Race-Envy and Identity Politics in ‘Get Out’

Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, Get Out, a horror-comedy take on the way black people are treated in modern America, succeeds as a hilarious thrill ride. But as a piece of social commentary, it falls short. Critics love it because of the subtle jabs at white liberal America’s hypocrisy about race. Moviegoers like it because Peele—half … Continued

Entertainment, Movies

Why Social Justice Warriors Think It’s OK to Be Racist Towards Asians

It happens all too often to Americans of Asian ancestry. They are walking home on a crowded street, and someone bumps into them and shouts, “Go back to China!” When it happened last year to Michael Luo, a New York Times journalist, he started the hashtag #ThisIs2016, and Asian-Americans shared their stories. It happened to … Continued

Culture

Gap Ad ‘Controversy’: When Social Justice Warriors Cry Wolf

Advertising has become Ground Zero in the culture wars. Companies aren’t just out to sell their products; they are out to make a statement. Two years ago a General Mills commercial for Cheerios featured gay dads and their adopted child of another race. The spot earned the cereal company millions in free media, with coverage … Continued

Culture

Are You Guilty of “Virtue-Signaling?”

British author James Bartholomew has secured his place in history. Recently, he invented the perfect phrase for our times: “virtue signaling.” Virtue signaling is the popular modern habit of indicating that one has virtue merely by expressing disgust or favor for certain political ideas, cultural happenings, or even the weather. When a liberal goes on … Continued

Culture

Don’t Fear “Dear White People”

The buzz has been growing for a while. By the time the film comes out on October 17, the talk will be a cacophony. And as is typical when it comes to America and race, the main themes will be anger, confusion, and scoring cheap political points. Dear White People, a new film by Justin Simien, … Continued

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Why the Trayvon Martin Case Does Matter

Cable news has run wall-to-wall coverage of the George Zimmerman trial the last few weeks, and this has given the literary public another chance to complain about a small-time American crime case getting undue attention. In Chicago, for example, eleven people were murdered over the July 4th weekend. Yet viewers are fixated on this year-and-a-half-old … Continued

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