PC Bizzaro World

I know it’s Melissa Harris-Perry and very few people care what she thinks … but she thinks a lot of things that a lot of other people think.  Things that are wrong-headed.  And our President is one of them.  So it’s relevant.  Here she’s talking about the picture of one of the “suspects” in the San Bernadino shooting.

“Also, right next to it [is] an image of the shooting suspect there in an hijab,” Harris-Perry said. “And the idea that, okay, this is what terrorism looks like, I…for me, that is a difference, and it is a material and meaningful difference in how we…so on the one hand again, I want to be able to talk about what the thing is that is terrorism. On the other hand, I have to reflect that this happens only for specific communities.”

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Abstract depiction of suspect

This is what denial looks like. You’ve convinced yourself that it can’t possibly have anything to do with the religion itself, and therefore any recognizable fact that might point to it must be questioned past the point of marginalization even though you know it’s staring you right in the face, day after day. This is the woman who did it, this is what she looks like, and, in fact, there are no publicly available pictures of her not in a hijab. If it was a Muslim who saved someone’s life, would it be wrong to show her in a hajib if that’s what she wears? Or are we just going to post generic clipart pictures like the weird cyclops Windows 10 person icon — with news stories with the caption “abstracted depiction of suspect” so nobody gets the “wrong” idea?

Reflect, for a bit, on why “this happens only for specific communities” … and even that is a form of denial. It is one specific community. And that community is the Islamic community. The numbers blow all other causes out of the water. So you bend over backward to relate it in any other way to other violent acts so that you can specifically factor religion out of it so you can retain your worldview. God forbid you alter your worldview to fit the facts. And here’s why.

If you believe in your heart that all religions are equal, you simply cannot answer the question “why is terrorism so disproportionately prevelant in Islam?” You have to go to other explanations, like poverty, oppression, or “climate change”(!?).

Only poverty, oppression, and “climate change” affect people of all religions, and somehow we don’t see people from those other religions killing innocent people (never mind explicitly in the name of their religion) in anything remotely in the same ballpark (or “sport”, for that matter) to the numbers we see out of the Islamic population.

If you admit that one religion can produce a better society than another, you also have to admit that a religion might also produce a better society than one that has none. Or claims to have none. Because we *all* have belief systems, atheist, agnostic, Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist … Ba’hai …

And then you’d have to have a serious discussion about it. But political correctness isn’t about talking about things. It’s about avoiding things.

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Part mountain junkie, part decent amateur photographer, part survivalist, part not-so-decent amateur musician, part sysadmin. Husband, step-dad, grandpa, and music freak who digs mechanical clocks, barometers, and Gil Elvgren pinups. Studied Meteorolgy & Computer Science. And the U.S. Constitution.

7 thoughts on “PC Bizzaro World

  1. RW

    “But political correctness isn’t about talking about things. It’s about avoiding things.”

    This.

    The Liberal demands for national conversations means a demand for STFU and let us tell you how evil you are. There is no conversation as it takes two to tango. So if we can’t talk about things, what is left?

  2. Severian

    If you admit that one religion can produce a better society than another, you also have to admit that a religion might also produce a better society than one that has none.

    But that’s the problem right there — they can’t grok that Islam IS a religion.

    I know, I know… but bear with me. “Religion,” to the Left, means “a caricatured, hypocritical, Jimmy Swaggart version of Christianity.” That’s what they grew up thinking, and when they define themselves as smart or “Bright” or whatever their term du jour is, it’s always in reference to what they think Christianity is — big-haired televangelists bilking old people out of their social security checks. Check the internet: The Magic Sky Fairy is always Jesus, and His believers are always hypocrites.

    So they have to use another heuristic for Islam — “racism.” Seriously. Google “anti islam racism” and look at how much pops up. Again, to rational people this is insane — if “Muslim” is a race, then “Christian” is also a race. But we’re not dealing with rational people here. Remember, there is only one religion — the Church of the Televangelist.

    But if you accept that “Muslim” is really a race — I know, it makes your brain hurt, but please try — then their freakouts make perfect sense. As we all know, the perp’s name and picture only show up in crime stories if he’s lily white… in which case he’s splashed all over the front page. If he’s black, there’s no picture, and you’ll have to scan to the very bottom of the story to find out his name is Dontarrious… if they mention it at all. Usually he’s just “the suspect,” in much the same way Muslim rioters in Europe are always described as “youth.”

    And as it is verboten to discuss why there’s so much violent crime in the black “community,” so it’s crimethink to talk about the reasons for Muslim criminality. And if you must talk about it, you can only use the same cliches used for blacks — oppression, poverty, climate change. According to the Left, no black anywhere, at any time, has voluntarily committed a crime — The Man forced him to do it. Muslims get the same treatment.

