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A few weeks ago, I wrote a Taki’s column entitled “Asian Supremacy” reporting on SAT college admission test score trends for high school seniors graduating in 2020. Now the rival ACT test (12 to 36 scale) has published its 2020 average scores, and trends are fairly similar: Asians are going up, up, up, while everybody else is in decline:

ACT Avg. 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2020 – 2016 2020 vs. Asians 2020 vs. whites
Asian 24.0 24.3 24.5 24.6 24.9 0.9 0.0 2.9
White 22.2 22.4 22.2 22.1 22.0 -0.2 -2.9 0.0
2 or More 21.0 21.2 21.1 21.0 20.9 -0.1 -4.0 -1.1
All 20.8 21.0 20.8 20.7 20.6 -0.2 -4.3 -1.4
No Response 20.1 20.3 19.8 19.7 19.7 -0.4 -5.2 -2.3
Hispanic 18.7 18.9 18.8 18.7 18.5 -0.2 -6.4 -3.5
Pacific 18.6 18.4 18.2 17.9 17.5 -1.1 -7.4 -4.5
Black 17.0 17.1 16.9 16.8 16.7 -0.3 -8.2 -5.3
Am Indian 17.7 17.5 17.3 17.0 16.7 -1.0 -8.2 -5.3

The ACT claims its standard deviation is 5.9.

The recent declines aren’t as sharp as on the SAT, where the test was redone a couple of years ago, which messed up everybody except Asians. Plus the SAT has recently won a bunch of contracts from state legislatures to give their test to everybody in the public schools, a strategy pioneered by the ACT. So, while the number of students taking the SAT has gone up in the last few years, meaning the SAT is scraping the bottom of the barrel harder, the number of ACT test-takers has declined, I think in part because the SAT won some statewide contracts away from the ACT. Here is the ACT test-taker data:

As on the SAT, the average test scores for American Indians are in sharp decline. And on the ACT, the number of Native American test-takers hasn’t increased, so that is genuinely concerning. Also of interest is that Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander scores are dropping like a rock too.

So, as Ibram X. Kendi has proven, this means the ACT was racistly designed specifically to facilitate Asian Supremacy and hurt the feelings of American Indians and Pacific Islanders. To look for any other explanations is to indulge in Conspiracy Theorizing.

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The cultural commissars are increasingly worried that the upcoming 250th birthday of Beethoven in December might distract from celebrating all things black. Thus from Slate:

Beethoven Has a First Name
It’s time to “fullname” all composers in classical music.
OCT 24, 20206:00 AM

There will be a time when we’ll go to concerts again. We will buy our tickets, shuffle shoulder to shoulder down the aisle, and find our seats. The lights will dim, and the conductor will walk onto the stage to introduce the program. They might talk about Beethoven, Schumann, and Bartók. And they might talk about Alma Mahler, Florence Price, Henry Burleigh, and Caroline Shaw. Many of us, used to the conventions of classical performance, will hardly notice the difference: “traditional” white male composers being introduced with only surnames, full names for everyone else, especially women and composers of color.

The habitual, two-tiered way we talk about classical composers is ubiquitous. For instance, coverage of an early October livestream by the Louisville Orchestra praised the ensemble’s performance of a “Beethoven” symphony, and the debut of a composition memorializing Breonna Taylor by “Davóne Tines” and “Igee Dieudonné.”

It’s almost as if more people have heard of Beethoven than of Davone Tines or Igee Dieudonne (who is a white guy). And it’s almost as if the Eroica Symphony is “better” than this 3 minute composition by Davóne Tines and Igee Dieudonné.

If you’re a music teacher who’s been demonstrating some concept with a piece by Ludwig van Beethoven or Wolfgang Mozart, these resources will guide you to an alternative piece of music by, say, Elizabeth Cotten (the guitarist responsible for the “Cotten picking” performance style).

Similar dynamics are increasingly evident within other musical fields, including music performance. The Metropolitan Opera, upon canceling its 2020–21 season, also announced that it would begin its next season with Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones, the first opera by a Black composer to appear on the Met’s stage.

Terence Blanchard’s depressing movie scores have pretty much destroyed Spike Lee’s career since he fired his dad, who scored Lee’s first few movies back when everybody thought he was going to turn into somebody good.

Encouraging as it is, this trend is butting headlong into the Western European musical canon. For a lot of intersecting reasons, music critics, academics, consumers, and performers in the mid-19th through early 20th centuries thought about music history as the story of a few great men producing great works of art. (Of course, this tactic is very common in how we tell our histories in many domains.) Tied up in the respect and ubiquity afforded to these men is the mononym, or a single word sufficing for a person’s whole name. These canonized demigods became so ensconced in elite musical society’s collective consciousness that only one word was needed to evoke their awesome specter. Mouthfuls of full names became truncated to terse sets of universally recognized syllables: Mozart. Beethoven. Bach.

If you want to argue that referring to the classical giants like Mozart, Beethoven, and Bach by one name is unfair, you ought to start with the Other Bachs, Johann Sebastian’s sons. J.S. Bach, although influential upon his peers such as Mozart and Beethoven, fell out of public popularity for almost 80 years following his death in 1750, during which some of his sons were more famous composers. Finally, in 1829, the 20-year-old Felix Mendelssohn arranged and conducted a famous performance of the St. Matthew’s Passion in Berlin, and the elder Bach has been a huge figure ever since.

On the one hand, then, initiatives toward diversity and inclusion are placing new names on concert programs, syllabi, and research papers, names that might not have been there 10 or 20 years ago—or even last year. But these names are appearing next to those that have been drilled deep into our brains by the forces of the inherited canon. This collision between increasing diversity and the mononyms of music history has created a hierarchical system that, whether or not you find it useful, can now only be seen as outdated and harmful.

As we usher wider arrays of composers into our concerts and classrooms, this dual approach only exacerbates the exclusionary practices that suppressed nonwhite and nonmale composers in the first place. When we say, “Tonight, you’ll be hearing symphonies by Brahms and Edmond Dédé,” we’re linguistically treating the former as being on a different plane than the latter, a difference originally created by centuries of systematic prejudice, exclusion, sexism, and racism. (Dédé was a freeborn Creole composer whose music packed concert halls in Europe and America in the mid-19th century.)

