Dumbest Woman in Russia Writes New York Times Op-Ed Whitewashing Racism

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


racism

There are two definitions of racism. The real one and the liberal one.

1. rac·ism – hatred or discrimination against another race

2. rac·ism – being a member of a majority group

The second definition, also known as white privilege, is the one that the left likes to use. And proving that the New York Times will print any op-ed, no matter how dumb, that supports its point of view, it backwashes this tepid mess of idiocy from Masha Gessen, a Russian gay rights activist with a high level of stupid even by New York Times op-ed standards.

In Boston, where I went to high school, I quickly learned the very peculiar fact that being Jewish meant being part of the majority — the white majority. Many Soviet émigrés, buoyed by this discovery, adopted rabidly racist attitudes. This embarrassed their kids, the people of my generation, who, as they became American adults, usually moved steadily to the left of their parents.

Masha Gessen isn’t just an idiot, she’s also a liar. Russia is about as racist as it gets. No one from Russia, Russian, Jewish or any member of a minority living in Russia, develops racist attitudes because they’re a majority in America. They already have them to begin with.

That gives them something in common with 99 percent of the planet.

Gessen has to make up something this stupid to prop up the bizarre liberal argument that racism can only exist between the majority and the minority. If Russian Jews had negative views of blacks in Russia that would negate the whole nonsensical argument.

We neighborhood-shopped and chose Harlem — among other reasons, because many people who are roughly my age and in roughly my field of work are moving to the neighborhood. Soon enough, I was speaking to one such woman. She mentioned she sometimes sensed resentment from Harlem’s old-timers. She said she had been the target of “racist remarks.”

I cringed. This woman was white, and the remarks had been made by people who were not. And I knew there was no such thing as “reverse racism”: You cannot be the object of racial discrimination if you are a member of the powerful majority. I had learned this as an American before I became a Russian again.

Reverse racism is a stupid term. The only acceptable context in which to apply it is when a measure intended to alleviate racism backfires and leads to racial discrimination as in the case of affirmative action.

Describing racism itself as reverse racism is as stupid and wrong as Masha Gessen.

Gessen claims that a racist remark is not a racist remark if it’s directed from a minority to a majority. So what is it then? She’s not capable of answering the question.

Not even when her own daughter asks it.

A couple of drunken men loitered nearby. Apparently, one of them had lashed out at my daughter, calling her a “white bitch.” He then collected his kids from the playground, making it clear this was done on her account.

“Isn’t this racism?” she asked me, shocked.

Somehow, my model, which denied the possibility of racism directed against the majority, could not account for the power dynamics involved in being a child being berated by an adult.

This is what happens when you observe life through ideological models, instead of dealing with what is there. Communism was an elaborate demonstration of the economic effects of doing just that. And Masha Gessen has learned absolutely nothing from it. Zero.

But let’s take her bizarre contention that there is no such thing as bigotry from a minority to a majority. As she knows quite well, most of the various peoples back home hate each other.

If a Latvian uses a slur toward a Russian in Latvia, it’s bigotry, under her model, but if he does it in Russia, it’s not bigotry. If the Latvian and Russian move to New York and exchange slurs, it’s possibly bigotry. If they both suggest that Masha Gessen is a mindless idiot burying what’s left of her ideas of right and wrong in Party dogma no different than that of the Politburo ,it’s observed scientific fact.

Racism is not about power dynamics. Racism is about hate. If you define racism by power dynamics, you end up accusing non-racists of racism and excusing racists of racism.

Defining racism by power dynamics is as stupid as defining any form of hatred in terms of power dynamics instead of in terms of hatred.

  • jakespoon

    If the minority can’t oppress the majority,what was apartheid? And would a black person calling a white girl a white bitch be racist in a city like New Orleans that is majority black? Or would it be just racist locally? Their logic twist like a pretzel.

    • DB1954

      If you ever see Gessen in a YouTube video or in person you’ll see just how twisted she is.

  • hashimoto

    Another dumb bitch….must be related to Wasserman-Shultz

    • DB1954

      Dumb Russian bitch.

  • Yulia Demkin

    “Russia is about as racist as it gets.”

    On my first trip to the Former Soviet Union, within 10 minutes of getting into the taxi from the airport to town, the taxi driver was telling me a joke who’s punch line equated black people with monkeys.

    • TheOrdinaryMan

      I seem to remember reading an account of an Ethiopian medical student in Russia, attending Moscow University. He was murdered walking back to his dorm, and his body lay on the street for weeks. Don’t remember where I read it, but Russia is hideously racist. The Kishinev pogrom didn’t happen in a vacuum.

