Jordan Peterson reminds me of myself. We are angry and confused. We read often, and he, better than i, synthesizes information. We do so with the motivation to communicate our ideas precisely and succinctly to those who will listen. Furthermore, Jordan Peterson and I share a particular interest: the crisis of the white male. We are both interested in a transformation of a) social views of men and b) actions of men in society. Both Peterson and I are aiming for white men to have some dignity and should strive for competence. We both very much agree that young [white] men should take responsibility to get their lives together and be an active, positive participant in their kinship group. And more fundamentally, we agree that telling lies is morally reprehensible. Here, we depart: what constitutes a lie?
Jordan Peterson reminds me of myself. When I read contexts that seem to throw my world off axis I react with aggression. The ease with which white men act aggressively to perceived challenges of our worth is what I will call ‘white male fragility’. Black women watching Peterson would probably laugh hysterically at his arrogance, Big Man attitude, and general dick waving of white male authors. As a white man growing more sensitive to the perspective of black women, and black people in all their diversity, I reacted aggressively to Peterson’s abhorrent claims about how those he calls ‘marginalized people’ “should show some gratitude”, or when Peterson exclaims: “of course you’re oppressed, but you’re not oppressed by the patriarchy… for God’s sake!” I feel Jordan Peterson; I empathize with his anger. If I’m being honest with myself, I sympathize and empathize with Jordan Peterson more than I do with Audre Lorde.
Jordan Peterson reminds me of myself. Jordan Peterson’s current approach is an aggressive stance to push men back into the center of the social hierarchy through claims of biology, social psychology and individualism. Peterson blows up as Trump is elected. Coincidence, I think not. Jordan Peterson reminds me of myself. Often my approach is an aggressive stance to push men back, away from the social center, which results in me, some of the time [to my dismay, depending on the day], moving into the social center. Jordan Peterson uses traditional white male tactics as do I; he uses them in service of white male dominance, and I use mine paradoxically and unfortunately in attempts to subvert and resist white male dominance.
Jordan Peterson reminds me of myself. Three more similarities: 1) We both believe that prejudice and taxonomy (categorization) are intrinsic to human beings; 2) We both believe that sacrifices are necessary for social order; 3) We both believe that people prefer the familiar to the novel. Jordan Peterson believes that people need and should have certainties. I believe that people need and should be wary of certainties. My caution about certainty comes from a fundamental disagreement with Peterson about the story of colonial contact and colonialism. Peterson emphatically encourages his audiences to fight against people “manipulating us with historical ignorance and philosophical slight of hand to render us so god damn guilty about what our ancestors may or may not have done… and into accepting a future we do not want to have.” Peterson also claims that we can tell that Marxism is based on hatred (not benevolence), since “the corpses are proof.” Do Black people have no corpses?
Peterson needs to be certain, and he is willing to ignore black bodies in order to be certain, as white men have done over and over again. 1) Jordan Peterson suffers from historical amnesia about the ways in which taxonomies, prejudices, and kinship groups have been built and sustained over the past 500+. 2) Jordan Peterson’s biggest white lie is that sacrifices are random; he ignores that currently, black bodies are the sacrifices that uphold the white apex of a multicultural-colonial social order. 3) It is not if one prefers the familiar to the novel, but rather how one reacts to the novel and the unknown. The novelty of colonial contact (think aliens if that makes it easier white people!) has all sorts of difficulties: are you real? Are you like me? Will you hurt me? Europeans made themselves into white people by responding with an overwhelming consensus of genocidal violence and bodily accumulation. Yes, some non-European groups acted with violence against the Europeans, but not with such purposeful and intentionally sustained ways. So not “all” white people responded with violence, but it seems to have been and still is maintained as a cultural trade for white men to respond aggressively to uncertainty. Peterson and myself are prime candidates for a whiteness study.
Concluding, sorry Jordan, but our society is not built on some “competence” based model. Our society is built on white folks raping and pillaging, stealing and killing, for God, Gold, and Glory. As the old archetype shows: Light = White = Good ; Dark = Black = Evil. Perhaps Peterson is implicitly suggesting in his talks that Black people are evil and should be thingified to slave status. Or perhaps our society can break through and out of horrific social patterns of sacrificial violence in the form of Whiteness. It’s going to be damn hard to change, because Peterson and I agree, that these archetypes are deeply, deeply embedded, but I guess he is the more cynical one, since he doesn’t believe you can work your way out of instantaneous responses. I believe in the Spirit. As Christina Sharpe says, “Lose your Kin” [White Folks]. It is time to be less certain and to move into spaces of uncomfortability without weapons. My exorcisms are daily, so I must admit: Jordan Peterson reminds me of myself.
 All quotations from Peterson in this reflection are from the specific video titled “Identity Politics and White Privilege.” However, I have listened to at least 15 hours of Peterson videos over the past 6 months. The following passages are ruminations.
 Many thanks for the clearer set of connections from this sympathetic article towards Peterson: https://www.spectator.co.uk/2018/01/the-curious-star-appeal-of-jordan-peterson/
 Specific thanks are owed to Christopher Driscoll for his continuing twilight work on Whiteness. This section was aided by his 2016 piece “White Ghosts of the Forest: Critical Whiteness Studies, an introduction.”
 I refer to this archetype with credit and thanks to the brilliant work of the psychologist Frantz Fanon, the political philosopher Charles Mills, and theologian James Perkinson.