Edmond Dede was a black guy from New Orleans who enjoyed a reasonable career on the conducting side in France in the late 19th Century, although it’s misleading to say he packed concert halls as a composer. It’s more like every few decades somebody in New Orleans would put on a concert of his pieces as a show of civic pride by the creole of color community.

More to the point, interest in Dede at present seems negligible. I can’t find a Youtube video about him or of his music with even 2,000 views. There are countless 19th composers who were fine talents but who are forgotten today.

In contrast, the most popular Brahms video on Youtube has 7 million views.

I would imagine Dede felt Brahms was a much better composer than him.

The hierarchy of classical music composers isn’t actually a conspiracy, it’s based on who the greats think was great. As I wrote in my 2003 review of Charles Murray’s Human Accomplishment:

The best single confirmation of Beethoven’s greatness might be Brahms’s explanation of why he spent decades fussing before finally unveiling his First Symphony: “You have no idea how it feels for someone like me to hear behind him the tramp of a giant like Beethoven.”

Back to Slate:

Going forward, we need to “fullname” all composers when we write, talk, and teach about music. If mononyms linguistically place composers in a canonical pantheon, fullnaming never places them there to begin with. When we say, “Tonight, you’ll be hearing symphonies by Johannes Brahms and Edmond Dédé,” we’re linguistically treating both composers as being equally worthy of attention. And while fullnaming might seem like a small act in the face of centuries of harm and injustice, by adopting a stance of referential egalitarianism, fullnaming at least does no more harm. …

But by using everyone’s full names, we can focus more on their music rather than on the past cultural practices that elevated straight white men at the expense of everyone else.

Musicians, academics, and teachers have a lot of work ahead to confront the racist and sexist history of classical music. Fullnaming composers, especially those who have been elevated to mononymic status by this complicated history, will challenge us to at the very least afford the same respect to all of the individuals whose music we talk and write about. When we do return to the concert halls, let’s return to concerts that play Ludwig Beethoven alongside Florence Price, and Edmond Dédé alongside Johannes Brahms.

Sorry, but Beethoven’s full name isn’t “Ludwig Beethoven,” it’s Ludwig van Beethoven:

Amusingly, saying the long names of the Big Three — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Ludwig van Beethoven — just makes them sound even more awesome than saying only their last names.

I’m looking forward to Professor Chris White’s essay about how referring to “Marx,” “Foucault” and “Derrida” is racist and sexist, especially considering how unjust that is to “Adam Smith.”

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From ESPN, the sad news that key Trump Administration North Korean diplomat Dennis Rodman’s father has died:

Philander Rodman Jr., father of Dennis Rodman, dies at 79

Jul 16, 2020
Philip Matel

Philander Rodman Jr. died in Angeles City, Pampanga [near Manila in the Philippines] on July 14. He was 79. Jasmine Rodman, his granddaughter, made the announcement on her Facebook page. Philander Rodman Jr. is the father of Basketball Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman,

Philander Rodman Jr. stayed in the Philippines since coming as a member of the U.S. Air Force in the 1970s and had been estranged from his son for 42 years.

He established the Rodman’s Rainbow Obamaburger joint in the former U.S. military base, featuring burgers with red, yellow, and green colored buns and fries, colors his son used for his hair during his championship runs with the Chicago Bulls.

Philander and Dennis met after an exhibition game at the Mall of Asia Arena in 2012. The elder Rodman, who has acknowledged being a father to 29 offsprings by 16 mothers, first tried to meet his son in the Philippines in another game in 2006.

I’ve always imagined that Philander Rodman Sr. probably had quite a life story, too.

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From the Washington Post news section:

George Floyd’s America
Racism’s hidden toll

The point of this long article is that George Floyd lived down to most of the worst stereotypes about blacks, so that just proves his stereotypical behavior was due to White Racism.

It’s really quite simple when you think about it. As we all know, Systemic Racism is, axiomatically, the most powerful force in the known universe. Therefore, white people’s perceptions of blacks are not caused by black behavior, but instead black behavior is caused by white perceptions, which travel backward in time to force blacks to behave in ways that subsequently enable white perceptions to pounce.

In Minneapolis, the physical and mental strain of a lifetime confronting racism surfaced in George Floyd’s final years

By Robert Samuels
Oct. 22, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS — George Floyd came to this city with a broken body and wilted dreams, his many attempts at a better life out of his grasp. He was left with no college degree, no sports contract, no rap career, not even a steady job. At 43, what he had was an arrest record and a drug problem, his hopes hinging on one last shot at healing. …

Finding a way to live has never been a sure thing for Black men in America, who are taught from an early age that any misstep could lead to a prison cell or a coffin. They have higher rates of hypertension, obesity and heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They are twice as likely as White men to die of a cocaine overdose, twice as likely to be killed by police and, in Floyd’s age group, 10 times as likely to die of a homicide.

Public-health researchers and scientists once held that these disparities were the result of poor choices — bad diets, lack of exercise, being in the wrong place at the wrong time. But experts are increasingly pointing to another culprit: systemic racism. Being Black in America, they have found, is its own preexisting condition.

“Racism is painful and hurtful,” said Ayana Jordan, a professor at Yale who studies race and addiction. “It is a trauma that is introduced into our lives.”

This body of research became popularized around 30 years ago when Arline Geronimus, a behavioral researcher at the University of Michigan, hypothesized that young Black mothers were in worse shape than young White mothers because their bodies were responding to a distinct type of stress. Other epidemiologists, such as Sherman James, had been finding similar patterns with different groups of African Americans, from farmers in North Carolina to teenagers in California. Even when controlling for income level, age, geography and educational status, experts found Black people were often sicker than their White counterparts.

That’s why blacks aren’t good athletes. They’re just too sickly and weak from stress. As you know, blacks appear stressed out all the time, diligently rechecking their work over and over looking for the tiniest mistakes.

