We’ve finally found all that white privilege we’ve been hearing about. It’s on the other side of the world.
NOT LONG AGO I was offered work as a quality-control expert with an American company in China I’d never heard of. No experience necessary—which was good, because I had none. I’d be paid $1,000 for a week, put up in a fancy hotel, and wined and dined in Dongying, an industrial city in Shandong province I’d also never heard of. The only requirements were a fair complexion and a suit.
“I call these things ‘White Guy in a Tie’ events,” a Canadian friend of a friend named Jake told me during the recruitment pitch he gave me in Beijing, where I live. “Basically, you put on a suit, shake some hands, and make some money. We’ll be in ‘quality control,’ but nobody’s gonna be doing any quality control. You in?”
And so I became a fake businessman in China, an often lucrative gig for underworked expatriates here. One friend, an American who works in film, was paid to represent a Canadian company and give a speech espousing a low-carbon future. Another was flown to Shanghai to act as a seasonal-gifts buyer. Recruiting fake businessmen is one way to create the image—particularly, the image of connection—that Chinese companies crave...
As we waited for the ceremony to begin, a foreman standing beside me barked at workers still visible on the construction site. They scurried behind the scaffolding.
“Are you the boss?” I asked him.
He looked at me quizzically. “You’re the boss.”
Actually, Ernie was the boss. After a brief introduction, “Director” Ernie delivered his speech before the hundred or so people in attendance. He boasted about the company’s long list of international clients and emphasized how happy we were to be working on such an important project. When the speech was over, confetti blasted over the stage, fireworks popped above the dusty field beside us, and Ernie posed for a photo with the mayor.
This reminds me of Richard Lynn’s closing prediction in Eugenics: A Reassessment. Apparently, the technology for selectively inserting superior embryos is coming soon and he sensibly believes that the first country to embrace such practices will rule the world. This will probably be China and when they colonize whites they’ll keep them around out of cultural appreciation for their past accomplishments. The status of whites will be like that of the Greeks under the Romans or the Arabs under the Ottomans. We’re seeing the beginnings of this in the white man trade. Being fronts for the interests of another ethny shouldn’t be too big of an adjustment for more than a few European Americans though. Many, such as the gentiles who are among the main public faces of neo-conservatism, have plenty of experience.