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A known quantity in the faking department is Rev. Al Sharpton. In a video that gets considerable play on TV, Sharpton informs a rapt audience that “white folks” were cave dwellers when blacks were building empires and pyramids; teaching philosophy, astrology and mathematics. “Socrates and them Greek homos” were mere copycats, aping black civilization.

As revealed in “Helping The Sharpton and Obama Afrocentrism ‘Fade to Black,’” this mythistory has a presence in America’s schools, tertiary and secondary.

By now we know that mass media and government under both national parties routinely generate fake news to achieve political ends. That our progressive pedagogues propagandize the youth: That’s well-known and passively accepted, too. Less known is the extent to which fabricated history has been incorporated into curricula.

In “Black Athena,” Martin Gardiner Bernal of Cambridge, England, suggested that “Ancient Greece” had been “fabricated,” and that chroniclers of “classical civilization” had concealed its “Afroasiatic roots.”

Ditto historian George G. M. James, whose “Stolen Legacy: The Egyptian Origins of Western Philosophy” claims that a rather large chunk of ancient civilization is fraudulent. The Greeks stole it from the Egyptians. The Egyptians were as black as Al Sharpton and Idi Amin.

The school tracts known as the “Portland African-American Baseline Essays” are another counterfactual abomination to have percolated into America’s anti-intellectual schooling system.

The Science Baseline Essay, in particular, claims that thousands of years ago, Egyptians-cum-blacks “flew in electroplated gold gliders, knew accurately the distance to the sun, and discovered the Theory of Evolution.”

According to Afrocentric academic Cheikh Anta Diop—a Senegalese with considerable celebrity in the US—Africans invented everything from Judaism, to engineering, to astronomy, including dialectical materialism (apparently Marxism is cause for inventor’s pride).

It’s easy to dismiss this mythistory as too ridiculous to swallow. However, mythical thinking thrives in a culture that eschews objective truth: ours.

Where once there was an understanding that a reality independent of the human observer exists; students are now taught that truth is a social construction, a function of the power and position—or lack thereof—of persons or groups in society.

Casting fact and objective truth as no more than a perspective is a handy bit of egalitarianism: If nothing is immutably true, then all positions are but a matter of preference and can claim equal validity. This vortex is the scaffolding for Afrocentric pseudohistory; the American academy its perfect foil.

When all is said and done, what are a few curricular concessions if they increase self-esteem among young Africans? What’s the big deal about making history palliative rather than factual, if, as Collin Flaherty would say, it makes the black kids less angry?

For this reason—and unlike the equally nonsensical Holocaust denial, which immediately raises establishment and media ire—remedial historical revisionism for blacks meets with little objection.

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Refuting Afrocentric pseudohistory has fallen largely to Mary Lefkowitz, a brilliant Greek classicist. In “Not Out Of Africa: How “Afrocentrism” Became An Excuse To Teach Myth As History,” she asks: “If the Greeks had learned their philosophy from a large theoretical literature produced by Egyptian writers, surely some trace of that literature would have remained in Egypt?”

Alas, there’s no point searching for logic where there is only African chauvinism. Nor should one look for methodological coherence in the tracts mentioned. For scholars whose mission it is to promote a view of African superiority, Afrocentrists have done a poor job.

Their methodology consists in neglecting chronology, treating myths as history, and using citations fraudulently to support the crux of their argument. In Afrocentric works, hypothesis morphs into fact, authorities that don’t bolster a thesis are recruited in its service, and the absence of proof becomes evidence of conspiracy.

One example among many of a jarring deception is a reference to the “Egyptian Mystery System” whence the Greeks allegedly stole their philosophy. The reference comes not from an authentic historical text, but from eighteenth-century French fiction and Freemasonry.

As amusing is that the city of Alexandria was founded only after Alexander’s conquest of Egypt, and the library from which Aristotle allegedly pilfered his genius was founded after the philosopher’s death.

Accompanying the dogged repetition of the lies are the vicious ad hominem attacks leveled at scholars like Lefkowitz, who has dared to confront the evidence.

