31st August 2011
Jeffrey Toobin’s gripping, must-read profile of Clarence and Virginia Thomas in the New Yorker gives readers new insight into what Sauron must have felt: Toobin argues that the only Black man in public life that liberals could safely mock and despise may be on the point of bringing the Blue Empire down.
In the ‘progressive’ mythology of Identity Politics, your identity is a matter of creed rather than of objective observed fact.
For example, ‘black’ means ‘black leftist’; doesn’t matter what your skin color, you can’t be black unless you support the leftist agenda. Hence Jesse Jackson can say of Congressman Artur Davis (whose skin is actually blacker than Jackson’s, not that it’s important), “You can’t vote against healthcare and call yourself a black man.”
Similarly, being a woman is more about supporting the Feminist Party LOine than about those tacky things called genes. Thus Washington Post columnist Wendy Doniger (whose area of expertise is Hindu mythology, no doubt a perfect profession for a feminist) can say of Sarah Palin, “Her greatest hypocrisy is in her pretense that she is a woman.”
This willing suspension of belief in reality has been the distinguishing characteristic of ‘progressives’ since the 19th century, so much so that it has even become a joke: “Conservatives believe something when they see it; liberals see something when they believe it.” So much for the ‘reality-based community’.