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14 Jun 20 11:31
Date Joined: 06 May 04
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Dear profs X, Y, Z,

I am one of your colleagues at the University of California, Berkeley. I have met you both personally but do not know you closely, and am contacting you anonymously, with apologies. I am worried that writing this email publicly might lead to me losing my job, and likely all future jobs in my field.

In your recent departmental emails you mentioned our pledge to diversity, but I am increasingly alarmed by the absence of diversity of opinion on the topic of the recent protests and our community response to them. In the extended links and resources you provided, I could not find a single instance of substantial counter-argument or alternative narrative to explain the under-representation of black individuals in academia or their over-representation in the criminal justice system. The explanation provided in your documentation, to the near exclusion of all others, is univariate: the problems of the black community are caused by whites, or, when whites are not physically present, by the infiltration of white supremacy and white systemic racism into American brains, souls, and institutions.

Many cogent objections to this thesis have been raised by sober voices, including from within the black community itself, such as Thomas Sowell and Wilfred Reilly. These people are not racists or ‘Uncle Toms’. They are intelligent scholars who reject a narrative that strips black people of agency and systematically externalizes the problems of the black community onto outsiders. Their view is entirely absent from the departmental and UCB-wide communiques.

The claim that the difficulties that the black community faces are entirely causally explained by exogenous factors in the form of white systemic racism, white supremacy, and other forms of white discrimination remains a problematic hypothesis that should be vigorously challenged by historians. Instead, it is being treated as an axiomatic and actionable truth without serious consideration of its profound flaws, or its worrying implication of total black impotence. This hypothesis is transforming our institution and our culture, without any space for dissent outside of a tightly policed, narrow discourse.

A counter-narrative exists. If you have time, please consider examining some of the documents I attach at the end of this email. Overwhelmingly, the reasoning provided by BLM and allies is either primarily anecdotal (as in the case with the bulk of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ undeniably moving article) or it is transparently motivated. As an example of the latter problem, consider the proportion of black incarcerated Americans. This proportion is often used to characterize the criminal justice system as anti-black. However, if we use the precise same methodology, we would have to conclude that the criminal justice system is even more anti-male than it is anti-black.

Would we characterize criminal justice as a systemically misandrist conspiracy against innocent American men? I hope you see that this type of reasoning is flawed, and requires a significant suspension of our rational faculties. Black people are not incarcerated at higher rates than their involvement in violent crime would predict. This fact has been demonstrated multiple times across multiple jurisdictions in multiple countries. And yet, I see my department uncritically reproducing a narrative that diminishes black agency in favor of a white-centric explanation that appeals to the department’s apparent desire to shoulder the ‘white man’s burden’ and to promote a narrative of white guilt.

If we claim that the criminal justice system is white-supremacist, why is it that Asian Americans, Indian Americans, and Nigerian Americans are incarcerated at vastly lower rates than white Americans? This is a funny sort of white supremacy. Even Jewish Americans are incarcerated less than gentile whites. I think it’s fair to say that your average white supremacist disapproves of Jews. And yet, these alleged white supremacists incarcerate gentiles at vastly higher rates than Jews.

None of this is addressed in your literature. None of this is explained, beyond hand-waving and ad hominems. “Those are racist dogwhistles”. “The model minority myth is white supremacist”. “Only fascists talk about black-on-black crime”, ad nauseam. These types of statements do not amount to counterarguments: they are simply arbitrary offensive classifications, intended to silence and oppress discourse. Any serious historian will recognize these for the silencing orthodoxy tactics they are, common to suppressive regimes, doctrines, and religions throughout time and space. They are intended to crush real diversity and permanently exile the culture of robust criticism from our department.

Increasingly, we are being called upon to comply and subscribe to BLM’s problematic view of history, and the department is being presented as unified on the matter. In particular, ethnic minorities are being aggressively marshaled into a single position. Any apparent unity is surely a function of the fact that dissent could almost certainly lead to expulsion or cancellation for those of us in a precarious position, which is no small number.

