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From Yahoo News:

A Racial Reckoning at Yale’s Center for Emotional Intelligence

Tue, April 6, 2021, 7:01 PM·19 min read

A lot of Yahoo News content is reprinted from other sources. This originally comes from The 74, which I’d never heard of before. The article explains “Disclosures: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation provides financial support to RULER and The 74. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative provides financial support to the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and The 74.”

As schools across the country grapple with issues of historical discrimination, the director of a prominent SEL [Social Emotional Learning] program argued that some inclusion efforts could get its curriculum “banned,” according to emails obtained by The 74.

Attending a mostly white boarding school in Connecticut allowed Dena Simmons to escape the danger of her poor, Black and Latino neighborhood in the Bronx, New York. But it also separated her from her culture and made her feel like she didn’t belong. “There is emotional damage done when young people can’t be themselves,” she said six years ago during a TED Talk that has received almost 1.4 million views.

That’s why Simmons, who became assistant director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence in 2018, worked to make the center’s popular K-12 program on understanding feelings more meaningful for marginalized students. She pushed to include figures such as former President Barack Obama

You can’t get much more marginalized than Barack Obama.

Did Obama say he’d show up? Or did the date interfere with the arrival of his copy of New York Review of Books on Martha’s Vineyard?

and girls’ education activist Malala Yousafzai in lessons and challenged teachers with bold statements about schools being systems of white supremacy.

Her drive for cultural relevance, however, repeatedly clashed with the views of her supervisor, Marc Brackett, the center’s prominent director and best-selling author of Permission to Feel.

It’s almost as if the black woman wanted the job of her white male boss.

“The political examples automatically alienate people (Black or white) and we can’t judge people for being Democrats or Republicans,” Brackett wrote Simmons in one of several emails and documents shared with The 74.

His insistence on staying on the political sidelines ran afoul of Simmons and others at the Yale center who viewed his stance as tone deafness toward issues of historical injustice. Their lessons — for example, using a book about a transgender boy to teach about feeling understood — might get the curriculum “banned” in some parts of the country, Brackett said in one email. The conflict has put the center in the middle of a controversy that has rippled from the university to the larger world of what has come to be known as social-emotional learning.

Simmons, 37, resigned from her position in January, seven months after she was targeted by anonymous racial slurs during an online Yale event to memorialize the death of George Floyd. She left, she told the university at the time, due to a “hostile work environment” at the center, where she was subjected to “unconsented hair touching”

Here’s a technical question: Is the Great Hair-Touching Crisis of Our Times funnier each time I cite another example of it, the way the “cleft stick” joke is funnier each time Waugh brings it up again in Scoop? Or is enough enough and hair-touching is into diminishing returns?

My thinking has been that I’ll begin phasing it out when lots of other sources start pointing it out. But so far, I don’t believe even the Babylon Bee has made it a Thing.

and once received a reprimand from a supervisor for calling out social-emotional learning practices she viewed as harmful to students of color.

In interviews, four other former staffers supported her account, describing what they saw as an unwelcome atmosphere at the center toward issues of diversity and inclusion.

“There was no emotional intelligence afforded me,” Simmons told the 74. “I hope to push the field and institutions to do better — to put their actions where they say their values are.”

In a lengthy statement on her resignation sent to roughly 2,500 schools and organizations it works with around the world, center leaders said they were “deeply disheartened by our colleagues’ hurtful experiences at Yale.” …

In many ways, the Yale schism reflects the enormous growth social-emotional learning has experienced since the term’s first invocation at a 1994 conference. Today, the concept is ubiquitous. It is not unusual for large school districts to have whole departments devoted to helping students form positive relationships, manage difficult emotions and make sound decisions. It’s also big business, drawing $21 billion to $47 billion annually on programs and teacher training, according to a 2017 report.

Yowza. $21 billion to $47 billion here, $21 billion to $47 billion there …

While some criticize the field for “fuzzy” definitions and unclear targets, a formidable body of research now says social-emotional learning can improve social behavior and lead to long-term academic success.

I doubt that, but it sounds too boring to look into. In an era when practically anybody with anything on the ball is competing to be seen as hating white people the most, programs like Brackett’s that aren’t explicitly anti-white seem pretty anodyne even if they may be a waste of money.

… The Yale center, which sits in the medical school, draws in millions of dollars in grants, including at least $5 million in research funding from the U.S. Department of Education since 2012. It has even earned the endorsement of current Secretary Miguel Cardona. As state chief in Connecticut, he hired Brackett’s center to give all educators in the state access to a 10-hour course, funded in part with $500,000 from Dalio Education, a state foundation. CASEL cites RULER as an example of a program based on research, and Brackett sits on its board.

He has also brought to the field pop-culture cachet. He teamed up with Lady Gaga in 2015 for a summit on how teens feel about school and appears frequently on TV talk shows. Even parents who don’t know RULER or recognize Brackett’s name are familiar with the “Mood Meter,” which teaches children to associate feelings with colors. The resulting boards of multi-hued Post-it Notes produced by parents and teachers have become mainstays on Pinterest.

A former middle school math and English teacher in the Bronx, Simmons joined the center in 2014. She believed in its mission and called the opportunity “a dream come true.” Her doctoral studies had focused on how middle school teachers can address bullying. Now, she wanted to help schools become more compassionate places for marginalized students.

But as the program grew, so did Simmons’s view that the center’s leaders saw equity as an “add-on.” She became convinced that common practices in social-emotional learning, such as taking deep breaths in times of stress, wouldn’t serve students of color well.

“Try telling a child in poverty to breathe through racism,” she said in an interview. “That is insulting.”

Would you have wanted Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown or George Floyd or Philip Adams or Noah Green or Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa to have controlled their emotions? I don’t think so.

She recruited others with classroom experience to the center and blended Learning for Justice’s Social Justice Standards — like showing “empathy when people are excluded or mistreated” — into RULER materials.

Susan Rivers, who co-founded the center with Brackett in 2013, recalled that Simmons “emerged as an education leader, despite not having the support, encouragement or collaboration to do anti-racist, inclusive work while at Yale.”

“She asks really tough and essential questions about equity in education, and she has the courage and conviction to do and lead the work,” said Rivers, who left the center in 2016 and now runs iThrive Games, a foundation that supports game-based learning for teens.

That quality often put Simmons at odds with the center’s leadership. In commentaries such as 2019’s “Why We Can’t Afford Whitewashed Social-Emotional Learning,” she argued that sidestepping the “larger sociopolitical context” in which students live keeps them from developing skills to confront hate and injustice. Ignoring that background, she said, could turn their teachings into “white supremacy with a hug.” That statement, she said, earned her a warning from Linda Mayes, director of the Yale Child Study Center that oversees the emotional intelligence program, to be more careful with her words. …

Medved-Wu noted the irony of a workplace devoted to emotional intelligence where many workers felt uncomfortable sharing their emotions.

“If Black employees, non-Black employees of color, employees who have self-identified as LGBTQ+and employees with disabilities do not feel safe, valued or heard in-house,” she asked, “then what biases and messaging are being sent locally and globally?”

She also proposed a fifth-grade lesson about The Other Boy, the book about a transgender child that sparked pushback from Brackett. “We can’t be in a position that our curriculum is banned,” he wrote in an email to Simmons and other staff members. “We have to be neutral.”

No one is allowed to be neutral.

… To the bewilderment of some staffers, Brackett appeared to have no resistance to such themes in his personal life. Brackett, who is gay, supports finding ways for young people “pushing the boundaries of gender/sexual identity” to feel accepted, and he recently completed a documentary with his cinematographer husband on a camp for youth devoted to “exploring gender diversity.”

But inside the center, staff members say they heard a different message. “I recall him frequently emphasizing … that the appeal of our work had to be for everyone,” said Sarah Kadden, a former program manager for early childhood.

The I in DIE doesn’t mean “inclusion” for the Wrong People, just for the Right People.

Simmons and Medved-Wu suspect Brackett’s motivation for keeping the lessons free of controversy was financial.

Ya think?

Could it also be true that Ms. Simmons is projecting her own financial motivations?

A six-week training institute for three district staff members costs $6,000.

“If RULER were to be banned, it would impact the bottom line,” Simmons said.

The issue most important to Simmons — equity — was where she felt the least support. She had been pushing for years to brand the term into the center’s mission statement. In 2019, Brackett proposed in an email that she “create the vision … for how we infuse equity/culturally responsive practices, etc. into our training and curriculum.” By that point, Simmons said, the center was sending mixed messages, pushing inclusion while resisting her attempts to broaden the curriculum. In one email, she told Brackett that she did not want to become “a prop” for the center’s work on diversity.

“We were discouraged from raising equity issues, such as the school-to-prison pipeline, racist discipline practices [and] the cultural mismatch often found between students and teachers,” said Kadden, now a social worker in Connecticut’s New London Public Schools.

Then came the Zoom bomb.

On May 25, the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody sparked an outcry in cities and campuses across the country. In early June, thousands of Black Lives Matter protesters flooded the streets of New Haven, where Yale is located, presenting a list of demands, including the removal of resource officers from local schools. Weeks later, during an online event devoted to racial healing held by Yale’s Child Study Center, Simmons was reading a poem when several anonymous gate-crashers interrupted her with racial slurs, both verbally and in the chat field. Simmons logged off of the event, which was not password protected, but returned at the urging of colleagues. The harassment resumed.

In its statement, the Yale emotional intelligence center decried the “horrific, racist Zoom bombing” and said it had taken steps to curb its online “vulnerabilities.” Leaders have offered workshops on cultural sensitivity, hired a chief diversity officer and scrutinized RULER to “ensure it is equitable and inclusive,” the statement said.

It sounds like Zoom bombers may have gotten what they wanted …

But Simmons, who took a seven-month medical leave

The emotional labor left her exhausted.

, said the experience followed a pattern of incidents in which she felt dehumanized, such as colleagues touching her hair and calling it exotic. She left the university Jan. 19, the day she was supposed to return.

For those who view Simmons as a leader, not only in social-emotional learning but in the broader anti-racist movement, her departure raises troubling questions. …

With Yale behind her, Simmons is free to approach social-emotional learning her way.

She has launched LiberatED — a curriculum with equity at the center — and next year, St. Martin’s Press will publish her book, White Rules for Black People. “I needed my voice to ring louder than other people’s doubts, slights and limitations,” she wrote recently. “I left so that I could save myself, so that I could dream. And I left so that I could invest my time into changing the very system that failed me and is failing so many others.”

… Echoing Simmons’s concerns, Drummond-Forrester said the responsibility for equity work fell on her shoulders because she is Black.

“I was burned out,” she said.

 
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  1. Polistra says:

    The hair-touching meme has legs, for the simple reason that it demonstrates so clearly how completely out of touch with reality these people are. They (and their many fans) truly believe that clueless wypipos are clamoring for a feel of those, um, tresses. And if your hair really is touched–or if you just like to say it was–you get a paid, seven-month vacation.

  2. The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.

    What more needs to be said?

    Yale’s biggest problem is that it is in New Haven, a half-hour drive from here. The first thing you see is the IKEA store, right next to this brutalist abomination:

    • Agree: SunBakedSuburb
    • Replies: @El Dato
    , @hhsiii
    , @scrivener3
  3. This publication — “The 74” — pays writers by the word, right?

    • Replies: @theMann
  4. Is the Great Hair-Touching Crisis of Our Times funnier each time I cite another example of it, the way the “cleft stick” joke is funnier each time Waugh brings it up again in Scoop? Or is enough enough and hair-touching is into diminishing returns?

