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The Stockyards of Diversity

The murderous montage of Diversity

Daphne Patal, in her September Gatestone
article, “How
Diversity Came to Mean ‘Downgrade the West’
,” which discusses the degrading
of college education to conform to politically correct subject matters to be
studied, opens with
There was a time, within living memory, when the term multiculturalism
was hardly known.  More than twenty years ago, Peter Thiel, cofounder of
PayPal and in late July speaker at the Republican National Convention in
Cleveland, wrote a book with fellow Stanford alum David Sacks called The
Diversity Myth: ‘Multiculturalism’ and the Politics of Intolerance at Stanford

(1995).
The book’s title refers to the pretense that embracing “diversity”
actually promotes diversity of all types, a claim commonly heard to this
day.  Thiel had been a student at Stanford when, in January 1987,
demonstrators defending “the Rainbow Agenda” chanted “Hey hey, ho ho, Western
Culture’s got to go!”  This protest led to the infamous “revision” (i.e.,
suppression) of the Western Culture requirement at Stanford, replaced with a
freshman sequence called Cultures, Ideas, and Values, mandating an emphasis on
race, gender, and class.
Later in her article, Patal notes that
Furthermore, “multiculturalism” did not involve greater emphasis on
mastering foreign languages or carefully studying cultures other than those of
the English-speaking world. Instead, work in literature and culture programs
was (and still is) done increasingly in English and focused on contemporary
writers.  Nor did multiculturalism, any more than the word diversity, mean
familiarizing students with a diversity of views. Rather, as  [Elizabeth] Fox-Genovese
summarized it, it meant requiring students “to agree with or even applaud views
and values that mock the values with which they have been reared.”  And
all this, she observed, was being accompanied by rampant grade inflation.
So, if anyone thought that “diversity” simply
meant several individuals of various ethnic or cultural backgrounds being by
happenstance squinched together into a group, or that “diversity” was similar
to a bird aviary in which dozens of different species flitted around in an
enclosed space, he would not be far off the mark. There have been dozens of TV
and movie series and films that flaunt not only their racial diversity, but
their cultural and sexual diversity, as well (i.e., the early and later
manifestations of Star Trek).

A diversity-rich cast, albeit no Muslims
For example, The Walking
Dead
, at several points in its seven-Season-old broadcast, has featured
blacks as well as whites, Koreans, Hispanics in leading and central roles, as
well as Indians (or perhaps Pakastanis, it was never explained),
“gender-breakers,” “mixed” couples, the disabled (in wheelchairs), and the
“under-aged” (e.g., pre-teen children shooting guns at zombies and the living).
The most recent Seasons of the series have introduced lesbian and gay couples,
as well as overweight characters.
The most conspicuously absent group are
Muslims; they appear neither as living survivors of the apocalypse nor as
zombies, neither as bearded imams nor as women in burqas or hijabs. I do not
think their absence is an oversight. I do not think it is a stretch of the
imagination to assume that the producers were warned off casting characters as
living or dead Muslims. Or perhaps, being so diversity-conscious, and sensitive
to the sensitivities of Muslims, the producers decided not to “defame” Muslims
or Islam with such risky casting, and warned themselves off the idea.  I contacted Scott Gimple, The Walking Dead’s
“show runner,” on his Facebook page, with the question, but have received no
response.
One is left to hypothesize if the producers
of The Walking Dead are voluntarily or consciously casting the series as
“diverse” as possible (there is, after all, a finite number of under-represented
groups), or are they under an obligation to become diversity-obsessed by federal or state law, in
alliance with gender
and ethnic groups? The Walking Dead, as well as  House of Cards, another lavishly produced
and racially and gender-conscious TV series, , get tax-rebates in Georgia and
Maryland respectively, where they are filmed, and so “diversity” is too likely a
condition of the tax-breaks.