Of course, entire civilizations are not typically the kleptomaniac’s item of choice. Afrocentrists, moreover, look especially dimwitted in their incongruous claims, considering that, on the one hand, they blame the Great White and his wicked, linear thinking for practically every reprehensible event in history. On the other hand, they lay claim to his civilization.

If Eurocentric culture is so horrible, why would these fake historians want to claim it as their own? By coveting it, aren’t Afrocentrists providing the ultimate validation of Western Civilization?

(Part I is “Helping The Sharpton and Obama Afrocentrism ‘Fade to Black.’”)

 

ILANA Mercer is a paleolibertarian writer and thinker based in the US. Her weekly column was begun in Canada in 1999. Ilana is the author of The Trump Revolution: The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed (June, 2016) and Into The Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America From Post-Apartheid South Africa (2011). Follow ilana on Twitter: https://twitter.com/IlanaMercer , Gab: https://gab.ai/ILANAMERCER, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PaleolibertarianAuthorILANAMercer/.
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  1. Randal says:

    When all is said and done, what are a few curricular concessions if they increase self-esteem among young Africans? What’s the big deal about making history palliative rather than factual, if, as Collin Flaherty would say, it makes the black kids less angry?

    Of course, just like the encouragement of the black victimhood narrative and the appeasement of the Black Lives Matter thugs in general, it doesn’t “make the black kids less angry”, it fills them with yet more resentful bitterness and prevents them from addressing the issues in their own culture and societies that are really causing their problems.

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  2. Andrei Martyanov [AKA "SmoothieX12"] says: • Website

    Afrocentric academic

    Oxymoronish, kind of.

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    • Replies: @dc.sunsets
    Not sure I agree.

    If anything, most academics are extremely zealous cultists in the Theocracy of Holy Diversity, so if anything, "Afrocentric academic" might be a term from the DRD, the Department of Redundancy Department.
  3. I don’t think any of this historical revisionism is actually making black kids feel good. I don’ think the black kids really care. It’s not as if they have enough appreciation for Aristotle to understand why (to speak foolishly) he might be worth stealing. This is more of the same attempt by mainly White academics to destroy their own culture through “criticism,” because it makes them feel righteous and it provides them with the rush of emotional frisson they use to dildo themselves with. It’s so much easier, and so much more fun, to destroy something rather than build it up with care and effort. And if you can use the narrative of structural racism to provide some moral rationale to your acts of piracy and vandalism, you get to be hero, to boot!

    This is the underlying psychological dynamic behind modern progressivism, including the academic kind. Today’s Leftists act the way they do because they are “paid off” in feelings of superiority, in all the joys of conquest and rapine, but without ever having to risk themselves against a real enemy because they are never opposed. They are the raiders and plunderers of our civilization.

    It’s amazing how much of the academic’s tightly structured critical outlook is really just a sophisticated cudgel, a weapon, a kind of psychological jujitsu he uses to hack his host society—and it’s all in the service of his lust for power. Beneath his vaunted intellectualism there is nothing but dry cynicism, a fumbling incompetence, and an impenetrable solipsistic sense of his own superiority. How can it be that a White man, birthed of White ancestors and nurtured by White culture, can stand at the front of a lecture hall and demand, with a fiery glee in his eye, the immediate and merciless destruction of his own people? It is because he is corrupted by the Ring. He cares for nothing now except its power; truth, goodness, beauty, and justice be damned. What a pitiful creature is our modern academic. Pitiful, but needing to be cut down just the same.

    Concerning Mercer’s comment about “equally nonsensical Holocaust Denial,” I will leave it to others to refute. Holocaust Denial is entirely sensible and nothing at all like blackism.

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    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "Holocaust Denial is entirely sensible and nothing at all like blackism."

    Holocaust denial is not sensible at all and is comparible to Blackism. There is zero legit evidence that Adolf Hitler wasn't a murderous dictator, that he was just your typical run of the mill European politician like Silvio Berlusconi for example.

