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From the New York Times:

White Filmmakers Addressing (or Avoiding) Whiteness Onscreen

Movies as different as “The Nightingale,” “Midsommar” and “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” are all processing the legacy of privilege.

By Jenna Wortham
Published Aug. 29, 2019

A few years ago, on their wildly popular podcast “Bodega Boys,” the comedians Desus Nice and Kid Mero coined the term “caucacity,” which was essentially a portmanteau of Caucasian and audacity. They employed it to marvel at the baffling behaviors of white folks, like a predilection for pumpkin spice anything. Over time, it became widely used internet shorthand for the ways in which white entitlement, flagrant displays of privilege and exceptions that eluded other groups weave their way through our society.

The thing about caucacity is that there are levels to it, and it is safe to say we are at an all-time high. Take, for example, everything about Elizabeth Holmes. The college admissions scandal. The desire to blame anything other than racism for the terror of the El Paso shooting.

Sorry, Jenna, but Russia enjoys a whole ‘nother level of caucacity that you can’t begin to imagine:

Caucacity isn’t just something for Desus, Mero and their fans to process alone anymore. Lately, I’ve been noticing a steady stream of cultural properties addressing whiteness — either head on, as in the case of the period drama “The Nightingale,” or sideways, with a surrealist, abstract bent, as in the horror tale “Midsommar,” both made by white filmmakers.

And what a relief. As a friend put it to me recently, “This is white people’s job now,” meaning that it’s time for white people to start helping one another see themselves in terms of their race and all the undeserved, inherited privilege that comes with it. It’s a self-examination that knows the difference between “woke” and self-awareness, and leans toward the latter. It’s not easy work. “White progressives can be the most difficult for people,” Robin DiAngelo writes in her groundbreaking book, “White Fragility,” because she and others “do indeed uphold and perpetuate racism, but our defensiveness and certitude make it virtually impossible to explain to us how we do so.”

iSteve commenter MikeAtMikeDot adds:

The title of the article should have been called The Audacity of Caucacity.

 
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  1. Elli says:

    We “do indeed uphold and perpetuate racism, but our defensiveness and certitude make it virtually impossible to explain to us how we do so.”

    I have personally evolved from defensive to “I. Don’t. Care.”

    • Replies: @Jack D
  2. “Asks question in obvious logical sequence: what are the traits of ‘negrocity?’”

    “Gets banned from the Internet.”

  3. Anonymous[392] • Disclaimer says:

    OT: Of course the fascist knitting site owner comes out as trans:

    https://thefederalist.com/2019/09/03/ravelry-war-on-conservative-knitters/

  4. Jenna Worthless:

    The title of the article should have been called The Audacity of Caucacity.

    It highlights the autocracy of negrocity.

  5. Afracity: the baffling behavior of paper Americans who’ve never built anything without the help of Whites or Asians, whining about how tough everything is because they have to live in buildings with plumbing, electrics, heating/cooling and the internet.

    Three cheers for the losers who let them in.


  6. New York City Opens Office to Combat Hate-Crimes Increase

    A former executive of the Anti-Defamation League was named the director of a new office that will work to stem the surge in hate crimes in New York City.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/new-york-city-opens-office-to-combat-hate-crimes-increase-11567543880

    • Replies: @guest
  7. Not sure what my “caucacity level” is, but it’s likely high to the woke folk. Noted.

  8. Isn’t it weird how ‘caucasity’ is at an all-time high exactly when caucasians are at an all-time low? How does that work? Apparently we’ll reach ‘peak caucasity’ once the very last one is tracked down and shot.

    The thing about caucacity is that there are levels to it, and it is safe to say we are at an all-time high. Take, for example, everything about Elizabeth Holmes. The college admissions scandal.

    ‘Father is Surgeon,’ ‘1 mil pledge’: The Role of Money in USC Admissions

    Emails among athletics, admissions and fundraising officials at the University of Southern California show the school explicitly weighed how much money applicants’ families could donate when determining whether to admit students.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/father-is-surgeon-1-mil-pledge-the-role-of-money-in-usc-admissions-11567548124

  9. Daniel H says:

    “White progressives can be the most difficult for people,” Robin DiAngelo writes in her groundbreaking book, “White Fragility,” because she and others “do indeed uphold and perpetuate racism, but our defensiveness and certitude make it virtually impossible to explain to us how we do so.”

    You go girl, Ms. DiAngelo. Believe me, I am so grateful that you – and other progressives – will do all the heavy lifting of guilt and shame on my behalf. Really.

    • Replies: @Thea
  10. Anonymous[820] • Disclaimer says:

    I haven’t seen Midsommar but isn’t that about some black guy invading a blonde Swedish community?

    Did Swedes colonize Africa? No. They used to colonize and brutalize parts of Europe but didn’t have global reach. If anything, Swedes provided Africans with much charity. Hardly sounds like privilege over blacks.

    In contrast, blacks have ridden on the coattails of white imperialism and domination. As ‘Americans’ or subjects of British or French empire, they got to travel the world, invade other nations(alongside whites), rape and plunder, and brutalize others. Blacks committed atrocities along with whites in Vietnam, Iraq, and etc. Obama the black president even worked for Zionists to lay waste to entire regions of Middle East. Black military officers did their part in world invasions.

    If Midsommar is about a black guy entering a white community, isn’t this about black invasion and demand for black privilege? If the story were about Swedes invading Africa, it would be about white imperialism or supremacy. But if blacks think they have some god-given right to intrude into any non-black community and be ‘accepted’, then WHO has the invasive, aggressive, and imperialist attitude? Isn’t it the black who is the invasive and intrusive entity who feels entitled in every corner of the world, indeed as if all of humanity exists to make things nice for Negroes.

    Even as blacks bitch about white power, they took on much of white imperialist attitude in thinking that the world is their oyster and exists to welcome them and put out to them.
    Sweden never invaded Africa, but blacks think they have some right to move there and take over. And Swedes are such dummies that they’ve swallowed this idea as justice and progress.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    , @Pericles
  11. J.Ross says:

    >and what a relief
    =”And that’s a good thing.”
    ——–
    Did they get to the baffling white sacred cow about not murdering each other in the street over sneakers?

  12. The desire to blame anything other than racism

    In a nutshell! How could anyone harbor such a nefarious desire, anyway?

    None of us here at UNZ.COM can even.

    As a friend put it to me recently, “This is white people’s job now”

    Dear Journalist Jenna: No, none of your friends said anything of the kind.

    Granted, though, they might–if they’d only thought of it.

  13. Anon[280] • Disclaimer says:

    I wonder what the reaction would be to coining a word like “negrosity” and using it as shorthand for black “above the law” attitudes. And hair obsession.

    And “white fragility”? Seriously? Black fragility is what causes you to have a nervous breakdown (and a 15 point loss in IQ) when a security guard glances your way. It’s the lack of a trait that psychologists call “resilience.”

    But “caucasity”? No problem. Not racist at all.

    • Agree: bomag
    • Replies: @Herbert West
  14. I used to be ignorant, and for a period of time also used to be defensive about this sort of nonsense. But where some moved from the defensive stage to some real or phony stage of guilt or contrition, I began to feel put upon, and I put my foot down over a decade ago in my early 20s. Since then, I have tended to believe that everything the NYT wants me to believe is unearned, inherited privilege is, instead, a reflection of empirically demonstrated greater talent, industry, and ability…at least some of which is also inherited but not therefore undeserved, rather, as I gradually came to realize, a goodly heritage of which to be proud.

  15. This is white people’s job now,”

    I have a job already, Miss Wortham, and 2 if you count my blogging. I am just so emotionally tarred right now.

    … meaning that it’s time for white people to start helping one another see themselves in terms of their race and all the undeserved, inherited privilege that comes with it.

    Steve, I think you can help me here, by reading the NY Times and excerpting these great pieces of advice by people like Miss Wortham. Will you be my privilege mentor?

    It’s a self-examination that knows the difference between “woke” and self-awareness, and leans toward the latter.

    OK, I just got finished with a self-examination. I got pretty woke for a spell there. Now, I’ve got to do the wash.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  16. “see themselves in terms of their race and all the undeserved, inherited privilege that comes with it”

    They can suck my caucacock.

    • Agree: Chris Mallory
    • LOL: jim jones
  17. The New York Time’s War on Whiteness jumped the shark a long time ago. At this point it seems to be mostly a full-employment project for their diversity hires who can’t string a series of coherent ideas together. So they have to cut and paste some woke anti-white jargon in place of actual thought.

    The “film critic” here, Jenna Wortham, is a woke black lesbian who supposedly does “tech reporting” (which I imagine is a euphemism for “social media”). You can tell she’s smart because of the affected glasses. And you can tell she’s creative because of her goofy hairdo.

    • LOL: Malcolm X-Lax
    • Replies: @Sean
    , @Oddsbodkins
    , @Altai
  18. it’s time for white people to start helping one another see themselves in terms of their race

    Yes.

    • Agree: ben tillman, sayless
    • Replies: @Jimbo
    , @Mr. Anon
  19. BB753 says:

    You can bet that “Midsommar” adresses whiteness or rather “goyness” in a critical way! Its writer/director, Ari Aster is more stereotypically Jewish than Woody Allen, and projects his fear of Gentile society as an outsider in his film, which portrays effete Swedes as murderous monsters.

    • Replies: @syonredux
  20. Alden says:

    Everybody hates Whites including half the Whites. So I hate them back. Fuck ‘em and fuck the Jewish Media & entertainment industry.

    White hatred is like the weather. Can’t stop it so cope with it. And totally boycott TV movies and anti White media.

  21. Tiny Duck says:

    The article is the truth

    whites engage in bizarre strange behavior

    They commit most of the crime kill most of the people are just plain lame

    There is a reason nobody likes you

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/03/us/mississippi-interracial-couple-wedding.html#click=https://t.co/CvU151QcoO

    Also see how the NYt lends credulity to the racists

    They are right wing apologists

  22. Mycale says:

    Midsommar was directed by a “fellow white” man.

    I am not sure how any white people can actually support stuff like the NYT anymore. It’s like Stockholm Syndrome at this point.

  23. Anon[998] • Disclaimer says:

    Jenna Wortham,

    Go back to Wakanda.

  24. She’s into crystals.

    I assumed that Desus and Mero were tough guys from The Bronx, but they seem kind of soft. Or maybe they are just really, really high in this clip. She’s a nerd and is only being insulting because that is what The Times editors want. I bet if you met her in person at the Park Slope Coop, she would be polite and nice. As with the almighty Lizzo, I have to giver her a pass. She’s not the problem. She is writing what her bosses want for a paycheck and a pat on the head.

    Midsommar? Come on, she is simply not a serious person. I bet she found Dave Chappelle’s latest comedy special problematic. The New York Times lambasted Chappelle’s Broadway run this Summer, now I know why. I foolishly assumed The Times must be right that Chappelle was washed up.

    https://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2019/08/dave-chappelle-sticks-stones-netflix-conservative-support

    https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/59ngpb/you-can-definitely-skip-dave-chappelles-new-netflix-special-sticks-and-stones

    • Replies: @guest
    , @Woodsie
  25. Sean says:
    @Hypnotoad666

    She cites a comedian, exudes humor and optimism, is smart enough to know dress to impress for success, and have professional photos done with “highly curated looking glasses.”

