September 14, 2009

"See Baby Discriminate"

The Newsweek piece with the above title is so stupid, irresponsible and evil that I'll probably fume about it for some time. In contrast to my usual practice of attaching addenda, I may make ongoing changes to the body of this post.

At first reading, this paragraph has more stupidity crammed into it than any other in the article:
That leads to the question that everyone wonders but rarely dares to ask. If "black pride" is good for African-American children, where does that leave white children? It's horrifying to imagine kids being "proud to be white." Yet many scholars argue that's exactly what children's brains are already computing. Just as minority children are aware that they belong to an ethnic group with less status and wealth, most white children naturally decipher that they belong to the race that has more power, wealth, and control in society; this provides security, if not confidence. So a pride message would not just be abhorrent—it'd be redundant.
It's Western civilization, not the so-called white race, you smug numbskulls!

In their hearts of hearts, do the authors conflate pride in Western civilization with white racism? I'm guessing that they do.

I called the article evil. Here's why:
Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe to stumble, it would be better for him if, with a heavy millstone hung around his neck, he had been cast into the sea.
(Btw, I'm an agnostic.)

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