Nichelle Nichols (RIP) was also a singer/songwriter. From her 7" EP, "Dark Side of the Moon," 1974:
There's a place where love can't find you
you'll be safe from the warmth of June
You'll never see the spark
that's hidden in your heart
on the dark side of the Moon...
Jul 17 • 8 tweets • 3 min read
This is what's called "citational justice." Without this & similar woke trends in academia, we wouldn't stand a chance of keeping the vicious, reactionary, mindless racism of the 19th century alive into the 21st.
Also: this woman no doubt thinks she's doing "non-whites" a favor.
Imagine you're trying to cure cancer & you've been asked to "cite references that are 85% non-white."
You'd either have to use foundational previous work w/o citing it, which is unethical, or you'd have to accept that curing cancer wasn't worth the "citational injustice."
Jul 15 • 7 tweets • 4 min read
The conservative backlash against higher ed just upped its game. DeSantis signed a bill in FL giving trustees (half of whom are appointed by the governor & thus "political") the power to FIRE tenured faculty:
@Ayaan recently characterized the state of higher ed this way: “Learning is no longer enough. Activism is demanded,” & pointed to @Harvard's punishment and cancelation of star black economist Roland Fryer, arguably for his “research showing that African Americans are not…
Jul 1 • 9 tweets • 3 min read
What motivates Clarence Thomas?
"There is a deep irony in characterizing Thomas as an 'Uncle Tom' given that, prior to pursuing public service, he identified with Black nationalism. His views on race & racial issues have remained highly consistent over the course of his life."🧵 2/9
"Thomas’ embrace of the Republican Party is consonant with a deep mistrust of white liberals, the institutions they control and the policies they try to advance in the name of 'social justice.' This mistrust was widely shared among Black activists of his generation."
Jul 1 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
DON'T SUGARCOAT SLAVERY W/ LAME EUPHEMISMS like "INVOLUNTARY RELOCATION"!
FBT is against twisting of truth by any "side." Don't cancel Lincoln as a "white supremacist," but ALSO (duh) teach kids the truth. We can love America w/o lying about it.
To remedy the evil of "involuntary relocation," Abraham Lincoln issued his great "Voluntary Relocation Proclamation."
Jun 30 • 10 tweets • 4 min read
"The viewpoint of the curriculum decolonisers is based on the assumption that black students resonate most with poetry written by black poets. Why should a poem be taught if it can speak to students only on the basis of their being black? This is not inclusion; it is division."🧵
"Decolonising the curriculum takes place at a superficial level, whereas I taught Philip Larkin to my students because his poems move me at a visceral level: they convey the sense that, yes, this is what it is like to be haunted by fear and loneliness and impotence."
Jun 22 • 19 tweets • 7 min read
"The average impact of corporate diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) training is zero and some evidence suggests that the impact can become negative if the training is mandated."
—Roland Fryer (Harvard, Econ) 🧵 2/
"'Statistical Snapshots,' which describe how employee outcomes differ by demographic, are another popular tool. These #s cannot provide proof of bias. Simple averages often mislead; importantly, crafting strategies based on misleading data often does more harm than good."
Jun 22 • 8 tweets • 4 min read
Princeton Public Schools (@princetonK12) advised by consultants that "equity demands 'equal outcomes, w/o exception' for every student."
PPS pondered "detracking": drop 7th-8th grade Algebra, end math at Precalc & axe Calc.
Then they were not transparent about it w/ parents.🧵 @princetonK12 2/5
"A consultant [was] hired, Eric Milou, an advocate of 'detracking.' In response to outcry, admin engaged in what can be called a cover-up—denying they were considering Milou’s recommendations; denying he even made recommendations; releasing a redacted version of his report."
Jun 20 • 8 tweets • 3 min read
Aaron Benner, a black teacher in St. Paul, MN, won a $525K settlement after his school punished him for objecting to "race-based" policies, such as lowering behavioral standards for black students & mandating $3 million in "white privilege" training. 🧵
"I saw students cussing at their teachers, running out of class, yelling and screaming in the halls, and fighting. Out of 375 students, only 14.3% were proficient in Reading, 9.6% in Math and 9.3% in Science. These test scores are not acceptable."
Jun 16 • 12 tweets • 5 min read
"'Antiracism' is not linked to any popular, insurgent, or 'bottom-up' black political expression. It's not oriented toward a vision of egalitarian social transformation, nor is it at all aligned w/ any project of generating a political movement toward such ends."🧵
"No matter what those who propound it may believe about themselves or want the rest of us to believe, contemporary race-reductionist politics—i.e., what is commonly recognized as antiracist politics—is not in any way left, egalitarian, or democratic."
