably did more to dispel the notion of black incapacity than any abstract arguments.  Today, we have an abundance of successful, admirable black Americans. Yet, the dogma of black helplessness and the dependency on the outcome of a battle of angelic (white) beings is growing in acceptance even in the face of overwhelming visible evidence to the contrary.

America was founded on the idea that we are all muggles and charged with responsibility for our own lives and choices.  Specific, tangible instances of injustice can be addressed by law. Personal and collective acts of charity and compassion have always been encouraged.  But an assumption that some of us can never be held responsible, never expected to strive, or that there can be programmatic or ideological substitutes for organic human community is inherently destructive and even dehumanizing.

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  1. Misthiocracy has never Member
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    Old Bathos: When I first read about it, I admit I admired the entrepreneurial spirit (if maybe not the ethics) of those who provide “antiracist” training dinners for wealthy white women at $2,500 a head.  It seems clear that this kind of activity can help spread the new religion (as it is called by John McWhorter or the new Puritanism according to Noah Rothman). It would foster attitudes useful for electing left-wing politicians but what exactly does it do for racism’s putative victims, particularly the urban poor?

    The problem is that white women who can afford $2,500-a-head dinners are very often employed in positions of leadership and influence. If the graduates of Hogwarts went on to become directors of engagement at muggle corporations then there’d be a lot more scrutiny of the Hogwarts curriculum.

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  2. Justin Other Lawyer Coolidge
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    Excellent piece.

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  3. Henry Racette Member
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    Great post, OB. And a well-chosen metaphor.

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  4. Hang On Member
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    I’m Harry Potter illiterate, but even I could follow this. Limousine liberals Harry Potterized.

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  5. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Of course, attending these dinners demonstrates their compassion for the rest of us, not their elitism. Beautifully written, OB.

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  6. tigerlily Member
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    Nice essay OB. However, I have no idea who or what “muggles” are. I assume they/it has something to do with the Harry Potter world which I’ve studiously avoided all these years.

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  7. Michael Minnott Member
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    This reminds of that famous quote by Eric Hoffer,

    “Every great cause begins as a movement,  becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.”

    At this point the American left is in the “racket” phase.

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  8. Old Bathos Moderator
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Of course, attending these dinners demonstrates their compassion for the rest of us, not their elitism. Beautifully written, OB.

    Supposedly the organizers’ trick was the recognition that such women might get up and walk out of a seminar they don’t like but women are socially conditioned never to walk out from a dinner table because it is an insult to the other guests. (According to Noah Rothman) so they were trapped for the duration.

     

     

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  9. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Old Bathos (View Comment):
    Supposedly the organizers’ trick was the recognition that such women might get up and walk out of a seminar they don’t like but women are socially conditioned never to walk out from a dinner table because it is an insult to the other guests. (According to Noah Rothman) so they were trapped for the duration.

    As long as a woman could persuade another to leave with her (like a woman needing to ask another woman to go with her to the bathroom), they could pull it off.

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  10. Old Bathos Moderator
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    tigerlily (View Comment):

    Nice essay OB. However, I have no idea who or what “muggles” are. I assume they/it has something to do with the Harry Potter world which I’ve studiously avoided all these years.

    It is a very British thing.  Imagine a class of people who are privileged to go to the best schools mostly as a function of birth where they learn powerful skills not available to the lower classes.  The Harry Potter series is about endowing that privileged class with additional magical powers.  The hero and his sidekicks are up from humble (muggle) beginnings but merit their way into the elite, a storyline that is a mere sop to us muggle readers so that we are conned into tacitly endorsing the hierarchal injustice inherent in the entire Harry Potter series….  Up the Muggles!

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  11. CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill Coolidge
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    Your analogy is compelling.

    It is sad but true that many muggles are poor white people. But they differ from the people-of-color muggles in that the rich and elite among the liberal party are insisting must be put first in terms of everything. 

    It is for the people of color that  poverty programs, educational systems, health care and health insurance benefits  and more that major adjustments must be made. The Elite have only scorn for poor white people. No one dares to use the “N” word if they are right. (A protocol I approve, most certainly.)

    But poor white people are called “trailer trash” and rednecks, hillbillies and other bits of slang that the libs freely through around.