    Roxanne Gay is none of those things, but she made the reasonable point that

    • Replies: @Malcolm X-Lax
    , @nebulafox
  26. newrouter says:

    Is she the Tiny Duck of the NYT?

  27. Off-topic, but close enough. I propose a catalog of contemporary double-think.

    DOUBLE THINK

    Listens to drill rap all day long but believes that the higher black crime rate is caused by racist cops.

    Cannot see any relationship between mass immigration and mass homelessness.

    Posts on the SPLC wall a graph of the annual declining percentage of white population but ridicules the replacement concept as racist “white fragility.”

    Felt guilty when the National Council of La Raza called him a racist.

    Thinks that adult actresses are oppressed by trading sex for million-dollar roles, but that transgender child strippers are liberated.

    Believes that women must be protected in safe spaces from mean words that are the equivalent of violence but that women are on average equal to men in combat potential.

    Fiercely denounces racism but moves to a neighborhood with “good schools.”

    Angrily reminds people that men can have periods too.

    Thinks that deliberately infecting another with AIDS should be decriminalized, but that referring to someone of the male sex as “he” should be criminalized.

    Utterly condemns xenophobia but accuses most of her political opponents of being RUSSIAN! agents.

    Says that masked mobs dressed in black and armed with clubs are opposing totalitarianism.

    Marches for abolition of police and prisons, but never once against American wars in Somalia, Bosnia, Serbia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, and Yemen.

    Devoutly opposed to ethnocentrism, but thinks the only way for the global poor to better themselves is by being moved to the US.

    Flag-flying proud of the country they fled forever in fear of losing their lives (although returning annually for holiday visits).

    Literal Brahmin, who loudly proclaims hatred of his current country for its history of invidious discrimination.

    Deplores Russian interference in American elections, because they are part of the global white power structure; but berates as racist charges of interference by the Mexican government, Mexican cartels, Saudis, Israelis, and Chinese, since persons of color have no power.

    Is never puzzled about why the US Chamber of Commerce, the FBI, and the CIA support her work for the Resistance.

    Says that although Darwinism purports to be scientific, it is in fact a product of the white male power structure. https://quillette.com/2018/11/30/the-new-evolution-deniers/

    There is also doublethink on the right, more in some factions, less in others. For partial balance:

    Still believes that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.

    Opposes e-verify, but acquiesces to NSA total surveillance.

    Calls Mitt Romney a job creator but half of Americans parasites.

    Believes that that the American health care system is the best in the world.

    Claims that anarchocapitalist Somalia is superior to democratic-republican U.S., but does not reveal that preference by moving there with his family.

    Explains that the military-industrial complex is exempt from the dangers of big government.

    Makes her living from compound interest, but does not understand reproductive differentials or chain migration.

    Finished primary school, but does not know how to divide gross national product by national population level.

    Says that although Darwinism purports to be scientific, it is in fact a product of Satan. https://www.cnsnews.com/blog/michael-w-chapman/ben-carson-darwins-evolution-theory-was-encouraged-adversary-satan

    • Agree: Prodigal son
    • Replies: @njguy73
    , @bomag
    , @Bill Jones
  28. istevefan says:

    “This is white people’s job now,” meaning that it’s time for white people to start helping one another see themselves in terms of their race ..

    I couldn’t have said it better myself.

    • Agree: Hypnotoad666
    • Replies: @bomag
  29. Peterike says:

    Wortham’s mother is white. Wortham identifies entirely as black. What a surprise.

    • Replies: @Beach
    , @Ian Smith
    , @Jim Don Bob
  30. Whiskey says: • Website

    This stuff happens because non Whites sense total victory. Every White person in a gulag at least.

    It’ll happen too. Sided by the military and police properly purged.

    Learn Spanish. Get some bronzer. Pass for non White. Survive.

  31. This is not a race issue- your regular black movie goer isn’t thinking about movies like this- this is another homosexual project, wrapped up&rationalizing their animus in skin color.

    Black Lives Matter, social justice intersection- go down the list- it’s all about a tiny group of organized homosexuals who believe that since they imagine themselves as perpetual outsiders because of their proclivities, they are gracing us with their revolution.

  32. Caucasity really is the fascination deficit of white people. After adolescence, and our realization that the NBA and Hip Hop are infantile, throwaway amusements, we’re simply not as obsessed with colored folk as they are with us.

    Progressives, forever the White Saviors, will yammer on about racism/scmacism to sate their own egos, even to point of burning through someone else’s money to make movies about it… whatever.

    But the rest of us just aren’t into negritude to degree we invest such fascination in return. And that nettles and peeves the perpetually aggrieved.

    • Agree: Redneck farmer
    • Replies: @Altai
  33. @Tiny Duck

    They hate us so much they come here in droves

    • Replies: @Neuday
  34. bomag says:
    @istevefan

    LOL

    Also note how she and the rest like to give White people jobs, like fixing Black dysfunction and making the rest of their political allies feel okay. Nothing for anyone else to do, except stand around waiting for a hand out.

  35. syonredux says:
    @BB753

    Caucacity isn’t just something for Desus, Mero and their fans to process alone anymore. Lately, I’ve been noticing a steady stream of cultural properties addressing whiteness — either head on, as in the case of the period drama “The Nightingale,” or sideways, with a surrealist, abstract bent, as in the horror tale “Midsommar,” both made by white filmmakers.

    Ari Aster wants to be sure that people get the anti-White subtext in Midsommar:

    There’s also the question of the predominate whiteness of Midsommar. As my allotted time with Aster nears its end, I make sure to ask about the whiteness of the film, of which there are only three people of color. Aster chooses to be late to his next appointment to chat about what’s a pretty blaring asterisk hanging over the film.

    “You will notice that the white members of the visiting community are used for more than just their bodies to be sacrificed, whereas the others are thrown aside… It’s in the margins of the film and it’s kind of consistently in the periphery, so I don’t want to talk too explicitly about it because the film is not a polemic, although there are politics strewn in. But, yes, there are illusions to Swedish history, especially the last century,” Aster says. There is a Nazi book on prominent display in an early scene. The banner that you see in the trailer as the group travels to the village says, “Stoppa Massinvandringer till Hälsingland,” Stop Mass Immigration to Hälsingland. “That’s definitely there,” Aster says. “I’m glad people are catching it. It’s an important part.”

    https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/movies/a28262830/jack-reynor-ari-aster-midsommar-interview-nudity/

    As for Mr Aster:

    How Did A ‘Neurotic Jewish Guy’ Make The Horror Hit ‘Hereditary?

    The Schmooze did not see “Hereditary,” or even its trailer, having been forever scarred by “The Haunted Mansion,” the kiddie-horror movie based on the Disneyland ride, which we watched in 2003. We’re merely here to observe that the film that’s catching the cultural conscience with its terrorizing anxiety about generational turnover and inter-family guilt, is courtesy in part of filmmaker Ari Aster’s Jewish heritage.

    In the same interview he mentioned his fascination with Freud, his feeling that family ties have supremacy over romantic relationships, a period when his family endured constant misfortune, his supportive parents, his relationship to Judaism, and his obsession with the idea of “home.” Let’s look at this quote:

    I’m a very neurotic person, I’m hypochondriacal, and my imagination goes immediately to the worst-case scenario.

    At one point in the article Stephen Applebaum, the reviewer for the JC, asked Aster if he sees any Jewish influences in his movie. Could the movie, asked Applebaum, “be touching, in a metaphorical way, on Jewish post-Holocaust anxieties about the possibility of society suddenly rounding on Jews” and the idea that Jews are never truly safe in the diaspora? “Maybe, yeah,” responded Aster, seemingly mind-blown. “You make a very good point, and what you just said touched a chord,”

    • Replies: @guest
  36. If you try hard, you can edge a bit closer to caucacity.

    • Replies: @newrouter
    , @Known Fact
  37. @MikeatMikedotMike

    How about the ugliness of “Negrocity”?, as in that is one ugly m’f’er N_qq_ress!!

  38. @MikeatMikedotMike

    Maybe she’s angling for a return to segregation under one drop, where she will be sought after as a high yellow.

  39. Anonymous[718] • Disclaimer says:

    Where does this hatred come from?

    • Replies: @Altai
    , @El Dato
  40. J.Ross says:
    @Anonymous

    The funniest thing about Midsommar is that it’s the third copy-movie about how evil white people practice evil pagan magic, but in real life, there really are modern pagan practitioners who make sacrifices and attack people, but they’re black, so they’ll never be the subject of an A24 movie.

    • Replies: @(((Owen)))
  41. American blacks, even those at the top of the cotton bale like Ms. Wortham, imagine themselves much more familiar with People of Pallid than they actually are. I’m not well-versed in the oeuvre of “Desus and Mero,” but in having a podcast at all, it sounds like they’ve assimilated to being urban white homos well enough already. It takes a lot of the sting out of the attempts to get under the white man’s skin:

    the baffling behaviors of white folks, like a predilection for pumpkin spice anything

    White people and their… pumpkin spice. For a people that pride themselves on being catty and mean, they could do better. All this talk of “the dozens” and given a page in the NYT to piss off whites, they offer up something from one of Stephen Colbert’s still-warm discarded enemas. As if sclerotic Boomers reading their morning papers at Panera aren’t seeing this corny shit and coming up with better stuff about Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and a demographic where the women run heavier than the men (unless they’ve got your TV under one arm.)

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
  42. @Whiskey

    Jesus Whiskey, you really think White can pass for Non-White? Too many tells.

  43. @Hypnotoad666

    Not only is she creative, she’s ‘a creative’.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
  44. Lurker says:

    the comedians Desus Nice and Kid Mero coined the term “caucacity,” . . . . . Over time, it became widely used internet shorthand

    Oh yeah, I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen it used.

    Google “caucacity” = 29k results.

    For a rough comparison . . .

    Google “cucked” = 4.9 million results

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    , @Known Fact
  45. In the interviews with Foucault published as Power/ Knowledge ed. Colin Gordon, he is quoted as saying Clausewitz had it exactly backward, and “politics is the continuation of war by other means.”

    Diversity regulation is a tool for controlling the rabble. There isn’t anything special about it. It just works. Read more Hegel! Those of us on the bottom are smarter simply because we have to be. Stupidity isn’t a fatal handicap when you are rich enough.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Vinteuil
  46. “White progressives can be the most difficult for people,”

    White progressives are the worst people on the planet. Don’t wait, though, for Jenna to hold them to account for normalizing lesbianism.


    Jenna Wortham
    =

    Hot jaw manner.
    Her wanton jam.
    No-warmth Jane.

    She needs to sign up for eSwatini’s reed dance festival and get herself a decent Swazi husband.