  4. Sean says:

    Intellectuals! Bernal had quite the pedigree, not only was his mother the daughter of a prominent Egyptologist, his scientist father, apart from being a communist, was an early exponent of the singularity, who “envisioned ‘an erasure of individuality and mortality’ in which human beings would cease to be distinct physical entities … ‘consciousness itself might end or vanish … becoming masses of atoms in space communicating by radiation, and ultimately perhaps resolving itself entirely into light’.” Nowadays he would be head of Engineering at Google. The intelligentsia are always trying to come up with ways to discredit traditional western modes of existence Meanwhile nations roll on.

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  5. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    Speaking of faking history to make other people feel a certain way:

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    • Replies: @dc.sunsets
    Now that the trend change has begun, the harder the Cultists try to push their Old Narrative, the more ridiculous they appear.

    Watching the Network news is now like catching reruns of The Twilight Zone, so far does their narrative conflict with reality.

    Victor Hugo was right; armies cannot resist an idea whose time has come....and neither can the most zealous cultists maintain an idea whose time has passed.

    History obeys its own internal rhythm, and not one damn thing anyone does will alter its trajectory. All of us are part of the Matrix.
  6. Black Africans contributed little more to Western Civilization than Homo sapiens’s
    ancestors.

    They have a serious lack abstract logical thinking.

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    • Replies: @Drapetomaniac
    "lack of abstract logical thinking"
    , @MBlanc46
    An average IQ in the 70s isn't conducive to abstract thinking.
  7. @Drapetomaniac
    Black Africans contributed little more to Western Civilization than Homo sapiens's
    ancestors.

    They have a serious lack abstract logical thinking.

    “lack of abstract logical thinking”

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  8. I, for one, am grateful for the fine work these scholars have done to explain how modern Africa has become one of the most developed, forward-looking, and tolerant, peaceful places on planet Earth, with modern conveniences like running water and plentiful food available owing to the several millenia of building upon scholarship and scientific discovery and the principles of rational government based on the rule of law and the consent of the governed. It is no small wonder that so many teeming masses throng to that continent to lift themselves up out of their desperate plight in the rest of the world, particularly Western Europe.

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  9. Alfa158 says:

    To be fair what else do they have left to fall back on except fantasy and wishful thinking? Afetr half a century and trillions of dollars of affirmative action, remedial education, racial preferences and other palliatives, the objective reality has emerged that the racial differences are real. As Derbyshire pointed out, a multi-racial society cannot hold together unless it pretends otherwise. Such a society would have to accept the fact that the percentage of representation by race in various segments of life will always be different, and adjust it’s expectations and social mechanisms accordingly. Just as White people have accepted that most NBA players are going to be Black, they will have to accept that maybe 2% of people in the highest cognitive fields will be Black. Income distribution, crime rates, and achievement will be different. Those individuals who do excel will need to be allowed to do so regardless of race, but those who don’t, don’t and we’ll all have to live with it.
    How many people are willing to face up to that awful reality and deal with it? Most will play pretend until they no longer can, but I see cracks in the facade. I’ve noticed that Black leaders have shut up about Blacks getting their own country, and when they talk about reparations, they no longer ask for a onetime payment that will make everything even-steven. They are looking for permanent education and employment preferences, a racially differentiated criminal justice system and financial subsidies in perpetuity.

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    • Replies: @dc.sunsets
    After 50 years of spending and coerced transfers of wealth, power and occupational success, the circle cannot be squared.

    So now we have "institutional" and "unconscious" racism to account for why people DEFINED by Holy Scripture (of the Homogeneous Diversity Theocracy) cannot, as a group, have equal outcomes in wealth and social health.

    People were asked to sequentially remove their clothing (because clothes are a social construct and invisible clothes were invented in Africa) and the more they did so, the GREATER WERE THE VISIBLE DIFFERENCES between peoples whose ancestors spent most of the last 1000 years (or much more) under very different conditions.

