Identity politics is really for rich white people

White liberal women are paying up to $2,500 to attend dinner parties aimed at confronting their ‘racism’.

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Wow. If you haven’t already read it, stop what you’re doing and read this report in the Guardian about something called Race to Dinner, an initiative whereby white liberal women in the US are paying $2,500 to attend dinners aimed at confronting their privilege and racism. It’s remarkable.

The dinners were set up by Saira Rao and Regina Jackson. The idea is that one white woman volunteers to host the dinner, and invites strangers, friends or acquaintances, all hoping to rid themselves of their allegedly racist ways. Then, a ‘frank discussion’ over dinner ensues, led by Rao, who is Indian-American, and Jackson, who is African-American. According to the report, they started the initiative to ‘challenge liberal white women to accept their racism, however subconscious’.

There are so many bizarre parts of this story it’s hard to know where to begin. The attendees are literally asked to name a ‘racist thing [they] did recently’. And by ‘racist’, they don’t actually mean racist. One woman says she wants to hire more people of colour, then trails off because she is fearful of looking like a ‘white saviour’. In another exchange, a woman ties herself in knots when trying to talk about her adopted black children:

Morgan Richards admits she recently did nothing when someone patronisingly commended her for adopting her two black children, as though she had saved them. “What I went through to be a mother, I didn’t care if they were black”, she says, opening a window for Rao to challenge her: “So, you admit it is stooping low to adopt a black child?” And Richards accepts that the undertone of her statement is racist.

Indeed Rao comes off far worse in this write-up than the white women she is supposed to be schooling. She has become semi-Twitter Famous in recent years for her absurd, un-self-aware musings. (She once said all her white female friends had disowned her because she kept pestering them about their privilege and racism.) In the piece, one of the less-satisfied former attendees says Rao is ‘needlessly provocative and mean-spirited, unaware of her own class privilege’.

Which reminds us of an important thing about this kind of identity politics, political correctness, wokeness, or whatever we want to call it: its primary audience is rich people, particularly rich white people. As a landmark survey by More in Common found in 2018, high income and education levels are two top predictors of support for political correctness, and white people are less likely than average to believe that political correctness is bad.

It makes sense. Woke politics is ultimately disempowering for minorities, it treats them as children who are forever bound by the invisible chains of language, culture and unconscious bias. Identitarians’ mad theories largely appeal to over-educated rich people with too much time on their hands and a heavy dose of bourgeois guilt. Wokeness doesn’t help minorities, it gives white people an opportunity to feel better about themselves and distinguish themselves from the allegedly (even more) bigoted masses.

Wokeness is a rich white person’s game, and these hilarious and expensive dinners attest to this.

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Comments

Jim Lawrie

5th February 2020 at 4:11 pm

Sounds like a modern take on plenary indulgences with race hustlers in the role of monks.

Daniel Webb

5th February 2020 at 3:13 pm

The term ‘white priviledge’ is nothing more than an attempt at race shaming. I can categorically state that there are non-white people in Britain who will have benefitted from far more ‘priviledge’ than I. I have no issue with acknowledging ‘Western’ priviledge’ but even that is a weak notion considering how ‘westernised much of the world – white and non-white, to use phrases I find simplistic – now is.

Jerry Owen

4th February 2020 at 6:46 pm

Do they get to self flagellate or do they bend over and take it up the…. (Insert word of your choice)?

Alley Kat

4th February 2020 at 6:39 pm

It’s yet another a stick for the rich/priviledged/middle class snots to beat the working classes with. #tugsforelock

James Knight

4th February 2020 at 5:52 pm

Creepy.

michael savell

4th February 2020 at 5:29 pm

These rich white people are probably all feminists and,as we s hould know Feminism is the religion of feelings so paying to get insulted has the same basis as confession has to a catholic,the cash is the penalty.It is far cheaper to have a Goddess to whom you can pray but the way chosen is a lot more public and relatively more expensive.I wonder what their defence is if confronted with the offence that they have pleaded guilty to in an even more public setting?
S.B, is at least feeling real pain even if he enjoys it rather than the false sense of attrition presumably felt by these apostate.

steve moxon

4th February 2020 at 3:59 pm

The daft pillocks need to go to a de-wokeing clinic.
I’m thinking of setting one up, to provide a service of rogering their feminism and oikophobia clean out of their pampered vulvas. If they don’t feel quite right about that unless I self-identify as black and/or female and/or homosexual, that’s fine by me.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

4th February 2020 at 2:49 pm

This article is bigoted against rich, white people.

K Tojo

4th February 2020 at 2:34 pm

QUESTION ONE: Why is discussion of racism almost entirely dominated by Afro-Caribbean, Afro-American, negro, black, persons of colour [or whatever the latest non-offensive designation is] and their particular resentment of white people?

QUESTION TWO: Why are white people so afraid to discuss the many, many shortcomings of Afro-Caribbean, Afro-American, negro, black, persons of colour [or whatever the latest non-offensive designation is] without falling back on self-recrimination?

To avoid unnecessary and repetitive comments can we please take it as read that the chattering classes, with their post Christian ethics, feel that examining one’s own conscience is a prime virtue. Selling guilt to these people is easy. They have an insatiable appetite for it and see it as a path to self-improvement.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

4th February 2020 at 2:53 pm

Do you seriously think that ordinary working class people adhere to a ‘Christian ethics’? The working classes, along with the rest of the population, gave up their allegiance to Christianity a long time ago. The near-total absence of Christianity from private and public life in this country is precisely the reason why we are experiencing so much confusion and social disorder.

david rawson

4th February 2020 at 4:08 pm

I blame it on East Enders being on our screens 5 days a week

K Tojo

4th February 2020 at 5:09 pm

Please try to think before reaching for the keyboard. So many of your comments read like Wee Jonnie Henly’s knee-jerk responses (and they are just as much of a time-wasting bore).

Jerry Owen

4th February 2020 at 6:36 pm

Do you support the EU in it’s expansionist empirical aims?

L Strange

4th February 2020 at 1:03 pm

Luxury beliefs.

NEIL DATSON

4th February 2020 at 2:36 pm

Yes. Surely the message of this is that those with ‘more money than sense’ will always find something to unload their surplus wealth on. In all probability a few – even dafter – will get into unaffordable debt in order to emulate them. It’s the reason that free markets increase wealth: people will always find fresh things to spend money on.

T Hauxwell

4th February 2020 at 12:07 pm

So, a lonely middle aged woman, who no longer has any friends, has found a way to mitigate her lonely, bitter existence by fleecing rich, white women, convincing them not only to spend time in her company, but to pay for the, dare I say it, privilege of being on the receiving end of the abuse that drove all her true friends away.

I need to remember this for when I end up a bitter, lonely old woman with no mates and a mean streak a mile wide.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

4th February 2020 at 2:49 pm

What do you mean ‘when’?

T Hauxwell

5th February 2020 at 11:57 am

Play the ball, not the woman.

steven brook

4th February 2020 at 11:39 am

That seems a tad expensive. I get my masochism fix from a 6ft dusky young lady called Miss Whip. She makes me do disgusting and degrading things. I justify paying her as my contribution to reparations and assuaging my white liberal guilt (although I suspect coming straight from West Africa her ancestors probably sold the others down the river, are we allowed to mention that?)

Rock Ape

4th February 2020 at 11:37 am

over-educated=highly indoctrinated

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