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Truth and Disfavored Identities - Quillette

Truth and Disfavored Identities - Quillette

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  • “The real test is this. Suppose one reads a story of filthy atrocities in the paper. Then suppose that something turns up suggesting that the story might not be quite true, or not quite so bad as it was made out. Is one's first feeling, 'Thank God, even they aren't quite so bad as that,' or is it a feeling

    “The real test is this. Suppose one reads a story of filthy atrocities in the paper. Then suppose that something turns up suggesting that the story might not be quite true, or not quite so bad as it was made out. Is one's first feeling, 'Thank God, even they aren't quite so bad as that,' or is it a feeling of disappointment, and even a determination to cling to the first story for the sheer pleasure of thinking your enemies are as bad as possible? If it is the second then it is, I am afraid, the first step in a process which, if followed to the end, will make us into devils.”

    -C.S. Lewis

  • Tremendously important article to read in today's political climate, especially for the commentators, journalists, and other assorted media-types who frequent this app.

    "On Saturday in Washington DC, a group of Catholic school kids fell victim to [the] presumptive logic [of identity politics]. The progressive

    Tremendously important article to read in today's political climate, especially for the commentators, journalists, and other assorted media-types who frequent this app.

    "On Saturday in Washington DC, a group of Catholic school kids fell victim to [the] presumptive logic [of identity politics]. The progressive media ran with a story that confirmed their intersectional priors and, in the process, damaged their credibility, established an unsustainable precedent, and unwittingly affirmed President Trump’s demagogic 'Fake News' mantra....

    Prior to their confrontation with Phillips, the boys were arguing with a small group of black Hebrew Israelites (described in the initial media reports simply as 'black activists'), who aggressively disparaged the boys’ 'whiteness,' yelled homophobic slurs, and racially abused a black student. Unsurprisingly, the boys took exception to all this. But even though the video footage now corroborates the (truthful) account that the boys gave to the media in the wake of this incident, the Diocese has apologized and some of the boys now face expulsion....

    As white and wealthy Christian young men confronted by an ageing person of color, the schoolboys were placed at an immediate disadvantage on a number of identitiarian fronts, so that it was evidently felt that their point of view could be presumptively and legitimately disregarded. So entrenched have such assumptions become in the nation’s finest progressive minds, that supposedly serious news outlets splashed headlines across their websites like 'Boys in ‘Make America Great Again’ Hats Mob Native Elder at Indigenous Peoples March,' with scant consideration for quaint notions like fairness or accuracy. And as a result of sunk costs and the incentive to save face, the odds of retractions—even in the face of compelling evidence—are slim."