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There is No Pleasing the Woke Mob

Brett Davis

Posted on July 7, 2020 09:45

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So-called social justice warriors won’t take "no" or "yes" for an answer, so any attempt to mollify them is ultimately an exercise in futility.

If at the moment you're not sufficiently woke -- aware of and actively attentive to important facts and issues, especially regarding race -- then it's too late for you, as America's priesthood of meticulous ethnic scorekeepers and racial bean counters offer no absolution or forgiveness.

Take, for example, USA Today sports columnist Nancy Armour's recent piece in which she contends the new Black Lives Matter-friendly NFL isn't enough, so long as former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned by a team. Who is she kidding? Even if Kaeptain Anti-America was hired on by an NFL franchise, the identity politics crowd would simply move the goalposts in order to perpetuate its preferred political narrative of systemic racism.

A similar dynamic is at work in the new crime thriller flick "The Tax Collector." Star Shia LaBeouf is, according to director David Ayer, the only white actor in the cast, but even that is not good enough for the diversity busybodies, who must find something -- no matter how petty -- to whine about. In this case, that something is accusing LeBeouf of "brownface," or depicting a Latino personality. That Ayer categorically refutes that notion convincingly will have no effect on members of the racial grievance-industrial complex, many of whom won't acknowledge that pretending is what thespians do for a living.

Likewise, it was only a matter of time before the critically-acclaimed musical "Hamilton" -- now showing on Disney Plus -- came under fire from racial activists for its positive portrayal of Alexander Hamilton, a Founding Father who had a complicated relationship with slavery. The former counts for nothing, while the latter defines Hamilton, according to the protesters. The fact that "Hamilton" star, producer, writer and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda is Puerto-Rican with minorities cast in most of the roles isn't enough to make up for what race mongers regard as the sin of not demonizing Hamilton.

That the tyranny of the insatiable woke mob has found its way into the wider American culture isn't surprising. There were hints of what was to come in agitators and firebrands illegally toppling statues and defacing edifices beyond the Confederate memorials they originally rebuked. Of course, the removal of Confederate statues from the public sphere (in a legal and orderly manner, of course) can be justified. After all, these were rebel generals and other officials who more than a century-and-a-half ago fought against America in a losing effort to defend slavery.

But that's not good enough for malcontents who have also destroyed or vandalized statues of, among others, the Founding Fathers, black and white abolitionists, President Abraham Lincoln and even black soldiers who fought for the Union during the Civil War.

As should be obvious by now, the woke mob -- with precious few, if any, historians among its ranks -- doesn't want to be pleased; it wants submission.

Brett Davis

Posted on July 7, 2020 09:45

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