It shows a peculiar aspect of 21st-century America: victimhood chic.
John McWhorterWe are at a peculiar sociohistorical stage, where someone could think being black and jumped by white thugs makes them more interesting than being a star on a hit TV show. And sadly he’s right. (Did he not lie? I’m open, but ...)
John McWhorterThis week, sweating the little things! All about diminutives, where they come from and how they become much of what makes us talk like people rather than robots. Utterly lost 95-year-old Gershwin too. Plus some Cantonese!
00:40 John: Crowded NYC was an “uncivil” choice for Amazon 10:01 Is climate change discourse motivated by contempt for capitalism? 15:46 Moving on from the m...
John McWhorterMe and Glenn on Amazon and Queens, AOC, Twitter's hold on the intelligentsia's time and hearts, and especially, we did blackface in the 21st century. Pretty good one, I thought. youtu.be/fWyNm9RsZbA via @YouTube
Perhaps there is a difference between donning it to mock black people and donning it to resemble someone, as Mark Herring did.
John McWhorterI suspect many are asking: Is there a difference between brown makeup when dressing as a black person in salute & racist blacking up? Not SO long ago a lot of enlightened people spontaneously thought so, such as my progressive college comrades. I explain.
Court stenographers often misunderstand Black English, and their mistakes could affect people’s lives at crucial junctures.
John McWhorterThere are times when stenographers misunderstanding Black English could lead to someone doing time. Blasting the myth of Black English as mere "mistakes" is as important here as in the schoolroom, if not more.
The Rochester TV weatherman shouldn’t lose his livelihood over a speech-error slipup.
John McWhorterThis weatherman said “Martin Luther Coon,” immediately corrected himself and was fired. Racism is real, but this was not it. It was an ordinary slip of the tongue; linguists call it perseveration. He apologized. He should get his job back.
They suggest not just inadequate manners or polish, but inadequate thought.
John McWhorterBrilliant people may be bad spellers and even inarticulate. But there are things about Trump's sloppy tweets and diluted vocabulary usage that suggest qualities of thinking (or not) that suggest his unfitness for his office.
John McWhorterThis article is on to something real and I’d say that even if I weren’t quoted in it. The vowel-drop thing will look like the 2010s in 30 years the way Yellowtail wine looks like 2003 now.
Third-wave antiracism makes sense, and fits into the longer struggle, but it’s a dead end.
John McWhorterSJW’s approach to racism seems logical. Antiracism becomes what faith is to Protestants, one smokes out heretics, w focus on thought rather than policy. But this ends up being about the id, impulse, hatred over reflection. Not what Douglass or King meant