    I think it gets funnier each time (despite the emotional exhaustion of processing black pain), and I’m going to be sad (perhaps even angry enough to steal sneakers, burn neighborhoods and punch Asians) if it goes away one day.

    It’s my misfortune, perhaps punishment, to live in a part of the world where I only see a sacred black once in every six months (and interreact with one about once or twice per decade, if memory serves me correctly), and so your occasional and poignant renderings of the ‘issue of our time’ keep me grounded.

    • Thanks: Calvin Hobbes
    • Replies: @HammerJack
  5. Definitely funnier each time.

    • Disagree: El Dato
    • Replies: @J.Ross
  6. • Replies: @AceDeuce
  7. Lurker says:

    It all leaves me exhausted, that’s for sure. I can barely summon the energy required to read the entire litany of woes.

    • Agree: notsaying
  8. Veracitor says:

    But Simmons, who took a seven-month medical leave, said the experience followed a pattern of incidents in which she felt dehumanized, such as colleagues touching her hair and calling it exotic. She left the university Jan. 19, the day she was supposed to return [from her medical leave].

    Nothing demonstrates the ‘privilege’ these grifters enjoy like the way they demand and their employers provide months and years of vacation with full pay (“medical leave”) to them as a reward for ridiculous, obviously mendacious complaints about imaginary hair-touching and “emotional labor.”

    • Replies: @Polemos
    , @Anon
    , @Jack D
  9. MattinLA says:

    This psychotic hair touching fantasy never goes away. Its like finding the virgin mary in a tortilla.

  10. anon[282] • Disclaimer says:

    We’re seeing genocide in real time.

  11. Anonymous[395] • Disclaimer says:

    Head lice! Not touching that.

    How do you even shampoo hair like that? Do they? (╹д╹)

    I suppose “shampoo” is not even in those peoples’ dictionary. Hard to beat out on a hollow log, I guess.

    But civilized people know all about it.

  12. Marat says:

    Steve – it’s time to learn the hair types:

  13. anon[752] • Disclaimer says:
    @Polistra

    The hair-touching meme has legs, for the simple reason that it demonstrates so clearly how completely out of touch with reality these people are.

    I’m sure that those who suffer from hair-touching truly believe what they say is true.
    But, there are worse problems that hair-touching; penis-stealing, for example.
    These guys believe what they say is true too.

    1 year ago:
    https://abntv.com.ng/2020/01/breaking-confusion-as-tigernut-seller-allegedly-steals-mans-penis-in-umuahia-photosvideo/

    Last November
    https://www.nairaland.com/6237684/woman-accused-stealing-mans-penis#95760330

    I guess wypipo in the US are not so bad off, only being falsely accused of hair-touching.

    • Thanks: Joseph Doaks
  14. Polemos says:
    @Veracitor

    I wonder what really happened during the Zoom bombing. How does that work? And what if it really is just randomscript bots let loose spewing incoherent triggerwords into any unsecured block of Zoom phone numbers, but these high bourgeois types don’t know what that looks like or how computers work?

    It’s a piece of the same pattern when class separates high-minded types from the “lived experience” of others whom they believe are like themselves — here, through race. They don’t live in the squalor or filth of the shithouses, within the poverty or disrepair of assisted housing, alongside the repugnance of brutal, traumatized minds trapped in abused bodies and autosomal degradation. They live their own emotionally complex and complicated lives kept apart from those whom they claim to represent, and their self-denial and lack of accountability manifest in projection onto others what they cannot admit: do unto others what you cannot imagine yourself doing unto them.

    When I talk to shithouse blackfolk, I find they are often faced by problems similar to the shithouse whitefolk and shithouse tanfolk problems: at root, human short-sightedness caused by inability to adapt to one’s own stupidity using one’s own stupidity, human arrogance in thinking one’s own unique perspective on their own pain gives them insight into how to fix the pain they cause others or themselves, and human inability to find humor or mirth in the comedic joke of our untimely cosmic mystery. But at the skin and bloom of each branch of this our tree, our rhizome — our whole human race — there are so many variations and discoveries and mistakes and course corrections each of our humanfolk explore, and lots of us will die never seeing even the slightly bigger picture that we are all connected through something more pervasive than genetic language.

    We all come from this shithouse, we all stink of its shit. Our shit flowers and fruits only when it first passes through living beings capable of transforming shit into new life, within their bodies, becoming their bodies, and then in birthing a new generation of those living beings we come to forgetting that old life as Our Shit and becoming Their Shit, renewing this great karmic cycle of Everlasting Shit and releasing our selves from the burden of ever having to give a shit again.

  15. OT:

    Multiple airlines grounding Boeing 737 Craters….I mean 737 Heavy Landers…wait…I mean 737 Lawn Darts…uh, wait….I meant 737 MAXes over electrical issues:

    https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2021/04/10/american-united-southwest-grounding-boeing-737-max-jets/

    • Replies: @Mike Tre
  16. @Change that Matters

    WHERE. DO. YOU. LIVE.

    And can I visit? For the rest of my life?

  17. Attending a mostly white boarding school in Connecticut…

    …Simmons was reading a poem…

    There was a brave girl of Connecticut
    Who flagged the express with her pecticut,
    Which her elders defined
    As presence of mind,
    But deplorable absence of ecticut.
    –Ogden Nash

    Simmons, 37, resigned from her position in January…

    As should have Joe Biden, making the ultimate gesture in ending white supremacy.

    Echoing Simmons’s concerns, Drummond-Forrester said the responsibility for equity work fell on her shoulders because she is Black.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  18. Prof says:

    Emotional intelligence was “invented” by Yale president Peter Salovey. That got him famous. Kind of junky science.

  19. syonredux says:

    Anti-White propaganda is getting rather….. baroque. From an LA TIMES article about AMAZON’s THEM:

    The plight of the Emory family is at the center of Amazon’s new anthology series “Them,” partly inspired by the Great Migration, when millions of Black families oppressed by the racism of the Jim Crow South relocated to the West, Northwest and Midwest. Set in 1953, the series follows the fictional Emorys, who have journeyed from North Carolina to settle in Compton.

    The 10-episode first season, subtitled “Covenant,” follows other high-profile mash-ups of the country’s troubled history of race relations and genre elements. Like last year’s Emmy winner, “Watchmen,” its HBO counterpart, “Lovecraft Country,” and Hulu‘s “Antebellum,” “Them” features horrific scenarios of Black people being attacked, images that remain highly resonant with the national furor surrounding police brutality against Black people and the resurgence of white supremacist groups.

    While much of the menace in “Them” comes from things that go bump in the night, the most shocking horror lies in its more realistic scenes of racist violence, which are arguably more disturbing than the vivid images in its recent predecessors. The mayhem gains momentum in the fifth episode, which depicts the murder of a Black infant while his mother is raped and continues in a later episode with the blinding of a Black couple with hot pokers, and a white mob then burning them to death.

    https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2021-04-09/amazon-them-covenant-little-marvin-lena-waithe-violence

  20. Following up with Syon’s post above: Critics lash out at the new Amazon Prime series “Them” for being “torture porn” but most are angry because they assumed something so hideous had to have been written by a white person.


    The purpose of all of this is to inflame and justify race hatred of white people. With fiction.

    • Agree: Joseph Doaks
  21. Clyde says:

    How predictable, the author has a huge mop of tangled and slicked clown hair.

  22. El Dato says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    That’s the Ministry of Feels?

    Their logo must be Wojak, being interrogated by a Black O’Brien.

    But as the program grew, so did Simmons’s view that the center’s leaders saw equity as an “add-on.” She became convinced that common practices in social-emotional learning, such as taking deep breaths in times of stress, wouldn’t serve students of color well.

    That’s why you can kick the ass of POCs during martial arts training.

    (OT but did Turkey just declare low-tone war on Russia in a “pre-WWI” underhanded buddy-buddy way with their Zelensky declaration and possibly confirm Jihadi shipment into Ukraine? Find out before the end of April because the two US guided missile destroyers just steaming around there for random reasons are supposed to leave by May 4)

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    , @Buzz Mohawk
  23. @syonredux

    I’m assuming no such things actually happened, and I’m sure that soon the killings of Channon and Newsom will get the full Hollywood treatment – any day now.

    The various UK child rape scandals will get a 25-part mini-series, each focusing on a different town.

    And in the UK, the torture and murder of poor Mary-Ann Leneghan, from which I learned that if you want to scald someone really badly (and these people did) you should add sugar to the kettle of water, both to increase the boiling point and for it to stick to the skin.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Mary-Ann_Leneghan

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/berkshire/4953362.stm

  24. vhrm says:

    From the “i’ve been here too long department”:

    “Her doctoral studies had focused on how middle school teachers can address bullying.”

    My immediate reaction was that “doctoral studies” sounds weaselly; reporters usually would use some construction using “PhD”. Sure enough: “Dena Simmons, Ed.D.” earned from that fount of good education ideas Teacher’s College at Columbia University (though i don’t know in what the degree is for exactly).

  25. El Dato says:
    @syonredux

    The anti-white pogroms haven’t started yet (except for the random noise of killings by low-IQ deranged blacks), gotta hurry things along.

    THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT!

    Meanwhile in South Africa, things are becoming markedly more antiracist:

    So it is now impossible to be white and African? As one myself, I find this growing racist war on whiteness deeply troubling

    I was bemused to read that a radical black politician in South Africa caused a Twitter storm this week by telling us that one cannot be both African and white. Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, a member of the Economic Freedom Fighters party, said that “no white person on this continent can claim to be African”.

    As one of the 8% of South Africans who are white, I am perplexed.

    ….

    The reason is, of course, political. There is a civil war within the African National Congress (ANC). The fact that former president Jacob Zuma thumbed his nose at his obligation to appear before the Zondo Commission into widespread state corruption is a clue. Julius Malema, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighter, who seems to wear a different Rolex or Breitling watch every day of the week and regularly calls for killing all the whites, has been courting Zuma.

    The Radical Economic Transformers within the ruling ANC – an ever more dangerous faction – have assembled a pack of slavering loot-monsters.

    Ace Magashule, the transformers’ leader and secretary-general of the party, is the greatest threat to democratic SA. A former warlord of the Free State, he currently has 21 charges of corruption over his head. But as Richard Poplak has written, South Africa’s future is not determined either by parliament or the ballot box. It is decided by the strongest. There are 80 ANC National Executive Council members who are not compelled to consult with their constituents. (This is government by dipstick.) A general consensus is reached with the self-interest of the strongest prevailing.

    Whoever promises the most to a starving, ignorant population is who will win. Kill the whites? Sure! Confiscate their property? Sure! One settler, one bullet? Sure!

    Damon Young, a black American journalist who is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, had this to say [WARNING: LINK TO VERYSMARTBROTHAS] about white people in The Root recently:

    “Whiteness is a public health crisis. It shortens life expectancies, it pollutes air, it constricts equilibrium, it devastates forests, it melts ice caps, its sparks (and funds) wars, it flattens dialects, it infects consciousnesses (sic), and it kills people… White supremacy is a virus that, like other viruses, will not die until there are no bodies left for it to infect. Which means the only way to stop it is to locate it, isolate it, extract it, and kill it.”

    It’s coming.

    Never ever give up the AR-15.