Another diversity-rich TV series. Most of its villains are “white”


One might object to the foregoing analysis with
the claim that these and many other TV and film productions reflect the true
diversity of Americans. But, do they? If they did, why the current
Marx-inspired campaign against “white privilege”? Why the vile, but also
hysterical campaign to “deconstruct” whites so that they feel “guilt” about
being white, and apologize profusely for having created Western Culture and civilization,
which somehow “oppress” non-whites of every race and creed?
The leftists have gone to great lengths to
connect racial “identity politics” with political “identity politics,”
contending that it was the “white” vote that got Donald Trump his presidential
victory, (when the evidence was clearly obvious when in numerous videos one saw
the racial composition of Trump’s rallies. While the attendance was mostly
“white,” large swathes of the audiences were black and “Asian.”)
The British Film Academy of Film and
Television Arts (BAFTA) has issued new diversity guidelines to be
eligible for nomination. Donna Edmunds  on  Breitbart  London exposes the farce.
“From
2019 onwards, nominations for the awards of ‘outstanding British film’ and
‘outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer’ will need to
conform to the BFI’s Diversity
Standards
, established two years ago to increase representation of
minorities within British film,” reports Breitbart London.
According to
the BBC, the nominated films must show they have improved diversity within at
least two of four categories to qualify. The categories are: “On-screen
characters and themes; senior roles and crew; industry training and career
progression; and audience access and appeal to under-represented
audiences.”
BAFTA has
said the changes were “a flexible and achievable model, which the whole
industry can adopt as a shared language for understanding diversity.” Under
these new standards, the James Bond hit Skyfall could not have won the
BAFTA for “Best British Film” in 2012. 
Toni Morrison, a black
American poet and winner of
the
Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award, in addition to the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the National Humanities Medal, and the Nobel Prize in Literature, and finally,
the PEN/Saul
Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction
, is vested in identity and
race politics. Were it not for the current campaign to denigrate whites, she
would have nothing of substance to say, except, perhaps, on the issue of police
having to shoot black men, “People keep saying, ‘We need to have a
conversation about race.’ This is the conversation. I want to see a cop shoot a
white unarmed teenager in the back. And I want to see a white man convicted for
raping a black woman. Then when you ask me, ‘Is it over?’, I will say yes.”
 But,
weighed down with all those awards (and by a modest amount of money), she has
nothing to say about blacks targeting whites for horrendous
crimes
. And while she insinuates that whites were at root somehow
responsible for all the violence against blacks, she conveniently forgets that
blacks, if anything, share that history. Among other convenient omissions, for
example, black gangs have established records in Chicago of the number
of blacks
, including children, who were killed during their internecine
warfare. There were black slave owners in America from the 17th century on up
through the Civil War; call it Antebellum “black privilege.”
Henry
Louis Gates Jr.
in a 2013 article in the Root,
reveals that
In a fascinating essay reviewing this controversy, R. Halliburton shows
that free black people have owned slaves “in each of the thirteen original
states and later in every state that countenanced slavery,” at least since
Anthony Johnson and his wife Mary went to court in Virginia in 1654 to obtain
the services of their indentured servant, a black man, John Castor, for life.
And for a time, free black people could even “own” the services of
white indentured servants in Virginia as well. Free blacks owned slaves in
Boston by 1724 and in Connecticut by 1783; by 1790, 48 black people in Maryland
owned 143 slaves. One particularly notorious black Maryland farmer named Nat
Butler “regularly purchased and sold Negroes for the Southern trade,”
Halliburton wrote.
Sheldon M. Stern, in “It’s Time to Face the Whole
Truth About the Atlantic Slave Trade
,” discusses how black African tribes
captured uncountable other blacks and sold them to European and American slave
traders.  His article does not even touch
on the Islamic
slave trade
.
Finally, Paul Joseph Watson, in his InfoWars
column of August 16, “Hillary’s
VP: Whites Must Become a ‘Minority’ to Atone for Racism
,” quotes Tim Kaine,
speaking to a black Baptist congregation,
“I’ve never been treated badly in life because of my skin color or my