      • Martel

        This could have been prevented by him not attending Moscow University. There have been plenty Russians killed by immigrants, but you will never hear about it, just like you never hear about Whites being killed in the USA or Europe by racially motivated blacks or arabs. if Russia remains “hideously racist”, it will become an oasis compared to its European neighbours, overrun by immigrants allowed in by the engineers of this twisted project.

        • TheOrdinaryMan

          How do you know that there “have been plenty Russians killed by immigrants” in Russia? Perhaps in the revolting Chechen areas, but central Russia? Those immigrants would be executed, quickly.

          • Martel

            Because Muslim thugs roam Moscow just like they roam London, I have viewed footage of Russians complaining about it in a documentary made by a typical left wing journalist which couldn’t care less about their claims and was poking around to find evidence of Russian racism.

        • Yulia Demkin

          Actually I think it is already happening in Russia. Last time I was there, in 2010 I as amazed at the number of immigrants from the “Stans” you would see in SPb. Never saw them there before.

          The Russians I know were all complaining about it.

          • Martel

            “The Russians I know were all complaining about it”

            Rightfully so. That was in 2010, we are in 2014 now, its likely worse now. It reminds me how much my neighbourhood has changed since 2010, An area can lose its cultural character quickly when immigrants start moving in.

          • DB1954

            I think Fox News did a story not long ago about the proliferation of assaults on foreign students in Russia, especially non-whites. This phenomenon was actually promoted and encouraged by members of the Russian Parliament and members of Putin’s political party.

        • Upside Down

          Rubbish!!! That guy was killed in the street because an idiot did not like the colour of his skin and you make it sound like it is the victim’s fault because he was a student in Russia…. Absolutely ridiculous!!! I am sceptical about your dead Russians. I find it hard to believe that immigrants killed Russians in the same way that Russians murder immigrants. I still think Russia is backward, homophobic, xenophobic, racist and extremely narrow minded. Nothing to be proud of… and apparently, it is a civilised country! My foot!!!

          • Martel

            You likely also find it hard to believe immigrants kill Dutchmen and Frenchmen. But again, he shouldn’t have been in Russia, Russia is about to be swallowed by its minorities due to demographics, to be unaware of the ethnic tensions which are standard in heterogeneous nations is not his fault, but I do blame everyone who pushes ethnic diversity. I hope Russia recovers and it will remain a nation largely inhabited by Russians. Just like I hope that America remains majority white, advisable, for anyone who doesn’t want the nation to be torn apart by ethnic conflict.

          • Upside Down

            Nonsense! Racist people do have a very fertile imagination when it comes to justifying their unacceptable behaviour.

          • Martel

            There is nothing unacceptable about it. Are you denying immigrants often attack Dutch and French natives?

      • Daniel Greenfield

        The USSR imported Third World students and they were frequently the targets of racist attacks by the locals.

        Also American blacks who went to the USSR found it was quite racist. Most of them did not survive.

        • A Z

          Many 3rd World students were executed also in Stalin’s time.

          “The most enduring impact of Soviet intelligence on the Third World before the Second World War was thus the liquidation of potential leaders of post-war independence movements.
          … were fortunate to leave before the Terror began.

          Kenyatta, in particular, would have been an obvious target. His lecturers complained that his attitude vergess on cynicism.”

          - p5 “The World was Going Our Way” Vasili Mitrokhin

          • Daniel Greenfield

            Same thing they did in Spain and elsewhere

          • A Z

            Are you saying the Republican side of the Spanish Civil War murdered people from what is now considered the 3rd world?

          • Daniel Greenfield

            I meant they purged other Socialist leaders.

          • Martel

            Most of the immigrants Stalin murdered were Finnish Americans, communist sympathizers.

        • DB1954

          One exception, as I said above, is Frank Marshall Davis, biological father of and mentor to Barack H. Obama, Jr.

        • The March Hare

          Many American blacks were welcomed by the USSR and given a show to convince them how wonderful the communists were so they would return to the US and work for the communist cause. Among them were Frank Marshall Davis, Paul Robeson and W. E. B. Du Bois.

          • Daniel Greenfield

            And the smart ones like Robeson commuted and kept their citizenship. Those who moved in didn’t survive.

