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From the Scientific American opinion section:

Why the Term ‘JEDI’ Is Problematic for Describing Programs That Promote Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

They’re meant to be heroes within the Star Wars universe, but the Jedi are inappropriate symbols for justice work

By J. W. Hammond, Sara E. Brownell, Nita A. Kedharnath, Susan J. Cheng, W. Carson Byrd on September 23, 2021

The acronym “JEDI” has become a popular term for branding academic committees and labeling STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) initiatives focused on social justice issues. Used in this context, JEDI stands for “justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.” In recent years, this acronym has been employed by a growing number of prominent institutions and organizations, including the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. At first glance, JEDI may simply appear to be an elegant way to explicitly build “justice” into the more common formula of “DEI” (an abbreviation for “diversity, equity and inclusion”), productively shifting our ethical focus in the process.

… Through its connections to Star Wars, the name JEDI can inadvertently associate our justice work with stories and stereotypes that are a galaxy far, far away from the values of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. The question we must ask is whether the conversations started by these connections are the ones that we want to have.

When did “conversations” become such an obsession?

… The Jedi are inappropriate mascots for social justice. Although they’re ostensibly heroes within the Star Wars universe, the Jedi are inappropriate symbols for justice work. They are a religious order of intergalactic police-monks, prone to (white) saviorism and toxically masculine approaches to conflict resolution (violent duels with phallic lightsabers, gaslighting by means of “Jedi mind tricks,” etc.). The Jedi are also an exclusionary cult, membership to which is partly predicated on the possession of heightened psychic and physical abilities (or “Force-sensitivity”). Strikingly, Force-wielding talents are narratively explained in Star Wars not merely in spiritual terms but also in ableist and eugenic ones: These supernatural powers are naturalized as biological, hereditary attributes. So it is that Force potential is framed as a dynastic property of noble bloodlines (for example, the Skywalker dynasty), and Force disparities are rendered innate physical properties, measurable via “midi-chlorian” counts (not unlike a “Force genetics” test) and augmentable via human(oid) engineering. The heroic Jedi are thus emblems for a host of dangerously reactionary values and assumptions. Sending the message that justice work is akin to cosplay is bad enough; dressing up our initiatives in the symbolic garb of the Jedi is worse.

… Star Wars has a problematic cultural legacy. The space opera franchise has been critiqued for trafficking in injustices such as sexism, racism and ableism. Think, for example, of the so-called “Slave Leia” costume, infamous for stripping down and chaining up the movie series’ first leading woman as part of an Orientalist subplot. Star Wars arguably conflates “alienness” with “nonwhiteness,” often seeming to rely on racist stereotypes when depicting nonhuman species. The series regularly defaults onto ableist tropes, memorably in its portrayal of Darth Vader, which links the villain’s physical disability with machinic inhumanity and moral deviance, presenting his technology-assisted breathing as a sinister auditory marker of danger and doom. What’s more, the bodies and voices centered in Star Wars have, with few exceptions, historically been those of white men. And while recent films have increased gender and racial diversity, important questions remain regarding how meaningfully such changes represent a departure from the series’ problematic past. Indeed, a notable segment of the Star Wars fandom has aggressively advocated the (re)centering of white men in the franchise, with some equating recent casting decisions with “white genocide.” Additionally, the franchise’s cultural footprint can be tracked in the saga of United States military-industrial investment and expansion, from debates around Reagan’s “Star Wars” Strategic Defense Initiative to the planned Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (another “JEDI” program), sometimes winkingly framed with Star Wars allusions. Taken together, the controversies surrounding Star Wars make JEDI at best an inappropriate way to brand justice work—a kind of double-edged sword (or better yet, double-bladed “lightsaber”). At worst, this way of branding our initiatives is freighted with the very violence that our justice work seeks to counter.

It’s possible that this is a Titania McGrath-style parody put over on the editors of Scientific American, but it seems too verbose for that: this op-ed just goes on and on endlessly.

iSteve commenter Kyle observes:

We could tweak this to justice, diversity, inclusivity, & equity; or JUST DIE.

 
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  1. Haitian migrants come with some real “bite.”

    So does Barq’s.

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
  2. Why would a periodical calling itself “Scientific American” be running such a “thing” (to avoid using profanity), even on its editorial page?

  3. Luke should’ve joined forces with Darth Vader. I know I would’ve. How cool would it be to rule the universe as a father-son “dark side” duo?

    C3PO is Jewish. I can’t quite figure out R2D2’s ethnic background.

    Lando Calrissian is an entrepreneurial Black man who believes in limited govt. He’s the type of individual to whom the Republican party should be reaching out.

    “The Empire Strikes Back” had an awesome ending. Best of the “Star Wars” movies if you ask me.

    • Agree: Tom Grey
    • Replies: @Rob
    , @International Jew
  4. The question we must ask is whether the conversations started by these connections are the ones that we want to have.

    When did “conversations” become such an obsession?

    Also,

    JEDI may simply appear to be an elegant way to explicitly build “justice” into the more common formula of “DEI” (an abbreviation for “diversity, equity and inclusion”)

    when did falsely attributing “elegance” to the manifestly inelegant become a thing?

    (I won’t even ask about the split infinitive. That’s a lost cause.)

  5. We have to have “conversations.” Actually we don’t. Leave Darth Vader out of it, too.

  6. Papinian says:

    For once, I agree with the Wokerati. 30 minutes into Star Wars: A New Hope, Ben Kenobi cuts off a guy’s arm in a bar fight. Suuuuuuure, the Mos Eisley cantina is dangerous, but he went straight to amputation.

    There are many more examples.

  7. Kylie says:

    “When did ‘conversations’ become such an obsession?”

    When women finally found their voices?

