John McWhorter: The Benefits of Victimhood

Linguistics professor John McWhorter, a founding member of Heterodox Academy, discusses the alleged hate crime hoax that Jussie Smollett, an openly gay, black actor on the television show Empire, has been accused of engineering for the purpose of advancing his career, and the impact of victimhood narratives and ideology on the culture at large. A major theme of this interview (and other McWhorter writings) is the need for black advocates to question victimology as a permanent stance. For an in-depth discussion of this issue with McWhorter and Glenn Loury, click click here. It’s interesting to note that an increasing number of black writers and academics have written and spoken along similar lines. Harvard professor, Dr. Cornel West questions the victim narrative and the bleak and racialized world view of Critical Race Theory in a piece called “Ta Nahesi Coates is the Neoliberal Face of the Black Freedom Struggle“, and Christina Dit Sully echoes some of the same concerns in a piece called “Universalism and the Courage to Change Society”.