John Talks Real Time with Bill Maher
with John McWhorter
Over the past couple years, John has become something of a regular on Real Time, Bill Maher’s HBO talk show. In this clip from our most recent episode, I ask John to reflect on his appearances and his strategy for getting his point across with such limited time. We then go on to discuss the difference between racial equity and racial equality.
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I was recently at a meeting of an institutional ethics board and the issue of "equity" came up during a panel discussion of several people. Some of the speakers were conservatives, and had written extensively on a variety of subjects, some controversial. Interestingly, some of them had also been cancelled publicly! Equity is horseshit, period. Basing the "goodness" of a process upon the outcome of that process, racially, is flawed. No one would suggest otherwise if we were trying to put more white guys at cornerback in the NFL. But in academia, or science, or some other realm, it somehow makes sense?
Small point for McWhorter: pretty sure he meant *procrustean* measures, not *draconian* measures.