Jonathan Kay talks to Kathrine Jebsen Moore about how the Instagram knitting community has been invaded by vengeful Social Justice mobs. Kathrine has written about this strange phenomenon twice for Quillette, once on 17th February, and once on 7th June.
Greg Ellis reads Unpacking Peggy McIntosh’s Knapsack, William Ray’s critical essay about McIntosh’s seminal 1989 paper that popularised the concept of ‘white privilege.’ It was published in Quillette on 29th August 2018.
Associate editor Toby Young talks to Jonathan Church, Quillette contributor and economist, about ‘white privilege,’ ‘white fragility,’ ‘color-blind racism,’ ‘unconscious bias,’ ‘micro-aggressions’ and why the Social Justice Left is more interested in punishing whites than understanding the complexity of racial inequality.
After hosting African-American writer Ta-Nehisi Coates on his television show, Jon Stewart asked Coates whether America’s changing demographics could finally upend the anti-black society portrayed in Coates’s autobiographical Between the World and Me. Coates was doubtful, but Stewart, speaking for many white liberals, replied, “I hope you’re wrong.” Stewart’s presumption is that America’s ethnic transformation will relegate whites, and their prejudice, to the sidelines, ending racial inequality. Regardless of whether Coates is correct to portray American society as tilted against African-Americans, his skeptical response was closer to reality than Stewart’s. The stereotypes, worldviews and institutional practices that advantage native-born whites over other groups—in America and Europe—arise as the result of a complex interaction between individuals and collective representations. Stereotypes about African-Americans are passed on from parents and peers, encoded in cultural products, and internalized by blacks themselves, who may come to cherish them and condemn other African-Americans for failing to “act black,” i.e. comply with those stereotypes. To imagine this thinking is limited to white people is naïve and belied by the research literature. In …