2020 Sep 1, 8:08am
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‘My school has made anti-racism training mandatory. Can you give advice on how I and other faculty might effectively resist such a mandate?’‘My supervisor [at a government agency] has entirely bought into the Black Lives Matter narrative. What is the best way to push back against this pressure?’‘How should I phrase dissent from [my private-sector employer’s] company-sponsored indoctrination? Is it worth it?’ ...Be a Švejk and resist by punctilious, naive cooperation. Report White Fragility or How To Be An Antiracist to your Office of Diversity as racist works that need investigation. When your superior declares that your institution is complicit in systemic racism, ask which specific instances of racist behavior it has committed and who will be reported to the government for their illegal actions. Ask for precise definitions of ‘racism’. Throw sand in the gears. You may discover secret sympathizers. ...Has your boss ordered you to incorporate ‘anti-racist’ propaganda into your work? Say yes, do your work as you always did it and tell your boss that you have been wonderfully ‘anti-racist’. Lose ‘anti-racist’ directives in your inbox.And if our would-be tyrants seek to destroy you? Then imitate Thomas More, the patron saint of politicians, who took recourse in silence. Henry VIII had his Chancellor’s head off in the end, but More staved off that fate for years. So practice quietness. Answer questions with questions. Perhaps you cannot ultimately defeat the malice of the great, but give no hostages to fortune.
Yesterday, we found out that my company's GM was just moved aside to a newly created VP role and we have a new black female president of our company.
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