Darrell Hudson, a public health professor at Washington University in St. Louis who specializes in race and health, said studies since have shown that African Americans tended to have elevated levels of hormones such as cortisol, which typically rise as a response to stress. While those rises can be helpful in limited spurts — providing focus to pull an all-nighter, or increasing heart rates to accomplish a strenuous physical challenge — they also strain the immune system. That’s why students get sick after finals week or athletes can get so sore after big games.

If those cortisol levels remain high over a prolonged period, as has been found in African Americans, the strain makes people more susceptible to sickness. Hudson and other researchers concluded that those elevated levels were not about genetics, but racism. The stress of everything, from everyday slights to fears of a deadly interaction with the police, alters human physiology.

Of course, the stress felt by blacks has nothing to do with the stress imposed upon them by other blacks. In fact, blacks never stress out other blacks. That’s why life is so peaceful in the handful of neighborhoods where white people allow blacks to live 100% with other blacks.

“There’s nothing different about how people respond to stress across race,” Hudson said. “The context that people live in is racialized, however. It’s about the chronicity of it and your relationship with it: Do you feel you have some control over what stresses you, without a herculean effort and a lot of luck? If not, everything piles up.”

Racism also takes a toll on the psyche. Self-esteem falls and anxiety rises when people are trying to make it in a country where they are taught as children that they may never be given a fair shake.

That’s why blacks have so little self-esteem.

Scientists refer to this coping strategy as “John Henryism,” so named after the hammer-wielding African American folk hero who died of a heart attack trying to prove his worth while building a railroad.

Who hasn’t known a black man who has worked himself to death?

“You saw it in Floyd’s attempts to move from the protective, supportive, familiar environments he was raised in pursuit of upward mobility,” Hudson said. “The challenge of moving away to pursue opportunities can’t be overstated, in my opinion.”

That’s why blacks never refer to each other as “homeboys:” everybody knows they are constantly on the road looking for the slightest opportunity. Who can forget the massive numbers of black men who poured into North Dakota during the recent fracking boom to work all winter in the frigid outdoors?

Close friends and family said they witnessed those anxieties in Floyd, whose size, stature and arrest record played into some of the most pernicious stereotypes about Black men. From an early age, he knew his most fundamental challenge was to stay alive. “It’s the rules of the neighborhood and the rules of the house: Try not to get killed,” said Rodney Floyd, a younger brother of George Floyd.

Growing older, trying to chart a new path but ultimately succumbing to the pressures of his Third Ward neighborhood, they said Floyd developed a bad back and bad knees, high blood pressure and, according to autopsy reports, a weakened heart.

But that had nothing to do with why Floyd died. Nothing.

And as he watched his friends die, the warnings he received as a young boy began to feel more like a prophecy.

He went to Minneapolis to start a new life. But there he found that there were some things about being a Black man that he could not escape. …

At times, though, Hunter worried that Floyd’s desire to be loved clouded his judgment.

… He so wanted to be liked by everyone that he would find himself hanging out with friends who got caught up in drugs and the criminal justice system.

Hunter was disappointed but not surprised when Floyd ended up in jail. So many of their friends did in a neighborhood where there were few men with 9-to-5 jobs to serve as role models, few jobs to start out on their own and plenty of opportunities to get involved in the drug game.

Hunter said that Floyd’s life was moving in a more stable direction after his last sentence in 2013. …

Instead of making it to the pros, Floyd ended up spending a lot of his time outside Scott Food Mart, known as the Blue Store. Many of the men on the corner had served jail time and had trouble finding jobs, but they rapped about how lucky they were to live past 21. Some used cocaine and PCP, both of which police say Floyd tested positive for after his arrest in 2008….

The depth of Floyd’s substance use in Houston is unknown. Dozens of his friends, family and family attorneys interviewed for this story were not willing to discuss specifics.

Okay, I’ll put that down as “bad.”

Also, it’s time for the second iSteve fundraising drive of 2020.

Readers were most generous back in July, but now there are more bills to pay.

Large or small, I find each donation to be a personal message of encouragement to keep doing what I’m doing. I more or less figured out the basic logic of the 21st Century, which hasn’t made me popular, but with your support I can keep on keeping on pointing out how the world works.

Here are eight ways for you to contribute to me, iSteve:

First: You can use Paypal (non-tax deductible) by going to the page on my old blog here. Paypal accepts most credit cards. Contributions can be either one-time only, monthly, or annual. (Monthly is nice.)

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Expensify is a firm that processes expense reports. Its CEO sent out this message to supposedly 10 million people on its marketing list:

Protect democracy, vote for Biden
David Barrett Expensify Team Posts: 21 Expensify TeamOctober 22

I know you don’t want to hear this from me. And I guarantee I don’t want to say it. But we are facing an unprecedented attack on the foundations of democracy itself. If you are a US citizen, anything less than a vote for Biden is a vote against democracy.

That’s right, I’m saying a vote for Trump, a vote for a third-party candidate, or simply not voting at all — they’re all the same, and they all mean:

“I care more about my favorite issue than democracy. I believe Trump winning is more important than democracy. I am comfortable standing aside and allowing democracy to be methodically dismantled, in plain sight.” …

Q: Why do you care so much about democracy?

This discussion has been closed.

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Here’s an amusing example of an Asian lady journalist cranking out a fill in the blanks story from the template of Why the White Racism-Caused Shortage of Black ________ Is a Crisis. From Time:

Pet Owners Are Diverse, but Veterinarians Are Overwhelmingly White. Black Veterinarians Want to Change That


As a child, Tierra Price was mesmerized by Dr. Dolittle, portrayed by Eddie Murphy in the 1998 film—not only because he could talk to dogs and sad circus tigers, but because he was a person of color who treated animals. “That resonated deeply with me,” says Price, who wore an oversized white coat and carried around a stuffed Dalmatian for her first-grade career day. “I grew up thinking that I was going to be one of the first Black veterinarians because I had never seen any,” says Price, now 26.

