an intellectual whose work I have read admiringly and who I am very confident is much smarter than I am has, once again, run aground on the obvious "reject wokeness" response of "who, precisely, is supposed to do what, precisely, to whom, and by what mechanism will that work"
if Biden said "I reject Ibram X Kendi" it would be a) meaningless/unbelieved by people to whom he's already a villain, b) demoralizing/alienating to Kendi admirers, c) utterly meaningless to most people. general anti-CRT speech would be basically the same result. who does what?
this is not a blind item I'm literally just trying not to sic my audience on someone I think is operating in good faith but I'm legitimately laughing at some of the ideas some of you have about people I'd consider an intellectual worthy of respect and consideration
ok! how would he get this message to people? by what channels? how does he get people to believe him? these are literally the most important "messaging" questions and these guys are so uninterested in them that they can't understand that I'm asking them

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