SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021
A pair of accurate statements: You rarely see accurate statements.
Perusing the discourse of these end days, you'll see plenty of statements which are overstated or wrong. You'll also see statements which may be hard to paraphrase or to parse.
You'll rarely see statements which are accurate. Today, we refer you to two.
The first such statement comes from Elizabeth Bruenig, writing for the Atlantic.
Bruenig wonders about the best way to persuade The Others to get vaccinated. Along the way, she makes the following statement:
"To persuade someone to do something, you have to present them with information that is persuasive to them, not strictly with information that’s persuasive to you."
Given the way our faltering discourse works, we're scoring that, not just as an accurate statement, but also as an observation of extremely high cultural significance.
McWhorter's statement is no less accurate—also, it's very important—but it's part of a tougher case. It appears as part of his discussion, for the New York Times, of the recent University of Wisconsin Boulder Removal Project.
Back in 2011, McWhorter was quoted describing himself as "a cranky liberal Democrat." In our view, he is perhaps a tiny bit cranky in his piece about the recent removal.
He makes sweeping statements about what various groups of people think and feel about the removal issue. It's hard to know how he can feel he knows what so many people believe.
Even so, along the way, he makes an accurate statement. Given the way our discourse currently works, his statement strikes us as very important. We'll shorten his statement a tad:
"Black people can be wrong."
Black people can be wrong? A sensible person might almost think that that would go without saying. But within the boundaries of modern Conventional Liberal Democrat Think, we often seem to act as if that obvious statement is wrong.
We thought McWhorter got over his skis at various points in his discussion. Still, that statement struck us as one of the most significant accurate statements we've seen in a good long time.
We apologize for seeming to imply, without explanation or clarification, that there's actually some such thing as "black people." We don't like to advance such assumptions, but sometimes you go to war with the failing discourse with the army of concepts you have.