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The White Man’s Unbearable Burden

December 19, 2016

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The White Man’s Unbearable Burden

Author Nikesh Shukla—a fat brown man who appears to sweat a lot—has just been named one of Foreign Policy magazine’s “100 Global Thinkers of 2016.” He won this award for his work focusing on the “unbearable whiteness of publishing.” Ironically, his surname is a word of Sanskrit origin meaning “white.”

In books such as The Good Immigrant, the British citizen complains that British society is unfairly dominated by indigenous Britons.

I think I’ll move to India, bitch about how the Indian publishing industry is stacked in favor of Indians, and then expect to receive grants and awards…or maybe not.

I’ve never read a word this chubby samosa has written and I never intend to, but the mere fact that he cribbed the already severely overused term “unbearable whiteness” suggests to me that he is an unoriginal hack. This play on Milan Kundera’s Unbearable Lightness of Being is approaching Fear and Loathing in _______ levels of overuse.

Referring to “whiteness” as “unbearable” is not a bold move if you want a media career these days. In fact, it appears to be a prerequisite.

“You know what’s truly unbearable about white people these days? That they don’t find this nonstop defamation unbearable.”

The Huffington Post—which was started by a woman who’s so white, her eyes appear to be turning into cocaine—is a serial abuser of this term. The publication decries “The Unbearable Whiteness of Trumpistan,” “The Unbearable Whiteness Of Being in China,” “The Unbearable Whiteness of Anti-Intellectualism,” and “The Unbearable Whiteness of Suicide-by-Mass-Murder.” Someone needs to tell the author of the last piece—a beta dweeb named Michael Kimmel who has been described as “the world’s most prominent male feminist”—that despite the myth that mass shooters are disproportionately white, a study of mass shooters from 1982 to 2016 reveals that when it comes to this crime, as is the case with nearly all other categories of criminal malfeasance, whites are statistically underrepresented, comprising a mere 57% of the total. Blacks actually perform slightly above their quotient of the population when it comes to mass shootings, but this is to be expected since the subject is crime.

To my knowledge, the quintessentially unbearable writers for the Huffington Post have never referred to blackness or Jewishness as “unbearable.”

Despite the fact that the publishing industry slavishly caters to minoritarian tyrants and routinely bashes the very notion of white people, many insist that this industry, too, is unbearably white. A gay black author whinges about “The Unbearable Whiteness of Science Fiction.” An editor for the Islamic Monthly takes issue with “The Unbearable Whiteness of Canadian Columnists.” (He notes that “Canadian columnists are predominately white” and designates this as a “problem.”)

A writer for The American Prospect slams “The Unbearable Whiteness of Liberal Media,” noting that even the staff of The Nation has only “slightly over 4 percent of its staff hailing from racial and ethnic minority groups.” (Apparently he counts Jews as white.) And of course, even The Nation itself bemoans the publishing industry’s “unbearable whiteness.”

Writing in TIME, a certain Eliza Berman tut-tuts “The Unbearable Whiteness of the Oscar Nominations.” In the Daily Beast, an Asian woman takes issue with “The Unbearable Whiteness of Cameron Crowe’s ‘Aloha.’” And Think Progress—which is bankrolled by Holocaust enabler George Soros—has a bone to pick with Ridley Scott’s Moses and its “Unbearable Whiteness.”

These hard-hitting, truth-digging articles all point to a cultural crisis, because it is an undeniable statistical fact that Hollywood’s ownership is too white.

American music, alas, is likewise condemned as unbearably white. We are lectured about “The Unbearable Whiteness of Soft Rock” and read earnestly stupid attempts to explain “Why ‘Indie’ Music Is So Unbearably White.”

In the real world, nine out of the top ten singles currently on the Billboard charts are by black artists. But I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for a barrage of articles about the music industry’s “Unbearable Blackness.”

TV, too, is allegedly so white that it makes people want to scream. At Salon, a certain Scott Timberg slammed David Letterman’s farewell shows for their “unbearable whiteness.” Failed black late-night host Kamau Bell has a problem with “The Unbearable Whiteness of Late Night.” And the Advocate feels the need to cry little rainbow tears about the “Unbearable Whiteness Behind Orange Is the New Black.”


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