Mayor Wheeler’s Open Letter to President Trump

This is to supplement my earlier post today. It is the text of Mayor Ted Wheeler’s letter to President Trump.

August 28, 2020

Dear President Trump:

Yet again, you said you offered to aid Portland by sending in federal law enforcement to our city.

On behalf of the City of Portland: No thanks.

We don’t need your politics of division and demagoguery. Portlanders are onto you. We have already seen your reckless disregard for human life in your bumbling response to the COVID pandemic. And we know you’ve reached the conclusion that images of violence or vandalism are your only ticket to reelection.

There is no place for looting, arson, or vandalism in our city. There is no room here for racist violence or those who wish to bring their ideology of hate into our community. Those who commit criminal acts will be apprehended and prosecuted under the law. 

Tens of thousands of Portlanders have peacefully protested and marched for the noble cause of fixing our broken criminal justice system. They are part of the proud progressive tradition of Portlanders fighting for justice – from racial justice to economic justice to environmental justice.

When you sent the Feds to Portland last month, you made the situation far worse. Your offer to repeat that disaster is a cynical attempt to stoke fear and distract us from the real work of our city. 

In Portland, we are focused on coming together as a community to solve the serious challenges we face due to systemic racism, a global pandemic and an economic recession.

Stay away, please.

Signed,

Ted Wheeler

Mayor of Portland

The author of this letter received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University in 1985, an MBA from Columbia University in 1989, and a master’s in public policy from Harvard University. (Wikipedia)

Unbelievable.

 

 

Portland will do more to address protest violence, police accountability, business aid, mayor says

 

This was reported on August 27, 2020, by Everton Bailey Jr in The Oregonian/OregonLive:

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said Wednesday he hasn’t done enough to focus on damages caused by some city protests over the last three months and the fallout from coronavirus. He called on the community to help him come up with better solutions.

The mayor said during an evening news conference that he’d been “trying to do too much” on his own and hasn’t sought enough community input. He partly blamed himself for allowing a false national narrative about Portland pushed by President Donald Trump and others that the city is in “chaos.” And he said he wants the community as a whole to promote nonviolent protests but roundly condemn property damage and items thrown toward police by a small group of “violent extremists.”

“All violence, including police violence, is not the way to further the goals of our community,” Wheeler said.

He said the city has to do more to create a long-term plan to fight homelessness, quickly address complaints of police misconduct, clean up graffiti and other damage to downtown buildings and businesses and make other quality of life improvements. He also called for “more tolerance, more compromise.”

Wheeler said he planned to meet with police bureau officials later Wednesday to brainstorm new ideas on ways officers can protect peaceful demonstrators during protests, ways they can hold officers accountable “in real time” and what resources officers need from the city to more effectively do their jobs.

He said he wants police bureau leaders to offer solutions that show they have heard community concerns about systemic racial bias by officers. And he said he shares police critics’ frustrations that the only current way to get answers to complaints about police misconduct is to wait for Independent Police Review cases to come to completion with the details of the investigation not made public.

The mayor said he also planned to meet to meet with “key stakeholders” in the business community Thursday to come up with “common sense measures” to clean up downtown Portland and help local businesses. He said he is open to meeting with any employers or community leaders who want to participate. The ideas could include the city chipping in to help pay to clean up graffiti or repair other damages not covered by insurance.

Business owners and leaders have been expressing growing alarm about the state of downtown Portland and calling on city leaders to act for weeks. SOLVE, the Portland Business Alliance and the Portland Lodging Alliance announced Wednesday that they would come together with others in the community to host a cleanup of downtown Portland on Sept. 3.

Wheeler said he planned to announce initiatives starting Thursday to address engaging the community on ongoing police reforms, supporting local businesses and ways the city plans to help keep people in their homes after the statewide eviction moratorium ends Sept. 30. He also said the city plans to help address the rise in shootings this year with an upcoming City Council proposal to add more staff to the city’s office of violence prevention to give more support to community groups that aid residents impacted by gun violence.

He said he’d met recently with some protest leaders regarding the demonstrations. He said he is also interested in hearing from people who have caused damage during protests.

“I want to know how I can understand the anger, the frustration, the rage, the hurt and whatever is driving it,” Wheeler said. “Maybe there’s an opportunity for us to help address in a concrete way some of those issues too.”

He said he wants to have officer misconduct complaints addressed more quickly, noting that complaints filed with the Independent Police Review take “months or sometimes even years before people hear back.” He said as the police commissioner, he receives no feedback about complaints until the end of the internal and external police review processes.

“That just isn’t acceptable,” Wheeler said. “It doesn’t sit well with me and it doesn’t sit well with people in the public. I think we need to figure out how are we going to hold our officers accountable in real time.”

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Ted Wheeler is both mayor and police commissioner of Portland, a city which has just completed ninety days of peaceful protests, riots, looting, and arson in its business district by Black Lives Matter and antifa. Mayor Wheeler is to be commended for his courageous leadership in refusing to accept the President’s offer to use federal forces to bring an end to the non-existent chaos which he (the President) created and exists entirely in his (the President’s) imagination. There is no chaos in Portland! It is all part of a larger, highly organized production.

Wheeler is obviously a principled man of action, a “buck stops here” kind of guy, who doesn’t need to be told how to run his city and his police department. He will shut down the direct action when it stops serving its purpose and he is good and ready. Or when the funding ends.

Some general information about direct actions in Lefticon:

Direct action – a coordinated effort by a victimized or marginalized group to address grievances, achieve social justice, or bring about systemic change.

Direct actions are often necessary when negotiation, arbitration, or democratic elections fail to meet the needs of an oppressed community. While it is possible for a direct action to occur spontaneously, most are the result of covert planning and leadership.

