An anonymous history professor at U.C. Berkeley wrote an open letter against the current accounts of racial injustice that underlie the BLM movement and the ongoing protests against the death of George Floyd.
Its authenticity was confirmed by Kentucky State University assistant professor of political science, Wilfred Reilley, who said he had received a copy of the letter with the economist. from Stanford University Thomas Sowell.
I can confirm that the letter in the thread below has been sent to me and Tom Sowell. It is definitely worth reading, in a time of widespread panic. https://t.co/bknCdO39c3
– Wilfred Reilly (@ wil_da_beast630) June 12, 2020
Reprinted in its entirety below (underline ours) via @tracybeanz:
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Open letter from the professor of history at the University of Berkeley against BLM, police brutality and cultural orthodoxy
Dear teachers X, Y, Z
I am one of your colleagues from the University of California at Berkeley. I have met you personally, but I do not know you closely and I am contacting you anonymously, with apologies. I fear that writing this email publicly will cause me to lose my job and possibly all future jobs in my field.
In your recent ministerial emails, you mentioned our commitment to diversity, but I am increasingly alarmed by the lack of diversity of opinion on the subject of recent protests and community reaction to their regard.
In the extensive links and resources you have provided, I have found no cases of substantial counter-arguments or alternative narratives to explain the under-representation of blacks in academia or their over-representation in the criminal justice system. . The explanation provided in your documentation, to the virtual exclusion of all the others, is univariate: the problems of the black community are caused by white people, or, when white people are not physically present, by white people. infiltration of white supremacy and white systemic racism in America brains, souls and institutions.
Many convincing objections to this thesis have been raised by sober voices, including within the black community itself, such as Thomas Sowell and Wilfred Reilly. These people are not racists or “Uncle Toms”. They are intelligent scholars who reject a narrative which strips blacks of agency and systematically externalizes the problems of the black community to foreigners. Their point of view is completely absent from the departmental press releases and from the UCB.
The claim that the difficulties facing the black community can be explained entirely by exogenous factors in the form of white systemic racism, white supremacy and other forms of white discrimination remains a problematic assumption that should be vigorously challenged by historians. Instead, it is treated as an axiomatic and actionable truth without serious consideration of its deep faults, or its disturbing implication of total black helplessness. This assumption transforms our institution and our culture, with no space for dissent outside of a narrow and strictly controlled discourse.
A counter-narrative exists. If you have time, please consider reviewing some of the documents that I enclose at the end of this email. Overwhelmingly, the reasoning provided by BLM and its allies is either essentially anecdotal (as in the case of the essential of the undeniably moving article of Ta-Nehisi Coates) or if it is motivated in a transparent manner. As an example of the latter problem, consider the proportion of black Americans incarcerated. This proportion is often used to describe the criminal justice system as anti-black. however, if we use the same precise methodology, we should conclude that the criminal justice system is even more anti-male than it is anti-black.
Could we qualify criminal justice as a systemic misandrist conspiracy against innocent Americans? I hope you see that this type of reasoning is imperfect and requires a significant suspension of our rational faculties. Blacks Are Not Imprisoned at Higher Rates Than Their Implication in Violent Crimes Predicts. This fact has been demonstrated repeatedly in several jurisdictions in several countries.
And yet, I see my department reproducing indiscriminately a narrative which diminishes the black agency in favor of an explanation centered on white which appeals to the ministry’s apparent desire to shoulder the “burden of the white man” and promote a white guilt tale.
If we pretend that the criminal justice system is white supremacist, Why are Asian Americans, Indian Americans and Nigerian Americans incarcerated at much lower rates than white Americans? It’s a funny white supremacy. Even American Jews are less incarcerated than Gentile whites. I think it is fair to say that your average white supremacist disapproves of the Jews. And yet these so-called white supremacists incarcerate gentiles at much higher rates than the Jews. None of this is discussed in your literature. None of this is explained, except waving the hand and ad hominems. “These are racist whistles”. “The model minority myth is the white supremacist”. “Only the fascists speak of black crime on black”, ad nauseam.
