The Burden Of Resilience

In the land of education, laid bare is a racist minefield where everyone gets hurt in the resulting blast

There are people who seem to exist only to make life more miserable or tenably miserable for everyone they come into contact with. Certainly to them there is this perceived beneficence to their motivated ignorance, insensitive beliefs, and racial pathology that cannot be epistemologically qualified. Credentialed academicians use rhetorical wit under the delusion of their machinations to espouse this naturalised un-equal-ness among human types, particularly along the lines of their skin pigmentation.

Exhibit A

Amy Wax, tenured law professor. credit Washington Post

“All cultures are not equal. Or at least they are not equal in preparing people to be productive in an advanced economy,” Wax wrote. The column went on to state that some working-class whites, “rap culture of inner-city blacks” and “anti assimilation ideas” among Hispanic immigrants were destructive to American democracy. The piece called on academics, the media and Hollywood to “relinquish multicultural grievance polemics” and “return to the 1950s posture of celebrating” bourgeois culture.

Most of us knowingly step into this minefield and come across the rhetoric and racist ideologies of aberrant intellectuals. Through the destructive lens of Amy Wax it is not hard to see or feel the disharmony, cruelty, and malice she wants to engage in and enable through racist practice.

Exhibit B

The probability that a certain person be stupid is independent of any other characteristic of that person. — Carlo Cipolla, Second Basic Law of Human Stupidity

The evidence that education has nothing to do with the probability was provided by experiments carried on in a large number of universities all over the world. One may distinguish the composite population which constitutes a university in five major groups, namely the blue-collar workers, the white-collar employees, the students, the administrators and the professors.

Whenever I analyzed the blue-collar workers I found that the fraction å of them were stupid. As å’s value was higher than I expected (First Law), paying my tribute to fashion I thought at first that segregation, poverty, lack of education were to be blamed. But moving up the social ladder I found that the same ratio was prevalent among the white-collar employees and among the students. More impressive still were the results among the professors. Whether I considered a large university or a small college, a famous institution or an obscure one, I found that the same fraction å of the professors are stupid. So bewildered was I by the results, that I made a special point to extend my research to a specially selected group, to a real elite, the Nobel laureates. The result confirmed Nature’s supreme powers: å fraction of the Nobel laureates are stupid.¹ — Carlo Cipolla

Mr. Cipollo’s illustration of how rampant stupidity is has made me more than just sensitive with my beliefs. My cognizance of the platitudes, the social locations, and the undue influence surrounding stupidity has me seeking to de-mine this field of troubled and feckless individuals who find the practice of racism purposeful and rewarding.

Because racist ideology is produced and reproduced through discourse, investigation of the rhetorical dimensions of racism is essential to anti-racism

I have no doubt that Ms. Wax will proceed undaunted and unfazed by her own stupidity. I will, however, not accept it. I will also resist the urge to assimilate or acclimate to being denigrated or placed beneath whites, by whites who feel superior based on the fraud of dehumanization they so brazenly commit. This has become a burden provoked by a strain of evil.

In an interview with The Daily Pennsylvanian on Thursday, Wax said Anglo-Protestant cultural norms are superior.

“I don’t shrink from the word, ‘superior,’” she said, adding, “Everyone wants to come to the countries that exemplify” these values. “Everyone wants to go to countries ruled by white Europeans.”

There is no credence to the concept of superior cultural norms and lest we forget there were humans whom were stolen and put into bondage as slaves to distort socioeconomic wealth and affluence. Sovereignties and native peoples are under constant watch and fear of being annexed or overthrown under the incessant threat of white superiority and the false justification of unfettered capitalism. What we have today is an amalgamation of human progress and regress predicated on the unimaginable horrors of colonization, tribalism and violence. In the midst of that abomination was an “equal and opposing force” (to borrow from Newton’s third law of physics) of the persistence of humanity — good will, the impetus behind my riposte to this deranged law professor. Unsurprisingly, Ms. Wax is a socioeconomic gatekeeper, and unfortunately is one of many who have used soft power to disenfranchise minorities in her classroom with her ideological sensibilities that put forth consent to racism.

“Racial distinctions continue to shape our politics, our neighborhoods, and our sense of self.” — Elizabeth Kolbert, National Geographic

This made up label or fraudulent social construct is a false sense of self and belonging. Such that it has been acknowledged in the recently acknowledged pronouncements by the National Geographic — a longtime purveyor of white supremacy for the bourgeois society.

“Americans got ideas about the world from Tarzan movies and crude racist caricatures,” he said. “Segregation was the way it was. National Geographic wasn’t teaching as much as reinforcing messages they already received and doing so in a magazine that had tremendous authority. National Geographic comes into existence at the height of colonialism, and the world was divided into the colonizers and the colonized. That was a color line, and National Geographic was reflecting that view of the world.”

While groups like the NRA, 2nd Amendment type junkies, or military hawks use the rationalizations of authoritarian tools of violence and coercive force to cede power away from the good, the moral and intellectual leadership on the other hand maintains it with efforts of false justification and miseducation. This collective will of evil has established a historical precedent which is disguised as white superiority. It negates the human suffering and casualty falsely attributed to it as a norm in preserving artifacts of cultural bias. From Amy Wax and the like whose pervasive racism warrants an obsessive and persistent defense against the depravity that reeks of stupidity, it becomes a chore to highlight that no real human benefit can be claimed from this kind of hatred.

It makes the burden of resilience a necessary annoyance.

¹ Cipolla, Carlo M., The Basic Laws Of Human Stupidity. Essays, 1988. Retrieved from ftp://ftp.ecn.purdue.edu/sozen/LAWS%20OF%20HUMAN%20STUPIDITY/The%20Basic%20Laws%20of%20Human%20Stupidity.pdf

² Crenshaw, C., & Roskos-Ewoldsen, D. (1999). Rhetoric, Racist Ideology, and Intellectual Leadership. Rhetoric and Public Affairs,2(2), 275–302. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/41939511

It appears the more that I write the better I perceive.

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