Quote of the week
'..The friends we have lost do not repose under the ground...they are buried deep in our hearts. It has been thus ordained that they may always accompany us...'- Alexandre Dumas - Diaspora
UNDERSTANDING SKIP GATES – Part 1: Impostor syndrome

As a prelude to some serious review of the work of Skip Gates it is reasonable to evaluate the sources of dissonance. Generally speaking I would disregard attempts at apparent pop psychology but in this case one is seeking a basis for understanding rather criticism and a basis for linking apparently unrelated aspects fo a persons work and personality. To this extent the allegation of impostor syndrome should not be seen as a derogatory slur but a suggestion for…

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SKIP GATES: False flag – racism in coloured skins

Many speakers are getting caught out by Black speakers rehearsing deep racists comments. Prof Stuart Smith (Note 1) was caught out by Skip Gates  making points about  skin colours that  were quite racist. It must be quite difficult to accuse your influential host of being a racist. There is quite a difficult point here. Skip Gates like Appiah is obsessed with skin color and even stated that he is very dark for coloured person!!! For both Gates and Appiah…

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Kemi Badenoch – … and a little stupid, too!
(English) kemi badenoch

Reviewing statements by Kemi Badenoch led me to go deeper into her  worldview.   A strange world it is. She is clearly a follower of Trump. I discovered she has created a world of alternative facts starting with her CV. The Spectator reports: ‘Badenoch grew up in Nigeria and, aged 16, won a part-scholarship to Stanford University to study medicine, but the fees were still prohibitive.’ Note 1 This would appear to be an outright lie. Firstly, one wonders…

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Kemi Badenoch: racism with a Black face?
Kemi Badenoch

One of the dreary developments of recent decades has been the development of and nurturing of Black faces to mouth statements that conservative whites are  too frightened to say anymore. Like Anthony Appiah defending claims that African women like gorillas as lovers, or that young black Americans prefer to spend their days in endless drug induced sex orgies (Malcolm Gladwell). These Black faces say the otherwise  unsayable. They are like the Conversos in Spain who made very lucrative careers…

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Roy Strong: Small minded, unhistorical and unscholarly
(English) Sir Roy Strong

Roy Strong caused some sensation when he was quoted as saying: ‘»I couldn’t believe it when some woman on the radio said Nelson’s Column ought to be demolished because he believed in slavery. Well, listen, dear, that was about 1800. Once you start rewriting history on that scale, there won’t be a statue or a historic house standing. It’s ridiculous. The past is the past. You can’t rewrite history.»(Strong & Freeman, 2017) I am reminded of the quotation from…

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Peter Lavelle: race and class and confusions

There is a great deal of confusion over class and race. This year of BLM has also led to renewed focus on the theoretical question of ‘race’ and the rising inequalities also led to revival of interest in Marxism. This resurgence of interest in Marxism has also led to a revival of interest in the relation between class and race. At some point a heavily researched article will emerge in the Journal on this topic but the matter is…

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Leigh Jenco: Are Chinese thinkers irrational – Part 2
(English) Prof Jenco

This is a discreet (Note 1) follow up: Prof Leigh Jenco let me know that she held to  a  three part distinction: rational, non-rational and irrational. Western philosophy is rational, while Chinese philosophy is non-rational. Frankly this concept of ‘non-rational’ seems merely a polite version of ‘irrational’. In all my life I have never heard of non-rational thinking. My response to her was: “I think you will find it untenable to maintain  a distinction between rational and non rational…

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Leigh Jenco: Are Chinese thinkers irrational?
(English) Prof Leigh Jenco - LSE

Leigh Jenco seeks to acclimatize  classic Chinese thought to Western philosophy in her talk at Aristotelian Society (16 Nov 20). Her first gambit is to place Chinese history into a similar historiography as the West and to make it share an ‘early modernity’. There is this underlying wish to help accommodate and rehabilitate China by showing how similar it is to the West. This is pretty violent in creating an imperial China when China shares more with Ancient Egypt…

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