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
  47. istevefan says:
    @Whiskey

    Every White person in a gulag at least.

    Enough with this defeatism crap. You realize, unlike victims of the past, that you have the opportunity to exercise your right to keep and bear arms? How can what you fantasize happen if millions of us, including many former military, exercise our 2nd Amendment rights? At the very least you should be prepared to fight to prevent some thug from tossing you into a gulag.

    Additionally we have not even begun to exercise the non-lethal assets at our disposal. We represent a huge amount of GDP that would put us on par with nations like Germany. Yet we so far have refrained from economically punishing those who mean us harm.

    There is a reason defeatists are shot during war time. Your attitude can spread like a cancer and sabotage our cause. You’ve already shown your colors by the hostility you directed at patriots who tried to help us when you were on board with the neocons’ invade the world BS. Remember this guy?

  48. I’m gonna call my ghost-written autobiography The Caucacity of Hope.

  49. EdwardM says:

    Guess I don’t get around much:

    wildly popular podcast “Bodega Boys”

    Never heard of it.

    widely used internet shorthand

    Never heard it.

  50. I picked up another cool bit of (pseudo)sociological jargon from Lipstick Alley, this black forum I’ve been perusing: white-adjacency.

    In a thread called Latinos admit they they do benefit from white privilege, I came across the following comments:

    They’re all white-adjacent to me. More racist than white people, more self-hating than brown people, smh.

    This should surprise absolutely no.

    Some of y’all want these spicy whites to be your allies so bad. How many times and in how many ways do they have to say they don’t fuck with black folks until people get it? They are white-adjacent, period. Always have been, always will be.

    (From what I’ve been able to decipher, “fuck with” on that site means something like “willingly interact with” or “get along with,” rather than its more common – or caucacious – meaning of “aggressively mess with.”)

    That’s not what the thread is about. They are speaking about how they sometimes benefit from white privilege, which is true due to their adjacency.

    • Replies: @El Dato
  51. Wilkey says:

    Negrassity (Negrossity?): the ability of blacks to get away with pretty much everything that whites today could never get away with and blame all of their problems on whites.

    A few years ago, on their wildly popular podcast “Bodega Boys,” the comedians Desus Nice and Kid Mero coined the term “caucacity,” which was essentially a portmanteau of Caucasian and audacity. They employed it to marvel at the baffling behaviors of white folks, like a predilection for pumpkin spice anything.

    Yo yo! Pumpkin spice is a flavor with a very appealing smell. Calling out people for liking pumpkin spice is like calling them out for liking chocolate, or vanilla, or watermelon.

    Over time, it became widely used internet shorthand for the ways in which white entitlement, flagrant displays of privilege

    Flagrant white entitlement and privilege: liking pumpkin spice.

    The thing about caucacity is that there are levels to it, and it is safe to say we are at an all-time high. Take, for example, everything about Elizabeth Holmes.

    Such as? Her Pakistani boyfriend?

    The college admissions scandal.

    If Lori Loughlin and her kids were black she wouldn’t have had to buy their way into USC. They would’ve been admitted via affirmative action due to being underprivileged. And Asians never, never, never, ever cheat to get into better colleges. Pinky swear.

    The desire to blame anything other than racism for the terror of the El Paso shooting.

    Or the fact that while any white-on-black murder is automatically assumed to be racist in intent, black-on-white murders are never assumed to be racist.

    As a friend put it to me recently, “This is white people’s job now,” meaning that it’s time for white people to start helping one another see themselves in terms of their race and all the undeserved, inherited privilege that comes with it.

    I’d love to hear about all of these “inherited privileges.”

    Whites don’t force blacks to have children out of wedlock. They don’t force blacks to drop out of high school or get fired from work because they don’t show up. They don’t force blacks to get STD’s more often. Take out any social metrics that could conceivably be affected by “racism” and blacks still do far worse.

    • Replies: @Forbes
  52. Altai says:

    So TL;DR, it’s not enough for non-white filmakers to take antogonistic positions against whites, whites must do it too. The new white man’s burden.

    I also like how she brought up Midsommar. What non-whites were the Swedes oppressing all this time?

    The utter hatred of whites, particularly Northern Europeans finds it amazing expression in how much the very existence of places like Sweden seem to trigger a woman like this who lives thousands of miles away.

    In terms of impact on the world all Sweden does is try to help poor countries, sometimes even stands up for Palestinians and combat global warming while taking an anti-racist stance and yet… blonde blue eyed Nordic people wth their own sense of ethnic identity, language and tradition… triggered.

  53. And yet this writer probably lives in a mostly-white area and would go to great lengths to keep it that way.

    • Replies: @Pericles
    , @Known Fact
  54. Imagine a society that was 100% white. Would there still be white privilege?

    • Replies: @Forbes
  55. Altai says:
    @Hypnotoad666

    You can tell she has severe BPD from her septum piercing.

  56. Altai says:
    @San Fernando Curt

    This is one of the things immigrants of all kinds in all countries get triggered by. Some are self-aware enough but many really do get annoyed when the natives demonstrate an ignorance of their culture, language or pronounciation of their names, because it reminds them that the natives weren’t breathlessly waiting for them at the airport, they didn’t ask for them and wouldn’t care if they left. They’re just not interested in them.

    • Replies: @UrbaneFrancoOntarian
  57. paul marc says:

    We need MORE white caucacity / white audacity.

  58. syonredux says:
    @Altai

    I also like how she brought up Midsommar. What non-whites were the Swedes oppressing all this time?

    Get WOKE, bigot.The mere fact that Swedes exist is oppressive to POC:

    • Replies: @Oddsbodkins
    , @Pericles
  59. Anonymous[375] • Disclaimer says:
    @simple_pseudonymic_handle

    Read more Hegel!

    What does he tell us?

  60. Caucasian audacity in action: a white dyke cops a feel at the Republican booth at the Minnesota State Fair. Gives new meaning to the epithet “Gopher” State, doesn’t it?

    Evidently, “DFL” now means “dykes fondle ladies”.

    Officials: GOP Volunteer Accuses Woman Of Groping Her At State Fair Booth

    State Fair Police Release Photo Of GOP Booth Sexual Assault Suspect

  61. @Altai

    “…..stands up for Palestinians” is the proof they’re evil, in some quarters.

  62. Pericles says:
    @Anonymous

    Lately, I’ve been noticing a steady stream of cultural properties addressing whiteness — … or sideways, with a surrealist, abstract bent, as in the horror tale “Midsommar,” … made by (((white))) filmmakers.

    The woman needs to study her cherished topic of whiteness a bit harder to tease out what is going on. It’s not really difficult, unless, of course, one’s income relies on one not understanding it.

  63. Jesse says:

    There are two trends directing white leftists:

    (1) Normal white people are defecting in response to the rabid anti white rhetoric. They’re not turning into conservatives of any description (sorry guys) but increasingly, if you’re white and on the left, there’s something wrong with you.

    (2) It’s increasingly a way for white people to talk about white people. Even if it means talking about how awful they are, it’s still a break from the constant black-black-black on the left. That’s why the BLM types resent them ai much.

  64. @syonredux

    I’ll see your Swedish caucacity and raise you two Teutonic harpists:

  65. @istevefan

    Whiskey first gave up on white women. Then white men. And now himself. Misery loves company and therefore he wants you with him in the gulag. Subconsciously he is cheering for the collapse of Western civilization just so that he doesn’t look do pathetic in comparison. This is what excessive navel gazing does.

  66. Pericles says:
    @TheMediumIsTheMassage

    This cornball negress needs to stop acting white.

  67. guest says:

    Avoiding whiteness on-screen? Like going to see a Martin Lawrence movie (if he’s still alive)? Or does she mean avoiding the addressment of whiteness? Learn the White Man’s English.

    “see themselves in terms of their race”

    But not really. Just in gross distortions of their race. White identity consciousness unmoored from guilt is the most dangerous thing to these people.

    “It’s a self-examination”

    Otherwise known as self-criticism to Marxists.

    Who in their right mind think it’s “virtually impossible” to convince white progressives of their own white guilt ? These people are the most self-abasing race in human history. They’ve made a veritable religion out of it, with rituals and everything.

  68. Pericles says:
    @syonredux

    The top pic looks like it was taken at the top of the tower of City Hall, aimed at Riddarholmen, which I believe no longer has any permanent residents, only workers. If I’m not mistaken, a bit to the left is an island where Barbara Lerner-Spectre’s nice little taxfunded and civilization-destroying institute Paideia can be found. Behind Riddarholmen is the Old Town and over the bridge can be seen Söder, where the rich hipsters frolic.

    • Replies: @silviosilver
  69. guest says:
    @Mr McKenna

    What’s the name for a thing that’s created to create more things it was created to uncreate?

    • Replies: @Charon
    , @Forbes
    , @bomag
    , @Adam Smith
  70. @Sean

    That’s not a reasonable point at all. The first counter-example that leaps to mind is Bill Cosby, who was raping white women by the dozens for decades, which was apparently a not very well kept secret for a long time. I had heard rumors about it 20 years ago.

    • Replies: @Sean
  71. Anonymous[324] • Disclaimer says:

    As the ancient Bedouin proverb goes ” ‘Tis preferable to endure the wind of a thousand flatulent camels than to hear one word of a fool”.

  72. guest says:
    @Clifford Brown

    I enjoy how different races in the audience immediately get nervous, but for different reasons. The whites I assume because they don’t know what they’re allowed to laugh at. Blacks because they know Jussie’s full of crap but they don’t want to have to admit it publicly.

  73. guest says:
    @syonredux

    Mr. Aster looks to be of the millennial generation. Which means he’s less likely to be a Holocaust-zombie than just another alien who doesn’t like white folk.

  74. Veracitor says:

    The Audacity of Trope

  75. El Dato says:

    The possibility of bumper stickers is vast…

    “Caucacity: Deal With It”
    “Caucacity: You can’t possibly understand”
    “Caucacity: It’s ok!”
    “Caucacity: Non-hidden figures!”
    “Caucacity: Get in, but why the nosering, baby?”
    “Caucacity: Tiny Duck is my homeboy.”
    “Caucacity: I blacklist you”
    “Caucacity: I take everything about Elizabeth Holmes!”
    “Caucacity: I do orbital calculations for fun.”
    “Caucacity: Blacks actually have agency.”

    Anyway, I think the important new construction is “the legacy of privilege”. When did we go from “the legacy of slavery” to “the legacy of privilege”? Soon there will be “the legacy of existence”. And then night raids will ramp up.

    Meanwhile in Clown Universe:

    Allowlist, not whitelist. Blocklist, not blacklist. Goodbye, wtf. Microsoft scans Chromium code, lops off offensive words: Microsoft’s adoption of the Google-developed Chromium browser engine for Edge has resulted in a proposal to cleanse the open-source code of “potentially offensive terms.”

    Issue 981129 in the Chromium bug log lists a suggestion by Microsoft to “cleanup of potentially offensive terms in codebase” aims to rid the software blueprints of language such as whitelist (change to allowlist), blacklist (change to blocklist), “offensive terms using ‘wtf’ as protocol messages,” and other infelicities.

