List of People Canceled in Post-George Floyd Antiracism Purges

This is a direct copy and paste from the Editor of the Future of Capitalism. I am pasting here so that the links will translate. I don’t know the site, maybe they are secret Cotton Mathers or Stalin, but the list must survive and be updated regularly. I thank God I am not in the marketplace right now, nothing could have a more chilling effect. I bet not one of these people are actually racist. They are being bounced for THOUGHT CRIMES. Which is terrifying. The President of the Poetry Foundation? Really?

Update as of yesterday, 3 July 2020 Four more names to add to our running list of People Canceled in Post-George-Floyd Antiracism Purges:

Mikaela Guido, president of the College Democrats of America, resigned after the organization’s one black board member complained that she had “has not created an inclusive board,” the New York Times reported. Guido, a law student at the University of Florida, said that “unsubstantiated claims of racism towards me have an appearance of being used as a front for personal disagreements.”

Jill Snyder, the longtime director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, resigned after apologizing for canceling an artist’s exhibit. Snyder’s letter said in part, “the time has come to confront racism with unflinching honesty. The work of anti-racism involves taking responsibility and supporting risk. We did not do this. We failed.”

Emmanuel Cafferty, a San Diego Gas & Electric company utility worker, as Yascha Mounk reports in the Atlantic, was terminated after being “wrongly accused of being a white supremacist.”

Lianne Wadi was fired by her father from her job at his Holy Land food and catering company in Minnesota over racist social media posts she had made as a teenager. Lianne Wadi reportedly deleted the posts and issued a statement that “I strongly believe in and wholeheartedly support the Black Lives Matter movement.”

Here is the list:

The editor of the editorial page of the New York Times, James Bennet, for having published an op-ed by Senator Tom Cotton calling for the deployment of the US military to quell what the article called an “orgy of violence,” and “rioters and looters” in American cities following the death in police custody of George Floyd.

The founder and CEO of CrossFit, Greg Glassman, for what seemed to be a dismissive or insensitive response to the situation.

The president of the Poetry Foundation, Henry Bienen, and its board chairman, Willard Bunn III, for a statement responding to the situation that critics said was “vague and lacking any commitment to concrete action,” the Associated Press reported.

The editor in chief of the food magazine Bon Appetit, Adam Rapoport, after photo surfaced of him in 2004 “dressed in a racially insensitive costume.”

The head of video at Conde Nast, Matt Duckor, who critics said presided over a racially biased compensation system.

The top editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Stan Wischnowski, over a headline that read “Buildings Matter, Too.”

The editor of the website Refinery29, Christene Barberich, after employees of color complained about the work environment.

David Shor, a political data analyst who was fired for having tweeted out a summary of a paper by a Princeton sociology professor.

Audrey Gelman, CEO and cofounder of the Wing, a coworking community for women, who had conceded, “Employees were required to attend diversity and antibias trainings, but it was a one-time requirement and didn’t go deep enough.

And the list is growing rapidly. Sometimes these departures are complicated cases in which the post-George-Floyd story is just a pretext or a final straw in a personnel move that was overdue for business or personal reasons. It’s hard to know the reality from afar, and it’s hard to distinguish what’s a long-overdue reckoning for racially insensitive managers and what is politically correct “cancel culture” run amok. Various of these cases may fall on different sides of those lines. But it sure is a newsworthy situation—not just each individual case, one by one, but the whole big picture.

Update: On June 14, we published an update that added more names to this list:

University of Chicago professor of economics Harold Uhlig was placed on leave from his role as editor of the Journal of Political Economy following “accusations of discriminatory conduct in a classroom setting.” Uhlig also had his contract with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago canceled after a Fed spokeswoman said the bank determined “that his views are not compatible with the Chicago Fed’s values and our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.”

St. John’s University assistant fencing coach Boris Vaksman was fired “after making derogatory remarks about black people in a private lesson” according to “what appears to be an edited video,” the New York Times reported.