    Now that everyone is utterly naked, it's time for that little kid to point out the absurdity of the Emperor's New Clothes. The problem is, the CULT that runs us all considers it blasphemy to notice. Disemployment is the least of the punishments now meted out to heretics by our Theocracy.
    , @MBlanc46

    They are looking for permanent education and employment preferences, a racially differentiated criminal justice system and financial subsidies in perpetuity.
     
    And something like that is what we're going to have to give them. When we can agree what we should get in return, perhaps we can return to racial sanity in the US.
  10. I’d just like to wish everybody here a happy James Earl Ray Day, as they are saying over at Taki’s.

    And those with a very, very high tolerance for very, very bad language might very, very much enjoy this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?…

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  11. Stogumber says:

    @Sean #4
    You mustn’t overlook the fact that Martin Bernal found his theme when he reflected his Jewish roots. He first came to the work of Cyrus Gordon, an identitarian Jew, who maintained that “Greek and Hebrew cultures stemmed from a common Semitic heritage” (Wikipedia), i.e. that Semites were at the origin of Athenian/Western high culture. Well, Bernal reworked Gordon’s ideas by replacing “Semitic” with “Afroasiatic”, in this way formally including Blacks and appealing to a broader public than Gordon, but did he really change Gordon’s story?

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  12. Unless empty packs of Newports and remnants of purple drank are found in the pyramids, I’m inclined to call BS on this.

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  13. anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    It’s history as therapy and therefore facts don’t matter, it’s what effect it has on the recipient. Of course it’s all so bizarre, being on the level of ancient Egyptians flying around on UFOs, that the average person just skips over this nonsense. However, there’s a chunk of the black population that believes this, perhaps numbering in the millions. Think about the level of mental development that this outlook reflects. Large parts of the population are apparently semi-retarded.

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  14. Renoman says:

    Sadly it doesn’t matter much, they definitely don’t pose much problem for the White guys except what to do with them? Beyond athletics and entertainment it’s a tough call.

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  15. Academic Afrocentrism seems violently stupid, lazy, and dishonest. Go figure…

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  16. @Andrei Martyanov

    Afrocentric academic
     
    Oxymoronish, kind of.

    Not sure I agree.

    If anything, most academics are extremely zealous cultists in the Theocracy of Holy Diversity, so if anything, “Afrocentric academic” might be a term from the DRD, the Department of Redundancy Department.

    Read More
  17. @Alfa158
    To be fair what else do they have left to fall back on except fantasy and wishful thinking? Afetr half a century and trillions of dollars of affirmative action, remedial education, racial preferences and other palliatives, the objective reality has emerged that the racial differences are real. As Derbyshire pointed out, a multi-racial society cannot hold together unless it pretends otherwise. Such a society would have to accept the fact that the percentage of representation by race in various segments of life will always be different, and adjust it's expectations and social mechanisms accordingly. Just as White people have accepted that most NBA players are going to be Black, they will have to accept that maybe 2% of people in the highest cognitive fields will be Black. Income distribution, crime rates, and achievement will be different. Those individuals who do excel will need to be allowed to do so regardless of race, but those who don't, don't and we'll all have to live with it.
    How many people are willing to face up to that awful reality and deal with it? Most will play pretend until they no longer can, but I see cracks in the facade. I've noticed that Black leaders have shut up about Blacks getting their own country, and when they talk about reparations, they no longer ask for a onetime payment that will make everything even-steven. They are looking for permanent education and employment preferences, a racially differentiated criminal justice system and financial subsidies in perpetuity.

    After 50 years of spending and coerced transfers of wealth, power and occupational success, the circle cannot be squared.

    So now we have “institutional” and “unconscious” racism to account for why people DEFINED by Holy Scripture (of the Homogeneous Diversity Theocracy) cannot, as a group, have equal outcomes in wealth and social health.

    People were asked to sequentially remove their clothing (because clothes are a social construct and invisible clothes were invented in Africa) and the more they did so, the GREATER WERE THE VISIBLE DIFFERENCES between peoples whose ancestors spent most of the last 1000 years (or much more) under very different conditions.