    This bug report was raised by a Microsoft contributor, who stated: “We are just sharing a subset of what PoliCheck scanned for us,” Policheck being “a machine-learned model that another team manages that does context based scanning on hundreds of file formats.”

    The PoliCheck tool seems to have been around in some form for a long while. “Reading that Policheck file was … incredibly educational. I learned all sorts of exotic curse words I didn’t know before,” remarked developer Andrew Gaspar, who described himself as “formerly Windows Core Engineering at Microsoft.”

    Variables “nig1”, “nig2”, “trans” and “chink” shall now be bleached away.

    John Cleese and Rowan Atkinson – Beekeeping

    • Replies: @Haruto Rat
  76. Mr. Blank says:

    Why is the breakup of the US inevitable?

    Because three or four more generations of this, and American “English” will have evolved into mutually incomprehensible dialects. I already have great difficulty understanding much “woke” discourse — they’re using nominally English words, but not in a way I can understand.

    Eventually, standard communication via neutral language will become impossible, and no amount of political tradition will make unity feasible. There might be a lot of chaos and upheaval in the interim, but crap like this makes me think the ultimate result is foreordained.

    I mean, look: I can barely conceive of having a normal 15-minute conversation with the loony lady who wrote this. Do we expect this to get worse or better when we think of, say, 150 years from now?

  77. Don’t know nuffin bout no podcasts, but I’m assuming she’s referring to the Desus and Mero guys who have a late-night kinda-sorta comedy talk show on cable TV, where they basically just laugh at their own jokes, like old-timey Carol Burnett. Even less funny than Carol Burnett, and that’s BEFORE you realize they don’t have a Tim Conway.

    Apparently comedians are starting to notice this thing called “clapter”, which is a combination of clapping and laughter. It means you don’t have to actually say anything that is actually funny, you just have to say things which are Officially Approved; and the audience doesn’t actually laugh, they just signify their approval by clapping. So, your new new comedian gets on stage and says something like, “Donald Trump. I’m just so…… am I right, people? And I mean, white folks these days. I can’t even! Know what I mean?” and the audience doesn’t actually laugh, they just Approve.

    • Agree: Harry Baldwin
  78. Wow, yet another thing for which they expect us to be sorry. I didn’t realise Pumpkin Spice rankled them.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    , @Known Fact
  79. Jack D says:
    @Elli

    virtually impossible to explain to us how we do so.

    It’s magic. That’s the only explanation. White man put bad juju on black man. Objectively, blacks appear to be given every ADvantage – preferential admissions, breaks from law enforcement, etc. but still they do worse after 400 years on American soil while fresh off the boat Asians jump to the head of the class. Only explanation be magic.

  80. Jack D says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    I am just so emotionally tarred right now.

    Tarred like Hillary Clinton speaking in fake Negro dialect? Or tarred like tarred and feathered? Either way it’s racist.

    Isn’t it strange that the people urging you (forcing you if they could) to engage in self-examination seem to be entirely (almost comically if it wasn’t so tragic) lacking in insight concerning themselves? You can tell just from her photos (as well as her prose) that Ms. Wortham possesses an almost unreal level of self-confidence. I mean I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing a nose ring in public.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  81. @Pericles

    There is a Spectre haunting Europe… Barbara Lerner Spectre.

  82. Sean says:
    @Malcolm X-Lax

    Cosby did not continue to get away with child abuse for more than a decade after there was a widely seen video of him having sex with and urinating on an obviously underage girl like R. Kelly did. Nor did Cosby get not guilty verdicts relating to underage girls from 2002 on. There was another video in 2008 that was excluded as evidence because the search warrant lacked probable cause. It is not necessarily the attitude of whites that is being critiqued by Gay.

  83. Aft says:

    Elizabeth Holmes. The college admissions scandal.

    Yes of course, the source of a tiny hint of corruption by the ultra rich (corruption being the norm around most of the world…especially the non-white parts…) has to be “whiteness.”

    And VCs ignorantly giving money to some dumb woman (because she’s a woman!!!) and politicians loading onto her board is because, what else, whiteness. Not some dumb egalitarian anti white male ideology.

  84. Altai says:
    @Anonymous

    In her case, realising she looks like a paler version of her father rather than her mother in any other way. She isn’t Malcolm X living in the ghetto concerned with her community, she grew likely grew up in a middle class or up home and developed BPD over her appearence and that of the white girls around her and her mother.

    That’s it! She has BPD and doesn’t feel like she fits in and wants desperately to feel ‘okay’ and accepted. She has decided the reason is ‘whiteness’ and wants to dismantle or stretch the meaning of ‘whitenss’ to include her. She seems to have given up on the latter. A war on white communual cohesion and a desire to make them constantly reflect on how she feels they don’t accept her or rather that she feels she doesn’t live up to group standards of fitting in is what she is about. Normal girl with psychological vulnerablity to BPD + Racially alien to her peers = BLM style activist. At no point will her activism have any serious policy elements or specific demands because it’s about making her feel less rejected or lashing at the group she feels has rejected her.

    A previous poster suggested she doesn’t really want to write such articles and the editor is making her as a young mixed race woman do this. I don’t think so based on her appearence, the septum piercing alone is a 100% garauntee of BPD.

  85. I just don’t get how these people don’t get bored with their perpetual idiocies. Granted, there are themes that, from our contemporary perspective, look sterile & bizarre – for instance, some dilemmas from the decadent phase of Scholastic philosophy.

    Perhaps ethnopsychology, soft science still in infancy, will have provided some clues ….

  86. Black pseudointellectuals have proven they have nothing to offer and never will. If teh West could just send them back to Africa and send the Jews to Mars, we could get on with repairing civilization. I have never been able to actually be a part of the feminist cause, which is a righteous cause, but these lowlifes and specifically black women will do anything they can to destroy it. They hate white women with a passion. And the white Stepford feminists just attack me as a racist for pointing out the racism of black women towards whites. Somehow I am still too afraid to talk about race, they say.

    There is also a discourse about narcissism in this culture and the black community, which has no leaders, no one who ever called out the real source of their problems, which is the CIA running drugs into their communities — oh wait a white guy named Gary Webb died for that — and the Republicats who they vote for year after year — the black community is as narcissist as t hey come. They do not care for the common good — only their group, just like the Jews. I am white in a person of color community and I work every day to get out of this ghetto. They are mostly disgusting and uncivilized — mainly the men who are most uncivilized. I am moving to the whitest place I can, but even there there will be a local Jewish power office to deal with on Main Street. I feel like I have no home and I am constantly attacked as an outsider (gentrifier). I have no home. How’s that for caucacity? And the Jews are the refugees? Get out of here. They made us all squatters and turned blacks into their bot attackers.

    Honestly people like this writer should just be shot.

  87. @Reg Cæsar

    I thought this was a video of field day at Malcolm X High School in Newark.

  88. @More R1b, Less H1B

    I will give her credit in identifying how SWPL it is to love pumpkin spice. Sadly the actual SWPL blog is no longer being updated.

    While “This American Life” doesn’t have its own entry, it is part of an overarching entry on public radio.

    https://stuffwhitepeoplelike.com/2008/01/31/44-public-radio/

    Sadly, there is no entry for, or mention of, Terry Gross.

  89. Charon says:
    @guest

    Is that what Steve calls a self-licking ice cream cone? Given that so many of the alleged hate crimes are actually hoaxes, and that so many of the perps are black or jewish, and she’s not allowed to mention either fact (even if she wanted to, which she doesn’t) I’d say she has her work cut out for her.

    Bad enough that there aren’t enough white people to spread around the public schools. What’ll we do when there aren’t enough to blame hate crime hoaxes on? Commit more hoaxes I guess. Some always stick.

  90. Buzz Mohawk says: • Website

    And what a relief. As a friend put it to me recently, “This is white people’s job now,” meaning that it’s time for white people to start helping one another see themselves in terms of their race

    Hey wow! Does this mean it’s okay now for us to do that?

  91. Anonymous[165] • Disclaimer says:

    I can tell from her professional head shot that the author is a very serious person.

    They are rooting so hard for Chetty (despite his inability to return anything other than Exactly What You’d Expect) because he could provide Scientific proof of White Privilege. The language of Progressive Racism (white privilege) permeates nearly all of academic and scientific literature, but the source of the premises is in soft, subjective studies.

  92. @Jack D

    I was thinking of it either way. The racism comes natural.

    I’d never wear a nose ring just for safety reasons, but then I’m no high-self-esteemed Lesgro either.

  93. @Oddsbodkins

    I first heard “creative” used as a noun when I got a job in advertising. If you were a copywriter or art director, you were “a creative.”

    • Replies: @Known Fact
  94. peterike says:

    White privilege.

    White privilege.

    White privilege.

    White privilege.

    White privilege.

    Yet these people built a nation.

  95. njguy73 says:
    @New Dealer

    New Dealer, this is the best comment I’ve ever seen on this site.

    • Replies: @New Dealer
  96. njguy73 says:
    @Whiskey

    Dude, what happened, man? You’re, like, all bummed out and shit. What gives?

  97. @Altai

    I think it comes from their more rigid caste/class system back home. For instance, an immigrant who comes to America is likely from a high rank, where he gets preferential treatment and all the little people bow down to him.

    Once in America, he can go to the back of the line with the rest of the scum. This seems to enrage them.

    But yes, generally the best thing is to just ignore all non whites, they do desperately want our attention, and to make us act like them.

    • Replies: @Altai
  98. Jimbo says:
    @Anonymousse

    They are going to miss the white obliviousness to their own race when it’s gone.

  99. Mr. Anon says:
    @Anonymousse

    it’s time for white people to start helping one another see themselves in terms of their race

    Yes.

    Agree. White people need to start doing this. One might even say that white people need to become realists on the matter.

  100. As a friend put it to me recently, “This is white people’s job now,” meaning that it’s time for white people to start helping one another see themselves in terms of their race and all the undeserved, inherited privilege that comes with it.

    I appreciate the offer (command? order?), Jenniqua, but I’m not looking for work right now, and I’m pretty sure “white people‘s job now” doesn’t pay enough to sustain my undeserved (except for the showing up everyday for decades in various places and doing work valuable enough to be paid for) and inherited (total cash received from my grandparents and parents “estates”: $0.00) lifestyle.

    Thanks for thinking about me, though…

    You know, Jemima, I think if you tightened up your sentences a bit, your writing would have a little more impact. For instance, if you trimmed the above sentence down to this, I’d probably have to agree:

    ”It’s time for white people to start helping one another see themselves in terms of their race.”

  101. @The Alarmist

    I’ll take a pumpkin spice latte over purple drank, thank you.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  102. Woodsie says: • Website
    @Clifford Brown

    I can’t watch Desus and Mero; I’ve tried but the cross-talk makes them unbearable. But I watched enough of this clip to find out that the New York Times employee does not have an education. Why is the paper of record hiring the unschooled? Her articles should be prefaced with a clip of John Cleese saying, “and now for something completely different.”

