Wednesday, August 4, 2021

A Major in Strawmanology


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Rasheed, Muhammad. "A Major in Strawmanology." Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 04 Aug 2021. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.

This #MRasheedCartoons image was inspired by a group of satirists who developed a serious of written works that fooled and humiliated the liberal academic establishment, as well as an interview in which Bret Weinstein dismissed the protests against systemic racism in STEM by framing the movement as if Black people were mad because white people “invented science” and so we hate science.

Although the first item where James A. Lindsay, Helen Pluckrose and Peter Boghossian proved that the academic review process was full of crap was admittedly a hoax, the nature of the scandal seemed to show that the underlying literature and movements presented with a straight face may actually be fake scholarship designed to misdirect and cast suspicion upon real activism and scholarship such as the pro-reparations movement of the Black American former slave class. Years of setting up fake “social justice” effigies intended to distract from serious movements may in fact be the point of rival groups who pointedly used the civil rights era model to push issues that proved indistinguishable from a deliberately silly prank. What are the chances that setting up a nonsensical house of cards only to knock it down with a choregraphed and contrived “hoax” so that ALL social justice movements can be thrown out with the bathwater was actually the end goal?

The Weinstein bullet stands out in this same way, since I don’t know if his strawman effigy was actually invented by him, if he’s actually repeating it as he heard it, or if he’s part of the team trying to extinguish the activist flame by using his platform to deliberately push a false narrative of the racism-in-STEM battle.

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