Thursday, July 27, 2006

Greer not entitled to ”represent her community” either.

Lefty Britain: their lives have become a never ending contest to apologize, a stampede to be first at the tut-tut stone. The soft bigotry of low expectations has mutated into an overt bigotry of expecting skin color or origin to establish the behavior of the new gangmasters: the gutmenschen of the culture of concern.

Of flawed attempts at social engineering:

Germaine Greer fuelled the campaigners' fires earlier this week when she granted them "the moral right to keep the film-makers out". She confirmed their belief that Ali - as the daughter of a white British mother and a father from Dhaka - was not entitled to represent their community, and did so with all the casual racism of a white author. To say that local residents have the right to be upset about their portrayal in the media is one thing; to say that anyone representing a "community" has the right to hinder the free speech of writers and film companies and enflame considerable tension, is quite another. There is no basis for it in philosophy or law, and it is no foundation for a healthy pluralistic society. Besides, it's absurd to say that Monica Ali can't tell this story because she's not sufficiently one of them. Who hands out licences to multicultural storytellers? Not Germaine Greer, surely.
Indeed she doesn’t. These “betters” making one pronouncement or another about public life don’t seem to realize their own tyranny. Moreover, decades of their “moral leadership” have reduced their admirers to a state of stupidity as we can see in this question:
Is it better to memorialise the dead - or to get on with living our own lives?
Connoisseurs of human life and being are otherwise uniformly aware that this is how we say goodbye to those we love, miss, and admire. It’s how we go on.

The author should note that we will not be memorials to the depth of their reasoning.

The fuse is lit!

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