gender,” Kaine told a group of black Baptists in New Orleans. “I think the
burden is on those of us who are in the majority — Caucasians. We have to put
ourselves in a place where we are the minority.”
The “burden” that Kaine mentions obviously means taking on “white
guilt,” despite the fact that – even at the height of slavery – only 1.4% of
whites in America owned slaves. White people were also victims of far more
brutal and longer lasting oppression under the Barbary slave trade….
According to Alicia
Powe
, Kaine’s comments emphasize how the left has employed “toxic identity
politics” to “perpetuate class warfare and the narrative of an unjust America,”
with whites demonized as the scapegoats.
It should also be emphasized that no living
black was ever a slave, and no living white was ever a slave owner, either
(except, metaphorically, the Democrats, who, as far back as Lyndon Johnson,
wished to imprison and maintain blacks in their welfare state “plantation”).
But, the issue is one of collectivism.
It is herding individuals, defined by their skin color, and now also by their
political affiliations (Trump supporters are “deplorable”), into warring power
blocs, to relegate individuals into amorphous conglomerations of races responsible
for individual achievements or crimes. To the Left’s agenda, “diversity” is a
value to be implemented, by force, harassment, and statute, if necessary, and
achieved regardless of reason, individual values, and innocence.
Diversity puts a premium on the act of
discrimination in social associations (such as on American
bakers
who, for religious reasons, are punished by Federal or state
regulatory laws for refusing to accept gays as customers, or who fire or refuse
to hire Muslims who insist on
wearing their “religious” garb
in their stores), by tar-brushing the act –
irrational or not – as a prohibitive offense to be punished, discriminated
against, and banned. All individuals who, rightly or wrongly, do not wish to
hire or associate with blacks or Muslims are automatically branded as “racists”
or “bigots.”
However, Muslims as a group may not be
targeted for discriminatory practices because their acts of
discrimination against infidels and women are allegedly religiously based and
therefore beyond moral judgment. Acts of discrimination based on Christian or
secular beliefs, however,  are
discouraged, vilified, or prohibited.
The phenomenon has now been expanded into the
subject of “white privilege,” which in essence, is a contrived but open assault
on Western values on college campuses,
and in Western achievements in general. Most Western advancements in
philosophy, technology, science, the arts, and the rule of law and politics
originated in Europe, which was mostly and incidentally “white.” Thus the
legacy of civilized life is an inherited instance of “white privilege.” Or are
we still waiting for the news of a Minnesota Somalian to claim that he and
his fellow collectivists perfected the probes of Ceres or Pluto?
 Or devised a new bypass surgery
technique by an Afghan or Syrian or Palestinian (other than in a machete or
knife attack)?
Just how many offended groups or groups
feeling “unsafe” from or “triggered” by words or someone’s freedom of
expression can there be, such as black and brown people, sexual assault
survivors, Muslims, LGBTQIA+ people, people with low incomes, people with
differing abilities, undocumented immigrants, and anyone that is systematically
targeted along identity
lines
?”
Then again, blacks who can be called “middle
or upper class income blacks,” or Asians who excel in science or technology in
school, do not consciously identify with such groups. They are automatically pigeon-holed
by their enemies, who wish to herd them into the stockyards of “diversity”
ready for the smearing or slaughter. Their goal is death.
Aristotle was “white.” But he promulgated
reason. Kepler and Copernicus were “white.” But they helped to define the solar
system. Isaac Newton was “white.” But he developed the laws of physics. Anna Hyatt
Huntington
was “white.” But she created heroic statues. Each of these
achievers was a pursuer of and a product of Western values.
I am white, too. Lump me into a group with
these prominent, “white privileged” whites. But, I don’t claim their
achievements, nor would they claim mine. Don’t call me “white privileged.” My privilege
is my mind together with my values. The haters of “white
privilege” have no minds and no values. They are nihilists.

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1 Comment

  1. Rob McVey

    Ed, I was happy to recommend this essay today in a Comment I left in National Post ('Latest' not 'National' Edition), about a letter that touted the benefits of 'diversity' by a foundation to fund such propaganda.

    — Rob McVey, T4B

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