    • Thanks: mark green
    • Replies: @Detroit Refugee
  26. Mr Mox says:

    There seems to be a red thread running through all these stories. Maybe it’s time to for a meme:

    “Behind every silly complaint is a silly woman”

    • Agree: Buffalo Joe
    • Replies: @Joseph Doaks
  27. Altai says:

    But inside the center, staff members say they heard a different message. “I recall him frequently emphasizing … that the appeal of our work had to be for everyone,” said Sarah Kadden, a former program manager for early childhood.

    This reminds me of the scandal in Australia where Roz Ward’s ‘Safe Schools’ anti-bullying initiative turned out to really be all about gay children and the deep, deep, neuroses and extreme politics of the founder of the programme. Other people getting bullied? Bullying in general? Yeah, we’ll get to them but need to make sure these Zoomers have heard about gay people and been told not to hate them, society can be so hostile to them. It’s 1976 right? Just say it’s about gay children, don’t pretend it is ‘anti-bullying’.

  28. It is almost as if the US education system is used for propaganda. Who would have thunk it?

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  29. My thinking has been that I’ll begin phasing [the Great Hair-Touching Crisis of Our Times] out when lots of other sources start pointing it out. But so far, I don’t believe even the Babylon Bee has made it a Thing.

    The Hierarchy of Cultural Innovation and Progress of Civilization, 2021 Edition:

    Steve Sailer —> obscure Mormon parody site —> the memosphere —> public consciousness —> the Mainstream Media (where the foregoing stages are denounced as “racist” and “white supremacy”)

    Also,

    a camp for youth devoted to “exploring gender diversity.”

    This sounds like a camp where they just skip all the sports and crafts stuff and go straight to the creepy counselor trying to touch the kids in the woods.

    As the Overton Window moves further left, the camp can promote itself as a place where you can “have your kid molested in a safe and supportive environment”.

  30. On hair touching, I’ve seen virtue signaling naive white women say things that were supposed to be compliments to black women that actually came off as condescending.

    Blacks are pretty emotional attuned and they pick up on the tone of voice when a white woman says, “oh you have such gorgeous skin” or whatever, and it’s not quite sincere. The white woman will often have an undertone of self-congratulation, because they are complimenting a POC.

    So, the black woman knows what’s up. She feels talked down to.

    I saw a sales clerk walk over to black woman and her daughter the other day and gush “hello beautiful people, how may I help you!” I was embarrassed for her and I think the black woman was on the verge of telling her to just talk normally please.

    • Replies: @AceDeuce
    , @Polistra
  31. Anon[199] • Disclaimer says:
    @Veracitor

    colleagues touching her hair and calling it exotic. She left the university Jan. 19, the day she was supposed to return.

    Yes, this is obviously a complete lie. Who touched her hair when? Has even a single hair touching incident followed what you’d think would be the normal trajectory of having a cuplrit named and fired, like most Karen/Xing while Black incidents? She resigned from her job before making a single concrete hair touching complaint?

  32. unit472 says:

    Negroes have been in America for 400 years so why is it only now, in the 21st century, when negroes are distributed everywhere, that ‘hair touching’ and other novel complaints arise?

    I recall, perhaps apocryphal, tales of Europeans upon seeing their first negroes, demanding they show their tails but not being particularly interested in their hair. Of course earlier negroes tended to keep their hair short and did not have dreadlocks, cornrows or in an unkempt bristly mat shooting out of their head.

  33. Rob says:

    I can recall when employees, even non-Whites, did not bad mouth their employers in public. This seems to have gone by the wayside for the DIEs. Typically when employees feel they have the upper hand it indicates that the labor market is very tight. I cannot see factory workers airing dirty laundry in public like this. Are there a lot more jobs for DIErs than there are ‘capable’ DIEs? If so, perhaps we need to skip over these American blacks and use pure Africans, who, after all, have not had their non-White purity tainted by White admixture.

    It strikes me that the hair touching thing is pretty much exclusively women. I do not think I have heard a black woman complain that White men are constantly pawing her locks. It would not be particularly believable. It also seems to be a frequent complaint from boarding school blacks. It reminds me of the thing about women experiencing lots of unwanted attention in heavily male careers. Like, if the IT department is 95% male, each woman deals with a lot more interest than she would in a 50/50 department. I do not have insider info, but cannot imagine these fancy boarding schools pollute the student body with more than 10% – probably more like 5% – blacks. Each black girl is the only black friend of 10-20 white girls. Girls probably touch each other’s hair occasionally, and the black girls get lots more attention per girl. The white upper class is trying to transition to being the dominant elite of a heavily minority country. The parents and schools likely encourage the girls to interact and learn about the blacks at school – that’s why have blacks there, after all. Diversity is an amenity for the real students.

    Not to mention, I’m frickin’ bald and I think black women got a lousy deal on their hair. They must realize we don’t find their hair appealing. If people were constantly rubbing my bald-ass head, I think I’d get a bit annoyed. Though it does indicate that the blacks are at least moderately well-accepted. Interracial friendships are much rarer and more fraught at public schools where the blacks have a critical mass of blacks to form cliques. It probably does grate on boarding school blacks that they do not have many black friends at the school. But if there were so many blacks that they could all hang out together, what diversity value are they truly providing the white students? I am sure there are kinda clueless white boarding school chicks who write diversity college application essays along the lines of ‘I felt my black friend Shamallamagungadina’s hair. I truly realized how diversity enriches us all, with different skin tones and hair textures, but they are just like real people, and their hair is pretty, in a way. That’s why I feel comfortable with the diversity I know and welcome in college.’ On the other hand, maybe guidance counselors discourage that?

  34. Being a black woman in America must be like being in your own personal zombie film as hordes of pasty-faced Americans lumber with arms outstretched towards your irresistible hair, mindlessly chanting.

    ‘braids….braids…..MORE braids!’

  35. @Almost Missouri

    Yes, it’s creepy camp.

    I also noted that when “To the bewilderment of some staffers, Brackett appeared to have no resistance to such themes in his personal life,” the complaint apparently wasn’t that Brackett had a pedo camp, but that he mede a distinction between personal life and public life. Totalitarian thinking cannot abide such bourgeois distinctions, even if for strategic reasons. There is no privacy, no agency, and no boundary to be made between what those with power personally desire and what they will decide that others will be made to desire.

  36. Black people – especially black women – have the worst cardio in the world.

    They’re always exhausted.

  37. George says:

    Emotional learning is an ongoing educational fad (scam?).

    CASEL is committed to advancing equity and excellence in education through social and emotional learning

    The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning defined SEL more than two decades ago. Today, we support states, districts and schools nationwide and convene leading thinkers to ensure SEL is a priority in every school nationwide.

    SEL is an integral part of education and human development. SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.

    https://casel.org/

    A search on emotional learning produces a huge number of links.

    Dena Simmons links:

    https://www.denasimmons.com/how-to-be-an-antiracist-educator

    She is a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow, available only to immigrants to the USA. https://www.pdsoros.org/fellowship

    Dena Simmons is the child of immigrants from Russia and Antigua and Barbuda.

    https://www.pdsoros.org/meet-the-fellows/dena-simmons

    TED of course: https://www.ted.com/speakers/dena_simmons

    Her bio states she was raised in The Bronx and attended a Connecticut prep school. That implies she was part of the Prep for Prep scheme that makes it possible for promising NYC Blackish kids to avoid going to a HS surrounded by Asians like Stuyvesant HS or The Bronx School of Science and instead attend a HS surrounded by the children of rich (white?) kids.

    • Replies: @vhrm
  38. A now former Yale staffer using ‘unconsented’ rather than ‘non-consensual’ show just how much Yale’s hiring standards have declined.

  39. JessicaR says:

    Gee, as a white woman who has had her hair touched without her permission on numerous occasions, I understand why this woman is upset.

    I was an adolescent when schools in my area first integrated. African-American students I had *never even seen before* came up to me and touched my hair without permission. One black girl passed by me and said, “That’s nice hair for cutting,” because there was one incident in which black girls cornered a white girl in a school restroom and cut off her hair.

    When I got older, a white fellow employee grabbed my braid between the sides of both hands and made a chopping motion with his hands like he wanted to cut my hair off. We had not had an argument or disagreement of any kind. He simply was hostile to women. He also mimed slapping my buttocks when I bent over to reach something I needed for e work. I was wearing pants and nothing showed. The man was obviously hostile to women–other female coworkers commented on it too–and used hair touching as a way of expressing that hostility

    At another job, a white jerk grabbed a few strands of my hair and pulled hard. He also pinched. Note that he did not grab a lock of hair and tug. He wove his fingers through my hair and selected only maybe half a dozen strands and yanked so it really hurt.

    The man was probably gay. While many gay men treat women with sensitivity, in certain segments of the gay community, there is a great deal of misogyny and it shows in little actions like these.

    In my experience, unwanted hair touching was a way of inflicting pain, expressing a hatred of women, and making a racialized threat.

    So, yes, hair touching is a big deal, not necessarily for the act itself but for the hostility and power ploys that go with it.

    Presumably, white people would not touch the hair of another white person at work–unless the job was at a salon. Touching an African-American woman’s hair without her permission shows that others regard her as “exotic” and different and not really an equal coworker.

    The woman’s complaint is NOT a trivial one. Nor is it funny.

    • LOL: Calvin Hobbes
    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    , @Jack D
    , @3g4me
    , @vhrm
  40. Zoos says:

    Meanwhile, woke white fat chicks continue to be the most rejected people in the entire world:

  41. Jack D says:
    @Veracitor

    Right and when her medical leave was exhausted, she quit. She never had any intention of going back to that job. I’m sure she is going to fail upward to some even more prestigious grift.

    What we have now is some insane combination of shamelessness and total lack of self awareness. It’s like the Muslim mass shooters who are “crazy” but not so crazy that they don’t buy bulletproof vests and make getaway plans. She is both mentally ill and capable of cooking up elaborate long term schemes and false accusations that always seem to serve her self interest.

    https://edsurge.imgix.net/uploads/post/image/12218/dena-1557875842.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1400&h=567&fit=crop

    As usual, this “black” schemer is not really black but mulatto. The mulatto combines the amorality of the African with (some of) the intelligence of the white – instead of shoplifting at WalMart her white brain allows her to run bigger, more complex grifts at places like Yale. The worst mistake you can make is to allow such a grifteress into your organization – she will wreak havoc one way or another. It’s better to hire the most worthless ghetto black alongside a white person to actually do her job than to have one of these enemies inside the gates of your organization.

  42. The Westchester NY paper’s front-page Sunday blowout meanwhile spotlights the battle against “systemic inequality” in the suburbs

  43. J.Ross says:
    @kaganovitch

    Same thing in this case.
    —–
    RULER: because AM is already taken.
    —–
    Is it funnier? I find it hilarious that every black woman fantasizing about hair rape is not immediately confronted with examples of racist black violence.

  44. Altai says:
    @Polistra

    It reminds me of Arab students studying abroad all repeating the same line about people asking them if they ‘Ride a camel to school’ back home. It sounds like their stereotype of what others stereotype them on. (Or rather a particularly absurd line designed to make their hosts look particularly ignorant)

    Same with these black women, maybe in a school with young children would this hair touching thing happen but with adults?

    The idea that adult white people are always trying to ‘touch their hair’ sounds like their stereotype of white people or a line designed to make white people seem particularly gormless.

    • LOL: TWS
  45. @Jack D

    Right and when her medical leave was exhausted, she quit. She never had any intention of going back to that job.