    Now that everyone is utterly naked, it’s time for that little kid to point out the absurdity of the Emperor’s New Clothes. The problem is, the CULT that runs us all considers it blasphemy to notice. Disemployment is the least of the punishments now meted out to heretics by our Theocracy.

    Read More
  18. @Anonymous
    Speaking of faking history to make other people feel a certain way:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTMZ7KuRhgg

    Now that the trend change has begun, the harder the Cultists try to push their Old Narrative, the more ridiculous they appear.

    Watching the Network news is now like catching reruns of The Twilight Zone, so far does their narrative conflict with reality.

    Victor Hugo was right; armies cannot resist an idea whose time has come….and neither can the most zealous cultists maintain an idea whose time has passed.

    History obeys its own internal rhythm, and not one damn thing anyone does will alter its trajectory. All of us are part of the Matrix.

    Read More
  19. El Dato says:

    The Science Baseline Essay, in particular, claims that thousands of years ago, Egyptians-cum-blacks “flew in electroplated gold gliders, knew accurately the distance to the sun, and discovered the Theory of Evolution.”

    This is like blaxploitation of von Däniken’s fantasy works.

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  20. Realist says:

    “A known quantity in the faking department is Rev. Al Sharpton. In a video that gets considerable play on TV, Sharpton informs a rapt audience that “white folks” were cave dwellers when blacks were building empires and pyramids; teaching philosophy, astrology and mathematics. “Socrates and them Greek homos” were mere copycats, aping black civilization.”

    Probably should be… rap audience…

    Two interesting words used in Sharpton’s video, astrology and aping. Does he mean astronomy?
    I can not disagree with the phrase ….aping black civilization.

    If blacks were so advanced,,,,what happened? Their civilization today is totally devoid of discovery or intelligence. They never discovered the wheel and can not build a two story (or greater) building

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    • Replies: @The Albino Sasquatch
    "If blacks were so advanced,,,,what happened?"
    The torch of civilization was stolen from them by evil whitey. Of course.
  21. @Realist
    "A known quantity in the faking department is Rev. Al Sharpton. In a video that gets considerable play on TV, Sharpton informs a rapt audience that “white folks” were cave dwellers when blacks were building empires and pyramids; teaching philosophy, astrology and mathematics. “Socrates and them Greek homos” were mere copycats, aping black civilization."

    Probably should be... rap audience...

    Two interesting words used in Sharpton's video, astrology and aping. Does he mean astronomy?
    I can not disagree with the phrase ....aping black civilization.

    If blacks were so advanced,,,,what happened? Their civilization today is totally devoid of discovery or intelligence. They never discovered the wheel and can not build a two story (or greater) building

    “If blacks were so advanced,,,,what happened?”
    The torch of civilization was stolen from them by evil whitey. Of course.

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  22. Realist says:
    @The Albino Sasquatch
    "If blacks were so advanced,,,,what happened?"
    The torch of civilization was stolen from them by evil whitey. Of course.

    Oh yeah, I forgot.

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  23. white american kids post w11 were fed a bunch of lies in school as well. propagandize, indoctrinate, discipline; crush anything that smells like independence or imagination. school can be child abuse – and often is.

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    • Replies: @Ace
    Actually, I learned chemistry, physics, auto mechanics, English, Spanish, and safe driving techniques. No one lied to me. Where do you get this stuff?
  24. Jefferson says:
    @Intelligent Dasein
    I don't think any of this historical revisionism is actually making black kids feel good. I don' think the black kids really care. It's not as if they have enough appreciation for Aristotle to understand why (to speak foolishly) he might be worth stealing. This is more of the same attempt by mainly White academics to destroy their own culture through "criticism," because it makes them feel righteous and it provides them with the rush of emotional frisson they use to dildo themselves with. It's so much easier, and so much more fun, to destroy something rather than build it up with care and effort. And if you can use the narrative of structural racism to provide some moral rationale to your acts of piracy and vandalism, you get to be hero, to boot!

    This is the underlying psychological dynamic behind modern progressivism, including the academic kind. Today's Leftists act the way they do because they are "paid off" in feelings of superiority, in all the joys of conquest and rapine, but without ever having to risk themselves against a real enemy because they are never opposed. They are the raiders and plunderers of our civilization.

