Weekly Roundup: Matt Runs The Voodoo Down Edition

If you want to know why so many young people call today’s American society Clown World, start with this: In a moment where race relations have forcibly erased all other possible subjects of conversation everywhere from the kitchen table to television news, the best-selling book in America is an oddly racist treatise on “whiteness” written by a white “corporate diversity trainer”. Every single person who spends time reading Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility would be better off reading Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man: that’s a brilliant work of art that any English-speaking human would be better off for having read, written by a thoughtful and perceptive African-American, rather than a dime-store novelization of those bizarre corporate meetings where someone screams at you for thoughtcrime while you mentally calculate how many times you can look at your iPhone in any given ten-minute period before it gets taken away.

In addition to being a litmus test for limousine liberalism, White Fragility further exposes a genuine division in the American Left. A secret (and, sometimes, not so secret) battle was waged over the past two decades as to who would guide the Democratic party. You had the class-and-economy people, represented by Bernie Sanders at one extreme and William Jefferson “It’s the economy, stupid!” Clinton at the other. Then you had the all-about-race-and-gender people, who started off way behind in this race but eventually overtook and then purged their opposition. No doubt they would attribute this overnight success to the essential justness of their cause; a cynical person might point out that Bank Of America is perfectly willing to donate one billion dollars to people who frame the American discussion in terms of race but will not give a single penny to anyone who wants to overturn the existing economic order.

Seriously. Take a look at the OpenSecrets pages for Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden. Warren’s top donor was the hard-left EMILY’s List, which gave her under $150k. Biden’s top donor was a hedge fund manager, who gave him EIGHT MILLION DOLLAR. Hell, Biden has gotten $1.9 from… wait for it… Bain Capital. That’s right. The 2012 “Republican” candidate for President just gave nearly two million bucks to the 2020 “Democratic” candidate. After hearing that, do you still think there is any genuine difference between the “mainstream” politicians in this country?

Matt Taibbi is firmly on the “class war” side of the Democratic divide, so it’s no surprise that he would be slightly cynical about the idea of white women earning millions of dollars as experts on race relations. What is surprising, for me at least, is the complete and pitiless broadside he launches against DiAngelo’s rather feckless and aimless book. You’ll want to read it.

This excerpt from a longer work to come leaves the reader wondering how much else Taibbi possibly plans to say. After all, Mike Tyson rarely attacked his opponents after the knockout punch. Here’s a sample:

DiAngelo isn’t the first person to make a buck pushing tricked-up pseudo-intellectual horseshit as corporate wisdom, but she might be the first to do it selling Hitlerian race theory. White Fragility has a simple message: there is no such thing as a universal human experience, and we are defined not by our individual personalities or moral choices, but only by our racial category… to have the effrontery to sneak away from the tedium of DiAngelo’s lecturing – what she describes as “leaving the stress-inducing situation” – is to affirm her conception of white supremacy. This academic equivalent of the “ordeal by water” (if you float, you’re a witch) is orthodoxy across much of academia.
DiAngelo’s writing style is pure pain… Writers like DiAngelo like to make ugly verbs out of ugly nouns and ugly nouns out of ugly verbs (there are countless permutations on centering and privileging alone). In a world where only a few ideas are considered important, redundancy is encouraged, e.g. “To be less white is to break with white silence and white solidarity, to stop privileging the comfort of white people,” or “Ruth Frankenberg, a premier white scholar in the field of whiteness, describes whiteness as multidimensional…”
It takes a special kind of ignorant for an author to choose an example that illustrates the mathematical opposite of one’s intended point, but this isn’t uncommon in White Fragility, which may be the dumbest book ever written. It makes The Art of the Deal read like Anna Karenina.
This dingbat racialist cult, which has no art, music, literature, and certainly no comedy, is the vision of “progress” institutional America has chosen to endorse in the Trump era. Why? Maybe because it fits. It won’t hurt the business model of the news media, which for decades now has been monetizing division and has known how to profit from moral panics and witch hunts since before Fleet street discovered the Mod/Rocker wars.
For corporate America the calculation is simple. What’s easier, giving up business models based on war, slave labor, and regulatory arbitrage, or benching Aunt Jemima? There’s a deal to be made here, greased by the fact that the “antiracism” prophets promoted in books like White Fragility share corporate Americas instinctive hostility to privacy, individual rights, freedom of speech, etc.