There were no Black doctors at vet clinics near her Louisville, Ky. home or at the local animal shelter where she volunteered. Price didn’t see her first real Black veterinarian until she was 19 and participating in a veterinary program for minority undergraduates. By the time she started veterinary school, she felt like an outcast. In 2018, Price created an online networking group for Black vets just to connect and commiserate with people who looked like her. “I was going into a profession I didn’t really belong in,” she says.

Years later, not much has changed. Veterinarians are projected to be among the most in-demand workers in the next decade. As more people of all races own pets, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts jobs for vets and vet technicians will grow 16% by 2029. Nearly 65% of white households have pets, 61% of Hispanic households have pets, and almost 37% of Black households have pets, according to the most recent industry data. Yet pet lovers are faced with a predominantly white world once it’s time to see a vet. Of the more than 104,000 veterinarians in the nation, nearly 90% are white, less than 2% are Hispanic and almost none are Black, according to 2019 BLS figures.

“In this day and time, you don’t stay that way unless you’re ignorant to the fact that diversity is good.”

This spring, Kimberley Glover spent nearly two months searching for a Black veterinarian in Birmingham, Ala., to care for her 2-year-old puppy Stokely—named after civil rights activist Stokely Carmichael—and to serve as a role model for her two children, who attend predominantly white schools. After scouring the internet and Facebook groups for Black pet owners, she finally received a suggestion from a college classmate, but the clinic was too far away. …

Stark disparities have permeated the vet world for decades, advocates say, long before George Floyd’s death in May sparked a national movement for racial justice. In 2013, the profession was dubbed the whitest in America. “It has always been a problem,” says Annie J. Daniel, who founded the nonprofit National Association for Black Veterinarians (NABV). “This was just the wake-up call.”

Despite youth outreach efforts at schools and community partnerships to grow the number of Black veterinarians, the group has barely moved the needle since it was formed in 2016. In fact, the number of Black vets dropped from 2.1% of the total vet population in 2016 to below 1% in 2019, which Daniel says is largely due to systemic racism.

Or the precipitous drop over just three years was due to small sample sizes in the estimates.

“In this day and time, you don’t stay that way unless you’re ignorant to the fact that diversity is good,” Daniel says. “Or,” she adds, “you just don’t care that you’re purposefully omitting a group of people.”

A whole lot of white girls want to become vets, so the competition is tough.

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From the Boston Globe opinion page, here’s Ibram X. Kendi illustrating my new Taki’s Magazine column about the triumph of Ibram X. Kendiism:

There’s something wrong with the exam school tests — not with Black and Latinx children

To tell the truth about standardized tests is to tell the story of the eugenicists who created and popularized these tests in the United States more than a century ago.

By Ibram X. Kendi Updated October 22, 2020, 6:46 p.m.

Ibram X. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, director of BU’s Center for Antiracist Research, and author of “How to Be an Antiracist.”

Jack Dorsey, Twitter supremo, recently gave Kendi $10 million.

This is an abridged version of a public statement read at the School Committee meeting on Wednesday in support of suspending the test for Boston’s three exam schools.

Boston Latin School is the most famous of Boston’s three exam schools. It is a public exam school for grades 7 to 12. It was founded 385 years ago. Graduates include Samuel Adams, Charles Francis Adams Sr. and Jr., Leonard Bernstein, Charles Eliot, Ralph Waldo Emerson, John F. “Honey Fitz” Fitzgerald, John Hancock, Cotton Mather, and George Santayana. Dropouts include Louis Farrakhan and Benjamin Franklin.

Latin remains mandatory at Boston Latin.

Boston Latin’s student body is 46% white compared to 45% of the population of the city of Boston, 29% Asian compared to 10% of the population, 13% Hispanic vs. 20%, and 8% black vs. 25% of the city. Unlike at test-only Stuyvesant and Thomas Jefferson, students are admitted on a combination of grades and test scores, so blacks and Hispanics aren’t as shut out and Asians aren’t as dominant at Boston Latin because it’s pretty easy to get straight A’s at a school with mostly bad students.

What is always best for the community is admission policies that create equal opportunity for all. And we know a policy is creating more equal opportunity — and thereby is antiracist — if it is closing racial and economic inequity. The data is indisputable on the effects of this plan: It will close the racial and economic under-representation at Boston’s three exam schools. And so, I urge you to approve this antiracist proposal.

This is not about me or my child. My wife and I have the resources to one day sign her up for an expensive test-prep course, or hire a test-prep consultant. All the test prep will end up being money well spent: It will have boosted her score to get into an exam school.

All the while, I’ll come here and tell you she worked hard and she’s so smart. I won’t tell you I took advantage of the multibillion-dollar test prep industry. I won’t tell you that across the United States test prep companies and consultants are concentrated in white and Asian neighborhoods. Because we’re not supposed to talk about all this. We’re not supposed to be talking about the fact that all Boston children do not have equal access to high-quality test preparation — and it’s impossible to create equal access. We’re not supposed to talk about all this legal cheating.

It is like allowing certain NFL teams more time to practice in the off-season and, when those teams regularly win the Super Bowl, somehow claiming the rules are fair. And when you try to take away the practice advantage from those winning teams, they are going to resist. They are going to claim their teams are the best; all the while they’ll know privately, they were legally cheating.

This is the elephant in the room that the people claiming the standardized test is fair do not want to discuss. They will claim white and Asian kids on average score higher on tests because they are smarter or work harder. Meaning Black and Latinx kids are not as smart or not as hard-working. Meaning white and Asian kids are superior. And all these racist ideas from people claiming they are not racist. …

And to tell the truth about standardized tests is to tell the story of the eugenicists who created and popularized these tests in the United States more than a century ago. Stanford University psychologist and eugenicist Lewis Terman introduced and defended the viability of the nation’s first popular standardized intelligence test in his 1916 book “The Measurement of Intelligence.”

After all, what has the Terman family ever done for Silicon Valley?

These “experimental” tests will show “enormously significant racial differences in general intelligence, differences which cannot be wiped out by any scheme of mental culture,” Terman maintained.