Stephen A. Huffman was dismissed by TeamHealth from his job as an emergency room doctor in Ohio after publicly speculating about why blacks have been hit particularly hard by Covid-19.

The CEO of Crisis Text Line, Nancy Lublin, “ousted by the nonprofit’s board of directors on Friday, in response to allegations of racism and mistreating staff,” Axios reported. Lublin’s mental-health resource has saved literally hundreds, perhaps thousands of lives. The board said that “at least two members of the board will be replaced with black, indigenous, or persons of color candidates” and “Anti-racist trainings for board members will begin in July.”

A Canadian television personality, Jessica Mulroney, had her show, “I Do, Redo,” canceled by its Canadian network after a blogger accused her of exhibiting “white privilege,” the New York Post reported.

Barbara Fedida, an ABC News executive, placed on “administrative leave” after what a HuffPost article based on unnamed sources described as “a long pattern of insensitive statements, including racist comments.” The HuffPost article said “Fedida issued a statement through her lawyer calling the claims “incredibly misleading” and saying she’d “been a champion for increased diversity.”

Update: On June 22 we published an update that added the following names:

Dave Andelman, the CEO of The Phantom Gourmet, forced to resign and relinquish ownership of the company he founded in 1993. He had made Facebook posts making fun of anti-police-brutality protests by suggesting that Boston retailers offer “touchless, curbside looting.”

Sue Schafer, fired from her job at a government contractor after the Washington Post investigated her costume at a 2018 Halloween party thrown by Post editorial cartoonist Tom Toles. Schafer had come dressed as the television news anchor Megyn Kelly in blackface.

Benji Backer, a climate-change activist who had a speaking engagement canceled “because of a past tweet where I linked COVID-19 to the country of China. They claimed it was racially insensitive.”

Robert Larkins, fired from financial-services firm Raymond James after his wife called the police on a man painting the word Black Lives Matter in front of the man’s own house.

In response to community feedback, I’ve also revised the headline from the word “Terror,” with its echoes of the French Revolution, to the word “Purges,” with its echoes of the Soviet Union.

Update: On June 24 we published an update, “Even More People Canceled in Post-George-Floyd Antiracism Purges,” that added the following names from additional cases mentioned in a Wall Street Journal editorial, America’s Jacobin Moment:

The editor of Philadelphia Magazine, Tom McGrath, resigned after staffers complained that the magazine “has not taken sufficient action as a publication to combat systemic racism at large, or racism on our own staff, which has resulted in Black staffers facing microaggressions on a frequent basis.”

A Catholic chaplain at MIT, Father Daniel Patrick Moloney, forced to resign after sending this thoughtful email about racism, policing, and protests, including the observation, proven accurate in his own case, that “Everything we say (or don’t say) is treated with suspicion, rather than charity.”

A Vermont High School principal, Tiffany Riley, removed from her job after publishing a Facebook post that said in part, “just because I don’t walk around with a BLM sign should not mean I am a racist.”

The mayor of Healdsburg, Calif., Leah Gold, resigned after an uproar over her “inappropriate” initial response to the death of George Floyd.

by Editor  |  Jun 11, 2020 at 10:46 pm

Weekend Reading

Weekend reading. Even though I feel bullied by Marxists who are the worst people on the planet, ten times worse than Nazis, monstrous beyond what we now know and so evil that by the time their vicious hate filled ideas are prosecuted, the country can never regain its strength and purpose. Even though my American family were abolitionists and officers on the Underground Railroad, even though I have never felt anything but sympathy for black people, I am going to scan these so that I can defeat their stupid destructive monumentally cruel ideas, at least in my own head. Plus? Fuck them to hell and back.

DeCode Me Baby

“Barely slept last night after we announced funding for a £3.2m DNA study partnership that I Chair. Seven years+ of advocacy and lobbying final paid off.” Sonya Chowdhury, CEO of Action for ME – a leader in the effort

from Cort Johnson’s Health Rising

I’ve had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome since about 1990, or rather had it, because I don’t anymore. I used about 100 different therapies, supplements and interventions, then I recovered for ten years, relapsed after a series of deaths and recovered again.

