The Woke Infiltration Of American Institutions
Submitted by Portfolio Armor:
Where We Are Now
In some significant ways, the current political, cultural, and legal environment in America is unprecedented. The Twitter thread below by journalist Aaron Sibarium offers a helpful illustration of this. Wokeness as an ideology impacts everything from medicine to large corporations now, and is something that we as investors ought to keep in mind. This isn’t Benjamin Graham’s America anymore.
With the backing of the Food and Drug Administration, at least three US states allocated life-saving COVID drugs based on race—in some cases affording “BIPOC status” or “non-white race” more weight than hypertension, heart failure, or chronic lung disease. https://t.co/4wfBxwfZJG— Aaron Sibarium (@aaronsibarium) December 31, 2022
Woke medicine isn’t just about race. It’s also about gender. The American Academy of Pediatrics now says 9 year olds are mature enough to consent to puberty blockers and figure out their own gender identity, but not to cross the street by themselves: https://t.co/O6SVmLs0le— Aaron Sibarium (@aaronsibarium) December 31, 2022
Ok, so medicine is nuts. What about nonprofits?— Aaron Sibarium (@aaronsibarium) December 31, 2022
Well, the largest domestic violence group in Philly paid BIPOC staffers more than white ones, asked white staffers to affirm their innate racism, and discouraged black abuse victims from calling the cops.https://t.co/k8nxYSkDY2
Amazon gives "Black, Latinx, and Native American entrepreneurs" a $10,000 stipend to launch their own delivery startups, an offer that a class-action lawsuit calls "patently unlawful racial discrimination."https://t.co/oSVKnIHczS— Aaron Sibarium (@aaronsibarium) December 31, 2022
And it’s not just banks and businesses that are writing racial quotas into their agreements. It’s also businesses and universities: Microsoft and IBM capped the number of white and Asian students that universities can nominate for research fellowships.https://t.co/cIBiU5KsKK— Aaron Sibarium (@aaronsibarium) January 1, 2023
And let’s not forget California’s publicly-funded guaranteed income programs, at least three of which openly discriminate against white residents:— Aaron Sibarium (@aaronsibarium) January 1, 2023
Here’s the problem: the law may not be a bulwark against woke racism for much longer. Once confined to the margins of academia, wokeness has started seeping in to every part of the legal system, from law schools to law firms to the judiciary.https://t.co/1dXYTBDMD1— Aaron Sibarium (@aaronsibarium) January 1, 2023
But such incidents can distract from a more profound change on law school campuses: what students are actually learning.— Aaron Sibarium (@aaronsibarium) January 1, 2023
One mandatory class at Georgetown Law School says that property law is "the history of dispossession and appropriation,"https://t.co/DSDxKq6whX
These ideas have already upended basic norms of due process in a major U.S state: When litigants claim that “implicit bias” affected a trial verdict, the Washington state Supreme Court ruled this year, the opposing party "must prove how it did not.”https://t.co/KSJrNKlM93— Aaron Sibarium (@aaronsibarium) January 1, 2023
Princeton offers another. I was the first reporter to confirm that Princeton was planning to fire Joshua Katz over a decades-old affair with a former student—even though the school’s Title IX office found that he hadn’t violated any Title IX policies.https://t.co/dbKydSDqkC— Aaron Sibarium (@aaronsibarium) January 1, 2023
So, does wokeness matter?— Aaron Sibarium (@aaronsibarium) January 1, 2023
Let’s put the question another way: does it matter that people are being denied medical care and economic opportunity because of their race? Does it matter that lawyers and judges no longer believe in bedrock principles of American law?
Does it matter that doctors, policy-makers, and courts of law are deferring to an organization that believes 9-year-olds can change their gender but not cross the street? That a domestic violence nonprofit is telling abuse victims not to call the police?— Aaron Sibarium (@aaronsibarium) January 1, 2023
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