The ostensible grievances are often not the true causes, which can be political or diversionary and known only to the planners. The methods can be peaceful or violent, legal or illegal. They include rallies, protests, demonstrations, marches, occupations, sit-ins, slowdowns, blockades, traffic disruptions, strikes, hunger strikes, immolations, shouting, screaming, chanting, assaulting, rioting, looting, plundering, pillaging, burning, breaking, shooting, bombing, and sabotage.

Each of these methods, in turn, is multifaceted, customizable, and synergistic with other methods. For example:

      • Shouting and screaming can be modified by increasing the volume (decibel level) through megaphones and electronic amplification (loudspeakers); by rhythmic chanting and percussion (drum circles); or by increasing the level of profanity (shock value).
      • Hunger strikes can be symbolic, with food allowed; dietary, with a balanced but calorie-restricted diet; or actual starvation, with fluids allowed, but no calories. Starvation requires a highest level of commitment to a cause, the others somewhat less.
      • A sit-in or occupation can target a dean’s office at a university, or an entire district of a major city.
      • Breaking usually impacts large plate glass windows of retail stores and is necessary to gain entrance for the redistribution of capital goods from the rich store-owner to a deprived minority.
      • Burning includes flag burning, effigy burning, and arson. The most devoted advocates of direct action often prove their dedication by burning their own hoods (Ebonics for neighborhoods).
      • Immolation, also known as self-immolation, a form of performance art and/or body language that utilizes burning, is best achieved by using a flammable liquid as a starter. A “human torch” is a dramatic, non-verbal, highly personal statement of support for a movement or cause.

Caveats, cons, and cautions:

      • Shouting and screaming can create sensory overload and trigger anxiety in some of the participants. Spirit fingers (jazz hands) are an approved alternative.
      • Traffic disruptions are satisfying until they trigger resentment or road rage in the motorists disrupted. Jumping on the hood or roof of an occupied car can trigger a panic reaction in the driver with an overwhelming urge to accelerate, resulting in the unplanned martyrdom of one or more protesters.
      • Looting, plunder, pillage, and arson of one’s own neighborhood are effective symbolically but counterproductive in the long term if essential businesses relocate geographically after the direct action. Any pre-existing urban decay will be thereby accelerated and eventually lead to urban renewal, gentrification, and population displacement.
      • Stores guarded by armed storekeepers are to be avoided to prevent unnecessary protester-bloodshed, unless the direct action is in protest of gun violence and a graphic illustration is desired.
      • Self-immolation can result in transient sympathy for the immolator, but rarely for the cause when the graphic horror overwhelms the underlying message. Accidental self-immolation by premature ignition of a Molotov cocktail is, obviously, even less effective.

Note:  The willfully unemployed and the criminal underclass (lumpenproletariat) are easily recruited for paid demonstrations and counter-demonstrations. They are accustomed to violence in their daily lives and may even enjoy it, but because of their impulsivity and generally low intelligence, they are more difficult to control and can turn on the organizer if not promptly paid.

Oregon professor arrested during Portland Antifa riots

This was reported yesterday by Jessica Custodio in Campus Reform:

A professor at Oregon Health & Science University was arrested during an Antifa riot on Sunday in Portland, Oregon.

OHSU Assistant Professor Daniel Liefwalker was arrested around 3 a.m. for trespassing, a class C misdemeanor, according to a booking page on the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Department’s website. An OHSU Human Resources representative confirmed to Campus Reform that Liefwalker is currently employed by OHSU as a Research Assistant Professor.

The riots on Saturday night into Sunday morning involved protesters throwing rocks and other miscellaneous items at police.

“Rocks and bottles were thrown, paintball guns fired, and lasers targeted officers during a riot Saturday night into Sunday morning,” according to a Portland Police Press Release.

According to the press release, police declared the gathering as an “unlawful assembly” at 11:41 p.m., and warned those rioting that if they did not disperse, they would be subjected to arrest, citation, or crowd control agents.”

However, according to the release, few followed the warning. A total of 23 people were arrested Sunday night and into Monday morning.

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A proposed poster for our protestor/professor coalition:

Protestors and Professors!

Warrior comrades marching Forward!  Together in the Struggle against Systemic Racism and for Social Justice!

In Diversity there is Strength! Black Lives Matter!

Professors of the world unite!

Some background from Lefticon:

Social justice warrior (SJW) – a dedicated advocate who struggles for social justice on an individual, grass-roots level (classroom, workplace, sorority, Internet, social media, family dinner), or collectively through protests and demonstrations.

The historic forerunners of today’s social justice warriors were the abolitionists and first wave feminists (suffragettes) of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the Communist Party vanguards during the October Revolution (1917) in Russia, the cadres of Red Guards during the Cultural Revolution (1960s) in China, and the New Left counterculture heroes of the 1960s in the US.

Red Guards – a movement of militant, patriotic students during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) in the People’s Republic of China under Mao Zedong.

The Red Guards were noted for their devotion to Chairman Mao and the Marxist-Leninist theory of class struggle, which they demonstrated by the subjugation and humiliation of their teachers, subjecting them to public ridicule and “struggle sessions” to admit their transgressions and counter-revolutionary thoughts. They also assisted in the destruction of cultural relics and artifacts of the pre-Communist past. When their actions became overtly anarchic and themselves counter-revolutionary, the Red Guards were suppressed by the People’s Liberation Army and disbanded.

Their contemporary counterparts in the West are the heroic social justice warriors of Black Lives Matter and antifa who struggle to suppress white supremacy and systemic racism wherever it raises its ugly head and to destroy all monuments to our racist past.

New Left – a term applied to the counterculture activist movements in Western Europe and North America from the late 1950s through the 1960s.

