Ignorance is no excuse
by Cath Elliott, 12/12/08
12 Dec 08, 12:04pm
Picking up on what [speedkermit] said in his excellent post about "prejudices" and us ALL having them, I'd like to suggest the possibility of an interesting political and sociopsychological connection with "original sin" and "non-belief" (in the Christian God), which the Catholic Church once used to intimidate, and thereby control and exploit European societies.
Could it be that mass immigration and the creation of a multi-ethnic society are being used (exploited), not consciously, but subconsciously, by the state (and statists, like Cath), not just economically, but also specifically to evoke prejudice in the native population (which, naturally enough, it does), but which they have to suppress and deny (even to themselves), in order to avoid social condemnation and exclusion (even persecution), and serves as source of personal guilt and a means - in the 20th and 21st Centuries, as original sin did in the Middle Ages - of controlling and exploiting society to the advantage of its most influential elites.
The political Liberal-Left have effectively taken the place of the Catholic Church, I suggest, in imposing their own (not religious, but racial) ideology on society, the exact, but equally extreme, opposite of Nazi racial ideology, which initially it was an understandable overreaction to (also to the injustice and inhumanity of Jim Crow and Apartheid), but was then consolidated in this extreme (leftwing?) form by political and economic opportunism, and still used to dominate society today.
"Colourblindness" (indifference to ethnic difference) was elevated to state ideology (just as Christian ideology was in the Middle Ages), thus making the "colourblind" (or those who could feign it) KINGS . . .
I was going to suggest further that some social science academics might like to test my theory and challenge the ideological status quo, but I imagine they are under similar pressures as their medieval colleagues would have been against challenging Church ideology.
This overreaction (also to the injustice and inhumanity of other rightwing racial ideologies, such as those embodied in Jim Crow and Apartheid), instead of being allowed to swing back to a reasonable position, was consolidated in its extreme form by political and economic opportunists, who (sincerely or disingenuously) claimed a spurious "moral high ground" for it, and themselves, of course, thus imposing on society to this day, the exact, but equally extreme, opposite leftwing (?) ideology of "colourblindness", of "race doesn't matter", (i.e. is of no social or political importance, except to "racists"), their ideological opponents thus being branded as "racists".