In truth, racial differences in test scores are highly malleable, as this graph shows:

As you can see, there’s been a radical reshuffling in the top rank of races over the last 40 years, with Asians becoming hugely dominant. Which proves cognitive testing is just a giant White Supremacist conspiracy.

By the 1960s, genetic explanations had largely been discredited. Since then, lower test scores from Black and Latinx students have been explained by their environment: Their supposedly broken cultures, homes, schools, and families have made them intellectually inferior. Standardized tests have become the most effective racist weapon ever devised to objectively degrade Black and brown minds and legally exclude their bodies.

But don’t forget FBI crime statistics.

Why do Black and Latinx children routinely get lower scores on the standardized tests? Either there’s something wrong with the test takers or there’s something wrong with the tests. Why are Black and Latinx children routinely under-represented in the exam schools? Either there’s something wrong with Black and Latinx children or there’s something wrong with Boston’s admissions policies.

There’s something wrong with the test and the admissions policies. And to say there’s something wrong with Black and Latinx children is to espouse racist ideas. And those who say racist ideas, typically deny their ideas are racist. …

As I pointed out in my Taki’s column, Kendi keeps making this argument and keeps winning because nobody respectable dares contradict his argument.

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A rare success story from the once fashionable era of billionaire-funded Education Reform efforts was the KIPP chain of charter schools. The point of KIPP was to offer volunteers schools that train poor students the way the military does: with an emphasis on order, character-building, and repetition in the fundamentals. KIPP never sold itself as a panacea. Instead, it was an option available for underclass kids willing to do the work to develop lower middle class habits. From my review of historian Raymond Wolters’ 2015 book The Long Crusade:

A few reformers have actually done some good, usually by undoing the work of past gurus. Perhaps the most appealing figures in The Long Crusade are Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin, who founded the KIPP charter-school chain in 1994 to offer discipline, hard work, and back-to-basics schooling to the fairly small percentage of slum students serious about earning a way out of the hood. Good kids deserve some breaks in life, such as getting to go to a school without a bunch of layabouts and knuckleheads.

Some of the success of KIPP is due to reviving many of the techniques of public order and respect used by schools before the ascendance of progressive education ideology in the late 1960s.

Thus, KIPP’s slogan was, “Work hard. Be Nice.”

But, it’s 2020, so all good things must come to an end. From

Retiring “Work hard. Be nice.” as KIPP’s national slogan
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

After adopting a new mission and vision, we understood that Work hard. Be nice. needed to change; we needed to lift up a new national slogan. We learned many KIPP Regions had either passively stopped using it or were actively removing it from their schools. …

Feedback on the slogan falls into a few buckets:

  • Working hard and being nice is not going to dismantle systemic racism. For example, in the words of student performers at KIPP School Summit: “I’ve been told I should just work hard and be nice. That it’ll pay off in the end. I’ve worked hard and I’ve been nice but the nice guys finish last.”
  • It suggests being compliant and submissive. For example, in the words of an alum: “Asking us to ‘be nice’ puts the onus on kids to be quiet, be compliant, be controlled. It doesn’t actively challenge us to disrupt the systems that are trying to control us.”
  • It supports the illusion of meritocracy. For example, in the words of Orpheus Williams who leads the Foundation’s equity programming: “The slogan passively supports ongoing efforts to pacify and control Black and Brown bodies in order to better condition them to be compliant and further reproduce current social norms that center whiteness and meritocracy as normal.”

Yeah, kind of … Alternatively, you might phrase it as KIPP was offering black children an opportunity to learn a culture that doesn’t lead to so goddam many mass shootings at funerals.

… We are replacing it. We are not going to rush this part. Aligned with our shared mission and vision, we know we need to lift up a slogan that better represents the tomorrow we are hoping to build, together. While the Foundation’s Marketing and Alumni Impact teams will facilitate the process, we want the new slogan to be designed by our students, alumni, and families. We will share more details on this effort when we have them.

Suggestions for a new KIPP slogan: “Goof off. Do crimes.” “Be like George Floyd.” “Ibram X. Kendi for Philosopher-King.”

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From The Independent in the UK, a good example of my long-running theme about how discourse in English-speaking world is deteriorating toward a child’s view of Good Guys vs. Bad Guys based on identity Pokemon Points and partisanship. The leftist critic says that, while you might think, Sacha Baron Cohen deserves cancelation, not that cancelation exists, for making fun of hip-hop fans, Muslims, and gays, but unlike Bad Guy comedians like Ricky Gervais and Dave Chappelle, SBC has saved himself from cancelation (which is a right-wing myth) by “evolving” by Punching Up (i.e., making fun of Republican voters) and demanding that the little people be censored by social media monopolies under the guidance of the ADL:

Borat 2: Sacha Baron Cohen survived ‘cancel culture’ by evolving instead of moaning

While his peers fret about being unable to tell jokes anymore, Sacha Baron Cohen has carefully avoided so-called ‘cancellation’ despite a dubious track record with race and stereotyping, writes Adam White

16 hours ago

The “cancel culture” narrative promoted by the right-wing, if it existed, should have long ago led to Sacha Baron Cohen’s downfall. The British comic became a household name playing Ali G, a white, middle-class male appropriating black culture and hip-hop vernacular. It was a satire at the expense of men like Ali G, individuals trying on a persona they had no real right to adopt, but was also criticised for making hip-hop culture the butt of the joke, too – whether deliberately or inadvertently. Much of the same criticism trailed his later creations, the antisemitic, xenophobic Kazakh journalist Borat and the flamboyant gay fashion designer Bruno, both of whom have been accused of contributing to racism and homophobia as much as exposing them. And yet, for all his apparent sins, Baron Cohen is still here.

This week marks the release of Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, a belated sequel to the first Borat movie that is just as perceptive, cringeworthy and crude. That its arrival hasn’t been serenaded by controversy or “cancellation”, the perceived ruining that occurs in the wake of Twitter backlash, speaks to how successfully Baron Cohen has navigated treacherous waters. His approach has always tended to punch up – exposing the hypocrisy, ignorance and hatred in those wielding power, and expressing sympathy towards those lower down the social ladder haplessly parroting them….

