Peak Racism?

The witchcraze seems to be running out of juice, according to some  thought-provoking Ngram data organized by Brad Trun.

The charge of “Racist!” is losing its sting as its overzealous hurlers increasingly render it farcical. “Racist” is, for the first time since the neologism’s inception 80 years ago, starting to fall out of favor. Zooming in on the post–1930 period in Google Ngram Viewer and eliminating smoothing reveals that “racist” references topped out as the calendar switched to the new millennium.

My welcome news receptors are so corroded, that I can’t help wondering: what’s wrong with this story?

(In other news, Peak African is still some way off. Caplan will no doubt be thrilled. Does anybody sensible think that a billion Nigerians by 2100 sounds like a future that might work? It’s probably a racist question, but you have to do what you can for dying traditions.)

ADDED: “We’ve set up a system where the world’s most easily offended people get to decide what’s offensive and what’s not …”

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  • Alrenous Says:

    I’m sad that I didn’t think of ‘peak racism’ first. I noticed the racist cry was moribund a few months ago. Nice to see it independently confirmed.

    Also of note, girls in my high school would regularly accuse their friends of rape. When high school girls can’t take your fearmongering seriously…

    What’s wrong with this story is the timeline. Yes, racist-accusations have become so over the top that regular people are noticing that it was a farce all along. However, prole attitudes are a leading indicator, and leads from way out in front. Assuming the Ngram data is representative, the force of the charge started declining over ten years ago, and only now has it become noticeable to personal observation. It will be at least another ten before you can openly mock a racism charge without being automatically outcast, in crowds that consider themselves polite. Or, in any case, pick the benchmark that means, for you, the racism thing is no longer hysterical, and then don’t expect to pass it this decade.

    For a benchmark of the process itself, in 2006 Moldbug correctly predicted gold would rise in price…but got the timeline way, way off. It could have happened right away, sure. Similarly, racism-accusations could be exposed as a fraud tomorrow. But the processes are slowed down by the same things, and thus will be slowed by roughly the same factor.

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    VXXC Reply:

    Perhaps one should begin to avoid the company of those that consider themselves polite.

    They’re false, and in most cases beyond Redemption.

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    Alrenous Reply:

    One does avoid them, if possible. It would be nice if they were less unpleasant when it is impossible.

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    Posted on August 11th, 2013 at 4:57 pm Reply | Quote
  • Alrenous Says:

    FTA: “Whites See Racism as a Zero-Sum Game That They Are Now Losing”

    “The researchers described the pattern—which did not vary markedly with regard to age or education levels—as evidence that white Americans see race relations as a zero-sum game, in which one group’s gains must be offset by another’s loss.”

    What a talented bit of sophistry.

    Obviously, it doesn’t have to be zero-sum, so it accuses whites of being ignorant and/or racist.

    It is consistent with the data. You just have to very carefully not collect more data.

    As a matter of fact, since the program was never about equality at all, it is zero sum, (negative sum?) so this is speaking power to truth. “It doesn’t have to be, and don’t you dare bring the topic to whether it is or not!”

    Similarly, it takes for granted that black attitudes are accurate and white attitudes are not. “And don’t you dare bring the topic to whether they are or not!” Very carefully don’t collect any data that could tell the difference.

    It subvocalizes an equivocation. I know exactly what whites are seeing as black racism and white racism, and they’re different things. Whites are saying that they see anti-black attitudes declining, and anti-white practices increasing. Again, very carefully don’t collect more data. (The idea is that anti-black attitudes sometimes lead to unofficial anti-black policies. This is compared to concrete and official anti-white policies.)

    FInally, it takes about eight times as long to describe the problems with sentence as to write the sentence, and probably even longer to understand the description than to understand the sentence.

    Having teased out this distinction, I wonder what observations the study measured among blacks. For one, I suspect they’re feeling the incredible racism of people like Caplan and these researchers, but have been successfully propagandized to misattribute the feeling to Republibrats. Specifically, these researchers believe, act, and write as if blacks are at the mercy of white’s attitudes toward them, but whites are not at the mercy of black attitudes. In other words, that blacks are incompetent and whites are not. Further, that without the help of white researchers such as themselves, blacks would be unable to escape the white thumb. They may even be oppressed without knowing it.

    In other words, I think whites are indeed underestimating anti-black attitudes, having been fooled by the ‘who-whom’ surface; the apparently pro-black practices such as affirmative action. (In practice, addicts the black to the institution coercing AA, and degrades their own self-evaluation.)

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    admin Reply:

    The damage done to African-Americans by Affirmative Action is almost incomprehensible. It’s created a black pseudo-bourgeoisie entirely hooked into the racism industry bubble — “If you’ve got any talent, as long as you channel it into professional whining, we’ll try to help you.” It doesn’t end well.