I personally don’t dare speak out against the BLM narrative, and with this barrage of alleged unity being mass-produced by the administration, tenured professoriat, the UC administration, corporate America, and the media, the punishment for dissent is a clear danger at a time of widespread economic vulnerability. I am certain that if my name were attached to this email, I would lose my job and all future jobs, even though I believe in and can justify every word I type.

The vast majority of violence visited on the black community is committed by black people. There are virtually no marches for these invisible victims, no public silences, no heartfelt letters from the UC regents, deans, and departmental heads. The message is clear: Black lives only matter when whites take them. Black violence is expected and insoluble, while white violence requires explanation and demands solution.

Please look into your hearts and see how monstrously bigoted this formulation truly is. No discussion is permitted for non-black victims of black violence, who proportionally outnumber black victims of non-black violence. This is especially bitter in the Bay Area, where Asian victimization by black assailants has reached epidemic proportions, to the point that the SF police chief has advised Asians to stop hanging good-luck charms on their doors, as this attracts the attention of (overwhelmingly black) home invaders. Home invaders like George Floyd.

For this actual, lived, physically experienced reality of violence in the USA, there are no marches, no tearful emails from departmental heads, no support from McDonald’s and Wal-Mart. For the History department, our silence is not a mere abrogation of our duty to shed light on the truth: it is a rejection of it.
The claim that black interracial violence is the product of redlining, slavery, and other injustices is a largely historical claim. It is for historians, therefore, to explain why Japanese internment or the massacre of European Jewry hasn’t led to equivalent rates of dysfunction and low SES performance among Japanese and Jewish Americans respectively. Arab Americans have been viciously demonized since 9/11, as have Chinese Americans more recently. However, both groups outperform white Americans on nearly all SES indices – as do Nigerian Americans, who incidentally have black skin. It is for historians to point out and discuss these anomalies. However, no real discussion is possible in the current climate at our department. The explanation is provided to us, disagreement with it is racist, and the job of historians is to further explore additional ways in which the explanation is additionally correct. This is a mockery of the historical profession.

Most troublingly, our department appears to have been entirely captured by the interests of the Democratic National Convention, and the Democratic Party more broadly. To explain what I mean, consider what happens if you choose to donate to Black Lives Matter, an organization UCB History has explicitly promoted in its recent mailers. All donations to the official BLM website are immediately redirected to ActBlue Charities, an organization primarily concerned with bankrolling election campaigns for Democrat candidates. Donating to BLM today is to indirectly donate to Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign. This is grotesque given the fact that the American cities with the worst rates of black-on-black violence and police-on-black violence are overwhelmingly Democrat-run. Minneapolis itself has been entirely in the hands of Democrats for over five decades; the ‘systemic racism’ there was built by successive Democrat administrations.

The patronizing and condescending attitudes of Democrat leaders towards the black community, exemplified by nearly every Biden statement on the black race,
all but guarantee a perpetual state of misery, resentment, poverty, and the attendant grievance politics which are simultaneously annihilating American political discourse and black lives. And yet, donating to BLM is bankrolling the election campaigns of men like Mayor Frey, who saw their cities devolve into violence. This is a grotesque capture of a good-faith movement for necessary police reform, and of our department, by a political party. Even worse, there are virtually no avenues for dissent in academic circles. I refuse to serve the Party, and so should you.

The total alliance of major corporations involved in human exploitation with BLM should be a warning flag to us, and yet this damning evidence goes unnoticed, purposefully ignored, or perversely celebrated. We are the useful idiots of the wealthiest classes, carrying water for Jeff Bezos and other actual, real, modern-day slavers. Starbucks, an organisation using literal black slaves in its coffee plantation suppliers, is in favor of BLM. Sony, an organisation using cobalt mined by yet more literal black slaves, many of whom are children, is in favor of BLM. And so, apparently, are we. The absence of counter-narrative enables this obscenity. Fiat lux, indeed.

There also exists a large constituency of what can only be called ‘race hustlers’: hucksters of all colors who benefit from stoking the fires of racial conflict to secure administrative jobs, charity management positions, academic jobs and advancement, or personal political entrepreneurship. Given the direction our history department appears to be taking far from any commitment to truth, we can regard ourselves as a formative training institution for this brand of snake-oil salespeople. Their activities are corrosive, demolishing any hope at harmonious racial coexistence in our nation and colonizing our political and institutional life. Many of their voices are unironically segregationist.

