Thursday, November 29, 2007
Victims of Multiculturalism
I’ve been trying all week to catch up with an excellent piece on Monday, written by Evan Coyne Maloney. Maloney goes on a riff over a classic Mark Steyn piece on “silent surrender,” the price posturing artists and other intelligentsia of the Left pay in homage and abeyance to the cult of multiculturalism.
Maloney first quotes Steyn: “Most writers and filmmakers ignore today’s epic cross-cultural war. It’s safer that way.”
Maloney calls out multi-culti dogma for what it is: not so disguised racism:
The dogma of multiculturalism holds that all cultures are equal, except Western culture, which (unlike every other society on the planet) has a history of oppression and war is therefore worse. All religions are equal, except Christianity, which informed the beliefs of the capitalist bloodsuckers who founded
Once you understand this, the Multicultural Pyramid of Oppression, you can begin to understand how to turn to your advantage certain circumstances that are beyond your control: such as where you were born, the type of genitalia you were born with, into what race you were born, and the religion of your parents. You see, the fewer things you have in common with The Oppressors, the more you can cast yourself as The Victim. And as The Victim, you are virtuous, so there are certain things you can get away with that others can’t: like actually oppressing people.
As racist as anything the Klan ever claimed, this implicit dogma of the Moral Supremacy of the Oppressed.
Maloney indicts the ethical and moral implications of prevailing multi-culti theology, as necessitating a “we must self-condemn and surrender ourselves to retribution,” in the interest of the Higher Justice, of course:
Consider what happens when you apply this thinking on a societal level: if we convince ourselves that all of the blame for the current state of the world should be placed at the feet of Western civilization, then why would any Westerner think that our civilization is worth fighting for? Or even worth saving? The rules of Multicultural Hierarchy require us to preemptively surrender, because any crime committed against us by a more worthy Victim is somehow deserved. And if we deserve it, then fighting against what we deserve amounts to fighting the administration of justice.
Many times in the years following the September 11th attacks, I’ve heard earnest-sounding commentators and social critics bring up “root causes” of September 11th—we are invariably the root of all causes, it would seem—and suggest that somehow, “we deserved it.”
Well, if we deserved it then—and still do now—then what business do we have defending ourselves? Who are we to stand in the way of justice?
The only bright spot I can see is that, much like the Roe effect that challenges the Left in the
Maloney reminded me of some pop cultural refuse that informs the topic, I think.
Remember that gaudy tripe of an anti-war anthem, masquerading as sophisticated cynicism, used for M.A.S.H.? A refresher on the some lyrics, for those who only remember the lyric-free TV version, here’s an excerpt:
The game of life is hard to play
I'm gonna lose it anyway
The losing card I'll someday lay
so this is all I have to say.
that suicide is painless
It brings on many changes
and I can take or leave it if I please.
The only way to win is cheat
And lay it down before I'm beat
and to another give my seat
for that's the only painless feat.
The sword of time will pierce our skins
It doesn't hurt when it begins
But as it works its way on in
The pain grows stronger...watch it grin, but...
A brave man once requested me
to answer questions that are key
is it to be or not to be
and I replied 'oh why ask me?'
'Cause suicide is painless
it brings on many changes
and I can take or leave it if I please.
...and you can do the same thing if you please.
This mindset, self-indictment, surrender, and suicide, was seeded in the minds of the gullible Left for quite some time. It never went away; it burrowed its way into how most of them, without reform or maturity, define the world in which they pine for better
Unfortunately, their own ideologies deny them any relief in an afterlife, and they continue to laugh to scorn those who believe in things eternal.
(That is, as long as the objects of their scorn are Western, non-Victim class, followers of Jesus Christ who actually mean it when they claim the faith.)
(Link via Instapundit)
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