    • Replies: @HammerJack
    , @AnotherDad
  8. OT, some the Theranos trial text message exchanges are hilarious:

  9. Jack D says:

    Just quit dicking around and call it DIE WHITEY.

    justice work

    These people are under the mistaken impression that they are doing “work” (that’s why they are tired all the time). I guess they are doing work in the same sense that yapping Pekinese dogs nipping at your ankles while you try to cut the lawn are doing “work”. Generally speaking, any word that requires an adjective (e.g. “social justice”, “justice work”) is the opposite of the word itself . They are not doing work, they are interfering with other people doing their work because they have to sit in re-education camp struggle sessions and listen to these tiresome clowns.

    We really have reached the point of self-parody where Scientific American is indistinguishable from The Onion. By the way, that Scientific American name is problematic and has got to go. Also the people writing this editorial, if they are not diverse, should step aside and make room for the diverse.

    • Agree: mc23
    • Thanks: Johann Ricke
    • Replies: @Johann Ricke
    , @AKAHorace
  10. It’s possible that this is a Titania McGrath-style parody put over on the editors of Scientific American

    Hope everyone enjoyed those days. Remember Weihan? Good times. I’ve a feeling they’re not coming back. Yeah, some are still out there, in bowdlerized form, but it’s not the same.

  11. OT: I’m keen to see if Sailer’s Law of Mass Shootings works out here (Memphis, Thursday 9/23).

    • Replies: @J1234
    , @Skyler the Weird
  12. Alfa158 says:
    @Nicholas Stix

    Because it is no longer either Scientific, or American. It is a journal of the new theocracy.

    • Agree: AndrewR
  13. mc23 says:

    What better way for a publication to burnish their Social Justice street cred then running a rambling inane article sucking the fun out of well loved story. In today’s environment subscribers are no longer important and it shows.

    Perhaps the writer is angling to get a script writing job for Disney. The last few Star Wars movies under Disney have done a superlative job of trashing the Starwars universe and this author sounds like they could make an invaluable contribution to sticking it to the fanboy base.

    We’ve gone from celebrating The Hero with a Thousand Faces to inflicting the death of a thousand cuts on anything most people would find uplifting.

  14. Word salad. These people need to give it a rest.

    • Replies: @Bubba
    , @Not Raul
  15. jcd1974 says:

    Scientific American is further proof that every significant organization and institution has been captured by the Left and thoroughly corrupted.

    • Agree: Hangnail Hans
  16. Of the four authors, only one has a degree in a scientific discipline. She is a forest ecologist.

    • Thanks: Hangnail Hans
  17. Justice is pointless as a term for meaningful discourse. Unless you are in a class on Stoic philosophy where it’s one of the four base virtues and it means something like “Mr. Sailer do NOT do anything to screw over one of your fellow humans” which nobody can object to.

    In practical terms it’s a government function the Department of Justice manages for problems like the 6 Jan demonstration or antifa running amok. Ignore if possible.

    Jedi is damn cool though. Are you familiar with Department of Defense wanting to make rank-file soldiers into Jedis?

    First earth battalion field manual pdf:

    https://www.shift-it-coach.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/field_manual.pdf

    • Replies: @Inquiring Mind
  18. Mike Tre says:

    “Why the Term ‘JEDI’ Is Problematic for Describing Programs That Promote Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion”

    George Lucas wanted 9 out of every 10 dollars to be made from this racket, that’s why.

    • Agree: R.G. Camara
  19. When did “conversations” become such an obsession?

    Because that’s how women talk to men under their thumb.

    “We need to have a conversation” is a phrase said by gfs/wives to their under-heel boyfriends/hubbies, or else something said by HR ladies to employees in trouble.

    After an adult male dates for a while or works in corporate land for a stretch, he learns to dread the phrase. Because it doesn’t mean a conversation; it means the opposite: the woman will order you what to do, or else. It’s Orwellian Newspeak mixed with female passive aggressiveness.

    So I guarantee this was written almost totally by women, or by “feminist” men aping such passive-aggressive language. I note 3 of the 5 names attached are female, and the other 2 first names are obscured by using initials, which is a tactic female authors use try to hide their sex/gender (e.g. S.E. Hinton, J.K. Rowling). It’s likely then all 5 are female, which fits right in with this b.s. “conversation” doublespeak.

    • Replies: @kaganovitch
    , @Dumbo
  20. Steve, some comments of mine stuck in moderation, thanks.

    • Replies: @Barbarossa
  21. Sending the message that justice work is akin to cosplay is bad enough;…

    A little too close to the bone, you mean.

    • Agree: Hangnail Hans
  22. @Emil Nikola Richard

    (waves hand and intones in a low voice)

    These are not the words you are looking for.

  23. 2BR says:

    The University of Michigan is clearly not a good school. I don’t care about their “ranking”. Any school that could produce individuals that write like this is not a good school.

  24. Twinkie says:

    Yes, it is verbose, but also amusing, intentionally or no.

    Far from damning with a praise, I thought it was a case of praising with (ostensible) damning. And I don’t even like Star Wars!

    I mean, “dangerously reactionary values”? Might as well have shouted with a neon sign “Not into Woke? You’ll really like this!”

    • Agree: Johann Ricke
  25. @Kylie

    Yeah but remember, according to Steve himself, “have a conversation” is just SJW for “STFU”…

    • Agree: ScarletNumber
    • Replies: @AnotherDad
  26. When did “conversations” become such an obsession?

    Take the -at- out and you have conversions, which is what these people are really after.

    We could do something similar with repa[t]r[i]ations. They won’t know what they’re signing!

  27. @Almost Missouri

    to explicitly build “justice”

    (I won’t even ask about the split infinitive. That’s a lost cause.)

