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  1. BLM: rebels without a cause BLM activists claim they are fighting America's systemic racism. It's just a shame it doesn't exist. Around the world, people understandably reacted in anger and disgust at the killing of George Floyd. But if the subsequent protests, which descended, at points, into riots, lootings and indiscriminate iconoclasm, are meant to increase racial harmony and deter police brutality, then they’ve failed spectacularly. In a few short weeks, more black people have died from the chaotic and indiscriminate violence, excused by leftist media and politicians, than unarmed black people at the hands of the supposedly racist police in the whole of 2019. But were the protests at least built on a solid foundation? Is there rampant racism in the police force, and systemic racism in the US as a whole? In short, no. exist. Xin Du 9th July 2020 Share Topics Politics USA Around the world, people understandably reacted in anger and disgust at the killing of George Floyd. But if the subsequent protests, which descended, at points, into riots, lootings and indiscriminate iconoclasm, are meant to increase racial harmony and deter police brutality, then they’ve failed spectacularly. In a few short weeks, more black people have died from the chaotic and indiscriminate violence, excused by leftist media and politicians, than unarmed black people at the hands of the supposedly racist police in the whole of 2019. But were the protests at least built on a solid foundation? Is there rampant racism in the police force, and systemic racism in the US as a whole? In short, no. Are police killing black people more than whites? Derek Chauvin, who killed Floyd, is now under arrest and awaiting trial. He is likely to spend the rest of his life in jail. In this instance the legal system is clearly not racist. Moreover, Minneapolis chief of police, Medaria Arradondo, is black – a fact that undercuts the charge that the Minneapolis police department is systemically racist. Racists do exist, of course. And there will be racists in the 800,000-strong US police force. But to say that the US is systemically racist is a different claim. And too many people are unable to make this distinction, or worse, propagate a narrative that deliberately blurs it. In an essay on the Black Lives Matter protests and riots of the mid-2010s, I referred to studies from Harvard, Washington State University and the City University of New York, which all suggested that police in the US do not shoot blacks more than whites. In fact, the evidence suggested they are less likely to shoot black suspects. https://www.spiked-online.com/2020/07/09/blm-rebels-without-a-cause/
  2. What has Margaret Trudeau achieved in life to warrant being paid $250k to give a few pep talks to kids, apart from marrying a prime minister and being the mother of another? Oh, right. That’s how things work in a banana republic. - M Bernier

    1. scribblet

      scribblet

      I've wondered that too, who on earth would pay to listen to her..   Also wondering when she went back to using the Trudeau name as her married name was Kemper, she also has two kids by him.  Sorta wonder how they are feeling - sorta like chopped liver I would think. 

    2. bush_cheney2004

      bush_cheney2004

      Sex with the Rolling Stones ?

  3. The Fallacy of White Privilege Last month, I retweeted a comment by a contrarian writer who questioned whether racism was to blame for the spread of the coronavirus, and a close (white) friend responded to me with a well-meaning text: “I feel it is my calling to help end the oppression people of color like you face in our society,” he wrote. “I understand I have white privilege. And that has consequences.” His message left me feeling bewildered. What “oppression” had I actually faced? And what “privilege” had society conferred upon my friend because of his white skin? One could argue the successful stories of my family, Cuban Americans and Japanese Americans are cherry-picked cases. But whites are far from being the most dominantly successful group in Western society. A wealth of data collected in a longform Quillette analysis, shows overwhelming white underachievement relative to several minority groups among health outcomes, educational achievement, incarceration rates and economic success. On the whole, whatever ‘systemic racism’ exists appears to be incredibly ineffectual, or even nonexistent, given the multitude of groups who consistently eclipse whites. According to median household income statistics from the US Census Bureau, several minority groups substantially out-earn whites. These groups include Pakistani Americans, Lebanese Americans, South African Americans, Filipino Americans, Sri Lankan Americans and Iranian Americans (in addition to several others). Indians, the group I belong to, are the highest-earning ethnic group the census keeps track of, with almost double the household median income of whites. In Canada, several minority groups also significantly out-earn whites, including South Asian Canadians, Arab Canadians and Japanese Canadians. https://nypost.com/2020/07/11/the-fallacy-of-white-privilege-and-how-its-corroding-society/amp/?__twitter_impression=true&utm_source=reddit.com
  4. For those who say this disease isn't all that dangerous because it has a mortality rate of less than 1%...
  5. I'm not sure what world you live in, but in this one things just don't work that way.
  6. Having once worked for Canada Revenue I invite you to try this and see how far it gets you. Meanwhile CRA will be seizing your bank accounts.
  7. Racism is less of a problem now, at least in the west, than at any point in history. Same could be said for sexism and homophobia. But the media and the rest of the woke brigade act like things have never been worse. Was a breathless, front page story in the Post today, copied from the Washington Post, so you know it was big! It seems a 12 year old sent a racist message to an English football player no one in North America has ever heard of. Something along the lines of "You better not score tonight you black expletive!" Thankfully, he was promptly arrested. The media scans the world for any sign of white on black racism and then, sobbing in horror, they foist it on us all so we can all be similarly outraged.
  8. It only took till mid July to put public health people at the border.