These movements were led by university students who formed organizations across many campuses. Some were open and peaceful, like the Students for a Democratic Society, while others were covert and violent, such as the Weather Underground, the Black Liberation Army, FALN, and the Symbionese Liberation Army. Their direct actions ranged from relatively peaceful protests to mass demonstrations, forceful occupation of administrative offices, provocation of the police, civil disobedience, and acts of terrorism like the bombing of police stations and public buildings. They demonstrated against the Viet Nam War and for civil rights, against cultural oppression and for sexual liberation. They were feminist and environmentalist, anti-government, anti-authority, anti-war, anti-military, anti-nuclear, anti-imperial, anti-establishment, and anti-American. Their academic mentors were neo-Marxist Critical Theorists, neo-Freudians, Trotskyites, Maoists, Gramscians, and an assortment of nihilists, anarchists, deconstructionists, and existentialists.

The New Left was not a revolution of the proletariat. In the archetypical Marxist socio-political class struggle, bourgeois activists incite an oppressed proletariat to a revolution against bourgeois oppressors. The bourgeois activists, of course, remain the leaders in a movement ostensibly against themselves. In the case of the New Left, bourgeois student activists staged a revolution against their own class without the involvement of a proletariat that they hardly knew. “Secretaries, cafeteria workers, and janitors of the world unite!” could never be the call-to-arms of a successful revolution. As a result, they demanded and achieved cultural changes, as planned by their Marxist academic mentors, but no political transformation to full-blown socialism or Communism.

 

Sociology professor: ‘Fat-phobia is rooted in anti-Blackness’

Matt Lamb reported this in the College Fix on August 21, 2020:

A professor who regularly writes about race and health issues recently argued that the stigma surrounding obesity is linked to racism.

Sabrina Strings, a professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine told CBS News that the medical community’s approach to weight issues stems from anti-blackness and oppression.

She told CBS News on August 20:

We cannot deny the fact that fat-phobia is rooted in anti-Blackness. That’s simply an historical reality. Today, when people talk about it, they often claim that they don’t intend to be anti-Black … they don’t intend all of these negative associations, and yet they exist already, so whenever people start trafficking in fat-phobia, they are inherently picking up on these historical forms of oppression.

The interview came ahead of a CBS News special airing this Sunday but available on Youtube called “Fat Shaming.”

Strings explained that this is not a new a phenomenon, but goes back to the slave trade:

With the dawn of the slave trade, skin color was the original sorting mechanism to determine who was slave and who was free. But as you might imagine, with slavery progressing through the century, skin color became a less reliable source of sorting various populations. Therefore, they decided to re-articulate racial categories, adding new characteristics, and one of the things that the colonists believed was that Black people were inherently more sensuous, that people love sex and they love food, and so the idea was that Black people had more venereal diseases, and that Black people were inherently obese, because they lack self-control. And of course, self-control and rationality, after the Enlightenment, were characteristics that were deemed integral to Whiteness.

Strings said that white Protestants tried to show they were “morally upright and racially proper” by eating responsibly and staying fit.

The professor argued that Protestants believed “if you did not show temperance, that was evidence that you were one of the savages, and also, that you were un-Christian.”

The idea of obesity issues and weight management being tied to racism is not a new topic for Strings.

In July, she told the Huffington Post that the body-mass index is “racist.”

“It is racist, and also sexist, to use mostly white men within your study population and then try to extrapolate that and create norms and expectations for women and people of color,” Strings said.

She also wrote in the New York Times in a May editorial that black people are sick because of … slavery.

“The era of slavery was when white Americans determined that black Americans needed only the bare necessities, not enough to keep them optimally safe and healthy,” Strings wrote.

“It set in motion black people’s diminished access to healthy foods, safe working conditions, medical treatment and a host of other social inequities that negatively impact health,” she said.

Strings released a book in May 2019 titled “Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat-Phobia.”

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Blacks do not have a monopoly on obesity, which is as endemic in this country with whites as with blacks. Accordingly, it takes a stretch of the imagination to link fat-phobia to anti-Black racism.

There is no doubt, however, that racism and fat-phobia can be linked in an individual black through the intersectionality of oppressions, without linking obesity and its negative associations to all blacks and the history of black slavery.

From Lefticon:

Fatphobia – hatred or dislike of fat people.

Fat shaming – denigration of someone because they are fat.

Victims of fat-shaming and fatness can experience sizeism, aversive behavior, bullying, and microaggression. Through intersectionality, their fatness can synergize with other oppressions in their own, customized matrix of domination. This can enhance self-awareness but also lead to internalized sizeism, depression, and loss of self-esteem.

Since fatness is a reversible oppression, its victims can reactively crash-diet to reach a culturally normative weight, exercise compulsively, or subscribe to a commercial weight reduction program (a form of capitalist exploitation). If those measures fail, they can try bulimia which, regrettably, can cause malnutrition, dental erosion and vitamin deficiencies. When all else fails, there is self-acceptance with the help of support groups on the fatosphere, the fat acceptance movement, and the body positivity movement.

Note:  Most of the terms used in fat-shaming are too distasteful to list and can be triggers of emotional distress to the overweight. Preferable synonyms for fat or obese include ample, stout, chubby, plump, large, large framed, big boned, on the heavy side, full figured, full bodied, plus sized, curvy, curvaceous, voluptuous, Churchillian, and Rubenesque.

Anti-blackness – bias and prejudice against blacks based on the color of their skin.

Anti-blackness has been postulated as the root cause of all racism and oppression, spilling over to non-blacks with dark skin, such as Indians and Egyptians. It can even be manifest within the black community as internalized racism and colorism.

Racism – irrational bias, bigotry, hate, prejudice, or discrimination against an entire race or against an individual solely because of his or her race, as practiced by racists.

The term racism usually describes the bias and discrimination of whites against blacks. In its more inclusive meaning, racism includes bias and discrimination by dominant whites against all racial minorities, including Asians, white Hispanics, native Americans, Muslims, and Jews.

Racism requires a belief by the racist in white supremacy, the superiority of the white race based on the accomplishments of European whites when compared to other races. In the strictest sense, only whites of European origin are capable of racism since only they have the institutional power to oppress other races and the propensity to use it. Other races can only be victims of racism, but never the perpetrators.

