Bo Winegard — last seen here getting booted from academia for liking a Sailer tweet — has been quite active in tweetosphere. (We have trouble comprehending how someone with a dayjob can possibly tweet so much, but perhaps tweeting is part of his dayjob.) Not one to shy away from flamewars or rabbit-holes, Winegard regularly engages random internet woke dudes (RIWD). Here is a typical recent exchange, conveniently summarized by PTT:
RIWD: Affirmative action is not racist, it is ridiculous to even suggest that it is so.
Bo: Isn’t discriminating by race, by definition, racist?
RIWD: No, the definition of racism includes power differentials.
Bo: So you saying “I hate all whites” isn’t racist?
RIWD: Exactly, because black people have less power than white people.
Bo: Let me get this straight: you have less power than I do, and hence you have the power to insult me and my race pretty much without limit, while I have no power to retaliate, on pain of losing my livelihood (and possibly being physically harmed)?
RIWD: You’re catching on, honkey.
While we’re here, let’s examine another specimen of pure privilege. A Harvard professor tweeted this:
There are many reasons why it’s inappropriate to invite Charles Murray to speak in a data science course.
One is that he wrote a book titled “the bell curve” whose main thesis is that a certain distribution is not a bell curve but a mixture of Gaussians.
The tweet got 8 retweets and 62 likes — and none of his 1510 followers thought to challenge him on this most basic point: But is it a true thing? What a privilege it is to be able to speak one’s mind without any fear of repercussions from one’s employer or peers! What a joy to live a life free of crimestop!..