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David Kurten: Identity politics means some are more equal than others

In the topsy turvy world of identity politics, it seems that not a week goes by without a new class of victim being identified. This week it is the turn of left-handed people. Apparently, the world is structured for right-handed people who need to check their privilege, and now all employers and educational establishments must make action plans to ensure that, for example, there are more left-handed desks to combat the unconscious bias and discrimination perpetrated by the privileged right-handed majority.

Most people will rightly dismiss this as the rantings of a sadly misguided product of our once glorious Western education system, but similar ideology is trotted out almost routinely in the wake of real criminal and even terrorist attacks if the perpetrator has a so-called protected characteristic.

In the wake of the Westminster terrorist attack it wasn’t long before some media outlets were claiming that mass murderer and Islamist terrorist Khalid Masood was the real victim because he allegedly once suffered from having a conversation with ‘racial overtones’. This was not just a further injury to the families of those murdered, but an incomprehensible, unfeeling idiocy.

Many mainstream journalists together with vast sections of the establishment have unfortunately been trained on liberal arts courses where they have been infected with the notion of ‘intersectional victimhood’. This is a barmy theory where some people have ‘privilege’, and others are ‘victims’ based on what you look like, what reproductive anatomy you have and what you do with it. Essentially, if you are white, straight, able-bodied, Christian and male you are privileged in every way possible, and your privilege makes you an oppressor just by existing.

If you are black or an ethnic minority, LGBT, Muslim, disabled or female then you are a victim. If you are more than one of these things your lack of privilege intersects to make you even more of a victim. If you have all five victim characteristics, you are so oppressed by society that you are not responsible for anything you do – it’s all the fault of the evil straight white male patriarchy which controls society.

In the upside down thinking of politically correct intersectional theory, Khalid Masood was black and Muslim. Therefore, despite his terrible crime and act of terrorism against the nation, it wasn’t his fault; it was ultimately the fault of his oppressors, which in this case are the good people of Northiam, East Sussex, who didn’t want much to do with him after he stabbed someone in the face.

There is a principle in civilised countries that all are equal before the law. Yet in the new politics of political correctness, those who have victim status already receive lower sentencing on occasion, such as in the case of Karolina Szumko who was let off by a judge because she was a ‘lady’, or Adil Rashid who was spared jail for statutory rape of a minor because he was a Muslim who claimed he was unaware of British law.

On the other hand some media outlets and police services almost salivate over the possibility of charging people with privileged characteristics with a ‘hate crime’. A harsher sentence can be applied in some cases if an offence is committed against someone with a protected characteristic and deemed to be motivated by ‘hatred’. This can be true even if it is not true. The motivation for an offence may not actually be ‘hatred’ but a victim or anyone else only has to say they feel a crime was motivated by ‘hate’ and it is a ‘hate crime’. The law has become dangerously subjective.

New guidelines from the Crown Prosecution Service enforce this and encourage officials to pursue ‘hate crimes’ more vigorously. A person of privilege can now commit a hate crime simply if anyone feels offended even when no offence is intended, such as in the case where a Christian preacher was arrested and locked up as a ‘homophobic hate criminal’ for answering a question put to him by a member of the public who was gay. However, persons with multiple protected characteristics are unlikely to ever be accused or charged with a hate crime or receive a sentence uplift.

This is a dangerous development. We turn our back on the principle of equality under the law for a new paradigm of ‘Equalities’ at our peril. In this new system where some are more equal than others, it is not a privilege to be privileged.

(Image: Dying Regime)

David Kurten

  • secretpeople

    A well-written article, thank you. It would seem then that ‘privilege’, as in ‘check your privilege’, means the precise opposite – those ‘with privilege’ are those with unprotected characteristics; no one cares if they perceive themselves to be victims of hate crime or actual crime such as child rape. Something of a theme: nowadays the terms ‘liberal’ and ‘progressive’ also seem to mean the precise opposite.