  103. Clemsnman says:

    In my experience we need to stop accusing various POC’s of hating whitey. Most of them don’t, but the lefty woke whites do, and they find POC mascots to do their bidding.

    Most black people would agree with Chappelle’s take on things, but they will stay silent while progressives of any race call it problematic.

    Our real problem is the woke whites ruining everything for everybody and spitting on the accomplishments of our forefathers and using brown people as the excuse for it. Your common everyday brown people get it, which is why they want to come here and aren’t afraid of being a victim of white privilege.

    • Replies: @silviosilver
  104. Neuday says:
    @Joe, Averaged

    They come here because Americans, with all their cool stuff, are weak and easily conned, cowed or killed. If you want cool stuff for free, America’s the place to be.

  105. @Marquandian Hero

    Since then, I have tended to believe that everything the NYT wants me to believe is unearned, inherited privilege is, instead, a reflection of empirically demonstrated greater talent, industry, and ability…at least some of which is also inherited but not therefore undeserved, rather, as I gradually came to realize, a goodly heritage of which to be proud.

    Why does no one ask a simple question – what would the absolute value of “white privilege” be in a nation in which 85%-90% of people were white? It would seem to be marginal at best, and probably negligible most of the time. Being in the top 90% doesn’t seem rarefied to me.

    • Replies: @silviosilver
  106. “This is white people’s job now” (sic)

    soooo… since Jemima is, at least, half white, does that make this a part-time job for her? I’d guess, given her skin tone and facial structure, she’s in for a good 20-32 hours a week, you know, helping white peoples “see themselves in terms of their race”.

  107. Nonsense, Mandrake… it’s all about fluoridation. FLUORIDATION!

  108. El Dato says:

    Speaking of Caucacity, it’s Party Time in the Lands of the Million-Year Tragedy

    S. Africa descends into chaos amid widespread riots, looting & violence against foreigners (VIDEOS)

    Mamma mia.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  109. Jenna Wortham is an “assaulted intellectual.”

    Chicago Civil Servant, who I believe is Second City Bureaucrat, cites the great Mary Matossian in this article:

    https://theamericansun.com/2019/08/27/ideologies-of-delayed-informatization/

    Matossian might have be a “thot” but she’s a smart thot, eh, boys?

  110. @Anonymous

    You have to read the guy, not any TL/DR.

    Begin with the references here:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master%E2%80%93slave_dialectic

    The TL/DR goes something along the line of:

    in order to survive the slave must understand the master and the converse is not true at all. Slaves are usually smarter than masters. There are millions of Americans who are one small calamity removed from homelessness. The government is poised atop a powder keg. There is evidence that the arrow of envy ought objectively point from them to us which is perhaps a small consolation prize.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @J.Ross
  111. Forbes says:
    @guest

    A self-fulfilling prophecy? A self-licking ice cream cone? A daisy chain? Government bureaucracy?

    Surely, there’s a Murphy’s Law Parkinson’s Law about the job or workload that expands to fill the time allotted.

  112. C’mon, fellow White People – hate each other, and yourselves, a bit harder! PoC – whoever they are! – know you have it in you.

  113. @Anon

    We need to have a national conversation (this means a hectoring lecture) about Black Fragility and Black Entitlement.

  114. bomag says:
    @guest

    LOL

    Or for someone hired to direct attention away from actual haters onto an approved hate group.

  115. Gordo says:

    A few years ago, on their wildly popular podcast “Bodega Boys,” the comedians Desus Nice and Kid Mero coined the term “caucacity,” which was essentially a portmanteau of Caucasian and audacity.

    And several more years ago, in his wildy popular newspaper “Der Angriff”, Joseph Goebbels coined the term “journaille,” which was essentially a portmanteau of journalist and canaille.

    • LOL: El Dato
  116. bomag says:
    @New Dealer

    Pretty good, but I’d note that double think from the Right is not currently getting embedded in statutory law and school curriculum.

  117. Ibound1 says:

    Going to the Moon? Caucacity!
    The Electronic Computer? Caucacity!
    Television and Radio? Caucacity!
    The Communications Satellite? Caucacity!
    The Polio Vaccine? Caucacity!
    Gene Editing? Caucacity!
    Clean water from a tap? Caucacity!
    Ending the Slave Trade? Caucacity!
    D-Day? Caucacity!
    Climbing Mt Everest? Caucacity!
    Parliamentary Democracy ? Caucacity !

  118. bailey says:

    “caucacity” is okay, but my friend coined “blattitude” which is much, much funnier.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  119. Forbes says:
    @Wilkey

    Flagrant white entitlement and privilege:

    –Staying in school and graduate with diploma.
    –Attending college and earning a degree.
    –Getting a job and staying employed.
    –Not committing crime.
    –Avoiding drug and alcohol abuse.
    –No children without marriage.

    I confess to committing flagrant white entitlement and privilege.

  120. ATBOTL says:

    What’s more interesting to talk about is how we are NOT seeing boomer/MAGA type conservatives embracing their own racial identity. As whites are openly under attack, white discontent is growing, but is more often than not taking the impotent forms of civnatism and “Democrats are the real racists.”

    I wish Steve would spend less time analyzing the left over and over and more time analyzing the DR3 thinking of the normie white right. Even as whites are nearing minority status and violent hostility to whites is mainstream, whites resist embracing their own identity and keep hiding behind versions of the “I’m colorblind” cop out.

  121. Forbes says:
    @glacial_erratic

    An alternative form of grievance and victimhood (“othering”) would be “discovered.”

  122. “White progressives can be the most difficult for people,” Robin DiAngelo writes in her groundbreaking book, “White Fragility,”

    I don’t think Jenna knows what “groundbreaking” means. Writing the 800,000th book/paper/article on white privilege and black black blackedy black is not “groundbreaking”.

    Moving on, has any other society spent so much time and attention on its biggest losers? One can be charitable and argue that none of black America’s predicament is their fault; one can argue that all of their dysfunction is their fault; or you can argue that there are many different contributing factors and some are nobody’s fault. But you can’t argue that they’re not losers. They come in last at pretty much everything good (income, wealth, health, etc), and come in first in everything bad (crime, illegitimacy, diabetes). It would seem that a society should spend more time and attention on its best aspects and hope that by improving things for all, life for the losers will be improved as well.

    I think a Martian would find this all very bizarre, as I’m sure historians looking back some day will.

    • Replies: @Known Fact
  123. @guest

    What’s the name for a thing that’s created to create more things it was created to uncreate?

    Bureaucracy

  124. David says:

    It seems the word causticity should appear in this thread. Soon the phrases “caustic caucacity” and “causticity of caucacity” will be on lips across the nation.

  125. @MikeatMikedotMike

    Our growing problem is really a paucity of caucaucity

    • Replies: @95Theses
  126. the term “caucacity,” which was essentially a portmanteau of Caucasian and audacity

    It’s a tortuguage.

  127. @PiltdownMan

    Does she self-identify as a poodle?

  128. Vinteuil says:
    @simple_pseudonymic_handle

    Read more Hegel!

    Quite possibly the worst advice that anybody could ever give anybody else.

    There might be a few commentaries on Hegel that are worth a glance.

  129. Thea says:
    @Daniel H

    So Everyone dislikes white progressives- even white progressives themselves.

  130. nebulafox says:

    “that it’s time for white people to start helping one another see themselves in terms of their race.”

    OK, I’ll break my promise and bite today.

    So these people are basically suggesting that *after* you bombard white people with the fact that they are… white, making it an active cornerstone of their identity, that they will subsequently… to act completely contrary to their race’s interests? Especially as life in the USA gets ever more pressure-filled and competitive by the year thanks to the calculated rentier policies of our elites? And the traditional national cohesion that is the one thing that could potentially transcend, or at least somewhat mitigate ethnic identity in a multi-racial society, is actively discouraged by both major political parties?

    Dumb. Dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb. Idiots, the lot of them. There’s absolutely no precedent in human history for any group of people doing that action B right after that social programming A. This is almost calculated to ensure the opposite result. I occasionally wonder if that’s what they truly want, in reality, but given what we’ve observed from our ruling class over the past 20 years, I have to come to the conclusion that they really are this stupid. Perhaps the most astounding thing to take into account is that other countries have had coups and revolutions over less stupid and venal rulers under similar simmering economic and social circumstances. They are akin to retarded children playing with matches near a gas tank.

  131. J.Ross says:
    @Lurker

    There are no honest assertions of popularity or unpopularity by our Soviet media, and they still think that talking about the internet is license to make things up.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  132. 95Theses says:

    Why do comments no longer immediately appear? I can’t think of a single comment I haven’t edited upon posting. What’s up with that? Am I being shadow banned?

  133. J.Ross says:
    @El Dato

    Who could have foreseen that tolerating lawlessness when the victims just happened to be white would spill over into intra-African (targeting of non-native blacks) rioting?

  134. Jack D says:
    @simple_pseudonymic_handle

    Slaves are usually smarter than masters.

    I guess Hegel didn’t know any Negroes.

  135. J1234 says:

    Now that the lack of black perspectives in journalism has been addressed, we can move on to society’s next great crisis of privilege and inequality: the lack of airline pilots with Down’s Syndrome.

  136. nebulafox says:
    @Sean

    She does have a point, although probably not the one the New York Times wants you to come to. We are, as a nation, remarkably indifferent to Iraq War-esque levels of casualties in inner city Chicago or Baltimore. We are, as a nation, obsessed-well, at least for a week or so, which is probably the maximum time limit your average American attention span has in the age of Twitter-with mass shootings elsewhere.

    Why’s that? I think it is simple: most Americans can envision themselves as a victim of one, and not of the other, black people included. No matter how verboten it is to state, everybody knows that if you stay away from urban war zones, or at the very least the drug trade within them, you aren’t going to end up on the wrong side of a dealer’s gun. That’s why the overwhelming majority of those dead within inner cities are not just black, but the typical demographic of every problem-causing trend in human history: in their 20s or 30s, underclass, male, and with few prospects in life, the kind of guy who in another time and place would have been attracted to the Nazi Party or to ISIS. Hardly surprising that people who don’t fit all of the above don’t worry about themselves becoming victims, including people in the media, invariably affluent and educated, regardless of race.

    Mass shooter? A lot more Americans can envision that happening to themselves or their spouses or their kids during mundane daily activities. Race, sex, education, profession, age: none of that gives you protection against a mass shooter who happens to target where you are at, for whatever reason.

    What goes on in inner city Baltimore is decried as awful by the Beautiful People, of course, but tacitly accepted as a part of life and not the business of people outside of it in practice. And within the ghetto, as people who want a better life for themselves flee-just as the black middle class left on the heels of the white one in the 1970s-the problem is just going to get worse. Already you see a lot of former Chicago South-siders who decided they didn’t want their 13 year old to get accidentally shot while shooting hoops in the exurbs of Atlanta and Dallas: and they are the ones who have the skills and the education to get out, leading to predictably dysgenic trends.

