I found the video above when Oshay Duke Jackson referenced Black Patriarch. Oshay has some very good common sense ideas on improving the welfare of the Black community, so when he recommended Black Patriarch, I thought it might be worth checking out. Let me first start out by saying I don’t buy the author’s idea that emotionality is in the genes. It sounds too much like HBD to me, and there’s no proof that that it is gene-based. He doesn’t talk enough about culture and the pull of emotional, illogical victim-focused thinking. I also need to remind everyone that his critique is an internal critique, of Black people and by Black people. But lots of the stuff he says seems right to me, namely the main idea that emotionality is enough to keep an entire group of people down.
I especially enjoyed the interviews that he posted, especially the one with Dr. Claud Anderson where he talks about the “great disconnect” between intellect and emotional reactions and where it gets you in life. Anderson is 100% spot-on when he describes the pattern of people “intellectually knowing what they’re supposed to be doing” but being too emotional to actually do it. Black Patriarch is right to point out that societies only grow when people willingly step aside to follow the smarter members of their society and refuse to allow their own egos to drive their actions. All successful societies require people to sacrifice for the common good. This rarely happens when people prize emotionality over logic, ego over the welfare of others.
I bring this up because the world has gone emotional. In our own national election, we’ve got Trump and his followers, most of whom are valuing his emotion and anger, ignoring his irrationality and lack of logic (and inability to learn facts). Trump is not a conservative (nor a liberal), but his support started from the Far Right, who are tired of having to think deeply about how to fix our country’s race problems. On the Far Left, we’ve got Black Lives Matter, which, like Trump, perpetuates lie after lie after lie. “Hands up, don’t shoot,” was not a cry against White police violence (since it didn’t happen that way–Michael Brown’s hands were trying to take Officer Darren Wilson’s gun), but was rather a cry of emotion against the shackles of logical thought and “respectability politics.” While Black Patriarch may have made his video to criticize other African Americans, I see this irrationality and emotionality infecting all of us, especially Asian Americans. I loved the interview with the dude at around 19:30–his words describe us Asian Americans these days, especially those on the Far Left extreme. We’re all joining the Emotional Bandwagon. People on the Far Left see logic and rational thinking much in the same way that the Trumpkins see it. Both believe that rational thinking is a form of weakness and inaction.
What I think is most interesting about Black Patriarch’s video is his ideas about where emotionality leads. Even among the Far Left, there are far too many intelligent people who know that their arguments make no sense. They know “hands up, don’t shoot” didn’t happen, and yet they say it anyway because their emotions override their intellect. They would know that Peter Liang didn’t get off easy if they studied law and how the law works, but hey, it’s a free opportunity to attack Whitey and Chang. And although they think that this emotionality will lead to freedom and power, they don’t realize that their rejection of rational thinking is hurting them in the long run. Sure, it feels good to stick a knife into the side of Whitey and Chang, but can you really build anything in a world that resembles the Salem Witch Trials or the WWE? History says no.
Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, for all the adoration they receive from the Far Left today, were both highly rational men who made decisions based on calculation. For example, Martin calculated how many people he would need to fill the jails, and then he refused to allow people to march unless they could convince HIM that they could control their emotions and not strike back. He probably wouldn’t have hired Shrieking Girl from Yale. Malcolm met with the KKK because he calculated that they both at the time wanted the same thing, which was complete segregation. Malcolm acknowledge White intelligence, rejecting the popular idea that White people only got ahead because of racism. Both men refused to allow emotion to overrun their thought processes.
I really think that people need to take a step back and evaluate whether anger will help them achieve their goals. The problem with emotional and irrational anger is that emotions are fickle, and they tend to differ from person to person. Yes, rationality seems cold and calculating and not as much fun compared to being able to do whatever you want to whomever you want, but if it makes life better, why not embrace it? At least give it a try. The moral arguments against irrationality (“look at all the people you’re hurting”) seem to be falling on deaf ears, so why not look at how much more effective logical thinking is?