Category Archives: “privilege”

Burned out—before doing any work

Trying to get attention all the time is hard and not cute! And the lady apparently doesn’t know how to chill, so she gets even more publicity by crowdsourcing her leisure: And this is a real gem: I’m taking a few days to take care of myself before what is sure to be an eventful […]

Should we teach kids to be colorblind?

You’ll probably remember this quote from Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech; one of his dreams was this: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” This seems outmoded […]

NYT apparently duped by hoax letter about white guilt (and a response from Grania)

In the New York Times article below (click on screenshot), a letter from someone called “Whitey” inspired a discussion by Cheryl Strayed, bestselling author of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, and Steve Almond, an American essayist and short story writer. Strayed and Almond write an advice column for the paper called “The […]

NY Times columnist defends the hiring of racist Sarah Jeong

I suspected that the New YorkTimes would publish at least one of its regular columnists defending the hiring of tech editor Sarah Jeong, who over several years put out a hoard of racist, sexist, and anti-police tweets that, because she was Asian and her victims were SJW Approved Malefactors™ (mostly white), were excused by the […]

HuffPo, Slate, and Vox: “It’s okay when people of color are racists”

Let’s begin with the Oxford English Dictionary‘s definition of “racism”, which gives only a single meaning: Note that it says nothing about which race can be guilty of bigotry; it just notes that racism is the belief in the superiority of one’s group, the idea that other groups threatens one’s “cultural identity or well being”, or […]

Sarah Jeong, named NYT’s lead technology writer, has a history of racist tweets

On February 13, the New York Times hired Quinn Norton to write about technology for the paper, and later that day fired her. The cause was Norton’s history of questionable tweets, as well as a friendship with a white supremacist—things that social media apparently called to the paper’s attention. According to Wired, the issues are […]

Lionel Shriver removed as judge of literary competition for questioning a diversity algorithm

Four days ago I reported on a piece author Lionel Shriver published in the Spectator: a criticism of UK Penguin/Random House’s (PRH) striving for diversity in its authors and employees in the form of a questionnaire. The piece, called “When Diversity Means Uniformity,” accused PRH of being “drunk on virtue”, and pointing out two problems […]

What is a microaggression?

I had some discussions recently with a member of a group that would be considered a ‘minority group’ in America, but not one that’s obviously oppressed—Asians.  I was given some statements made by Americans that the woman saw as either insulting or benighted, and I had to agree. This made me rethink the whole concept […]

A new book (and a video) on “Victimhood Culture”

I believe a reader recommended the book I highlight below, which I’ve just finished. It’s written by two sociologists who take a sociological rather than a polemic approach to their topic, so that they analyze both Right- and Left-wing instances of victimhood. (As we all know, both Christians and conservatives often paint themselves as beleaguered […]

HuffPo has quotas for op-ed authors by race and gender. Is this okay?

Here are some tweets from HuffPo Deputy Opinion Editor Chloe Angyal, stating that she, the site, or both, adhere to quotas for op-ed writers based on considerations of gender and ethnicity: Our goals for this month were: less than 50% white authors (check!), Asian representation that matches or exceeds the US population (check!), more trans […]