Category Archives: moral authority

More victim than thou

Pocahontas

The one-drop rule

If, writes Dalrymple, Elizabeth Warren could prove that at some time in the past, however distant, one of her ancestors belonged to what the people of Hindustan—the real experts in human classification, having had millennia of practice at it—call the ‘scheduled castes’,

some extra moral authority would be added unto her.

There’s no racist as fanatical as an anti-racist

It demonstrates, Dalrymple says, how racialised liberal thinking—liberal in the US, not in the classical, sense—has remained in America. He observes that

once you start down the road of equality of outcome as the measure of justice, rather than equality under the law, you start dividing humans into groups, and one of the most obvious ways to do so is race. So, having spent years denying that there is any objective reality to racial classifications, liberals start sifting people into racial categories with an obsessiveness that puts South African policemen under the old régime to shame.

Race, among other classifications,

becomes a lens through which the whole of social life is examined.

Victims are the heroes of the politically correct

Today and as a teenager: Rachel Dolezal, who is of German, Czech and Swedish ancestry, is president of the Spokane chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. She  has been portraying herself as African American for a decade. Dalrymple writes: 'Victims are the heroes of the politically correct; their victimhood confers unique moral authority upon them ex officio. And since many would like to be a unique moral authority, it follows that they would like to be a victim. The fact soon follows the wish, at least in their own estimation.'

Today and as a teenager: Rachel Dolezal, who is of German, Czech and Swedish ancestry, is president of the Spokane chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. A single mother who identifies herself as bisexual, and represents herself as the victim both of child abuse (she was, she claims, chastised with a ‘baboon whip’) and date-rape (she declined to sue the alleged perpetrator because, she said, of his great wealth), this energetic progressive has been portraying herself as African American for nearly a decade. Dalrymple writes: ‘Victims are the heroes of the politically correct; their victimhood confers unique moral authority upon them ex officio. And since many would like to be a unique moral authority, it follows that they would like to be a victim. The fact soon follows the wish, at least in their own estimation.’