    To quote another Star franchise, that’s where they want to boldly go.

    • Agree: R.G. Camara
  28. These libtards seem to be all from U Mich.

    Here is W. Carson Byrd

    The lovely Nita Meter Maid

    Maybe Sara

    And Susan

    • Replies: @Prester John
    , @2BR
  29. @Almost Missouri

    (

    I won’t even ask about the split infinitive. That’s a lost cause.)

    Split infinitives are not grammatically incorrect, and haven’t been since the 13th century. It was only a brief period in the late 19th and early 20th century that some snooty grammarians with bad rhetorical instincts banded together to arrogantly try to make them verboten; it didn’t last.

    http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2012/02/split-infinitives-are-not-incorrect-grammatically/

  30. Mr. Anon says:

    When did “conversations” become such an obsession?

    When they decided it was an effective way to say “Shut up”.

  31. Kyle says:

    “ Used in this context, JEDI stands for “justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.” In recent years, this acronym has been employed by a growing number of prominent institutions and…”

    We could tweak this to justice, diversity, inclusivity, & equity; or JUST DIE.

    • LOL: ScarletNumber
  32. This week’s “Supergirl” (see it on your CW app) featured a Black woman using the “I’m tired!” trope discussed a few weeks back.

    No, I am NOT kidding.

  33. Travis says:

    When will Steve start talking about the promising new boosters approved by the FDA ?

    Recall the optimism concerning the 95% effective vaccines when they were approved 9 months ago…..He showed us the FDA data from the studies and how effective they appeared. He highlighted how well they worked in Israel 6 months ago….yet no mention of their failure to prevent hospitalizations and deaths 6 months later in Israel, despite 90% of the adults vaccinated.. I suppose he saw the booster data Pfizer gave the FDA and was unimpressed. The Phase 1 trials of the booster had 12 participants over the age of 65. The phase 2 booster trials had no participants over the age of 55. Yet Pfizer wants boosters approved for all Americans over the age of 12 because the vaccines stop working after 6 months. https://www.fda.gov/media/152161/download

    US COVID Deaths in September are up 140% from last year when no Americans were vaxxed. Hospitalizations are up 350% in September. Nevertheless it is time for everyone over 65 to get the booster before the winter comes.

    • Replies: @Kratoklastes
    , @Yawrate
    , @TWS
  34. Strikingly, Force-wielding talents are narratively explained in Star Wars not merely in spiritual terms but also in ableist and eugenic ones: These supernatural powers are naturalized as biological, hereditary attributes.

    What’s with this new trend of describing as “eugenics” any belief in heredity? Eugenics is about doing something about it. In this way the Jedi, by not allowing their members to marry, are dysgenic, not eugenic.

    • Replies: @Charlotte
    , @njguy73
  35. @Jack D

    By the way, that Scientific American name is problematic and has got to go.

    How about World Citizen Witchery?

    • Agree: bomag
  36. Bubba says:
    @Buffalo Joe

    Doubt it will happen. Well on second thought, it certainly won’t happen as long as the “Word Salad King” Al Sharpton is alive.

  37. AKAHorace says:
    @Jack D

    By the way, that Scientific American name is problematic and has got to go.

    Describing the U.S.A. as America, and it’s institutions as American may be a new wave of wokeness. Educated Spanish speakers often complain about it, so it may be in the pipeline of progressive vocabulary.

  38. @Travis

    Everyone on both sides of the argument will eventually get what they deserve – with the unfortunate exception of the political class; their apparatchiki; and the executives of major pharma companies.

    Personally I expect to be profoundly disappointed by the low overall death toll from the coof-jabs; given that obese finger-wagging scolds are over-represented in willing jabbees, it would be just ginchy if a shitload of them died – and an ironic death (being killed by the thing they wag the finger about) would have a nice comedic angle. Hopefully their male offspring are over-represented among the teenage victims of myocarditis and the other sequelae of the jabs.

    Then again, I was disappointed by the low overall death toll from the coof itself: such a piss-poor pathogen can only have resulted from US bioweapons research… as pathogens go it’s basically in the same class as the V22 Osprey; the Patriot anti-missile missile; the F35; and the Littoral Combat Ship.

    Unfit for primary purpose, and oversold in its effectiveness – most of the old, sick people who have died (both from and with) would have been pushed over the edge if anybody farted in the corridor outside their room.

  39. J1234 says:
    @Gilbert Ratchet

    Gilbert Ratchet said:

    OT: I’m keen to see if Sailer’s Law of Mass Shootings works out here.

    Not exactly off topic, as this Star Wars clip shows. About 300 rounds fired, and only four or five people killed. My suspicion: Storm Troopers are mostly from Chicago.

    From the Scientific American article:

    Think, for example, of the so-called “Slave Leia” costume, infamous for stripping down and chaining up the movie series’ first leading woman

    I (and many others) do think of that example. Often.

  40. Anon[560] • Disclaimer says:

    I’ve never seen STEMM, but STEAM is increasingly common. The A is for Arts. In other words, STEM basically means STEM plus non-STEM. The stuff for smart people, with the addition of the stuff for morons. The kitchen sink.

    I’m not sure how, but this must be another front in the woke takeover of STEM.

    • Replies: @anon
  41. I recently spent a day at work in a diversity training session, run by the Jedi Collaborative:

    https://jedicollaborative.com/our-team/

    A sullen half white/half black trainer spent the day teaching us to hate whitey and thanking us for sharing.
    I did not share.

    • Replies: @bomag
  42. Rob says:
    @JohnnyWalker123

    They missed a shot to nail the future. One, just one scene that opens with Luke charging his hand through a USB port.

