Finally got 'round to wandering around other blogs and comments sections. Unsurprisingly, Giles the Good Twin (whose permalinks hate me) isn't terribly impressed with John McWhorter, either. Also, in comment for that entry, my stalker/fan club president Dru mentions the article Resisting Erase-ism on the 'Net by Eleanor Russel Mason, which I can't remember if I saw/linked to before:
While these advertisement campaigns promote free-form interaction, exploration, and escapism (which can be desirable), they also fall in line with the growing social approach to dealing with racism, sexism, ageism, and other isms. Rather than continue confronting actual institutional inequities currently perpetuated in modern society, contingents of people like to purport we've "gone far enough." It is as if society has hit a mental wall with discussing how to deal with prejudice. The metaphor I like to use is trying to sit on Pandora's Box, afraid to let any more issues escape. This maneuver leaves society with only the infinite numbers of social problems that have been surfacing in the last several decades. In addition to trying to physically reverse civil rights achievements (like trying to eliminate Affirmative Action programs), claiming there is no need for special treatment anymore, there is great deal of lip-service given to the theory of color-blindness, or what I like to call the, "Oh, I didn't even notice you were a Chicano lesbian female" philosophy.
Bad on me if I didn't. See the article to find out which advertisement campaign she's talking about; I couldn't think of a decent way of editing that in.
Yes, I only make snarky editorial comments while quoting people I don't like. Anyone got a problem with that?