    • Martel

      I do hope Russians become even more “racist”,racism is nothing but a bogus term used to describe our innate instinctual recognition of the impact racial differences have on shaping behaviour and the society of its all too diverse inhabitants. The triggers which activate our racial instincts have evolved to protect us, and its unnatural and insane to try to get rid of them. This doesn’t mean I condone harming an individual of any colour simply because of the color of his skin, but it does mean you should take race into account when debating immigration and socio-economic issues.

      If you import millions of sub-Saharan Africans with an average IQ of around 70 into say, Germany with an average IQ of 104, the average IQ of Germany will drop over the years to come, especially as sub-saharan Africans will outbreed the native German.Many cities in Europe are now occupied by a majority of coloured youth, these cities are.. irretrievably lost, they are already starting to morph into exact copies of the areas the immigrants hail from. As average German IQ will drop to middle-eastern levels, its economy and society will start to resemble those nations,schools will have to be dumbed down to sustain acceptable graduation levels, security must be increased and freedoms have to be discarded to deal with the new situation. When the first black chancellor of Germany will be chosen, he will to run on racial aggitation, and starts to behave as African as does the Kenyan president who occupies the White House now. Nepotism, cronyism, blatant disregard of policy, ignorant mobs willing to die to get him elected(remember the hot summers “promised” in 2007?), embarrassing misunderstandings of governmental policy, and so on.

      • TheOrdinaryMan

        Yes…I agree that the multicultural crowd is wrong, too. But perhaps you can explain why there are 20 times as many incidents of road rage violence in Russia, as there are in the USA?

        • Martel

          Russians are more violent then white Americans(and East Asians & Jews) most likely by nature(lower impulse control> evidenced by large scale alcoholism), culture plays a part too.

          Driving in Russia is probably like playing Russian roulette with poorly regulated traffic rules, which factors in higher stress levels while on the road, there are probably some more reasons you can think of.

          All i hope for is that Russians will continue to increase their birthrates as they have been doing the last year and defend themselves from internationalists who want to crack open their borders and flood them with immigrants.

      • http://europa-antiqua-arca.blogspot.com/ para_bellum

        You sort of have a point, but the differences are primarily cultural rather than genetic. It’s been observed that genetic differences among groups are greater on average than differences between the groups. (google Richard Lewontin)

        • Martel

          This is a widespread logical fallacy. A common reply is:
          The differentiation in height amongst men is greater then the differentiation between the average man and woman.

          This is the exact same argument applied to differences in male and female height. Obviously this doesn’t mean women and men are just as tall.

          There is a reason blacks perform below average in Europe and the United States. Its the same reason blacks are able to jump higher, we have evolved differently.

        • David Ashton

          Lewontin’s definition of “the groups” and his reduction of the significance of the genes affecting external physical genotypes are open to question.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Yes, the idea that Russia was some sort of politically correct utopia and was infected with racism by the West is a crazy leftist myth

      • DB1954

        It probably didn’t help matters that when Obama’s father, Frank Marshall Davis, returned from the Soviet Union in the 1930′s, he spent the rest of his life telling black Americans just what a non-racist, workers’ paradise Stalin had created.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          He wasn’t the only dupe, that’s for sure.

    • Gee

      During the Cold War – the Russians had an apartheid system for those from other Soviet states

      • David Ashton

        Yes, they had internal passports – not unlike the South Africa “pass” system and with less justification.

  • Brhurdle

    Not quite sure, but it sonds like we are extremely fortunate that she moved back to Russia. I assume she thought the “pickings” for her sexual proclivity were much better there.

    • John

      Younger lesbian can be just as picky. Gessen is not a classic beauty. I think you are correct.

  • SoCalMike

    Several years ago in a class for ESL teachers, the professor tried to sell this explanation about power dynamics of racism to the class.
    I sensed she was a hapless mediocre academic but when she told the white majority class that they could not suffer racism as members of the “power class” her fate as an intellectual bimbo was sealed.
    This happened at UC Irvine.

    • DB1954

      That’s about all they talk about in universities these days: race, class, and “gender.” So boring I had to just leave.

      • Softly Bob

        And that was just in chemistry class….. good job you weren’t studying sociology!
        BTW did you know that chemistry is not racist at all? Protons attract electrons (opposites come together).
        But it is very homophobic because protons are not attracted to their own kind, in fact they find each other physically repellant.
        Maybe chemistry should be banned from all universities – it’s just not politically correct enough!

