I talked about this a bit yesterday, but I want to expand on it today. The impetus for this observation is seeing how feminists dealt with the revelations about New Year’s Eve in Cologne. Instead of recoiling in horror and admitting that they had been wrong not to have warned women about immigrant men, they seem to be sticking with an “anti-racist” stance rather than a pro-women stance. Now it could be that masses of feminists are angry about the events of that night, but their voices aren’t being heard. However, so far the voices seem to be against women.
Accordingly, the left is leaving feminism behind. (Oddly enough, feminists are either leading the charge or are gung ho about the change.) What I mean by this is that it is less and less true that feminism’s issues will get any traction with the average leftist. I don’t pretend to know when this process first began, but it is well underway now. When I think back to the strident feminism I encountered as an undergraduate in the late 1960s, which got even more strident by the time I was in grad school, it’s clear that something went wrong. Feminists back then thought they were declaring timeless truths on how women should be treated, but instead there are all kinds of leftist barriers that have been set up that get in the way. Here, for example, is an article about two doctors who are trying to bridge the gap between ordinary American culture and the North African practice of female genital mutilation. They are doing this because they believe that simply condemning female genital mutilation is “culturally insensitive.” At this point, all feminists should be saying, “So what” followed by, “Drop dead.” But we now know that it is very likely that some feminists will endorse it. And during the 1990s, we saw feminists look the other way in connection with Bill Clinton’s sexual assaults.
Now let me observe that feminists are not the first to have the left leave them behind. Here are two other groups:
Working-class white males. In 1960, the main focus of the left was on the working class, and it was assumed that this meant white males. Yes, there were also women and blacks who were part of this group, but white males were the bulk of the workers on whom the left focused. By 1980, a mere twenty years later, every white male was considered privileged. Today the left thinks that poor people are either minorities or single women; apparently, they have never heard of coal miners in West Virginia.
Jews. Jews had a brief time in the leftist sun. They were mostly ignored, as far as I know, before the Holocaust, but ever since the Six Day War of 1967, they have been vilified. Most liberal Jews actually go along with this.
Then there are Asians. Have they ever been darlings of the left? They certainly are now not regarded as victims, even though they are discriminated against in admissions at elite Eastern schools. They are simply too successful for the left to bother with.
Now this article suggests that blacks’ position, as far as the left is concerned, may be in decline and that “in 30 years, it very well may be the case that African Americans are no more of a significant interest group than Vietnamese Americans or Norwegian Americans.” This is partly because there are now so many different ethnic groups in America that blacks are just one among many. It is also because immigration from African countries like Nigeria “complicates the meaning of ‘African American’ as a concept, in that these communities are likely to maintain a certain distinctiveness that renders ‘black’ devoid of clear meaning.” Incidentally, there was a riot in Birmingham, England, back in 2005 between blacks from the Caribbean and Pakistanis (here). Not many leftists commented on it, but two who did sided with the Pakistanis.
Apparently, no one’s place in the left is secure, no matter what one might think. The current agenda can be replaced by a different one.