Note:  Bias against Jews has been attributed to both racism and anti-Semitism, an example of race as a social construct.

Intersectionality – the conceptualization of multiple social identities coexisting in an individual, along with multiple synergistic oppressions.

For example, a victim of oppression can identify as poor, black, homosexual, and female. These come together within the individual to form that individual’s composite social identity, which can then make her vulnerable to multiple forms of oppression intersecting as a system, each component of which is acting synergistically with the others.

An individual can also have multiple social identities that, rather than being synergistic, are in internal conflict. Such disparate subjectivities can result in a hybrid identity that is both oppressor and oppressed, e.g., a white (oppressor), affluent (oppressor), cisgender (oppressor), fat (oppressed), disabled (oppressed) female (oppressed).

Radio broadcaster, 26, is fired for referring to Senator Kamala Harris as America’s ‘first colored vice presidential candidate’

This was reported by Harriet Alexander in yesterday’s Daily Mail:

A radio station in Ohio has fired a broadcaster who described Senator Kamala Harris as the nation’s ‘first colored vice presidential candidate’.

Kyle Cornell, 26, made the remark on air on Wednesday night.

He was fired by WTAM 1100, a Cleveland-based station, on Thursday, after a social media backlash. 

Kamala Harris on Wednesday night accepted the nomination for vice presidential candidate

‘We are aware of the reference made on WTAM by Kyle Cornell,’ said Ray Davis, the station’s program and promotions director said in a statement. ‘We take this matter very seriously and addressed it immediately. The term used is extremely offensive and does not align with our station’s core values and commitment to the communities we serve. He is no longer with WTAM.’

In a news teaser that aired during the station’s broadcast of the Cleveland Indians game, Cornell said: ‘The U.S. officially has its first colored vice presidential candidate. More coming up after the game on Newsradio WTAM 1100 Cleveland.’ 

Audio of the clip was posted to social media and sparked anger.

‘Hey @WTAM1100 it’s racist to use the term ‘colored’ when describing Kamala Harris,’ tweeted one listener.

Another described Cornell as an ‘ignorant bozo’. Cornell has apologized for ‘making a judgement in error’, and said he never intended to cause offense.  

‘I wasn’t trying to be malicious or in any way decimate the character or anything like that,’ Cornell told 3News. ‘That was never the goal. And for that, I am truly sorry.’

He also apologized to the station.

‘For the station of WTAM too, I feel awful for putting them through what they’ve had to go through over the past 24 hours. I just want them to understand it was a rough choice to make and that I accept my punishment and know that I still love and care about everyone at the station, wish them well and I hope that they can forgive me for making a judgement in error and something that I know is not me.’ 

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The response to Mr. Cornell’s racist remark was swift and just. It is well known that the word “colored” is offensive to all blacks and therefore racist, while “people of color” is inoffensive, respectful, sweet, and loving. As a reporter and, judging by his age, a product of a postmodern education, his choice of this despicable word was inexcusable. Ray Davis, his courageous program director, did what he had to do by terminating him, apologizing, and making it clear that he and his station have zero tolerance for racism. Mr. Cornell also offered his abject apologies, which were hollow and unacceptable. The social media progressives who called attention to this offense also deserve special commendation.

As noted in Lefticon:

Color – the hue of the human skin due to its relative amount of melanin pigmentation, which is a visible marker of one’s race and all the advantages or disadvantages conferred thereby.

Though the word color has other meanings, its racial meaning is by far the most important.

Colored people – an unapproved and offensive term for blacks (at the time of this writing); not to be confused with “people of color,” which is both approved and inoffensive.

Note:  At one time, colored people was the polite, preferred term for blacks, e.g., the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). While this is still an acceptable usage when used by the NAACP, it should not be considered a license for more widespread use, especially by whites.

People of color (POC) – a collective term for all non-whites (non-Caucasians), including those with a mixed white and non-white racial heritage.

People of color is a more inclusive term than black, since it encompasses other races who also suffered from oppression by whites, such as people from the Asian subcontinent who were oppressed by white British colonialists: those from China who suffered under the white British opium trade; and all the indigenous people of Africa, the Americas, Australia, and the Pacific islands which were colonized by white Europeans from many countries.

Note:  While people of color is a term approved for current usage, colored people is now considered racist and is unapproved except in some limited contexts, such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

 

Economist proposes US slavery reparations up to $12TN, or $800,000 per black household

This was reported by Keith Griffith in the Daily Mail on August 13, 2020:

A prominent economist has laid out the case for reparations for the black descendants of slaves in the U.S., estimating payments of up to $12 trillion would be needed to atone for the historical injustice.

Duke University professor William Darity Jr and his wife Kirsten Mullen co-authored the report for the Roosevelt Institute arguing that the U.S. government should pay ‘systemic reparations’ for slavery.

It comes amid fresh calls for reparations, with 142 members of Congress backing a bill to study and put forward reparations proposals, and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden voicing support for the idea.

In his report, Darity argues that reparations should be designed to eliminate the gap in mean net worth between black and white households, arriving at a figure of about $800,000 per black household as sufficient. 

The bold proposal is not without its skeptics, however, as fiscal conservatives question whether the federal government could shoulder the cost, which amounts to roughly half of annual U.S. gross domestic product. 

In fiscal 2019, the government spent $4.4 trillion, amounting to 21 percent of the nation’s $21 trillion GDP, with about $1 trillion of that federal spending adding to the national debt.

‘Our national debt is already now up to around $26-27 trillion given the money we’re spending on Covid,’ Michael Tanner, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, told CNBC. 

‘And we’re losing more money because we’re not picking up the revenue because economic growth is so slow right now. This hardly seems the time to burden the economy with more debt, more taxes. Essentially what you want to do is stimulate economic growth for all our benefits,’ he added of reparations proposals.

Darity, however, argues that reparations for slavery are not only feasible, but necessary.

The Samuel DuBois Cook distinguished professor of public policy at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy, Darity has devoted much of his career to studying the rationale and design of reparations.