    I agree that this is totally despicable behavior, but I have known white Americans who have done exactly the same thing, in particular taking extended fake medical leave prior to retirement at the taxpayer expense while accumulating a pension, but also faking injuries and then extending them on Workers Comp for ever and ever, while being seen going about in the community without any kind of impediment, and even taking other paid employment at the same time.

    However I thought nothing of it at the time and just assumed that it was part of the general American culture, and as a naturalized American I was trying to assimilate the values of my adopted country.

    However when I requested pre-retirement sick leave to use up thousands of hours of unused accumulated sick leave, I was denied, as if that was an unreasonable request.

  46. Next poor black girls will be bringing their “Emotional Support” black person on the plane with them. How did we get to this place?

    • LOL: Achmed E. Newman
    • Replies: @3g4me
    , @SunBakedSuburb
  47. @Altai

    Well, you have Christmas cards to blame for promulgating the racist stereotype that Arabs ride around on methane-and-dung-producing ruminants instead of using taxis.

    And that Jews give birth in stables.

  48. You know we could eliminate the “hair touching” fetish if we allowed Whites to wear an afro wig and then maybe go around in black face for a day to experience the “culture.” It’s not like all the music you hear is hip hop or rap.

    • Replies: @tyrone
  49. @Steve

    “Did Obama say he’d show up? Or did the date interfere with the arrival of his copy of New York Review of Books on Martha’s Vineyard?”

    More than likely it conflicted with an Obama conference with his minions in his DC residence.

  50. 3g4me says:
    @Buffalo Joe

    @18 Buffalo Joe: “How did we get to this place?”

    With the Jeffersonian/Enlightenment heretical propaganda that “All men are created equal.” Anyone who truly believes in natural equality rejects divine hierarchy, divinely-created natural biology, and common sense. That’s why so many of them comment here . . . year after year after year after year.

    • Replies: @James J O'Meara
  51. AndrewR says:
    @Altai

    They would be safer if they all rode camels. It would be safer than driving. I have a Saudi friend who was in a bad accident when he was driving and hit a camel.

  52. AndrewR says:
    @Jack D

    Go easy on her. If I had a smile that gummy I would hate the world too. Sad she doesn’t call out attractive privilege instead of white privilege

  53. AndrewR says:
    @syonredux

    This is blood libel intended to cook up genocidal hatred of whites.

    The first time I really noticed how “anti-racism” is just black supremacism was when, in high school, a black woman from an organization whose name literally had the phrase “fighting racism” to talk to us. A black boy said that, after he watched Amistad, he wanted to punch the first white person he saw. To my naïve surprise, the “anti-racist” “educator” did not respond by saying “well it’s good you didn’t because that would have been racist and wrong.” Instead, she said “it’s good you didn’t because we don’t need another brother in jail.”

    • Replies: @Polistra
  54. I like how she brought in Barak Obama and Malala Yousafzai as examples of her fight against white supremacy in promoting greater inclusion. That’s kind of like thinking MLK is edgy today.

    Steve, your intermediary comments had me busting a gut today. The one about having George Floyd et al controlling their emotions took the cake.

    Finally, I don’t care about black women’s hair. Do white liberals who oh so painfully want to be accepted by blacks fetishize it and thus touch it compulsively? Those are the ones who are being re-educated, from liberal to radical, from socialist to Communist, from equality to promoting the gulag.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  55. El Dato says:

    While the Yale Center has a center of Emotional Intelligence, MIT Press has a book trying to discuss whether there is anything there:

    https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/emotional-intelligence

    Paperback $40.00 X ISBN: 9780262632966 720 pp. | 6 in x 9 in 29 illus. January 2004

    And there is also Artificial Emotional Intelligence of the sort not exhibited by article writers but used by machinery to better communicate with humans:

    https://mitsloan.mit.edu/ideas-made-to-matter/emotion-ai-explained

    https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/affective-computing

    Paperback $65.00 X ISBN: 9780262661157 306 pp. | 6.8 in x 9.8 in July 2000

    A bit steep for a paperback TBH.

    I don’t know whether anyone has ever explored the racist implications of this yet. NYT writers, to your company-paid Microsoft office software packages!

    “Dave, would you stop your microaggressions please?”

  56. El Dato says:
    @Jack D

    Well, we had a white IT guy in the company who did that. Hinted at suicide, took leave for psychological reasons, then quit the day he would return.

    I met him in the bar in the evening. Didn’t look too depressed.

  57. “Emotional Intelligence”

    What my mom said I had after looking at my report card.

    “diminishing returns”

    I tapped out several bits here: grave robber, sentient Danny O’ Day, rehabber of reanimated Emmett Till (a hybrid of grave robber), and other hilarious notions that have slipped my mind. Ultimately, it’s your call.

    “phasing it out”

    Good for you. Don’t let involuntary celibates named Colin spoil your imaginative fun. Sail those galactic seas in your starship, Captain Sailer. (red squiggly line).

  58. El Dato says:

    Brackett appeared to have no resistance to such themes in his personal life. Brackett, who is gay, supports finding ways for young people “pushing the boundaries of gender/sexual identity” to feel accepted, and he recently completed a documentary with his cinematographer husband on a camp for youth devoted to “exploring gender diversity.”

    In this camp for youth, explore your gender diversity with Uncle Brackett!

    Certainly an idea whose time has “come”. Won’t anybody think of the poor weblos!

    Meanwhile at the other end of the Spectrum Of Lunacy (the “SOL”?)

    Deceiving Your Sex Partner Would Be a Crime Under Bill Backed by New York Democrats

    Obtaining sex through “deception,” “concealment,” or “artifice” could violate consent. A group of New York lawmakers is trying to redefine consent in a way that would make it a crime to be less than fully truthful with sex partners. Under the new proposal, antics now considered merely caddish or immoral—like lying to a prospective sex partner about one’s relationship status, social standing, or future intentions—would count as criminal sexual misconduct.

    You better not be lying about your anal sex experience either or you will see Epstein’s cell from inside.

    This opens opportunities for Love Hotels in New Jersey, maybe?

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    , @L. Guapo
  59. @Buffalo Joe

    “Emotional Support black person”

    Look BJ, I have no fondness for the black ladies. But at least they will be seeking a connection with another human being even though said human being is essentially chum for the Mi-go (this bit is getting close to its expiration date). White ladies, these days, find consorts amongst the various dog breeds. So let’s drop the cat-lady crap.

  60. tyrone says:
    @Buffalo Joe

    There is no “hair touching ” fetish amongst white people ( revulsion perhaps) ,there is however such a fetish amongst blacks i.e. to touch white’s hair …..how do I know this? ,experience.

  61. It is not unusual for large school districts to have whole departments devoted to helping students form positive relationships

    They also operate law firms, restaurants, transportation companies, police forces, lobbying orgs, sports leagues, telecom service firms, health clinics, counseling centers, plus dozens of other fiefdoms, like the positive relationship office, back at HQ.

    None of those functions have anything to do with a district’s primary, babysitting mission, but much to do with its high property taxes.

  62. Anon[347] • Disclaimer says:

    In other words, it’s impossible to work with blacks because they’re up to their eyeballs in godawful attitude. Historically speaking, the only people who could were holding a whip in hand.

  63. Anon[347] • Disclaimer says:
    @syonredux

    Interesting psychology. If you spend all your time showing blacks being terrorized, it looks suspiciously like you want to psychologically terrorize blacks so they’re too intimidated to compete with whites.

    Considering how many blacks are out of the workforce in this day and age, this works very well.

    How many blacks work for Amazon? Practically none. Amazon is too Darwinian a place to want blacks working for their organization.

  64. “I was burned out,” she said.

    I know exactly how she feels. At least since the time George Zimmerman successfully defended himself against a homicidal attack by Trayvon Martin, I’ve found myself suffering more and more from a state of mind and emotion which I describe as Negro fatigue.

  65. Social-Emotional Learning!

    Ahaaa! I had to break off reading your post right there, Steve, because that one rang a bell. That’s the term my 3rd-grader used for some of the reading/writing homework he didn’t want to do. I’d almost forgotten because it’s all at the school now.

    Yeah, when this was still done at home, I looked at that crap one time and told him that it sure sounded like BS to me and to only do the parts that the teacher is going to grade. He could then go back to reading Big Nate (his favorite) and Calvin & Hobbes (his 2nd favorite). We were disappointed in the boy for getting a 70-something % grade on some homework, and he said “well, that’s the stuff I didn’t expect the teacher to grade!”

    Haha, chip off the old block. “Hey, make sure you know what part of the BS you can skip next time, OK? We don’t want to see any more grades like that.”

    Now I see where that stuff came from. Abolish Public Education – not just a “Name or SIMPLE Pseudonymic Handle” anymore.

    • Replies: @OilcanFloyd
  66. @Jonathan Mason

    It’s almost as if Socialism doesn’t spend your ex-money just the way you would like it spent. What Socialist who supports Big Gov and Big Ed, like Jonathan Mason, would have thunk it?

    BTW, Mr. Mason, regarding another comment here, I don’t agree at all with cheating on Disability and that. However, those White people have a much better chance of having had real jobs involving hard work that they retired from than the 0% chance of it for ANYONE in the field of Social-Emotional learning, like touchable-hair-lady here. That’s one thing.

    Secondly, sick time is for being sick. I have blown it on other things, but if a lot has accumulated when you leave, no, you don’t get it. That’s the difference between sick time and personal time, the latter being a better deal for the more responsible and healthy employees. So, you didn’t deserve it, and the folks using it right before retirement didn’t either. They are more shrewd than you (not saying that as a good thing), as they know that they will get away with it, especially in the government. It’s pretty much expected that you abuse every employment benefit you have when you work for the taxpayers. They’ll understand, well, I mean they can’t do fuck-all about it.

    • Agree: El Dato, 3g4me
    • Replies: @El Dato
    , @David
  67. @Jack D

    She sent her resignation letter to 2500 places that do business with Yale.

  68. eded says:

    “Attending a mostly white boarding school in Connecticut allowed Dena Simmons to escape the danger of her poor, Black and Latino neighborhood in the Bronx, New York. But it also separated her from her culture and made her feel like she didn’t belong.”

    How much of Wokism among racial minorities is the result of being upwardly mobile or coming from upscale bougie backgrounds and becoming culturally alienated from the black or brown masses? As a result they feel less culturally black. They feel the need to constantly assert their identity.

    For instance the thinking plays out like this:

    Don’t get the wrong idea. I may not live in black neighborhood, I may not speak AAVE, I may not have anything in common with working class Blacks, I may few problems getting along with upper middle/upper class whites, I may have gained admission to elite institutions and professions, but I’m still Black, I mean I have suffered racism too! Like that time in 7th grade when that girl asked to touch my hair. If you think about it I’m just like George Floyd.

    • Replies: @El Dato
  69. @Achmed E. Newman

    This is what goes for Social Emitional Learning in some schools: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNw8V_Fkw28

    This was for elementary kids. The video apparently won an Oscar or something.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  70. Whiskey says: • Website
    @syonredux

    Yup, the entertainment industry is doing its best to forment a race war. They believe that with just a big push, Whites (and all Whites are pretty much bad Whites) can be eliminated and the various diverse can take their possessions, jobs, etc.

    Its delusional but that’s Hollywood. Of course the audience for this is negative, people will just cancel Amazon Prime. Streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Disney +, HBO Max don’t make money (Steve is wrong about that), have never made money, and never will make money. The point is not making money. Hollywood will get investor money as money printer go brrrr and investors chase any return, on the hope that somehow the Chinese will relent and allow degeneracy into their nation. Or alternatively that the Chinese will fund them.