Final emphasis mine, because it’s here that Taibbi and your humble author find common ground. It seems obvious in retrospect that what we call “identity politics” served as a sort of Trojan Horse over the past few decades to marginalize and cripple traditional leftist positions on society and the economy. Bolstered by massive infusions of corporate cash, the Democratic party largely stopped thinking about anything but race and sex. Could you imagine trying to exist in 2020 as a UAW-backed old-school Democrat or one of the so-called “Blue Dog Democrats” who avoid polarizing issues in order to accomplish defined goals with the economy? Old Woodrow Wilson just got “canceled” because of race issues — this is the guy who imposed the income tax, the Federal Reserve, and the League Of Nations on America! You don’t get more “progressive” than that, unless you’re willing to reach into the past, Orwell-style, and change the definition of the word.

No wonder social media is filled with multi-millionaires (and their children) LARPing as instant-bake advocates for various racial groups and gender identities. What’s less troublesome: repeating the same “stunning and brave” platitudes as every company in the Fortune 500, or devoting some genuine thought, time, and money to the root causes of economic inequality in America? Which one of these paths leads to you keeping your Lamborghini (or jet, or whatever) and which one leads to you being just as poor as everyone else? You know the answer to that, and so do all of these champagne “socialists”.

I suspect we are on the way to one of those tectonic plate shifts in American politics that happen once in five generations or so. Pretty soon the traditional labels of “Republican” and “Democrat” will become meaningless, as you’d expect when Bain Capital funds Joe Biden and its founder trash-talks a sitting Republican President. Instead, we will have.. call it “Party A”. Party A will combine ever more extreme and perfomative variants of race and gender politics with a capitalist-cozy take on financial matters where large corporations are all “too big to fail” and small businesses are shoved nose-first into the ground. When big banks gamble, Party A will guarantee their losses while tactfully ignoring their gains. Party A will continue the re-imagination of America as a place where only “FIRE” companies thrive while manufacturing continues to wander off to China. Party A will support the universities and their meaningless degrees.

The existence of a Party A suggests the eventual existence of a “Party B”. This “Party B” will adopt a position somewhere between “traditional” and “neutral” on issues of race and gender. It will be primarily concerned with economic justice: living-wage jobs instead of welfare, manufacturing instead of finance, affordable housing instead of alternatives to policing. You’ll have Elizabeth Warren types who take the fight to the banks and you’ll have ultra-Trump-ish people who advocate the restoration of tariffs. Party B will be against unlimited immigration for the same reason the unions always have been, until recently: it kills wages almost everywhere it goes.

A lot of people will be disturbed by where they fall in this realignment, to put it mildly. The deans of university sociology departments will be nonplussed at how much of their philosophy is shared with Jamie Dimon and the hedge-fund crowd. The traditional Black Panther typa dudes will be aggrieved at finding themselves on the same side of the divide as Appalachian miners. Party A will have the media, the money, and much of the power. Party B will have the heckler’s veto of guns, machine shops, and county sheriffs who rip up the orders from above. What will these parties be called? I have no idea — but I’m hoping that one of them will re-adopt the old name of “Whig”, if only for nostalgia’s sake. Which party is better-suited for that is left as an exercise for the reader, and for posterity. Mr. Taibbi, I’ll see you at our first meeting.

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This week I reviewed a Cadillac and discussed the LaCrosse.

39 Replies to “Weekly Roundup: Matt Runs The Voodoo Down Edition”

  1. Avatarstingray65

    Business school never taught me that it is a good idea to piss off half your customers, which all the woke advertising, and cause-related-marketing, and various corporate PR efforts are certainly trying to do. Do the investment bankers and Fortune 500 CEOs think those Occupy Wall Street and BLM “protesters” are living in their parent’s basements and looting the Target store because they are saving money for their next corporate buyout that will require the assistance of Bain Capital and Goldman Sachs? Does Nike make money paying LeBron millions to sell shoes and social justice, when their apparent target market segments seem to rather enjoy acquiring their Chinese made footwear by looting Nike stores?

    I know HR departments are full of social justice types, but are CEOs and Boards really woke or are they just trying to appease anti-capitalist segments who carry around Molotov Cocktails so they are eaten last? But before the Left can fully cancel, boycott, sue, burn, and loot corporate America, how many sane customers with real money will decide they don’t want to support woke corporations who call them racists and deplorables? Cracks in the woke social justice monopoly seems to be catching fire with the arrival of Parler, Fox News and Limbaugh audiences continue to grow and vastly surpass the Woke mainstream media, and formerly sold out NFL stadiums are often half-full since the Kaepernick “protests”, and Nike sales and profits took a big hit in 2019. Get Woke, go broke.