    • Sargv

      Those with ‘privilege’ are the only ones that treated like adults. Everyone else are the children of the state, that were given the same rights and then some, but a very reduced set of responsibilities (i.e. they don’t have to suffer through consequences of their bad personal choices).

      In the long run, this will only cement the outcomes divide between white men (and right-minded women and non-white people that do not play into Left hands by accepting a victim role) and the rest of the society.

      By treating a part of the population to the higher standards, you make sure that that part will be the only one where standards are maintained.

      The worst thing we can do now is to turn white men into another victimised minority. Then the only adult left in the house will be The State.

    • Shazza

      ‘Liberal’ policies now are authoritarian – witness the loss of freedom of speech/telling the truth labelled as ‘hate speech’ etc.
      ‘Progressive’ policies – progressing back to the Dark Ages – witness the deliberate protection afforded to a regressive belief system and the systematic denigration of an ideology which urges love and tolerance toward our fellow man.

    • Owen_Morgan

      I agree about “liberal’. There is nothing liberal about a LibDem here, a Liberal in Canada, or a self-styled “liberal” in the US. On the other hand, Australian Liberals often are authentically liberal.

      “Progressive” is a weird one. It just comes from a Latin verb meaning “to move forwards”. Most animals are a lot more comfortable with going forwards, where their eyes are, than with going backwards. Nevertheless, there is nothing intrinsically good about moving frontwards, if that is where the crocodile is. Marxism and islam regard their aims as inevitable; i.e. “progress” must happen and is entirely desirable. Well, not being a commie or a muslim, I don’t see things quite like that.

  • Partridge

    This is absolutely true, and the amazing thing is that our elected representatives in Parliament are so blind to what is going on. But this is the result of years of indoctrination in our education system by Marxists, feminists, and pro-EU, pro-climate change, ‘social justice warriors. And it will probably take years before the problem is dealt with, unless more people stand up and protest.

    • Groan

      It will indeed take years because “the government” by which I mean the Civil service and other public services, that MPs supposedly monitor and direct if in Government, regard this stuff as axiomatic and just “the truth” rather than a set of political ideology. As an example in a Union publication just through my post (Unison) a Paramedic bemoans the “cuts” pointing out that he has had no new training for professional development for a number of years apart from annual compulsory Diversity Training. Though not his purpose that Diversity Training is the only training that is prioritised to someone we rely on to save lives speaks volumes about the priorities of NHS management in common with all public services.

    • Busy Mum

      I wrote to my MP pointing out the inequality of the ‘equality’ religion. My letter was in response to her stock reply to my initial emailed concerns about the proposed Equality Oath.
      She has never replied to the letter. She is either blind – or deliberately looking the other way.

      • Partridge

        This MP should be publicly named and shamed and people urged not to vote for her.

        • Busy Mum

          I am looking forward to a hustings before June 8th where I can do precisely what you suggest.

    • It does not help when the mainstream media is either silent or offer low key reporting. The case of Sarah Halimi in Paris is rather saddening.

      • Shazza

        This is where Fake News comes into play – it is not just the fact that the MSM distorts facts to suit their narrative, they deliberately ignore and refuse to publish anything which undermines their distorted narrative and which may just prove them wrong.

        Far better to sacrifice truth and consequently our culture and civilisation on the altar of Loony Left wing ideals rather than be accused as being ‘racist’.

  • Groan

    Whatever happened to the dream of judgment being on the quality of character? It amazes me that so many appear not to see the contradiction of talking about equality yet judging people on the characteristics from their birth.

    • I noticed this year’s ago.

      No government in British history was as obsessive as New Labour in skin colour and collecting data asking people to racially categorise themselves. Which to me, goes against everything that Martin Luther King said in his brilliant (and simple) speech.

  • Uusikaupunki

    “In November 1976, Her Majesty the Queen gave her Royal Assent to a Bill to exempt turbanned Sikhs from having to wear crash-helmets when riding a motor-cycle: The motorcycle Crash-Helmets (Religious Exemption) Act, 1976”

    Now, I have nothing personal against Sikhs, but on that day the rule of “All equal before the law” was effectively abolished, and we started down the slippery slope…

    • Lagopus scotica

      There’s also a law from the 1960s about Romany Gipsies being exempt from planning laws for caravans, I believe.

