It started with a new Rasmussen poll:
72% of Americans agree, including 58% who Strongly Agree, with the statement, “It’s OK to be white”– a slogan that originated on the 4chan Internet forum and has been labeled “hate speech.” Twelve percent (12%) disagree with the “OK to be white” slogan, while 17% are not sure.
Eighty-one percent (81%) of whites, 53% of blacks and 58% of other minorities at least somewhat agree with the statement “It’s OK to be white.”
Scott Adams reacted as follows in his regular podcast:
Here is what Adams said:
That is 47% of black respondents who were not willing to say it’s ok to be white. …
As you know, I’ve been identifying as black for a while — years now — ’cause I like to be on the winning team and I like to help. I always thought, well if you help the black community, that’s sort of the biggest lever. You know, you can find the biggest benefit…So I thought, well, that’s the hardest thing and the biggest benefit, so I’d like to focus a lot of my life resources in helping black Americans — so much so that I started identifying as black to just be to be on the team I was helping. But it turns out that nearly half of that team doesn’t think I’m ok to be white …
I have to say, this is the first political poll that’s ever changed my activities…
As of today, I’m going to re-identify as white, because I don’t want to be a member of a hate group. I’ve accidentally joined a hate group. If nearly half of all blacks are not ok with white people — according to this poll, not according to me — that’s a hate group … and I don’t want to have anything to do with it.
And I would say, based on the current way things are going, the best advice I would give to white people is to get the hell away from black people. Just get the fuck away. Wherever you have to go, just get away.
There’s no fixing this … I think it makes no sense whatsoever as a white citizen of America to try to help black citizens anymore … I’m gonna back off from being helpful to black America, because it doesn’t seem like it pays off. I’ve been doing it all my life, and the only outcome is I get called a racist … It makes no sense to help black Americans if you’re white. It’s over. Don’t even think it’s worth trying. Totally not trying.
We should be friendly. Like, I’m not saying start a war or do anything bad … I’m just saying get away.
I think it is indisputable that the 47 percent of blacks (as well as others) who don’t think it is OK to be white are racists; or, more accurately, expressed a racist opinion in this particular poll. Is it racist to react negatively to racism? Or, as in this case, to over-react to racism?
In his video podcast, Adams certainly does over-react. He calls blacks a “hate group” and recommends that whites simply stay away from them. …
I don’t think anything he said was as extreme as “It’s not OK to be white.” No one seems to have a problem with that particular bit of racism.
The media is racist
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 26, 2023
Musk [tweeted]: “MSM verdict: Adams is a racist, but not the 20 million black people who thinks it’s not OK to be white.” …
“By Monday, I should be mostly canceled,” said Adams on his YouTube channel. “So most of my income will be gone by next week. My reputation for the rest of my life is destroyed. You can’t come back from this.”
Most corporate media is mentioning that Adams has indeed been cancelled, but will not quote what he said fully or quote the poll’s findings. For example, feel the spin in the account in the Australian from Dow Jones:
Multiple newspapers around the U.S. dropped Scott Adams’s long-running “Dilbert” comic strip after the cartoonist called Black Americans a “hate group” in a racist rant he posted online.
The USA Today Network, which includes hundreds of newspapers, Cleveland’s Plain Dealer, the San Antonio Express-News, the Washington Post and other publications all said they would stop publishing “Dilbert, ” which has poked fun at corporate drudgery for decades. …
The former financial manager turned cartoonist made his comments on Wednesday in response to a Rasmussen Poll that said a small majority of Black Americans agreed with the statement “It’s OK to be white.” Mr. Adams, in one of his regular talks he records and posts online, said, among other things, that white people should stay away from Black Americans.
“If nearly half of all Blacks are not OK with white people … that’s a hate group,” Mr. Adams said at one point in the video. “I don’t want to have anything to do with them. And I would say, based on the current way things are going, the best advice I would give to white people is to get the hell away from Black people … because there is no fixing this.” Soon thereafter, newspapers began announcing they were dropping “Dilbert.” On Friday, Chris Quinn, the vice president of content for Advance Ohio, which publishes the Plain Dealer, said the decision wasn’t difficult.
Adams appeared to double down on the remarks on Twitter at the weekend.
‘A lot of people are angry at me today but I haven’t yet heard anyone disagree,’ he told his 867,000 followers.
‘I make two main points: 1. Treat everyone as an individual (no discrimination).
‘2. Avoid any group that doesn’t respect you. Does anyone think that is bad advice?’
Too late, it will never be enough Scott. They didn’t like you anyway.
Adams is a humorist. Good humor is usually a mix of truth and pain (which is why puns are poor humor). It achieves its effect by surprisingly exposing a painful truth, often flirting with the boundaries of social acceptability. So Adams has a keen eye for painful truths, which is what made Dilbert such a popular cartoon.
But you’re currently not allowed to notice black racism, or be anything other than deferential to blacks. So the cultural commissars are banning his cartoons — even though his thought crime had nothing to do with his cartoons! Can never be too harsh when it comes to ideology, can we?