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."

Shortly after appearing on "The Glenn Beck Radio Program" last Thursday, Los Angeles-based emergency medicine specialist Dr. Simone Gold got a call saying she was fired for speaking out about the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine in a now-banned viral video.

Dr. Gold returned to the radio program Monday to detail exactly what happened, the reason the hospitals gave for her firing, and how they threatened to fire her colleagues as well if she "didn't go quietly."

"Most emergency physicians work at more than one [hospital], as I do, and I've actually been fired from both," she told Glenn. "They told me that I appeared in an embarrassing video, and therefore, I would no longer be welcome to work there ... then they said, if I didn't go quietly and I made a fuss, they would have all the doctors in the group, you know, they'd have to go and they'll get a whole new doctor group."

Dr. Gold said she does not regret speaking out about hydroxychloroquine during the controversial "White Coat Summit" news conference held in Washington, D.C., last week. A video of the news conference quickly went viral on social media before being removed by Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and others for allegedly making false claims related to COVID-19.

"Bring it on," she said. "I want to continue to live in America. I want my children to continue to live in America. I don't want them to grow up in a place like China. When you get to a point where, not only can I not speak as a scientist, as a doctor, for what I know to be absolutely true, but you then want to cancel me and my colleagues, this is not okay. I would much rather fight than not fight ... and I want everybody to know that there are literally millions and millions of Americans who are on our side. Millions. I believe it's the majority."

Glenn then asked Dr. Gold to weigh in on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new guidelines encouraging schools to reopen in the fall and the left's relentless drive to keep them closed.

"There's no actual scientific debate whatsoever if schools should open. None. There's no scientific debate. There's no serious person who thinks schools shouldn't open. Now, [through] some governors and policy makers, there's pressure being brought to bear on school districts, but there's no actual scientific debate. So it's going to come down to parents pressuring their local school districts to act in a responsible fashion."

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Fox News host Greg Gutfeld joined Glenn on "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to talk about his new book, "The Plus: Self-Help for People Who Hate Self-Help."

Greg admits he is probably the last person who should write a self-help book. Nevertheless, he offers his offbeat advice on how to save America during what has become one of the most tumultuous times in history, as well as drinking while tweeting (spoiler: don't do it).

He also shares his "evolution" on President Donald Trump, his prediction for the election, and what it means to be an agnostic-atheist.

In this clip, Greg shares what he calls his "first great epiphany" on how dangerous cancel culture has become.

"I believe that cancel culture is the first successful work-around of the First Amendment," he said. "Because freedom of speech doesn't protect me from my career being ruined, my livelihood being destroyed, or me getting so depressed I commit suicide. Cancel culture is the first successful work-around of freedom of speech. It can oppress your speech with the scepter of destruction. We don't have freedom of speech anymore."

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Dr. Simone Gold joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to set the record straight about hydroxychloroquine -- what it is, how it works, and the real reason for all the current controversy surrounding a centuries-old medication.

Dr. Gold is a board certified emergency physician. She graduated from Chicago Medical School before attending Stanford University Law School. She completed her residency in emergency medicine at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York, and worked in Washington D.C. for the Surgeon General, as well for the chairman of the Committee on Labor and Human Resources. She works as an emergency physician on the front lines, whether or not there is a pandemic, and her clinical work serves all Americans from urban inner city to suburban and the Native American population. Her legal practice focuses on policy issues relating to law and medicine.

She is also the founder of America's frontline doctors, a group of doctors who have been under attack this week for speaking out about hydroxychloroquine during a news conference held outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C.

On the program, Dr. Gold emphasized that the controversy over hydroxychloroquine is a "complete myth."

"Hydroxychloroquine is an analogue or a derivative of quinine, which is found in tree bark. It's the most noncontroversial of medications that there is," she explained.

"It's been around for centuries and it's been FDA-approved in the modern version, called hydroxychloroquine, for 65 years. In all of that time, [doctors] used it for breast-feeding women, pregnant women, elderly, children, and immune compromised. The typical use is for years or even decades because we give it mostly to RA, rheumatoid arthritis patients and lupus patients who need to be on it, essentially, all of their life. So, we have extensive experience with it ... it's one of the most commonly used medications throughout the world."

Dr. Gold told Glenn she was surprised when the media suddenly "vomited all over hydroxychloroquine", but initially chalked it up to the left's predictable hatred for anything President Donald Trump endorses. However, when the media gave the drug Remdesivir glowing reviews, despite disappointing clinical trial results, she decided to do some research.

"[Remdesivir] certainly wasn't a fabulous drug, but the media coverage was all about how fabulous it was. At that moment, I thought that was really weird. Because it's one thing to hate hydroxychloroquine because the president [endorsed] it. But it's another thing to give a free pass to another medicine that doesn't seem that great. I thought that was really weird, so I started looking into it. And let me tell you, what I discovered was absolutely shocking," she said.

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According to the mainstream media's COVID-19 narrative, the president is "ignoring" the crisis.

On tonight's "Glenn TV" special, Glenn Beck exposes the media's last four months of political theater that has helped shape America's confusion and fear over coronavirus. And now, with a new school year looming on the horizon, the ongoing hysteria has enormous ramifications for our children, but the media is working overtime to paint the Trump administration as anti-science Neanderthals who want to send children and teachers off to die by reopening schools.

Glenn fights back with the facts and interviews the medical doctor Big Tech fears the most. Dr. Simone Gold, founder of America's Frontline Doctors, stands up to the media's smear campaign and explains why she could no longer stay silent in her fight against coronavirus fear.

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