The key to it for me was the calming of the glial cells in my brain, particularly the dark or dormant cells, which, through my own initiative I tend to wake up and treat like crack. So for me, meditation, low dose naltrexone, amitriptyline, country living, a peaceable mate, a happy family, all of these soothed my shadowy monster self. That established baseline. It is almost as if on this earth, that the key to any success or contentment is found where the forest is most tangled and dark.

Cort Johnson runs the most impressive blog on this constellation of unwellnesses, Health Rising and he reported this morning that the Brits are going to study it to the tune about $4 million, using 20,000 subjects. As Cort remarks, the last British study which basically found “It’s all in your head, weakling”, and recommended paced exercise and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT was widely found to be a failure.

For most people, this did not work. But y’know what? It did for me. Both times. Both times I got out on the trails and pushed and talked to myself and by inches, so barely that it was almost unnoticeable, I became well.

One thing I did find out was that as the child of someone with mild schizophrenia, or more properly Bipolar 1, I have a hyperactive mind that is uncontrollably energetic. It behaves like a coursing hunting dog after a winter shut up in a kennel. Which means my illness is in part genetic. The problem with schizophrenia is that 2/3rds of the genetic markers that establish the disease also come along with high achievement and intelligence.

So again, we are led back to this: understanding Chronic Fatigue is the best way of establishing what is true health, longevity, and how to increase immune function. The Times of London in its reporting on the study linked it with Covid 19. The best way to avoid Covid 19 is with a healthy immune system, which is why it punishes the elderly and the poor disproportionately.

Too bad it isn’t a $4 billion study. Then we would be getting somewhere.

Ima leave this right here (“Oh Lord Jesus”)

I’d be there

If I were 30, I’d be out on the streets, well ok, I was too ironic at 30, living in lower Manhattan married to a rag picker and going to performance arts events, but I believed in all the causes of the left. I’d spent my 20’s so embedded that, by the time I decided to write, two red-diaper babies helped me scale the first brick wall. After which I met some of the great leaders of the left, most of the board of the African National Congress, especially the man who headed up uMkhonto We Sizwe, the military arm of the ANC, who ran training and torture camps in Zaire. In fact, I was so embedded in the left I spent the three weeks after Nelson Mandela’s release in his back garden. I’d engineered a $1.6 million book deal for him. He chose our offer because of my association with Time Inc., but also because I knew the daughter of his strongest champion. I was safe. I was practically family. I met Martin McGuinness, the military head of the IRA, a man who had ordered the killing of thousands. I met a substantial number of their intellectuals, the bombers, the assassins. I met many of their cultural supporters, Pacino, U2, Kazan. I worked for Arthur Penn, the film director, who was quietly hard left, as were all his very starry pals.

At Mandella's house
At Mandela’s house in Soweto.

In my 20’s I’d started a feminist theatre company, and spent the summers managing 12 women in a straight-up cooperative, which meant I worked three more hours a day trying to figure out how to manipulate them into showing up for work. We’d stage a play and open the audience for questions, during which we’d be shouted at for an hour by infuriated men and women. It was tiring.

The button says ‘repeal abortion rights now’.

At the time I was dating my philosophy professor, a very black Indian whose parents were indentured laborers in Trinidad, out of which they finally worked. The Anglican church had plucked him out of their school and sent him to Cambridge where he got a Master’s degree. He took me to Young Socialist meetings, and on his advice, I volunteered for the NDP, Canada’s Socialist party. We would go to Chinatown on Saturdays for dim sum, after which we would go to the Maoist bookstore, where he bought me my political tract for the week. On Practice, by Mao himself, is one I remember, mostly because after reading it I decided to live my life by getting so close to a group of people I experienced their reality, which was a weird as hell decision I still don’t understand other than I was mad curious. My boyfriend had been a friend and associate of Paul Goodman and Ivan Illich, two of the men responsible for the reworking of education, the results of which we are now enjoying. Hilariously, he tried to convert my mother, who sent back his pages, heavily notated.

