The Race Industry Can Never Declare Victory

by James C. Sherlock

Karl Marx

I read an op-ed by Scott Johnston this morning in the Wall Street Journal: “Revolution Consumes New York’s Elite Dalton School.” The subtitle wasTeachers of $54,000 Zoom classes demand a lowering of standards and hiring of a dozen diversity staffers. It is very much worth a read. Told of an eight-page list of demands by most of the faculty and staff of the Dalton School, a hyper-expensive Upper East Side school. One of its insights was:

“It is telling that the manifesto begins with a quote from a Marxist professor named Robin Kelley, someone who professes admiration for Trotsky’s “permanent revolution.” Should the Dalton administration give in to every last demand, there will be a new list tomorrow. The goal posts move quickly in this racket.”

It reminded me that there is a secret about the race industry that corporations, government agencies, universities and school systems must understand. Most of them actually do understand but either support Critical Race Theory or seek what they think is the path of least resistance whose costs can be contained with other people’s money. Those in the “least resistance” camp are fools.

The race industry in America is in the grievance business, a very large and profitable enterprise. It is self-justifying, necessary because it says — loudly and backed with a combination of shaming and threats — it is. It is expanding daily and providing six-figure jobs for people who learned nothing positive, creative or otherwise useful in college, only grievance.  

There is some level of evil genius in the Marxist academic left that created gender and race studies majors, then gave them a career path to teaching during the headlong expansion of gender and race studies, then created the “diversity and inclusion” bureaucracies in every large institution in America to absorb the rest of those graduates. Just because one hates capitalism doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its uses.

These are, however, careers based upon pessimism and regression, not optimism and progress. But then there is the money — always the money — to support the Marxist philosophy and the McMansions and cocktail parties of the players. Adherents can be Marxists with six figure incomes from those they intend to overthrow. Is America great or what?

Through grievance they seek control. And they are achieving success beyond their wildest dreams, unlike those whom they profess to champion.

So, no trend line in “systemic racism” can ever be downward. No cure can be permitted. Even mitigation of racial grievance means decline in demand. 

If all of its grievances are met, then there is no industry. It has been said that diversity officers are hammers looking for nails. If there are no grievances, then the enforcers — the thought police — have no work. They won’t let that happen.

The existence of the entire race industry depends upon some people of color being told and believing they exist in a state of permanent grievance, not hope and certainly not personal agency — thus the insistence on indoctrination of the very young in schools.  

So the industry can never advocate actual solutions to raise people up, only programs that keep a certain segment of people down and dependent upon the race industry itself.  

Exhibit A is the very active movement to lower goals for black people from birth until death. The goal is to lower standards to meet achievement rather than raising achievement to meet standards. That is why: 

  • The NAACP abandoned its support for charter schools;
  • The Northam administration is working overtime to drain the excellence out of Governor’s schools, magnet schools and AP classes; 
  • There is open support for equal educational outcomes regardless of effort — see Albemarle County’s new grading policies that eliminate downgrading students for failing to do homework, to attend school or to pass tests. Such benchmarks, of course, have been deemed racist. No word on what, exactly, these kids are supposed to do with their lives when 12th grade is over;
  • The Superintendent of Public Instruction’s annual report this month to the Governor and General Assembly mentioned neither a plan for making up COVID learning losses nor the effect of youth gangs on schools. Learning losses are seen as reasons for greater funding of failed programs, not actual solutions. Gangs help daily to re-supply the inventory of failing students; and
  • We see the successful push to elect left-wing prosecutors who will refuse to enforce “low level” crimes including resisting arrest, which, of course, will increase the levels of physical conflict between suspects and police leading to more charges of brutality.

It is why actual solutions such as charter schools; health enterprise zones; year-round school; the enforcement of discipline, attendance and existing anti-gang regulations in schools; and restoration of competition to health care to offer better access to the poor at lower prices cannot be tolerated.  

Indeed it is why issues cannot be allowed to be posed as class problems, only race problems.