  9. Here's a perfect example of the horrific 'systemic racism' in policing! Aaagh! Aaagh! In 2019, 14 unarmed Black Americans were shot and killed by police. Of those 14 unarmed Black Americans, only 5 of them were NOT physically attacking the police. Of those 5 incidents, only 2 of the police officers were White.
  10. You keep doing this - exaggerating what people say to make it sound bad when it really isn't. NO ONE has denied that racism exists. And by the way, what has our race got to do with it? What has our age or gender to do with our opinions? And how do you even know what age, race or gender we are? Have you presumed something not in evidence?
  11. There are about three dozen real democracies among the 190 countries on Earth. Realistically, we can't 'shun' all of them.
  12. No one has been able to demonstrate to me that 'systemic racism' even exists today. Usually when you ask they get angry and give you specific instances where someone allegedly did or said something racist. At best, they mention the Indian Act, but nobody likes the Indian Act and we'd love to get rid of it if we could get the indians to agree.
  13. Arrest people for assault, vandalism, burglary and robbery - the usual. My point was that the opinions are not unanimous. No, it's not. As Hughes said, half the black students at his university were immigrants, and reasonably well-off. Why were they given the advantage of lower SAT number acceptance vs some American Asian kid who is automatically forced to meet a higher standard? I didn't say he was an authority. I just pointed out that people like he, Brian McWhorter and Glen Loury defy the stereotype. They can argue thoughtfully and logically against what no white person is allowed to argue against without drawing accusations of racism. No, he opposes reparations. He actually spoke out against the idea in front of Congress. https://quillette.com/2019/06/20/my-testimony-to-congress-on-reparations/
  14. Academia in the US continues to push for more control of offensive thought, statements, or studies, and to mandate anti-racism training for students. Here is one at Princeton. “Acknowledge, credit, and incentivize anti-racist student activism. Such acknowledgment should, at a minimum, take the form of reparative action, beginning with a formal public University apology to the members of the Black Justice League and their allies.” The Black Justice League, which was active on campus from 2014 until 2016, was a small local terrorist organization that made life miserable for the many (including the many black students) who did not agree with its members’ demands. Recently I watched an “Instagram Live” of one of its alumni leaders, who—emboldened by recent events and egged on by over 200 supporters who were baying for blood—presided over what was effectively a Struggle Session against one of his former classmates. It was one of the most evil things I have ever witnessed, and I do not say this lightly. “Constitute a committee composed entirely of faculty that would oversee the investigation and discipline of racist behaviors, incidents, research, and publication on the part of faculty… Guidelines on what counts as racist behavior, incidents, research, and publication will be authored by a faculty committee for incorporation into the [usual] set of rules and procedures.” This scares me more than anything else: For colleagues to police one another’s research and publications in this way would be outrageous. Let me be clear: Racist slurs and clear and documentable bias against someone because of skin color are reprehensible and should lead to disciplinary action, for which there is already a process. But is there anyone who doesn’t believe that this committee would be a star chamber with a low bar for cancellation, punishment, suspension, even dismissal? https://quillette.com/2020/07/08/a-declaration-of-independence-by-a-princeton-professor/
  15. The clampdown on thought originated in universities but the problem is it has now spread out into government and industry. Seattle seems to be one of the epicenters of what it looks like. Last month, the City of Seattle’s Office of Civil Rights sent an email inviting “white City employees” to attend a training session on “Interrupting Internalized Racial Superiority and Whiteness,” a program designed to help white workers examine their “complicity in the system of white supremacy” and “interrupt racism in ways that are accountable to Black, Indigenous and People of Color.” Hoping to learn more, I submitted a public records request for all documentation related to the training. The results are disturbing. At the beginning of the session, the trainers explain that white people have internalized a sense of racial superiority, which has made them unable to access their “humanity” and caused “harm and violence” to people of color. The trainers claim that “individualism,” “perfectionism,” “intellectualization,” and “objectivity” are all vestiges of this internalized racial oppression and must be abandoned in favor of social-justice principles. In conceptual terms, the city frames the discussion around the idea that black Americans are reducible to the essential quality of “blackness” and white Americans are reducible to the essential quality of “whiteness”—that is, the new metaphysics of good and evil. It’s important to point out that this “interrupting whiteness” training is not an anomaly. In recent years, nearly every department of Seattle city government has been recruited into the ideological fight against “white supremacy.” As I have documented, the city’s homelessness agency hosted a conference on how to “decolonize [their] collective work”; the school system released a curriculum explaining that “math is a tool for oppression”; and the city-owned power company hired a team of bureaucrats to fight “structural racism” within their organization. Dozens of private companies now offer diversity training to public agencies. The idea that all whites have unconscious, “implicit bias” that they must vigilantly program themselves to overcome has become an article of faith across corporate boardrooms, academia, and law-enforcement agencies, even though the premise is unscientific and impossible to verify. https://www.city-journal.org/seattle-interrupting-whiteness-training
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