1/ There's a lot of outrage over this clip, but what she's saying ("[blacks] can't tell a story without telling the ten things that led up to that moment"), while exaggerated, is largely true in my experience.
2/ I once had a job that involved interviewing thousands of people and I experienced this pattern over and over, and it drove me — as an INTJ and an analytical person — absolutely nuts. I couldn't get people to distill relevant info into a few sentences.
3/ Instead, I had to listen to a lengthy narrative & then had to fish out the relevant details from it. This was true of almost all low-income blacks I interviewed, and a lot of mid-income blacks, too. But I didn't experience this with whites, except for the most poorly-educated.
4/ Rather than express outrage, why not ask:

— Has this pattern been scientifically documented? (Probably not.)

— How much of this is due to black culture? (Probably a lot of it.)

— If it's culture, should an effort be made to change this aspect of black culture?
5/ The answer of antiracists to that final question would be: "No, that would be white supremacy."

And they wouldn't be entirely wrong.
I guarantee that most Nice White People reading this thread are going to feel uncomfortable with what I'm saying, but I suspect that those same Nice White People have had limited experience interacting with black people, especially lower-income black people.
The flipside of this is that the relative economy and "minimalism" of white people in answering questions, especially in conversation, is often interpreted by black people as unfriendliness or even mental dullness.

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1/ Redirection away from scientifically-measurable traits like intelligence, and toward subjectively and ideologically-assessed values like "heart and soul," goes hand-in-hand with the elimination of standardized testing and gifted programs.

It's entirely about race.
2/ Let me put it this way: If there were no race gaps in standardized educational testing or academic achievement, no one would be talking about prioritizing vaporous qualities like "heart and soul" over "brains".
3/ "Equity" demands the removal of gaps. and since the "brains" gap appears largely immovable, that means either de-prioritizing "brains" or undermining the measurement of abilities related to "brains."
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DiAngelo is absolutely correct here in describing the smiling forced oversolicitousness of white people in the presence of black people, especially in "white spaces."

I've become convinced that DiAngelo understands a lot of racial dynamics better than "colorblind" people.
The fact that DiAngelo has now pissed off everybody (or at least made them uncomfortable) — wokes and anti-wokes alike — shows that she's on to something.

I recommend White Fragility. About 70% of it is half-baked, but a lot of it is right-on-the-money.
DiAngelo can be very good at *describing* the black-white dynamic, but then stumbles when she tries to shoe-horn it into an ideological framework.
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Lindsay claims that there is no differences in the average IQ of blacks and whites in the US — which literally no published intelligence scientist believes and which the American Psychological Association officially affirms is false— but then accuses the CRT crowd of Lysenkoism.
Of course the CRT crowd is full of Lysenkoism — science denial is rife on the progressive-left — but he's a hypocrite to call them out for science denial if he's guilty of it, as well.
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1/ Many years ago, I lived in a very large foreign city, about halfway around the world, in an apartment located in a nondescript middle-class neighborhood.
2/ At noon during the summers, I'd walk to the bread shop about a block from my house and buy a loaf — while it was still hot —that had come straight from a stone oven, and then go back home, and sit in my kitchen and have my lunch.
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No, CRT does not inexorably push us toward an "endpoint" of "Marxism itself" (a dictatorship of the proletariat) and it isn't "designed to tear down capitalism and replace it with Marxism."

Cruz knows better, but apparently doesn't care. He knows this is effective red meat.
The fact that you can find a few critical race theorists who support de-privatization of all property doesn't make this loopy characterization of CRT true.
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1/ I've asked @wokal_distance repeatedly — others have, as well — to provide one example, in thousands of my tweets, of a scientific finding I've tweeted which was "pseudoscience."

No response.


Instead he just continues to hurl insults.
2/ His style of discourse appears to be not unlike his woke enemies — open with a smear or provably-wrong claim, follow it up with hyperbole and ad hominem, and then avoid defending the original claim. And lots of emotionally-charged and strident language along the way.
3/ His obsessiveness in digging up my old tweets
("keeping receipts") — sometimes with no context available — and his shrillness and moral scolding — does this sound like a certain type of person we know? Does it sound like the people we're fighting?
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