Cultural appropriation has jumped the shark, and everyone is noticing

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A Chinese dress on a white high school girl. An Indian character on a cartoon show. A Vietnamese sandwich at a college cafeteria. A sombrero, a headdress, a kimono, a poncho. "My culture is not your prom dress." The meme has become a laughingstock.

The hunt began with trace amounts of legitimacy, with outrage at understandably offensive things, then spiraled into demands about an ever-growing list of "offenses" so numerous and minor they had to create a term for them—the microaggression. And now, the entire world has become a microaggression.

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The Atlantic published a 1,900-word examination of the concept of cultural appropriation, which lies at the heart of identity politics and PC Culture—in other words, it is the ultimate microaggression. One startling revelation: The Chinese dress that the young woman wore as her prom dress in what has become a firestorm of political correctness, was in fact co-opted from European culture. Yes, it was culturally appropriated.

The article, titled "Every Culture Appropriates" examines many examples of so-called cultural appropriation throughout history. The conclusion is potent:

The policemen of cultural appropriation do not think that way. They have a morality tale to tell, one of Western victimization of non-Western peoples—a victimization so extreme that it is triggered by a Western girl's purchase of a Chinese dress designed precisely so that Chinese girls could live more like Western girls. In order to tell that story, the policemen of cultural appropriation must crush and deform much of the truth of cultural history—and in the process demean and infantilize the people they supposedly champion.

Amid cries of cultural appropriation, there is an utter brilliance at play: By accusing people of using power to intimidate less powerful people, they become empowered.

The rules have outfoxed the rule-makers. The web of violations and aggressions and offenses has grown so thick and many-vined that it has subsumed the very people who contrived it in the first place. The culture police who have devoted their lives to exposing injustices have themselves become the insensitive and ignorant bullies that they supposedly pursued.

Despite their often mind-numbing behavior, they tend to be incredibly sharp, and massively intelligent. Their world, of course, finds its basis in theories. A life of abstractions. Revolution-minded, combative, oozing with rancor. And they've followed the lead of professors, who, most often, especially in the Humanities, sell these ideas as fact.

There is tremendous power in accusations of racism and privilege.

They've learned that there is tremendous power in accusations of racism and privilege. With these accusations, they become powerful. And part of what makes the approach so effective, so immune to counterarguments, is its philosophical basis, a blend of Post-Modernism, New Age Empiricism, Relativism and Post-Structuralism, which, when fused together, are able to support a copse of often incongruous ideas that would be laughed away if not for their foundational premise: There is no objective truth.

As Saul Alinsky wrote on the subject of relativism and his faith that people will reach the right decision:

I am not concerned if this faith in people is regarded as a prime truth and therefore a contradiction of what I have already written, for life is a story of contradictions.

Life is indeed a story of contradictions, Mr. Alinsky, but that doesn't mean we ought to accept chaos as the norm.

Contradictions exist, no doubt, but they're a bit like tangled wires: If we can untangle them, we might as well untangle them, especially if doing so makes life safer and easier.

The Left has become the authority, the power structure, the bully. They have taken control. To them, their voices deserve to be loudest, and nobody with opinions contrary to theirs deserves to be speaking at all.

But... A new form of politics is forming: The intellectual dark web. Hence, the mass exodus of people from the Left—people who have always considered themselves liberal but who can no longer suffer the hysteria of the Left. With their NPR tote bags all caked in soot, and their ball caps logoed with the New Yorker, they feel homeless, bereft.

The expatriates need a place to go. Like refugees, we invite them in. They huddle through the doorway. Their faces hang dark and disbelieving, slack and expressionless. "Come in," we say. "Grab a seat and join us. You must be exhausted."

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Protests following the fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr quickly devolved into violence, rioting, and looting in Philadelphia, and BlazeTV's Elijah Schaffer was there to document what the mainstream media won't. But while filming the carnage inside a Five Below on Tuesday, Elijah was surrounded and attacked by looters.

Elijah joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to detail his experience and to explain why mainstream media efforts to downplay the violence just show that independent media has never been more important.

"Unfortunately, [the attack] escalated from one person to about a dozen very quickly," Elijah explained. "I'm actually really happy to be alive. Because in that same shopping center, right there, there was a 15-year-old girl who was shot, according to reports. And I heard multiple gunshots throughout the night. Another individual is reported to have heard a gunshot as well, so we try to confirm. I watched people get pummeled beyond belief."

Glenn asked Elijah to respond to mainstream media claims that conservatives are exaggerating the looting and violence in Philadelphia.

"It's so funny to hear people that aren't there try to counter what we're reporting," Elijah replied.

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In the final days before the 2020 election, President Donald Trump is gaining among black voters, particularly men, because his record of accomplishments "speaks for itself" and the "façade" that President Trump is a racist "just doesn't ring true," argued sports columnist Jason Whitlock on "The Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday.

Jason, who recently interviewed the president at the White House for OutKick.com, shared his thoughts on why he believes many black Americans — notably celebrities such as Kanye West, Ice Cube, and 50 Cent — are breaking from the "façade" that President Trump is a "flaming racist."

"I really believe the facts are starting to speak for themselves, and that Donald Trump's record of accomplishments, particularly as it relates to African Americans, speaks for itself," Jason told Glenn. "He actually has a record to stand on, unlike even Barack Obama. When [Obama] was president, I don't think he had much of a record to stand on, in terms of, 'Hey, what did he actually deliver for African Americans?' President Trump has things he can stand on and, you know, beyond that I think black people understand when he starts talking about black unemployment rate. And America's unemployment rate. And then, when you add in for black men, the façade we've been putting on [President Trump] … you know, this whole thing that he's some flaming racist, it just doesn't ring true."

Jason suggested that Trump's fearlessness, unabashed masculinity, and record of keeping his promises resonates with men in the black community. He also weighed in on how media and social media's bias plays a huge role in convincing people to hate President Trump while ignoring Antifa and others on the Left.

"I keep explaining to people, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, they're some of the most secular places on earth. And we've reduced everyone to a tweet, that we disagree with," he added.

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Megyn Kelly is not happy about the "disgusting" media coverage of President Donald Trump, specifically pointing to Lesley Stahl's "60 Minutes" interview on CBS Sunday.

On the radio program, Megyn told Glenn Beck the media has become so blinded by the "Trump Derangement Syndrome" that they've lost their own credibility — and now they can't get it back.

"It's disgusting. It's stomach-turning," Megyn said of the media's coverage of the president. "But it's just a continuation of what we've seen over the past couple of years. Their 'Trump Derangement Syndrome' has blinded them to what they're doing to their own credibility. They can't get it back. It's too late. They've already sacrificed it. And now no one is listening to them other than the hard partisans for whom they craft their news."

Megyn also discussed how she would have covered the recent stories about Hunter and Joe Biden's alleged corruption. Watch the video below to catch more of the conversation:


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