Eventually, I sickened of the negativity, the deadendedness of his thinking and dumped him, after extracting from him everything he knew. Which is sociopathic right? Though not if you’re a man.

So here’s the question, why would a pretty upper-middle-class girl from an occasionally notable founding family of both the US and Canada, decide to throw all that away and identify with the dispossessed and unfairly treated? I hadn’t been indoctrinated through my education, rather, I had deliberately chosen to be indoctrinated by my philosopher/communist friend.

Chicago kids killed in gang violence weekend of June 6, 2020

Answering that would answer the question as to why almost every segment of our culture has thrown itself on the pyre of Black Lives Matter whose stated purpose is to destroy America and rebuild it on Marxist lines.

At some point making a living became paramount, learning a constructive skill, one I loved enough to give my life to, making a happy life with my family, and I gave up the revolution. Equally, I saw what Winnie Mandela had done to the townships, what Martin McGuinness had done to Northern Ireland, what my friend’s father, head of the South African Communist Party had done to the culture of southern Africa. They caused devastation. The streets were ruined, infrastructure was gone, civil society a dim memory. Each of them left their region in a war of all against all.

Falls Road, Belfast during the troubles.

The need, the desire, stayed with me. Much of the time I’ve had to work for money, but when I decide what to do, it has to have at least a glimmer of a higher purpose, or I won’t animate. This appears to be a rewrite of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, once basic requirements including and especially status, are taken care of, service becomes the highest high. I think I am right, not Maslow, whose thinking was polluted by Marxism.

I didn’t start reading policy papers til I was 45. I bet exactly zero people on the streets know they even exist. But that is where they should start. With hard analyses of the mess caused by the $22 Trillion injected into the black community since Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society.

The housing and schools in many challenged neighborhoods are pits of despair out of which crawl crime, anger, and desperation. But they weren’t created so much by prejudice as by the last three generations of well-meaning, misguided politicians and bureaucrats. Reversing those policies, finding the right ones, creating opportunities that move blacks towards the prosperity and safety of an average white region, will take the combined brainpower of Generation Z.

The most brilliant woman I know said that as wealth increases, the marginalized become mainstream. It is hard to know what comes first but as women were integrated into the workforce, cultural wealth shot up, doubled, then doubled again. The same happened with gay people, integrated, accepted they contributed more talent, more energy, the result more abundance and prosperity. Every marginalized group carries with it a gift to the rest. The bounty that will be brought by an integrated black culture will stun us all. Imagine what could come out of the billion youth of Africa.

Humans activate themselves through violence, it is the original sin + 1 of the race (whichever damned color). If Reese Witherspoon and all her blindingly rich Hollywood pals are determined to help, they will be a model for all the upper-middle-class women who used to ignore the plight in America’s projects, while they perfect their golf game. The more integrated people of color into the culture, the better. As fast as possible, please. And frankly, with automation bearing down on us, generations coming up need something meaningful to do. Africa could take them the next 100 years.

So I say it’s going to shake out ok. The hard Marxism of Black Lives Matter will not disrupt the American dream, not even slightly. They are already becoming a joke, one with blood attached. Most of the people in sympathy with the protestors are educated, competent individuals who seek to give their lives a deeper meaning by helping those who need help. And that desire represents a much much better future. There is a shit ton of stuff to work out, a million questions to ask. The problems are far far far more complex than most can imagine. It will require every one of them to fix them.

But what better way to spend your life?

The Surveillance State must be fought; Facial Recognition on the back burner

Another friend sends me this from The Verge, reporting that IBM has shelved its plans for facial recognition.

IBM will no longer offer, develop, or research facial recognition technology, goes the headline. The CEO sent a letter to the black democrat members of Congress.

