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Being rather unwoke, I was mystified as to why it is forbidden to utter “all lives matter” or allude in any way to the horrific frequency of black-on-black urban crime. It turns out that merely being opposed to racism is not the same as being antiracist. Who knew? “Antiracist” requires adherence to the precept that all disparities are attributable to race and only to race. Therefore, anything that distracts from, complicates, or contradicts that precept is itself a racist act, even if factually true. (The spectacular anti-intellectualism of the defective products coming out of our universities is stunning.)
Once I finally grasped the simplicity and blinding stupidity of “antiracism,” I was immediately reminded of the Star Trek episode “The Changeling” (1967) the plot of which was reprised in the Star Trek movie (1979).
Remember how Capt. Kirk got the mutated/merged robotic Nomad (V’ger in the movie version) to destroy itself? Nomad was busily wiping out life forms from planets all over the quadrant but got the idea that James T. Kirk was its “creator” and Kirk used that to defeat the creature:
KIRK: You must sterilize in case of error?
NOMAD: Error is inconsistent with my prime functions. Sterilization is correction.
KIRK: Everything that is in error must be sterilized.
NOMAD: There are no exceptions.
KIRK: Nomad, I made an error in creating you.
NOMAD: The creation of perfection is no error.
KIRK: I did not create perfection. I created error.
NOMAD: Your data is faulty. I am Nomad. I am perfect.
KIRK: I am the Kirk, the creator?
NOMAD: You are the Creator.
KIRK: You are wrong! Jackson Roykirk, your creator, is dead. You have mistaken me for him. You are in error. You did not discover your mistake. You have made two errors. You are flawed and imperfect and you have not corrected by sterilization. You have made three errors.
NOMAD: Error. Error. Error. Examine.
KIRK: You are flawed and imperfect! Execute your prime function!
NOMAD: I shall analyses error. Analyze error,
KIRK: Now. Get those antigravs on it.
NOMAD: Examine error. Error.
KIRK: We’ve got to get rid of it while it’s trying to think.
SPOCK: Your logic was impeccable, Captain. We are in grave danger.
KIRK: Scotty, the transporter room.
NOMAD: Analyze error.
KIRK: Scotty, set the controls for deep space. Two ten, mark one.
SCOTT: Aye, sir.
KIRK: Nomad, you are imperfect!
NOMAD: Error. Error.
KIRK: Exercise your prime function.
NOMAD: Faulty! Faulty! Must sterilize. Sterilize,
(They observe the satisfying explosion on a monitor.)
Fortunately for planet Earth, this episode was written and produced in 1967 so NOMAD probably had only 8K of RAM and thus took quite a while to resolve this dilemma so they had time to get it into the transporter bay and beam it out into deep space before it blew up.
Conversations with the woke tend to have the same feel at the Kirk/Nomad exchange. To attempt a similar maneuver on a wokester, maybe first present this table from Powerline blog:
Then remind the wokester/Marxoid subject that if they/zie/sie is indeed anti-racist then:
(1) By definition, all disparate outcomes are solely the result of race. The interjection of other intervening causes, explanations, or factors is an inherently racist act to evade the truth of systemic racism.
(2) Whiteness and its privileged status is the essence of racism. Whites cannot be victims because their power to oppress is systemic, which systemic oppression cannot end unless and until whiteness disappears.
Then maybe the exchange will likely go something like this:
WOKESTER: Why do you show me this chart?
NORMAL: Many non-privileged non-white people are better off than many or most white people. They must have some valuable cultural or behavioral attributes.
WOKESTER: No. Only race explains.
NORMAL: But white Americans often do worse. Look at the chart. Are they the victims of the groups with more success?
WOKESTER: No. White people cannot be victims.
NORMAL: But their outcome is worse. They must be victims of these other groups.
WOKESTER: White people oppress. It is systemic. No one else can succeed.
NORMAL: But the data says indigenous American whites do not succeed by comparison to a number of ethnic and racial groups. It must not be “systemic” after all.
WOKESTER: Race explains all. It is systemic. Whiteness blocks all paths to ‘othered’ peoples.
NORMAL: And yet the others do succeed. Race must not be the cause.
WOKESTER: Math is racist. Racism is systemic. Race explains all. You are racist.
NORMAL: But whiteness failed to oppress those who have now made you a victim. Yet you are still guilty of oppression and now also for what be newly discovered racist resentment of your non-white oppressors. You are now doubly guilty.
WOKESTER: Must kneel. Hand me my Kente cloth, please.
Alas, just being a wokester/Marxoid zombie probably means that one does not have sufficiently coherent programming to actually understand the contradiction so will likely not blow up like Nomad. That would certainly more entertaining than trying to have a cogent discussion with one.Published in