November 3rd, 2021

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I've been listening to Woke Racism by John McWhorter.

Can't say I am particularly impressed. I remember remarking to myself that he certainly writes better than Vivek Ramaswamy, whose Woke Inc. felt like a hastily bound together collection of blog posts, whereas McWhorter's book, although it also originated as a series of posts on Substack, has a much better intrinsic cohesion to it, and progresses more naturally.

His initial title for the book, as he shared on Glenn Loury's podcast, was The Elect, better reflecting his intention to treat this new wave of racialized discourse as a religion. The most interesting part of the book, to me, is the description of individual episodes of witchhunt and of the inconsistencies between the tenets of the ideology. However, neither his treatment of the subject is particularly original — Yuval Harari in Sapiens discussed the dominant ideologies of the twentieth century as religions, and I am sure he wasn't the first; whereas Boghossian and Lindsay held university workshops four years ago or so specifically on the social justice movement, which they analysed as a religion — nor does it extend beyond the issue of race, although race is just a part of the ideological movement that includes opinions on women, sexual alphabet, migrants, and so on.