Jun 15 • 6 tweets • 4 min read
WOKENESS AS A MANAGERIAL IDEOLOGY:
"Burnham’s 1941 The Managerial Revolution helps explain [wokeness]: America would see capitalism replaced by a nonsocialist successor—by a class of managers that would come to control the real economy, regardless of formal ownership status."🧵 2/5
"New Dealism was not yet a 'developed, systematized managerial ideology.' Were Burnham alive, he might see wokeness as exactly that: a systematized, managerial ideology capable of standing on its own as a claim to rulership over society on behalf of a new class of managers."
Jun 14 • 16 tweets • 10 min read
SEARING article by @Princeton alum & friend of FBT @AdamGussow on his alma mater's "woke" firing of Prof. Joshua Katz.
"Why would I want my biracial son to attend the Princeton that Princeton has become? Would he truly thrive there? Would he be allowed to think for himself?"
@Princeton persecuted Katz b/c he called a defunct student group, Black Justice League, “a small local terrorist organization.”
BJL earned it.
Gussow: BJL dealt "w/ particular aggressiveness" w/ "black students who disagreed w/ them, viewing dissent as racial treason."
Jun 2 • 11 tweets • 6 min read
"The world is your oyster. First order of business, you're not a victim. I don't care what color you are, male, female, gay, straight, whatever. The world is your oyster. You can do anything." 🧵
"The tax filing suggests the org is still finding its footing: It currently has no executive director or in-house staff. Nonprofit experts tell the AP that BLM seems to be operating like a scrappy org w/ far fewer resources...
"...its governance structure makes it difficult to disprove allegations of impropriety, financial mismanagement and deviation from mission that have dogged the BLM foundation for years, one expert said."
May 19 • 12 tweets • 6 min read
Elite higher ed institutions risk becoming an existential threat to our liberal democratic republic.
They are, in effect, "storming the capitol."
Unlike the middle-class nihilists of 1/6, these super-elites hold tremendous power.
"The BLM 'co-founder’s brother, Paul Cullors, saw a cool sum of $840,000 hit his bank account for allegedly providing security services to the nonprofit organization, tax documents seen by The Post show.'
May 16 • 7 tweets • 1 min read
WHAT IS 𝗟𝗜𝗕𝗘𝗥𝗔𝗟𝗜𝗦𝗠?
WHY DOES 𝗙𝗕𝗧 SUPPORT IT?
Seven features of Liberalism (or Classical Liberalism):
(1) A belief in the 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗺𝗮𝗰𝘆 and 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗲𝗾𝘂𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆 of 𝙞𝙣𝙙𝙞𝙫𝙞𝙙𝙪𝙖𝙡𝙨 over any claims made by social collectives.
Liberalism's belief in the moral primacy and moral equality of 𝙞𝙣𝙙𝙞𝙫𝙞𝙙𝙪𝙖𝙡𝙨 results in (2) a commitment to 𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗱𝘂𝗮𝗹𝘀 𝗲𝗾𝘂𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 under the law and in political life.
May 6 • 7 tweets • 3 min read
CREATE A RACIST BABY w/ an "antiracist" guide used in Pre-K thru 3rd grade in a DC public school.
1st: Teach kids that skin color is a Big Deal. They won't naturally assume this: YOUR job is to racialize them & teach that people w/ different complexions are deeply "other."
2nd: After establishing that skin color differentiates identities, tell kids NOT to be prejudiced about it!
They don't have any prejudices yet, so YOUR job is to introduce them to classic anti-black racist beliefs, under the pretext of telling them NOT to think that way.
May 5 • 4 tweets • 3 min read
"It’s as if white people walk around with an invisible force field because they hold all of the 𝗽𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗿."
Is this likely to give Pre-K thru 3rd grade black kids a deeper sense of agency?
"it’s not your fault for having white privilege, but it is your fault if you choose to ignore it."
So, you were born with a morally valenced skin color. Unless you work toward redemption, you're evil.
Taught to Pre-K thru 3rd graders in a DC public school.
May 2 • 6 tweets • 4 min read
Roland Fryer (Harvard, Econ) has been "banned from interacting w/ grad students, subjected to Title IX surveillance, & demoted to teaching undergrads. Hard not to conclude that Harvard is more concerned with protecting its ideological codes than with the future of black America." 2/2
"Fryer isn’t flawless. The Title IX report [shows he] could be insensitive [about] power asymmetries & crossed boundaries w/ subordinates. [But] Harvard’s own investigators ultimately found that he had never sexually propositioned or touched anyone."