- Jun 17, 2020
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I forgive you your obtuseness then, but hey we're getting there.Forgive my obtuseness, but you haven't been saying "overwhelmingly white." You've repeated ad nauseam "only legacy whites." I do know that our establishment has always been predominately white as has been our general population. I also know that since the Civil War it has never been only white. But it has always been THE ESTABLISHMENT regardless of demographics. Therefore it is categorically incorrect to assert that "only legacy whites" made the decisions whereof we speak and 100% accurate to say that the establishment did make them.
It comes down to you're not liking my shorthand "only legacy whites." I can ditch the shorthand, which was only ever for the purpose of brevity to begin with, and go with "overwhelmingly white."
But conceding that an "overwhelmingly white" establishment made most of the decisions has to mean that it's not nearly 100% accurate to say it was the entirety of THE ESTABLISHMENT that made the decisions. (You'll note that I had already pointed out that no social metric can ever be 100% anyway, but let's leave that where it is). In truth it's more accurate to say that the overwhelmingly white component (legacy whites) of THE ESTABLISHMENT made most of the actual decisions, like naming things after defeated enemies.
So now we're in the territory of mere semantics. I understand that you're invested now in something having to be 100% accurate. So how about "the overwhelmingly white component (legacy whites) of THE ESTABLISHMENT made most of the actual decisions, like naming things after defeated enemies." That gives you your 100% accurate thing.