In his new report, adapted from his book From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century, he argues that only financial payments made by the government to the descendants of slaves can provide acknowledgement, redress and closure for the crime of slavery.

Though he does not provide a specific timeline for the payments, Darity argues any reparations program should be accomplished within a decade of commencing. 

Darity writes that eligibility for payments should be restricted to living descendants of people who were enslaved in the U.S. prior to the Civil War, who identified as black or African American on government documents for at least 12 years prior to the reparations program.

‘This community’s claim for restitution anchors on the US government’s failure to deliver the promised 40-acre land grants to their newly emancipated ancestors in the aftermath of the Civil War,’ he writes.

‘That failure laid the foundation for the enormous contemporary gap in wealth between black and white people in the US,’ he continues…

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Professor Darity’s proposal makes perfect sense from the racial justice point of view, as well as being an economic stroke of genius. Reparations to our black brothers and sisters are long overdue, and while they will never fully compensate blacks for all the suffering they have endured, it will go a long way to making them equal to whites. Not only that, these funds are likely to be spent rather quickly, rather than saved, resulting in the greatest grass-roots economic stimulus ever effected.

From Lefticon, some of the concepts upon which reparations are based:

Reparations – amends to a group, or to individuals within a group, for past oppression, suppression, or repression.

As commonly understood, reparations refer specifically to the compensation of blacks for their past enslavement by slave owners in the South, though colonists in the North also owned slaves, and not all slaves were black.

The reparations sought are monetary. The Civil War fought by the North which ended slavery is not considered sufficient. Neither is affirmative action or the special rights and privileges already gained by Civil Rights legislation

Because the colonists and slave owners were white, all whites living today are held collectively responsible for black slavery. Whites whose ancestors were slaves are not exempt, nor are those whose ancestors were abolitionists or fought and died for the North in the Civil War, nor are whites who came to the United States as immigrants long after the practice of slavery ended, often to escape enslavement themselves by totalitarian regimes.

Note:  The concept of inherited collective guilt of all whites for the enslavement of blacks is no different than the Christian concept of original sin, whereby all humans inherit guilt and are punished for the first sin against God by the first human couple, Adam and Eve.

White guilt – a feeling of guilt, shame, and remorse for being white.

Upon awareness of the history of white imperialism, colonialism, slave-ownership, slave-trading, racism, hegemony, patriarchy, and privilege, white guilt is inevitable. It is much like the internalized racism of a minority person against their own minority group, except that it affects a majority person against their own majority.

In some cases, white guilt is a motivation for social justice activism. On the other hand, it can be the result of the same activism. A social-justice activist who is white, and who is motivated by empathy for oppressed brothers and sisters of color, can have an epiphany and realize that “Hey, I’m also white! I’m one of the oppressors!” This realization can trigger an intense emotional response, a tsunami of self-hatred and anger. As is well known, anger turned inward becomes depression, which in this case is situational and, by the way, fully deserved. The depression, then, can be relieved by drugs, suicide, the support of other whites similarly afflicted, or (preferably) reconciliation to the re-energized pursuit of anti-white social activism.

Collective guilt – the assignment of guilt for certain crimes or behaviors to an entire group rather than to specific individuals within the group.

Two examples are white guilt for slavery and colonialism, Japanese guilt for Pearl Harbor, and German guilt for World War II and the Holocaust.

Like the Christian concept of Original Sin, collective guilt is heritable.

Transgenerational trauma – the transmission of the psychologic effects of severe trauma from generation to generation. Also called intergenerational trauma.

Some examples are the effects of slavery on subsequent generations of blacks; colonization of North America on generations of indigenous tribes; the Bolshevik Revolution and dekulakization on generations of Russians; Mao’s Cultural Revolution on generations of Chinese; the WW2 fire bombings on generations of Germans; the nuclear and fire bombings of WW2 on generations of Japanese; the Holodomor on generations of Ukrainians; the Potato Famine on generations of Irish; the Holocaust on generations of Jews; and systemic patriarchy on generations of women.

The symptoms of transgenerational trauma are like those of victimhood and chronic posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The mechanism of inheritance may not be typically genetic, but rather what is called epigenetic, which is the heritable transmission of markers outside the DNA molecule that affect the orderly differentiation of cells without changing the sequence of the DNA nucleotides.

Pennsylvania District Mandates White Supremacy Lessons for Kindergartners

As reported by Chrissy Clark in Washington Free Beacon on August 11, 2020:

Elementary school children returning to a wealthy Pennsylvania classroom in the fall will learn that sympathizing with police officers is racist.

Gladwyne Elementary School—located in Lower Merion School District, one of the richest in the nation—will require fourth and fifth graders to read Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness, which claims that white people who relate to police officers or decline to watch the news are complicit in racism. The curriculum also assigns A Kid’s Book About Racism to kindergarten and first graders.

The books are raising eyebrows among some parents, who take issue with their political focus. Elana Yaron Fishbein, a mother of two boys and a doctor of social work, penned a letter to the district’s superintendent, board members, and the school’s principal demanding the school remove its new “cultural proficiency” curriculum.

“The book teaches kids not only to defy parents but to hate themselves,” Fishbein told the Washington Free Beacon. “To hate their parents also because they are white. By default, [the kids] are white, and they’re privileged, and they’re bad. [The school] is teaching this to little kids.”

In the wake of the George Floyd protests, public schools are increasingly politicizing their curricula. In Virginia’s Loudoun County School District—the richest county in the nation—schools teamed up with the left-wing education group Teaching Tolerance to develop a new curriculum about slavery for kindergartners. The proposed lesson plans recommend restructuring history and social studies classes to emphasize slavery as fundamental to American society.

Cultural proficiency lessons at Gladwyne were announced in an email to parents on June 9. The email claims that despite offering four other lessons on equity and race, the school’s “Cultural Proficiency Committee” believes those lessons are insufficient and created a fifth lesson focused explicitly on anti-racism.