    Wonder why he didn’t have comm equipment in the prosthetic. Star Wars could have started the, “talk to the hand” craze. Then the nineties would have started earlier.

    [MORE]

    I’ve learned Unz’s little code for more tags, so there will be more of them in my comments, Mr. Badwhite)
    I saw a video series on youtube a while back called something like, “How the Phantom Menace Could Have Been Good, Like, Really Really Good,” but a quick googling did not turn it up. The videos made me kind of sad. The prequels were near the end of the time when we could pretend that America was still a nation. Lots of people went in expecting to be nostalgically wowed.

    Utter dreck. Jar Jar Stinks for upwards of like an hour of screen time. We got George Lucas’ views on campaign finance reform. We got to see the results of Lucas’ acting direction “Good, but more intense, more wooden this time.” We learned that Queen Amygdala was elected queen. We learned the Old Republic’s Jedis defended the rights of planets to have slavery. We got a greedy, Jew-Alien (Wato) slave owner. We.got inscrutable Oriental aliens embargoing a world for inscrutable reasons. I don’t know if they said women couldn’t be Jedi, but they didn’t show any who were. This was 1999, and they were trying to appeal to girls, too. That was a huge oversight.

    “Wato was a Jew, The Trade Alliance were Oriental, and the Jedi were white men who kept everything running.” – Rob

    • Replies: @Alden
  43. Maybe somone can fit it to the acronym CASTRATI.

    • Replies: @Sick 'n Tired
  44. @Kylie

    “When did ‘conversations’ become such an obsession?”

    When women finally found their voices?

    Bingo. Kylie nails it.

    • Replies: @Dennis Dale
  45. @HammerJack

    “When did ‘conversations’ become such an obsession?”

    When women finally found their voices?

    Yeah but remember, according to Steve himself, “have a conversation” is just SJW for “STFU”…

    No it’s SJW for *you* to STFU.

    Kylie is 100% right, the reason for this “conversation” nonsense is women. Women “finding their voices”. They are another sign of the deep feminization of American society.

    Conversations, of course, can be valuable to bang around ideas, air problems and discuss solutions. (Cue Steve’s prohibition vs. patent post.) My general belief is actual invention and “figuring it out” really is solitary. But two heads can be better than one in developing a fuller understanding and sanity checking that the path you’re taking makes most sense–isn’t leading your off the cliff. (Not that that check always works.)

    But that (male) sort of “discussion” or “argument” is not what is going on here. These “conversations” are about women’s feelings. Basically having other women all “validate” each other’s grievances. And then make everyone else–the dreaded pale penis people–genuflect to them. They have nothing to do with critical argument, search for solutions, much less search for truth.

    ~~~

    Again–separate nations.

    I have nothing against women doing … whatever. I’m firmly against them making productive men pay them for doing it or genuflect to their nonsense. Let them wreck their own nation/civilization–not mine.

    • Replies: @Ray P
  46. Dennis Dale says: • Website
    @AnotherDad

    Which is when “conversation” quit meaning willing dialogue and became enforced monologue. If Kylie and the other girls lost their voices all over again we’d be a lot better off.

  47. They are a religious order of intergalactic police-monks, prone to (white) saviorism

    Yeah, yeah, like Samuel L. Jackson — as White as they come!

    And why couldn’t they have cast a Black guy as Nick Fury of SHIELD?

    What’s more, the bodies and voices centered in Star Wars have, with few exceptions, historically been those of white men.

    Yeah, yeah! Like that White guy who voiced Darth Vader! What was his name? Spike Jones? John Paul Jones?

    • Replies: @Rob
  48. I’ll never forget the relief I felt as a kid when Darth Vadar took his mask off and I realised Luke wasn’t half black after all.

    You couldn’t get away with it today, but it seemed normal then.

    • LOL: El Dato
  49. @R.G. Camara

    It’s likely then all 5 are female, which fits right in with this b.s. “conversation” doublespeak.

    Not an unreasonable guess, but not true. Hammond is female but Byrd is male. See https://wcarsonbyrd.com

    • Replies: @Mr Mox
  50. El Dato says:

    Impressive trolling or impressive decay, don’t know which.

    The acronym “JEDI” has become a popular term for branding academic committees and labeling STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) initiatives focused on social justice issues.

    Never heard of that. The only JEDI project I know about is the gigantic cloud project of the DoD (a bizarre idea, a military cloud is exactly what you **don’t** want) for which Bezos, Microsoft and Oracle submitted an offer and a lot of galactic fighting with amped lawyers ensued. I think Microsoft has the contract (giving something that needs to be reliable to Microsoft is exactly what you **don’t** want, those guys are allergic to anticomplexity), but maybe I’m wrong.

    They are a religious order of intergalactic police-monks, prone to (white) saviorism and toxically masculine approaches to conflict resolution (violent duels with phallic lightsabers, gaslighting by means of “Jedi mind tricks,” etc.). The Jedi are also an exclusionary cult …

    They also consort with Jar Jar Dindu, who is so stereotypical that afterwards they noticed that the TV and VCR of the Millenium Falcon were gone.

    I can’t wait for the Empire to clean up and impose order.

    • Replies: @Alden
  51. Alden says:
    @PiltdownMan

    What’s a forest ecologist? Some dam fool idiot who flunked the written and physical exam to be a forest ranger?

    Ecologists are the criminals who convinced some dam fool idiot judge to forbid pruning branches around power lines and clearing the ground of dead branches and brush also known as tinder. The brush is full of dried sap that just explodes in fires. Forbidding pruning means the branches fall in a windstorm and cut the power lines Which spark and set fire to the piles of dry brush.

    The anti pruning movement is very strong. Many colleges have to prune the trees during breaks when the dam fool idiot brainwashed kids are not there to prevent demonstrations and hysteria.

