A really great article from Bari Weiss that ends as follows:
I have a friend in New York who is the mother to a four-year-old. She seems exactly the kind of parent these schools would want to attract: a successful entrepreneur, a feminist, and a diehard Manhattanite. She’d dreamed of sending her daughter to a school like Dalton. One day at home, in the midst of the application process, she was drawing with her daughter, who said offhandedly: “I need to draw in my own skin color.” Skin color, she told her mother, is “really important.” She said that’s what she learned in school.
My kid’s best friend is from Africa. They were drawing themselves the other day, and my daughter drew herself as black. The friend drew herself as white. They love to imitate each other’s accents and swap clothes, hairstyles, and mannerisms. Their parents are teaching them the exact opposite lesson than the girl in Weiss’s article is getting. I’ll let you decide which kid will find it more comfortable to be around friends of all races.
The article is making the same point I’ve made for years. The wokespeak, all these structural racisms, etc cannot be understood outside the context of job wars. This is all about generating a set of cultural codes that limit job competition. Good jobs go to people who have the money and leisure to learn the constantly shifting woke speech and behavior codes.
It’s absolutely identical to the complex mannerisms of the British gentry that allowed it to exclude anybody with the “wrong accent” or an insufficient knowledge of which fork to use at what point of the meal. And these expensive schools Weiss is talking about are the equivalent of Eaton where the gentry was taught how to exclude the proles.
And to reiterate the point that I made earlier today, every time you use these woke expressions or grant any validity to the woke dogma, you are wittingly or unwittingly strengthening this extremely unfair class structure. Imagine yourself as a clueless countess in Downton Abbey who is curling her lip at the servants. That’s who you become the second you start taking all these “decolonisations of the curriculum” and “BIPOC womxn” seriously.