      • Uusikaupunki

        Ah, interesting, thanks for that…..It’s strange that where I live, people have been fined for throwing a sweet wrapper or cigarette butt out of a car, but their seems a de facto exemption for fly-tipping from our travelling “friends” when they leave an illegal site.Or am I being “racist”?

        • Sargv

          Legal equality is all good, but in the real world, civil servants only enforce the rules on those, who gave them no trouble and accepts those rules to be imposed – like native Brits, who internalised the concepts of “rule of law” and “fair play”.

          It’s different even in other white countries (i.e. in my native Russia the attitude to law enforcement is “catch me and make me”), and in Africa and Middle East it’s too often “who makes the loudest noise is going to win”.

          • Uusikaupunki

            Agreed, though I think in the UK it is the Police who choose not to enforce the rules….when faced with a large group of muslims, or “travellers” or blacks they will back off. Some people call it discretion, others timidity, the Police call it being politically correct.
            During the recent riots police were conspicuous by either absence or inaction. However a few days later they made a great play of going in mob-handed when they broke into houses to arrest single subjects….

          • Sargv

            Not only the police. Social Service will grab the kid from a white family in no time – but from a Muslim one… And I can understand them. When a person says “you have to kill me first before I give you my child” to a social worker, there are chances she’ll just drop the case.

            People with no instilled compliance to authorities sees Britain as extremely soft society.

          • Uusikaupunki

            When you import enough peoples from other cultures, the importing country’s culture will inevitably change…sad but true.

          • Sargv

            Not really, no. USA managed to digest the waves of European immigrants, and so did Russians, swallowing whole ethnoses between Baltic and Pacific.

            It’s the attitude toward those imported cultures that matters. The problem started in 1960s, with “all cultures are equally important” sentiment. No, they’re not. At least not within each other. You arrived to Rome – you do like Romans do. Or they will make you to.

          • Shazza

            Yes, the USA did manage to ‘digest the waves of European immigrants’ successfully. They all learned to speak English, became American and adopted American values albeit remaining proud of their initial heritage, i.e., Irish American/Italian American etc. subsequently adding to the rich tapestry of American culture.

            However, they were European and for the most part, shared Judeo Christianity as a common belief system. The same cannot be said of the current influx who have no intention of becoming part of the shared American culture and who increasingly, have no compunction in claiming victim status.

            Oil and water do not mix, you can shake up the salad dressing but eventually the mix separates.

          • Sargv

            Sure, Europeans were easier to melt, but now the US government DOESN’T EVEN TRY TO. They “celebrate diversity” instead. No effort put – no results achieved.

          • Shazza

            Agree and in fact, the narrative now is to decry and ridicule those who previously achieved ‘The American Dream’, patriotism and all the other factors that ‘made America great’

          • SimonToo

            Snowflakes should be even easier to melt.

          • Sargv

            Somalian snowflakes? Syrian snowflakes? Mexican snowflakes? The only snoflakes there are were supposed to throw in coal into a stove with the melting pot on top, and they failed before they started.

          • Shazza

            If you deliberately import huge swathes of third world immigrants into a first world country, in a very short period of time the first world country will become a third world country.

          • Uusikaupunki

            I think you needed to address that to Sargv rather than me….reread my post.

          • Shazza

            Actually, I was just agreeing with you……..

          • Uusikaupunki

            Oh, Gawd, I’m getting worse…!! Above message meant for you.

          • Shazza

            🙂

          • Uusikaupunki

            warning…never mix old age and Pinot noir….!!

          • Uusikaupunki

            Ah, sorry! Accept apologies….(self-inflicted slap on wrist….)

          • Greenlander

            It’s whether it changes for the better or the worse.
            Look at how sticking to the old clan system has resulted in the postal voting scam in London. It may be good to have a support infrastructure other than the state but when you use it to interfere in affairs of state, then it must be curtailed for the sake of those not part of that clan infrastructure.

