Selling Indulgences

An “activist” is lecturing a bunch of white people on how they are not even human:

They are gobbling it up and not because they hate themselves as some people assume. Listening to this drivel is a mark of social status. It fosters a sense of immense moral superiority. Talk to people who have attended this kind of thing and you’ll see how they drip with contempt towards you and everybody who hasn’t attended.

At these gatherings, people buy an indulgence that allows them to see others as subhuman and themselves as so vastly morally superior that any action towards the “not really human” will be justified.

38 thoughts on “Selling Indulgences”

  1. “people buy an indulgence…”

    No wonder BLM is hostile to Christianity – a religion that teaches redemption, forgiveness, and that every individual is created equal in the sight of God.

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    1. Sounds very similar to me; “Lord we are not worthy even to gather up the crumbs from your table.”,
      “all have fallen short of the glory of God.”
      And my religous upbringing was not overly strict, but I’m still cynical of anything that sounds like a new religion.


      1. “Sounds very similar to me”

        The Orthodox (and other Christians, I presume) reference certain passages of scripture to illustrate their belief in the absolute equality of individuals before God – notably, – “Here there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all, and in all” and this passage where Jesus makes it clear that His message of salvation is not just for the Jews but for all humanity “And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.”

        Of course, this does not mean that some branches of Christianity haven’t supported racism and even slavery in the modern era, but it means that they were swimming against the doctrinal tide of the mainstream. Even some Orthodox engaged in infamous pogroms against the Jews in the Russian Empire against the clear teachings of at least some of their own Bishops. (“all have fallen short” etc.)

        In the end, I have faith that BLM’s violent nihilism will be defeated by the light.


  2. I hope I won’t sound too insensitive, unsure how to word it, but …

    What jumped out at me visually at once was the way this lecturer presented herself. The combination of ungathered hair and cheap, super-clinging black outfit (*) emphasizing her every curve brought to mind the expression “black bodies” some activists love to use. One can see her breasts too.

    Professional people don’t dress like that. Women in the audience are dressed very differently, in a dignified fashion, so it’s not an American fashion standard I am unaware of.

    Remembered this from European past: “Sara Baartman was the best known of at least two South African Khoikhoi women who, due to the European objectification of their buttocks, were exhibited as freak show attractions in 19th-century Europe under the name Hottentot Venus.”

    May be I am overthinking it, but it looks like she is degrading, Othering herself with her body language at the same time as she is telling white audience of their ‘inferiority.’ Or presenting herself as a member of a disenfranchised class?

    May be, it subconsciously makes her not threatening. Imagine somebody dressed like Obamas telling those white people they are inferior.

    What is she wearing? Not a dress, not a shirt with a skirt, what is it?
    And, yes, there is nothing wrong with natural black (or Jewish) hair, it’s just the entire image is striking and hair is only one element. I have European hair, but I gather it when I go to work.


    1. “Professional people don’t dress like that. ”

      Almost all (or maybe all) African American professional women I’ve encountered dressed in a very stylish (and appropriate) way working with their body type and not against it….
      Above the lowest underclass, African Americans traditionally take a lot of pride in their appearance (which is why American Black youth were fashion pioneers for decades).
      Also, Black women can do lots of attractive things with their hair, even the way she wears it could be okay if it were a bit better shaped and taken care of.

      “it looks like she is degrading”

      She’s inviting critical thoughts so that she can beat the audience up with them (and so they can still feel a bit superior).


      1. Absolutely true about fashions. This is precisely why I always shop for clothes in black neighborhoods. My style is elegant / classical / feminine, and that’s the only place to find it. Unfortunately, stores in black neighborhoods are closing. Even chain stores are. I’ve witnessed 5 of my favorite stores close down in the past 11 years. One of them was a Macy’s, actually. But it was in an African-American neighborhood, the buyer was black, and so were the assistants. It had great fashions. None of that asexual yuppy / preppy stuff.


        1. Also, the only real male formal wear store for 50 miles around is also owned by a black family and has a black clientele. I happened to walk by yesterday and it’s still in business and had a healthy number of clients.

          What’s upsetting about all this is that this “activist” is selling the image of the tiniest, most lumpenized part of the African American population as the mainstream black image. And it’s very unfair. Walk by a church on a Sunday and you’ll see the best, most dignified fashions on the black attendees.