MLK would likely be called an Uncle Tom if he spoke on our campus today. We are training leaders who intend, explicitly, to destroy one of the only truly successful ethnically diverse societies in modern history. As the PRC, an ethnonationalist and aggressively racially chauvinist national polity with null immigration and no concept of jus solis increasingly presents itself as the global political alternative to the US, I ask you: Is this wise? Are we really doing the right thing?

As a final point, our university and department has made multiple statements celebrating and eulogizing George Floyd. Floyd was a multiple felon who once held a pregnant black woman at gunpoint. He broke into her home with a gang of men and pointed a gun at her pregnant stomach. He terrorized the women in his community. He sired and abandoned multiple children, playing no part in their support or upbringing, failing one of the most basic tests of decency for a human being. He was a drug-addict and sometime drug-dealer, a swindler who preyed upon his honest and hard-working neighbors. And yet, the regents of UC and the historians of the UCB History department are celebrating this violent criminal, elevating his name to virtual sainthood. A man who hurt women. A man who hurt black women. With the full collaboration of the UCB history department, corporate America, most mainstream media outlets, and some of the wealthiest and most privileged opinion-shaping elites of the USA, he has become a culture hero, buried in a golden casket, his (recognized) family showered with gifts and praise.

Americans are being socially pressured into kneeling for this violent, abusive misogynist. A generation of black men are being coerced into identifying with George Floyd, the absolute worst specimen of our race and species. I’m ashamed of my department. I would say that I’m ashamed of both of you, but perhaps you agree with me, and are simply afraid, as I am, of the backlash of speaking the truth. It’s hard to know what kneeling means, when you have to kneel to keep your job.

It shouldn’t affect the strength of my argument above, but for the record, I write as a person of color. My family have been personally victimized by men like Floyd. We are aware of the condescending depredations of the Democrat party against our race. The humiliating assumption that we are too stupid to do STEM, that we need special help and lower requirements to get ahead in life, is richly familiar to us. I sometimes wonder if it wouldn’t be easier to deal with open fascists, who at least would be straightforward in calling me a subhuman, and who are unlikely to share my race.

The ever-present soft bigotry of low expectations and the permanent claim that the solutions to the plight of my people rest exclusively on the goodwill of whites rather than on our own hard work is psychologically devastating. No other group in America is systematically demoralized in this way by its alleged allies. A whole generation of black children are being taught that only by begging and weeping and screaming will they get handouts from guilt-ridden whites.

No message will more surely devastate their futures, especially if whites run out of guilt, or indeed if America runs out of whites. If this had been done to Japanese Americans, or Jewish Americans, or Chinese Americans, then Chinatown and Japantown would surely be no different to the roughest parts of Baltimore and East St. Louis today. The History department of UCB is now an integral institutional promulgator of a destructive and denigrating fallacy about the black race.

I hope you appreciate the frustration behind this message. I do not support BLM. I do not support the Democrat grievance agenda and the Party’s uncontested capture of our department. I do not support the Party co-opting my race, as Biden recently did in his disturbing interview, claiming that voting Democrat and being black are isomorphic.

I condemn the manner of George Floyd’s death and join you in calling for greater police accountability and police reform. However, I will not pretend that George Floyd was anything other than a violent misogynist, a brutal man who met a predictably brutal end. I also want to protect the practice of history. Cleo is no grovelling handmaiden to politicians and corporations. Like us, she is free.
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Report Platini June 14, 2020 5:44 PM BST
If ever there was a sticky thread option added to the forum, this one deserves it Cool
Report Platini June 14, 2020 10:49 PM BST
Cliff notes will be added later.
Report tobermory June 15, 2020 2:34 AM BST
Good stuff
Report stewarts rise June 15, 2020 11:36 AM BST
I condemn the manner of George Floyd’s death and join you in calling for greater police accountability and police reform. However, I will not pretend that George Floyd was anything other than a violent misogynist, a brutal man who met a predictably brutal end.