“Generally, each class also engages in a cultural proficiency lesson; however, we realize that this is not enough,” Gladwyne principal Veronica Ellers wrote in an email obtained by the Free Beacon. “We plan to continue designing lessons that promote anti-racist actions in the upcoming 20-21 school year and beyond.”

A Kid’s Book About Racism has an exhaustive list of actions it deems harmful and racist. The book claims asking questions can be racist and issues a call to action for five- to seven-year-olds to call out and identify racism.

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Children are never too young to learn about whiteness, white supremacy, the legacy of slavery, and systemic racism. Kudos to the teachers and administrators of Gladwyne Elementary School and the Lower Merion School District for their courage in the pursuit of truth in education.

From Lefticon:

Indoctrination the process of establishing, reinforcng, or changing attitudes and beliefs, usually in the areas of ideology, religion, or politics.

Indoctrination can be directed at an individual or a group. It is the main function of primary and secondary education, religion sermons, political rhetoric, entertainment, diversity and sensitivity training, and propaganda. The legacy media play an essential role in the indoctrination of the masses.

In the classroom, indoctrination takes place at every level, from pre-school to graduate school. The Common Core Curriculum, for example, targets the minds of children at the K-12 level, when they are most malleable.

In the military, indoctrination of young recruits takes place during basic training and of the officer class in the service academies. It continues in the specialized training of combat units.

In the corporate world, diversity training attempts to influence the attitudes and behavior of the workforce, while sensitivity training aims at controlling the attitudes and behavior of executives and higher-level managers.

An extreme form of indoctrination (aka mind control) took place during MK Ultra, a program of the CIA during the middle of the twentieth century. This program was said to be terminated in 1973 after exposure by the Church Committee in 1975.

Common core – the Common Core State Standards Initiative, a standardized curriculum and methodology of testing applied to primary and secondary education in mathematics and the English language in the United States.

Forty-four states adopted Common Core. Though nominally the product of a consortium of the states and sponsored by the National Governors Association, it was conceptualized and developed by a small group of experts called the Student Achievement Partners, who convinced the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to finance its promotion.

In 2009, the federal Department of Education incentivized Common Core by offering states grants for education but making them compete for their share of a $4.35 billion total allotment through a contest called “Race to the Top.” Like many commercial promotions, there was a “no-need-to-purchase” clause; adopting common core was not required to win a prize. Most states realized that, despite the disclaimer, joining common core would give them a competitive advantage over other states, so they eagerly joined with or without realizing that they were relinquishing local and state control over the education of their children to the more highly qualified federal bureaucracy.

The main benefit of Common Core is an improved teaching and learning process. Another is control of the information imparted to formative young minds to prevent their contamination by unapproved curricula or methodologies. In the language component, readings are selected for their progressive viewpoint and their informational rather than literary value. In mathematics, students learn that there is only one official way to solve a problem, which is the way chosen for them by highly qualified educators—pedagogical correctness, so to speak. Unapproved methods are penalized, thus suppressing any individualism or independent thinking which can undermine an accredited methodology.

Central to common core is a comprehensive database that is being compiled on individual students through grades K-12. This database of test results, demographics, and family information is an invaluable resource that enables qualified counselors to guide each student in the proper choice of a career according to their ability to meet the collective needs of the people, and to identify those who require remedial indoctrination.

 

Biden’s Heir Apparent: Who is Kamala Harris?

This was posted today by the 21st Century Wire:

At long last, the waiting is over. The Democratic presidential nominee has finally selected his party’s actual candidate for president.

Last night, Biden announced that US Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), would join him as his Vice Presidential running mate in the 2020 US Presidential Election against the incumbent Donald Trump. From the onset, this proposition was never straightforward.

Biden’s decision process in arriving at his selection was unprecedented – the first time in the country’s history, Biden had announced in advance the gender of his running mate, even though he had not yet decided who that person would be. Never before has a party nominee announced that the choice of the country’s potential ‘second in command’ would be adhering to an identity politics quota. The Democrat-oriented mainstream media are excited because Harris is both a woman and she is black, making Biden’s pick ‘historic’ – shades of the party’s excitement when Barack Obama won his party’s nomination back in 2008.

There is another, potentially more important twist though. Previously, 21WIRE warned about why Joe Biden’s choice of Vice Presidential running mate was so crucial. Due to the fact that he would be 78 years old if sworn in, and due to his own deteriorating mental state – he will not likely last to pursue reelection in a second term, much less complete his first term. That means that whoever he chose as VP candidate could end up assuming the office of US President sooner than later.

That said, here is a brief look at some of Harris’s political exploits:

          • No visible governing experience, hasn’t completed one term as Senator in California.
          • As her state’s Attorney General, Harris locked up 1,500 marijuana smokers in California, while herself joking about smoking it herself.
          • Pushed for the execution of death row inmate, blocked the admission of exculpatory DNA evidence to exonerate him.
          • Kept inmates beyond their sentences in order to use of prisoners as free labor for the state of California.
          • Fought to keep a skewed bail system in place which disproportionately impacted poor and African-Americans.
          • Advocate of regime change in Syria.
          • Reluctance to cosponsor key legislation to preventing war with Venezuela and North Korea.
          • Close relationship with extremist, pro-war Israeli lobby American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
          • Fervent promoter the discredited RussiaGate conspiracy theory which claims that Putin and Russia somehow intervened in the 2016 US Presidential Election.

