Happy New Year and best wishes. It’s been quiet in this space while I hack away at a multi-part project. Even with the quiet of this unusually quiet holiday, work has been slow, but an outline is taking shape. Thought I’d share a quick summary and get your impressions.
The first four posts are mostly finished. A few excerpts are posted below. The rest remain to be completed. This could take a couple more weeks.
Dawn of Post-White America: It’s Better and Worse Than You Think
It is easier to destroy a founding myth than to replace it.
White Supremacy Lives in System 1
White Supremacy is a mythology, a collection of shared narratives, many of a religious or spiritual nature, out of which our mental model of the world is formed. What it gives us, in addition to our innate definitions of “us” and “them,” is an evolutionary burden we call “implicit bias,” unconscious attitudes or stereotypes which distort our reasoning.
Why We Need Shared Myths
We inherently distrust information from people who reject our core mythologies. Absent a shared mythology we cannot even a share an empirical reality. People will not trust a set of alleged facts unless they share a mythological framework defining truth.
Half Devil, Half Child: The World Through White Eyes
We have to understand why we invented whiteness in the first place, and quickly, if we’re going to replace it with something better. That begins with understanding what white supremacy is, and what it isn’t.
White supremacy isn’t a policy preference, a statement of fact, or a personal preference. It isn’t a set of beliefs, though a belief system often grows out of it. White supremacy has no rational basis, no dependence on facts or evidence. White supremacy isn’t bigotry. It isn’t hatred of blacks. White supremacy is a mythology attaching superior value to cultural artifacts defined as “white,” and inferiority, immorality and threat to anything seen as “black.”
At the core of this mythology is an unconscious aesthetic. Like our innate emotional response to certain colors or sounds, or our reaction to facial gestures, white supremacy embeds cultural cues, categorizing inputs, concepts or values we see as “white” as inherently good. Anything perceived as “black” is inherently menacing, corrupt, criminal or dangerous.
How White Supremacy Evolved
Why White Supremacy Failed
College and the Toxic Myth of Merit
Wokeness Is Missing a ‘Theory of Us’
The Coming Wave of Political Violence
A New American Mythology