October 17, 2019

"... this kind of stuff is just a really horrible look for you guys. frankly, it’s whiteness manifest..."

So wrote an aide to Kamala Harris, Mediaite reports, after a Buzzfeed reporter named Katherine Miller tweeted:
Hard to know if last night harmed or helped Warren, but think all can come together and agree a debate highlight was Warren telling Kamala Harris no about banning Trump from Twitter then just continuing with her point in the manner of shrugging off a Greenpeace clipboard person.
The Kamala Harris aide reacted to that by texting this to BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith:
hey i have talked to her directly a few times when she’s tweeted out stuff like this, and i told her i was glad she deleted this tweet, but this kind of stuff is just a really horrible look for you guys. frankly, it’s whiteness manifest. if kamala shrugged off a warren critique of how she wasn’t with her on Facebook, we’d get raked and she would get lauded as taking on corporate power. the blithe mockery here of kamala, while lauding warren’s style, is just not up to par. i say this to you just to be super frank and because i really like your guys’ work, the platform, and your reporters. we work well together across the board. but this is a bit problematic.
Smith replied:
Do you seriously not have real problems? This text makes me think you are totally, totally unready for an actual presidential campaign.
And I guess that aide wasn't ready to see the text made public.

frankly, it’s whiteness manifest... What a phrase! I could see using it jocosely, but not by someone running for president.

73 comments:

damikesc said...

Sounds like it's time for Kamala to answer "Why should anybody white support you?"

And I'm guessing Ben isn't wondering WHY the text was sent. Odds are, it was sent because it tends to be effective.

hawkeyedjb said...

"Whiteness manifest" is...?

Ignoring stupid calls for censorship? Ignoring petty complaints instead of treating them as national problems? Not taking unserious people seriously? Not making everything a race issue? Someone please, colorsplain it to me.

hawkeyedjb said...

When Kamala becomes president and Putin swallows a couple of countries, she's gonna huff and puff and complain about his Whiteness Manifest. And that'll be a bad look for Vladimir. He'll think twice before eating another country.

Michael K said...

Everybody knows that the majority of the population is black or POC.

Isn't it ?

Nonapod said...

whiteness manifest

I wonder if this aide a white person. Obviously being born white is essentially the Social Justice Warrior Religion's version of Original Sin.

Sebastian said...

"we work well together across the board"

As if we didn't know.

"frankly, it’s whiteness manifest... What a phrase! I could see using it jocosely, but not by someone running for president."

You can't, can you. But here we are. Wokesters are running. Get used to it.

By the way, can you see someone running for president proposing Medicare for All, or confiscation of legally purchased firearms, or imposition of the Green New Deal, or an unconstitutional wealth tax? Or are actual policy issues too boring to justify a vote by artsy retired law profs?

YoungHegelian said...

Frankly, it’s whiteness manifest... What a phrase! I could see using it jocosely, but not by someone running for president.

Yet another example of a "moderate" lefty not being able to believe just that the far left really are "True Believers" in the nonsense they spout.

Believe it, Moderates. Believe it & act as if you will be first in line for the firing squad & the Gulag if the Far Left comes to power. Because, if history is any judge, you will be. They'll come for the Right, too, but the Right's got guns, lots & lots of 'em. You don't.

tcrosse said...

It's all in the Whiteness Manifesto.

wildswan said...

Progressive black talk radio from Chicago is filled with similar remarks so I suppose Kamala and her cohorts are simply saying what they think. It's like listening to Colin Kaepernicke and LeBron James criticizing China and supporting Hong Kong.

Mike Sylwester said...

the aide is unidentified, but we can figure out the identity

which of kamala's aides never capitalizes any words?

The Cracker Emcee Refulgent said...

Received a whiteness manifest today. It listed Western Civ, liberal democracy, human rights, and feminism, among other things. Common sense lost in transit, though.

Beasts of England said...

’This text makes me think you are totally, totally unready for an actual presidential campaign.’

Apparently Ben Smith hasn’t heard that Kamala is a top-tier candidate. How dare you!!

gahrie said...

So we have reached the point where being White or "White like" is explicitly a bad thing?

gahrie said...

Western civilization is whiteness manifest.

gahrie said...

Is it possible to describe anything as Blackness manifest? Asking for a friend.

LYNNDH said...

OUCH! That had to hurt, as it should. The aid just said "White people shut up". That is so very narrow minded and short sighted.

Unknown said...

First and foremost...the use of "guys" there...is just a really horrible look for someone from the side of isle that pushes the entire problematic dogma that would also include someone saying a ridiculous statement like "whiteness manifest".

If the Socialist Party convention taught me anything, it's that you cannot address a group of human beings with the term "guys".

I'm also 100% in agreement with Insta. Why would you hire someone that can't capitalize properly?

rhhardin said...

This is what emojis were invented for and they don't use them.

chuck said...

frankly, it’s whiteness manifest

That's what I tell the potatoes before cutting them up.

