When I hear stories like these, I definitely think about the broader social injustices we’re ignoring in lieu of the virtue signaling. Surely language is a place to start and it certainly matters, but aren’t there far worse systematic injustices that we could more directly focus on? In the Pareto principled view, the virtue signaling is part of the 80% we should ignore while we focus on the more important 20% issues.


This episode represents a pattern in the letters, wherein it is white students who are woker” than their Black classmates, neatly demonstrating the degree to which this new religion is more about virtue signaling than social justice. 1


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  1. Academics Are Really, Really Worried About Their Freedom by John McWhorter | syndication link↩︎


September 28, 2020