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This article closes with a very convincing video making the case against Kamala Harris from a liberal point of view. I believe that, like so many people in politics and government, she exemplifies the Dunning-Kruger effect, by which those of least competence have the most confidence and tend to think they are more competent than they really are. It takes very little job-related competence to be a Senator or a Congressperson, only self-promotion and the connections and campaigning ability to get elected. On the other hand, the Presidency requires a whole different level of competence, and the Vice-Presidency should be at the same level. Looking over the Democratic candidates during their presidential primaries, it was truly remarkable how few, if any, were presidential material. Even the finally chosen candidate, Joe Biden, had sadly declined in terms of cognitive ability from whatever mental competence he may once have had. He had the duty to pick his successor; from the beginning, his choice was severely limited by the identity politics of his party to pick a woman, and she had to be a woman “of color.” He picked Kamala Harris. Competence never was a criterion, though I am quite sure that Senator Harris is profoundly confident that she can be a competent VP or eventually a President. It’s that Dunning-Kruger effect, once again.

From Lefticon:

Dunning-Kruger effect – a cognitive bias in which those individuals least mentally competent are the most confident and tend to think they are much more competent than they really are, whereas the more competent tend to rate themselves less competent than they are.

As described by psychologists David Dunning and Justin Kruger in 1999, “participants scoring in the bottom quartile on tests of humor, grammar, and logic grossly overestimated their test performance and ability.” Kruger and Dunning also observed that “Not only do these people reach erroneous conclusions and make unfortunate choices, but their incompetence robs them of the metacognitive ability to realize it.”

Though considered a cognitive bias, which has a negative connotation, the Dunning-Kruger effect reflects the success of progressive education in promoting self-esteem during the formative years. Other salutary effects include the enhanced self-confidence and effectiveness of social justice warriors; the empowerment of workers toiling in the offices of the bureaucracy; and recruitment of the most confident participants for rallies, protests, and direct actions. It is quite clear that there is no need to correct the Dunning-Kruger effect in an employee, as it is a natural mechanism to maintain a sense of higher-than-peak performance and workforce morale. Any acknowledgement of this effect by human-resources personnel is to be avoided as it would de facto constitute ableism by stereotyping those of diminished ability.

Note:  An area of Dunning-Kruger prevalence is the Congress of the United States, or for that matter, most politicians and bodies of democratically elected officials. Televised committee meetings provide ample proof of the inverse relationship of their confidence to their competence.

COVID-19: The Coverup, The Cure, and Key Evidence

Corey Lynn posted this article on her website Corey’s Digs on August 7, 2020. The following are the first four paragraphs of a comprehensive report which covers videos of both recent press conferences by America’s Frontline Doctors; the timeline of their targeted takedown with key facts and players; the facts about hydrochloroquine (HCQ) by the FDA and the misreporting by almost every news source; clinical evidence in the battle between HCQ and Remdesivir; and the created fear which is worse than the virus, as shown by statistical data.

The coverup of an early cure for COVID-19 didn’t begin with the viral videos of America’s Frontline Doctors, but they sure did bring the message home, and exposed one of the most orchestrated and targeted attacks on subverting life-saving drugs, while everyone watched this cyclone in real time. Within 24-hours all major social media platforms, mainstream news, Bill Gates, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and politicians tried to kill the message, but not before it had already reached over 17 million people. America’s Frontline Doctors’ website was even removed in its entirety by Squarespace, and they had to quickly rebuild it on another host site. This was not just an attack on the doctors, this was an attack on the American people to subvert critical information on hydroxychloroquine that has proven to treat COVID-19 in the early stages. Why would they want to do this? Why would they want to hide a cure from the American people?

Wrap your head around this 24-takedown of a drug that’s been around for over 65 years with little to no side effects, only 20 deaths worldwide, and proven to work on COVID-19 patients. Tylenol results in 500 deaths annually in the U.S. alone, and it’s sold over the counter. Does this equate? Next, review the evidence they claim doesn’t exist, and why Remdesivir is the drug of choice, along with the push for a vaccine.

The fear is worse than the virus, and the damage it is doing has far surpassed COVID-related deaths. CDC Director Robert Redfield recently stated “We’re seeing, sadly, far greater suicides now than we are deaths from COVID. We’re seeing far greater deaths from drug overdose that are above excess that we had as background than we are seeing the deaths from COVID.” Sadly, teenagers are among the highest.

America’s Frontline Doctors are a group of doctors who have been working on the front lines treating COVID-19 patients with great success. It was founded by Dr. Simone Gold who has worked as an emergency room physician for 20 years and is also an attorney. They called for a press conference and a 2-day summit to bring the truth to the forefront and teach Americans about the disinformation campaign, hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), masks, fear, impacts on children, and other key aspects.

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This is an excellent report and analysis, typical of the investigative journalism of Corey Lynn. It highlights the pervasive misinformation and willful disinformation that has shaped our lives during this crisis. There are plenty of less-than-honest players in this game, not the least of which are the media, whose propaganda role in the service of government and corporate interests is well known. Chomsky called it manufacturing consent and, indeed, theirs was a job well done in getting the consent of the masses to lockdowns, social distancing, and wearing masks. In fact, it went far beyond manufacturing consent and was more like censoring dissent while manufacturing a crisis.

From Lefticon:

Manufactured consent – agreement of the masses with the agenda of the ruling class, achieved through propaganda widely disseminated by the corporate media.

In their landmark exposé, Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media, Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky described how the corporate media changed from seekers of objective truth to a propaganda model, generating popular support for the agendas of the government and corporate elites.

Published in 1988, their observations are still valid today if not more so.

Operation Mockingbird – a project of the CIA to control the content of the news media in the United States.

This operation took place during the Cold War in the 1950s to the early 1970s, ostensibly as a reaction to similar Soviet efforts. It involved all the techniques of propaganda including disinformation, censorship, front organizations, and the clandestine involvement of over 400 accredited reporters of major news publications such as the NY Times, the Washington Post, and Time/Life. It was said to have ended after exposure by the Church Committee and other investigative agencies.

There are reasons to believe that Mockingbird never ended but continues to this day to use the corporate media to shape the opinions of the masses.

Censorship – the suppression of free speech.

Censorship by government or religious authorities has occurred throughout history and may be necessary during wartime. The First Amendment of the US Constitution partially protects citizens from censorship by government, but not from censorship by their peers or social media platforms in the areas of political correctness and hate speech.

