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Dilbert Creator Scott Adams is Being Cancelled Over Comments on Race

Dilbert Creator Scott Adams is Being Cancelled Over Comments on Race

“74% of Black respondents who were not willing to say it’s not OK to be white”

If you’ve spent any time on Twitter over the last few days, you already know about this. Everyone is talking about it. Without getting into his comments, I will say that Scott Adams was already a target over his vocal and early support for Trump. The left was looking for an excuse to cancel him.

From the Aspen Beat blog:

Dilbert is dead – killed by his creator

Here’s the scene of the crime. Rasmussen is a political polling company. In the lull after the 2022 midterms and before the 2024 general election, they had some time to kill. And could use a few clicks.

They found some. Last week they released the results of a poll posing the question:

Do you agree or disagree with this statement: “It’s OK to be white.”

Rasmussen reported that 72% of those polled – of all skin colors – agreed with that statement.

Among Blacks, too, most agreed that it’s OK to be white but the percentage was lower. Some 42% strongly agreed and another 11% somewhat agreed. About 18% said they strongly disagreed and 8% said they somewhat disagreed. About 21% said they were not sure.

If you take out the “not sure” category, 53% of Blacks agreed strongly or somewhat that “it’s OK to be white” while 26% disagreed strongly or somewhat. More than twice as many agreed as disagreed.

Enter the murderer. The creator of the Dilbert comic strip, Scott Adams, picked up on the poll, as Rasmussen undoubtedly intended people to, ran off a cliff with it, and splattered spectacularly. In a Twitter storm, he lumped the 21% of not sure Blacks with the 18% of Blacks who disagreed strongly and the 8% who disagreed somewhat. Then in a bit of sophistry, he concluded that “add them together, that’s 47% of Black respondents [who] were not willing to say it’s OK to be white.”

But of course a different bit of sophistry – no less valid – would lump the 21% of Blacks who were not sure if it was OK to be white with the 42% of Blacks who strongly agreed that it was and the 11% who somewhat agreed. Then you could state “add them together, that’s 74% of Black respondents who were not willing to say it’s not OK to be white.” That 74% comprised nearly three-quarters of the Black respondents.

But that wouldn’t have fit Adams’ narrative. His narrative called for a glass of Black-on-white racism half full rather than three-quarters empty. To be sure everyone got his narrative, Adams made and posted a YouTube video pounding it home:

“If nearly half of all Blacks are not okay with white people…that’s a hate group. I don’t want to have anything to do with them. And I would say, based on the current way things are going, the best advice I would give to White people is to get the hell away from Black people…because there is no fixing this.”

Here’s the video:

Featured image via Twitter video.


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Hopefully Mr Adams has enuf money saved he’s not going to go broke because he didn’t go woke. He’s a national treasure just like Gary Larson was and they’re both humorists of the “it’s funny because it’s true” variety. Parodying insanity of the workplace naturally slid easily into parodying insanity of the wokeplace – and C S Lewis in The Screwtape Letters was on the mark when he posited that Evil is both vulnerable and hostile to humor. Make no mistake, Cancel Culture is the new Lefty Gulag thuggery.

That said,

Old Navy Doc | March 1, 2023 at 8:47 am

A cautionary example.

“Words are chameleons, which reflect the color of their environment.”
—Learned Hand

Pocono Chuck | March 1, 2023 at 9:53 am

It appears Mr. Adams is being punished for suggesting a certain group is racist for not thinking another group is ‘OK.’

Why isn’t anyone challenging those who think ‘it is not OK to be white’ in the first place? Why do they get a free pass to be racist?

    henrybowman in reply to Pocono Chuck. | March 1, 2023 at 11:40 am

    The “sophistry-free” analysis is that over a quarter of blacks surveyed thought it was NOT OK to be white. That’s disgraceful all on its own. It’s reprehensible enough to make Adams’ advice still reasonably valid. You don’t need to be at or near 50% to have a problem. Sometimes, all it takes is one hot bearing and one fool with a propane torch to nuke an entire community.

Your subhead has too many nots in it.

    henrybowman in reply to henrybowman. | March 1, 2023 at 11:32 am

    Emily Litella voice: “Never mind.”
    Seeing it in quotes made me believe you were quoting Adams, but you were just quoting yourself (is that journalistically a thing?)

      It’s part of a quote from the linked article. The quotes here indicate something that was not said, but could have been (the quoted article–not Mike’s–is a bit confusing and imprecise, i.e. needs a good editor).

        henrybowman in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | March 1, 2023 at 5:02 pm

        Ah. What made that unclear was the imposition of a giant advertisement right under the line “From the Aspen Beat Blog,” totally destroying my perception of indentation. I get it now.

Fortunately, Adams does not lack allies who speak truth to power.

I guess Scott’s voodoo-vocal-hypnosis-pacing thing failed him.

The friendly hand gesture and folksy all purpose term, “ok,” is moving into the hate speech zone.

So, maybe the poll question could have been phrased in a less loaded way,… except I can’t think of less loaded phrasing.

I highly suspect that before this happened, 99% of those complaining had never heard of Dilbert, and 100% of them don’t understand Dilbert.

An interesting defense of Scott Adams by a black man can be seen here:

Scott’s remarks remind me of “The Talk: Nonblack Version ” on Taki’s Magazine, that got John Derbyshire fired from National Review. It was politically incorrect but where was he wrong?