OP-ED: Cancel culture, awakening will destroy the country |
The tool for activating what we call “cancellation culture” or “awakening” is language.
People are put into categories that are given names, which is supposed to capture who they are and what to do with them politically.
Unfortunately, the whole business of racial identification and categorization is not about advancing the quality of the human condition and human dignity, but about progressive politics.
The left places people in racial categories as instruments of their political agenda.
In 1977, the Federal Interagency Committee on Education produced a five-race classification for the American population: American Indian or Native of Alaska, Asian or Pacific Islander, Black, White, and Hispanic.
These categories, over time, have continued to undergo changes and improvements.
The Hispanic category emerged in the 1970s, and legislation described this group as “Americans who identify as being of Hispanic descent and trace their origin or descent from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, America. Central and South and other Spanish speakers. speaking countries. ”Thus, an American of Spanish origin and an American of Peruvian origin fall into the same category because their country of origin was Spanish-speaking.
Hispanic is neither race nor ethnicity. It is a category of political conception, comprising individuals from more than 20 countries, with no other commonality than the language spoken by their grandparents.
In the 2020 census, there are 19 different possibilities for self-categorization.
In the white and black categories, registrants are now invited to answer additional questions regarding their country of origin.
The strangest thing about the emergence of this movement as a political force is that it constitutes all that is supposedly undesirable that we want to eliminate. Racism.
Is it less racism if I conclude who a person is and what they are talking about depending on whether they are black or white?
Yet here we are with much of our nation mobilized, embracing as a cure the disease we all thought we were trying to eradicate.
Last weekend I came across a nice short video of the great Nobel Prize winner in physics, Richard Feynman, talking about knowledge.
Feynman began his legendary career working on the Manhattan Project, which developed the first atomic bomb, and ended as a member of the commission that investigated the cause of the deadly explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1986.
The video begins with the title “Names do not constitute knowledge”.
Feynman remembers walking in a park with his father and father telling him the names of different birds in different languages. Ultimately, Feynman notes, you know what different people in the world call the same bird, but you know absolutely nothing about the bird.
Consider what Feynman tells us in his observation that “names do not constitute knowledge.”
If we look in the Bible in the book of Genesis, it says, “God had formed out of the earth every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to man to see what he would call each one; and whatever name man called each living thing, it remained his name. And the man gave names to all the cattle and to the birds of the air.
Man does not create reality. He simply names it.
Politics is the opposite. Rather than naming a reality that precedes him, of which he is a part, the progressive politician claims to create reality with his language and names.
America was founded to be a free nation under God. Our government was not designed to replace God, but to be subject to God.
The so-called Enlightened Awakening Theory will reduce America to a weak, balkanized country where everyone is at their neighbor’s throat, rather than single individuals cooperating in unity to produce greatness.
Speech must be free – not politically annulled – and used in the search for truth.
Star Parker is president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education and host of the weekly “Cure America with Star Parker” television show.