    • Avatarhank chinaski

      You nailed it. Appeasement to avoid the gibbet. To be at the table rather than on it.

      Parler is likely a honey pot. Other than requiring a cell phone #, which is easy enough to spoof, they have disturbing items in their TOS, essentially putting the user on the hook for Section 230 liability. https://www.reddit.com/r/legaladviceofftopic/comments/hhf2ea/is_this_part_of_the_parler_tos_legal_parler_wants/

      re. Taibbi: He’s no fool. He spent time in the post Soviet cesspool writing for inXile. He more than most knew Russiagate for the hoax that it was, but like other pod people, he has to point and shriek like the others to avoid getting thrown into the void. (I don’t think Ames fared so well) The risks of fatherhood. His magnum opus, IMHO, ‘Griftopia’ deserves a read.

    • AvatarHarrison Bergeron

      No the CEOs have all realized a very big difference between the left and right. The left is very good at being vocal and engaging on social media and other platforms(this could be because they have more time than your typical blue collar conservative, but likely because they skew younger). They will make it known when they are upset with a company’s position and are much better at setting up boycotts and petitions. They are also better at following through on their promise of boycotts as well as threats of violence. The conservative crowd on the other hand does a poor job in this regard.The “Get woke, Go broke” cry has little credence to it. Why this is I don’t know, but most of these boycotts have been half-hearted at best and mostly limited to a few outliers burning/blowing up their already paid for merchandise. So if I’m a CEO and trying to decide which side I will upset its really not a difficult decision. Unfortunately the time for conservatives to continue taking the high road can’t continue much longer or you can forget about ever having any real influence again. At some time force will need to be met with force and the tactics of the left will have to be met in kind. The other option is to continue down the current path and watch any semblance of conservative push back fade away to nothing without so much as a whimper.

      • AvatarNewbie Jeff

        “So if I’m a CEO and trying to decide which side I will upset its really not a difficult decision”

        This. Woke capital explained in one sentence.

        The culture war is over… the American Right lost. Conservatives have zero “cultural power”. Actually, anyone to the right of, say, Keith Ellison has no cultural power. A corporate marketing department understands this on a scientific, data-driven level.

        I think “Go Woke, Go Broke” is hit-or-miss in reality… but mostly companies just know what side of the culture war is most likely to set fire to their buildings, so they adjust brand image accordingly.

        • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

          I think that “Get woke, go broke” has some validity but it tends to be a long term thing. Conservative buyers will just stop dealing with a company and not make that big of a fuss about it. Gillette is a good example of that. But it happens on a long enough time scale that it is a problem for the next CEO to solve, while the media-abetted Left outrage happens in real time, so most leaders don’t care.

          • AvatarNewbie Jeff

            I was curious about Gillette, since I hadn’t paid attention since the “Toxic Masculinity” ad… from cursory research it appears that, while the ad generated a generally negative response, the company’s sales declined pretty much in line with pre-campaign trends. Most analysis cites pressures from “newer”, “more exciting” competitors, and a younger customer demographic that’s less inclined to shave (insert Baruth commentary on what that says about society)…

            Nike, on the other hand, killed it with the Kaepernick campaign: immediate sales surge, established long-term relationship with a core demographic with exactly the kind of crap they want to hear. My brother is Woke Father of the Year who dresses my nephew head-to-toe in virtue-signalling “Swoosh”… and he’s a white middle class business owner who posseses a deep hatred of capitalism and the “exploitation” of large American corporations. Yeah, I know… let’s not go there, I have to deal with Mom, first.

            I would love to believe that American conservatives retain some sort of cultural influence that translates into economic impact… but I honestly don’t see it. Companies ARE playing the long game. They know that their right-leaning customer base will eventually be pragmatic about spending, putting value over politics… the left-leaning customer base is wired with identity politics programming, putting politics over value. Like the previous commenter noted, this is an easy choice on which way to steer the marketing department…

        • AvatarCJinSD

          Tell Gillette how harmless being woke is. Tell Chick-fil-a how serious fascists are about executing a boycott. Charlottesville, Virginia is the abscessed colon of the universe, but I never eat at Chick-fil-a when I’m forced to go there, as the lines are around the block.