    The above nonsense is like the parodies of academeese written decades ago. But it’s real. September cover of Scientific American has something about Saving Los Angeles Mountain Lions. I’d like to deliver a desperate mommy mountain lion and her half grown half starved cubs into the homes of whoever sissy city persons of fluid gender wrote that article. Mountain Lions people pets and small children are not comparable. One good thing about mountain lions and coyotes. They wipe out the rats and raccoons. Then they start on pets and toddlers.

    Los Angeles mountain lions live in the hills with the deer. As long as there’s enough deer they’ll stay in the hills and woods. Marin and San Mateo Bay Area suburbs they’re all over. Also bob cats another nasty critter. They live in Ross and San Anselmo. Western San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties are full of mountain lions hanging around school bus stops and busy streets. They’re not endangered .

    I’ve been watching YouTube clips of Saturday night live skits. Amazing how politically incorrect they were. Always making fun of gays feminazis blacks. OJs first date after he gets out of prison with a young immigrant women who’s never heard of him. Black man and White man in HR trial for sex harassment. Black man totally gross and offensive. White man totally inoffensive. White man gets fired.

  52. Anonymous[118] • Disclaimer says:

    The E-wokes want C3P0, not a Jedi.

  53. @PiltdownMan

    PiltdownMan wrote:

    Of the four authors, only one has a degree in a scientific discipline. She is a forest ecologist.

    I guessed that must be the Chinese girl. Which of course turns out to be true. And she at least does look like a girl.

    Having married into a Chinese family, I can say that there is a cultural tradition of “protective coloration.”

    Sue Cheng has locked down her Twitter: “These Tweets are protected
    Only approved followers can see @susanjcheng’s Tweets.”

    I have a feeling that young Dr. Cheng understands a wee bit more than she lets on but finds it prudent to pretend otherwise.

    For example, I bet she does not believe that the difference between male and female deer is socially constructed!

  54. Dumbo says:
    @R.G. Camara

    At least “W. Carson Byrd” appears to be a man, although not a terribly masculine-looking one.

    He could be gay too. I guess gays in academia act sort of like women. But at this point, universities are fully corrupted. There’s hardly any real or relevant studies going on, at least in the humanities. It’s wokedom all the time.

    https://wcarsonbyrd.com/

    My research agenda uncovers and links the manifestations of racialization within educational environments to broader patterns of social inequalities in society by elaborating how educational institutions, especially colleges and universities, can simultaneously amplify and reduce inequalities. The complicated relationship between education and racial inequality has led me to explore the racialized experiences of college students including the associations of inter- and intraracial interactions with students’ identities and racial ideologies, and their navigation of different degree pathways that often result in disparate academic and social outcomes.

    • Replies: @Alden
    , @R.G. Camara
  55. Anon[328] • Disclaimer says:

    While reading this I started having heart palpitations and it progressed into something like a full blown panic attack (not sure how to describe it as I’ve never had one before, basically like a fight-or-flight reflex).

    I think my brain can’t go any deeper into this rabbit hole of autism and psychopathy that is becoming Western society. How much further down the rabbit hole does it go? It can’t get deeper than this right? It’s too surreal now.

    Fucking hell. I need to be Tom Cruise in The Last Samurai and get away from all this shit.

  56. Jabba the Hutt, now that I think about it, might have been a fat lesbian of color. Think of the scene where Jabba has Princess Leia in chains; what was that all about? The Scientific American piece calls it “Orientalist”, but I dunno…

    The next installment could explore the Jabba-as-fat-lesbian-of-color theme.

  57. Strikingly, Force-wielding talents are narratively explained in Star Wars not merely in spiritual terms but also in ableist and eugenic ones: These supernatural powers are naturalized as biological, hereditary attributes. So it is that Force potential is framed as a dynastic property of noble bloodlines (for example, the Skywalker dynasty), and Force disparities are rendered innate physical properties, measurable via “midi-chlorian” counts (not unlike a “Force genetics” test) and augmentable via human(oid) engineering. The heroic Jedi are thus emblems for a host of dangerously reactionary values and assumptions.

    Aha, that’s why they’re pissed …

  58. @PiltdownMan

    Four co-authors on a piece of film criticism: now there’s a cute faux-scientific touch for you.

    For more sciency-ness, they should have had footnotes after each author’s name listing the NSF grants that paid for their research.

  59. Scene from the 2025 re-remake of Part I: Darth Vader levitates-strangulates the hapless admiral for using a wrong pronoun.

    • Replies: @Ray P
  60. Alden says:
    @El Dato

    I believe the Jedi are based on the Knights Templar. There were similar hate fests directed at the Lord of the Rings Trilogy because the characters were White and some were blond And the civilization was European And Gollum was an anti Semitic stereotype.

  61. Alden says:
    @Dumbo

    Translation give dumb blacks As in everything even if they don’t attend class, do any assigned work or pass a single test. Give all Whites Cs

    Don’t mean to insult the men of UNZ. But he is what I imagine the misogynist women hating obsessed with White women’s fertility childless womanless 60 year old virgin Men of UNZ looked like when they were young.

    • Troll: R.G. Camara
  62. Alden says:
    @Rob

    Lucas is married to a fat black woman who usually wears black thinking it makes her look thinner. All that money she can wear whatever she wants.

  63. J = Just Us (Jews) running things
    E = Endless theftquity, stealing unearned rewards from the useful to bestow on the useless
    D = Die you EEBIL Whites
    I = Idiocracy

    “Your father’s Whitesaber, not as clumsy or random as a Negro drive-by.”

  64. slumber_j says:
    @Nicholas Stix

    Because the editors can’t distinguish between science and science fiction.

