Reflections on recent events, plus the occasional fact
free rant unfiltered by rational argument.
Get ready folks. You’re going to have to learn a whole new lexicon because a tiny minority is imposing their distorted agenda. It’s already occurring across the US and in Canada. And it’s creeping into other places. Soon words like ‘he’ and ‘she’ may be deemed offensive in law. Don’t laugh! I’m not being alarmist; it’s happening.
Radicals in the transgender community have hijacked legal systems for their destructive agenda. If you don’t use the words, they insist on, be ready to face the law for so-called ‘hate speech’. These PC fascists seek to dominate us, then force their will on the public by shutting down free speech.
This debate is not about sexual politics. That’s an issue that does not concern me in the least. What does interest me, is free speech. The question must be how we can sustain free speech when laws control language?
Fortunately, Hong Kong remains unencumbered by the extreme elements of PC nonsense. Although, if given space, you can expect the radicals to take ground to impose their ways.
PC had a purpose in its first iteration. It helped stop the strong abusing the weak by fostering a change in culture. This approach pushed organisations to recognise the underdog and the oppressed. That’s a good thing. Let’s be clear; you can choose to call yourself what you like. What you shouldn’t be doing is using the law to enforce that on other people.
Further, people have a right to be offended. I’m comfortable with that. I take my fair share of criticism and ribbing as part of being an adult. Although I never feel the need to call upon the law to protect me from someone who calls me “Baldy” or “You fat bastard”.
Most would feel it’s gone too far when you can’t ask for white coffee because that ‘perpetuates the repression of black people’. You've got to laugh when the Students Union bans Mexican hats for being racist. I’m sorry, that’s nonsense.
Then the whole pronoun saga escalates the silliness to new heights. In June this year laws were introduced in Canada to give legal effect to this issue. The use of the wrong pronoun can invite legal action. Why governments need to intervene and dictate words is beyond me. It sounds a lot like North Korea or Nazi Germany.
Depending who you ask, there up to 31 pronouns that the self-appointed arbiters of language wish to impose on us. It’s all baffling, with a hint of Animal Farm.
I'd venture that by the start of the twenty-first century, we'd banked the gains from the PC approach. Women’s rights are on track; while gays, minorities and the disabled are making significant progress. Yes, there are outstanding issues, but PC culture is now producing diminishing returns. It’s working against itself, as the majority baulks against the zealots.
There are voices in the transgender community that oppose these provisions. These people recognise that the law is counter-productive as it fosters resentment. Forcing people to change their outlook in such a manner may well drive a wedge between people.
Meanwhile, the radicals are doubling-down on their resolve to create new would-be victims. To help this new ‘victim class,’ they’ve invented labels and identities. Next step is to fabricate prejudice against these people that I didn’t even know existed. How can I form an opinion, when I’m not sure what ‘binary’ means? But no worries, as a white male I’m assumed to hate them; they’ve decided that for me.
This folly is feeding self-entitlement on an industrial scale. The clumsy handling of gender issues by the radicals is symptomatic of a broader problem with the PC culture. It poisons the debate.
In Britain, genuflecting state-funded entities drive this change to appease a few. The consent of the majority ignored. Here’s how it works. We know that 80% of Brits favour less immigration to the UK. All the same, you can’t discuss this subject without accusations of racism or a hate crime. Those brave souls who raise the issue face a barrage of attacks, which shut down the debate. The attackers aim to close the public space for discussion by intimidating people. Remember Gillian Duffy? That incident pulled back the curtain on the insidious nature of the PC cult.
Antidotal evidence suggests that driving the rise of the PC culture is a decline in the study of science. Emotion now takes precedence. Thus, this anti-intellectual phenomenon seeks to challenge the strides we have made as humans.
Such courses as ‘Women Studies’ foster a culture of victimhood. Participants are not taught critical thinking, with the application of truths and facts. Instead, they immerse themselves in a world dominated by evil white males. These white men are intent on nasty deeds. Everything gets viewed through the prism of distrust, tinged with a strong sentiment of repression.
Ignored is that millions of men and women worked for centuries to construct a society that nurtured, fed and sheltered these people. The people who now call themselves victims. The victims overlook that they are the lucky generation. No large-scale wars, food in their bellies, and laid out before them is every opportunity. Nonetheless, they are the victims.
And that self-appointed victim status gives them privileges. Included in that is the right to tell the rest of us what to say and think.
And this has consequences. When the tenets of the PC culture apply in public policy areas, the outcomes are not good. For example, to avoid offending migrants, they are not expected to integrate. Thus, in the UK parts of the country are non-English speaking. Nor did they adopt the customs or civilities of their host nation. In turn, this creates grievances in the indigenous people. Woe-betide the unfortunate soul that dares to point this out …‘racist’.
Islamic terrorism has exposed the stupidity of a PC culture. With the British Police afraid to speak truths, threats go unaddressed. The hypocrisy of this situation is overwhelming. Research in the UK has revealed that 80% of grooming cases of underage girls involve Asian males. Police Forces struggled to recognise this because race is a factor. They’re afraid of citations for discrimination. Even so, they had no such difficulty to discuss the fact that 90% of paedophiles are white Anglo Saxon males. Can you spot the difference?
It's evident that the war on terror demands that we assert from where comes the threat. It's young males in a specific community, many of whom are religious fanatics. No matter, the SJW warriors using PC culture won’t allow such discussions. Thereby, facilitating the modern terrorist.
People struggling with issues of gender deserve sympathy and support. What they don’t need is laws that force the rest of us to speak with certain words. That’s nothing more than extreme social engineering
If we allow this to continue can we pick our pronouns? If yes, I henceforth will be ‘Walter the Magnificent, Lord Of the Known Universe'. If you don’t use the correct pronoun, I’ll get upset, then call the Police!
Walter De Havilland was one of the last of the colonial coppers. He served 35 years in the Royal Hong Kong Police and Hong Kong Police Force. He's long retired.