    • Replies: @Sean
  137. Altai says:
    @UrbaneFrancoOntarian

    That certainly plays a decisive role for high caste Indians but I’m not sure about other groups.

  138. Jack D says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    Yes, people who live in glass houses….

    I mean here is someone whose aesthetic choices involve dressing up not unlike a clown (while at the same time projecting a complete lack of self-awareness that this is the effect that is being produced) and (partly) from a race whose main hobby seems to be shooting each other for the slightest offense and she is criticizing whites for favoring a harmless spice blend?

    On the Reddit site there is a subforum called “Roast Me” where (mostly 20 somethingish) guys and gals post their picture and a few brief biographical details and invite the readers to “roast” them – criticize them but preferably in a humorous way. (I can’t say I can understand the motivation but it’s not my generation). Mostly it is white people with some diverse Asians and even Latinos thrown in there, but rarely rarely do you see a brother or a sister. They are more into self-esteem than being roasted and probably everyone else would be afraid of criticizing them for fear of being called “racist”. There is usually not much to go on for the roasting, so haircuts are frequently mentioned (someone with a very short crew cut – “Did you get that haircut at Auschwitz?”) but who would dare criticize black hairstyles – in some places it’s now literally a crime.

    • Replies: @nebulafox
  139. This “caucacity” b.s.–along with all of minoritarianism–is blown up by the simple phrase:

    “Separation”

    Or more explicitly, “You think we’re your problem, ok fine, we’ll get out of your way into our own nation over here”.

    That’s the deal with minoritarianism–logical incoherence. If the majority is oppressing you … why are you here? The plain truth is minorities are glommed onto the white gentile majority, not the other way around.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  140. @Lurker

    I’d never heard of “caucacity” before today. On the other hand, as my wife will attest with a sigh, I’ve been verbally referencing “negrosity” for decades

  141. El Dato says:
    @Anonymous

    It’s as if someone was directing them.

  142. @El Dato

    Coders swear a lot. Look up “linux kernel swear counts”.

  143. El Dato says:
    @silviosilver

    It sounds like a discussion board of the surly subhumans of the Galactic Edge trying to make it nearer to Corsucant.

  144. Beach says:
    @Peterike

    “Wortham identifies entirely as black.” That’s where the money is; just ask Obama.

  145. Jack D says:
    @J.Ross

    In order to see something you have to WANT to see it. I don’t know whether you have been following what has been going on in Hong Kong but from the POV of the Chicoms in Beijing and their puppets in HK, the troubles were the result of “a few troublemakers” perhaps inspired or paid for by the Americans (even though there was no evidence of the latter). Even after millions of people started marching in the streets, in their heads it was still “a few agitators”. The same thing went on with the US leadership regarding Vietnam.

    From the POV of those in power, dissenting voices are rarely welcomed and the natural tendency is to dismiss them as somehow being invalid or unrepresentative, despite any evidence to the contrary. After all, YOU represent the POV that is on the side of right – how could these others have anything useful to say given that they are wrong to begin with- possibly even in the service of a foreign power? You tend to develop your own echo chamber, like Pauline Kael who couldn’t understand how Nixon was elected given that no one that she knew voted for him. Elite media circles in America nowadays are an echo chamber par excellence – anyone with even vaguely rightist sympathies is blacklisted and the token “conservatives” aren’t really.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  146. El Dato says:
    @Altai

    The Protocols of the Elders of Stockholm is a condemnation of all that is Swedish.

    That and their despicable behaviour during the 30 years’ war.

  147. Jack D says:
    @AnotherDad

    Fine, they will take America – you can go somewhere else.

    Look at the Bahamas. (Look at the mess that is now the Bahamas which somehow the US will have to pay for cleaning up). It was started as a white colony but (without any revolution like in Haiti) it is now 85% black.

    • Replies: @AnotherDad
  148. @TheMediumIsTheMassage

    Well notice in that one picture how she poses in front of what seems to be graffiti — so we know she’s edgy and has street cred (or wall cred in this case). Posing in front of an undefaced building, or God forbid a tree, would send too privileged a message

  149. @Jack D

    I believe his analog might have been Epictetus. He studied the classics and the Greeks and Romans had a lot of European slaves.

    • Replies: @Vinteuil
  150. J.Ross says:
    @Jack D

    That’s broadly true but, as the commenter above demonstrated, a lot of this stuff is quantifiable and checkable, and a professional journalist (who probably spends all day online) should be aware of that.

  151. J.Ross says:
    @simple_pseudonymic_handle

    This might be true of classical slavery, where a great Roman house would usually have a sort of majordomo or captain waiter who was doing what we might consider to be high level managerial and planning work, but not true of agricultural chattel slavery.

  152. nebulafox says:
    @Jack D

    >(I can’t say I can understand the motivation but it’s not my generation)

    In a world where you need to lie routinely to get anywhere in life, candid, well-intentioned criticism that is simultaneously relatively anonymous is worth its weight in gold.

    >I don’t know whether you have been following what has been going on in Hong Kong but from the POV of the Chicoms in Beijing and their puppets in HK, the troubles were the result of “a few troublemakers” perhaps inspired or paid for by the Americans (even though there was no evidence of the latter).

    Well, Beijing genuinely believes that there are a lot of people in Washington who want China to fall apart like the USSR did, and the party bosses aren’t very good understanding the psychology of people who aren’t like themselves: middle-aged managerial types. Note the positive reception Trump got in Xinhua for taking a very Westphalian view toward HK. I’d be very fascinated to learn what Xi really thinks of the Mueller fiasco.

    But I don’t think they need to worry because generally speaking, mainlanders tend to view Hong Kongers as a bunch of snobs living off a reputation they’ve ceased to earn, who can’t get over the fact that Shenzhen is rapidly closing in on HK. 15 years ago, they would have had to have really worry. Not so much anymore. It does not help HK that most of the finance has relocated to Shanghai.

    (Hong Konger views on mainlanders are similar to how Singaporean Chinese view PRC immigrants: boorish, crude hicks-and in the case of Singapore, racist-who bring back all the uncouth peasant habits they got rid of and don’t know how to use their newfound wealth. Not a lot of love lost on either side, TBH, although again, there’s more pro-PRC sentiment among Hong Kong’s aspiring techies who want closer connects to Shenzhen than the MSM would imply. LRC’s input would be highly valuable here.)

    >Elite media circles in America nowadays are an echo chamber par excellence – anyone with even vaguely rightist sympathies is blacklisted and the token “conservatives” aren’t really.

    You can replace that with just elite circles, period. Military, political, economic. It’s all a massive bubble. They are so used to having their way over the past couple of decades that they genuinely can’t understand why they aren’t popular. But the center’s not holding: as the mainstream in both parties refuse to effectively address what most Americans want them to address, voters will gravitate to politicians who will.

    This is not a recipe for happy times.

  153. Ian Smith says:
    @Peterike

    The offspring of white mothers and (usually AWOL) black fathers are some of the most militantly blackety black.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  154. Sean says:
    @nebulafox

    And within the ghetto, as people who want a better life for themselves flee-just as the black middle class left on the heels of the white one in the 1970s-the problem is just going to get worse. .

    I think that you conflate the cause and effect of black areas’ dysfunction. Racial integration allowed the higher SES blacks to leave. Those areas spiralled down by a vicious cycle into hell hole ghettos as a result of the black middle class leaving what were at the time orderly neighborhoods. The absence of a class limiting the street-blacks put ghettos in the hands of drug dealers and gangs. Whole Third World countries are now undergoing the same process.

    Already you see a lot of former Chicago South-siders who decided they didn’t want their 13 year old to get accidentally shot while shooting hoops in the exurbs of Atlanta and Dallas: and they are the ones who have the skills and the education to get out, leading to predictably dysgenic trends

    Blogger Fabius Maximus said as a social worker in black ghettos during the Seventies it was his observation that every girl living there had to be in a sexual relationship with local youths to survive. Denzions of black areas know a 13 year old son might get shot, but what would happen to their 13 year old daughter will be inevitable, and with R.Kelly maybe blasting out as a musical accompaniment. I think what Gay was complaining about is black tolerance for rampaging ravishment of girls barely in their teens. No, you would not get away with that against white girls.

  155. lavoisier says: • Website
    @istevefan

    Agree.

    No retreat, no surrender are the only words a man should live by.

  156. Jack D says:
    @Ian Smith

    Can you say “Obama”?

    The white mother (or grandmother) who makes you do your homework every night is a pain in the ass and you know all of her faults intimately since you are with her 24/7. Your absent black father is mythical, heroic, perfect and without fault. His photo (which is all you have of him except for the visage that stares back at you in the mirror) never yells at you.

  157. Jack D says:
    @nebulafox

    Well, Beijing genuinely believes that there are a lot of people in Washington who want China to fall apart like the USSR did,

    Sure, and there are a lot of people in Washington who genuinely believe that the Rooshians put Trump into office, but belief is not a substitute for facts or reality. If you are deeply unpopular with your own people (but don’t think that you deserve to be – in fact you think that you deserve to be loved) then blaming your lack of popularity on “outside interference” is very easy and tempting – much easier than honest self-criticism. But in the long run, the only way to succeed is to join the “reality based community”. Wrong diagnoses always lead to wrong treatments.

    • Replies: @Johann Ricke
  158. @Jack D

    If you are deeply unpopular with your own people (but don’t think that you deserve to be – in fact you think that you deserve to be loved) then blaming your lack of popularity on “outside interference” is very easy and tempting – much easier than honest self-criticism.

    I seriously doubt Xi Jinping much cares, as long as he gets to remain head honcho. At the root of the problem is the fact that people don’t like having other people make both big and small decisions for them. But the whole point of a dictatorship is that the dictator and his underlings get to use the nation’s resources – manpower and material alike – to advance their personal goals. Maintaining the delicate balance between popular revolution, insider coup and periodic concessions to stave off both while maintaining personal power is a full-time job and then some.

  159. @njguy73

    Thanks, and I’m glad you said something. I put careful work into it.

    It’s my way of trying to stay sane. Otherwise, it’s “We’ve always been at war with Oceania.”

  160. @nebulafox

    Hong Konger views on mainlanders are similar to how Singaporean Chinese view PRC immigrants: boorish, crude hicks-and in the case of Singapore, racist-who bring back all the uncouth peasant habits they got rid of and don’t know how to use their newfound wealth. Not a lot of love lost on either side, TBH, although again, there’s more pro-PRC sentiment among Hong Kong’s aspiring techies who want closer connects to Shenzhen than the MSM would imply. LRC’s input would be highly valuable here.

    I think this is all pretty accurate, Nebulafox.

    The situation here really isn’t good. Although HK’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam yesterday finally withdrew the proposed extradition legislation that sparked off this crisis, there’s a widespread sense it’s too late. I sincerely hope this is wrong.

    I’ve been amazed — and that’s a word I try to avoid using, but here it’s warranted — by the way the US media, political parties, and people in general have finally found an issue on which they can agree: that is, the HK protesters are good, and the HK and PRC governments, and especially the HK police, are evil.

