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London cyclists too white, male, and middle-class.
If you’ve read any of my previous pieces for TheLatest.com, you could be forgiven for thinking I’m as ideologically obsessed as those I criticize for precisely that reason.
Today, I’m inclined to side with that opinion.
I’ve had a topic earmarked to sprinkle on one of my diatribes targeting the social justice warrior and bigoteer brigade mentality for a while.
However, I might be at the very end of what I can discuss with a straight face or a serious writing demeanour.
For those who wish to keep their faith in the validity of Western institutions, please refrain from consulting this link or reading on. For those who have acquiesced to the grotesque pantomime of the present times and wish to enjoy it with a hearty laugh, please go right ahead.
In a city where buses and cyclists share a lane, you might have thought London’s walking and cycling commissioner would concern himself with increasing the safety of the capital’s cyclists.
Too small a matter, I’m afraid. His focus? Addressing “something which is a real challenge for London cycling, which is diversity.”
As announced by the article’s title, apparently “London cyclists are too white, male and middle class”.
More ignorant minds might be wondering, “Listen Jacob, it’s all fun and games but in a country where 85 percent of its citizens are white, is it really a surprise that most of its cyclists are also white?” Classic white supremacist thinking. Off to the corner of the classroom with the donkey ears.
It’s good to know that in a city that plans to spend over $1 billion in cycling over the course of five years, safety is more of a secondary concern.
Allow me to suggest another diversity challenge to be tackled by British authorities. Other Western countries who feel like they might be falling behind in this area might wish to take note.
For example, too many of the U.K.’s arms deals are conducted with the Saudi government. That can’t possibly be left unaddressed as it poses a serious challenge to the diversity of the country’s military sales clients.
South Africa seems to be interested in genocide, as of late. What a fine addition the Rainbow nation would make to the U.K.’s diversity campaign.
Too often war is thought of as an issue that exclusively plagues the developing world. Let’s make it more inclusive.
Perhaps a few million can be employed in selling more arms to Canada, so it can reignite its fiery passion for North American-based warfare.
In all seriousness, is this type of soft bigotry truly the mark of a well-off society with too much time on its hands?
We’re invited to believe diversity is always synonymous with progress. Even when it feels pointless. And, dare I say it, a little racist?