Under the guise and catch-all “ism”, that is, racism, all manner of chaos and mayhem, yes, even murder, is “justified.”
As time marchs on — mind you, despite the election of Barack HUSSEIN Obama, a two-term Black POTUS who stood at the helm of the most powerful position in the world, bar none — still yet, America is deemed irredeemable. Hmm.
Mind you, recent stats, be damned…..
Even so, in the not too distant past, it was the shrill cries of not being “PC” enough which was, for the most part, used as a Pavlovian trigger and warning: shut the hell up or else!! No longer. Regardless, the “or else” was left hanging in the air. Nevertheless, many in the non “WOKE” arena understood its meaning and intent — some of whom, shamelessly, piped down.
But never mind, this investigative journalist is not one to be cowed or bowed, nor beholden to anyone. Indeed, a totally free agent.
On the other hand, many free-thinking professionals do not have the same leeway, thus, countless upon countless are in the cross-hairs of foaming-at-the-mouth, Soviet-style, Gestapo-like PC police! Brayers. Mind you, said individuals are considered the “lucky” ones, after all, they have yet to be axed – literally!! Still, if some believe that the aforementioned depictions are the rantings of a hysterical mind, well, nothing said within will make a dent.
But if a current — albeit very, very partial….and growing by the day — list of those who are now “canceled” by the so-called self-appointed cultural elite a.k.a. PC mob is any indicator, trust, its contents will grow so large that football stadium after football stadium will not be able to house the boxed wreckage. NO kidding. Hang on. Tight.
Here is the list:
The editor of the editorial page of the New York Times, James Bennet, for having published an op-ed by Senator Tom Cotton calling for the deployment of the US military to quell what the article called an “orgy of violence,” and “rioters and looters” in American cities following the death in police custody of George Floyd.
The founder and CEO of CrossFit, Greg Glassman, for what seemed to be a dismissive or insensitive response to the situation.
The president of the Poetry Foundation, Henry Bienen, and its board chairman, Willard Bunn III, for a statement responding to the situation that critics said was “vague and lacking any commitment to concrete action,” the Associated Press reported.
The editor in chief of the food magazine Bon Appetit, Adam Rapoport, after photo surfaced of him in 2004 “dressed in a racially insensitive costume.”
The head of video at Conde Nast, Matt Duckor, who critics said presided over a racially biased compensation system.
The top editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Stan Wischnowski, over a headline that read “Buildings Matter, Too.”
The editor of the website Refinery29, Christene Barberich, after employees of color complained about the work environment.
David Shor, a political data analyst who was fired for having tweeted out a summary of a paper by a Princeton sociology professor.
Audrey Gelman, CEO and cofounder of the Wing, a coworking community for women, who had conceded, “Employees were required to attend diversity and antibias trainings, but it was a one-time requirement and didn’t go deep enough.“
And the list is growing rapidly. Sometimes these departures are complicated cases in which the post-George-Floyd story is just a pretext or a final straw in a personnel move that was overdue for business or personal reasons. It’s hard to know the reality from afar, and it’s hard to distinguish what’s a long-overdue reckoning for racially insensitive managers and what is politically correct “cancel culture” run amok. Various of these cases may fall on different sides of those lines. But it sure is a newsworthy situation—not just each individual case, one by one, but the whole big picture.
Update: On June 14, we published an update that added more names to this list:
University of Chicago professor of economics Harold Uhlig was placed on leave from his role as editor of the Journal of Political Economy following “accusations of discriminatory conduct in a classroom setting.” Uhlig also had his contract with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago canceled after a Fed spokeswoman said the bank determined “that his views are not compatible with the Chicago Fed’s values and our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.”
St. John’s University assistant fencing coach Boris Vaksman was fired “after making derogatory remarks about black people in a private lesson” according to “what appears to be an edited video,” the New York Times reported.
Stephen A. Huffman was dismissed by TeamHealth from his job as an emergency room doctor in Ohio after publicly speculating about why blacks have been hit particularly hard by Covid-19.
The CEO of Crisis Text Line, Nancy Lublin, “ousted by the nonprofit’s board of directors on Friday, in response to allegations of racism and mistreating staff,” Axios reported. Lublin’s mental-health resource has saved literally hundreds, perhaps thousands of lives. The board said that “at least two members of the board will be replaced with black, indigenous, or persons of color candidates” and “Anti-racist trainings for board members will begin in July.”
A Canadian television personality, Jessica Mulroney, had her show, “I Do, Redo,” canceled by its Canadian network after a blogger accused her of exhibiting “white privilege,” the New York Post reported.
Barbara Fedida, an ABC News executive, placed on “administrative leave” after what a HuffPost article based on unnamed sources described as “a long pattern of insensitive statements, including racist comments.” The HuffPost article said “Fedida issued a statement through her lawyer calling the claims “incredibly misleading” and saying she’d “been a champion for increased diversity.”
Update: On June 22 we published an update that added the following names:
Dave Andelman, the CEO of The Phantom Gourmet, forced to resign and relinquish ownership of the company he founded in 1993. He had made Facebook posts making fun of anti-police-brutality protests by suggesting that Boston retailers offer “touchless, curbside looting.”
Sue Schafer, fired from her job at a government contractor after the Washington Post investigated her costume at a 2018 Halloween party thrown by Post editorial cartoonist Tom Toles. Schafer had come dressed as the television news anchor Megyn Kelly in blackface.
Benji Backer, a climate-change activist who had a speaking engagement canceled “because of a past tweet where I linked COVID-19 to the country of China. They claimed it was racially insensitive.”
Robert Larkins, fired from financial-services firm Raymond James after his wife called the police on a man painting the word Black Lives Matter in front of the man’s own house.
In response to community feedback, I’ve also revised the headline from the word “Terror,” with its echoes of the French Revolution, to the word “Purges,” with its echoes of the Soviet Union.
Most significantly, if today’s “cancellations” are not reminiscent of the beginnings of the Soviet purge, what else qualifies, at least, within historical reality??
Inexorably, the Soviet-style Cultural Revolution has come to the shores of America — as its swathe lays waste to everything in its path!!