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I still can’t wrap my head around the “canceling” of David Shor. Shor is the progressive data analyst who tweeted a link to a research paper written by Omar Wasow of Princeton that showed that peaceful protest moves public opinion toward protesters, while rioting moves opinion in the opposite direction.
In response to a well-deserved call in over a racist tweet, he encouraged harassment that led to death threats instead of choosing to learn and grow from his mistake. We as the Progressphiles Moderators, professionals in this industry, and as people, absolutely condemn this behavior. It is unacceptable to make people on this list and in this community feel unsafe for calling out wrongdoings. We cannot begin to decolonize our minds if we do not create safety for those fighting against white supremacy.
Comments by Progressphile members following Shor’s expulsion were also interesting:
Sometimes [racism is] quiet; steeped in seemingly innocuous data and facts. Racism can wrap itself in the trappings of credible logic and I swear it can make sense.
[T]he idea that the moderators are someone shutting down discourse is patently absurd. Worth considering that they are indeed, trying to shut down discourse that might actually be offensive or racist for good reason.
According to Michael Brendan Dougherty, writing in NRO,
Ari Trujillo Wesler (co-founder of OpenField, a Democratic canvassing app) said that sharing the Wasow paper “reeks of anti-blackness,” then tagged in David Shor’s boss, saying, ‘Come get your boy.’… Shor’s fellow employees complained that his tweet made them “unsafe.”
Why was Shor’s tweet racist?
Why are Omar Wasow’s findings racist?
Is the proper woke position that black Americans are naturally violent people who like to riot? If so, why isn’t this position racist?
Or is the proper woke position that black Americans must riot to accomplish… what?
And if rioting is intended to accomplish something, why is it racist to suggest that another tactic might be more effective?
Is simply disagreeing with some blacks racist even though other blacks also believe that rioting is ineffective?
Why does suggesting that rioting is counterproductive make people feel unsafe? Do riots give Progressives a sense of security?
“Decolonize our minds?”
How does suggesting that riots are ineffective support white supremacy?
Are facts, if they really are true, racist? If they are false, can’t people simply provide counter facts and logic without attacking the mistaken person as evil?
How can one person simultaneously hold the following diametrically opposed thoughts in his head?
- The moderators didn’t shut down the discussion and claims that they did are absurd
- The moderators shut down the discussion for good reason
Do people really think and talk this way?Published in