There are three underlying reasons for the widespread opposition of the race industry to solutions that will lift people up instead of keeping them down: 

  1. Greed. The industry takes payoffs from those who make money from inequities.  
    • Consider the $300 million that the teachers unions donated to the NAACP before it came out against charter schools. Now the woke hate charter schools.  Sometimes less disciplined elements like the Loudoun County NAACP don’t get the memo and demand charters, but they are soon brought into line.  
    • Consider the ongoing massive campaign donation payoffs to Virginia elected officials on the left, especially including the General Assembly Legislative Black Caucus, from the hospital industry; 
  2. Not invented here — the solutions do not appear on lists of demands from the race industry, challenging its relevance; and
  3. Actual problems might be mitigated. That cannot be allowed to happen.

The race industry as the most successful instance of critical theory in action is perhaps the biggest internal threat to the republic. Under critical theory, power once gained is never to be surrendered.

If they were trying to work themselves out of a job, the legions of racial grievance would be worthy of support.  

They are, however, demonstrably trying to make things worse for the people they claim to champion in order to embed themselves permanently in the corridors of power and money, thus becoming the problem itself. And ensuring the problem will never be solved.

CRT is the ultimate con. Proving you can’t cheat an honest man, look who is being conned.

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22 responses to “The Race Industry Can Never Declare Victory

  1. Mau Mauing the Flak Catchers? Now that’s a new concept.

  2. Did I write that?

    • What? Huh?

      Look Pete, if there is supposed to be a conversation, one of us had better pay attention. Let me know if it should be me.

    • What do you see, Peter, as the futures of Albemarle County students after 12 years of social promotion in the name of equity?

    • In the 6th grade, (California, no way in Virginia unless it was just happy slavery) we studied African history. It was, more or less, just a quick study of the peoples, the various places inhabited by them, and some of their history. Zanzibar was a major trade capital while the Europeans were living in mud huts.

      Of course, many of the names have changed from the European pronunciation to the native languages. For example, we heard Watusi (world’s tallest people) and Bantu. Nowadays, these peoples are the Tutsi and the Hutu. Some names, the Europeans got right, or close enough, the Maasai and the Zulu. Maybe because these two peoples kicked the early settlers’ asses rather than try to “get along” and let them mispronounce their name.

      I also remembered, incorrectly it seems, the Mau-Mau as being a group of peoples in East Africa. It was Rhodesia then, and an uprising by 3 of the aforementioned groups, not just a single people.

      When I saw your “mau-mauing” term, I had never heard the expression before. I mistook it for a misspelling of maw-maw as in either an application of “grandmothering” or a coining by you having to do with the mouth or chewing, maw.

      I didn’t realize this was the Mau-Mau from my 6th grade class. I hadn’t realized that the Europeans had bastardized it to a word, no surprise though, for “violently intimidating an official” usually racist when directed at a black person.

      Nice usage given events in Georgia and Michigan. Hit them with their own stick, and imply their racism all at the same time.


  3. Well said, Jim. The grievance industry has indeed become a full-fledged industry. And you are correct to say that the grievance mongers will always raise the bar because to do otherwise would put them out of business. That logic applies also to the “diversity” bureaucracies inside colleges, universities and government agencies. Needing to justify their existence, diversocrats will always concoct new grievances.

    That’s not to say that some grievances may not be justified. Our society is not perfect. We have flaws, and always will. But that’s a far from the assertions made by Critical Race Theory.

    The other important truth you articulate is that the diversity industry is inherently negative — looking for grievances. It has little to say about how to lift people up. That should be our job. I know that I fall into the trap of highlighting the excesses of the grievance mongers. I need to give more attention to positive things that people are doing to improve their lives or the condition of their communities.

    • I have spent 15 years trying to improve the health and educations of poor Virginians up through political action. The race industry and the deep-pocketed contributors to its corruption have proven to be obstacles every step of the way.

      • Black leaders and their white enablers want these kids kept on the plantation. Their captivity and abuse in America’s failed public schools aggregates these leaders’ power, status and wealth, all built on generations of dependent, needy chrilden. It is despicable, how these leaders feast on these kids, while they chronically refuse them a decent education, and the means to succeed in their lives. There is no place in America for such mendacity, thought its common as mud elsewhere, worldwide.