Last year, Baron Cohen condemned Google, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter for “deliberately amplifying … stories that appeal to our baser instincts and that trigger outrage and fear” via their algorithms. It was a rare act of celebrity activism directly targeting platforms usually off-limits for criticism, but also got to the root of Baron Cohen’s survival. Here is a comedian able to see the world from outside of himself, who is aware of politics, corruption and what truly matters, and then slips it all into his work. While it’s easy to be distracted by the absurdity of Republican politicians being tricked into advocating for three-year-olds owning guns (as South Carolina representative Joe Wilson did in Baron Cohen’s Who Is America? series last year), truth and horror always bubble under the surface.

Many of the comedy figures Baron Cohen became famous alongside have been unable to evolve their worldview. Ricky Gervais regularly froths at the mouth about “outrage mobs” censoring comedy; Dave Chappelle spent much of his recent Netflix special ranting about what he is and isn’t allowed to say; David Walliams and Matt Lucas, meanwhile, only seemed to realise their use of classist and racist stereotyping on Little Britain was a problem after the BBC pulled the show offline this summer amid a reckoning over blackface in comedy.

That few high-profile stars engulfed in recent social media storms have been truly “cancelled” is a mere technicality – JK Rowling’s books are still bestsellers, Woody Allen’s still getting his films financed, and many of us will have seen more of Laurence Fox’s face this year than we have our own. Yet so many comedians seem to be fretting about it, even while remaining gainfully employed, injecting every interview with claims that they can’t tell jokes anymore. Baron Cohen, meanwhile, seemingly spends his downtime in between projects reading and learning, rather than sitting in an expensive house getting increasingly pissed off about non-existent things.

… In effect, Baron Cohen subverted 2020 “cancellation” and the apparent extinction of outrageous comedy not by rejecting it or complaining about what a victim he has become, but by evolving and maturing. OK, based on the gleeful cringe of Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, maybe just the former.

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From Taki’s Magazine:

Stumper: Should Trump Mention His Most Popular Issue?
Ann Coulter

October 22, 2020

In 2015, Donald J. Trump decided he was going to run for president on popular ideas. This was a stunning, historic breakthrough in American politics. He made his announcement in a speech talking about Mexican rapists, pledging to deport illegal aliens and build a wall. And the rest is history.

I’m thinking he should try it again this Thursday night.

Recall that Trump’s famous escalator speech provided any number of possible campaign themes:

Bomb ISIS!

Take their oil!

Protect our veterans!

Bring our jobs home!

Repeal Common Core!

Repeal Obamacare!

Protect the Second Amendment!

Make China pay!

Concealed carry!

But that’s not what the crowds chanted. They certainly weren’t chanting “Reform Social Security!” or “Protect Ukraine’s national sovereignty!” No, the slogan that inspired a million T-shirts, chalk etchings, replicas and hashtags was: Build the wall!

Month after month, at every rally, whenever Trump mentioned the wall, the crowds went wild. It was Trump’s one surefire standing ovation, his “Free Bird” at a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert. Even before Trump would take the stage, his supporters would start the chant: “BUILD THE WALL!” …

The media claimed Trump’s popularity was just a cult of personality, but the one thing most voters weren’t wild about was his personality. Unfortunately, Trump may be the only person who actually believes the fake news on this. He seems to think that what drove him to a stunning upset victory in 2016 was that the public just adores the big lunk!

Rough estimate of topics in the typical Trump campaign speech, 2020:

40 minutes: Re-living 2016 election night

20 minutes: His experience with COVID — he’s better than ever!

15 minutes: Insults Biden, Kamala, the media

20 minutes: Brags about his crowd size and how his fans LOVE him (they never loved Reagan like this!)

0 minutes: Biden’s massively unpopular promise to amnesty illegal aliens and halt deportations on his “first day in office.”

Mass immigration is a huge boon for Democrats. It gives them lots of new voters. That’s immigrants’ primary skill: voting. We’ve become the country feared by John C. Calhoun, divided into people who work for a living and people who vote for a living.

Not only do Democrats need the votes, but their blind hatred of Everything Trump, means they are wedded to this ridiculously unpopular policy.

I have an idea! Why not make Biden talk about it?

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Many countries suffer the problem of one or more racial groups underperforming, such as blacks in the U.S., First Nations in Canada, and Muslims in France.

But Australia is well on its way to CRUSHING its former problem of Aborigines not being high achievers on average.

Okay, I know I’ve run with this joke before, but the sheer details in this article are a hoot:

From Melbourne Age:

Meet the man vying to be the City of Melbourne’s first Indigenous councillor

By Chloe Booker
October 22, 2020 — 7.30pm

Professor Mark McMillan, who hopes to serve as the City of Melbourne’s first Indigenous councillor, says his “big desire” is to see Aboriginal participation rather than tokenism in Australian politics.

The Wiradjuri man and public law academic is running as the third of nine candidates on lord mayor Sally Capp’s ticket for Melbourne Town Hall. Team Capp will need 30 per cent of the vote for him to win a place on the council.

If elected, Professor Mark McMillan would be the City of Melbourne’s first Aboriginal councillor.

“I was interested when Sally approached me to be on her ticket, because it wasn’t just, ‘I want diversity’ … it’s not about white virtue signalling,” he said.

“She actually wants people’s diverse lived experiences to be part of how we govern over the next four years. None of us feel like we’re token.” …

If Professor McMillan, a gay man who lives in Seddon with his partner and son, achieves his goal of serving on the council, it will follow a long list of personal and family firsts.

Although he lives in Seddon, which is in the City of Maribyrnong, as a director of a company in Carlton that tackles climate change issues, he is eligible to run for the City of Melbourne.

Professor McMillan was born in 1969 in Trangie, a small town west of Dubbo in NSW, and his grandmother was one of 16 siblings.

“Nan made us go to school because she wasn’t allowed to,” he said.

“She understood as an Aboriginal woman that education … has the capacity to transform lives.”

Between them, her grandchildren have 26 bachelor’s degrees, six master’s degrees and two doctorates.