IBM firmly opposes and will not condone uses of any [facial recognition] technology, including facial recognition technology offered by other vendors, for mass surveillance, racial profiling, violations of basic human rights and freedoms, or any purpose which is not consistent with our values and Principles of Trust and Transparency,” Krishna said in the letter. “We believe now is the time to begin a national dialogue on whether and how facial recognition technology should be employed by domestic law enforcement agencies.”

While this is presented as a sop to Black Lives Matter, however you cut it, it is a very good thing.

The latest weird from Covid

The CBC reports that the Chinese section of Vancouver had far far fewer cases because they started quarantining and masking in February(link here.) This is presented as an example of how intelligent and good the Chinese community in Vancouver is. My question? How did they know so soon? Why didn’t they tell us?

France is still locked down and under marshal law, essentially. You have to carry an identity card and much much more. A friend reports:

You cannot venture more than 1 kilometre from your home and if you do not have your permit and carte d’identite with you —you get fined. Third time you get fined you go to jail for 6 months. The police are allowed to search your shopping bags and harass you at all times. One man bought sanitary napkins for his partner. He was stopped, frisked by the police and they found the napkins. When they asked him what they were for he said “for my wife” the police removed them from his shopping bag, fined him 135 Euros and told him “tell your wife to do her own shopping”! This is not the only incident like this there are hundreds and people are scared.

Same in Switzerland.

Covid-19: An inflection Point for the Natural Health Care Industry

New data rolls out every day, many times a day. A dear friend with whom I share the health obsession, and who works with a similar virus to the one which triggered my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome #RECOVERED, sent me Joseph Mercola’s take. Mercola is so hated by big Pharma, his research is buried many Google pages deep, but he is among the most insightful research physicians and naturopaths out there and is followed by many. The interview below is linked here.

Mercola believes that the health of the immune system which encounters COVID is everything. If standard-of-care was not get-sick-and-we’ll-drug-you-till-you’re better, and instead was the slow and painstaking process of building your immune system, your nutritional profile, your flexibility and strength, many fewer people would have succumbed to the violence of the virus. Mercola recommends Vitamin C infusions, which are being used in China, stating that the antioxidant activity of vitamin C “may help prevent cytokine-induced lung damage…cytokines are small proteins released by cells, which trigger inflammation in response to infections. Severe lung inflammation with COVID-19 can lead to respiratory distress and even death.” The cytokine storm in COVID is the marker of profound danger.

You can view Dr. Richard Cheng’s NIH presentation on April 8th, 2020 here:

Abram Hoffer, the psychiatrist, and nutritionist, Mercola’s mentor, who, along with his fellow researcher Linus Pauling founded the natural health movement, swore up and down that 9,000 mg of Vitamin C could cure lung cancer. The wealth of health data deliberately buried by Big Pharma especially now with the Gates Foundation’s drive to vaccinate the world is shocking. If you were under the care of a naturopath, right now, and on top of all your various metrics including the usual, as well as a hormonal, allergic, and nutritional profile, it would be very damned hard for COVID to take you down. But never mind, the profits to be made in forcing a vaccine on humanity is worth the 20% or so who react badly to that vaccine. Despite the contempt leveled on anti-vaxxers, there is no vaccine that does not carry serious side effects to those vulnerable.

In any case, as reported by the Atlantic yesterday, those who are succumbing, rather than the elderly, those with hypertension and diabetes and obesity, are disproportionately people of color on the lower end of the socio-economic status. Sixty percent of the people who die with COVID in Chicago are black whereas the population is only 15% black. These are people who can’t afford the $250 a month I take in nutritional supplements, who don’t have a forest to hike or a green house to live in. Instead, they are the people who make my life and yours, possible, those who live in multi-generational households, where one job feeds six or seven, and that job is critical. Social distancing is for the relatively rich.

“There’s a big difference in how people handle this virus,” says Robert Murphy, a professor of medicine and the director of the Center for Global Communicable Diseases at Northwestern University. “It’s very unusual. None of this variability really fits with any other diseases we’re used to dealing with.”

This degree of uncertainty has less to do with the virus itself than how our bodies respond to it. As Murphy puts it, when doctors see this sort of variation in disease severity, “that’s not the virus; that’s the host.”