          • AvatarNewbie Jeff

            Good point about Chick-fil-A, but I see them as a bit of an outlier… i.e., they have the best product in the segment AND a brand conservatives can align with. All the vehement hatred the Left could summon didn’t bring the company down…

            …however, I think punishing a brand for “Going Woke” is a distinctly different goal that has to come from different market motivations. Conservatives just don’t expend the time and energy required to coordinate efforts to punish a brand… despite leveraging (I think) more purchasing power. Leftists, however – especially younger consumers – see punishing a brand as a “calling” and a “cause”, and are much more willing to coordinate a boycott effort/cancel campaign despite having (I think) less purchasing power. So it’s cultural power vs purchasing power, which is more or less leveraged from different consumer demographics with different motivations. It’s an easy choice for business… even for Chick-fil-A, which I would say is more or less quiet than boldly anti-woke…

          • Avatarstingray65

            Conservatives are more likely to support Sane brands and products, and quietly withdraw from the Woke brands and products. The question is – how many movie tickets, sports event tickets, investment products, Audis, high end athletic shoes, chicken sandwiches, and razors do the woke protesters/boycotters living in their parent’s basement with a $100K of student debt from their victim studies degree actually buy?

          • Avatarhank chinaski

            Flipping SR65’s argument on it’s head, there isn’t much left in the realm of general consumer products (and certainly media) that isn’t ‘woke’. They are all owned by a few large parent companies and all converged to some degree or another. It will take more effort than sourcing items not made in China.

            Meanwhile, the purges continue at Reddit and YouTube, to no one’s surprise. Any guesses to when Twitter pulls Trump’s account?

  2. Avatarstingray65

    Good review of the Caddy – after reading so many recent boring “everything is wonderful” reviews on TTAC, it is nice to read a review with some flair in pointing out the good, bad, and ugly sort of like TTAC used to do during the Baruth era. Putting truck motors in sporty vehicles in nothing new – it was the formula for the TR3, Big Healeys, and some sporting Volvos back in the day, although none of them had luxury brand pretensions or a nice V-8 available on the shelf. Cadillac – mediocre or nothing.

    • Avatarburgersandbeer

      Very few TTAC reviews these days can convince me they even drove the car; it’s been sad to see.

      Besides the great writing and social commentary, Jack has a talent for evaluating a car based on the expectations of it’s price bracket and mission.

  3. AvatarJohn C.

    On the modern Cimarron or whatever they are calling it, Jack suggested a engine transplant to the current small block from the related Camaro. That would be easy of course, and it does vaugly remind of LSCs of the late eighties, down to the hind quarter that import buyers will find troublesome..

    I have a modest proposal that has nothing whatever to do with Jonathon Swift . Bring back the unique to Cadillac 4.9 V8. It had 200 hp in it’s last outing. Modern injection would probably get it to circa 250 which is what most of these cars have. That would give you a low revving car that would be at it’s sonourous best in every day driving and would allow a short first gear and a tall fourth without a lot of shifting between. You have now RWD and a full independant suspension. Let the enginers tune it for a smooth ride that makes the car feel nothing whatever like a Camaro. Tire selection would probably be key but don’t be afraid to pick a smaller size that frees up room for some sidewall. You will have a problem with high weight so go to an aluminum body, it did wonders for the Ford Jaguar platform. Then raise the price. You will have just offered a vehicle that will cocoon and soothe to those workers who just had to sit through the fragility lecture at work, A real alternative to a Camaro that just offers the possibility of GTA antisocial jackassery to work off the same frustration. Aren’t men made to feel like a jack ass enough already.

    Would this car get the people out of their Gran Coupe Clubmans ??? No… Perhaps people then are getting the clubpersons they deserve

    • AvatarTrucky McTruckface

      Yeah, because the things I can’t stand about my Cadillac are that it has too much horsepower per liter, handles too well, and wasn’t $20,000 more expensive.

      If we all chip in to buy you a Cadillac 4.9 V8 to swap out the shitty little 2.0 turbo four in your Chinese Volvo, will you stop posting?

      • AvatarJohn C.

        It is fun to think of the Truckface weaving in and out of traffic listening to the loud ersatz exhaust of a Camaro and in his simple mind think he is having a Cadillac experience. The HB1 guy from India who designed the new CT 5 should have you in his next video. Keep your foot off the gas so you can hear his sitar, apparently he is quite the musician.