I was beginning to think he was some sort of gentle giant, who was about to be ordained as a Saint!
Report ffaith June 15, 2020 12:48 PM BST
The killing of the jogger didn't provoke enough racial tension and public outrage so they had another go( probably knew 1 death wasnt enough).  Floyd's dad was a freemason and the tattoo on his chest suggests he was as well.   All tenous bits and pieces pointing to something sinister at foot I know but the way all the rules relating to a public health emergency were suspended to give this guy a memorial stinks to high heaven.
Report differentdrum June 15, 2020 1:49 PM BST
I don't think anyone has hit more nails on the head.

Not before time that someone has dismantled the feeble arguments of Black Lives Matter. Over here they just get a free pass.
Report Tom Salt June 15, 2020 2:07 PM BST
A good eloquently written essay. I suspect he speaks for the silent majority both sides of the Atlantic.
Report Injera June 15, 2020 6:40 PM BST
What a superb piece of writing. A complete dismantling of the ‘racist’ narrative. The fact that this professor fears for his career says it all.

Thanks lux.
Report posy June 15, 2020 7:32 PM BST
Terrific essay which demolishes so many politically correct thoughts and myths. Hope Boris and Dominic read it ready to slap down any suggestion that George was some sort of ‘deserving’ black rather than the armed ,threatening bully he truly was. I shed no tears that he’s dead as his contribution to Society was zero. Good riddance to him and his ilk.9
Report Shrewd_dude June 15, 2020 7:41 PM BST
It's actually a stroke of genius what Black Lives Matter have done. Create an organisation which has objectives which the vast majority of people would consider as extreme e.g dismantling capitalism, the police, patriarchy, then call your organisation something which almost everybody would agree with so as to be in a position to call out anyone who criticses you as disagreeing with what you have named your organisation.
Report johnnythebull June 15, 2020 7:50 PM BST
Superb command of English.
As I was reading it,I,erroneously but automatically assumed it was a cracker penning it.
Only later does he reveal he is black so even more kudos to him.Impressive dude but surely he might as well have put his name on it as I doubt there is anyone on campus who wouldn't figure out who wrote it.
I think that even though he voices misgivings were he to be 'found out' the fact that he is black at this point in time will ensure it would not be easy to sack him,perversely enough.
A very eloquent and thoughtful and thought provoking essay.
Hope it does not end up styming him.
Report Injera June 15, 2020 7:57 PM BST
Don’t know about that Johnny. Plenty of blacks get ostracised for taking a different view. Candace Owens a good example.

BLM promote a line that assumes if you’re black then you must think a certain way about life. That in itself is racist...They want a race war. It’s very sad.
Report peckerdunne June 15, 2020 8:10 PM BST
He knows everyone knows who he is, that is his point, on every count.
Report johnnythebull June 15, 2020 8:14 PM BST
he will be a pariah to certain elements within his own community when they should be aspiring to be more like him and the likes of Larry Elder et al

have to be careful what one writes these days but let's just say that BLM have exceedingly well connected and powerful puppet masters

what's being 'going down' with this so called 'pandemic' and 1st World economies being 'allowed' to grind to a virtual halt and now these 'peaceful demos' is leading us to forbidding places

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark and further afield

Armageddon Part 1..sequel coming shortly to a cinema near youWink
Report Platini June 15, 2020 8:18 PM BST
deserves to be shared far and wide Cool
Report geordie1956 June 15, 2020 9:27 PM BST
You have to laugh when so many respondents believe the letter is superb; terrific; inspired etc because the narrative is a criticism of BLM and is the product of a black professor ... if it had been written by ku klux clan member it would likely be similarly applauded by some as a contrarian message which renders any actions by blacks as a betrayal of democracy and civilised order ... Floyd might have been a c*nt and and the wrong person to align a movement to as a means to remedy civil injustice but the actions by the police officer emphasised that racial prejudice is alive & well. Many police departments over the years have been discrimatory against minorities .. sometimes with good reasons but other times not so. The professor when he writes is eloquent and has the ability to articulate and propound his own thoughts but the fact that so many are prepared to vote with their feet because of their anger suggests his beliefs are not representative of many others ...
Of course actions and protests should be within the law ... the constitution allows it and free speech is the emodiment of democracy
Report Shrewd_dude June 15, 2020 9:38 PM BST
police officer emphasised that racial prejudice is alive & well.

