On Twitter, I’ve been discussing with somebody named Michael W. Story how a lot of the new Silicon Valley startups like Uber and AirBnB are based on the premise that regulations, especially, anti-discrimination laws, don’t apply to high tech firms. Not surprisingly, that gives them a distinct cost advantage over old tech businesses that assume they must operate under rule of law, which can translate into multi-billion dollar valuations.
I mentioned how little success Jesse Jackson has had over the years in Silicon Valley with his shakedowns that have worked well in other industries. He responded:
I think he’s on to something. Over the last few years, as clever white people have figured out that they can profitably work diversity angles for themselves and their loved ones as long as they make sure to denounce the evil straight white pale male etc etc, blacks have been getting sent to the back of the Diversity Bus. They just aren’t as well-positioned and well-suited for the New Game dominated by traditional insiders like the daughters of rich men and gays.
So, blacks now want to change the rules of The Game to cash on the barrelhead based on heredity. My great-great-great-grandfather was a slave and my great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather was kidnapped from Africa like in Roots. Where’s my check?
In contrast, how is some gay guy going to claim that he comes from twelve generations of oppressed gays? Really? Is some UCLA MBA school woman professor going to claim she deserves a check because her grandmother had to run the Junior League? And is my old classmate Martin who is now the highest paid CEO who wears a dress going to be able to plausibly claim he/she comes from twelve generations of victimized transsexuals?
The answer is: Well, probably, yes, yes they will. But it will still take a few years for gays, feminists, and trans to set the stage to make it sound plausible why they have a blood inheritance right to checks of their own. In the meantime, blacks can cash in while their competition is discombobulated.