Professors Call Out Beer And Beethoven As The Latest Examples of Racist Bias

There is a virtual cottage industry among academics in publishing papers that declare common terms or items as forms of white supremacy. This inexhaustible source for publication expanded this week with professors finding new forms of prejudice in common parlance and drinks. The problem is that if you really need a drink after reading that your referencing “Beethoven” is proof of your racism, you cannot even reach for a beer without reinforcing a separate beverage-based bias.

 

In column in Slate, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst’s Christopher White declared that referring to composers like Beethoven and Mozart by one name is a form of white supremacy. After all, White explained, it creates a “habitual, two-tiered” method where white composers are referenced by one name while women and minority composers are referred to by their first and last names:  “These canonized demigods became so ensconced in elite musical society’s collective consciousness that only one word was needed to evoke their awesome specter.”

White calls for an end to such “mononyms of music history.” I guess I will have to research the full names of Beyonce, Madonna, Sting, Cher, Bono, Pink, Seal, Adele and others.

For many, messing with Beethoven is still better than messing with beer. However, Virginia Tech sociology professor David L. Brunsma, has declared that beer also reinforces white supremacy. His co-authored book, Beer and Racism: How Beer Became White, Why It Matters, and the Movements to Change It, is marketed as a game changer:  “From the racist marketing of malt liquor to the bearded-white-dude culture of craft beer, readers will never look at a frothy pint the same after reading Beer and Racism.”

Craft beers are singled out as examples of racism. As explained by University of New Mexico professor Eli Wilson, it is long overdue to call out such beer lovers: “maybe a little bit of guilt: after the 10th beer festival you’ve been to where it is a bunch of pretzel-necklaced white dudes with beards and potbellies, it gets kind of old, you know?”

The ultimate racism recreation is presumably having an actual “Beethoven Beer.” 

Brusma also declared on Twitter that Vice President Mike Pence’s usage of the term “the American people” during the vice presidential debate was racist and a dog whistle.

If so, it is a dog whistle blown daily by Joe Biden and Kamala Harris:

 

120 thoughts on “Professors Call Out Beer And Beethoven As The Latest Examples of Racist Bias”

  1. This stuff is way too preposterous to argue with these Leftist buffoons about! But I’d like to formally DEMAND that the University of Massachusetts-Amherst’s Christopher White change his outrageously racist surname. How can we be expected to trust his expertise on the evils of white supremacy and white privilege when he willingly calls himself “White”? Surely the good professor could demonstrate his goodwill by changing his name to Black or Brown?

  2. Curious, in my experience it is mostly black people who are called by single (usually first) names. For example: Willie, Rastus, Uncle Ben, Uncle Tom or Aunt Jemima. Little did I know those were anti racist terms of racial and gender respect. Is America a wonderful place or what?

  3. Curious, in my experience it is mostly black people who are called by single (usually first) names. For example: Willie, Rastus, Uncle Ben, Uncle Tom or Aunt Jemima. Little did I know those were anti racist terms of racial and gender respect. Is America a wonderful place or what?

    1. Classical music is “white” and most blacks have no appreciation for it.

      Pretty much a niche taste across the board. Allan Bloom wrote a generation ago that college students of his vintage did tend to take an interest in it and measure themselves by their appreciation of it, but he was ensconced at the University of Chicago, not an ordinary school. Where I grew up, there was never more than one classical station out of the two dozen local radio stations with passable reception, and by 1974 that station had changed its format and left classical to the new NPR station. There was a commercial station at that time that had a great deal of jazz programming. By 1984, the other NPR station had absorbed that market.

    2. “Classical music is white”
      ***
      Also Asian. Many of the videos I watch have Asian star performers or entirely Asian orchestras.

      For racial balance I looked for videos of orchestras in South Africa. All white. Then I checked Kenya and found only a student orchestra. All white.

      If the ‘experts’ leave people alone to enjoy their own preferences it does seem there are racial differences in choice of music. That may change and, in any event isn’t true of everyone, but quotas won’t do it. No quota could get me to like rap, or jazz for that matter.