How did it though? Simply becuase the officer was white and the victim black? Genuinely interested to know. Maybe you are right.
Report Platini June 15, 2020 9:39 PM BST
"So many prepared to vote with their feet" ??    out of what? 

Think you'll find the great majority did not join the "protests".

The professor does indeed represent the views of the majority of people, the (mostly) silent majority. Cool
Report Whisperingdeath June 15, 2020 9:41 PM BST
The same respondents who just last week were complaining about BLM protesters breaking lock down rules are this week are supporting far right and racist thugs who came to the Capital for a punch up. The same respondents by and large defending the lout who pissed over a memorial to a fallen policeman.
Report Ibrahima Sonko June 15, 2020 9:48 PM BST
Outstanding pile of crap you have posted whispering, bit like geordie where your opinion is already determined and not open to learning or progress over time.

They are far right, how do you know this ? did you read it in the guardian ?

Nobody pissed all over a memorial, or you just be stupid for the sake of being a libtard.
Report Whisperingdeath June 15, 2020 10:01 PM BST
Einstein Sonko usual with a forked tongue and the intelligence of the Memorial P*sser

Nobody got sent to jail either right?
Report geordie1956 June 15, 2020 10:03 PM BST
Sonko hardly the person to take lessons from on being open minded and non judgemental ... hey ho we can all offer our own thoughts and differences of opinion are what its all about

To reply to Shrewd_dude ... the actions by the police officer is only one of many which have been illustrated in the media whereby their actions have been over zealous and let to meaningless deaths ... of course they need to look after themselves but accountability for actions they use in arrests is necessary to avoid charges of criminality ... often times the deaths of citizens whilst bing restrained hasn't even led to charges despite sometimes compelling evidence
Report casemoney June 15, 2020 10:08 PM BST
Heard a Load of Shyte last night that all the Gangs and stabbings are down to Poor education and No opportunities and Poverty

Grew up working Class all in the same boat we got on with Life , Didnt need to have all the top mobiles and trainers ... Or whatver

Look at Javid   Khan and Warsi , Fathers were bus drivers hardly Rich people  , But they didnt end up Dealing Drugs and in Gangs

So what is the Problem ??
Report Shrewd_dude June 15, 2020 10:13 PM BST
Geordie I agree with what you say but nothing in your reply seems to remotely relate to my question regarding your previous comment of

the actions by the police officer emphasised that racial prejudice is alive & well.
Report Ibrahima Sonko June 15, 2020 10:13 PM BST
Dont know the iq of the bloke having a pee, you seem too.

How many people you know have been sent to prison for having a pee in public, no doubt your narrow mindedness will make you post lies about him pissing over a memorial to make your pathetic argument valid.

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Sonko hardly the person to take lessons from on being open minded and non judgemental ... hey ho we can all offer our own thoughts and differences of opinion are what its all about

You have never ever had an opinion that is different, i have monitored (or an outside company) every post you have made and they all side one way. Stop pretending, its boring.
Report casemoney June 15, 2020 10:15 PM BST
Anyone care to Answer My Question as to Why These Drill crew Types prefer a scooter robbery to a Job ?? Or knocking about listening to drill music knocking out Drugs and each other ??
Report mad mad moon June 15, 2020 10:41 PM BST
What a brilliant, well written piece.
This should be discussed and debated in colleges and universities, and by the media, but we know that will never happen.
Why are English speaking West Africans (Nigerians, Ghananians etc) far more successful In education and work than English speaking West Indians?
They must both be subjected to the same amount of racism!
Could it be that the importance of family values can make that much difference?
The answer is probably yes, but is rarely mentioned in political debate on poverty in the poor black areas, as it’s an admission of failure.
Far easier to blame governments, austerity, racism and the justice system.
Report Injera June 16, 2020 6:49 AM BST
case - absent Fathers is the biggest challenge black kids face. Racism way down the list.

Boys and young men are learning to be sperm donors not Fathers. The role of the dad massively underplayed for decades now.  Candace and Larry Elder hit the bullseye. 2 minute video.
Report Injera June 16, 2020 6:54 AM BST
Hmm, that link seems wrong.