          • Uusikaupunki

            On the subject of one culture in particular, I’ve seen cultures more useful to this country in a Petri dish….Penicillin was a boon to mankind, islam a disaster.

          • SimonToo

            When and why did we start acceding so readily to jumped-up clerks from the council?

          • Sargv

            No specific point. I think it’s a fission of a family unit happened gradually. Modern Westerners are atomised individuals cemented with a strong, omnipresent State. It’s a very different setup from the rest of the world, where states are usually weak, and tribes and families are strong.

            State is the only support network Europeans have – there are no religion communities (secularism + atheism), no extended families (individualism + welfare state + daycare generation + feminism), no local communities (urbanisation with anonymity of a big city life + “social mobility” which means changing places twice a decade) for us. And when the state turns on you – what can you do? You have NO ONE ELSE on your side.

          • Groan

            You describe exactly the Cultural Marxist view of achieving the “revolution” , it is presumed far easier to size control of the state than a whole society. So if the state becomes the sole “glue” the revolution need only be to seize control of that institution.

          • Sargv

            Well, you have the answer on how to prevent it then. Build alternative support networks. Stick to your family, including all those cousins and uncles. Invest into your local community. Make sure there are at least a dozen people in your life who value you enough to risk their short-term wellbeing for you.

            Ironically, this is easier for foreigners in UK, than it is for locals. We tend to stick together in a fairly big co-dependent network.

          • Greenlander

            One reason the established church is a target. Muslims should also be warned that in the future their system won’t be exempt, and some are even providing the very excuse the establishment need. If there was a brain between then they would stick to prayer and charitable work.

          • Greenlander

            Because we know that rules and regulations, on the whole, are made for the benefit of all.

          • Groan

            In the “riots” (really just some mob looting of goods) the Police had literally “forgotten” what to do. Neglecting training on riot control and relying on small “tactical” teams to be the “force” in the now police “service”. The looters found that using mobile phones they could orchestrate two or more “incidents” and the small tactical team could only attend one spot leaving the others wide open.

      • Greenlander

        How many hamlets and villages spring up in the medieval period with planning permission?
        The more recent events during the Dale Farm adventure and other similar affairs were simply attempts to give travelers enough rope to get them tied to the state by allowing them to settle in one place. Once settled they can then start to rule your life they way they do to us, taxes, council tax, rules and regulations that must be obeyed. Why should some get away with avoiding them if by simply annoying a few hundred people you can settle and control a whole group? Don’t think they care about travelers, they care about control.

        • Lagopus scotica

          I wasn’t commenting on the Romany/gipsy way of life, I was adding to the example given by Uusikaupunki about special treatment for an ethnic minority, rather than treating everybody the same under the law.

    • I agree with your argument, too many people disregard the “slippery slope” argument these days.

      However, how many Sikhs do we see riding motorcycles with just their turbans anyway? I cannot say I have ever seen it, except for perhaps in India, but not here.

    • RPM

      An ten’s of thousands of Sikhs died in WW2 fighting the naz*s wearing their turbans and not worrying about their mortality.

      • Sargv

        Even more Russians died in that war, yet we somehow required to wear helmets and use the belts.

    • SimonToo

      That is what happens when you make a bad law in the first place. Compelling adults to wear crash helmets (or seat belts for that matter) is a misuse of the legislative system to encroach on the liberty of the subject.

  • Lagopus scotica

    Thank you David, excellent article, with a very appropriate photograph. For non-Muslims, it seems to us as though “shariah law = no peace”

  • Russell

    “In the topsy turvy world of identity politics, it seems that not a week goes by without a new class of victim being identified.”

    This week I learned of the new and important academic field of ‘Fat Studies’.

    http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/about-massey/news/article.cfm?mnarticle_uuid=93A71EE1-D4D5-127B-E3BB-3C1104F4D7B4

    • Sargv

      “Yup, that’s fat”.