These types of statements are not counter arguments: they are just arbitrary offensive classifications, intended to silence and oppress speech. Any serious historian will recognize them for the orthodoxy tactics that silence them., common to suppressive regimes, doctrines and religions across time and space. They aim to crush real diversity and permanently exile the culture of robust criticism from our department.
Increasingly, we are called upon to comply with and subscribe to Problematic view of history by BLMand the ministry is presented as unified on the issue. In particular, ethnic minorities are actively brought together in a unique position. Any apparent unity is certainly a function of the fact that dissent could almost certainly result in expulsion or cancellation for those of us who are in a precarious situation, which is not a small number.
Personally, I dare not speak out against the BLM narrative, and with this barrage of the alleged unity being mass produced by the administration, tenured professor, UC administration, US companies and the media, the punishment for dissent is an obvious danger in an era of widespread economic vulnerability. I am sure that if my name was attached to this email I would lose my job and all future jobs, even if I believe in and can justify every word I type.
The vast majority of violence visited on the black community is committed by blacks. There is practically no march for these invisible victims, no public silences, no sincere letters from UC regents, deans and heads of departments. The message is clear: black lives only count when whites take them. Black violence is expected and insoluble, while white violence requires explanation and requires a solution. Please look into your hearts and see how truly sectarian this formulation is.
No discussion is allowed for non-black victims of black violence, who are proportionally more numerous than black victims of non-black violence. This is particularly bitter in the Bay Area, where Asian victimization by black attackers has reached epidemic proportions, to the point that the SF police chief advised Asians to stop hanging lucky charms on their doors, as this attracts the attention of the invaders (overwhelmingly black). Invaders like George Floyd. For this real, lived and experienced reality of violence in the United States, there are no marches, no tearful emails from department heads, no support from McDonald’s and Wal-Mart. For the History Department, our silence is not a simple abrogation of our duty to shed light on the truth: it is a rejection of it.
The claim that black intra-racial violence is the product of redlining, slavery and other injustices is a largely historical claim. It is therefore up to historians to explain why Japanese internment or the massacre of European Jews did not lead to equivalent rates of dysfunction and poor SES performance among Japanese and American Jews respectively.. Arab Americans have been demonized since September 11, as have Chinese Americans more recently. however, both groups outperform white Americans on almost all SES indices – just like Nigerian Americans, who incidentally have black skin. It is the responsibility of historians to point out and discuss these anomalies. however, no real discussion is possible in the current climate of our department. The explanation is provided to us, the disagreement with it is racist, and the job of historians is to further explore the ways in which the explanation is also correct. This is a mockery of the historic profession.
The most disturbing, our ministry seems to have been entirely captured by the interests of the National Democratic Convention and the Democratic Party in general. To explain what I mean, think about what happens if you choose to donate to Black Lives Matter, an organization that UCB History has explicitly promoted in its recent mailers. All donations to the BLM official website are immediately redirected to ActBlue Charities, an organization primarily engaged in funding the election campaigns of Democratic candidates. Donating to BLM today is making an indirect donation to Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign. This is preposterous considering the fact that American cities with the worst rates of black-on-black violence and police on black are overwhelmed by an overwhelming majority of Democrats. Minneapolis itself has been entirely in the hands of Democrats for more than five decades; “systemic racism” was built there by successive democratic administrations.
The condescending and condescending attitudes of Democratic leaders towards the black community, illustrated by almost all of Biden’s statements about the black race, everything except guarantee a perpetual state of misery, resentment, poverty and the resulting grievance policy which destroy both American political discourse and black lives. And yet, Donating to BLM means funding the election campaigns of men like Mayor Frey, who have seen their cities turn to violence. This is a grotesque capture of a bona fide movement for the necessary police reform, and of our department, by a political party. Even worse, there is practically no possibility of dissent in academia. I refuse to serve the Party, and so do you.