    It seems US righties perceive the hard-core protesters to be freedom fighters who are just like the founding fathers. I’ve read a couple of articles (one at the Federalist, I think?) explicitly laying out all the ways in which Joshua Wong and his protest crew are not like Anitifa AT ALL, even though they dress just the same (all black, with facemasks); they provoke and openly attack the police (and anyone else who stands up to them) with increasingly deadly force and guerilla-war tactics, including lately many Molotov cocktails; and they engage in widespread vandalism and sabotage of HK’s infrastructure, causing serious damage, disruption, and danger.

    US lefties, on the other hand, perceive the hard-core protesters to be just like Antifa, so they love them unconditionally.

    I’ve got to admit the latter view is more accurate.

    The protests here started off peacefully, with a very broad base of support from HK people. But as is the case in so many (nearly all?) protest/revolutionary movements, it’s the radicals who hijack the momentum, and turn it in a dark and ugly direction.

    It’s now been over three months straight here with ongoing protests. At first they were confined to weekends, but now there’s some kind of disruption nearly every day. The violence and mayhem are escalating.

    I can’t speak for everyone here, but my perception is that typical HK people, even if they themselves may have orginally supported and even participated in the original anti-extradition marches back in June, are now royally sick of the radical protesters and want them stopped.

    The problem is that so far the HK Police — whether they are being reined in by politicians, or because they are inadequate to the task — are failing to maintain order. I have tremendous sympathy for the police here; they are spat upon, mocked, and goaded by the protesters in every way imaginable, and they have generally been quite restrained in their actions. Every single move they make is filmed and distributed in clips all around the city almost immediately, and every time they arrest a protester who resists (and many of them do), any degree of force they use is mercilessly critiqued. HK has for so long been a peaceful and orderly city that I think many here are shocked by police actions they perceive as ‘abuse’ or ‘brutality’, but which would be utterly unremarkable in the USA.

    So how is it going to end? Everyone overseas thinks HK people dread the coming of the PLA, and from a big-picture perspective, that’s true. But the protesters themselves lust for direct confrontation with the PRC; they are doing everything they can to provoke it. I guess they believe it would escalate their ‘revolution’ to the international level, and that somehow HK might break free of the PRC. This is not going to happen.

    There are also plenty of ordinary people here who would now love for order to be restored and for the protesters to be ‘taught a lesson’. Yes, HK is distinct from the PRC, and proudly so. But many people in the West seriously underestimate the patriotism that also exists here.

    I’ve gone on long enough. Let’s see what happens this coming weekend. The HK government has made its first big concession with the withdrawing of the extradition bill, so I hope and pray this will result in some cooling off on all sides.

  161. nebulafox says:
    @The Last Real Calvinist

    Lovely that you could chime in here to give us the facts, please keep doing so, I’m planning on taking some serious time off here to double-down on my rapidly changing life. I broke my promise today. So would you say that all the triads and working stiffs are pretty annoyed? MSM will never bring this up, but a majority of Americans sided with the Ohio state guard after Kent State. It’s not that they were pro-Vietnam, nobody was at that point with withdrawal being government policy, but they were anti-protester by that point: and I’m thinking a similar dynamic might take off here if things don’t cool soon.

    >I’ve been amazed — and that’s a word I try to avoid using, but here it’s warranted — by the way the US media, political parties, and people in general have finally found an issue on which they can agree: that is, the HK protesters are good, and the HK and PRC governments, and especially the HK police, are evil.

    It’s almost like the American government, media, and people have learned nothing over the past 20 years of foreign policy fiascos.

    Here’s my addition onto this: nobody seems to understand that most of the 20-somethings are pissed off about not being able to start families because rents are ridiculous and wages are too low. The crux of the matter is not annoyance over democracy beyond the hardcore activist types or their version of the Antifa who get their jollies off of chaos: which should be a good thing, because the former can be addressed without massive bloodshed and the latter can’t be.

    Hong Kong is a highly liberal city at the height of any human index you can think of. But it has not, nor has ever been a democracy: the place existed before 1997.

    >I guess they believe it would escalate their ‘revolution’ to the international level, and that somehow HK might break free of the PRC. This is not going to happen.

    What irritates me is that our idiot Senators and reporters are going to get these kids needlessly killed by promising them Wilsonian nonsense that will never happen, like that we’re seriously going to support them if the PLA comes marching in. I’m hardly Trump’s biggest fan, but I’ll give him his due: his brutal honesty about this is needed, and it sucks that it is being compulsively challenged by everything mainstream in American politics.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  162. @Marquandian Hero

    If white’s are not supreme, who is?
    Man is a hierarchical creature.

  163. Jack D says:
    @The Last Real Calvinist

    I don’t think that anyone really thinks that independence is in the cards. Preserving 1 country/2 systems and having free local elections instead of being ruled by Beijing appointed stooges would be nice and is not an unfair aspiration. This is what people thought “1 country 2 systems” meant in ’97. People are disturbed by the trend (both in HK and in Beijing). Instead of become more democratic over time, they are becoming more dictatorial. This is not how people imagined things were going to evolve. People were at least hopeful that it would be more like Taiwan or S. Korea where prosperity created the space for democracy.

    I think you are playing a game where you are ascribing ambitions that they don’t really have to the protesters and then condemning them based upon the positions that you have imagined for them. Show me where the protesters are asking for HK independence? Do they want to joint NATO while they are at it?

    If Beijing wants to lure Taiwan back into the fold, what they are doing in HK is having the opposite effect.

    The HK government has made its first big concession with the withdrawing of the extradition bill, so I hope and pray this will result in some cooling off on all sides.

    This is a day late and a dollar short. If Lam had done this back when she “suspended” the bill instead, this might have worked, but now events have moved on and it’s not going to be enough. The concession was not freely offered – she had to be dragged kicking and screaming into it, months too late. In life, timing is everything. The deal you could have had 6 months ago is not the deal that you can have today.

  164. Jack D says:
    @nebulafox

    It’s only idiotic if you lose. The Hungarians in ’56 were “idiots” and the E. Germans in ’89 were “smart”. Now Beijing ’19 is more like Moscow ’56 than Moscow ’89, but Beijing has its own considerations here – they could have rolled the tanks already but they haven’t and they would prefer not to. So the protesters have a certain amount of space in which to operate. Could they go too far and bring the tanks upon themselves? Sure, but it hasn’t happened yet and they still have some rope left. I don’t want to get innocents killed but I also don’t want to see them lose the freedoms that they have and were supposed to keep under “2 systems”.

    • Replies: @nebulafox
    , @Johann Ricke
  165. nebulafox says:
    @Jack D

    I’m not calling the protesters idiotic. Though I think the American media gets the ultimate motivation of many in Hong Kong wrong, and I don’t think egging the police station is going to improve their situation anymore than the Flying Pig of Chicago in summer ’68 brought peace to Vietnam, I think most of the 20-somethings in HK have a lot of justification to be angry at their lot. Rentier policies are ruining their lives: or more specifically, not letting them even get started with them. When your society can’t afford family formation for an average citizen, you are in trouble. Adding in creepy-state surveillance and social control on top of that is just throwing fuel onto the fire.

    No, I’m calling the Monday Morning Quarterbacks who are implying that the USA is going to have their back idiotic. And that’s the best thing you can call them. They aren’t the ones who will get killed because they just happened to be full of crap.

    > Now Beijing ’19 is more like Moscow ’56 than Moscow ’89, but Beijing has its own considerations here – they could have rolled the tanks already but they haven’t and they would prefer not to.

    Agreed. This is the model they’d like to sell to Taiwan, and if there’s another Tiananmen, eventual reunification a few decades down the line is going to be primarily force rather than just partly force.

    So, the question is: what would be the best way of maximizing the chance that Beijing doesn’t do that?

    I think a great first step-and the only one that the USA can actually control-would be to not give credence in any way, shape or form to Chinese propaganda about the students being controlled or influenced by Washington. Let’s keep America visibly out of it. Protestors realize that they are better off focusing on their practical grievances rather than demanding something that has never existed in Hong Kong-and that the majority of the protesters don’t really care about anyway. Beijing realizes that, whatever they might privately believe is really going on, the world’s not going to believe them if they send in the troops in the age of YouTube.

    As far as America is concerned, it’ll also perhaps send the point home that President Trump (who has openly tried to assert reality, to the outrage of All Of The Wise People, not to mention his own aides) genuinely does not want conflict over this issue and that anything going on with reporters or Senators does not have his approval as Commander in Chief. Maybe they’ll even believe that he wants this problem to go away as much as they do, but the deep state is giving him serious problems and it’d be wise to let him rest easy in 2020, lest they end up with another human rights-oriented person in the WH.

    It transforms from great big political clash to local unrest about stagnating living standards and declassment. Heads cool. Deals can be made. Nobody wants the unrest again, so everybody works to prevent it. Everybody breathes a big sigh of relief.

    Best possible scenario. Let’s work toward that.

  166. @Harry Baldwin

    It can also be a noun referring to the marketing material itself. We had one client who kept urging us to “pump out the creative.”

  167. @The Alarmist

    Are they going to rummage through Stuff White People Like and start bitching about dogs, farm markets and Subarus next?

    • Replies: @donvonburg
    , @The Alarmist
  168. @Tiny Duck

    Tiny Duck:

    Are you Jewish by any chance?

  169. @Jack D

    It’s only idiotic if you lose. The Hungarians in ’56 were “idiots” and the E. Germans in ’89 were “smart”. Now Beijing ’19 is more like Moscow ’56 than Moscow ’89, but Beijing has its own considerations here – they could have rolled the tanks already but they haven’t and they would prefer not to.

    There’s probably a certain sense in which every single time they ask their soldiers to open up on a bunch of unarmed civilians, they are risking the whole enchilada. These are Chinese Chinese, not a bunch of vaguely foreign Tibetans or Muslim Uighurs. What if the soldiers refuse to open fire? What if they get a Yeltsin-type situation where some Party animal goes around to military commanders repelled at the idea of gunning down civilians and gets their support for ousting Xi Jinping, the way Gorbachev was pushed off the stage?

    IMO, Chinese security forces are the real target for the orchestrated propaganda campaign about the demonstrations being a foreign plot. The idea is that they will be less resistant to the idea of using unarmed civilians as targets in a live fire exercise if they think of them less as civilians than as collaborators with sinister foreign powers. Will this work? Xi Jinping won’t really know until the rubber meets the road. He’d better be sure.

    After 70 years of Bolshevik rule, Soviet troops were no longer blase about shooting down Russian civilians. China will hit 70 years of Party rule come October. Is China at the point where Chinese troops will balk the way the Red Army did in the late 80’s? If so, Xi will want to delay the moment of reckoning for as long as he can, if he wants to remain one of what Harrison Salisbury dubbed China’s new emperors.

  170. @William Badwhite

    The Martians have been too worried to notice, ever since that other commenter suggested sending all us Jews up there.

