The Missouri Madness, Free Screech at Yale, Google’s disappearing white veterans, EU ministers’ disappearing Europe—what do they teach us? To adapt the title of a column I wrote three years ago: that white people are wimps. (I used a different word in Takimag, which has a more louche atmosphere.)
Perhaps that's a bit unkind, not to mention a bit ethnomasochistic. Of course not all white people are wimps. I know some white people who are not wimps. Heck, one of them is running for President. For sure, though, a lot of white people are wimps, and that lot includes well-nigh all white liberals. That in turn includes as a subset practically all white employees in college administration.
Wimp-wise, actual college faculties are a bit more … how shall I say it? … diverse. In the Science and Math departments, my experience has been that while a vague liberalism predominates, most faculty just want to get on with juggling quarks or proving theorems and don't want to be distracted by all the political nonsense.
The professional schools are similar, but with a higher wimpification quotient. The humanities are pretty solidly—I guess a better qualifier here would be "fluffily"—wimpified.
On November 11, the Yale Political Union held a debate on Affirmative Action. Is it a good thing or a bad thing? Wax made the case against Affirmative Action. I'll just quote you this snippet from the Yale Daily News:
During Wax's speech, about a dozen members of the [Union] … rose and walked to the back of the room, where they turned their backs on Wax and raised their fists in the air. Several students cried during her speech.But did you get that last sentence? "Several students cried during her speech."
YPU debates affirmative action, by Finnegan Schick & Monica Wang, Yale Daily News, November 13, 2015
You could carve that on Western Civilization's tombstone.
Here's another righteous academic: Dale Brigham, an associate professor of nutrition and exercise physiology at the University of Missouri.
Professor Brigham, a white guy, had scheduled an exam for early this week. That was of course just when the race business blew up, accompanied by a threat on social media from a white lunatic who said he'd go on a shooting rampage against blacks.
Prof. Brigham was urged to cancel the exam so that students could cower weeping in their safe spaces. He refused, writing in an email to his students:
If you give into bullies, they win. The only way bullies are defeated is by standing up to them. If we cancel the exam, they win; if we go through with it, they lose.This was considered so outrageously insensitive, Prof. Brigham felt obliged to resign. As of Friday night, though, the university hasn't accepted his resignation, so possibly there are some non-wimps even in the administration there. Or possibly Prof. Brigham has learned to love Big Brother and is right now installed naked in a barrel at the football team changing rooms, I don't know.
Update: Resignation not accepted from MU professor who sent email, KOMU, November 11, 2015
So no, we're not all wimps. The wimpification factor is high enough among whites, though, that non-whites and ethnomasochist white anarchists can get anything they want by targeting the plentiful supply of white pajama boys and girly-boys and their female auxiliaries.
In some cases, as the Google doodle shows, the screechers and anarchists don't actually have to do anything. The pajama boys know what is expected of them and do it unprompted, either from commercial calculation or, Heaven help us, from actual sincerity.
And sometimes the price of wimpification is just too high for total abject surrender, as was the case with the EU ministers meeting with Africans in Malta this week. Not that the price was high enough to turn the wimps into angry tigers; that never happens. It was, though, high enough for the Euros to drop their key demands, fudging over their retreat with weasely blather about "taking concrete steps" and "addressing root causes." [Remarks by President Donald Tusk at the press conference of the Valletta summit on migration, November 13, 2015]
What would the world look like if white people were not wimps? Or at least, if the wimpified portion of the white population were a despised and impotent minority? Permit me to dream.
Professor Christakis shows up at the faculty Christmas Party dressed as Nathan Bedford Forrest, to general applause.
In my dream-world, no-one lets his judgment be warped by racial guilt. In this world, no-one is privileged on account of his race, and everyone understands that unequal outcomes by race are the fault of nobody but Mother Nature.
In this world, elementary truths have not been forgotten, truths like:
Please forgive me. I will do anything if only you'll forgive me. I am so, so sorry. On behalf of all privileged cisgendered white males everywhere, I humbly apologize. Won't you forgive me? Please, please forgive me.
Here, take my money, please …
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