Are you enjoying America’s race for wokeness?
It seems we’re on the verge of it becoming its own Olympic category.
Bill Maher’s noticed — he said as much Friday on HBO’s Real Time.
Bill also observed that, while many in the country are one-upping each other in the ongoing woke-a-thon, folks a few thousand miles away are focused on a whole different set of priorities — like kicking our butts.
I give you Bill’s recent “rule”:
“And finally, new rule: You’re not gonna win the battle for the 21st century if you are a silly people. And Americans are a silly people.”
It’s a movie quote:
“That’s the classic phrase from Lawrence of Arabia when Lawrence tells his Bedouin allies that as long as they stay a bunch of squabbling tribes, they will remain a silly people. Well, we’re the silly people now.”
Bill got down to brass tacks…
In the words of Revelation, “Here is wisdom”:
“You know who doesn’t care that there’s a stereotype of a Chinese man in a Dr. Seuss book? China. All 1.4 billion of them could give a Crouching Tiger flying f—…because they’re not a silly people.”
To hear Bill tell it, we’re…well…pathetic:
“In two generations, China has built 500 entire cities from scratch, moved the majority of their huge population from poverty to the middle class, and mostly cornered the market in 5G and pharmaceuticals. Oh, and they bought Africa.”
But wait — there’s more:
“Their New Silk Road initiative is the biggest infrastructure project in history, indebting not just that continent, but large parts of Asia, Europe and the Middle East to the people who built their roads, bridges and ports.”
Geez — when you put it like that, it sounds as if the United States has a lot of wrong priorities.
The good news: Our struggle is over.
“We’re not losing to China. We lost. The returns just haven’t all come in yet.”
Bill also shut down the shutdown:
“They made robots that check a kid’s temperature and got their a–es back in school. Most of our kids are still pretending to take Zoom classes while they watch Tik Tok and their brain cells slowly commit ritual suicide.”
Bill even went to bat for meritocracy, something school — an institution which, until recently, was nothing if not society’s most foundational meritocracy — isn’t so fond of these days.
As I covered March 5th, to grade writing is to enact white supremacy, and meritocratic academics are racist — so believes the associate dean at Arizona State University.
From ASU’s Professor Asao Inoue:
“Ranking is a part of a much longer racist, and White supremacist, tradition in Western intellectual history. Ranking has been deeply embedded in racist thinking, discourses, and logics, mainly because it has been deployed as a way to justify a number of racist, empirical, and colonial projects over the last four hundred years.”
And on the 9th, I wrote that Stanford’s new research lab pegged so-called meritocracy as a cause for the country’s “racial hierarchy.”
Per the university’s website:
From state-sponsored racial segregation of schools to the more subtle, but no less insidious racially segregated academic placements (e.g., special education, advanced placement) to exclusionary school discipline policies to ostensibly “meritocratic” testing and grading policies and beyond, public schools have created and perpetuated racial hierarchy, despite the promise that schools should help all children achieve the American Dream.
Finally, a professor at the University of Dayton compiled a “whitest law schools” list and encouraged them to eliminate “excess whiteness.”
Conveyed during Vernellia R. Randall’s presentation:
“I think we need to stop using standardized tests in the admissions process. I think that there may be a valid reason to use the standardized testing in helping to plan an effective program for a particular student, but I think the admissions process is where it should not be used.”
Back to Bill, the host offered the following:
“There is a progressive trend now to sacrifice merit for equity. Colleges are chucking the SAT and ACT test, and in New York, Mayor de Blasio announced merit would no longer decide who gets into the schools for advanced learners, but rather a lottery system.”
Consider the contrast:
“You think China’s doing that? Letting political correctness get in the way of nurturing their best and brightest? You think Chinese colleges are offering courses in the philosophy of Star Trek, the sociology of Seinfeld, and Surviving the Coming Zombie Apocalypse? Those are real, and so is China. And they are eating our lunch. And believe me — in an hour, though, they’ll be hungry again.”
Good lord — that was quite the bun-burner.
I have no words; but I’m sure you do.
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