You tube, PragerU ‘ Father Absence is the biggest issue facing black Americans
Report geordie1956 June 16, 2020 8:44 AM BST
Boys and young men are learning to be sperm donors not Fathers. The role of the dad massively underplayed for decades now.
Irrespective of a mans colour its perhaps a good question to ask Johnson's illegitimate children ... the Tories the party of family values who engage a man to be PM who can't keep it in his pants ... what irony!
Report Whisperingdeath June 16, 2020 9:35 AM BST
I agree that absent fathers is a huge problem not just in black families but now white families too. When I was a kid we talked about children from broken homes, that is now the norm. I also think education is a huge problem again not just for black children anymore but many underprivileged white families.

Education has always been a way out of “ the ghetto “. If you look at London many immigrants came through the East End but you will see suburbs like Palmers Greek, Stokeefenokee Newington, Hendon, Golders Green, Harrow  and Wembley. Even the Koreans have strong middle class communities in New Malden.

America is different. The whole system is against the blacks from education, housing, the criminal justice system and jobs. Anyone who thinks different is ignorant of the facts and the truth. If this letter was actually penned by an Uncle Tom, which, I doubt, then he is an ignorant myopic loon like many of the posters here.
Report Platini June 16, 2020 10:08 AM BST
There is no systemic racism in education, housing, the criminal justice system and jobs. The black Berkley Professor here, Larry Elder, Thomas Sowell, Wilfried Reilly, Brandon Tatum, David Webb, Coleman Hughes, Anthony Brian Logan, Peggy Hubbard, Candace Owens, and many many more  have all blown those lies apart with cold hard data, Facts not feelings, nor hysteria. Facts matter. Facts.

The far left have nothing to counter these facts, nothing. All they do (and you can see it from their fans and apologists on here) is attack the character of these black individuals, for not being the right kind of black. How very Brass Eye  LaughLaugh
Report Whisperingdeath June 16, 2020 10:23 AM BST
Print some of these FACTS!

Blown nothing except smoke up your a*rse which no doubt did not need much invitation.
Report Injera June 16, 2020 11:53 AM BST
Watch Larry Elder WD.
Report aaronh June 16, 2020 12:13 PM BST

Jun 16, 2020 -- 6:54AM, Injera wrote:

Hmm, that link seems wrong. You tube, PragerU ‘ Father Absence is the biggest issue facing black Americans

PragerU LaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaugh

Report lux June 17, 2020 11:00 AM BST
Would a systemically racist nation be willing to carry a Black and Hispanic population that imposes such a massive cost not only financially but in terms of violence perpetrated?

Budgetary Impact of Whites, Blacks and Hispanics in 2014

Category          Equal Military    Static Military

Whites                  $553.52 billion    $249.52 billion

White Per Capita      $2,795            $1,260

Blacks                 -$389.71 billion   -$306.53 billion

Black Per Capita     -$10,016            -$7,700

Hispanics         -$411.95 billion   -$291.3 billion

Hispanic Per Capita  -$7,298            -$5,160

Interracial crime

In 2013, of the approximately 660,000 crimes of interracial violence that involved blacks and whites, blacks were the perpetrators 85 percent of the time. This meant a black person was 27 times more likely to attack a white person than vice versa. A Hispanic was eight times more likely to attack a white person than vice versa.

This nonsense has been rumbling on for weeks yet not one scrap of evidence has been presented that unequivocally situates this incident as being racial in nature.
Report Whisperingdeath June 17, 2020 11:10 AM BST
More people have died of Covid-19 in hospitals than fish and chip shops FACT!
Report lux June 17, 2020 11:20 AM BST
"Facts don't care about your feelings"

Ben Shapiro to a drunk lurching wildly around the pub toilets
Report Whisperingdeath June 17, 2020 11:29 AM BST
“Lies, damned lies and statistics”

Benjamin Disraeli
Report Platini June 17, 2020 11:42 AM BST
Their lies need exposed. They're not even simple exaggerations, they are monstrously huge lies.
But maybe thats their tactic.

After all, someone once famously said
"If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.". Sad
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