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February 23, 2016 by V the K
Craig Smith says
February 23, 2016 at 5:46 pm - February 23, 2016
Again, the open-minded aren’t.
Sean L says
February 23, 2016 at 10:07 pm - February 23, 2016
Being a Regressive Leftist is a lot like being in the Village People: you can wear whatever costume you want to, but Marx help you if you don’t sing the song right or mess up the dance routine.
February 24, 2016 at 8:04 pm - February 24, 2016
I love the village people analogy! Also the white woman who wanted to be black did not get any support from the left. They basically hung her out to dry.
Conservative guy says
February 25, 2016 at 1:40 pm - February 25, 2016
My recollection of the Rachel Dolezal episode, if that’s who you mean by “the white woman who wanted to be black,” was that the left was divided and flummoxed. Some supported her, and yes many hung her out to dry. The dilemma was that on the one hand (a) the left supports self-identification (as a different gender or even as a cat) and (b) Dolezal was a social justice warrior with the NAACP, but on the other hand the left has spoken out against “cultural appropriation,” and Dolezal went beyond even cultural appropriation to identity appropriation. Further complicating matters for leftists is their position that “race is a purely social construct, not biological.” If it is a purely social construct, then why can’t anyone simply choose to be black, particularly someone like Rachel Dolezal who was raised with adopted black siblings? Dolezal’s adopted black sister Esther supported her; her adopted black brother Ezra however accused her of living in blackface and insulting African-Americans by doing so.
Throbert McGee says
February 25, 2016 at 2:25 pm - February 25, 2016
If it is a purely social construct, then why can’t anyone simply choose to be black
It seems to me that a “social construct,” by definition, requires some group consensus — that’s what puts the “social” in it.
Camille Paglia once asserted that “a man’s masculinity can only be confirmed by OTHER MEN.” So while an especially flamboyant gay male figure can insist “I’m masculine in my own way,” most other men won’t really buy this. They may well defend his right to be effeminate — they may even say, out of some sense of chivalry, that “it takes more courage for a man to wear mascara than for a man to run into a burning building” — but they don’t necessarily believe the latter statement, and most of them don’t agree that the guy actually meets the criteria for the “social construct of masculinity.”
At the same time, group consensus about the definition of a social construct can shift over time — so it’s entirely possible that in the year 2116, someone like Rachel Donezal could identify as a “black African-American” without the least bit of controversy. (On the grounds that her ancestors lived in Africa 45,000 years ago, perhaps.) But that time is not yet — for now, she doesn’t fit the Social Construct Of Negritude.