Professor McMillan’s late eldest sister was the first in the family to attend university, his youngest sister was the first Aboriginal pharmacist in Australia and he was the first Indigenous academic to be appointed full-time to Melbourne Law School.

He used his time at the University of Melbourne to research Indigenous human rights.

Professor McMillan, who sued columnist Andrew Bolt over racial discrimination in 2009

That was a key step forward in solving Australia’s racial gap: a judge ruled you aren’t allowed to make fun of Professor McMillan. So please don’t. Sure, you may think that Professor McMillan looks like a relief pitcher from Scottsdale, AZ, but Professor McMillan’s indigenousness is sacred to Australia’s legal system.

, served as a director of the former National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and is a board member of the Trangie Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Before this, he served as an appellate judge in the Yaqui Court of Appeals, a Native American tribal court in Tucson, Arizona.

And two years ago, Professor McMillan became RMIT University’s inaugural deputy pro vice-chancellor for Indigenous education and engagement.

“I can’t disassociate … what I know about public law and Indigenous nation building and not bring that into the governing [of Melbourne City Council],” he said. …

He has taken leave from RMIT amid an employment dispute. …

Lidia Thorpe

“And now, hopefully, rather than a white guy who wants that engagement, we’ll have an Aboriginal man who is steeped in understanding of social law,” he said. …

Cr Capp said it was also important that the city realise its ambition to put its Aboriginal heritage at its centre.

Gunnai and Gunditjmara woman Lidia Thorpe was sworn in as the first Aboriginal senator for Victoria last week. Sheena Watt was also last week sworn in as Victorian Labor’s first female Indigenous MP.

Professor McMillan said the appointments, and his candidacy, were exciting milestones for Aboriginal leadership.

“And where else but Victoria, and where else but Melbourne, would we be getting that opportunity?”

What percentage of these high-achieving “Aborigines” (or in Professor McMillan’s case, “high-achieving” Aborigines) are descended from the Stolen Generations of mixed-race children who were given boarding school educations a century ago? As we all know, the Australian government taking the children of white men and Indigenous women away from their alcoholic, abusive, illiterate, and/or tubercular homes and educating them in the hope that their descendants could blend into the general population and live kick-ass lives in the 21st Century as Professional Quota-Fillers was the Worst Thing Ever.

Still, it sort of seems from all the articles in 2020 about the First Indigenous This and the First Indigenous That that the Stolen Generations was one of the rare government programs that worked as hoped.

Here’s another such tweet:

Keep in mind that the genes for Aboriginal Australian appearance have long been noted to be rather recessive, so that it’s usually harder to tell if a 1/8th or even 1/4th Indigenous person is Aboriginal than with, say, sub-Saharan ancestry. Here’s an old anthropology illustration of this:

As I wrote in 2011:

Before the development of antibiotics, full-blooded Australian Aborigines were dying off at a rapid rate from tuberculosis and other Afro-Eurasian diseases. The half-white children of Aboriginal mothers tended to be more resistant to diseases, but they tended to be neglected and abused by their often alcoholic Aboriginal relatives. So, reasoned the social workers, why not raise them in white ways in boarding schools, allowing them to find a place in white society and marry whites? Because Aboriginal looks tend to be relatively recessive when mixed with European looks, as compared to Sub-Saharan African looks, within a couple of generations you get a kid who looks like a cross between Prince Charles and Bing Crosby, so their descendants would be largely indistinguishable from the general population. Problem solved.

Of course, as we all know now, those reformers were The Worst People of All Time.

And yet, antibiotics aside, sensitive 21st Century Australians are better at feeling superior to their ancestors than at actually solving the problems that their ancestors confronted. For example, when Australian director Phillip Noyce made the movie Rabbit-Proof Fence a decade ago condemning Evil Old Social Workers by showing girls who run away from their boarding school to return to their Aboriginal mothers, his adolescent star ran away from the set and had to be rounded up. Then when filming was over, Noyce saw what a disaster her Aboriginal home life was, so, [being a kind man], he … paid to put her in a boarding school.

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From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

Los Angeles Dodgers World Series shirts sell out hours before Game 1 at Globe Life Field
OCTOBER 20, 2020 08:58 PM,

World Series apparel celebrating the National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers sold out at Globe Life Field [in Arlington, TX] before the first pitch of Game 1 Tuesday night.

Plenty of Tampa Bay Rays shirts were still available but Dodgers fans looking for a wearable World Series keepsake were out of luck. …

Because of COVID-19 pandemic precautions, only about 11,000 fans are able to attend each World Series game. In fact, the pandemic is the reason why the league is playing the World Series at the brand new, $1.2 billion stadium. It’s being used to cut down on travel for the players, personnel and media. It was also used for the National League Division Series and NLCS. Typically, the teams playing in the World Series take turns hosting games at their own ballparks.

“The Dodgers are more popular, I guess,” she said. “There have been more Dodgers fans than Rays.”

I doubt if the Dodgers, a very rich franchise who play their homegames after other parts of the country have gone to bed, are grass roots favorites outside of Southern California.

My guess is that instead the Dallas Metroplex is full of tax and cost-of-living exiles from Southern California who like greater affordability of Texas, but miss the Dodgers, while Texas has fewer transplants from Tampa Bay and Orlando. Florida doesn’t have an income tax, and while housing isn’t cheap, it’s a lot cheaper than SoCal.

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Utra-wealthy, ultra-liberal San Francisco has strikingly bad public schools. I don’t mean “bad” in the usual sense of “infelicitous demographics” but in the sense of poor scores for most ethnic groups relative to their national norms. Now, its one good public high school, exam-using Lowell (the SF equivalent of NYC’s Stuyvesant and suburban DC’s Thomas Jefferson), is going to lottery admissions, perhaps permanently.

Despite backlash, San Francisco’s Lowell High will use lottery system next year

Katie Dowd
Oct. 21, 2020

Lowell High School will admit students for the class of 2025 via random lottery, like most other public schools in the city.

In spite of controversy and backlash, San Francisco’s prestigious public school Lowell High will use the lottery system to admit students in 2021.

