As ebola fears continue to circulate and build throughout the Western world, the West’s progressives continue to whine and complain about the fact that people are, well, being mean about the whole issue. Whether it’s suggestions of quarantines, to travel bans, to any other commonsense approach to containing what appears to be an increasingly dangerous situation all-around, the Left has now approached a point where they sound like Dustin Hoffman’s character from Rain Man. Autistic, rocking back and forth, muttering all of their favorite catchphrases: racism, racism, racism, social justice, social justice, social justice, misogyny, misogyny, misogyny, and back to racism.
Case in point: The Washington Post, over the weekend, came out with a story titled “The long and ugly tradition of treating Africa as a diseased, dirty place.” In it, authors Laura Say and Kim Yi Dionne, like Rain Man rocking back and forth talking about Judge Wapner, say part of the Ebola fear stems from the West’s perception of Africa as a permanent place of “otherness”:
Othering happens when an in-group (in this case, white northern Europeans) treat other groups of people (the out-group, here, Africans and other people of color) as though there is something wrong with them by identifying perceived “flaws” in the out-group’s appearance, practice or norms.
They continue on in their typically autist, leftist way, making the tired case that the actual root of the problem (you know, not a deadly virus that has a potential to spread like few others in recent memory due to the globalization of the economy and travel) is White people fearing Blacks, no matter their place of origin:
Newsweek’s piece is in the worst tradition of what journalist Howard French calls “Ooga-Booga” journalism, the practice of writing in exoticizing and dehumanizing ways about Africa.
(One wonders if either of the authors caught this piece from June, in which a Congolese soldier tells journalists, “When we rape, we feel free.“)
The entire way the story is framed also seems to imply that Africa isn’t that bad of a place to be, and that Western fears about the continent and its peoples are overstated. There must be no reason, then, that Somali-born rapper K’naan had a song come out in recent years simply titled T.I.A (This Is Africa.) Anyone who watched the movie Blood Diamond should also be familiar with this phrase. Let’s see what a native of one of the few “stateless” societies in the world has to say about his home continent:
I’ll take rappers on a field trip any day
They never been opposite real clip any way
I know where all the looters and the shooters stay
Welcome to the city we call Doomsday
Where niggas are just fried chicken like Tuesday
Oh, you from the hood, huh, who say?
My Nigerian niggas will call you pussy
My Somali niggas are quick to grab the Uzi
Sounds lovely, don’t you agree? Another fact worth considering for our autistic writers at WaPo is the amount of mass migration out of Africa over the last several decades. As WikiPedia notes:
So, millions upon millions of Africans have left their ancestral homelands. But, you know, it’s wrong for the West to think poorly of the continent and its inhabitants.
The last six years have shown the complete bankruptcy of leftist ideals to solve the modern world’s problems. Whether it’s the financial crisis, to terror groups like ISIS, to Ebola, the left is a broken record now. Their answer for all these problems boils down to some combination of racism, racism, social justice, social justice, white privilege, white privilege, sexism, sexism blah blah blah.
Even in cases where it’s not a major crisis, but rather new, disruptive technologies that many see as a possible solution to some of the world’s current problems, like Bitcoin, the Left falls back on these threadbare explanations, for whatever reason. Soon enough, hopefully, the Left will be confined to dusty corners, with very few paying attention to them anymore. When all you can do is rock back and forth fitfully and all you say is “racism, racism, racism etc.”, it’s no surprise that people are going to tune you out completely after awhile.
Thankfully, it appears we’ve reached that point finally.