Thursday, December 1, 2016

Black Linguist (and Confucian Scholar) on the Term "White Supremacy"

"Black Linguist (and Confucian Scholar) on the Term 'Racism'" was the title of a post-election post about self-described "anti-Trumpian" John McWhorter, who now rightly argues that "the term 'white supremacy' has become, of all things, a kind of hate speech" — The Difference Between Racial Bias and White Supremacy. Prof. McWhorter righty says, "It seems that any white person who disagrees with a non-white one’s opinion about race issues is given the label."

Again, 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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