It will take a generation to rewire the medical system to teach that basic self-care is utterly critical to present well-being and that it is easy and cheap. You can bet that not one of Gywneth Paltrow’s army has died of the virus that is eating Manhattan. Their wellness contortions may read as vanity, but in fact, most are well-founded and are the necessary future. Perhaps not at her price point.

Just under the surface of consciousness lies an entire army of highly educated men and women who know just how to promote well being to the point you will never need critical care, you will never have a heart attack, stroke, Alzheimer’s or dementia. You will never experience the ferocious cost to wealth and family these illnesses bring. I see them as struggling to break through and this may be their transforming moment, their inflection point, their hinge in history.

Resting On Our Laurels – Does this shutdown point to a New Earth?

Have dropped this ball in the last three weeks or more – writing about health hacking seems gratuitous when people are afraid they are going to die. It is, however clear that there are methods to prevent COVID from taking over your system: Zinc, Vitamin C, nebulizing peroxide, Quercetin. Sinus rinsing three times a day, preferably with a neti-pot, and gargling Listerine three times a day will dilute the viral load if it is in your system, and allow you to build immunity to it. Pharmaceuticals, hydroxychloroquine, Z-Pak together with Zinc, if you qualify, equally can clear the path for your immune system to work. We know that obesity and diabetes set you up for it, as does heart or lung disease, or anything autoimmune. Age. Here’s a statistic that should scare us all: 25% of women have an autoimmune disease.

COVID is a violent pathogen when it finds the right host as if it was a virus to cleanse the world of the weak. A version of the native Indian custom of leaving the sick and old to die alone in the woods. What intrigues me is whether it was engineered in the Wuhan labs to be so.

On to happier things! I have been using the time to stop shopping for anything but absolute necessaries, and it proves one hell of a relief. The world hasn’t stopped selling though, but now I see the targeted ads as a deep and annoying intrusion, no matter how compassionate and pretty and informative the editorial bumpf they are wrapped in.

Instead, I’ve been taking my cat for a walk in the forest.

forest scene

I have also been intermittent fasting, seriously this time, 16 hours leading to 18 hours building more days of less eating ‘window’ as it is called. I feel myself getting younger. No seriously, lighter, younger, 25% more energy. It is damned wonderful.

Also have gone back to yoga since they’ve closed the parks, the gym, the swimming pool. Turns out I love it, after saying I hate it for the last 25 years. Further, our paradise of a walled garden, well-watered (an actual definition of paradise) is even more paradisical than it was a month ago. Spring is coming, flowers peeking up and out, my garden slave busy outside with his ground cover and mulch.

Plus I’ve had time to go back to meditation and am starting to take it with more seriousness, imagining I will try out the other teachers of Anapanasati rather just Larry Rosenberg of Harvard Square. My writing voice came out of deep meditation decades ago, and I am going to challenge it to a greater depth of feeling, deeper thought. Apparently, if you take it real serious you can start seeing light beings. I am all for that. Take a look at this photograph, taken just after we buried my darling Tiggy down by the creek. I was trying to distract myself from wrenching sorrow by taking photographs of Jamie’s garden for his mother, and when I looked at them, goosebumps. In two shots out of a couple dozen, there he was. That, my dears, is a light being, something they used to call ectoplasm in the 20s now called plasma in the New Age community. That swirl is otherworldly, my dog, my soul’s companion, trying to make me see him one last time. You can see he was dashing from the little greenhouse to facing me while I was taking the photo.

All the above are the intense pleasures of introversion absent the raucous demand of the getting and spending world. People are beginning to ask – here’s a magnificent essay on what’s about to drown us all – can we get these benefits permanent-like? Is there a way to not dash around like headless chickens yet still live with promise and vivacity? Maybe a little, probably not much. Six billion people on earth depend on the citizens of western economies getting and spending their little hearts out. This is a respite. And possibly a signpost to the future, 200 years in the future. A new earth.