    • Replies: @William Badwhite
  171. @Clemsnman

    In my experience we need to stop accusing various POC’s of hating whitey.

    The problem is a significant proportion really do bear a considerable grudge against whitey, ranging from just not being happy to see whites around, all the way to, at times, being willing to punch a white in the head for the fun of it.

    My guesstimate, from observing life and reading around and informally “polling” people on the internet, is that somewhere in the region of 75% of blacks feel this way and about 50% of latinos. (I’d be very happy to learn I’m way off the mark here, btw.)

    That’s a lot of people.

  172. @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    Why does no one ask a simple question – what would the absolute value of “white privilege” be in a nation in which 85%-90% of people were white?

    That’s a very good question. If you take white privilege theory seriously, then you’d have to conclude that white “racists” are some of the most selfless people around – they actually want to separate from non-whites and thereby forgo the manifold privileges which the presence of non-whites bestows upon them.

  173. @Known Fact

    Are they going to rummage through Stuff White People Like and start bitching about dogs, farm markets and Subarus next?

    If there is one good reason to question the alleged Superiority of Whites, it’s their willingness to buy Subarus.

    The old pushrod engine Subaru was a very reliable car, but the modern ones have been an increasing nightmare of failed head gaskets, overheating, driveline issues, and general lack of reliability as compared to Toyota and Honda. The four wheel drive system, when it works, is quite good and if you live in the areas where Subarus are really popular and don’t mind the prospect of high repair costs, it might be worth it, but the fact that they sell well in the Midwest flatlands and the New South is an embarrassment.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  174. @nebulafox

    Getting rid of shortwave broadcasting via the Voice of America has been an especially stupid mistake. A lot of rural Chinese have no internet, but they have radios. Some modern. a surprising number still build regen sets coupled to clothes lines-they use transistors instead of tubes, but wind the coils on paper forms or plastic tubes, pieces of PVC pipe, whatever.

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  175. @nebulafox

    Though I think the American media gets the ultimate motivation of many in Hong Kong wrong, and I don’t think egging the police station is going to improve their situation anymore than the Flying Pig of Chicago in summer ’68 brought peace to Vietnam, I think most of the 20-somethings in HK have a lot of justification to be angry at their lot. Rentier policies are ruining their lives: or more specifically, not letting them even get started with them. When your society can’t afford family formation for an average citizen, you are in trouble. Adding in creepy-state surveillance and social control on top of that is just throwing fuel onto the fire.

    This is perceptive and well-informed stuff. If you don’t mind my asking, what’s your connection to HK?

    A couple of notes to add to what you’ve written.

    I may have given the impression in my first post that I’m wholly unsympathic to the protesters. That’s not the case. I’ve been here long enough to see the ‘Hong Kong dream’ eroded very rapidly, and the kids doing most of the protesting are indeed at the wrong end of that trend.

    When I arrived here in 1990, just 5% of a cohort of high school graduates could make it into university. If you were really smart, studied hard, and didn’t mess up, you’d get into uni, get your degree, and you were set. The economy was hot — too much inflation, but still manageable — and good jobs with excellent prospects were waiting for degree holders. Property was expensive, sure, but again, the situation was manageable. This group in some ways had a lot in common with first-wave baby boomers in the USA.

    But less than 3o years later, that comforting lifestyle horizon is almost unreachable. Now there are many more university places (enough for something like 25-30% of school graduates), and thousands of graduates go overseas for degrees, but when a current cohort hits the job market, it all looks pretty hopeless. Sure, there are jobs to be had, but wages have in no way kept pace with the insane property prices, and starting salaries especially have always been quite low here. If you’re just starting out, and you don’t have family money to give you a boost, the road up to a comfortable middle-class life looks almost vertical. You’re going to work, and work, and work, and live in your tiny childhood bedroom in your parents’s home for years — the very years in which you’re dating or trying to meet your future spouse, and save up enough money to afford a 30% down payment on a nice ‘starter-home’ flat that might easily cost a cool million US dollars. If it looks like that doesn’t really compute, it’s because it really doesn’t.

    The other bitter irony is that the significant increase in university places has in no way reduced educational competition. It’s like the US higher ed scene in an intesified microcosm; the brand name of your degree means more than ever now, so being a high achiever in school is obligatory. School years are a slog, with three languages to study, and heavy loads in math and sciences. It culminates in a final year of high school in which students do nothing — and I mean nothing — other than study for the gargantuan final exams they take to qualify for university places. Daughter C has just entered her final school year, and she’s compelled to drop all of her extracurriculars (even music) and expected to do nothing but hit the books until Spring.

    Many of the protesters are either university students, or students right at the end of high school. They have been told all their lives that if they study hard and fly right, they’ll be fine, but they are smart enough not to believe that anymore. Many of them won’t be.

    It’s no wonder there’s a lot of of inchoate fury coursing through the veins of these former ‘good boys and girls’. I don’t blame them for their anger, but I also don’t want this to end in fatalities. I don’t think it’s gone quite that far yet, but we’re getting closer and closer.

    What you’ve said about Trump’s response is also spot-on. This is a volatile, dangerous situation, and making promises that are never going to be kept would be absolutely evil.

    Most US observers would be amazed at how many HK people believe — nay, are unshakeably certain — that the 2014 Occupy Central protests, and this year’s ongoing unrest, are planned, orchestrated, funded, and even partially executed by US agencies and operatives. Joshua Wong and the other ‘pro-democrats’ are widely assumed to be trained, funded, and directed by the CIA or State Department. Is this PRC propaganda? Maybe, sure, but then why would readers of a site such as Unz.com assume that US deep state declarations on a whole laundry list of issues are garbage, but that they’re perfectly being perfectly truthful and straightforward on this one?

    It transforms from a great big political clash to local unrest about stagnating living standards and declassment. Heads cool. Deals can be made. Nobody wants the unrest again, so everybody works to prevent it. Everybody breathes a big sigh of relief.

    Best possible scenario. Let’s work toward that.

    Agreed.

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  176. Jack D says:
    @donvonburg

    This mystery is nothing compared to the unwarranted affection for any vehicle wearing the “Jeep” name. Or Range Rover. I guess America is in love with anything all wheel drive. You are not an emasculated wimp driving your rug rats to preschool in a minivan – you are ready to hit the trails at any moment. You never will, but you are ready to do so if you wish.

    I think Subaru has finally cleaned up the head gasket issues but they persisted until very recently. They (and Porsche) are the last users of the boxer engine so the market has spoken against this design. You are right that they bask somewhat in the reputation of “the Japanese” for making reliable cars, which rests primarily on Toyota and Honda. Subaru is a small company and doesn’t have their resources – sort of the AMC of the Japanese, where they have to do a lot with resources that they have.

    I have one and while it was galling to have to replace the head gasket, it is really not the end of the world. If you do it right (and often it ISN’T done right) then it’s one and done for the remaining (long) life of the car, which in my case at least has been otherwise reliable. Too many people view a $1,000 repair as a signal that they have to get rid of a car, which makes no sense because instead they spend $30,000 on a new one.

  177. Jack D says:
    @The Last Real Calvinist

    Most US observers would be amazed at how many HK people believe — nay, are unshakeably certain — that the 2014 Occupy Central protests, and this year’s ongoing unrest, are planned, orchestrated, funded, and even partially executed by US agencies and operatives.

    Most HK observers would be amazed at how many US people believe — nay, are unshakeably certain — that Trump’s victory in the 2016 election was planned, orchestrated, funded, and even partially executed by Russian agencies and operatives.

    The level of connection to reality in both is the same. Cui bono does not equal causation. Just because you sympathize with their cause doesn’t mean that you are providing material support. China has real espionage resources. If any arm of the USG had the slightest thing to do with the HK protests, the communications would be prominently featured on page 1 of the People’s Daily. But they got nuthin’ because there is nothing. Painting the protesters as under the sway of a foreign power is merely a cynical ploy to win over the gullible – Xi knows damn well that there is no US involvement.

  178. @donvonburg

    Why should the American Taxpayer spend one cent on overseas propaganda?
    Just where in the Constitution is this covered?
    What’s wrong with you meddlesome fuckwits?

  179. Jack D says:
    @nebulafox

    not give credence in any way, shape or form to Chinese propaganda about the students being controlled or influenced by Washington. Let’s keep America visibly out of it.

    I think this is taking it too far . There is nothing wrong with any American, up to and including POTUS, saying that he thinks that the democratic goals of the protesters are admirable and accord with American freedom loving values and we wish them luck. BUT that the US does not and will not provide any material support to them because we know that would only play into the hands of Beijing and the protesters should not expect us to come to their rescue in future because we are unwilling to start WWIII over this.

    It is possible to take realpolitik too far. The US is not Russia. It really stands for something no matter how cynical you are. American leaders need to balance idealism with “realism” and not swing to one pole or the other. It’s not easy and we often err but it’s a worthwhile effort. “Realism” in scare quotes because what really can happen and what conventional wisdom is are two different things. No one thought that the Berlin Wall would be gone only months before it fell.

  180. @The Last Real Calvinist

    Interesting comment. Thank you for the front-line views.

  181. @Known Fact

    My comment didn’t include anything about Jews, but thanks for weighing in and reminding everyone that you’re a victim.

  182. Vinteuil says:
    @simple_pseudonymic_handle

    I think the slave who outwits his master is a stock character of classical comedy.

  183. @Jack D

    Fine, they will take America – you can go somewhere else.

    I don’t think it would be fine with them.

    Don’t get me wrong, America is an awesome piece of real estate. There are some nice places all over, but–glancing at the map–at large scale the US is the nicest piece of real estate in the world. I’m not the least confused that a bunch of other civilized peoples–Jews, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Persians, Indians–couldn’t have put it to good use as well. (Though i don’t think it would have been as awesome as the Anglo America project.)

    But that doesn’t change the reality on the ground right now. If white people left … in a few minutes the minorities would be screaming “racism!” It’s like this stuff with minorities being “trapped in segregated schools”. Hello, you don’t have whitey around oppressing you, isn’t that a good thing?

    “Oppression”, actually means whitey not allowing sufficient sponging, providing sufficient loot, bending over far enough.

  184. Vinteuil says:
    @The Germ Theory of Disease

    Deep.

    We seem to be playing a game of iterated prisoner’s dilemma where we’re locked into a pointless feud.

    So let’s try playing “generous.”

    Pax.

  185. Yngvar says:
    @Altai

    What non-whites were the Swedes oppressing all this time?

    The Sámi people. Why their sense of guilt over that shameful period metastasized into a save-the-world-complex is anyone’s guess.

  186. @Peterike

    She’d be waiting tables at Denny’s if she identified as white.

  187. @bailey

    Achmed’s Lesgro is pretty good.

  188. @J.Ross

    There was Live And Let Die.

  189. Lucas says:
    @Tiny Duck

    Si tanto odias a los blancos porque demonios sigues visitando esta pagina ?
    Ve a hacer por tu vida, maldito simio perdedor.

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