    It's amazing how much of the academic's tightly structured critical outlook is really just a sophisticated cudgel, a weapon, a kind of psychological jujitsu he uses to hack his host society---and it's all in the service of his lust for power. Beneath his vaunted intellectualism there is nothing but dry cynicism, a fumbling incompetence, and an impenetrable solipsistic sense of his own superiority. How can it be that a White man, birthed of White ancestors and nurtured by White culture, can stand at the front of a lecture hall and demand, with a fiery glee in his eye, the immediate and merciless destruction of his own people? It is because he is corrupted by the Ring. He cares for nothing now except its power; truth, goodness, beauty, and justice be damned. What a pitiful creature is our modern academic. Pitiful, but needing to be cut down just the same.

    Concerning Mercer's comment about "equally nonsensical Holocaust Denial," I will leave it to others to refute. Holocaust Denial is entirely sensible and nothing at all like blackism.

    “Holocaust Denial is entirely sensible and nothing at all like blackism.”

    Holocaust denial is not sensible at all and is comparible to Blackism. There is zero legit evidence that Adolf Hitler wasn’t a murderous dictator, that he was just your typical run of the mill European politician like Silvio Berlusconi for example.

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  25. Ace says:
    @Randal

    When all is said and done, what are a few curricular concessions if they increase self-esteem among young Africans? What’s the big deal about making history palliative rather than factual, if, as Collin Flaherty would say, it makes the black kids less angry?
     
    Of course, just like the encouragement of the black victimhood narrative and the appeasement of the Black Lives Matter thugs in general, it doesn't "make the black kids less angry", it fills them with yet more resentful bitterness and prevents them from addressing the issues in their own culture and societies that are really causing their problems.

    Marty Feldman in “Young Frankenstein”: “What hump?”

    American blacks – and liberal media – all day and every day: “What black problems?”

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  26. Ace says:
    @Lawrence Fitton
    white american kids post w11 were fed a bunch of lies in school as well. propagandize, indoctrinate, discipline; crush anything that smells like independence or imagination. school can be child abuse - and often is.

    Actually, I learned chemistry, physics, auto mechanics, English, Spanish, and safe driving techniques. No one lied to me. Where do you get this stuff?

    Read More
  27. MBlanc46 says:
    @Drapetomaniac
    Black Africans contributed little more to Western Civilization than Homo sapiens's
    ancestors.

    They have a serious lack abstract logical thinking.

    An average IQ in the 70s isn’t conducive to abstract thinking.

    Read More
  28. MBlanc46 says:
    @Alfa158
    To be fair what else do they have left to fall back on except fantasy and wishful thinking? Afetr half a century and trillions of dollars of affirmative action, remedial education, racial preferences and other palliatives, the objective reality has emerged that the racial differences are real. As Derbyshire pointed out, a multi-racial society cannot hold together unless it pretends otherwise. Such a society would have to accept the fact that the percentage of representation by race in various segments of life will always be different, and adjust it's expectations and social mechanisms accordingly. Just as White people have accepted that most NBA players are going to be Black, they will have to accept that maybe 2% of people in the highest cognitive fields will be Black. Income distribution, crime rates, and achievement will be different. Those individuals who do excel will need to be allowed to do so regardless of race, but those who don't, don't and we'll all have to live with it.
    How many people are willing to face up to that awful reality and deal with it? Most will play pretend until they no longer can, but I see cracks in the facade. I've noticed that Black leaders have shut up about Blacks getting their own country, and when they talk about reparations, they no longer ask for a onetime payment that will make everything even-steven. They are looking for permanent education and employment preferences, a racially differentiated criminal justice system and financial subsidies in perpetuity.

    They are looking for permanent education and employment preferences, a racially differentiated criminal justice system and financial subsidies in perpetuity.

    And something like that is what we’re going to have to give them. When we can agree what we should get in return, perhaps we can return to racial sanity in the US.

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