        My Volvo that so fascinates you does not need an engine transplant. Undersized turbos are a time honored Swedish tradition going back to when Saab decided a turbo bandaid for the rising weight 99 instead of the V8 engine supplier Triumph suggested. It’s Chinese part percentage is lower than this Caddy as per the article.

        To save you the trouble of a reply hows this? your such a rashist for thinking an American car might have a better result if could actually be designed by an American and oh yea F off.

        • AvatarCJinSD

          Many a smart medical professional has warned that we’re going to lose more life-years to substance abuse due to the shutdown than we will to the virus. Take care of yourself!

  4. AvatarNewbie Jeff

    You know, it would have been nice if Taibbi had discovered his own reckoning of weaponized, runaway left-wing identity politics before he helped build it…

    I’m sure Taibbi will probably have “something else to say”… but not because of some spine he’s suddenly developed. More likely, he just finds life a wee bit inconvenient in the crosshairs of American progressivism… especially after getting #metoo’d. Isn’t it funny that now that the American Left is thoroughly, blindly, and overtly racist towards white people – which he happens to be – NOW he thinks it’s gone too far.

    • Avatarstingray65

      Amazing how many Leftists have a “come to Jesus” moment when the realize the crazy angry Leftist mobs they supported and promoted are coming to get them.

      • AvatarBallybunion

        Care for a French Revolution analogy? It’s only in retrospect that they notice it was a reign of terror, the ones who survive. that is.

  5. Avatarrambo furum

    I read Taibbi back when he was at the New York Press, and I recommend his book on the two-tiered justice system, The Divide. I don’t always agree with him, but he’s generally honest and intelligent which is a profound rarity for a liberal. I’ll note that he didn’t explicitly comment on the assertion that Ruth Frankenberg was white, which is a debatable point.

    E. Michael Jones has long spoken on the similar tradeoff that the left made earlier in abandoning economic concerns for sexual “liberation.” The abbreviated explanation was succinctly made in a video called something like America the Gay Disco, and has been removed from Youtube. I’m sure it is in at least one of his books, all of which Amazon just dropped.

    • AvatarRonnie Schreiber

      Ah, Jews, aka Schrodinger’s Whites. Jews are either white or non-white, depending on whose agenda is being served.

      My personal question for the racialists is, if Arabs are “brown”, can Jews, the genetic cousins of Arabs, at least be considered beige?

      • Avatarbluebarchetta

        “Schrodinger’s Whites.” Now that’s funny.

        Li’l Lefty Girl at work was holding court, discussing Shaun King (who looks like a male Rachel Dolezal to me) saying that White Jesus was racist, and that Jesus should be depicted as black. Naturally she was behind this 100%

        “Jesus was a Jew,” I said. “He should be depicted as a handsome Jewish guy. Like, say, a young Jeff Goldblum with long hair and a beard.”

        “Jews are white!” Li’l Lefty Girl said.

        “Some are, some aren’t,” I said. “Sammy Davis Jr. wasn’t.”

        “That’s a racist thing to say,” she said.

        I shut up and left, for fear she’d go to HR and I’d lose my job.

  6. AvatarE. Bryant

    Another solid article, Jack. I’ve been having a “discussion” with my liberal friends along similar lines, but even the most strident Warren and Bernie supporters are willing to jump off the class-equality bandwagon and climb aboard the we’re-all-racists train if it means beating Trump in November. Nevermind the fact that Biden is at the root of both problems owing to his four decades in Washington. Side note – if Biden wins, he’ll be the first DC insider to win the presidency since Bush the elder 32 years ago. Progress, eh?

    On the other hand, my conservative friends are completely and totally unwilling to make even the most modest attempts at crossing the aisle to court blue-collar workers who have historically voted Dem for whatever reasons (unions, healthcare, not wanting to get repeatedly kicked in the nuts by rich men who want to move jobs overseas). They’re much more comfortable confirming their biases by talking with fellow Republicans about the witch hunt de jour (draining the swamp, prosecuting the deep state, proving that Hunter Biden did something really bad, etc.) instead of broadening the party’s base.

    I’d happy embrace the sort of party realignment that you propose. Since it’s unlikely that this will happen (returning the Republican party back to its former state puts the billionaires back in their heads-we-win-tails-you-lose comfort zone), then I’d at least be happy with a third-party insurgency. Which is why I’m voting for Libertarian candidate Justin Amash… oh, wait, I guess that ain’t happening. Have fun speculating which party’s black ops made the death threats against his family. (At least when Perot dropped, it was clear who was responsible.) Time to go think about which senile 70-something sex offender is going to strip fewer civil liberties from my children and put them into less debt.