  65. AndrewR says:
    @Nicholas Stix

    Because the termite has infiltrated and mostly eaten through the entire frame of the house, and we are just waiting for the inevitable, imminent collapse.

  66. @JohnnyWalker123

    I’m shocked, shocked I tell you that if you put a bunch of Haitians together, what you get is Haiti.

  67. @Almost Missouri

    When the split infinitive becomes the (almost) universal norm, doesn’t the ex-norm turn to the dark side and become the split infinitive?

  68. Ray P says:
    @AnotherDad

    “Women sense my power and they seek the life essence. I do not avoid women Mandrake; but I do deny them my essence.”

  69. Ray P says:
    @International Jew

    The Admiral used Vader’s deadname.

  70. @J1234

    I could never understand why a thing shaped like Jabba the Hutt would find a human female more desirable than say a gigantic slug-like feminine specimen of his own kind. Guess we’ll have to add species-centric-fetishism to the list of Star Wars’ terrible sins.

    • Replies: @AnotherDad
  71. Yawrate says:
    @Travis

    It’s not really a vaccine.

    It’s a prophylactic therapeutic of limited efficacy.

    • Replies: @El Dato
  72. El Dato says:
    @J1234

    Leia: Enjoying herself greatly in that still!

    “You mean I can blast stormtroopers and I don’t even have to defend myself before the republican ethics board?”

  73. Mr Mox says:
    @kaganovitch

    Not an unreasonable guess, but not true. Hammond is female but Byrd is male. See https://wcarsonbyrd.com


    Hammond doesn’t look all that female, but I could be wrong.
    This is what a google search came up with for Hammond’s LinkedIn profile:

    View J. W. Hammond’s profile on LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional community. J. W. has 3 jobs listed on their profile. See the complete profile on …

    It’s probably just LinkedIn playing it safe or Google did some truncating, but who in here would be surprised if Hammond’s pronoun is “their”.

    • Replies: @kaganovitch
  74. Alden says:
    @J1234

    I remember those scenes. Long hallways no place to hide and 15 bad guys shooting at 3 good guys and the good guys survived. Costumes in the first Star Wars were great. White bad guy uniforms incredible inspiration. The sets and costumes were done cheaply: supposedly. Karate jackets for Luke. Cheap cloth made into simple to sew robes for Obi wen and Leia and the evil little midgets selling used robots. The bar scene. The first one was the absolute best one.

    First prequel with the Jar Jar the homosexual horse was awful. The prequel where 5 year old Anakin appeared was good.

  75. El Dato says:

    Let’s check whether JEDI is being used with a prevalence that could spark a conversation!

    IEEE Xplore: 61 results.

    ACM Digital Library: 292 results

    Communications of the ACM: 11 results

    Someone is taking the piss.

    Further afield, Communications of the ACM brings 1 result for “transsexual” in Bias, Harassment Drive Women from STEM Jobs: Survey … which likely mainly means that “STEM Jobs” are not exactly where Alpha males can be found.

  76. Mr. Anon says:

    Weren’t the Jedi actually the bad guys? They were kind of clueless and stupid. And when they discover that the evil bad guy had created a slave army of clones they decided: Hey, we need an army – let’s just use this one. George Lucas never seemed to think through the implications of his teenage-boy / college bull-session philosophy.

    Star Wars is peurile crap. I can remember when Scientific American actually wrote (though not well) articles about science. Another institution fallen to the Woke Reaper.

  77. Off topic: Steve, advice is worse than tiresome, so let’s call this just a “thought”. I’m concerned that lately the headlines and pictures “above the fold” in the Unz Review are looking more amateurish, unpleasant, and crankish than they ever have. You’ve considered a move to Substack, where you can control the graphics, the headlines, and really almost everything. And besides letting you make your setting more “respectable”, SS could be — hang on, I don’t know why but somehow the initials “SS” look a bit menacing — whatevs, anywayze, as I was saying, a page on the site might eventually become more profitable as well. As you know, Glen Greenwald is making a good living from subscriptions there. Sorry for the scare quotation marks —

    Peace, WKK.

    • Replies: @Jenner Ickham Errican
  78. Charlotte says:
    @Alexander Turok

    I’m sure the authors, while denouncing awareness of heredity as eugenics, would be happy to explain why pregnant persons absolutely must have the option of aborting fetuses with birth defects, which is somehow not eugenics, due to the importance of rights for pregnant persons or something.

    The woke are consistent only in their attention to the hierarchy of who/whom.

  79. @R.G. Camara

    Maybe so, but I still try never to split an infinitive.

  80. @R.G. Camara

    Split infinitives are not grammatically incorrect, and haven’t been since the 13th century.

    Intact infinitives, like Received Pronunciation, good manners, proper attire, and personal hygiene, aren’t so much a rule as simply a marker of good breeding and educated background, in this case a marker of the intellectual rigorousness of Latin training, wherein infinitives cannot split.

    On the other hand, their decline, like the decline of Received Pronunciation, good manners, proper attire, and personal hygiene, accurately reflects the end of good breeding and educated background. So I guess you could say it is doing its job as a marker.

    • Disagree: El Dato
    • Troll: R.G. Camara
    • Replies: @R.G. Camara
    , @Reg Cæsar
  81. “The question we must ask is whether the conversations started by these connections are the ones that we want to have.”

    Who is “we”?

  82. @J1234

    I recall my father’s reaction when I showed him a still in a magazine from the soon-to-be-released ‘Return of the Jedi’ and asked hopefully if he would take me to see it when it opened.
    Looking down at the picture, which showed ‘Slave Leia,’ his eyes brightened and he said, “Alright! And we’ll finally get to see some skin!”