The total alliance of the big companies involved in human exploitation with BLM should be a warning signal to us, and yet this overwhelming evidence goes unnoticed, deliberately ignored or perversely celebrated. We are the useful idiots of the richest classes, carrying water for Jeff Bezos and other current, real and modern slavers. Starbucks, an organization using literal black slaves at its coffee plantation suppliers, supports BLM. Sony, an organization using cobalt from even more literal black slaves, many of whom are children, supports BLM. And apparently so do we. The absence of a counter narrative allows this obscenity. Fiat lux, indeed.
There is also a wide range of what can only be called “race scammers”: hawkers of all colors who take advantage of racial conflict fires for administrative jobs, charitable management positions, academic and advancement jobs, or personal political entrepreneurship.
Given the direction our history department seems to be moving away from any commitment to the truth, we can think of ourselves as a formative training institution for this brand of snake oil sellers. Their activities are corrosive, destroying all hope of a harmonious racial coexistence in our nation and colonizing our political and institutional life. Many of their voices are irrational segregationists.
MLK would likely be called an Uncle Tom if he was talking on our campus today. We are training leaders who explicitly intend to destroy one of the only truly prosperous ethnically diverse societies in modern history. As a PRC, a national ethno-nationalist and aggressively racist chauvinist regime with zero immigration and without the concept of jus solis increasingly presents itself as the global political alternative to the United States, I ask you: is this wise ? Are we really doing the right thing?
Finally, our university and our department have made several statements to celebrate and praise George Floyd. Floyd was a multiple criminal who had once held a pregnant black woman at gunpoint. He broke into her home with a gang of men and pointed a gun at her pregnant belly. He terrorized the women of his community. He fathered and abandoned several children, playing no role in their support or education, failing one of the most basic tests of decency for a human being. He was a drug addict and sometimes a drug dealer, a con artist who attacked his honest and hardworking neighbors.
And yet UC regents and historians from the UCB history department celebrate this violent criminal, elevating his name to virtual holiness. A man who hurt women. A man who injured black women. With the full collaboration of the UCB History Department, American business, most mainstream media, and some of the wealthiest and most privileged elites who shape opinion in the United States. United, he became a hero of culture, buried in a golden coffin, his (recognized) family inundated with gifts and praise. Americans are under social pressure to kneel because of this violent and abusive misogynist. A generation of black men is forced to identify with George Floyd, the absolute worst specimen of our race and species.
I am ashamed of my department. I would say that I am ashamed of you two, but maybe you agree with me, and you are just afraid, like me, of the repercussions of telling the truth. It’s hard to know what it means to kneel down when you have to kneel down to keep your job.
This should not affect the strength of my argument above, but for the record, I write as a person of color. My family has been personally victimized by men like Floyd. We are aware of the condescending depredations of the Democratic Party against our race. The humiliating assumption that we are too stupid to do STEM, that we need special help and lower requirements for moving forward in life, is familiar to us. I sometimes wonder if it would not be easier to deal with open fascists, who at least would be direct in calling me a subhuman, and who are unlikely to share my race.
The soft bigotry always presents low expectations and the permanent assertion that the solutions to the fate of my people rest exclusively on the good will of the whites rather than on our own hard work are psychologically devastating. No other group in America is systematically demoralized in this way by its alleged allies. A whole generation of black children are taught that it is only by begging, crying and shouting that they receive documents from guilty whites.
No message will more surely devastate their future, especially if white people are short of guilt, or even if America is short of white people. If it had been done for Japanese Americans, Jewish Americans or Chinese Americans, then Chinatown and Japantown would certainly be no different from the more rugged parts of Baltimore and East St. Louis today. The history department of UCB is now a full institutional promulgator of a destructive and disparaging error on the black race.
I hope you appreciate the frustration behind this post. I do not support BLM. I do not support the Democrats’ grievance program and the undisputed Party capture of our department. I do not argue that the Party co-ops my race, as Biden recently did in his disturbing interview, saying that voting for democracy and being black are isomorphic. I condemn the way George Floyd died and join you in calling for greater accountability and police reform. However, I will not pretend that George Floyd was anything other than a violent misogynist, a brutal man who had a predictable brutal end..
I also want to protect the practice of history. Cleo is not a rampant handmaid for politicians and businesses. Like us, she is free.