Saturday, November 12, 2016

Black Linguist (and Confucian Scholar) on the Term "Racism"

Self-described "anti-Trumpian" John McWhorter notes that there is "no difference between the way those accused of being witches were treated in 17th-century Salem, Mass., and the way many innocent people are being accused of 'racism' today" — The Idea That America ‘Doesn’t Talk About’ Racism Is Absurd.

"The idea that America 'doesn’t talk about' racism is absurd, and is actually a euphemism from people who feel that too few Americans talk about racism in what they would consider the right way."

Confucius’ Rectification of Names comes to mind:
    If language is not correct, then what is said is not what is meant; if what is said is not what is meant, then what must be done remains undone; if this remains undone, morals and art will deteriorate; if justice goes astray, the people will stand about in helpless confusion. Hence there must be no arbitrariness in what is said. This matters above everything.

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