    But yes, everyone in Hollywood hates you (for your skin color) and wants you dead. Period. They are all degenerate, debauched, and race-war wanting types. And they are not very smart.

    After all the Whites have been eliminated, they somehow think because they show the magic blackness of black people that all blacks will be super geniuses and turn America into Wakanda. Instead of say, Jamaica.

    When, not if, all Whites are purged in one way or another, the black elite running things will cause widespread collapse of pretty much everything. Jamaica has no nukes nor is it capable of maintaining nukes. It can’t build a high tech, drone networked military underwater, at sea, land, in the air, and in space. It can’t mount cyberdefense nor counter attacks. It can’t field a competent infantry, nor support it with logistics. Jamaica can’t create a deadly Spec Ops force able to project force anywhere on the planet.

    Imagine women like the one in the article running everything. Collapse within weeks. Our modern systems are even more complex than steam locomotives, and the experience of the 19th Century was that only the Japanese among non-Whites were really capable of manufacturing and operating that machinery. Highly complex, inter-connected systems? Please. No water, power, sewage, medical services, nothing within weeks. Our existing systems are collapsing because of too many non-competent AA people as it is.

    • Agree: Clyde
  71. After reading this I checked if it was from The Onion. I can’t believe how far education has deteriorated since I left school decades ago.

    My only reaction is to wish for a rapid disintegration of the USA to get rid of people like Simmons and their twisted minds. It would appear that higher learning and even high school is infested with aliens from a different dimension.

    • Replies: @El Dato
  72. Neoconned says:

    *woman walks into room full of men talking serious dry stuff like cars or business logistics etc*

    LETS TALK ABOUT MY HAIR! I NEED ATTENTION! PAY ATTENTION TO ME!

  73. El Dato says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Yup. Hearing “Have you taken your sick leave for this month yet” in the governmental subsidized deluxe meal cantina when you are there as the low-pay consultant is pretty hair-raising.

  74. Marie H says:

    My sister taught 5th grade in Baltimore. She is retired. On the first day of school some years ago, a black girl stayed after class and asked my sister if she could touch her hair. She wanted to know how my sister got her hair so straight. Straight used to be good?

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  75. But Simmons, who took a seven-month medical leave

    Seven months! Oh Lawd have mercy!

    I’m reminded of the Historic African Sleep Deficit.

  76. @OilcanFloyd

    Hair Love, an Oscar®-winning animated short film from Matthew A. Cherry, tells the heartfelt story of an African American father learning to do his daughter’s hair for the first time.

    I went through 3 minutes of that. I liked the cat, if that helps … best supporting actor?

    Good thing it was animated. Any actual black Dad caught on video trying to do his daughter’s hair would get his ass kicked later on at work… and probably should.

  77. Shel100 says:

    Who would ever want to touch their hair? I’ve never seen that happen once in real life.

  78. David says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Achmed, Ed. Real once said that teachers like him deserve to have their unused sick time paid out at the end of each school year because otherwise they have an incentive to just use them, costing schools more, since they’d have to hire subs. I answered that teachers are paid sick time so that being sick doesn’t affect their income, but that under his plan, each sick day a teacher took would reduce her year-end sick-day payout. So she’d be punished for taking a sick day.

    Ed couldn’t understand that, not being smart (or ethical, obviously).

  79. El Dato says:
    @eded

    It’s not impossible, but I think it’s the same as for cats/dogs: Two types of brain, just wired differently, same as for man/woman. Doesn’t mean it needs to lead to extremely problematic situations but one has to be realistic.

    “Even though Uhura had made it to the most famous ship of the Invade-Invite-Fleet as communications officer it also separated her from her culture and made her feel like she didn’t belong.”

  80. unwoke says:

    “The emotional labor left her exhausted.”

    This is the sorry pass you arrive at in a post-industrial society with a hollowed out manufacturing base.
    For many generations of Americans – & in many other parts of the world still today – workers were too exhausted by physical labor to worry much about – or even know anything about – any such thing as “emotional labor.” You can’t help but wonder if many of Simmons’s (& others like her) problems couldn’t be solved by doing an honest day’s real physical work. Is the Gazing-At-Your-Own-Navel joke funnier each time we cite another example of it?

    • Agree: Sick 'n Tired
  81. Anonymous[316] • Disclaimer says:

    1. Contrary to reason, hair-touching remains a legitimate, Monty-Python-esque peccadillo at present, so there’s life in the gag still. The reason these women — it is always women — keep invoking it is so they can smuggle in the inchoate sexual undertones while feigning umbrage. If the daughter character on “Arrested Development” had been Black you can bet she’d wield a hair-molestation whistle as part of her act.
    2. Can’t the Zoom bombing thing be cleared up relatively easily, since the gatecrasher still needs an account in order to do it? This seems like a very “new to the Internet” problem. We can only assume the Zoom intruders weren’t each given $20 Amazon gift cards by Simmons.

  82. Here’s a technical question: Is the Great Hair-Touching Crisis of Our Times funnier each time I cite another example of it,…

    I agree with your thinking. Don’t phase it all the way out until you see a hair-raising hair-touching story from POD* Cameltoe Harris herself. In the meantime, if you could find a way to blend in the hair touching with golf course architecture, you’d make my day … comment-free, haha!

    Speaking of hair-raising. I feel like letting my freak-flag fly…

    (This was 10 years back. She was cute then.)

    What I’d like to see is a montage of hair song videos. (No, not Def Leppard, but songs ABOUT hair.)

    You’ve gotta to start with this one, of course:

    .

    * President On Deck

  83. Anonymous[426] • Disclaimer says:
    @Polistra

    Do you actually know any Black people?

    I’ll help you and Steve Sailer, the simple answer to the question is a resounding yes. Me and my 2 black siblings have all been asked or got our hair grabbed randomly, mostly by our white friends or acquaintances. Normally they ask but some of them just grab it. My siblings have gotten their hair grabbed by complete strangers when they were in HS. I didn’t have that experience in HS as I went to a relatively diverse school (20%+ of all the 4 large races) and middle school. But my siblings went to a 50-60% white suburban school. While it wasn’t everyday it was often enough for them realize a segment of white kids actually are curious about black people’s hair and often touch it. Especially if their rocking a new style.

    My first experience was at a 50-60% white college, one of my friends just randomly grabs my hair. The most egregious example I’ve seen though was at a party made up of professionals, were a guy who tends to be a “wildcard” when inebriated was talking to another professional who was black and suddenly out of nowhere grabs her hair and yanks it for roughly 30 seconds. Since the woman was white-collar gal, she didn’t slap him right there but what was even more awkward was their spouses were right next to them. Everyone was mortified as he was still talking about her hair while grabbing and yanking it. Most of the time it isn’t like that at all though.

    The reason why you and Steve Sailer have never heard of it before, is because it’s something most black kids in suburbs and colleges and sometimes workplaces might encounter but if your not woke you don’t see it as anything more than a quirk of being in a predominantly white environment. While we don’t talk about it much all of my black friends in largely white environments have had some sort of encounter with people asking to touch their hair or just touching it out of the blue. Also black, Asians and Hispanic people have never asked to touch my hair, I have no clue why. But I have seen videos of black people in Asia having tons of Asians there touch their hair and it’s even more awkward than anything I’ve ever seen or heard off.

    Woke people tend to make a big deal out of a little, but that doesn’t mean it’s not constantly happening. I’m a touchy-feely person so I’m not going to write an article exposing my friend for being one of those people who touches black people’s hair. But it’s a real phenomenon and while I can’t give you hard facts, from personal experience it’s very common. But my sister is an introvert and doesn’t like anyone touching her randomly and so I will say it’s a minor social issue, that probably should eventually get addressed. As it’s makes her uncomfortable.

  84. Anonymous[316] • Disclaimer says:
    @syonredux

    The so-called “torture porn” genre was a minor vogue in independent horror movies at the turn of the last century. It occasioned much hand-wringing among film critics at the time but was just a fad, and fashions have swung back to mining Hitchcock, with the vague psychological-thriller stuff & villains wearing clown/carnival masks.

    Black people love love LOVE horror movies, and their aesthetic preferences lag mainstream generic tastes usually 15-20 years (if there hasn’t been a Black “Twilight” yet we’re definitely overdue). It’d be interesting to compare/contrast all the cineaste thumbsucker articles decrying the old sadistic wypipo flicks with the inevitable new pieces praising the visceral fantasy-historical-realism of Black torture porn.

  85. El Dato says:
    @RoatanBill

    aliens from a different dimension

    Money printing has opened transdimensional portals the like of which Man has never seen.

    • LOL: Realist
    • Replies: @RoatanBill
  86. @Whiskey

    Our existing systems are collapsing because of too many non-competent AA people as it is.

    Right?

    Check out the top shelf, vibrant Army officer at the heart of this story:

    Police pull guns on, spray Black-Latino Army officer during traffic stop: Lawsuit

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/police-pull-guns-on-spray-black-latino-army-officer-during-traffic-stop-lawsuit/ar-BB1fvSrF?ocid=msedgntp

    Apparently having a rear license plate should be optional for this type, who looks unfit to be in charge of a Krispy Kreme store, much less multi-million dollar equipment or troops.

    • Replies: @Clyde
    , @HammerJack
    , @Clyde
  87. What gets me is the shear scale of the grift: $21-$47 billion a year. To spend so much and to accomplish so little blow my mind.

  88. Clyde says:
    @Jack D

    As usual, this “black” schemer is not really black but mulatto. The mulatto combines the amorality of the African with (some of) the intelligence of the white – instead of shoplifting at WalMart her white brain allows her to run bigger, more complex grifts at places like Yale. The worst mistake you can make is to allow such a grifteress into your organization – she will wreak havoc one way or another. It’s better to hire the most worthless ghetto black alongside a white person to actually do her job than to have one of these enemies inside the gates of your organization.

    How true. These female mulattos, all their inner turmoil, their free floating anger, hate, self-hatred, comes from them being close to being (100%) white but they can never be this way. Same as ye olden times Chinese court eunuchs dreaming of what sex must be like.
    I don’t think the male mulattoes are nearly as inner conflicted. Though I read they are subject to razzing in school by their blacker counterparts. They endure this and if enough white component to give them some IQ, they can succeed in life. Maybe even marry a white.

  89. Clyde says:
    @The Wild Geese Howard

    Apparently having a rear license plate should be optional for this type, who looks unfit to be in charge of a Krispy Kreme store, much less multi-million dollar equipment or troops.

    He claims he had a temporary (provisional) carboard license plate taped to the inside of his rear glass window in an SUV type vehicle. Which is legit to me. I once had to do this. If the police stopped him at night perhaps this temp plate was not so visible to the police. Did he mouth off to them in search for a lawsuit, which he is doing now? The ghetto lottery? We shall see.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
  90. @El Dato

    I guess it is the money from nothing that supports these mental midgets. If the US had sound money instead of currency, there wouldn’t enough to go around to support these freaks.

    • Agree: Realist
  91. Humans are rambunctious, curious creatures.

    I know an American who lived in South Korea for two years. S. Korea is the most ethnically homogeneous country on earth. Many Koreans he encountered wanted to touch his nose, and a good number didn’t bother to ask. Mom and the kids on the subway would walk straight up to him in the subway and feel his nose like he was a zoo animal. He thought it was funny for a while, then got sick of it.