    • Replies: @El Dato
  83. @Jim Don Bob

    It took five of them (including Hammond and Brownell, who are not pictured) to come up with this atrociously written dreck.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  84. Some years ago (when there were still only 3 Star Wars movies,) I came to almost exactly the same conclusion these ‘scientists’ did. Someone I was speaking with insinuated that the rebel alliance was a left wing movement, and it immediately struck me as incorrect. An alliance made up of the former aristocracy (Princess Leia), businessmen fed up with imperial interference (Lando), devotees of the galaxy’s traditional religion (Luke, Yoda, Obi Wan), and a tax evader/smuggler (Han) and fueled by rhetoric about restoring the old republic is definitely NOT left wing.
    Of course, where I differ from these ‘scientists’ is that such a revelation makes me like these childish movies more, not less.

  85. res says:
    @Nicholas Stix

    Indeed. Perhaps better referred to as “Scientific” American at this point.

  86. Tom Grey says: • Website

    I fantasize about a Republican Congress amending the anti-discrimination law to explicitly include political orientation as a protected class, and creating a new organization to review prior decisions about discrimination that ignored such aspects.

    Until Republicans can fight back, and win legally court battles, the country will continue its decline.

    Star Wars woke BS is merely positioning the quasi-religious Woke morality as a quasi-state religion.

    • Replies: @Igor Stravinsky
  87. TWS says:
    @Travis

    He’s still all in on the dreaded covid and the necessity of the very effective and scientific vaccine.

    It’s a shame to see adult men terrified of the flu. Women I get, they are natural hypochondriacs, but men? We’re supposed to be risk takers. I bet if you eliminated the covid related deaths like the odd drunk driver or cancer victim who happened to have covid when they died, you’d be left with 90+% over eighty, intubated, or with a severe comorbidity.

    Covid has unmanned him

  88. Escher says:

    A little bit different from the Scientific American I used to read in college, I must say.

  89. njguy73 says:
    @Alexander Turok

    Next time some lady talks about the evils if eugenics, ask her why she married her husband.

  90. Not Raul says:
    @Buffalo Joe

    This bit was pretty good: “Sending the message that justice work is akin to cosplay is bad enough . . .”

  91. They should just shorten it to JUstice Diversity Equity.

  92. Scientific American = Fie! Can incite racism!

  93. @Prester John

    It took five of them (including Hammond and Brownell, who are not pictured) to come up with this atrociously written dreck.

    The meteor-hit-Sodom entry earlier this week had 21 authors.

  94. @Tom Grey

    Surely the Generals will beat the Globetrotters if we just hope harder.

  95. Pericles says:
    @R.G. Camara

    The kind of nonsense up with which I will not put?

  96. The most accurate sci-fi mascots for diversity are the two half-black/half-white aliens who have been bitching at each other for 10,000 years while their cities burn to the ground

    • Replies: @LP5
  97. Pericles says:
    @J1234

    Not exactly off topic, as this Star Wars clip shows. About 300 rounds fired, and only four or five people killed. My suspicion: Storm Troopers are mostly from Chicago.

    While I didn’t see the last movies, Finn the Storm Trooper Gone Good (John Boyega) was black. And the troopers were all clones, weren’t they? QED enough for me.

  98. El Dato says:
    @Yawrate

    A lot of vaccines are like that.

  99. @The Alarmist

    Consider All Straight Toms Racist And Tragically Inept.

    • LOL: The Alarmist
  100. @Observator

    I could never understand why a thing shaped like Jabba the Hutt would find a human female more desirable than say a gigantic slug-like feminine specimen of his own kind. Guess we’ll have to add species-centric-fetishism to the list of Star Wars’ terrible sins.

    Exactly. Humans are ridiculously bad at other perspectives.

    Human females are of great interest to human males. For everything else in universe they are–at best–“meat”.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    , @FPD72
  101. El Dato says:
    @AnotherDad

    That stuff is as old as Frank Frazetta drawings. Does this really need to be dug up in 2021.

    It’s teenage space fantasy!

    Also, can’t even be “meat” – never eat weird protein from another planet! Anything could happen!

  102. 2BR says:
    @Jim Don Bob

    My god, they are from Michigan (think about it next time you have a U Michigan grad before you) and they are writing about an acronym. How can the US afford this? I mean that literally, their salaries, how can we afford to pay people to do this?

  103. @Wendy K. Kroy

    You’ve considered a move to Substack …

    And if Substack decides to cancel iSteve, then what? Nice try.

    • Replies: @Wendy K. Kroy
  104. @JohnnyWalker123

    C3PO is Jewish.

    No f’in way. C3PO is a British toff.

    I can’t quite figure out R2D2’s ethnic background.

    Going by the body type I’d guess Mayan.

    • Agree: El Dato
    • LOL: Johann Ricke
    • Replies: @Jack D
  105. El Dato says:
    @He's Spartacus

    Psst!! Can I interest you in ancient but glorious Euro-comics? Still in print, available at CINEBOOK and all fine bookstores.

    Plus, Laureline is at best 18, never ages, aces all situations, including technical and diplomatic ones, sometimes becomes cranky (especially after having been stoned by irate peasants) but not too much and appears in black leather dominatrix costume just to blow the minds (and then the heads) of two alien lowlifes who had it coming, then lectures her boyfriend that his sleeping around has gone on her demerits list.

  106. anon[307] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    STEAM is related to thermodynamics and gay sex.

  107. raga10 says:

    Amazing. In all the years since Star Wars first came out it never occurred to me to link Darth Vader’s physical disability with “machinic inhumanity and moral deviance”. I imagine this is not the first time this connection has been made, it’s just that I was blissfully unaware of it since I tend to avoid reading academic treatises on pop culture. Having read this piece, I think that’s a solid policy I will continue to follow.