    • Snoffle Gronch

      Dr Pause, researcher in Fat Studies, deserves to be better known. Here’s her page at the obviously distinguished institution at which she is detained http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/expertise/profile.cfm?stref=402040

      • paul parmenter

        Just read it. Find it almost beyond belief. How to construct an apparently serious academic career out of being fat and talking about it.

        But then, she is a feminist, so no insanity is too extreme to be turned into another form of victimhood – and milked for profit.

        • Greenlander

          I talked about being fat with my personal trainer £20 / hour and dietitian- wife / what’s left / hour. I find as the months go by I have less and less to talk about . She should try it.

    • Marat

      It’s not fat. It’s “internalised misogyny” 🙂

  • Colkitto03

    The one identity group that is ignored by the world it seems is young white men. They are the most derided group in society
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/12051159/young-white-men-most-derided-group-in-britain-yougov.html

    This is the ultimate conclusion of 30 years of identity politics. Do we know how these young white men feel about the way the world views them? Nobody is interested in asking them.
    I fear that it wont end well in the decades to come.

    • Sargv

      Black shirts are a casual attire for disenfranchised white men. I pity those minorities. Once the state will collapse – which it will, as they always do – who’s going to protect them?

      • Colkitto03

        Yes, very well said.

    • Busy Mum

      I keep asking my schools to introduce some ‘positive white male role models’ now that white boys are wallowing at the bottom of all the charts. After all, that was the reason given for worshipping people like Mandela and Gandhi – it was deemed to be important for struggling black boys that they had role models to whom they could relate.

      I get absolutely nowhere. Teachers do look a bit embarrassed when I suggest it, but nothing is done.

      • Colkitto03

        Well done for asking. I suspect that many female teachers know and understand the problem and would like to see something done. Unfortunately free speech and honest opinions will damage your career throughout our educational establishments. Its Orwellian.

        • Busy Mum

          Apologies for having given the impression that I am a teacher! I should have said ‘my children’s schools’.
          Having said that, I absolutely agree that I would not be able to have a successful teaching ‘career’ in today’s schools – I place too high a value on the truth.

          • Dominic Stockford

            As a tall, white, male, with received English pronunciation, who is a reformed Christian, I am most certainly not allowed anywhere near the school assemblies round here in ‘right-on’ South West London. Far too dangerous.

      • Tethys

        Any suggestions?

        • Busy Mum

          History is full of them.

  • Snoffle Gronch

    Of course the other consideration is that the highly politicized police will gladly threaten and intimidate a law abiding white person for the most trivial of reasons, while when it comes to really serious crimes – e.g. those committed in Rotherham and Huddersfield by ‘intersectional victims’ – they have to be forced to take any action. Mostly the police just collude and cover up. It’s interesting in that context that mohammedanism is such a powerful victim status that the establishment will protect an adult male rapist at the expense of a female minor in care.

    Time to sweep away the entire corrupt and corrupting claptrap of “hate”.

  • John Thomas

    Yes, as an aged white male, heterosexual and – oh dear! – Christian, I’m quite sure I’m going to be arrested for something soon. I’m sure to have offended someone of “identity”, who could denounce me. I could point out, however, that I’m left-handed. Yep, that’s sure to get me off …

    • Dominic Stockford

      Me too. Though, seriously, I won’t be surprised when it happens.

  • Labour_is_bunk

    “he was a Muslim who claimed he was unaware of British law”.

    1) so they just rolled over and took him at his word?

    2) the judge conveniently failed to point out to him that “ignorance of the law is no defence”?

  • wisestreligion

    Once upon a time you could rely on “Progress” to mean movement in the right direction. Now when someone talks of Progress you have to ask “is that good progress or bad progress?” it is usually the latter.

    The Left has found that if you have trouble changing people’s minds in the required direction the best tactic is to capture a word with positive connotations and adopt it exclusively for your own cause. Words like gay, diverse, progressive, equality have thus been weaponized to get round the awkward obstacles of wisdom and common sense. Huxley and Orwell warned us this was coming.