    I traveled a lot in rural West Africa. A few adults who trusted me asked in private to touch my hair. Children could be curious about Euro hair. A number of times very young children would rub the skin on my arm to see whether the white would come off (and would be surprised when it did not).

    Can be rude, but is not unique to American devils.

  92. anon[380] • Disclaimer says:
    @Zoos

    Eye Lol!

  93. @El Dato

    Their logo must be Wojak…

    Notary Wojak.

    Or a Foo Fighter.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foo_fighter#Etymology

    Bill Holman is still relevant today:

    [MORE]

  94. @Polistra

    Sounds like projection to me.
    It’s absolutely routine for GoodWhites, fannying around in Africa “helping”, to report back (with pics) of how fascinated the locals are by un-black hair, and how they crowd round the (usually female) foreigner to palpate and paw it. Of course the White ninnies are mightily pleased by this, as they think it shows the Facebook world they inhabit how well they get on with the natives. Yeh.

    South Asian primitives do it too, apart from places like Thailand where there’s a strict taboo on any head-touching at all. So my ginger niece, who lived there as a child up in the far north never got bothered, she reckons.

    As a White European, the idea of touching anyone’s hair unless you’re their barber, parent or spouse simply appals me. Could get lice.
    As for touching the jolly old fuzzy-wuzzies barnets? Not a chance, about as safe and enticing as fluffing a badger’s arse.

    • Agree: Johann Ricke
  95. That piece was not written by The 74 (short for 74 million, which is how many kids in US that can be saved by hacks pretending schools are broken), which is an ed reform advocacy group started by Campbell Brown at the tail end of the demise of education reform. She thought she was getting in on a good moneymaking gig, but instead ESSA overturned every aspect of education reform and she found herself very unpopular. Quit the editorial board soon after. It’s not clear, but I think she’s out of it entirely now.

    In any event, the 74 million improved after she left. Less hackish. And it has never entered into the culture wars at all, so there was no way that this article could possibly have been written by anyone at 74 million (I think they only have one or two writers). One of the things it does, however, is run the realcleareducation.com site (all the non-politics ones are farmed out for curation). So the minute I saw the piece I figured Yahoo picked it up from the realcleareducation feed and sure enough, it’s on that site.

    The actual piece is from Yale Daily News, written by college students. It’s here:
    https://yaledailynews.com/blog/2021/01/26/threatened-devalued-and-tokenized-yale-center-for-emotional-intelligence-assistant-director-resigns-over-workplace-racism/

    • Replies: @education realist
  96. J.Ross says:
    @Marie H

    Marie doesn’t know about the Process.

    But seriously watch the whole thing.

  97. @El Dato

    That’s the Ministry of Feels?

    It’s the Pirelli building, suitable for stacking tire executives.

    Not to be outdone, Yale has its rare books library:

    [MORE]

    It’s actually pretty great on the inside.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    , @HammerJack
  98. @education realist

    whoa, correction. It was clearly lifted from that piece, but I didn’t read it closely enough. Here’s the 74 mill piece.

    https://www.the74million.org/article/social-emotional-learning-racial-reckoning-yale-center-departure/

    This is clearly a whole new side of 74 mill that doesn’t show up in the RCE feed (which is where I read it). Maybe they are turning woke.

    Notably, the RCE site ran the YDN article, *not* the 74 mill. No clue why.

  99. Anonymous[224] • Disclaimer says:

    he recently completed a documentary with his cinematographer husband on a camp for youth devoted to “exploring gender diversity.”

    Camp camp?

  100. Anonymous[224] • Disclaimer says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    There was a brave girl of Connecticut
    Who flagged the express with her pecticut,
    Which her elders defined
    As presence of mind,
    But deplorable absence of ecticut.
    –Ogden Nash

    Ho ho.
    I’ll raise you….

    A young man called Cholmondeley Colquhoun
    Kept as a pet a babolquhoun.
    His mother said, “Cholmondeley,
    Do you think it quite colmondeley
    To feed your babolquhoun with a spolquhoun?”

    (Via Willard R. Espy.)

    • LOL: photondancer
    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  101. El Dato says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    This looks correct for a rare books library.

    It needs to be made German U-Boot pen quality.

    Too many libraries have burnt down in recent time (there was one in Yougoslavia and a few years back one in Moscow, probably a few in Ukraine too). Can’t be too careful.

    And books get stolen, so you have to set up killer robots patrolling the aisles too.

  102. @David

    So she’d be punished for taking a sick day.

    False. She got the sick day pay without working. At least as valid to say the non-sickers get ‘punished’ for being healthy.

    You discuss employee policy as though it were a religion. Are you one of those newfangled ailment worshipers?

  103. I am writing this nyt/wa po headline now…”Asian wins golf tournament at Georgia bastion of white supremacy while being followed by white men carrying clubs.”

  104. @The Wild Geese Howard

    So when are white guys going on strike?

    • Replies: @vhrm
  105. @Buzz Mohawk

    Agreed. It’s spectacular on the inside, but that photo of the exterior shows just how anti-contextual modern architecture can be.

    • Replies: @Expletive Deleted
  106. @Anonymous

    I’ll help you and Steve Sailer, the simple answer to the question is a resounding yes. Me and my 2 black siblings have all been asked or got our hair grabbed randomly, mostly by our white friends or acquaintances. Normally they ask but some of them just grab it.

    “Yo Negro! Can I grab yo hair?”

    You are comically delusional.
    I stopped reading there.

  107. But as the program grew, so did Simmons’s view that the center’s leaders saw equity as an “add-on.” She became convinced that common practices in social-emotional learning, such as taking deep breaths in times of stress, wouldn’t serve students of color well.

    “Try telling a child in poverty to breathe through racism,” she said in an interview. “That is insulting.”

    The negro is known for inability to resist the fight or flight response. Europeans and Asians seem to be able to deal with stress, but a negro will react to a challenge quickly. This explains why fights among a herd of negros seem to breakout suddenly, with no warning, and also why negros run from police. Every. Single. Time.

    If there is one thing negro children need to learn it is the Relaxation Response. Miss Don’t Tough My Hair is an idiot.

  108. Jack D says:
    @John Milton’s Ghost

    Since black women apparently don’t like having their hair touched but apparently there are a lot of white people who want to touch it, this seems like a perfect business opportunity. I don’t know how much some white people would pay to touch black hair (personally you would have to pay me) but it must be something. And there must be some market clearing price at which black people would allow their hair to be touched while they listened to rap or did whatever black people do when they are “tired” and resting. You could have “black people’s hair touching parlors” similar to massage parlors where this could all take place.

    Alternatively this market doesn’t really exist because black women are inventing these hair touching stories out of whole cloth.

    • Thanks: Polistra
  109. A bit of a side note. With Bernie Sanders, elizabeth warren etc., talking new wealth taxes its worth mentioning we actually have two major wealth taxes now, capital gains and estate taxes. But the ultra wealthy have a major loop holes to get out of them. They “donate” appreciated shares to 501(3)c non-profits or even better create there own non-profits like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initititive and not only enjoy the tax savings but allow them a bully pulpit as well.

  110. @JessicaR

    Jessi, touching hair is not pulling or tugging on hair. But I agree, keep your hands to yourself.

  111. Jack D says:
    @Anonymous

    Even if these stories are true (and I completely believe you), it can’t be all that common – I’ve never been black but I’ve been in plenty of settings with blacks and I’ve never witnessed such a hair touching event (I have OTOH experienced being held up at gunpoint by black youths – I’d venture to say that this is even more unpleasant than hair touching). How many times in your life has a white person touched your hair?

    As you say, this is at most a minor social issue but for some reason every Woke black woman writer writes about this as if it is some great traumatic event in her life and evidence of horrible pervasive racism by whites, when at worst it is some sort of naive curiosity that is not ill intentioned.

    The feeling that I get is that these women in fact live pretty pampered lives – as an academically promising black girl from the Bronx, Simmons was given a full scholarship at a fancy shmancy private boarding school . They are searching for ways in which they can characterize themselves as victims of racism and they have to stretch really hard to find them in their lives.

    Dena is a recipient of a Harry S. Truman Scholarship, a J. William Fulbright Fellowship, an Education Pioneers Fellowship, a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship, a Phillips Exeter Academy Dissertation Fellowship, a Hedgebrook Writing Residency, and an Arthur Vining Davis Aspen Fellowship among others. She earned her doctorate degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. She doesn’t exactly sound like a victim of pervasive racism to me. White people have literally been throwing money at her her entire life because she is an above average black who can write in full grammatical sentences. But there is that hair touching thing….

  112. @Polemos

    We all come from this shithouse, we all stink of its shit. Our shit flowers and fruits only when it first passes through living beings capable of transforming shit into new life, within their bodies, becoming their bodies, and then in birthing a new generation of those living beings we come to forgetting that old life as Our Shit and becoming Their Shit, renewing this great karmic cycle of Everlasting Shit and releasing our selves from the burden of ever having to give a shit again.

    Are you channeling Jim Lahey?

    • Agree: Polemos
    • LOL: Sick 'n Tired
  113. Jack D says:
    @JessicaR

    Presumably, white people would not touch the hair of another white person at work–

    Didn’t you just give two examples of where white people touched the hair of a white person (you) at work? I’m confused.

    It’s possible that in some cases, hair touching is a power thing or a misogynistic thing, as you describe, in which case it has nothing to do with race. In other cases it is an expression of curiosity – blacks are curious about white people’s hair and vice versa. You would hope that after the age of 6 people would have more boundaries and know that you can’t just reach out and satisfy your curiosity all the time, but some people don’t have proper boundaries – again this is not a race thing.

    • Replies: @Polistra
  114. 3g4me says:
    @JessicaR

    @37 JessicaR: Well bless your heart for being down with the sistas’ struggle, after all your personal trauma. So brave.

  115. @David

    The solution is to put a cap on how much sick leave can be carried over at something like 30 or 45 days, with the excess paid at the end of each school year. It would take 2-3 years to accumulate enough sick pay, and more if the teacher uses it.

  116. Mr. Blank says:
    @Altai

    Yeah, this is not something grown-ups do.

    My wife teaches elementary school. She says she sees this from time to time with little girls. The black girls usually seem flattered by the attention. I suspect the “trauma” is something they are reading back into their memories after later being told the “correct” way to feel.

    It’s exclusively a girl thing. Boys don’t care.

  117. @David

    During my working years I never used sick days unless I was sick and several times had little awards for one year, 2 years (several times), or even three years of perfect attendance.

    My feeling was that if I had something like a broken leg, I would probably need 6 weeks off work, and that it was foolish and dishonest to take time off on fake sickness.

    The longest I ever had off work was 4 weeks when I was attacked and badly bitten by a German Shepherd that belonged to my landlord, and on another occasion 3 weeks when I was in a motorbike accident and had infected road rash on my foot and could not stand.

    I was able to use the time when I was off with the dog bites to teach myself to type on a portable typewriter as rehabilitation to get back the use of my hands, but I still have a slight difficulty opening some bottles.

    Most of my life I worked for one government or another, and my work was very rarely hard, so I tried to give the taxpayer some kind of value for money.

    I don’t think it is unusual for healthy white males to go for several years at a time without being sick enough to be unable to go to work.

    I don’t remember anybody in my immediate family ever having any extended time off work, or any kind of absenteeism.

    I had flu in 1976 and 1995 and was out for a few days both times. In 1984 I had inguinal hernia hernia surgery, and was out for 10 days. In the early 2000s I had arthroscopic surgery on my right shoulder and was out for 2 days.

