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At last they’re realising that the victim narrative hurts black kids most


PragerU is well known for its questioning of modern orthodoxies and its most recent video, Why I Don’t Want and Don’t Deserve Reparations, doesn’t disappoint.

In it Super Bowl star Burgess Owens questions the whole ethos of the Reparations Movement and its proposed government payout to descendants of slaves. Owens, who is black and whose great-grandfather was a slave, finds this idea both condescending and counterproductive. He wants no part of it. In this video, he explains why.

It is timely. Over here awareness that it’s black kids who suffer most from the victim narrative is finally surfacing. In yesterday’s Times Mercy Muroki, a master’s student at Jesus College, Oxford, and a Conservative Women’s Organisation diversity officer, wrote on exactly this topic – that already disadvantaged children are being held back by the politics of class and victimhood. It is a great shame that the article should be behind a pay wall. Let’s hope all MPs have automatic access, for Ms Muroki has a great turn of phrase and it should make some of them wince.

Here is how she describes the middle-class resentment-mongers:

‘Standing in their champagne-stained scarlet rosettes, the merchants of victimhood profess comradery with young people but their ideology is one of green-eyed finger-pointing and despair-mongering. They ask my generation to blame the well-off families, to blame the private school kids, to blame capitalism. They talk down our country and its systems as if hard work never got you anywhere. But what they do not ask us to do is to be ambitious. This denial of personal responsibility by taking away the agency of young people is a massively retrograde step.’

But where she gets it wrong is to believe that ‘the Conservatives are the only party on the side of meritocracy because they reject this divisive narrative of Britain’. Really? In her dreams I am afraid.  Mrs May certainly didn’t reject this narrative.  Her ‘race audit’ with its victimhood meme and self accusatory focus that we are all racist bought into it hook, line and sinker.  Laura Perrins’s excoriation of the Conservatives, written at the time, for falling into this Leftist trap can be read  here and here as a reminder for anyone who has forgotten.

No. The Conservatives In Name Only do not deserve immunity from Ms Muroki’s stinging critique. Too many of their policies, from education to climate, from ‘gender’ (pay and identity) to welfare, are founded in flawed notions of fairness and equality that underlay the negativity she describes. They promote neither competition, nor personal responsibility. The Party she pins her hopes on – in its thrall to progressive leftism and in its daily determination to appease the virtue signalling and censorious media  – is as much the problem she identifies, as its solution.



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Kathy Gyngell
Kathy Gyngell
Kathy is Editor of The Conservative Woman. She is @kathygyngelltcw on GETTR and is back on Twitter.

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