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  • Vladimir Says:

    Anyone who is so prone to wishful thinking to believe that this supposed trend revealed by Google N-gram is indicative of actual shifts in public opinion should consider that an almost identical trend exists for the word “homophobic.” Hopefully nobody is so detached from reality to conclude that the ideological zeal for homosexual rights has been waning for the last fifteen years in the English-speaking world!

    In fact, playing with this website further, it looks like many other terms commonly used in ideologically-loaded writing have seen a similar downward trend in the last 10-15 years. (Try e.g. “sexist,” “classist,” “xenophobic,” “nativist,” “antisemitic,” or even non-derogatory terms like “feminist” or “civil rights.”) The only exception seem to be terms (or causes) that became widely fashionable only in more recent years, like e.g. “gay marriage” or “stereotype threat.”

    The most plausible explanation seems to be that, for some unclear reason, the proportion of ideologically loaded writing in Google’s corpus is somewhat lower for more recent books. (It could be, for example, that Google has put more emphasis on academic works when selecting older books to scan, and less emphasis on those devoted to non-ideological subjects like, say, cooking.)

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    Handle Reply:

    Try homophobic + heteronormative. Or maybe white privilege + microagressions.

    The terminology changes; the witch hunts remain.

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    admin Reply:

    Just in case anyone was momentarily tempted by that absurd ‘optimism’ stuff.

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  • asdf Says:

    Racist can lose its meaning in peoples souls long before it loses power in society. Take the Roman shift from Pagan to Christian. In reality, this shift has been going on for a long time. People had lost faith in paganism. Monotheistic attempts to make Jupiter a senior God or involve Sol Invictus were because paganism was losing out. And yet Rome was officially Pagan long after people stopped believing in their hearts. The temples still got funded, people obeyed the religious edicts and rights.

    It may be that white people have racist fatigue, but the concept may have power long after anyone truly believes in it.

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  • spandrell Says:

    Accusations of racism will necessarily lose power once whites are a minority and the US becomes Mexico. South Americans do accuse others of racism, but not too often, it’s not a deal breaker.

    On Africa, either we see a Great Starvation in 20 years, or somehow the QUANGOs succeed in lowering the local birthrates. I am working with some African aid organizations (hey, it’s work), I’ll see what they’re up to.

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    admin Reply:

    I remember you talking about Nigerian demographic trends some months ago — did you ever blog about it? (I couldn’t find anything on a trawl through the gore spade.)

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    spandrell Reply:

    I am quite afraid that forecasting the death of hundreds of millions of black Africans will likely fire up some keyword filters in PRISM.

    It does seem obvious that 4 billion Africans can’t possibly happen.

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    admin Reply:

    Agreed (of course). Exactly how it doesn’t happen is going to massively shape this century, so calm and honest discussion of the subject would be helpful. A shame, then, that this is totally impossible.

    Posted on August 12th, 2013 at 5:24 am Reply | Quote
  • Lesser Bull Says:

    One explanation is that the ‘racism’ tool has already achieved its purposes.

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    admin Reply:

    There can never be enough abasement for our sins.

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    Lesser Bull Reply:

    Which is why old sins need to be de-emphasized and new ones brought up. Otherwise a growing number of folks would think the abasement sufficient.

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    Posted on August 12th, 2013 at 5:47 am Reply | Quote
  • bob sykes Says:

    On the other hand, maybe whites and heterosexuals are simply embracing their misoblackism and misohomosexuality. Ron Unz has suggested that the elites are using immigration to ethnically cleanse blacks from our cities to make them safe for gentrification. Apparently they think Mexicans are more pliant and productive and less violent. And over at the Captain’s Journal, the Captain is reporting on the application of COIN by militarized police forces to black neighborhoods in order to pacify them.

    Something is happening.

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    VXXC Reply:

    @admin

    COIN doesn’t work. Hey I drank the Kool-Aide at the time, but as advertised it doesn’t work. Certainly not the social science aspects. Sure Exum at CNAS/Abu Muqawama got himself a milblog HuffPo boost into first CNAS and then CFR. But it doesn’t work.

    COIN as advertised was BULLSHIT – entirely justified – by Petreaus et al to snow job Progs into thinking there was a humane war for Iraq. With lots of social science, which is of course more important.

    NO. What happened was we unleashed [quietly] our Shia clients or at least didn’t reign them in, and the pressure of between them and the crazies of Al-Qaeda bought about the Sunni Awakening. Then we and the Sunni’s hunted them down, while Shia ethnic cleansing continued unabated.

