We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A lot of it is talking in code, and showing that you know the language - rather like theive's cant - to become a member of the club. Next most important is lining up what you say versus their orthodoxy to make sure you have not blasphemed. Political Correctness works a lot like blasphemy laws. Thirdly, they measure whether what you say is "interesting" - to them.
You will notice I have not yet gotten to true, important, or useful.
Assistant Village Idiot
Good for you--you got it just right. So does Mr. Weinstein.
It is racism for fun and profit. These POC (usually they are POC sometimes it is gender) really enjoy it they revel in their hate and racism. As for the profit, it is immense; $100K jobs law suits. extortion, etc. It is a scam, the fellow travelers teach it at our colleges.
Interesting - and, in the end, modestly fascinating...
The ultimate answer, of course, to the overall question that was being asked - "Is there a kernel of integrity in grievance studies?" - is, without any doubt, something along the line of: It's entirely likely that, in point of fact, there is - or, rather, once was such a wee kernel - but subsequent events and circumstances long ago combined to wholly-subsume and submerge any and all possible vestiges of said wee, small kernel, and to make same thoroughly and entirely invisible and utterly irrelevant to what is now extant, detectible and/or demonstrable...and, moreover, it's clearly irrelevant to any current (or even near-future) discussion(s) - In short: No one capable of anything resembling an objective viewpoint of the subject is listening - or is even interested - any longer. Time - and the subject-matter - has proceeded on, and any possible central kernel of relevancy of the subject matter has been irretrievably lost.
Just write it off as a "lost cause" - and move along to some possible site of actual relevant academic interest(s). Any possible genuinely-usefully-relevant Grievance Studies - or academically-useful results to be had - are no longer possible or to be had - the "well has been poisoned" beyond any usefully-obtainable point of reason or retrievable...