  108. J.Ross says:

    House Resolition 4350 has passed the House with overwhelming Republican support: Federal Red Flag (the assassination of gun owners because someone, anyone, picked up a phone and denounced them French-style), creation of an “Office of Combating Extremism” (probably what the FBI already does with its fake plots, only more so), and lots of globohomo nonsense (electric vehicle mandates and critical race theory lectures for the military). Still has to pass the Senate but probably will.

  109. FPD72 says:
    @AnotherDad

    Human females are of great interest to human males. For everything else in universe they are–at best–“meat”.

    It’s my understanding that there are donkeys in Juarez and Tijuana that would beg to differ.

  110. Thea says:

    30 years ago, SA used to be an interesting magazine. Woke publications are also tiresome in the same yawn-inducing manner. It’s as if they share a template and just replace the topic at hand. Whether it be fashion, science, amusement parks is irrelevant, all are rendered irredeemably boring.

  111. Richard Spencer will be all over this.

  112. Strikingly, Force-wielding talents are narratively explained in Star Wars not merely in spiritual terms but also in ableist and eugenic ones: These supernatural powers are naturalized as biological, hereditary attributes. So it is that Force potential is framed as a dynastic property of noble bloodlines (for example, the Skywalker dynasty), and Force disparities are rendered innate physical properties, measurable via “midi-chlorian” counts

    When I was in elementary school, I wrote a short story that included a reference to an “escape pod”. I was shocked when my teacher wrote on the paper that “escape pod” wasn’t English. I was so deep inside the world of Star Wars fantasy that I didn’t know anything in the movies wasn’t common knowledge. This essay strikes me as being written by people who are still in that mode.

    • Replies: @Joe Stalin
  113. @Chrisnonymous

    I was shocked when my teacher wrote on the paper that “escape pod” wasn’t English.

    So teacher didn’t read Aviation Week?

  114. They got a really good acronym for their nonsense and they’re arguing against it. Wow. Such stupid.

    This entire article can be summed up with the phrase:

    The Left. Can’t. Meme.

  115. @Dumbo

    He looks like the assistant manager.

  116. @Almost Missouri

    in this case a marker of the intellectual rigorousness of Latin training

    Speaking English like you’re speaking Latin is idiotic pointless snobbery.

  117. bomag says:
    @rebel yell

    I checked the link.

    Here’s Van Jones: You are going to have the best life ever. You will be a better spouse, have a better family, have more fun. You are missing out on some great talent.

    Riiiight.

    I checked pictures of the Team. Pretty much a White women operation.

  118. @Nicholas Stix

    Should be called Sciencey People Magazine.

  119. @Jenner Ickham Errican

    How did you find a picture of me? Scary.

  120. Jack D says:
    @International Jew

    Watto is Jewish:

    I still can’t believe that Lucas got away with this.

    • Replies: @IHTG
  121. @Almost Missouri

    Most times splitting the infinitive is clumsy, but other times moving the adverb (it’s always an adverb, or adverbial clause) before the to or after the verb is equally clumsy. Perhaps we should view it as a new, separate verb, and spell accordingly: to boldlygo. Or perhaps as a phrasal verb, which Hollywood seems to love: to executive produce. (That needs a hyphen more than any actress’s name does!)

    The best way to avoid split infinitives is to jettison adverbs altogether, advice often given to beginning writers. This is what the delightfully-named Mignon Fogarty has to say.

    What do other languages with two-word infinitives say about this? These are mostly Scandinavian, e.g., at skrive, að myrða, att hålla sig neutral. But others will toss in an à or a zu before the infinitive in certain cases– prêt-à-porter, ohne seinen Kaffee zu trinken.

  122. IHTG says:
    @Jack D

    Strikes me as more of a general Semitic stereotype.

  123. @Gilbert Ratchet

    When I lived in Memphis 30 years ago, Collierville was where Shelby County middle class Caucasians had fled to to escape Memphis schools(the Upper Class fled to Germantown). I’m betting he’s some Incel made crazy by Wokeism and the lack of participation trophies in adult life for Whypeepol.

  124. Isn’t Scientific American the rag that rescinded their offer to Forrest Mims to write their Amateur Scientist column because he was a Christian whom they believed could not be sufficiently Darwinist enough?

  125. Isn’t Scientific American the rag that rescinded their offer to Forrest Mims to write their Amateur Scientist column because he was a Christian whom they believed could not be sufficiently Darwinist enough?

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/1990/11/01/big-bang-over-belief-at-scientific-american/33a72112-eddb-46a7-8116-f8d44fc272d2/

  126. LP5 says:
    @Known Fact

    scene: transporter room

    directive: widest possible dispersion

  127. MEH 0910 says:

    It’s possible that this is a Titania McGrath-style parody put over on the editors of Scientific American, but it seems too verbose for that: this op-ed just goes on and on endlessly.

    • Replies: @El Dato
  128. I’m sure that Darth Vader would have been an strong advocate for, and a client of, the trans-humanism project.

    Megalomaniacs want to project power forever.

    Most people are satisfied with the average human lifespan.

  129. @Mr Mox

    Hah, I got the wrong Hammond. That said, it certainly wouldn’t shock me if his pronouns were indeed ‘their’.

  130. Anon[422] • Disclaimer says:

    Speaking English like you’re speaking Latin is idiotic pointless snobbery.

    It’s class signaling. That is neither idiotic nor pointless. It may be snobbery, but depending on where you stand snobbery is not a bad thing. Not splitting infinitives, heck, even being aware of what an infinitive is and that there is a controversy about splitting them (and that Latin is not a style of music in this context), is at least moderately correlated with intelligence, which is more than can be said for a “Dr.” in front of a black woman’s name.

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