    When I was out sick or injured I was certainly cognizant of the fact that other coworkers were having to pick up the slack and do extra work or change their work schedules, and that my absence caused scheduling problems and additional stress for my supervisors.

    Whatever happened to that strange phenomenon called having a conscience?

    Or did that go out of the window with Christianity when God was pensioned off with post-traumatic stress disorder? (I am not a religious person, but I think religion is useful for putting the fear of God into children and getting them into good habits at a young age.)

    • Replies: @Lurker
    , @Detroit Refugee
  118. @Zoos

    woke white fat chicks

    I guarantee she brags about her vaxes on her Plenty of Fish profile.

    • Replies: @anon
    , @Expletive Deleted
  119. hhsiii says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Toad’s Place and Frank Pepe’s are institutions. I like clam pizza but not to everyone’s taste. Haven’t been to New Haven in over thirty years.

  120. She pushed to include figures such as former President Barack Obama and girls’ education activist Malala Yousafzai in lessons and challenged teachers with bold statements about schools being systems of white supremacy.

    The Assistant Director of a “Center for Emotional Intelligence” is utterly unaware that her negative experiences are trivial compared to those of Malala Yousafzai, whose advocacy of girls’ education caused her to be shot in the head by a would-be assasssin. Perhaps she lacks, let me search for the precise phrase, “emotional intelligence”?

    The Yale center, which sits in the medical school, draws in millions of dollars in grants, including at least $5 million in research funding from the U.S. Department of Education since 2012.

    The way that universities cash in on modern “woke” trends, whether or not their staff have anything useful to say, is disgraceful. Whenever a new “woke” trend originates on a campus, the question “Cui Bono?” is highly pertinent.

    It would hardly be the first time that universities have shown a disgusting combination of greed and sanctimony.

    For example, Harvard University needed to find a scapegoat for the money it received from Jeffrey Epstein. His finance of their Program for Evolutionary Dynamics was not a secret: the University welcomed the funding, and tolerated Epstein’s continued involvement for 11 years after his conviction for child prostitution. Now that Epstein is dead and cannot make any more donations, Harvard has decided to close the Program and punish its director.

    https://www.theguardian.com/education/2021/mar/27/harvard-closes-evolution-center-after-finding-connections-jeffrey-epstein

  121. Lurker says:
    @Anonymous

    But I have seen videos of black people in Asia having tons of Asians there touch their hair and it’s even more awkward than anything I’ve ever seen or heard off.

    Do black people ever want to to touch other (non-black) people’s hair? It’s certainly not a ‘thing’ but does it happen?

    I used be with a black girl, she did seem to like playing with my hair which was longish at the time, combing it too.

    Whereas I, as a man, wasn’t that fussed about her hair. I would often stroke her hair of course in a general affectionate way as one would in a relationship. But maybe I’m shallow because . . . she had all the other physical attributes I like (oh yes!) so she could have been bald for all I care.

    Anyhow, generally I think it’s women that are most interested in hair, theirs and that of other women. So if hair touching happens I would expect it to be among women generally.

  122. @Polemos

    I’ve observed a couple of Zoom bombings in which a disaffected employee goes on 4chan’s /pol/ and publishes the link for the meeting and the time. Hilarity ensues.

  123. anon[216] • Disclaimer says:
    @The Wild Geese Howard

    Plenty of Fish? More like OnlyFans…

  124. @Anonymous

    If it makes you feel any safer, I wouldn’t touch your hair with a bargepole.

  125. @El Dato

    El, so saying “Yes, I’ll still love you in the morning” is now a crime?

  126. @YetAnotherAnon

    I learned that if you want to scald someone really badly (and these people did) you should add sugar to the kettle of water, both to increase the boiling point and for it to stick to the skin.

    And yet some people still say blacks can’t hack science.

  127. Lurker says:
    @Jonathan Mason

    I’m not sure about 100% attendance but until I was off for a few weeks with a bad back not long ago I had never used every sick day I was entitled to. Pretty sure I’ve not used all my holiday entitlement in any given year either.

  128. jamie b. says:
    @Polistra

    …it demonstrates so clearly how completely out of touch with reality these people are.

    More than that, it simply demonstrates how little genuine, overt racism there is for them to complain about.

  129. vhrm says:
    @George

    Emotional learning is an ongoing educational fad (scam?).

    The SEL “framework” ( https://casel.org/sel-framework/ click on the slices) has 5 categories:

    -Self-awareness
    -Self-management
    -responsible decision-making
    -relationship skills
    -social awareness

    That stuff seems worthwhile and i’m sure the Boy Scouts, the YMCA etc would all agree.

    Even under “Social Awareness” the main ideas aren’t objectionable:

    Social awareness: The abilities to understand the perspectives of and empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and contexts. This includes the capacities to feel compassion for others, understand broader historical and social norms for behavior in different settings, and recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.

    Such as:

    Taking others’ perspectives
    Recognizing strengths in others
    Demonstrating empathy and compassion
    Showing concern for the feelings of others
    Understanding and expressing gratitude
    Identifying diverse social norms, including unjust ones
    Recognizing situational demands and opportunities
    Understanding the influences of organizations and systems on behavior

    And this kind of non-academic stuff may well be actually be most useful for the wildest of kids (or those who get the least of it at home or in extracurriculars).

    What IS a scam is the implication that this has anything to do with wokeness or that it’ll do something to close the 1SD performance gap in in SAT scores or other high stakes tests, etc.

    What is also a scam is trying to shoehorn 2020 identity identity politics obsessions into it which was a step to far even for the leftie Yale education profs developing it.

  130. @David

    David, Buffalo Public School teachers lead the nation in days absent, averaging 18 days per school year (Buffalo News article) or more than three weeks out of the class room.The BPS also spends big bucks on substitute teachers while the absent teacher gets full pay. But it works out because 35% of BPS HS students miss an average of 37 school days or more than seven weeks (Buffalo News.)

  131. @Clyde

    Clyde, this can be solved by following Berkeley’s example and not stopping drivers for no plates or expired registration or non working lights. Seem a great idea to me, make it part of reparations.

    • Replies: @Clyde
  132. JohnnyD says:

    With Joe Biden as president, hair sniffing might replace hair touching as the crisis of our time.

  133. @3g4me

    “With the Jeffersonian/Enlightenment heretical propaganda that “All men are created equal.” Anyone who truly believes in natural equality rejects divine hierarchy, divinely-created natural biology, and common sense.”

    More of this slippery slope, baby with the bathwater rhetoric. No, we don’t have to roll back the entire Enlightenment — or, as I bet you want, the Reformation as well — to stop drag queen story hour.

    And stop with the Leftist distortion of Jefferson. “All men are created equal” simply denies that George ruled by divine right. The people who signed off on that piece of pure propaganda owned slaves and ruled their wives with an iron hand. It can be done, you know.

    “The Enlightenment isn’t going away, and if you think about it, that’s a good thing” — Roger Scruton.

    The Left thinks if you can find a black engineer, that proves The Bell Curve is wrong (NAXALT). The Right seems to be a collection of Ignatius Reilly’s who argue the same way: any modern problem (drag queen story hour, for example) is met not with a suggested fix, but the demand to roll the whole culture back to their preferred epoch.

    • Replies: @3g4me
    , @Anonymous
  134. vhrm says:
    @JessicaR

    Presumably, white people would not touch the hair of another white person at work–unless the job was at a salon. Touching an African-American woman’s hair without her permission shows that others regard her as “exotic” and different and not really an equal coworker.

    Come on. Her claims seem rather unlikely given her context.

    We’re talking about a woman working on education policy at Yale at the “Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence” (https://www.ycei.org/) in the late 2010s.
    These are all people who have been in education and academia their whole lives. They probably have their f’in pronouns listed on their doors and nametags and start every meeting with a recitation of their white privilege.

    • Agree: Expletive Deleted
  135. @HammerJack

    Looks like the Interstellar Tesseract that Coop got stuck in.

  136. vhrm says:
    @HammerJack

    What white guy? The obese cop Joe Gutierrez who did the pepper spraying?

    Based on the videos the cop is a moron and the Army guy played it smart. I haven’t looked up where exactly this happened, but if that cop actually worked in a rough area he’d been dead long ago.

    UGH… watching videos of moron cops yelling like this pushes all my buttons.

    You have people yelling “get out of the car”, you have others yelling “keep your hands out the window”.

    When the guy says he’s afraid to get out of the car the cop answers “you should be”.

    I’m not kidding! it’s right there on the tape.

    The cop is totally out of control and out of his depth in a situation that is “easy”. He is a perfect example of someone who should not be in law enforcement.

    • Replies: @vhrm
    , @HammerJack
  137. @Polemos

    “these high bourgeois types don’t know what that looks like or how computers work?”

    Very likely. I used to work in I.T. and saw a lot of this. They always assume anything unusual on their computer is malicious and personally directed. There were plenty of articles in the media last year about zoom bombing but these people don’t seem to read anything outside their very narrow range of interest.

  138. @YetAnotherAnon

    From that Wiki (not looking at you)

    At the hotel, the girls were raped, drugged, scolded and beaten for several hours.

    What’s so bad? I get scolded on the regular, have done all my life. Don’t give a monkey’s.
    The sugar & hot water thing is an age-old prison trick, usually reserved for nonces like Mr Thomas and his mates.
    Probably learned from some ad-hoc brewing accident, not proper malt syrup.

  139. Simmons, 37, resigned from her position in January, seven months after she was targeted by anonymous racial slurs during an online Yale event to memorialize the death of George Floyd. She left, she told the university at the time, due to a “hostile work environment” at the center, where she was subjected to “unconsented hair touching”

    What are the chances? Who could have predicted this?

    Would it even be economically rational to hire any blacks in the current environment, but for the lawsuits and government harassment if you don’t?

  140. @Buzz Mohawk

    That used to be the world HQ of a tire company. You can sort of see it, mass at the top and bottom connected by a less massive structure in the middle (the wheel). Sort of a cross section of a tire, or an MRI of a tire.

    I was once in that CEO’s office on some business. I was about 25 and ignorant. Thought he must have the sweetest position in existence, maybe 5,000 people working for him and he was at the top. But he took a phone call in the middle of my pitch – maybe a shareholder or a financier, and he sounded as miserable as I sound talking to my stupid boss.

    Right then and there I said to myself: “you work for yourself.”

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
  141. @Whiskey

    “people will just cancel Amazon Prime”

    You could be right. It’s just a little thing but I am on the a-word-a-day mailing list and on the weekend the man who runs it introduced a new feature called ‘pause-your-subscription’ i.e. don’t get an email a day. Why? because, he lamented, the list has been losing subscribers since 2016. Gosh, it wouldn’t have anything to do with the daily outpouring of anti-Trump and, increasingly, anti-white comments on your list would it? No, no, people must be leaving because of ’email overload’. Even when they tell you otherwise as they cancel.

  142. vhrm says:
    @vhrm

    The cop is totally out of control and out of his depth in a situation that is “easy”. He is a perfect example of someone who should not be in law enforcement.

    At least not in his current state. He needs to be sent to some training to learn to manage his arousal level and to be equipped with cognitive tools beyond yelling.

    In fact some SEL sessions would do him good… the first 3 points especially would probably help him to avoid this kind of unnecessary escalation in the future.

