We’d love to know what you “get” for yourself when you dedicate your life to calling out people for their racism, sexism, Islamophobia, etc. We’re not saying there isn’t a proper time and place for such accusations; there are. It’s called: When someone actually says something bigoted. The great thing about those times is that they are pretty damn obvious to everyone when they happen. You don’t have to write a 1400-word column explaining why the statement was racist. It just IS racist. It’s self-damning.
That’s not the case with “racism” (or sexism, etc.) in 2018. No, today the whole point is to see who can be the first one to issue the Big Call Out. A terrible trend that began on social media and migrated quickly to college campuses has now become a permanent fixture of our politics. As Jonathan Haidt theorizes in his new book, there is a certain amount of “social prestige” that comes with calling someone out for this invisible racism. And we suppose that prestige isn’t just craved by insecure college kids; apparently Erik Wemple at the Washington Post wants his share of it as well. That’s why he spent his time on Tuesday telling readers all about how Tucker Carlson is a racist for even daring to question the value of American diversity.
On his show last Friday, Carlson asked some extremely pertinent questions about the topic.
“How, precisely, is diversity our strength?” Carlson asked after playing clips of Democrats proclaiming it to be the most important factor in American success. “Since you’ve made this our new national motto, please be specific as you explain it. Can you think, for example, of other institutions such as, I don’t know, marriage or military units in which the less people have in common, the more cohesive they are?”
Carlson’s point was, yes, about questioning the value of diversity, but more importantly, it was about the questioning itself – something which is well-nigh unacceptable in “everything is racist” America. Carlson’s underlying point is that it is dangerous to simply accept these little truisms about American progress without any scrutiny at all.
But Wemple’s (and social media’s) reaction to the segment shows exactly why people DON’T question it.
“At least Carlson lives his principles,” Wemple writes. “He sticks up for white people all the time on his program, in ways that just so happen to appeal to racists. As for the diversity on the staff of ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight,’ we’ve asked Fox News for a rundown. We are awaiting a response.”
In other words, if you criticize diversity – scratch that, if you even THINK about criticizing diversity, you are a racist.
We hope Wemple and his legions of fellow leftists are enjoying all of that “prestige” they’re getting from the echo chamber; as pundit after university dean after politician falls before their social justice sword, millions of Americans are finally waking up to the evils of this nonstop witch hunt. This, more than any other single factor, may explain why Donald J. Trump is in the White House as we speak.
But it appears the malcontents on the left haven’t quite figured that out yet.