What's a committed multiculturalist to do when you've accumulated so many aggrieved groups and have to judge among whose cause is more important?
I mean, besides hold a Democrat Party fund-raiser.
Mark Steyn reports on an interesting exchange that took place last week. It highlights the problem of 'too many colors in the multicultural rainbow'.
[Australian News reporter Pamela Bone to selective feminist, Germaine Greer, in Melbourne]:
I then asked why it was that Western feminists seemed so reluctant to speak out against things such as honour killings.Steyn then remarks, "Too "tricky" to speak out against honor killings, and you can't teach an old feminist new tricks."
Greer: "It's very tricky. I am constantly being asked to go to Darfur to interview rape victims. I can talk to rape victims here. Why should I go to Darfur to talk to rape victims?"
Questioner (me): "Because it's so much worse there."
Greer: "Who says it is?"
Questioner: "I do, because I've been there."
Greer: "Well, it is just very tricky to try to change another culture. We let down the victims of rape here. We haven't got it right in our own courts. What good would it do for me to go over there and try to tell them what to do? I am just part of decadent Western culture and they think we're all going to hell fast and maybe we are all going to hell fast."
Multiculturalists have a problem: when all the supposedly put upon groups they champion are seeking preferred treatment--special speech rights and another cut of the government's dole--which one is first among equals?
When you don't have a favorite color, any will do. It works the same way for value systems: once you've rejected the West, any old thing can be best.
A simple solution would be the adherence to a simple creed. Other than "Expedience Rules!"
Something short and sweet and easy to remember. How about
"All men are created equal"?
Of course, this would immediately offend the feminist, lesbian and trans-gendered portion of their audience.
It's also too Western-centric, so that's out.
But clearly, "What's your favorite color?" won't do.
Germanine Greer, in the previous exchange, unknowingly suggests a new rallying cry of multicultural moral equivalence-mongers everywhere. Something to guide them when their way is unclear. How's this?
Australian News - Why stay mute on Islamic Sexual Apartheid?
The Corner - Feminist Fatalist
Death by 1000 Papercuts Front Page.