THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2022
It looks like the Washington Post: What does performative virtue look like? More specifically, performative anti-racism? The attempt to pretend, to others or perhaps to yourself, that you actually care about matters of race?
We'd say that one such performance is currently being performed by the Washington Post in its endless series of reports about the relative lack of black head coaches in the NFL.
Why do we regard these reports as phony, faux—performative? We nay discuss your excellent question in the days or weeks ahead.
For today, we'll only say this—a photograph of Jerry Jones, age 14, has now touched off one of the dumbest sets of pseudo-discussions we think we've ever seen (though mainly on ESPN).
Today, Jerry Jones, age 80, is owner of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys. We're embarrassed to think that David Maraniss is responsible for this performance by the Post, which fills us with fear and with dread.
The year was 1957; Jones was a ripe young 14. We're embarrassed by what the Post has done in its deathless report. We're worried for the future prospects of our soft-headed human race.
Hitting the links: For the original report by Maraniss and Jenkins, you can just click this. They start their report with the photograph of Jones at age 14.
For a truly bizarre "analysis" piece by Philip Bump, we'll suggest that you steel yourselves, then you can click here.
Is human judgment really this soft? We're beginning to think that it is!