    PS What really kills me is that this is literally Nazi logic. According to the Nazis, Jews didn’t have free will either — they always and everywhere tried to bring down Western civilization, even if it killed them in the process, because that’s what they do. Well…. we know poverty can’t be eliminated, and all good Lefties assure us that both racism and climate change are intractable problems. Therefore, blacks will always be committing a hugely disproportionate share of crimes, and Muslims will always be trying to kill as many of us as possible, with whatever means at hand. This suggests one, and only one, solution. A “final solution,” if you will.

    Lefties can’t see this, of course, because they’re emotional toddlers with the attention spans of goldfish. But that’s why today’s blue-haired bicurious vegan slam poet is tomorrow’s obergruppenfuhrer. They already accept all the premises; all that’s left is for the culture to shift. Once racism becomes the new anti-racism, our “Progressives” are going to have the shiniest jackboots in the camp.

      1. Severian

        Nice. I’d never seen that one before! Bookmarked for future reference.

        My guide to this kind of thing is Eric Hoffer’s The True Believer and, well, Nazis themselves. Goebbels and especially Hitler put a lot of effort into propagandizing communists, aka the Nazi Party’s supposed mortal enemies. They knew they were recruiting a type, and that type’s politics didn’t matter at all. Hitler claimed that hardcore communist youth activists were the easiest sell of all, and made the best converts.

        Funny, too, how conservatives are almost as vehement as SJWs when I run this idea past them. They somehow can’t figure how a guy who believed seventeen contradictory things — all of them “Progressive” — over his long career as a troll could possibly believe an eighteenth different thing. Weird.

        1. nightfly

          I think that observing these archetypes in action is part of what informed CS Lewis when he was writing that a person interested in faith for any ancillary benefits such as social order, better public morals, etc. etc., was ultimately not going to get either faith nor benefit – for of course one can’t fail to observe that other social programs are, shall we say, more efficient at achieving those results by force or coercion. And naturally, those “in a hurry” movements gather up people who are only interested in the power to tell folks what’s what if they know what’s good for ’em, see…

          Add those two together and there is no hope whatsoever for any honest persons who may be involved – they’ll be purged. In turn, the “in a hurryers” are going to be purged by whomever ruthless would-be dictator has chosen to take them over, and *that* is always easier than the hurryers suppose – it’s not hard to take people trained to turn on a dime like a school of fish and move them as you please. (Observe the ease of envirowackos swarming from global cooling to warming to change back to cooling, just as a for instance.) Like the Emperor observed, if they will not turn, they will be destroyed, and which of them has it in them to suddenly brazen out that kind of a threat? They’ve done it to others, easily; they are well-aware of how it’s done; they have plenty of secrets to be leveraged against them; they’ve alienated anyone from outside who may otherwise have been allies.

          In that sense, Sev, your observation about “17 contradictory things” that philmon quoted is a spot-on description of the deluded, but inaccurate as per the subject of the observation. From that person’s POV (whether they realize it or not), there aren’t any contradictory things at all – they all served at the moment to enhance himself, a boost for ego, money, influence, prestige (and ultimately, the other three are really just serving the ego) – and thus they were all of a kind. A person with his finger forever in the air is signalling rather clearly that he is only out for Number One. That sort of a person will almost never go down swinging in service of a principle or cause, because they’ll conveniently worm themselves into the group that organized against his prior cause ten minutes before anyone really notices how he got there – you only catch someone like that when the mob organizes against *him* in particular.

          1. Severian

            your observation about “17 contradictory things” that philmon quoted is a spot-on description of the deluded, but inaccurate as per the subject of the observation.

            I’m with you, and I should’ve been clearer. I keep repeating that today’s “Social Justice Warrior” is tomorrow’s einsatzkommando because that seems both

            a) incandescently obvious, and
            b) completely incomprehensible to a lot of people, especially people on the right.

            We on the right tend to think in principles, in concepts, in generalities, and it bothers us when some of our big concepts don’t mesh with each other. We assume Lefties work like this, too, and that the mis-alignment of their concepts should cause them psychic pain — the fact that it doesn’t seem to led me to proclaim, to Gary’s eternal dismay, that cognitive dissonance is bullshit.

            But that’s not true. The failure of their big concepts to mesh doesn’t bother them, for the simple reason that they don’t think in big concepts. They think in terms of social signals. If all the cool people say that we’re at war with Eastasia today, then we’ve always been at war with Eastasia. And if the cool people say we’re at war with Eurasia tomorrow, then tomorrow we’ll have always been at war with Eurasia. There is no cognitive dissonance, because there’s no actual cognition at all. It’s just social posturing.

            But since this is a difficult concept — lord knows, a troll through RC’s archives will show how much trouble I had with it — I try to present it in a way that makes more intuitive sense. Thus, a guy who has swallowed seventeen contradictions already will have no problem swallowing an eighteenth.

  3. philmon Post author

    “They somehow can’t figure how a guy who believed seventeen contradictory things — all of them ‘Progressive’ — over his long career as a troll could possibly believe an eighteenth different thing. ”

    Well put. I can grok that. 🙂

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