        • Daniel Greenfield

          I know you’re joking, but there are academics pushing gendered explorations of science

        • DB1954

          Actually, I was in history and later in criminal justice–just a more focused form of sociology. Same stuff, except that in CJ the professors tend to be a mix of “Spartans” (ex-cops) and “Athenians” (sociologists). In history it was the unholy trinity in virtually every graduate course.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      The miseducation of educators is their top priority

  • Smoking Hamster

    Your post is obviously sexist.

    You can only call men dumb because you are a member of the patriarchal ruling class.

    Sheesh, you’d think that you wouldn’t have to explain these things nowadays…

  • DB1954

    DG, thanks for publicizing and exposing the rank stupidity of this creepy troll, Masha Gessen. She’s the one who admitted in YouTube videos that SSM is the means to destroy the institution of marriage while pronouncing her personal approval of it. At least she had the sense to admit what SSM really is and to call the gay left activists who support it, “liars.” But in support of your contention that Gessen is the dumbest woman in Russia, consider the country to which she has apparently returned and its leader. I doubt that Putin and the Russians will be nearly as accommodating to her as New Yorkers.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Which is why she’s keeping her US citizenship

      • DB1954

        Keeping her options open, I suppose. I hope for her sake she doesn’t continue to advocate SSM while she’s living in her homeland. She could have an accident or something, you know what I mean? That’d be a real pity … um, … for her.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          It’s usually suicide with someone else’s gun.

  • Alloyed

    Racism is endemic in animals. It is genetic or is part of the neural make up. Maybe it has a Darwinian purpose. If it does it would make it a two edged sword. I’m loathe to postulate such as Farahkhan or David Duke or some other reject will take it the wrong way.

    Growing up we had 4 Rhode Island Red hens. Except one was black. Just a single gene varied for that hen. Check it out. Such a variation exists in the breed.

    This single gene variation, allele, resulted in the the 3 other hens pecking it and excluding it. When the hens the clustered together at night to sleep they always were away from the black Rhode Island hen by the width of the tree (or the black on on a neighboring tree).

    A person could find other examples in nature.

    • Martel

      There has been a lot of research into this subject, not nearly enough, as it suffers from being suppressed by the mainstream media. People are more likely to trust people who look like them, diverse neighbourhoods are characterized by lack of trust and community cohesion

      See Putnam 2000.”Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community”,

      • DB1954

        So much for Bill Clinton’s insincere and smarmy contention that “there’s strength in diversity.”

        • David Ashton

          Read Byron Roth’s “The PERILS of Diversity” (2010).

  • objectivefactsmatter

    “And I knew there was no such thing as “reverse racism”: You cannot be the object of racial discrimination if you are a member of the powerful majority. ”

    Why? Collectivism. There are no individual objects (people) to them. Only the elite analyses of how the classes interact matter.

    Karl Marx was the ultimate guru for this particular elite class.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Exactly. It’s all abstract rule sets with no room for real human relations.

      • DB1954

        I learned to spot the Marxist historians that way. They always talk about groups: what this group did or did not do and/or who they did it to. Well, there were other clues, but they had the same theme–class struggle. To my great surprise, some of them pepper their class analysis with blatant value judgments. Charles Sellers was one of the most obvious, even though, as far as I know,he never actually admitted or denied being a Marxist. His book on (Andrew) Jacksonian America was practically a confession of Karl Marx worship.

    • David Ashton

      How “powerful” ?

      • objectivefactsmatter

        It’s self evident that a white majority will always have oppressive power and will always exploit it. It’s unstoppable. They’re white. And capitalist. They can’t help it. White privilege. Self evident. Rinse, repeat.

        • David Ashton

          Unstoppable? No “checks”? No “diversity” rules? But of course you are making an ironic parody.

  • Gee

    Dang – then according to that bozo the former apartheid South African regime was not racist. Who knew? And that the current one is – well that is true.

  • The March Hare

    Does this mean that the predictions about whites becoming a minority in the near future will also mean that the “persons of color” will then be the official racists and whites will be the oppressed minority?

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Ah no, because then it will be about power relationships and internalized whiteness by blacks.

    • David Ashton

      The oppressed minority in that case will not have do-gooders to look after their interests then. Excessive compassion and irrational guilt are “white” characteristics.

  • Connie Alsip

    Holy crap! Lock the doors, a lunatic just ran past!

  • Mikeo

    Thanks Mr. Greenfield, for this lovely birthday present

  • Upside Down

    Russians are extremely proud of their country. But, their country is racist, xenophobic, homophobic and backward. Intolerance is a major problem in Russia. Seriously, I do not see what they are so proud of.