  4. I think I’m going to brew up a big hoppy batch of IPA and name it Beethoven’s Concerto. When it’s ready, I will drink it with all the gusto my paleness will allow.

  5. So this article says if I use just Barrack’s first name without using Obama, I’m racist? I recall Barrack also likes beer. Remember the infamous pictures of him drinking beer with…nobody he knew.

  6. The white guys with potbellies are hopelessly geeky and dorky second-class citizens. 😉 And also convenient whipping boys. The whole current phenomenon is just sad. 🙁

  7. Ban everything. A nation that trembles in fear of a senile Octogenarian pimpstress and subhuman communist vermin has no future anyway.

    1. There is a lot of fear and you better fear the hades out of a soon to be (according to the pools) a Socialists Pres Kam Harris. Joe is a demented token and will be removed quickly (buy the 25th Amend) as she slides in. Selah

      1. lighterd, that “demented token” took apart Trump pretty easily last week and without the constant lying Trump relied on. He’s also smarter and more experienced, so expect a step up in Presidential performance next year.

  8. Is just referring to Vivaldi racist, or is listening to his music racist as well?
    If the latter, I will miss the Four Seasons this Christmas season.

  9. It’s so common and expected at this point to have every word, phrase, object and practice ludicrously deemed racist that at this point, I look at nobody as being racist except those who see it everywhere.

    1. When woke pundits, lawyers, journalists, sociologists, political scientists and other people who can’t do math realize that much of atmospheric radiation physics is based on a body of knowledge known as black-body theory, will climate change become racist?

      Just asking.

  10. Please let this election be over! Kamala and Joe blaming Trump for schools not being open? For businesses not reopening? Hello? That is up to the states, not the federal government. Joe and Kamala blaming Trump for being personally responsible for 200,000 deaths in a world-wide pandemic? Just shut up already, both of you outrageous liars. And take Barack Obama with you.

  11. Ok, time to stop mincing words. These people are f******* morons – they simply aren’t terribly bright – and have such an underdeveloped emotional maturity, they actually believe their BS title at a university means anything whatsoever to anyone. I demand my tax dollars back, and last week I actually voted against additional funding for one of the schools in question. I will continue to do so in the future.

    1. Oh, they’re bright enough in an abstract way, but they live in a higher ed bubble which has it’s own insane discourse and no one ever calls bullsh!t on anything they say which doesn’t offend some standing vested interest on their campus. The people most likely to do so have been defined out of the universe of people to whom they pay any attention.

      Look at David Benson, retired off the faculty of Washington State, age 78. He arrives on these threads, he offers no remarks with which anyone can engage, and drops these little supercilious turds. Well, we’re not ‘colleagues’ and you don’t argue with non-colleagues. And if they work on your campus, well, they’re just pairs of hands.

      1. I respectfully beg to differ, having met some of them (though not these folks). Their critical thinking ability is often virtually nil. What they tend to engage in is more akin to a form of pattern recognition which they then elucidate with a basis in theory someone else concocted and they have memorized. Trying to get a cogent, original thought out of them is like trying to get chardonnay out of a lemon. One of these geniuses actually in all seriousness once tried to convince me that Americans eating tacos was ‘gastronomical colonialism’.

        1. Their critical thinking ability is often virtually nil. What they tend to engage in is more akin to a form of pattern recognition which they then elucidate with a basis in theory someone else concocted and they have memorized.

          It is also in academic medicine. Avoid academic medicine if you need medical care. If you must go, check for any articles the physician has had published in medical journals, and check for any university title they may have added behind their name (see below). This is what happens when millennials become department leaders in teaching hospitals.

          Andrew Spector, MD
          Vice Chair, Inclusion, Diversity, and Engagement
          Associate Professor of Neurology
          https://neurology.duke.edu/faculty/andrew-spector

          Conclusions: A comprehensive review of applications that minimizes emphasis on USMLE step 1 scores substantially reduced the difference between the percentages of URMs and those of other racial backgrounds who were offered interviews for a Neurology residency.
          Spector AR, Railey KM. Reducing Reliance on Test Scores Reduces Racial Bias in Neurology Residency Recruitment. J Natl Med Assoc. 2019 Oct;111(5):471-474. PMID: 30935681.

