Warp Speed: #ADOS and the New Genre of ‘Criticism’ as Careerism

Of all the many, many mischaracterizations of the #ADOS movement that Hubert Adjei-Kontoh indiscriminately fires off in his recent article, this one really explores new heights of stupidity…

#ADOS has managed to synthesize the black left-wing critique of America’s origins with a right-wing belief in the inherent superiority of those who were born in America. What the movement draws from the former is a simplified argument that black people and only black people were exploited to produce the wealth of the United States, and what they draw from the latter is that this makes them and other descendants of slaves the true inheritors of American wealth.

One almost doesn’t even know where to begin. I can honestly say I don’t think I’ve ever once heard anyone in the #ADOS movement refer to themselves so highfalutinly as the “true inheritors of American wealth.” And using that language to misrepresent them as fanatical and money-grubbing says way more about the writer’s own agenda than it does theirs.

In fact, all that they have ever actually been saying is that—as ADOS—they identify as a specific group that is owed restitution commensurate with the specific exploitation they’ve long suffered in order for the nation to build so much of that wealth, and, also, for the many injustices that have guaranteed basically none of it find its way back into their community. More importantly, that position is clearly not one based on them feeling “inherently superior” because they were “born in America.” That has got to be, bar none, the absolute most imbecilic take on ADOS to date. So, congratulations Hubert. Had you actually one ounce of integrity as a writer, you would, at the very least, represent their position faithfully, even if you ultimately disagreed with it.

#ADOS, of course, is not driven in any sense whatsoever by a belief in the group’s own ‘inherent superiority’ stemming from their being ‘born in America’, but rather by how America itself was born by the unconscionable belief of their group’s inherent inferiority. What the movement “draws from” is how even today (centuries later!) to be born as ADOS is, for all intents and purposes, to be born in America and experience citizenship only in the most nominal of ways. It is to be born into and belong to the group in whom the economic expression of that belief of inherent inferiority is still very much alive and still very much uniquely fixing the limits of what is possible for them in the U.S.

It is actually risible how many people like Hubert will completely torpedo their own reputation as measured and responsible journalists in order to produce pieces whose sole intention is to shit on ADOS and fulfill their author’s hopes of his or her comrades or whatever singing their praises. It is, at this point, becoming its own sad genre of criticism as careerism; that is, completely warp the positions of #ADOS in order to fashion a step ladder for your own professional betterment. There’s no point in telling these people that they ought to be ashamed, because shame is so obviously the very first thing they enthusiastically traded in for a shot at being in The Club. It will be, however, a real thrill to watch the rungs of fallacies by which they’ve cheaply ascended to their little perch of ‘influence’ all eventually give way.