“All white people are racist” – ‘Head of Cambridge University equality group ‘praises’ Rashan Charles protesters after clashes with police.’ Evening Standard.
A common enough statement today, often made together with pointed requests to ‘check your privilege’ and exhortations to avoid ‘cultural appropriation.’ We are learning the jargon of the Cultural Marxists, courtesy of an alternately ‘outraged’ and blithely supportive media, which is busy nibbling away at the edges of our fading recollection of ‘Empire’ – through their twin obsessions of perceived oppression and ‘inequality.’
‘Empire’ could mean anything nowadays to these people. It could mean men in red tunics marching across Africa a century ago, or it could mean the full panoply of Donald Trump’s USA. It really doesn’t matter to them, the important thing is to try to instil in the unwary a narrative that the history of the West, most particularly, the Anglosphere, is somehow evil – tainted with the blood and tears of ‘inferior’ races. A great evil that remains to be eradicated from the history books and for which reparations, physical and spiritual, should be continuously sought.
Sadly, this is no exaggeration. It has been a short step from the 80’s – when earnest ANC activists successfully implored this young student to condemn the dehumanising effect of Apartheid – to today, when entitled young Rhodes Scholars demand the removal of their benefactor’s statue from the college that he endowed. In the intervening period we, the public at large, have unthinkingly taken on the proposition that we, individually and collectively, are somehow responsible for the historical treatment of the ancestors of those who would live among us and benefit from our civilisation, while at the same time trying to undermine and destroy it.
Many 80’s students sympathetic with the ANC activists were sold the proposition that Apartheid was evil and that the world should unite against that evil and create a movement that would change us all for the better. An attractive and worthy cause. At the same time, many of us were sold ‘critical theory,’ a Marxist philosophy that framed much of our history and literature as distasteful and best forgotten. Indeed, Apartheid remains indefensible through to the current day, but its removal left a vacuum that has been occupied by a different, possibly lesser evil – but evil nonetheless. To sponsor such change would suggest a responsibility to ensure that it ended well. Our ‘no longer young,’ well-intentioned ex students continue to enthusiastically virtue signal – while forgetting to make sure that those nice men from the ANC have actually delivered on the promise of that better world.
From the 80’s on, no opportunity to present our history in a poor light has gone unexploited. There is a new language of dispossession and victimhood, with academic courses promoting ever more ridiculous and contorted positions when ‘discussing’ important race related issues which demand serious adult consideration and settled debate.
A recent Guardian editorial about Confederate statues in Charlottesville says it all. ‘To tear them down is not an assault on the past. It has become a necessary defence of the present and an act of resistance to forces that would terrorise the future.’
The same editorial bemoans the fact that the ‘settled opinion’ that the Left claim as their own is deplorably unsettled and that their program of revisionism is under threat – as ‘while the numbers of neo-Nazis might be small, they channel a sense of grievance and racial animus that fuels a much larger proportion of Mr Trump’s electoral base.’ So – because there was a large group of Nazis at Charlottesville, running around with torches playing pantomime villains to the baseball bat wielding heroes of the Left – many Trump supporters are Nazis? This is a big non-sequitur in my book – I would argue that the event was tragic and that the whole underlying issue is historically and politically complex – begging no simple interpretation and requiring calm, rational examination across a broad range of interest groups. Not in the Guardian. The Cultural Marxist playbook was out for all to see, with a reference to the Holocaust and a pompous claim that the best place for inconvenient historical artefacts were ‘the classroom and the museum.’ Where, no doubt they will add grist to the revisionist mill, to be presided over by the sons and daughters of the revolution.
A week or so on in the USA and people are smashing up statues of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore. So we have the Shibboleths of the moral high-ground. Apartheid and the Holocaust. Both pointing an accusing finger at all things White. Meanwhile, back in Blighty, our esteemed Government are busy once more protecting us from ourselves in the tricky area of ‘hate crime.’ Ensuring that no one offends anyone else online, and in so doing ensuring that no-one criticises anyone else at all. The inference being that the ‘hate’ offence is likely to be racially or culturally based. The fact being that while the raising of racial and cultural issues are a distinct possibility, if the whole spectrum of human thought and opinion is polarised into two camps, and the one camp made illegal by the other, then we will all either think in the same way, or not at all. A disturbing conclusion and one that we are rapidly moving towards.
Part Two of ‘White guilt, Cultural Marxism and public monuments’ to follow on UKIP Daily.