Big Mike said...

And let's not forget that Kamala Harris is not herself African-American.

BarrySanders20 said...

The Harris Doctrine: Manifest Density.

Narr said...

That's manifestly ridiculous.

Got our Ancestry tests back. They have a different approach and focus than the Helix tests we did about eight months ago.

LSS, I'm as northwest European/German/Scandi a kerl as you'll ever meet . . . and I feel OK about it.

Narr
Any other Redneck Manifesto fans out there?

chickelit said...

I love watching the Harris campaign fold!

Temujin said...

How is Ben Smith & Buzzfeed even a thing any longer? How many times can a person be shown to be full of shit before society starts ignoring them because they're...full of shit?

Know what I mean? Hello? Uh...anyone out there?

JohnAnnArbor said...

The fact that people really talk like that unironically is amazing.

Achilles said...

They are just terrible racist people.

Ken B said...

I think YH makes a good point: AA seriously underestimates this, how seriously this nonsense is taken. The aide is referring to Warren, who is white, brusquely saying no to an intersectional. It does not matter what was said, such behavior is “whiteness [made] manifest” . It is oppression. The actual content is irrelevant, Warren has sinned.

Bay Area Guy said...

It sounds less like "whiteness manifest" more like manifest stupidity.

It will be fun to chirp when Kammy drops out. What a poseur!

Clyde said...

Another four years of any disagreement with the Democrat regime being viewed as racism? Ugh, how about no!

Clyde said...

Michael K said...
Everybody knows that the majority of the population is black or POC.

Isn't it ?


You'd sure think so from watching television advertising.

Can Of Cheese for Hunter said...

OT - "Mulvaney denied any aid was withheld to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son."

On par with the call and what everyone else is saying. Except secret democrat whistle blower - dick-blowers.


Then Soviet Schitt goes on to say things are "worse" for Trump now.

tommyesq said...

Awesome response!

James K said...

the aide is unidentified, but we can figure out the identity

Did Sara Jeong get a job with Kamala's campaign?

NorthOfTheOneOhOne said...

While I normally feel that hanging is too good for the likes of Ben Smith; I'll give him a golf clap this time for hitting the nail squarely on the head.

PM said...

Blaming whites is black privilege.

Char Char Binks, Esq. said...

Has Warren condemned whiteness yet?

Retail Lawyer said...

Is it OK to be White? Question for the next debate.

And Michael K, the majority who elected Kamala to the Senate is indeed Black of POC.

RK said...

When the phrase "white privilege" fades away, "white manifest" can take its place as the next fad. It'll give humanities professors a new spin in which to write more papers.

MadisonMan said...

"then just continuing with her point in the manner of shrugging off a Greenpeace clipboard person"

That's a great phrase.

Yeah, harris aide, the truth hurts doesn't it. Keep on pounding the table since you don't have the law or the facts.

BUMBLE BEE said...

You GUYS? You GUYS? Okay tootsie!

JaimeRoberto said...

Everybody knows that the majority of the population is black or POC.

Isn't it ?


Indeed. Not only that, everyone is gay and transgender.

HoodlumDoodlum said...

"Whiteness" is self-evidently bad and "whiteness" manifesting itself is self-evidently wrong.

The question, as usual, is what portion of this nation actually believes that--that and the attendant beliefs.

Certainly most of the "elites" do--people running campaigns, running studios, running magazines and newspapers, etc. They learned to believe that in their prep schools, their Ivy League universities, and their graduate and professional schools, from teachers and Professors who themselves strongly believe it.

The rest of us, though--do we? Do nice centrist people like Professor Althouse hold those same beliefs or do they just nod along with elites who do and agree to condemn non-elites who disagree as ugly or regressive? Maybe it doesn't matter whether fellow travelers (or useful idiots) actually believe if they'e willing to lend support to those who do, but I still wonder. Twitter isn't real life and the writers of the New York Times aren't the American people, but sometimes I'm afraid to imagine what most people actually believe.

Anyway when people say to TrueConservative (National Review/Dispatch, Weekly Standard/Bulwark, Commentary) types "you haven't conserved anything" they're mostly talking about difficult-to-delineate things like this. That the far (or once-far) Left's ideas on race have become so accepted and commonplace as to not merit mention by someone like the Buzzfeed recipient (notice his objection isn't with the idea of something bad being "manifest whiteness," or that as a concept, but rather with the fact of the complaint being about a trivial matter) is a testament to the failure of those Conservatives. They lost the Academy and think pointing to a legal victory or two is sufficient rebuttal!

HoodlumDoodlum said...

Are we allowed to notice that Warren's base (as shown in her rally crowds) is awfully white--just as Bernie's was in 2016? As Biden's slips in the polls are we allowed to notice that he still has very high support among Democrats of Color?

I ask knowing that some things aren't allowed to be noticed--doing so is ugly and we can't have that.

Can Of Cheese for Hunter said...

