'Veneer of goodness'
0 comment Wednesday, September 3, 2014 |
In this article, the writer declares that No one deserves a veneer of goodness because of their race.
''I've been thinking about race, and prejudice, a lot over the past weeks.
The world has been quick to condemn John Galliano for his anti-Semitic rant. I condemned him a long time ago, firstly for portraying women on his catwalk as adolescent boys, and secondly, for his wanton, unthinking use of fur.''
I confess I had to google Galliano's name, because I am not a follower of fashion trends, or haute couture. Some of you may know his name, but I learned he is a top fashion designer, who designs for Christian Dior.
He is described in the article I linked as 'British', though he is Gibraltar-born, and of Spanish descent.
The article's writer continues:
But I think we are all guilty of bigotry, in lots of subtle ways.''
Her example of her own 'bigotry' is that she had objected to dealing with a Filipino customer service phone worker who spoke poor English. So obviously she is liberal and PC to the core. I mean, wanting to speak to someone whose English is intelligible is not 'bigotry', it's just common sense.
But the writer does seem to be having some kind of epiphany, even if only to the extent that she is actually thinking about racial issues, and seeing the reality that we do impart a certain moral superiority to certain groups whose distinction is that they are 'victims', or perceived as such. And she sees that even the sainted Third Worlders are not angelic, but are capable of cruelty or other unattractive qualities in many cases.
Galliano's crime was making some very politically incorrect statements about Jews. For those remarks he has been suspended by Dior. He has offered the requisite apology -- but that has not stopped the authorities in France from charging him with a crime.
Galliano, 50, Friday was suspended as creative director for Christian Dior pending an investigation into charges he hurled anti-Semitic insults at patrons in a Paris cafe.''
The Anti-Defamation League applauded Dior's swift firing of its longtime design leader, who has often been called one of the most brilliant and creative designers of his time.
Galliano's dismissal, "sends a clear a clear message that this kind of anti-Semitic rhetoric is unacceptable both in the fashion world and in larger society, and that such outrageous, bigoted behavior comes with a cost," said the group's national director Abraham H. Foxman, who is a Holocaust survivor.
"The fact that someone is brilliant in a certain field does not immunize him from facing the consequences of words that are hateful, bigoted or prejudiced. Galliano is a public figure with a high profile, but he is apparently also a serial bigot," Foxman said.''
His apology, pretty much according to the standard formula:
"I have fought my entire life against prejudice, intolerance and discrimination, having been subjected to it myself. In all my work my inspiration has been to unite people of every race, creed, religion and sexuality by celebrating their cultural and ethnic diversity through fashion. That remains my guiding light
Anti-Semitism and racism have no part in our society. I unreservedly apologize for my behavior in causing any offense," the British designer said in a statement.
He said he would immediately seek help for his "failures." People close to Dior said the 50-year-old designer has been suffering from alcohol addiction and that it impacted his ability to work.''
I don't know whether he is a 'bigot'; being gay and rather flamboyant, he may just be trying to shock or outrage people, saying the most un-PC thing he could conceive of. Or it may be that, as with Mel Gibson, the alcohol was talking. But, in vino veritas, as they say.
But the fact is, to say nasty things about Jews is still the worst crime in the PC order of things. Jews as a group still hold the position of arch-victims, and therefore the penalties for speaking in a negative way about them are greater than the penalties for speaking critically or rudely about other groups in the PC-protected hierarchy. Blacks, however, are a close second, and gays are way up near the top as well.
Whether or not you think that holding negative opinions of Jews is a sin or a crime or is ''hate'', should people be subject to criminal charges, and possible imprisonment for expressing those views? Obviously much of the rest of the Western world thinks so, considering that 'hate speech' laws exist, and people are arrested and charged, essentially for insulting someone or hurting someone's feelings.
How much longer before the same situation exists here? We are almost at that stage here in America, the land of the free, already.

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