The “straight white male” has been cast as the sole villain of history by leftist academia. After all, he pillaged, raped, stole, and oppressed for centuries, keeping down the darker-skinned people and preventing them from showing how smart they really are, right?
But see, there are these interesting concepts called logic, reason, and pattern recognition. They would tell that us IQ is a factor in race, biology is an anchor to gender, lack of self control is a vice, and collectivism is a threat to economic prosperity.
Yeah, well, that’s where you’re wrong, bigot.
Enter a professor named John Caputo, a very old, very white man who thinks that higher intellect is an expression of ‘Nordo-centrism’ and white privilege.
Let’s take a closer look at what this senile old fuckwipe had to say.
Via Daily Caller:
“A philosophy and religion professor at Syracuse University gave an interview to The New York Times Thursday in which he critiqued the notion of pure reason as simply being a ‘white male Euro-Christian construction.’ Prof. John Caputo was being interviewed by fellow philosophy professor George Yancy for the 13th installment of an interview series Yancy conducts with philosophers regarding racial topics. Given its emphasis on first principles and abstract thought, it may be tempting to view academic philosophy as a turf where the race of participants matters little, but Caputo says that’s entirely untrue.
In fact, race is of central importance, and it’s proven by the mundane phrases philosophers use. ”White’ is of the utmost relevance to philosophy, and postmodern theory helps us to see why,’ Caputo says in the interview. ‘I was once criticized for using the expression ‘true north.’ It reflected my Nordo-centrism, my critic said, and my insensitivity to people who live in the Southern Hemisphere. Of course, no such thing had ever crossed my mind, but that points to the problem. We tend to say ‘we’ and to assume who ‘we’ are, which once simply meant ‘we white male Euro-Christians.'”
White male Euro-Christians.
Well, we can safely assume Caputo is a pompous blowhard who has never ventured out of his academic bubble, or he would realize that many of the founders of philosophy and logical thought were not white (by today’s standards) or ‘Euro-Christian’.
In fact, most of the great philosophers predated Christianity by many hundreds of years.
But Caputo is not keen to let facts get in the way of his sermonizing:
“The end result of critiquing whiteness, Caputo suggests, is the realization that the supposed ‘reason’ underlying philosophy is just another form of white privilege … or something of that nature. ‘I think that what modern philosophers call ‘pure’ reason — the Cartesian ego cogito and Kant’s transcendental consciousness — is a white male Euro-Christian construction,’ he says. ‘White is not ‘neutral.’ ‘Pure’ reason is lily white, as if white is not a color or is closest to the purity of the sun, and everything else is ‘colored.’
Purification is a name for terror and deportation, and ‘white’ is a thick, dense, potent cultural signifier that is closely linked to rationalism and colonialism. What is not white is not rational. So white is philosophically relevant and needs to be philosophically critiqued — it affects what we mean by ‘reason’ — and ‘we’ white philosophers cannot ignore it.'”
It is difficult to understand what Caputo is rambling about here, but it does sound pretty cucked.
And naturally, like all pretentious academics, he soon reveals his true colors as a radical communist:
“‘The great scandal of the United States is that it has produced an anti-gospel, the extremes of appalling wealth and poverty,’ he says. ‘But instead of playing the prophetic role of Amos denouncing the American Jeroboam, instead of working to close that gap, the policies of the right wing are exacerbating it … The popularity of such cruel ideas, their success in the ballot box, is terrifying to me. The trigger-happy practices of the police … on the streets of black America should alert everyone to how profoundly adrift American democracy has become — attacking the poor as freeloaders and criminals, a distorted and grotesque ideological exaggeration of freedom over equality. The scandal is that the Christian right has too often been complicit with a politics of greed and hatred of the other.'”
Parents, this is what your hard-earned money gets your kids in philosophy class.
Remember that when you start preaching about the value of public education.