    • Avatarstingray65

      “Time to go think about which senile 70-something sex offender is going to strip fewer civil liberties from my children and put them into less debt.”

      I assume you are referring to Trump vs Biden? If so, what civil liberties has Trump stripped anybody of? As far as I know he hasn’t weaponized the EPA, IRS, DOJ, FBI, CIA, or State Department to spy, sue, and lock up his political enemies as the Obama-Biden administration did. In contrast to the Obama-Biden administration, Trump has given back Constitutional rights to male college students accused of sexual misconduct, and has not backed efforts to force Religious groups to violate their beliefs in supporting abortion or gay marriage. The only group that can arguably say they have had “rights” stripped would be illegals in the US and some residents of terrorist oriented countries desiring to come to the US, who Democrats seem to believe have equal or better Constitutional protections than actual citizens.

      As for debt loads on your children – Trump and the Republicans have been disappointing as usual in their seeming inability to contain spending, but at least they show some restraint. Democrat run states, which are already bankrupt due to generous pension packages for public sector employees and benefits to illegals, have gone into deficits even further by locking down their economies to kill the economic growth that would help re-elect Trump. Guess who will be expecting bailouts for decades of economic mismanagement if Biden wins in November? The Green New Deal and Slavery Reparations aren’t going to be debt free programs either.

      • AvatarRyan

        I don’t see Trump doing much as far as the 4th Amendment goes. The man has done nothing (just like his predecessor) regarding the overreach of the IC and the loss of any semblance of privacy. You’d think that a man who claims to have fallen victim to such a corrupt apparatus would have put forth a concerted effort to restore rights for all Americans, yet here we are.

        In addition, Trump banned bump stocks by administrative fiat, urging the ATF to classify them as “machine guns”. This obviously set a dangerous precedent, not only giving more power to the maligned agency, but opening the door to future Presidents doing similar (or worse) in the future. So much for ending the “eight year assault on the Second Amendment.”

        Let’s not forget when he said “take the guns first, and worry about due process later.” Yet in his campaign speeches, Trump always manages to mention how he will uphold 2A rights.

        In four years, two of which with full GOP control of the Legislative branch, we got nothing but what I explained above. Any “progress” in 2A rights was largely due to grassroots organizations such as the VCDL. The only thing Trump did for VA was send out some tweets.

        I find it almost comical that the GOP feel as though they can parrot the same “they’re coming for your gunzzzz” line during every election cycle and feel entitled to the votes of pro-2A citizens. Not only has the GOP largely failed to “uphold” this right, but in the case of Florida, they too decided to infringe in lockstep with their DNC colleagues.

        It’s sad that our choices are between a candidate that would like to make a majority of Americans felons overnight vs. one that will pay us lip service while continuing to slowly drive a bayonet into our backs. Most of us are forced to side with a candidate who “hopefully” won’t screw us too hard. At least the DNC is open with it’s hatred of our way of life.

  7. AvatarDaniel J

    I think one of the more interesting studies can be found here:


    One of the most interesting things about this study is race and identity. 15 percent of whites only attributed race to their identity. Just some reasons off the top of my head:

    1. We are the most assimilated into “American Society” ( or “White Society” from a different viewpoint)
    2. We aren’t “oppressed” by our race, so we don’ think about our race
    3. There are so many varying cultures within our race, that we identify more with a particular culture than we do race.

    I’m sure there are others.

    • AvatarDaniel J

      And one of quotes did not appear. This was a direct response to Taibbi’s article:

      “White Fragility has a simple message: there is no such thing as a universal human experience, and we are defined not by our individual personalities or moral choices, but only by our racial category.”

      From Pew research, whites are the least to associate their race with their identity, while Blacks 76 percent surveyed make the association.

  8. AvatarRonnie Schreiber

    Once, when I came home from college I was hanging out with my older brother and our neighborhood friends and I decided to put Bitches Brew, which was a fairly recent release at the time, on the stereo. I don’t think it played for more than a minute before one of the guys, who was squarely in the classic rock demographic, said, “Turn that shit off!” I still have the album. One of the greatest collections of musical talent ever. If you like Bitches Brew, I recommend Carla Bley’s magnum opus, Escalator Over The Hill.

