These SJWs started cropping up on the Internet around 2010. By the mid 2010s, a phenomenon I had previously thought was confined to the Internet exploded onto university campuses. Since then, many of them have graduated and have began their march through the rest of the institutions.
The civil war inside The New York Times between the (mostly young) wokes the (mostly 40+) liberals is the same one raging inside other publications and companies across the country. The dynamic is always the same. (Thread.)
— Bari Weiss (@bariweiss) June 4, 2020
This dynamic of Old Libs getting challenged – and, most often, beaten – by SJW insurgents has been replaying across a broad spectrum of fields in American life, with the defenestration of long-time NYT editor James Bennet being perhaps the most prominent example to date.
But it really seems universal. Despite the (proven) association of the fitness industry with right-wing positions, the founder of CrossFit has also recently been forced to take early retirement after expressing disinterest in #BLM to his stuff.
I am not going to cover this in detail, at least in this post.
However, what I did find amusing is that the “Russia watching” field in American academia/journalism is no exception. As it happens, my readers will have met both of the “stars” of this encounter before:
Incidentally, the Russia watching field is no exception. We have met both of the starts of this encounter before:
- Kevin Rothrock is a Russia analyst for Khodorkovsky-financed Meduza who has been exposed feeding analysis to American government spooks (“you’re a gem” – Robert Otto).
- Terell J. Starr is some affirmative action Russia journalist/academic who believes that “Odessa is in Crimea” (sic) whose work seems to consist largely of whining about how “the USSR always centered the Russian slav” (sic).
Now regardless of Rothrock’s various issues, he does still have an IQ about two standard deviations above Starr’s, and he had once made fun of the latter’s cluelessness and linguistic incompetence, several years ago.
But it now emerges that Starr is not the forgiving or forgetting sort, taking the opportunities offered by the Current Year:
It seems like if you’re a “journalist of color” all you have to do is say “IM. SO. FUCKING. TIRED” and every media institution will immediately cave to your insane, incoherent demands
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) June 8, 2020
… to make his real feelings known to Gem:
Fortunately for Kevin, he is unlikely to be defenestrated anytime soon, because the structures he works for are dominated by Russian or culturally Russian libs, who are really only into no-platforming Russian nationalists, Putinists, and conservatives – not those of their own tribe who happened to have committed an unintentional microaggression against some Black person back during the Triassic.
Still, Kevin’s transgressions have been noted:
Yulia Komska is a Dartmouth professor (of course) who focuses on “the making and dismantling of borders between ideologies, territories, languages, and mediums.”
Anna Lind-Guzik profile description on Twitter: “Exec director @Convo_ist Think and write about law, Russia, feminism, human rights. Bylines @ Vox, Daily Beast. Stan for context, wit, misfits, & Cher. She/her”
That’s quite the intersectional coalition that Kevin aroused against him.
I suspect Kevin might have a hard time wriggling back into American academia. Then again, perhaps that Otto friendship could come in handy.