    -Self-awareness
    -Self-management
    -responsible decision-making
    -relationship skills
    -social awareness

    Unfortunately what’s going to happen is probably that he’s going to get fired because apparently now the Governor is calling for an investigation
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/northam-nazario-windsor-police/2021/04/11/fb147f88-9b05-11eb-9d05-ae06f4529ece_story.html

    I say “unfortunately” because throwing some unfortunate Bubba under the bus doesn’t really help anything since the next guy is probably going to be no different.

  143. Unconsented hair-touching – wouldn’t that be sexual assault?
    I say it’s a joke that never ceases to amuse.

  144. 3g4me says:
    @James J O'Meara

    @140 James J O’Meara: “No, we don’t have to roll back the entire Enlightenment — or, as I bet you want, the Reformation as well — to stop drag queen story hour.”

    I don’t concern myself with people’s individual religious belief, as long as it’s some variety of Christianity or genuinely agnostic or European paganism with a respect for Christian culture. Neither am I of the ‘right.’ Unlike those who go googly-eyed at the Enlightenment or magic constitution, I do not look to the past for my inspiration.

    White people need to look to the future – their future – unencumbered by the tattered remnants of a decayed empire that was inspired by ridiculous fancies of human nature and air-spun fancies of perfect capitalism.

    All human societies entail hierarchy; I merely insist on one where White people who respect their heritage and genetics rule their own destiny. You and Sailer’s readers can continue to pray to your Gods of the past, and attach your special patches to the shroud of ‘citizenist’ America. Best of luck.

  145. @Anonymous

    An unprivileged offensive or harmful touching is a battery. Under common law in western civilizations one is not allowed to batter other people

    When you go about your daily activities no one should be touching you absent your consent.

    All these hair stories, true or not, show that physical touching can be demeaning and offensive. Lets bring back enforcement of the battery statues for all people. Believe me if you visit an unwanted touch to a woman on the street in India or Saudi Arabia you will be punished.

    • Replies: @AceDeuce
  146. AceDeuce says:
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Not long after, his Chinese butler also apologized for going pee-pee in Leno’s Coke for the past 30 years, saying, by way of explanation, “Me Chinee. Me play joke.”

    • LOL: JohnnyWalker123
    • Replies: @JohnnyWalker123
  147. AceDeuce says:
    @RichardTaylor

    “Blacks are pretty emotional attuned”

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  148. Polistra says:
    @RichardTaylor

    Sorry to say, I’ve seen white women doing this too. Making an absolute nuisance of themselves fawning over (and ostentatiously adoring) black people minding their own business. It did cause me to sympathize with the black people involved.

    I reflected upon the fact that they will add this to the mental list of complaints about white people that every one of them seems to carry around. Rather than attribute it accurately to a confluence of endless “anti-racism” propaganda and the dimwitted but well-meaning nature of the typical white chick.

    • Agree: RichardTaylor
  149. Polistra says:
    @Jack D

    Didn’t you just give two examples…

    Hey! Cut her some slack. She’s making it up as she goes.

    • Replies: @plannumber9
  150. Polistra says:
    @AndrewR

    This is blood libel intended to cook up genocidal hatred of whites.

    That is the central fact of the matter and it’s an observation that accurately characterizes the vast majority of MSM programming over the past several decades.

    Some of it is overt, most of it is subtle, but it’s where the rubber meets the road, and there’s no solution to this ‘genocide in the making’ without attending to it.

  151. Muggles says:

    Isn’t unwanted hair touching a Biden hallmark?

    Did that get memory holed? Quick, somebody call the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.

    And not just touching, folks, sniffing! Yesh!

  152. @vhrm

    What white guy? The obese cop Joe Gutierrez who did the pepper spraying?

    Due to a site glitch, my remark was appended to the wrong post. I actually have nothing at all to say about the traffic stop. Sorry to have set you off like that.

  153. @El Dato

    Agreed. Even if they must be stashed away off site.
    Also different caliber for different scenarios and / or the number of “aspiring rappers” encountered.

    I was almost the victim of a “car jacking gone wrong”, but much thanks to eyewitnesses and surveillance video, Prosecutor Kym Worthy declines to prosecute.
    But that was over a decade ago, today I’d most likely be caged up with the savages..?

  154. @Zoos

    Oh there’s plenty of bruva’s that’ll hit it when opportunity presents itself.

  155. @Jonathan Mason

    Whatever happened to that strange phenomenon called having a conscience?

    I worked with literally hundreds of blacks in Fords “Mustang Plant”. I can tell you it’s non-existent.
    And their toxic culture has leeched into the Whites water supply and it’s now polluted.

    • Agree: AceDeuce
    • Replies: @Clyde
  156. It definitely gets funnier.

  157. @Anonymous

    Actually, I had no idea you could flag an express. I assumed only the locals would stop.

  158. Anonymous[222] • Disclaimer says:
    @James J O'Meara

    any modern problem (drag queen story hour, for example) is met not with a suggested fix, but the demand to roll the whole culture back to their preferred epoch.

    Or perhaps they would just prefer the next epoch to be one in which sexual degenerates are kept well away from children.

  159. Clyde says:
    @Buffalo Joe

    Clyde, this can be solved by following Berkeley’s example and not stopping drivers for no plates or expired registration or non working lights. Seem a great idea to me, make it part of reparations.

    Cool. It looks like I can get in on these Berserkly reparations too. As a glorious white man too. I lived there for about 4 months, back in the good old days when we ran trade surpluses.

  160. Clyde says:
    @Detroit Refugee

    Whatever happened to that strange phenomenon called having a conscience?
    I worked with literally hundreds of blacks in Fords “Mustang Plant”. I can tell you it’s non-existent.
    And their toxic culture has leeched into the Whites water supply and it’s now polluted.

    Any opinion on the movie Blue Collar which is on my tops list? I must see it again. I knew someone who had a tour of the Checkers Cab factory there (Detroit) in 1980. He said the assembly line looked like it was manned by drug addicts.

    “The movie is “Blue Collar,” and stars Yaphet Kotto, Richard Pryor and Harvey Keitel as workers on a Detroit assembly line. It’s an angry film, a radical one, and yet bursting with humor and life at the same time.”

    “Kotto was born in New York City.[4] His mother, Gladys Marie, was an American nurse and U.S. Army officer of Panamanian and West Indian descent. His father, Avraham Kotto, (who was, according to his son, originally named Njoki Manga Bell) was a businessman from Cameroon who emigrated to the United States in the 1920s.[4] The couple separated when Kotto was a child, and he was raised by his maternal grandparents.[5][6] His father was raised Jewish and his mother converted to Judaism.[7][8]”

  161. @Clyde

    I haven’t seen it so can’t comment. But that guy Kotto, he played in Alien right? If he’s who I think he is, he had a lot of other roles as well. Tv and movies. Didn’t he pass recently.?

    • Replies: @Clyde
  162. @Clyde

    About the drug use, today it’s there and always will be, but hidden and clandestine. But man the stories I’ve heard! My plant had a major drug bust back in the 90’s complete with undercover cops hired as actual UAW members. K9’s brought in for the day the investigation was officially over and arrest time in the Body Shop.

    All the Big 4 plants back in the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s had epidemic levels of drug use and dealing. Before I worked the auto industry I was in a couple steel mills along the Detroit River. There were overhead crane operators that had a side business dealing drugs. Weed, coke, rocks, etc. one day the Sheriff Dept. did a raid on those guys and shut it down. I also heard talk of female employees that would turn tricks on night shift.
    To this day, that goes on at Ford’s Rouge Plant. All those guys make at a minimum of a grand a week so there’s money to be made.

    Where there’s money and dope, there’s guns. We had shootouts in the steel mill parking lots, and I was caught up in an “active shooter” FRPD raid at FRAP a few years ago. One DINDU forklift operator called the other DINDU forklift operator a HOMO. They had a real good beatdown fistfight. The loser threatened to get his “piece” from vehicle while being treated in medical. I happened to be outside getting lunch delivered to the turnstiles at B Lot Gates.

    That’s when at least 20 officers came rushing in from every direction with AR’s and several K9’s, etc. Thankfully no one was killed, the DINDUS were terminated (Local 3000 got both rehired now), arrests were made, and car towed away on flatbed.

    Back to the drugs, mostly what occurs is a guy and his buddy will go out at lunch and use in the car. There are always liquor stores mere blocks from the plants exits. They race over there, get a 40 or pint, and get high there. Then return and assemble your Mustang or Lincoln Continental.

    • Thanks: vhrm
    • Replies: @Clyde
    , @Johann Ricke
  163. @Mr Mox

    “Behind every silly complaint is a silly woman”

    And a “Twitter mob.”

    The real threat we face is people in authority who take (or pretend to take) them seriously!

  164. Clyde says:
    @The Wild Geese Howard

    Police pull guns on, spray Black-Latino Army officer during traffic stop: Lawsuit
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/police-pull-guns-on-spray-black-latino-army-officer-during-traffic-stop-lawsuit/ar-BB1fvSrF?ocid=msedgntp

    This clown refused to get out of his vehicle as commanded to, when the police finally were able to stop him at a well lit gas station. He got doused in pepper spray to get him outside of his vehicle. I give this a — looking to win the ghetto lottery rating of 95% fresh.

  165. RonaldB says:
    @Anonymous

    Your story brings back some memories. I have been with my wife, who is black, about 45 years. When I first met her, she had been a grammar school teacher. She mentioned to me then that her students wanted to touch her hair and she let them. She’s very social and empathetic, so it wasn’t a deal to her. Anyway, I wrote to corroborate your experiences. I don’t have any contributions for handling it. You seem to be pretty competent socially, which is more than I can say for myself at the time.

  166. @scrivener3

    Yes, it is the Pirelli building, and when one shops for cheap furniture next door at IKEA, it stands there over the parking lot, like something out of a cheesy, Darth Vader sequel.

    New Haven is an armpit. That is why Harvard people feel so sorry for Yale people.

    You see, I know this shit. LOL

    I love your story, BTW. I have similar ones: For example, presenting, monthly, my plans and progress to bank managers and presidents at the top of a building in fucking Newark, New Jersey. The top guy had re-financed Donald Trump’s casino shit, along with other bankers, mind you. He clearly had bleached blond hair. (Mine was natural.)

  167. @AceDeuce

    Perhaps his butler was ‘Hop Sing.’

  168. AceDeuce says:
    @scrivener3

    Or Mississippi. Ask Emmett Till….

  169. Clyde says:
    @Detroit Refugee

    Yes Yaphet Kotto was in Alien which was the first and best Alien movie for me.

  170. Clyde says:
    @Detroit Refugee

    Thanks for the great accounting! Years back I would read about steelworkers easily going through a case of beer a day due to the very heated working conditions. They would sweat it all out quickly and not get anywhere near incapacitated (drunk) By case I mean 24 x 12oz cans in a case of beer. It’s all good, a case a day will surely flush out your kidneys and body toxins. There is a health angle, I say half jokingly.

  171. @Detroit Refugee

    Back to the drugs, mostly what occurs is a guy and his buddy will go out at lunch and use in the car. There are always liquor stores mere blocks from the plants exits. They race over there, get a 40 or pint, and get high there. Then return and assemble your Mustang or Lincoln Continental.

    What about random drug testing? Aren’t they mandatory at the Big 3?

  172. @Zoos

    Hahahahaha……..CLASSIC. Yep, SHE’S the problem, SHE, just can’t see it…..

  173. @Zoos

    Poor child….she needs love…

  174. @Polistra

    No, they don’t sound made up to me. Too singular. But I’d like to know where she worked.

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