    The Surge was a surge in Killing. Given cover by Dr. Petraeus’s magic brand of horseshit. Which again was justified. YES COIN can work in a city, IF you control it block by block. And kill the insurgents, or pay off their non-insane pals. That’s ancient. It also helps to have an insurgency so repulsively sadistic it turns it’s own people [Sunni] against it. And have some fancy dead Frenchman and an exotic Australian Officer along. Galula was prominent. And a live Officer named Nagl.

    Want real French COIN? Roger Trinquierer. Want real French COIN? 12% of the males in the Algiers Casbah went missing forever.

    hell want real Algerian COIN? It just happened.

    The Philippines and Peru had some on again/off again success with it. By Filipinos and Peruvians.

    COIN was a huge flop in Astan…because you see we couldn’t quite motivate the Afghans to the necessary levels of killing, indeed by that time the Kool Aide was so popular we probably hampered them. Then there’s Pakistan next door, which should have cancelled the entire approach.

    COIN if applied by police Depts would work, if they understood the caveats. If they say got real about certain aspects of it. I’d love to see it applied to say MS-13 and the rest of these shits. but it works best if the target group is THE OTHER.

    BTW the link has SWAT raid tactics…NO. COIN is constubalary in nature.

    SWAT raid tactics aren’t COIN. It’s raids, which piss people off.

    COIN can work in a city. If you own it, and grind them down block by block.

    For a region or country – see Sri Lanka. Not PC. But it worked. And the LTTE was considered the best gurreilla force EVER.

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    admin Reply:

    Gary Brecher says the only reliable COIN strategy is genocide. That’s perhaps a mite overstated, but it’s far closer to reality than the touchy-feely ‘nation building’ model that has overseen a series of American disasters now, as your examples confirm. Sri Lanka is the crucial contemporary reference point. The clearest indication that a practical ‘COIN’ strategy has been adopted is the awkward twin-phenomenon:
    (a) Resistance is eradicated (rather than ‘won over’)
    (b) The process by which this is achieved falls under the general liberal category of ‘gross human rights abuses’

    Guerrilla warfare presupposes the effectiveness of ‘human shields.’ This says everything about how an insurgency is defeated, and why defeating one never looks remotely pretty. America has to stop doing this stuff. It can’t possibly care enough about winning to do what is necessary.

    Posted on August 12th, 2013 at 11:50 am Reply | Quote
  • VXXC Says:

    I’ve been saying there was a sudden shift in white attitudes, marked amongst the pundits that make their living from them and in general – since mid November 2012.

    Like a light just came on everywhere.

    Rush. Coulter, Malkin, et al.

    And the comments in any news article, blog, anywhere are a long overdue F___ YOU.

    It’s OK to be white again.

    It’s so OK the Republicans self-destruction [also long overdue] is accelerating over the matter.

    Sean Trende at Real Clear Politics published a series of articles on it, and was mildly and ineffectively [still standing, still has job, no apology] suggesting the Republicans need to capture working class whites.

    The Majority of Americans have no representation. And they know it. And millions of them abandoned voting in 2012.

    [they are however in a mostly one sided arms race].

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    admin Reply:

    It’s true that the comments on any article bearing on the topic — even in extreme left-liberal media — tend now to be at least 50% heretical push-back [peppered of course with “this comment did not follow our community policy” deletions]. The “this BS is so over” constituency is becoming remarkably assertive.

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    VXXC Reply:

    I don’t have time to prove not only the commentary but the pundits in print, radio, and TV [FOX is punditry even when it’s reporting “news”] changed. it did.

    MSNBC was quite instrumental in this regard.

    They couldn’t figure out crying wolf story is quite valid lesson…and now it’s too late.

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  • VXXC Says:

    As good news is anathema for many, I found you a Battle Flag.

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  • Mark Warburton Says:

    http://www.aeonmagazine.com/world-views/can-america-learn-from-germany-about-historical-guilt/

    !!!

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    spandrell Reply:

    Willy Brandt was more evil than Hitler.

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    admin Reply:

    I hear a blog post crying out to be born …

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    spandrell Reply:

    I just thought up something, but I’m not very creative lately. I must say my lack of drinking partners over here isn’t helping. Any advice?

    Posted on August 12th, 2013 at 7:09 pm Reply | Quote
  • VXXC Says:

    Upon Reboot, we shall join the Germans in forgetting mistakes.

    It’s not my problem.

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  • VXXC Says:

    @admin

    Genocide is a bit much. Scorched Earth has worked for thousands of years.

    We do need to stop doing this stuff. It’s a criminal waste of our warrior manpower.

    No nations war stock – people – is unlimited. Bravery is part genes, part thede.

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