It has been a joy and a delight to watch the Democrats tearing each other apart over identity politics during this presidential election. Finally, the fundamental unfairness of treating certain groups as more special than others is showing its very ugly consequences as women and African-Americans are pitted against each other in this desperate battle for premier victimhood.
It is always interesting to keep tabs on who the darling PC group of the moment is, that special identity that is placed reverently atop the PC totem pole to assume the cherished status of 'moral authority over all' that the leftwing cognoscenti expect us all to follow. Is it women this week? Or 'people of color' (not to ever be confused with 'colored people', even though, heh, they are exactly the same thing), or lefthanded lesbian filipinos?
Well in Europe it appears that the top slot now belongs to . . . bigoted and chauvinistic Muslim males. Incredible, but a group that rejects every single liberal ideal there is, and whose views harken back to the dark ages, appear to be emerging as the new top protected species.
As Bruce Bawer notes: "Multiculturalists cant face all this. So it is that even when there are brutal gay-bashings, few journalists write about them; of those who do, few mention that the perpetrators are Muslims; and those who do mention it take the line that these perpetrators are lashing out in desperate response to their own oppression."
How did this come to be? Let's analyze it. In order for all of these competing identity groups to come together for political purposes, they need the fiction of 'multiculturalism' to keep them tied together. That is, all cultures and groups are equally valid, equally valuable, equally good, blah blah (except whites and conservatives, naturally). But . . . when members of a group don't actually treat others as equally valid, equally valuable and so on, the fault cannot lie with multiculturalism itself and its pollyanna and unrealistic fictions. Multiculturalism is a necessary political tool that cannot be blamed for any of this, so the fault must lie elsewhere. The solution is to absolve these young Muslim men of their anti-social tendencies by casting them as victims too. They know not what they do.
So, being an intolerant, gay-bashing, female-loathing theocrat is okay as long as they fit into the liberal schema of the oppressed classes. Then, anything goes because it just isn't their fault, somehow. Remember, to liberals it isn't what you do, or what you think or say that counts, only the symbolic value of the color of your skin, your sex, and your economic circumstances matter.