Censorship can be direct or indirect. Direct censorship includes the banning of books, videos, and podcasts; book burning; the removal of websites and social media accounts or their demonetizing; the banning of activists or their arrest and prosecution; and laws that ban or penalize certain categories of speech.

Indirect censorship occurs through social ostracization and career termination for speech deemed offensive. This is the basis of the cancel culture and its highly effective war against hate speech and racism. It is so effective that its advocates have used it against each other for trivial transgressions.

Distasteful as it is to some free-speech advocates, the Internet giants—Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Amazon, and Google—have all resorted to some degree of censorship by defunding or deplatforming the most politically offensive of their providers. Most progressives agree that censorship is necessary in the struggle for freedom from racism and hate.

Invasion of the New Normals

CJ Hopkins commented today in OffGuardian:

They’re here! No, not the pod people from Invasion of the Body Snatchers. We’re not being colonized by giant alien fruit. I’m afraid it is a little more serious than that. People’s minds are being taken over by a much more destructive and less otherworldly force … a force that transforms them overnight into aggressively paranoid, order-following, propaganda-parroting totalitarians.

You know the people I’m talking about. Some of them are probably your friends and family, people you have known for years, and who had always seemed completely rational, but who are now convinced that we need to radically alter the fabric of human society to protect ourselves from a virus that causes mild to moderate flu-like symptoms (or absolutely no symptoms at all) in over 95% of those infected, and that over 99.6% survive, which, it goes without saying, is totally insane.

I’ve been calling them “corona-totalitarians,” but I’m going to call them the “New Normals” from now on, as that more accurately evokes the pathologized-totalitarian ideology they are systematically spreading. At this point, I think it is important to do that, because, clearly, their ideological program has nothing to do with any actual virus, or any other actual public health threat.

As is glaringly obvious to anyone whose mind has not been taken over yet, the “apocalyptic coronavirus pandemic” was always just a Trojan horse, a means of introducing the “New Normal,” which they’ve been doing since the very beginning.

The official propaganda started in March, and it reached full intensity in early April. Suddenly, references to the “New Normal” were everywhere, not only in the leading corporate media (e.g., CNN, NPR, CNBC, The New York TimesThe GuardianThe AtlanticForbes, et al.), the IMF and the World Bank Group, the WEF, UN, WHO, CDC (and the list goes on), but also on the blogs of athletic organizations, global management consulting firms, charter school websites, and random YouTube videos.

The slogan has been relentlessly repeated (in a textbook totalitarian “big lie” fashion) for going on the past six months. We have heard it repeated so many times that many of us have forgotten how insane it is, the idea that the fundamental structure of society needs to be drastically and irrevocably altered on account of a virus that poses no threat to the vast majority of the human species.

And, make no mistake, that is exactly what the “New Normal” movement intends to do. “New Normalism” is a classic totalitarian movement (albeit with a pathological twist), and it is the goal of every totalitarian movement to radically, utterly transform society, to remake the world in its monstrous image.

That is what totalitarianism is, this desire to establish complete control over everything and everyone, every thought, emotion, and human interaction. The character of its ideology changes (i.e., Nazism, Stalinism, Maoism, etc.), but this desire for complete control over people, over society, and ultimately life itself, is the essence of totalitarianism … and what has taken over the minds of the New Normals.

In the New Normal society they want to establish, as in every totalitarian society, fear and conformity will be pervasive. Their ideology is a pathologized ideology (as opposed to, say, the racialized ideology of the Nazis), so its symbology will be pathological. Fear of disease, infection, and death, and obsessive attention to matters of health will dominate every aspect of life. Paranoid propaganda and ideological conditioning will be ubiquitous and constant.

Everyone will be forced to wear medical masks to maintain a constant level of fear and an omnipresent atmosphere of sickness and death, as if the world were one big infectious disease ward. Everyone will wear these masks at all times, at work, at home, in their cars, everywhere. Anyone who fails or refuses to do so will be deemed “a threat to public health,” and beaten and arrested by the police or the military, or swarmed by mobs of New Normal vigilantes.

Cities, regions, and entire countries will be subjected to random police-state lockdowns, which will be justified by the threat of “infection.” People will be confined to their homes for up to 23-hours a day, and allowed out only for “essential reasons.” Police and soldiers will patrol the streets, stopping people, checking their papers, and beating and arresting anyone out in public without the proper documents, or walking or standing too close to other people, like they are doing in Melbourne, Australia, currently.

The threat of “infection” will be used to justify increasingly insane and authoritarian edicts, compulsory demonstration-of-fealty rituals, and eventually the elimination of all forms of dissent. Just as the Nazis believed they were waging a war against the “subhuman races,” the New Normals will be waging a war on “disease,” and on anyone who “endangers the public health” by challenging their ideological narrative.

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CJ Hopkins writes satire, and some of this essay may be exaggerated for ironic effect. But if you read the entire article and follow his copious links, it is actually happening, and the dystopia of the “moment” may be the new normal.

Lefticon has an entry on this topic:

New normal – a catchy phrase used to describe the societal and economic changes that remain in place after an economic, sociopolitical, or natural crisis.

The legacy media used this term to describe the lasting economic changes following the financial crisis of 2007-08 and the global recession which followed; it is now being applied to the changes in all areas following the coronavirus pandemic of 2019-20.

At the time of this writing, many of the measures to control a viral pandemic as well as the financial consequences of the national and global lockdown have become the new normal. On a personal level, they include but are not limited to income subsidies, small-business closures, unemployment, restricted travel, working at home, online schooling, social distancing, self-isolation, use of hand sanitizers, hand washing, and the wearing of face masks. These measures are enforced at the municipal, county, and state levels, with appropriate penalties for violations. The only exemptions are those granted to members of Black Lives Matter and antifa who are engaged in the essential activity of protesting systemic racism and fascism.