While most public schools in the city are subject to the lottery system, Lowell traditionally has not. The high school uses a combination of middle school GPA and state testing scores to evaluate most prospective students (some slots are set aside for students from under-served areas). But due to the chaos created by distance learning — and the fact that standardized testing couldn’t be done at all — the San Francisco Board of Education decided it wasn’t fair to evaluate students on metrics they could not meet in 2020.

On Tuesday night, the school board voted unanimously to switch Lowell’s admissions process to a random lottery. The change will only affect the class of 2025 right now, but the Chronicle reports there is some interest among school board members in making the change permanent.

As I’ve been mentioning, America is undergoing a disastrous Great Reset in which changes necessitated by lockdowns are combining with the triumph of Ibram X. Kendi’s anti-white racist ideology during the Summer of George to lead authorities to make institutional changes that are likely to become permanent, with long-run deleterious effects on the functionality of American civilization.

The Oct. 9 announcement sent immediate shock waves through the Lowell community, some of whom put together a petition to demand the school board reevaluate its proposal.

There’s no mention of demographics in the article. Not surprisingly, Lowell is only 18% white, 61% Asian, 8% mixed (mostly Eurasian), 10% Hispanic, and 2% black.

An interesting question is whether 2020 has seen whites splitting away from Asians on questions of meritocracy and coming to side with blacks because they feel it’s become hopeless trying to compete anymore with Asians on tests.

One test is November’s referendum in California, Proposition 16, on repealing 1996’s Proposition 209 that nominally banned affirmative action racial preferences in government actions. Polls suggest that voters are confused about the intent of the measure, since the pro-quota advocates tried to make the language obscure that they wanted to discriminate by race, which seldom polls well in the abstract. Also, I imagine a lot of voters aren’t aware that it’s unConstitutional for government agencies in California, such as U. of California admissions, to discriminate by race because, obviously, they do (but just don’t tell anybody they are discriminating — it’s all very holistic, you see).

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From my new column in Taki’s Magazine:

“Why Is Wokeness Winning?” asks veteran pundit Andrew Sullivan, recently fired by New York magazine for distressing its more fragile younger staffers by thinking for himself. …

I would add some additional considerations to Sullivan’s list.

First, we should admit that Wokeness is not Marxism, which is a theory about class rather than race. White people condemn Wokeness as Marxism because they aren’t brave enough to call it what it really is: anti-white racism.

Read the whole thing there.

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This second is if you want to enter a Bitcoin-denominated amount. (Remember one Bitcoin is currently worth many U.S. dollars.)

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If Coinbase isn’t working, what other Bitcoin intermediaries would you recommend? My goal is to not get audited by the IRS. The SPLC has been out to get me via the IRS for about 15 years, so I am fastidious about paying my taxes. For several years, Coinbase instantly transformed any Bitcoin donations into cash so I didn’t have to worry about the cost basis of capital gains on Bitcoin, but instead just reported income.

Eighth: At one reader’s request, I recently added Square as an 8th fundraising medium, although I’m vague on how it works. If you want to use Square, send me an email telling me how much to send you an invoice for. Or, if you know an easier way for us to use Square, please let me know.


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69 Years of Height Evolution in the NBA [4,379 players analyzed]

Posted on 27 August, 2020 by Dimitrije Curcic

“You can’t teach height” – Red Auerbach

We spent 2 months analyzing 24,489 records of 4,379 NBA players during 69 NBA seasons in order to show how the game of basketball evolved through the evolution of players’ height.

Special note to Kirk Goldsberry, whose book “Sprawlball” inspired the creation of this research. This article is a height spinoff of “Sprawlball”.

Sprawlball is about how pro basketball used to be about getting to the basket, but is now about dispersing most of your players out past the three point line.

… 1. Height and weight throughout NBA history

The average NBA height is 6’6’’, which is the lowest over the past 40 years. The last decade was the first in the history of the league where NBA players got shorter than a decade before.

NBA point guards are 6’3’’ tall, tallest they’ve ever been.

All other positions (shooting guards, small forwards, power forwards, and centers) are the shortest since the early 80s.

… The ideal concept of the small-ball game is having 5 guys with the same physical attributes and skillset – this is positionless basketball at its peak.

In the future, every NBA player will be a 6′-6″ 215 pound shooting forward. No more Manute Bols or Muggsy Bogueses.

So it’s not strange that 61% of the NBA players are within 6 inches, standing between 6’3’’ and 6’9’’. All other height ranges are in decline.

Also, 72% of the league is under 6’9’’.

… Similarly, 46% of NBA players taller than 6’9’’ are international players, and foreign 7-footers are accounting for 53% of league total. This data clearly shows that international big-men are still one of the most valuable assets from NBA teams.

Over the years, big men coming from abroad, particularly from Europe, have proved to be more skillful with the ball in their hands. They’re educated to play a team basketball, share the ball and learn to read the game.

This is visible on the charts – since the new millennia, when the centers slowly but surely started getting more involved in the flow of the game, by setting pick&rolls and “migrating” outside of the paint, they needed to develop a new skill set, one that the European centers already possessed. In some way, it was the international big men who made the small-ball revolution possible.

Lots more charts here.

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In Israel, the Knesset won’t let the social media monopolists cancel conservatives.

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If you go to the New York Post’s Twitter account (@NYPost), this tweet from October 14 is the most recent tweet that Twitter is allowing us to see:

Isn’t Twitter engaged in flat-out Election Interference?

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Is that the best that the Biden Campaign can come up with it? So far, their only substantive denial is there’s no meeting with a Ukrainian oligarch on Joe’s official calendar for the days in question.

Hasn’t anybody with Team Biden been gameplanning what to say about Hunter and Ukraine since at least the impeachment of Trump, which, as you may recall, had something or other to do with Ukraine?

Or is this the carefully crafted Master Plan in action: Act shifty, but rely on the Big Media and Big Tech to cover it up on the grounds that the end justifies the means.

Or maybe Joe is holding back his super comeback for the last debate on Thursday?

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