        For details see Glenn Loury’s two minute video on Ibram X. Kendi’s anti-racism nonsense. The short Video is embedded within this article:

    • There stands a large swath of that grievance industry that is occupied by group of people who want to lecture others on “privilege”. Hypocritically of course, because they themselves attainted their positions with the very same they chastise others for.

  4. Put earlier comment under wrong post.

    What is even more remarkable, beyond the fact that these complainers are licensed to teach our children, is the fact that their claims are false, built on lies, illusions and discredited and debunked theories.

    For example:

    “We are frequently told by commentators and theorists on the progressive and liberal Left that we live in a systemically racist and patriarchal society. The belief that Western societies privilege white men and oppress people of color, women, and LGBT citizens is especially popular within academic institutions, legacy media, the entertainment industry, and even sports. However, newly released statistics from the US Department of Labor for the third quarter of 2020 undermine this narrative. Asian women have now surpassed white men in weekly earnings. That trend has been consistent throughout this past year—an unprecedented outcome. Full-time working Asian women earned $1,224 in median weekly earnings in the third quarter of this year compared to $1,122 earned by their white male counterparts. Furthermore, the income gap between both black and Latino men and Asian women is wider than it has ever been. The income gap between white and black women, meanwhile, is much narrower than the gap between their male counterparts.

    These outcomes cannot exist in a society suffused with misogyny and racism. As confounding to conventional progressive wisdom as these new figures appear to be, copious research finds that ethnic minorities and women frequently eclipse their white and male counterparts, even when these identities intersect. Several ethnic minority groups consistently out-perform whites in a variety of categories—higher test scores, lower incarceration rates, and longer life expectancies. According to the latest data from the US Census Bureau, over the 12 months covered by the survey, the median household incomes of Syrian Americans ($74,047), Korean Americans ($76,674), Indonesian Americans ($93,501), Taiwanese Americans ($102,405), and Filipino Americans ($100,273) are all significantly higher than that of whites ($69,823). The report also finds substantial economic gains among minority groups. Valerie Wilson at the Economic Policy Institute reports that from 2018 to 2019, Asian and black households had the highest rate of median income growth (10.6 percent and 8.5 percent, respectively) of all main racial groups (although she cautions that overall disparities remain “largely unchanged”). On a longitudinal scale, Hispanics, not whites, had the highest income growth in 2019 relative to the start of the Great Recession in 2007 (although many of these gains have been reversed by the pandemic) …”

    For much more see:

    This article shows in detail how the facts on ground, in the real world, are precisely the opposite from the claims of these teachers. In fact, it is white middle and lower classes that are falling behind in today’s America, not the so called people of color.

  5. James Wyatt Whitehead V

    This hustle will consume many and permanently divide the non conformers from the rest of society.


    The above is the blog of the author of the op-ed that Mr. Sherlock cites as his inspiration. Anyone wanting to know what Scott Johnston is aggrieved about can go right to the source. Incidentally, he is not the parent of a student at the Dalton school:

    “Side note: the Daily Mail story said that I was a Dalton parent. I am not, and I have asked them to make the correction.”

    Here’s his Twitter:

    He appears to be pretty offended by “wokeness.”

    • His book is reportedly a funny sendup of woke academia, but I have not read it. There are very few people who can get away with calling out the far left. It needs to be done.

  7. It’s all neurological chemistry. Whatever chemical released that causes the emotion we’ve labeled as “guilt” or “embarrassment” has a limit that causes the brain to seek relief by the chemical resulting from issuing “blame”.

    The difference between a Conservative and a Liberal is the threshold of tolerance to the guilt chemical. Just the words “white privilege” floods the old white Conservative’s brain way past that threshold and the blame comes flooding out.

  8. “The Northam administration is working overtime to drain the excellence out of Governor’s schools, magnet schools and AP classes;”

    There is a need for a little clarification on this bullet point.
    1. AP classes are designed and run by the College Board. This organization runs the PSATs and the SATs. It is often referred to as the most profitable non-profit out there. The governor has no say over AP.

    2. The current configuration of magnet schools/specialty centers, with the exception of the Governor’s school has opened the door to this scrutiny. These schools should allow any student who qualifies to enter rather than have a finite number seats. Local, state and federal taxes all support these centers. Why would we as a society not want any and all qualified students to receive the appropriate educations?

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