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What I think could be a useful subtitle for this offering is “How Not To Be (or The Beginning of a Path Away from Being) THIS Malevolent Moron”

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“Disparate treatment” analysis is complicated (yes, again) because the way white people are consistently treated has to be compared with the way BIPOC are consistently mistreated AND the evidence of the latter has to be of mountainous size in order for an audience of “good” white people to find it credible … even as we’ve had more than our collective share of examples lately that, even as they are in a myriad of professional spaces from film to dance to law to medicine to Bret Stephens “telling editors” on journalists of color, when they Tweet something he doesn’t like, to the point where one of the NYT journalists of color could categorically state that mentoring journalists of color new to the outlet had a whole carve-out for “how to deal with Bret Stephens” (and speaking of the rewarding of white mediocrity at the cost of aggressively marginalizing and denigrating BIPOC excellence, can we pause for just a minute to consider who in the h*ll thought it was a good idea to give Bret Stephens and Peggy Noonan Pulitzers?)

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Something else it’s important to do is to reject the repeated and emphatic racism denial of out and out liars, who have a decided proclivity to appear respectable by doing things like wearing suits and occupying public offices of enormous influence, like Bill Barr, both once and currently occupying the office of United States Attorney General, and U.S. Senators like John Cornyn and Mitch McConnell, one of whom happens to be current Senate Majority Leader, who try to use the imprimatur of their lofty professional positions as a shield to lend credibility to their lies.

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Which is why BIPOC keep asking what white people are willing to do

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And that’s the non-insulting version where panels to which white people, white organizers, are selling tickets, when they ask BIPOC luminaries – serious, award-winning geniuses – to appear for free.

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Because if the scurrilous, insidious racism whose polite euphemism is “systemic implicit bias” is not *actively* stopped – and not passively permitted to go on as a result of people who just look the other way while rationalizing it’s “not their problem” – the problem doesn’t “just go away” on its own (we’ve all heard that somewhere recently).

It just gets worse. For EVERYONE.

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