SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 2023
The spectacular dumbness, it burns: According to disconsolate experts, it's true among all human tribes at times of partisan warfare.
Because it's true among all such tribes, it's also true within our own tribe:
It's very hard for us to see how dumb we actually are.
The spectacular dumbness, it burns! The smoke from the dumbness gets in our eyes, and leaves us with clown shows like this:
Florida parents upset by Michelangelo’s ‘David’ force out principal
The link takes you to what passes for a news report in the present-day Washington Post. If you read far enough into the pseudo-report, you'll see that reporters Bella and Natanson have no apparent way of knowing why the principal in question was pushed out of her job.
No matter! The reporters proceed with a favored stance, seeming to function as press agents for the former principal. But as we read the full report, we were most struck by the following fact:
The spectacular dumbness, it burns!
The dumbness is general in that report. The spectacular dumbness, it burns!
The dumbness in question is now general within our own script-obsessed tribe. To see the dumbness as it runs amok, we recommend that you read this attempt at an interview with the chairman of the Tallahassee school's board, as conducted by Slate's Dan Kois:
An Interview With the School Board Chair Who Forced Out a Principal After Michelangelo’s David Was Shown in Class
Blinded by allegiance to script—but also by smoke from spectacular dumbness—Kois seems completely unable to hear what the school board chair keeps saying.
(How is hearing affected by smoke? You'll have to ask Dan Kois!)
For further evidence of this tribal breakdown, we invite you to read the comments to Kevin Drum's post on this topic, a post which carried this headline:
BREAKING: Unbelievably trivial story somehow becomes national news
There are perfectly decent questions which can be asked about the creation of public charter schools like Tallahassee Classical. According to anthropologists, those questions will rarely be asked by our flailing tribe at this fraught point in time.
The arrogance involved in our own tribe's systems of true belief has been quite evident lately. We expect to explore this phenomenon next week.
In the meantime, we'll sell some statistics:
Within our own blue tribe, we may assume that Tallahassee Classical is one of those Florida redneck "white supremacy" joints. Who else would go to a school like this? Here are the actual data:
Tallahassee Classical, student race / ethnicity
White kids: 43%
Black kids: 35%
Asian ancestry: 8%
Two or more races: 4%
For the raw numbers from the National Center for Education Statistics, you can just click here.
According to the Post's report, three (3) parents complained. or at least semi-complained, about the Michelangelo caper. This allowed Bella, Natanson, Kois and those commenters to run all through the pea patch.
Based upon their report, the Post's reporters don't seem to know why the principal lost her position. Regarding the parents and the bare-naked statue, are you sure the parents who complained were the standard white supremacy types?
No, it doesn't make any difference. But given what we know of the world, we'll suggest that you shouldn't feel certain.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep. Here within our own blue tribe, the spectacular dumbness, it majorly burns, and the arrogance may be even worse.