    I know some quite elderly white people struggling to pay $ 950 a month for a living space that is 550 feet or less. But when you talk with them, although they often complain about how fearful they are for their futures, their actual focus is to be a strong and virtuous warrior against racism.

     

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  12. Jim McConnell Member
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Of course, attending these dinners demonstrates their compassion for the rest of us, not their elitism. Beautifully written, OB.

    And it also epitomizes wokism – virtue signaling at no expenditure of effort.

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  13. Misthiocracy has never Member
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    Michael Minnott (View Comment):

    This reminds of that famous quote by Eric Hoffer,

    “Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.”

    At this point the American left is in the “racket” phase.

    Early in my career as a political flunky, I was kinda shocked to learn just how easy it was to form a non-profit organization for the purpose of non-partisan political communication during an election period. My cronies and I never monetized ’em, but it wouldn’t have meant that much more paperwork.

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  14. Misthiocracy has never Member
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    Old Bathos (View Comment):

    tigerlily (View Comment):

    Nice essay OB. However, I have no idea who or what “muggles” are. I assume they/it has something to do with the Harry Potter world which I’ve studiously avoided all these years.

    It is a very British thing. Imagine a class of people who are privileged to go to the best schools mostly as a function of birth where they learn powerful skills not available to the lower classes. The Harry Potter series is about endowing that privileged class with additional magical powers. The hero and his sidekicks are up from humble (muggle) beginnings but merit their way into the elite, a storyline that is a mere sop to us muggle readers so that we are conned into tacitly endorsing the hierarchal injustice inherent in the entire Harry Potter series…. Up the Muggles!

    Yabbut, to be fair, the Harry Potter series is also about how fundamentally corrupt that privileged culture is. It’s the source of all the conflict in the series.

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  15. Misthiocracy has never Member
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    CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill (View Comment):
    But poor white people are called “trailer trash” and rednecks, hillbillies and other bits of slang that the libs freely through around.

    Not poor enough is the problem from the libs’ point-of-view. The trailer trash, rednecks, and hillbillies would be fine if they didn’t have the resources to make themselves bothersome to the libs. If y’all can afford a used F150, y’all is too independent to be controlled.

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  16. Dr. Bastiat Member
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    I don’t know Harry Potter either.  But for some reason, when you referenced the Muggles, I thought of the Buggles.  And then I read your piece.

    You can imagine my confusion…

     

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  17. Old Bathos Moderator
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    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    I don’t know Harry Potter either. But for some reason, when you referenced the Muggles, I thought of the Buggles. And then I read your piece.

    You can imagine my confusion…

     

    I generally eschew imagining other people’s confusion.

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  18. Dr. Bastiat Member
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    Old Bathos (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    I don’t know Harry Potter either. But for some reason, when you referenced the Muggles, I thought of the Buggles. And then I read your piece.

    You can imagine my confusion…

     

    I generally eschew imagining other people’s confusion.

    Yeah, I generally have enough of my own. 

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  19. Ray Gunner Coolidge
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    Excellent insights!

    In 2022, “white privilege” is about as real as “white magic.” 

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  20. Limestone Cowboy Coolidge
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Of course, attending these dinners demonstrates their compassion for the rest of us, not their elitism. Beautifully written, OB.

    Particularly if the attendees are expensing their attendance costs…

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  21. RushBabe49 Thatcher
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    Well, all those rich white women might learn something if the BLM has what they really want.  Which, in my opinion, is reverse slavery.  Make all whites the slaves of all blacks, so they can get a taste of their own medicine.  To the BLM, all whites deserve to be slaves, regardless of wealth.

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  22. Limestone Cowboy Coolidge
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Old Bathos (View Comment):
    Supposedly the organizers’ trick was the recognition that such women might get up and walk out of a seminar they don’t like but women are socially conditioned never to walk out from a dinner table because it is an insult to the other guests. (According to Noah Rothman) so they were trapped for the duration.

    As long as a woman could persuade another to leave with her (like a woman needing to ask another woman to go with her to the bathroom), they could pull it off.

    These days that might involve some career risk if there are HR gnomes in attendance, alert to any other attendees whose enthusiasm is deemed insufficient.

     

    If

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