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Re: Leftists against progressivism
« on: March 03, 2021, 10:29:41 pm »
A False Leftist attacks Kendi using progressivism:

Ibram Kendi, author of the bestseller “How to Be an Antiracist,” argues for an extremely expansive concept of racism that pushes the boundaries of structural analysis to the limits.
Kendi writes that “we degrade Black minds every time we speak of an ‘academic-achievement gap’ ” based on standardized test scores and grades. Instead, he asks: “What if the intellect of a low-testing Black child in a poor Black school is different from — and not inferior to — the intellect of a high-testing White child in a rich White school? What if we measured intelligence by how knowledgeable individuals are about their own environments?”

We certainly could do that. But the fact remains that if African American children continue to be less likely to learn to read and write and do math than White children, and less likely to graduate from high school, then this will contribute to other unequal outcomes down the road.

Yes. Such as a lower probability of inventing new machines for space travel. Which is the whole point. We want a population which will not invent new machines for space travel, or even maintain those already invented.

Education is not a cure-all for labor market discrimination, and educational disparities don’t fully account for the Black-White earnings gap. But they partially account for that gap while also leaving people less able to organize politically, protect themselves from financial scams and otherwise navigate the modern world. Stigmatizing the use of test scores and grades to measure learning undermines policymakers’ ability to make the case for reforms to promote equity — from providing air conditioning in schools to combating racially biased low expectations among teachers.

The correct way to address the earnings gap is not to try to get the low-earning to earn more, but to put a cap on wealth.

The correct way to address lack of political organization is to end democracy.

The correct way to protect people from financial scams is to eliminate finance itself.

The correct response to the modern world is to end it.

Air conditioners should never have been invented.

But of course the author, being a progressive, is unwilling to give up on these things. Which is why progressives are part of the problem.