Monday, July 18, 2016

John McWhorter, Intellectual Virtue, and White Analogs of Sterling and Castile

   You'd think a willingness to admit error wouldn't be such a rare virtue...
But it is.
   McWhorter was/is sympathetic to the prejudiced police hypothesis, and indicated that he didn't think there were white (approximate) analogs of Philandro Castile and Alton Sterling. He challenged those who disagree to provide him with a list of names of such white guys. The list was provided. McWhorter changed his mind and now agrees that reasonable people can disagree about the prejudiced police hypothesis.
   That a case like this seems so rare in our public discussions shows how damn useless they are.


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