    I asked a friend of mine for some advice on starting a jazz collection. He said, “Get anything Miles Davis recorded and anything recorded by musicians who worked with Miles Davis.”

    FWIW, I don’t believe that story about Nancy Reagan meeting Davis at a party and not knowing who Miles was. As Nancy Davis she had had some success in the entertainment industry and undoubtedly knew who the most famous jazz musician in the world was.

    • Avatartrollson

      Yeah, about a minute and a half is when I had to turn it off. Skipped to the 15min mark and it was even worse. Musical nonsense is my best description for it.

  9. AvatarTrucky McTruckface

    Thanks for the Cadillac review. It’s refreshing to see someone admit that Cadillac has some fully class-competitive interiors now. Anybody who says the CT4/CT5 have cheap materials inside is wearing blinders and thick gloves when they step inside a lower-end German car; BMW interiors have become especially cheesy with their Need For Speed digital dashes and juvenile adjustable ambient lighting that belongs in an old Ford Focus.

    I’m also glad you didn’t try to damn the entire car over the use of the V name like other reviews have. It would have been useful to note that the real replacement for the ATS-V, the Blackwing, is coming, though. The Germans have all engaged in similar performance brand name-debasement in the last 10 years, but without all the negative press. Hamfisted as the execution was, I think repositioning the V series name down to compete with the more accessible (i.e. higher-volume) BMW M-Sport and Audi S cars while giving the bonkers high-performance, low-volume cars a new name is a decent strategy that’s ultimately less confusing than the V/V-sport thing they were doing before.

    The CT4 certainly does strikes me as a particularly odd parts-bin effort, though, especially in V form. It’s quite obviously an ATS with Escala-derived styling grafted on. If that’s what it takes for Cadillac to remain a competitor in this space, so be it, and it’s a far less cynical entrant than the CLA, 2-Series Gran Coupe or dreck like the ancient ILX. I personally like the look, and it’s a worthy alternative to the front-drive competition for the chassis alone.

  10. AvatarRonnie Schreiber

    White Fragility has a simple message: there is no such thing as a universal human experience,

    Then art has no meaning and YoYo Ma has no business trying to play Bach.

    Reading through [Shakespeare’s] work, [Maya Angelou] was startled by how much it spoke to her own experience.

    “I didn’t care what they told me,” Angelou said. “I was convinced that he was a little black girl.”

    Poetry has the power to unite cultures, generations and diversities, according to Angelou, and is a fundamental reason behind the survival of the human race.

    “The poetry was written for you,” Angelou said. “It’s all for you.”

    Can a white boy sing the blues?
    Can a black Goy sing the Jews?

  11. AvatarCrancast

    A Baruthian Cadillac review lacks a certain entertainment factor without the angry, incoherent rambling comments by DW. All the more so with the Cimarron reference point …


    Pl,ease enlighten me. Ever since Mr. Floyd died for our sins, companies have been falling over each other to stand against racism, et.al., and several have pulled their ads from Facebook. From my experience, the overwhelming majority of Facebook’s content, mostly posts and comments, skews hard left. I don’t understand why the suddenly socially conscious companies are boycotting an arena that is already on the side they support. What’s more, I can almost guarantee that somewhere there’s a petition demanding the destruction of Mt. Rushmore, along with the statues of Chief Crazy Horse and Paul Bunyan being circulated.

    • Avatartrollson

      “Based on the current polarization and the election that we are having in the U.S., there needs to be much more enforcement in the area of hate speech,” Luis Di Como, Unilever’s executive vice president of global media, said.

      “Continuing to advertise on these platforms at this time would not add value to people and society,” Unilever said. The ban also will cover Instagram.

      Translation: the lizards must cut ad budgets due to shrinking profits. Perfect opportunity to use messaging that allows competitors a similar out, and as a bonus advances an agenda to ban free speech and influence an election.

  13. Avatararbuckle

    “Party A will combine ever more extreme and perfomative variants of race and gender politics”

    Well that sounds terrible. Let’s see what “Party B” has to offer…

    “It will be primarily concerned with economic justice”

    Jeez. That sounds pretty weak too. I guess I’m moving to Russia.

  14. AvatarJoe

    I’ve always though of myself as multidimensional, but now I learn my whiteness it too.
    It is good to be King.

    Jack and Bark, changing whiteness gears, what would you suggest as the best vehicle ($500k snowcat is a little high) to get through three feet of fresh northeast snow? Raptor or…


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