There is a cure for ignorance.
It is called education.
But what is the cure for educators who manufacture ignorance?
I recommend ridicule.
Meet Dr. Donald Moss, who recently published a “paper” titled “On Having Whiteness,” in the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. The editor should have his head examined.
In the abstract condensing the larger work, to which I did not have access (that would cost $37.50, and while I’m white, I’m not stupid), “whiteness” is described as “a malignant, parasite-like condition,” which is incurable.
Dr. Moss is white, described by one website as “a presumed psychoanalyst from New York City.” He supposedly has written extensively on masculinity and whiteness issues. I’ll bet he has “issues” with masculinity.
I emailed him to ask if the abstract was legit, and would he agree to be interviewed?
He did not reply. I guess he was exercising “white privilege.”
For the purpose of this column, I will confess to being “white.” I do not confess to being a parasite.
I can’t pretend to be insulted, because I don’t take this worthless pig slop seriously, and I recognize Moss is trying to gain some notoriety. Maybe he’s planning to write a book, or maybe planning a transition to something else.
Like a hermaphrodite lizard.
“Parasitic Whiteness,” Moss writes, “renders its hosts’ appetites voracious, insatiable, and perverse. These deformed appetites particularly target nonwhite peoples.”
As evidence of his thesis, Moss produces …. Nothing. Zero. Zilch.
Many ideologues believe merely saying something makes it true.
It does not.
“Once established,” Moss continues, “these appetites are nearly impossible to eliminate. Effective treatment consists of a combination of psychic and social-historical interventions. Such interventions can reasonably aim only to reshape Whiteness’s infiltrated appetites—to reduce their intensity, redistribute their aims, and occasionally turn those aims toward the work of reparation.”
Dr. Moss, what reparations have you, personally, made to Black people?
That’s a question I would have asked him, had he not been hiding beneath his desk (which I’ll bet is a very dark wood).
Dr. Dumbass concludes, “When remembered and represented, the ravages wreaked by the chronic condition can function either as warning (‘never again’) or as temptation (‘great again’). Memorialization alone, therefore, is no guarantee against regression. There is not yet a permanent cure.”
I don’t want to go too far, because I have not seen the entire “paper,” but I’m pretty sure it’s a bucket of crap, written by another over-educated, under-sensed academic consumed by white guilt.
Or students, such as those at Brandeis University who have imagined that words such as “picnic,” “survivor,” “rule of thumb,” and “you guys” are deeply offensive and must be banned.
Moss makes the usual error of isolating the bad things individuals have done — who happen to be white — while completely ignoring the positive things done by people who happen to be white.
Are you kidding?
Let’s start with medicine. Will you forgo vaccinations — from measles to polio — because they were developed by white people?
Most of us derive our morality from Judeo-Christian principles.
Law and democracy comes from the Romans and Greeks.
Architecture, art, opera, aviation, electricity, physics, psychiatry, photography, the Bible, radio, television, movies, philosophy, irrigation, computers, satellites. . . Enough.
Wow — white people were busy between Crusades.
I recognize some of these achievements have roots in earlier times, but the development into something usable was done by the big W — White people.
Moss has suffered some pushback from fellow academics, such as this one who tweeted questioning this “scholarship.”
It’s hard to take this Whitewash seriously, but there are some people who will. All sane people can do is face it down, beat it down with facts.
In the old days — 10 years ago — anyone making wild, negative generalizations about a race of people would be called a racist.
Now, their garbage gets published in an academic journal.