          The Society of Black Neurologists (SBN) was founded on Dec 7, 2018, to foster discussion, mentorship, and camaraderie among Black neurologists. SBN founders Shaun Smart and Andrew Spector recognised the absence of any active groups dedicated to supporting Black neurologists.
          Spector AR, Smart SO, Berthaud J, Ebong I, Hamilton RH, Flippen CC 2nd, Gamaldo CE. Introducing the Society of Black Neurologists. Lancet Neurol. 2020 Nov;19(11):892-893. PMID: 33098795.

      2. and bright enough in a dangerous way. they have learned that the best way to advance their ideas is to suppress dissent.

        they are intellectual mutants destroying their host.

  12. Part of the saturation of life with identity politics. The problem with identity politics is not just the concentration of effort to eradicate the small perceived offenses, but also wasting time that could be better served focusing on real problems which are not quite hot topics. If one includes the non-rich as a class or identity, the saturation of culture with these politically correct categories is like substances moving into black holes of thought. The singularity (identity politically correct thought) at the center of the hole provides only one direction for society to move into. Along with the substance of the politics moving toward the extreme singularity, processes become radicalized. Those who don’t agree become more and more evil with increasing deservedness of harm done to them.
    One difference between the “falling” into today’s herd mentality and black hole capture is that one can escape the ideological prison whereas the real black hole cannot be escaped. How ? By actually taking the time to study carefully what one has opinions about and to foster one’s independence from the crowd. Accepting one’s ignorance and having the guts to say “I don’t know” or “none of your business” when confronted by those who demand a stance on every issue.

  13. “Because now it was lovely music that came to my aid”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtRGeyznv7k

    Beethoven’s 9th!

    Somehow I don’t think any of the talentless drivel that Beyonce has ever churned out would have worked in that scene. Likewise for her husband.

    (My “appy polly loggies” in advance to any of the gay Beyonce fans who might “viddy” this post).

  14. However, Virginia Tech sociology professor David L. Brunsma

    The number of sociology professors employed at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute should equal zero. Had the Virginia legislature seen to it that the foundational mission of Virginia Tech was respected, it would have about 12,000 students, the arts-and-sciences faculty would be limited to those necessary to teach every incoming frosh a 30 credit core curriculum (and ‘those necessary’ might account for about 10% of the institution’s faculty manpower), and the Institute would be organized into four occupational schools: agriculture, general technology, engineering, and veterinary medicine (with research degrees available at the first and the third of these). Of course, Virginia Tech is nothing like that. It’s just another bloated example of higher ed bouillabaise, in a town with 43,000 people living in it. Heckuva job, Virginia legislature.

  15. This is yet another demonstration about what happens when you abandon merit in academia. There is no limit to the nonsense that middle class people and higher can produce when promoted above their level of competence.

  16. Christopher White is a clown. Just remember though, that he likely obtained a fellowship to attend graduate school, persuaded three professors to sign his bloody dissertation, persuaded a hiring committee of his department to recommend him, and was approved for his position by the department plenum, the instructional dean to whom the department chair reports, and the provost to whom the dean reports. The provost, in this day and age, will also check with the head diversicrat. This bonehead has had a score of enablers throughout his career. Note, the same sort of people threatened MS Adams with dismissal over nothing. You will not acknowledge the truth, which is that higher education is a collecting pool of crooked a**holes. A smart society does not allocate to crooked a**holes the function of sorting it’s labor market.

  17. Does Professor White, ( don’t you just love irony), mean iconic names such as Beyonce, Prince, and Usher?

  18. >> After all, White explained, it creates a “habitual, two-tiered” method where white composers are referenced by one name while women and minority composers are referred to by their first and last names: “These canonized demigods became so ensconced in elite musical society’s collective consciousness that only one word was needed to evoke their awesome specter.” <<

    Madonna, Cher, and Adele were unavailable for comment.

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