Zucker liked the whole Harris idea about Banning Trump... from Twitter. Hell - just ban Trump.

right, CNN-Schitt?

Deb said...

"your guys" ? Holy cow.

n.n said...

Diversity (e.g. racism) breeds adversity for political, social, and economic leverage. One step forward, two steps backward. Progress.

Francisco D said...

Academia seems to be increasing its influence among Dem politicians and sports figures.

"Whiteness manifesting" means a White person cannot criticize a POC. They need to be silent and give up their "White privilege".

This seems to be harkening back to the good old days of Mao's Cultural Revolution.

madAsHell said...

Is Whiteness Manifest the new Manifest Destiny dog whistle?

madAsHell said...

Whiteness manifest! I am a genetic carrier for hemochromatosis!

Can’t get much whiter than that!

Openidname said...

Apparently correct capitalization is now an aspect of whiteness.

Joanne Jacobs said...

When a campaign staffer writes "we work well together" to a journalist, what does that mean? They're not supposed to be on the same team.

Also: Americans don't want a president who can't be criticized due to race, gender or whatever. It's a "bad look," as they apparently say now.

Yancey Ward said...

Well, Warren is 1023/1024 white.

n.n said...

This seems to be harkening back to the good old days of Mao's Cultural Revolution.

Or the infamous era of "Jew privilege", which may be the inspiration for the contemporary concept of "White privilege".

mccullough said...

No light, but whiteness visible

Michael K said...

"Whiteness manifesting" means a White person cannot criticize a POC. They need to be silent and give up their "White privilege".

Their problem is that there are just too damn many of us white people. Abortion is just not doing it.

Guilt trips may work in public but they have that a problem with the secret ballot.

DarkHelmet said...

Both Harris and Warren deserve to be mocked 24/7. Neither of them has the slightest claim to be taken seriously on any substantive grounds. But you have to love it when lefties try to play the race card against each other.

Gk1 said...

This is an intramural squirmish, these birds are all on the same team "and work well across the board". They aren't fooling anybody. In this case Ben doesn't think Kamala would win against Trump and is in the process of kneecapping her so the better democratic candidate can be selected and win against trump. Nothing personal, it's just business. It's not like most journalists aren't unpaid Democratic operatives anyway.

Marc said...

I looked at Katherine Miller's Twitter. The first thing I take from it is that politics journalists have to be at least a bit loopy to spend so much time and energy on such ridiculous trivialities. The second question I had is, why did she delete the tweet? I didn't see where she explained why she did that; there is one in which she remarks that she "liked it".

Fernandinande said...

Obviously being born white is essentially the Social Justice Warrior Religion's version of Original Sin.

"Most racial groups feel more warmly about their own race than they do about other races. That's true for every group, except white liberals, according to the American National Election Studies."

n.n said...

Abortion is just not doing it.

Neither selective-child nor dodo dynasties. People are not so woke and drowsy to be trapped inside the sociopolitical construct that labels and judges their past, present, and future. Biased but not so diverse to indulge color judgments. Most men and women think, live, and reconcile outside the box.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

"personifest"

bagoh20 said...

What is this "whiteness" of which you speak? It sounds truely wonderful, freedom loving and respectful of diversity and truth. Is there a newsletter or website where I can subscribe to to learn more about it?

RMc said...

Do you seriously not have real problems?

Like, say, the ability to use capital letters?

Automatic_Wing said...

And yet Twitter is falling into line and doing what Kamala Harris wants.

https://amgreatness.com/2019/10/17/twitter-imposes-new-restrictions-on-world-leaders-who-break-its-rules/

But that's just peachy, because muh private enterprise.

h said...

Don't make me imagine how the phrase "blackness manifest" might be used. it's not a happy place.

Jon Burack said...

" i really like your guys’ work,"

Can someone explain to me why I find this phrase so nauseating? (along with all the rest of it of course.) Anyway, it seems to me Kamala is done.

traditionalguy said...

What if they threw a war on whiteness guilt and no one came. Fear of being punished by non-white mob leaders is a useless emotion. Soros loses. And we save a third of the cost of college degrees in fearing non-white mob leaders.

JamesB.BKK said...

I aksed around. "Whiteness manifest" ain't correct. "Paradigmatic whitey cracka lacka" is the proper phrase up 'round here.

Unknown said...

Are Indians in a higher caste than Whites now?

Or is the black percentage of her better than Whites?

The blacks don't take to her, they must see her as Indian.

I have a tough time keeping up with the new rankings.

chickelit said...

Deb said..."your guys" ? Holy cow”

Her words rhyme with Erich Holder’s “my people” quip. “Resentment” all the way.

chickelit said...

Democracy dies in blackness.

Kevin said...

It’s become evidently clear pushing white privilege was much easier as a distraction than fixing the schools.

The problem is it results in tearing down all the working institutions when these kids enter the world, with no ability to fix or replace them.

Bleach Drinkers Curing Coronavirus Together said...

Democracy dies in blackness.

Wow. Really?

Check that out.