Peter Van Buren has joined the the gulag.
He has been charged with various -isms and -phobias. He is unwilling to acknowledge the existence of “systemic racism” and his “white privilege” that flows from it. Sadly, he has been cancelled by his own relatives who are drunk on wokeness and have thrown in with the mob.
“Am I a racist? Are you? People tell me I sort of have to be a racist, it’s not really my choice. Today, if you’re old, white, from the Midwest, a bit conservative, then you’re racist. Maybe you don’t say racist things specifically, and maybe you never did anything to disadvantage a black person yourself, but by original sin, you’re part of “systematic racism.“
Now maybe your immigrant parents arrived in the U.S. 75 years after slavery, or you as a white racist have trouble finding a privileged job that pays a living wage. No matter, you’re still privileged thanks to a system going back 400 years whether you like it or not. You can’t change what you are and people hate you for it. That’s the systemic part, defined as “not something that a few people choose to practice. Instead it has been a feature of the social, economic, and political systems in which we all exist.”
Allow me to explain how we arrived at this point.
Briefly, the last great Crisis in Western civilization were the World Wars of the early 20th century, which were won by the liberal West. In its moment of triumph over the Axis powers, a consensus emerged among liberal elites that racism and ethnonationalism were the cause of the wars.
The new order that emerged from World War II was built on the idea that “racism” was the greatest moral evil. This was the solution that our postwar elites came up with to prevent a resurgence of nationalism that would spiral into a Third World War. The term “racism” was virtually non-existent before World War II and was not considered a moral problem in the United States before that time. In the wake of that conflict, White nationalism and White racism became taboo and over time White identity became taboo as well. Whiteness became a target of deconstruction in the West. In contrast, other identities were elevated, strengthened and ennobled until whiteness itself came to be seen as inherently wicked.
80 years have passed since this process began in the late 1930s and early 1940s which were a watershed moment in the history of White racial attitudes in the United States:
1/n Spent some time on LexisNexis over the weekend. Depending on your political orientation, what follows will either disturb or encourage you. But regardless of political orientation, I’m sure we can all say ‘holy fucking shit’— Zach Goldberg (@ZachG932) May 28, 2019
2/n Here’s ‘holy fucking shit’ #1 pic.twitter.com/KRVBl6ucIo— Zach Goldberg (@ZachG932) May 28, 2019
(#6) So many of these graphs look the same that, without the title, it looks like I’m simply reposting a single chart pic.twitter.com/iEoKxpubi1— Zach Goldberg (@ZachG932) May 28, 2019
(#7) If you’re looking for a job in a booming industry…. pic.twitter.com/nERSV7N2eH— Zach Goldberg (@ZachG932) May 28, 2019
(#8) Some of these terms (such as the one below) turn up so many results that I had to limit the search to a single news source pic.twitter.com/zw08WqX2GI— Zach Goldberg (@ZachG932) May 28, 2019
#14: One important thing to keep in mind is that only results for articles which LexisNexis has inventorized are going to turn up. For instance, the trend below technically begins in the 1980s; but only a handful of articles that LexisNexis has for this period mentions ‘racism’. pic.twitter.com/BkKyxberK7— Zach Goldberg (@ZachG932) May 28, 2019
#15: Clear Charlottesville effect pic.twitter.com/wi2nJoJXli— Zach Goldberg (@ZachG932) May 28, 2019
#16 Our future is intersectional pic.twitter.com/YNWk8XZ8g5— Zach Goldberg (@ZachG932) May 28, 2019
#17 ‘Unconscious bias’ is more frequency referred to than ‘implicit bias’, but had to check pic.twitter.com/TVTL3hu1nI— Zach Goldberg (@ZachG932) May 28, 2019
#18 During the 90s, the number of articles (at least on LexisNexis) mentioning ‘political correctness’ ranged from 4 (1990) to 380 (1990). 2007 was the first year this number entered into the 1000s (1056), which is where it’s stayed since 2013. pic.twitter.com/UmEDEwPt4U— Zach Goldberg (@ZachG932) May 28, 2019
And here’s the number of NYT articles mentioning ‘diversity’ pic.twitter.com/4mjOOrcebK— Zach Goldberg (@ZachG932) May 28, 2019
Original NYT Racism graph was actually an undercount. The search was generated with racism in quotations (and quotations should only be used when connecting two words). Here’s the corrected figure. Let me see if other graphs are similarly affected. pic.twitter.com/9C26W12ock— Zach Goldberg (@ZachG932) May 29, 2019
The ‘privilege’ NYT graph was also an undercount. Obviously, the word ‘privilege’ need not refer to social/racial privilege. I nevertheless find it interesting that its use has grown tremendously over the past few years. It could be just a coincidence, but I’m skeptical. pic.twitter.com/AilEduyvAZ— Zach Goldberg (@ZachG932) May 29, 2019
