Quote note (#191)

A familiar point, but put quite perfectly:

I know it sounds nuts, but lots of people really do believe this “Race is not a biological category” talking point. Sure, it’s incredibly stupid, but then you can get in lots of trouble these days for not being incredibly stupid. So a lot of people find it safest just to be stupid, as Orwell noted in the definition of “crimestop” or “protective stupidity.”

October 14, 2015admin 8 Comments »


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  • Quote note (#191) | Neoreactive Says:

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  • Puzzle Privateer (@PuzzlePrivateer) Says:

    The student who wrote the original article responds here:


    “I do not think I need to apologize, either for myself or the Herald, nor will I,” she said. “I committed no transgression, as an opinion writer, and the Herald committed no transgression in deciding my articles were appropriate to print.”

    On Friday, Native Americans at Brown held a “die-in” that the Herald reported was meant to “raise awareness of the indigenous genocide that Columbus Day celebrates.” The same group is also planning an event on Monday, when Columbus Day is observed. Minority student organizations at Brown also wrote statements condemning both the Herald, and the columns themselves.

    “I’ve experienced a lot of personal backlash, mostly over social media,” Maier said. “I take it to be a sign of weakness from the student groups who are upset at my writing. It is analogous to the last breath from a dying animal, desperate for anything.”

    Maier said some folks have even dug up old social media posts of hers and archived them, something she calls “slightly unnerving.”

    “The cruelest of the attacks contain no critique of my arguments, but mere sound and fury against a world growing more skeptical of them,” she said.

    But she says she’s trying to take it all in stride, adding that she enjoys the “scintillating debate” her articles have stirred up. She called Friday’s “die-in” a “small, decentralized, and a perfectly non-distinct Brown protest.”

    “I’ve been given a lot to think about, so much so that I must have aged about forty years in the last few days, with the amount of debate I’ve had to process,” she said. “The main questions floating around my brain have concerned the meaning of having autism and a platform at an Ivy League school, how I can communicate science in a better manner as to engage more people, the nature of liberal creationism and the anti-science left, and whether or not my sixth grade teacher was right about persuasive essay writing.”


    Erebus Reply:

    I’m still trying to figure out what was “racist” about that column. Didn’t it merely parrot that liberal cause célèbre “Guns, Germs, and Steel”? The closest I came to finding “racism” was in the author’s suggestion — not stated outright, but implied — that human races may be biologically different. (With, however, an almost apologetic follow-up statement: “Yet this really doesn’t matter much on its own…”)

    The author should be chastised for writing in an overly pompous, ornate, and sarcastic style. No style points. Many points for bravery and firm resolution in the face of a howling mob, though!


    haishan Reply:

    Guns, Germs and Steel, from what I understand, was a cause célèbre upon publication, but lately it’s become terribly crimethink-y for your typical Brahmin. I know I’ve seen progressive friends bash it on social media, for instance.


    Hattori Reply:

    “, but lately it’s become terribly crimethink-y for your typical Brahmin.”
    Why is that?

    Grotesque Body Reply:


    Meme magic is real and /pol/ is becoming mainstream.

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  • Quote note (#191) | Reaction Times Says:

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  • Ann K Says:

    I think I’m going to protest the Westminster Dog Show, given that there are no such thing as breeds.


    Posted on October 14th, 2015 at 10:09 pm Reply | Quote

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