          But race relations are so messed up that nobody dares tell this clown that she’s completely misrepresenting black people and is making an ass out if herself. No pun intended.

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  3. Every time I see things like this I’m left thinking “Why don’t these people just visit a professional S&M dungeon instead of parading their kinks in public?”


    1. \ At this level, this is anti-white racist.

      Or anti-black one, if one judges by its effects of, quoting Clarissa, “selling the image of the tiniest, most lumpenized part of the African American population as the mainstream black image. “


        1. // It’s totally a Верка Сердючка type of thing.

          You mean she represents Ukrainians like this activist African-Americans? 🙂


          1. Exactly. People only feel this is representation of a group if they’ve lived in complete isolation from that group. She’s flattering the audience because they can’t see her and not feel superior.

            But the idea that she expresses about white people being born not human has existed for almost a hundred years in the black community.


            1. // But the idea that she expresses about white people being born not human has existed for almost a hundred years in the black community.

              Surely it existed long before the last 100 years, being born during the slavery era. One would think that in today’s post-Obama age it would be either entirely dead or in its death throes.

              Some commenters suggested African Americans will soon lose their special place in US consciousness with the rise of non-Western, not white groups.

              If they are correct and some African-Americans are worried about the demographic changes, f.e. Asians feeling they owe nothing to blacks and being less inclined to help, the latest explosion of BLM activity may be interpreted as the final battle, the last attempt to preserve the status of the special group.


              1. No, it’s from the 1930s. There was this popular preacher who came up with it. It’s nothing to do with slavery. I’m completely blanking on the preacher’s name but there was a whole group that believed it. Malcolm X originally was into it but then discovered real Islam and converted.

                Somebody help me out. What’s the name of the guy who invented this religious cult?


          2. “she represents Ukrainians like this activist African-Americans? ”

            Hey don’t bad mouth my girl Verka, she’s entertaining and famous (and funny)

            Think of Russian speaking culture being represented by this fetching young woman:


          1. I’m in academia so I never wondered if it were real. We see this kind of thing as a matter of course. This lady is tame in comparison to some specimens I know.


          2. The first site doesn’t look real. The facebook link goes nowhere, nor linkedin; a lot of the blog pages are dummy pages, and the whole thing looks like a fake & def isn’t a professional site


              1. … and my question on this kind of thing is what the objective is in affirming that this is what anti-racist work is, etc.

                My concern about all the diversity and anti-racist quick-study trainings are different, one being that I don’t think there are any quick-study shortcuts and the other that it sometimes seems to me that fighting these battles at a superficial level seems to be a kind of substitute for actual politics and civic life. I’m interested in the work of Sheldon Wolin (“inverted totalitarianism”) in this regard.

                Discrimination, nonetheless, is real and many don’t want to see it; one instance of discrimination and bias is Spanish (literature) departments being swallowed up into English, etc.


              2. I’m sure there is a small, utterly powerless minority of people who say the words “anti-racist work” seriously and mean something good by it. But the expression has been mainstreamed by shameless grifters whose only goal is to divide people and make them easier to exploit. I don’t think the expression can be recovered for good use for a long time to come. It’s unfortunate but the grifters are too powerful.

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              3. Well, there’s a difference between teaching people to say non-offensive things in a corporate setting and actually working on the segregation and inequality. I think the lack of civic education / consciousness is serious: if people don’t imagine having any rights, but are only invested in making sure they are polite, it’s a faux movement. I’m sure the racism is about politics, as in, historically it’s the Black community that’s the most politically aware / has the intellectuals and activists with the clearest-eyed, hardest-hitting analyses, and if you listen they really mean rethinking things, and so of course all these techniques of state repression are developed


  4. “Somebody help me out. What’s the name of the guy who invented this religious cult?”

    -Wallace Fard. The cult is called the Nation of Islam, and has zero connections to actual Islam, which is interesting. It looks like they attempted to attract followers of several religions all at once.


    1. Exactly! Thank you. It’s that horrible feeling when you are trying to remember and the memory is eluding you. This is exactly who I meant.

      This woman is clumsily retelling this mythology from the 1930s.


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