I define “social justice” as “the stubborn application of unworkable solutions to imaginary problems.”
This week up here in Canada, we learned about a new taxpayer sponsored project that fits that definition perfectly.
Having made themselves into international laughingstocks by prosecuting Ezra Levant for reprinting the “Mohammed cartoons“, the Albert Human Rights Commission (AHRC) evidently figured they were due for another public smackdown.
This week, the AHRC unveiled their new “anti-racism” project, inspired by UNESCO and funded by extorted Canadian tax dollars.
“Racism Free Edmonton” (that being the province’s capital city) declares that there is only one way to stop the “racism” that is apparently rampant across the nation.
And that is for every Caucasian person to “acknowledge your white privilege.”
That’s right: the Government of Canada is endorsing and promoting radical 1960s Maoism. Ordinary Canadians are being strongly encouraged to “accuse” themselves of “racism” — in the manner of the Weather Underground radicals who met regularly to “confess” their “bourgeois tendencies” for, say, not wanting to sleep with some guy in the group.
Needless to say, Ezra Levant was quick to comment on the latest idiocy being promoted by his one-time tormentors:
They say white Canadians “have likely harmed non-white people with our own whiteness.” Sorry, the only people I know who talk that way are race-obsessed bigots.
And in case you aren’t willing to be called a racist just because you’re born white, Racism Free Edmonton has another insult for you: You’re just a racist in denial of your racism. And denying your racism “perpetuates racism.”
The last time a government tried that logic was in the 1690s in Salem, Mass. There, 150 people were arrested and accused of witchcraft. Of course, most denied it — which is exactly the sort of thing you’d expect a witch to say.
Racism Free Edmonton’s website suggested, for example, that “the pictures and other visual representations in our homes should truly be multiracial.”
So what evidence do these people have that racism is a serious problem?
“Did you know that white people get served faster in convenience stores because of their ‘Whiteness?’ I didn’t but it must be true,” reported the Sun’s Brian Lilley with tongue firmly in cheek.
Which is weird because almost every convenience store in big Canadian cities like Edmonton is owned by… Koreans.
(Also, you don’t get “served” in convenience stores; you just get in line and pay at the counter when your turn comes.)
As the story spread through the Canadian conservative blogosphere, “Racism Free Edmonton” was forced to backtrack. Slightly. The most egregious “white privilege” stuff was scrubbed from its website, and those in charge issued one of those weary, constipated “we’re sorry the rest of you are so stupid” apologies.
Blogger Scaramouche thought all the twisted lefty jargon being spewed out by Racism Free Edmonton sounded really familiar. Namely, it was reminiscent of Stanley Kurtz’s research into one of Obama’s most important mentors, James H. Cone:
While Cone asserts that blacks hate whites, he denies that this hatred is racism. Black racism, says Cone, is “a myth created by whites to ease their guilt feelings.” Black hatred of whites is simply a legitimate reaction to “oppression, insult, and terror.” Cone derides accusations of black racism as a mere “device of white liberals.”
Indeed, one of the most striking features of Black Theology and Black Power is its strident attack on white liberals.
Cone insists that white, liberal do-gooders are every bit as responsible as the most dyed-in-the-wool segregationists. Well before it became a cliche, Cone boldly set forth the argument for institutional racism–the notion that “racism is so embedded in the heart of American society that few, if any, whites can free themselves from it.”
Wow, it sure is lucky for me that Canada has a Conservative government in power, and a safe, sane, right wing outpost in that “Texas of the North” called Alberta, huh?