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."

Our sacred republic has never been in more danger than it is today. Little by little, industry by industry, the far Left is fundamentally transforming the country we love. And it's an aggressive, hostile kind of takeover we've only seen in some of the world's darkest societies.

On Glenn TV this week, Glenn Beck exposes how the Biden administration and Democrats are aggressively scrambling to reset everything: our free and fair voting system, our kids' education, our policing, immigration and border security, our economy, our military, and our energy supply.

Finally, Congressman Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) joins to discuss how Biden's "woke" policies are threatening America's national security and our way of life.

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Apparel company The North Face recently stated that it would no longer make jackets for oil and gas companies because it doesn't want to be associated with the fossil fuel industry. In response, Colorado-based oil and gas company Liberty Oilfield Services rented full billboard ads to remind The North Face of the truth: "Globally, 60% of all clothing fibers are made out of oil and gas. For North Face, it is likely 90% or more."

Liberty CEO Chris Wright joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss just how much of our economy — beyond outdoor apparel and energy — wouldn't exist in a world without fossil fuels. And he warns that many companies are now deeming this truth to be "controversial."

"I have been for years, trying to get a real, honest dialogue about energy going," Chris told Glenn. "So we took this opportunity to point out that North Face jackets are ... almost completely made out of oil and gas. How can you choose not to associate with the essential material your equipment [is] made out of? So we put a billboard up ... the billboard says, 'That North Face puffer looks good on you. And it was made from fossil fuels.'"

"Most billboard companies did not want to run that billboard. They thought it was controversial," he added. "And Facebook put a hold on our brief video just saying the jacket looks good, this is what it's made out of. In today's world, that is controversial."

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During a lecture at the Yale School of Medicine's Child Study Center, a New York City-based psychiatrist told students and faculty that she fantasizes about "unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way," among several other shockingly race-hating statements.

In April, Dr. Aruna Khilanani — a New York-based forensic psychiatrist and psychoanalyst — delivered the talk called "The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind" virtually as part of the Yale School of Medicine's "Child Study Center Grand Rounds," a lecture program for "trainees in child psychiatry, psychology, and social work, faculty, clinicians, and scientists."

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck shared several quotes from an audio recording of the lecture provided by Bari Weiss, a former opinion writer and editor for the New York Times.

Here are a few of Khilanani's statements from the audio:

  • "This is the cost of talking to white people at all. The cost of your own life, as they suck you dry. There are no good apples out there. White people make my blood boil."
  • "I had fantasies of unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way, burying their body, and wiping my bloody hands as I walked away relatively guiltless with a bounce in my step. Like I did the world a f***ing favor."
  • "White people are out of their minds. And they have been for a long time."
  • "White people feel that we are bullying them when we bring up race. They feel that we should be thanking them for all that they have done for us. They are confused, and so are we. We keep forgetting that directly talking about race is a waste of our breath."
  • "We are asking a demented, violent predator who thinks that they are a saint or a superhero, to accept responsibility. It ain't gonna happen. They have five holes in their brain. It's like banging your head against a brick wall. It's just like sort of not a good idea."

"We must take a stand. We must speak out, because this is evil," Glenn said in response to Khilanani's shocking lecture. "I don't care who you voted for, you know this is evil."

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The prices of our houses and food are already rising fast, but they will skyrocket to record highs if we don't fix the problem soon. So what's causing the inflation?

On the radio program this week, Glenn Beck said he doesn't believe it's the fault of our loggers, farmers, or truckers — many of them are really struggling. But the big corporations that control these industries are making record profits, all while the Biden administration is making some very odd decisions that could make the crises even worse.

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