Update #2: Okay, I’ve finished one of them. Once again, using ‘the’ as a search term, I tabulated the number of results for NYT each year between 1980-2018. In the end, it seems that ‘racism’ mentions grew both in absolute terms *and* as a percent of all listed articles. pic.twitter.com/alCo8bZaXP— Zach Goldberg (@ZachG932) May 29, 2019
We’ve been living under the yoke of anti-racism since 1941. Recently though, this obsession with anti-racism has spiraled to the point where it has plunged the country into a new Crisis period:
1/n Over the course of just 4 years, the percent of white liberal panelists identifying as atheist/agnostic jumped 14 points (20%->34%). This is really a striking degree (and pace) of change that I wish we better understood. pic.twitter.com/kKa9nESCH6— Zach Goldberg (@ZachG932) December 18, 2019
2/n Individually, ‘atheist’ jumped 8 points (10%->18%), and ‘agnostic’ went up 6 (10%->16%)— Zach Goldberg (@ZachG932) December 18, 2019
3/n Most of the movement to atheist/agnostic for white libs came at the expensive of the ‘christian’ category. Non-White libs, in contrast, see greater movement into the ‘nothing in particular’ category (a pattern that also obtains, if to a more modest degree, among white cons) pic.twitter.com/LeQjwQcyBw— Zach Goldberg (@ZachG932) December 18, 2019
4/n Someone has brought to my attention an error (non-white liberal is displayed twice) in the initial graph. Here you have it corrected pic.twitter.com/IiTUwHMZ0B— Zach Goldberg (@ZachG932) December 18, 2019
5/n Greatest jump towards atheist/agnostic among white liberals appears to have occurred sometime between March and December of 2015 (perhaps the mere prospect of a Trump presidency inspired non-belief?…only half kidding) pic.twitter.com/ma2cKnp1vL— Zach Goldberg (@ZachG932) December 18, 2019
6/n The trends above coincide with dramatic increases in the % of white liberals (23%->45%) who say they never go to church, as well as more moderate but still significant increases in the same response among non-white libs (18%->29%) and white conservatives (6%->13%) pic.twitter.com/qtM2zfaGBO— Zach Goldberg (@ZachG932) December 18, 2019
7/n This question was only asked twice, but it shows the importance of religion declining across the board, with the greatest movement between the ‘very’ and ‘not at all important’ categories for white and non-white libs. pic.twitter.com/40GTIyMC1c— Zach Goldberg (@ZachG932) December 18, 2019
1/n To add to this thread https://t.co/ltTGNQ5krh, I find that wokeness (here operationalized as white privilege awareness) is a strong predictor of deriving meaning and fulfillment in life from supporting political/social causes. pic.twitter.com/x52mIlAZOA— Zach Goldberg (@ZachG932) December 3, 2019
2/n Specifically, and fixing all background control variables at their mean/modal values, moving from the bottom to the top category of the privilege awareness scale predicts a roughly 24 pt increase in the odds of finding meaning/fulfillment in supporting social/political causes pic.twitter.com/xfSt9V6USb— Zach Goldberg (@ZachG932) December 3, 2019
3/3 Interestingly (though not surprisingly), this relationship is much stronger for white than non-white liberals pic.twitter.com/0lOUQAiZX4— Zach Goldberg (@ZachG932) December 3, 2019
4/n In a *potentially* related trend, panel data from the CCES shows significant increases in irreligiosity among white dems between 2010-2014 (more 2014-2018 panel data to follow from Pew) pic.twitter.com/aoLpOG89uO— Zach Goldberg (@ZachG932) December 3, 2019
5/n Irreligiosity, in turn, predicts greater wokeness among white liberals (effects are null for their non-white counterparts) and, if more weakly, white moderates. pic.twitter.com/ZszkqNmHah— Zach Goldberg (@ZachG932) December 3, 2019
Wokeness has become a substitute religion.
In order to fully grasp what is happening, you have to understand anti-racism has always been the animating idea of the post-World War II era. “Racism” was conjured into existence as its enemy. Previously, Americans didn’t think of themselves as “racists” or “anti-racists.”
The current system which has existed since 1945 is best understood as “systemic anti-racism”: in the current social order, the worst thing you can be is a White “racist” and the best thing you can be is an “anti-racist.” In the mainstream, goodness is anti-racism and evil is “racism.”
This mania has gone on for so long and conservative liberals have played their part in upholding this system that something strange has happened: racial inequality has not gone away, but is more glaring than ever in the wake of coronavirus. There are no more actual “racists” in powerful positions in government or the culture who are oppressing black people. Thus, the system itself must be “racist” because it is oppressing blacks WITHOUT the presence of actual racists doing it. In spite of their best efforts, White people must be “racist” by definition since blacks are equal and there is no other explanation for black failure and inequality. Liberalism has become an obstacle to equality.
In such a way, liberalism finds itself devoured from within by “anti-racism,” not by racism and ethnonationalism. Wokeness is giving “meaning” to the lives of the mob. The old solution has become decadent and has become the new problem. It plunges the West into a new Crisis.