By Mick “Spin” Dumdell
Well if this don’t just beat all! It all starts with the Oberlin College Racism Hoax. For those of who do not remember what happened:
A massive racism hoax took place at Oberlin College in February 2013 in which two students made seemingly racist, anti-Semitic and other such posters, graffiti and emails for the purpose of getting a reaction on campus, not because they believed the hostile messages. At least one of the two was an Obama supporter with strong progressive, anti-racist politics.
School officials and local police knew the identity of the culprits, who were responsible for most if not all of such incidents on campus, yet remained silent as the campus reacted as if the incidents were real. National media attention focused on campus racism at Oberlin for weeks without knowing it was a hoax.
The hoax was confirmed when Chuck Ross of The Daily Caller recently obtained police records. Now it’s out in the open. Here is the history of how the hoax developed, played out in the media, and was covered up by the Oberlin administration.
Things would get much worse after that at Oberlin, even after the hoax was fully revealed, as we described in Oberlin racism hoax exploited to advance “even more extreme policies”.
The link above leads you to a very long article concerning a Professor Howard Schwartz who proceeded to psychoanalyze the whole affair. Here is the Abstract of his paper:
It is often alleged that American society is racist, even though it is acknowledged that overt expressions of racism are extremely rare. How do people know that it is racist, then? This paper raises the possibility that this claim of racism is based on a projection.
Our times have seen an overthrow of Oedipal psychology, in which the father represents objective reality, which gives us no special place. This overthrow has been in the name of the omnipotent mother, who loves us just because we are who we are. She disdains the father. Her children join her in that and believe that the love she gave him, which he was supposed to have earned, had been stolen from them. If it had not been, they would have been untouched by anything but love; an image I call the “pristine self.” It has been stolen from some children more than from others, and the task of the other children is to hate the father and love those, paradigmatically of other races, who have lost the most love in the past.
The deprivation of this perfect love is projected onto the father and experienced as racism. Among those who adopt this view, it provides the basis for their experience of the world, and of their proper place within it, but it is entirely in the mind and hence rests on faith. They need to keep this faith constantly renewed.
I illustrate this through an analysis of the response to a racism hoax at Oberlin College in 2013, centering around an anti-racist convocation, which I compare to a religious revival meeting.
Here is a direct pdf copy of Schwartz’s paper in case you have problems loading scribd articles:
The upshot of this that all of us who are more sensitive to racial injustices have created our own reality, in our own minds, for the purpose of making ourselves feel good about ourselves. Or, as it says in the article:
Here is one particularly perceptive observation — the Oberlin community created its own reality to justify its preconceived notions of pervasive racism:
In this way, we do what projection does. We transform an intra-psychic conflict into an interpersonal one. Instead of tearing ourselves apart, we can, in our fantasy, tear him apart, and emerge from this, again in our fantasy, whole, beautiful, and perfect: the pristine self. We can build a whole world out of this, and each of us can find our place within it, and especially those who have been deprived in the past.
We therefore redefine the world as a venue for this struggle, and we redefine ourselves through our roles in this struggle.
Having redefined ourselves in this way, we have made ourselves dependent, for our sense of identity, on the existence and pervasiveness of the racism that we have created through our projection.
And that’s what happened at Oberlin, and happens on so many campuses where the need for self-worth manifests itself in creating realities that do not really exist.
In his conclusion, Prof. Schwartz makes this observation:
The answer I have proposed was that reality had been redefined at Oberlin and that, within that redefinition, the charge of racism was, in effect, structural, and had come to provide the meaning of people’s college experience and, indeed, of their lives.
This is nothing short of HERESY AND BLASPHEMY! This man is a DEVIL! His list of published writings is a veritable slap in the face of social justice warriors everywhere!
Prof. Schwartz demeans my every belief and undermines the very core of my existence! No, Prof. Schwartz! Black Lives Matter, and the live of white people who are concerned that Black Lives Matter, also matter, although not as much as the Black lives.
It is also easy to confuse the difference between saying that there is such a thing as “structural racism” and Schwartz’s contention that “racism is structural.” First, “structural racism” is a good, descriptive thing:
What Is Structural Racism?
Structural racism is the silent opportunity killer. It is the blind interaction between institutions, policies, and practices that inevitably perpetuates barriers to opportunities and racial disparities. Conscious and unconscious racism continue to exist in our society. But structural racism feeds on the unconscious. Public and private institutions and individuals each build a wall. They do not necessarily build the wall to hurt people of color, but one wall is joined by another until they construct a labyrinth from which few can escape. They have walled in whole communities.
Whereas, when Prof. Schwartz says “racism is structural”, he is speaking in a psychological sense, and that is an entirely different, demon-possessed type of thing! Structuralism in psychology relates to
a theory of consciousness developed by Wilhelm Wundt and his mentee Edward B. Titchener, who brought Wundt’s idea to the United States. This theory was challenged in the 20th century. It is debated who deserves the credit for founding this field of psychology, but it is widely accepted that Wundt created the foundation on which Titchener expanded. Structuralism as a school of psychology seeks to analyze the adult mind (the total sum of experience from birth to the present) in terms of the simplest definable components and then to find how these components fit together to form more complex experiences as well as how they correlated to physical events. To do this, psychologists employ introspection, self-reports of sensations, views, feelings, emotions, etc.
As I said before, Schwartz is saying a lot of racism is in our minds, and that is why the hoax succeeded, and why Oberlin College used the hoax as a basis for more severe action. The Legal Insurrection article is very long, but those of us who care about social justice should read it several times, and also become adept at disputing Schwartz’s findings. As somebody who was recently involuntarily committed to a mental institution, perhaps I am just being a little paranoid, but I can see this paper forming the basis for a whole lot of us social justice warriors having our sanity doubted. We can’t be too careful nowadays!
Yours very truly,
Mick “Spin” Dumdell
FootNote 1. The Image is from the 1941 sci fi film, The Devil Commands, about which Wiki says:
The Devil Commands is a 1941 American horror film directed by Edward Dmytryk and starring Boris Karloff. The working title of the film was The Devil Said No. In it, a man obsessed with contacting his dead wife falls in with a sinister phony medium. The Devil Commands is one of the many films from the thirties and forties in which Karloff was cast as a mad scientist with a good heart. It was one of the last in line of the low-budget horror movies that were produced before Universal Studios’ The Wolf Man. The story was adapted from the novel The Edge of Running Water by William Sloane.
FootNote 2. For a good recap of my involuntary commitment to a mental health facility, and subsequent release, see this link: