Martin Niemöller’s famous post-World War II quotation is as poetic as it is heart-breaking, as insightful as it is terrifying. And, sadly, it also appears increasingly relevant. To recap:
First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
This week on the ABC, your tax dollars were spent indulging the racist fantasies, prejudices and obsessions of a group of young women ‘of colour’. (Before we go any further, let’s also remind ourselves of Dr Martin Luther King’s formula for a better world: not to be judged or judge others by skin colour, but by character alone. How sad and how wrong that so many adolescents, no doubt encouraged by adults and teachers who should know better, feel the need to ‘identify’ themselves with the ‘of colour’ tag in order to add weight or legitimacy to their specious arguments and grievances.)
The discussion on Q&A revolved around the blanket demonising (with no evidence provided, naturally) of an entire racial and gender group stereotype. This newly-discovered and ghastly sub-set of humanity was accused of all sorts of heinous crimes against their fellow souls, including ‘exploitation’ and ‘the persecution of people’. And it was the role of the ABC’s weekly Inquisition — sorry, that should read ‘panel show’ — eagerly egged on by Torquemada Jones — sorry, that should read Tony — to ensure these sinful individuals not be ‘let off the hook’ for their vile crimes.
Interestingly, the specific misdemeanours were described in very broad strokes, allowing the impressionable viewer to imagine these villainous characters brutally whipping people, locking them in chains, torturing or even lynching fellow human beings, starving them, humiliating them, hanging them and then, to add salacious titillation, accusing those they were persecuting of being ‘sexual deviants’ as well. All without any supporting evidence whatsoever.
So who were these appalling creatures? These despicable human beings clearly worthy of our derision and disdain?
Why, white women of course. Yes, ‘white women’ are now the new targets of the hateful, intolerant hard Left. Having so successfully demonised ‘white men’ over the last decade, the Left now has a shiny new target. White women!
‘What, all white women were racist, bigoted, persecutors of people of colour?’ a sensible and sceptical person might ask. But that would display an ignorance of the hard and fast rules of identity politics: namely,any exceptions to the accusation merely prove the legitimacy of the generalisation. (In much the same way, how, in a notable Australian court case, the ‘inconsistencies’ within the accuser’s testimony were proof of his truthfulness.) Moreover, because there are exceptions, in leftyworld such individuals deserve even greater opprobrium. Thus, ‘there is a special place in hell’ for conservative women (such as Margaret Thatcher, Pauline Hanson et al) who don’t toe the feminist line, conservative gays (such as Milo Yiannopoulos) are vilified by the LGBT community and Trump-supporting blacks are demonised by progressives. Identitarianism, ultimately, will always end up feeding on itself.
Oh, and lest there should be any valid examples of white women who didn’t choose to participate in barbaric activities, these were simply the ‘nuances’ of history. So, if you happen to be a white female reading these words, take note: henceforth you are to be branded as ‘an agent of white supremacy and settler colonialism,’ because, apparently ‘white women explicitly participated [in] every facet of the institution of slavery.’
And the proof that the white women of today are as evil as the white women of yesteryear? Why, that’s a doddle: ‘let us not forget that over 53 per cent of white women voted for Donald Trump’. Guilty, M’lud! Off with their heads!
As we now have seen only too often, what starts out on the fringes of radical American leftism resurfaces with unseemly haste in the Australian mainstream academic world, often but not exclusively abetted by the gallant efforts of the taxpayer-funded ABC, and in particular its TV hosts (whose outrageous salaries Tony Thomas discusses this week). Indeed, it was only a few weeks ago that luvvy Hollywood actress Rosanna Arquette was loudly proclaiming that she is ‘ashamed’ to be white, and ‘disgusted’ by the colour of her own skin. Charming.
First they came for the white men, and I did not speak up. Then they came for the white women…
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