Readers Will Rule, Says The Times, So Don’t Be Shy by Margaret Sullivan
October 7, 2015 (LINK to article)
I appreciate the NTY allowing my own criticisms of its "progressive" attitude towards race, immigration and multiculturalism to appear in some of the comments I submit, but I would like to see criticism also expressed in actual articles or op-eds, and one day, perhaps, even in an editorial.
I understand the fear that any relaxation of this attitude would constitute a step onto a slippery slope leading all the way to another Auschwitz, but it is an irrational fear that is preventing us from acknowledging and developing an understanding of the social and political importance of race, because of its influence on one's sense of personal and group identity. And this lack of understanding makes another Auschwitz more rather than less likely.
This attitude towards race constitutes an understandable, but misconceived, overreaction to Jim Crow, Apartheid and, of course, Nazi racial ideology, which it is the exact but equally extreme opposite of, denying the importance of race altogether.
It's an attitude that is being exploited by the state as an instrument of socio-political intimidation, rewards, punishments, manipulation and control, just as church ideology once was, serving the age-old strategy of “divide and rule”, dividing society into a morally superior, now supposedly "colour-blind", elite and the morally inferior, naturally (human nature being what it is) less colour-blind, masses, who must submit to the authority of and domination by their "moral superiors".