German Reader draws attention to an appalling story from the UK: a drunken nitwit has been sentenced to two months in jail for sending out tweets a court found racially abusive. More from blogger Ed West:
It’s a strange phenomenon that whenever race becomes a factor in anything, people lose their ability to reason. Remember how we gave up double jeopardy – an essential protection that the English had enjoyed for 900 years – because of a racist murder. The Macpherson report, which brought this terrible change about, even suggested that the Government should make it a crime to make racist remarks in the home. As Boris Johnson noted at the time, even in Ceauşescu’s Romania people were free to say what they wanted inside their own homes.
Because it is such a hysterical issue and people are terrified by the allegation of racism, race distorts all issues it touches, twisting people’s moral foundations and leading them to make remarkable mental leaps.
The issue has turned the Left against pretty much all of their old causes or silenced them on issues that most concern the working classes. Today, for example, we hear that we are chronically short of houses, to such an extent that the Government is being forced to build new towns, which no one wants to live in, yet our entirely immigration-driven over-population is a subject no one on the Left, least of all the green movement, will touch.
It’s not just the UK, of course, and not just over race, but over anything to do with “victim” groups favored by the cultural left. The point is not to complain that you can’t say bad things about these groups and get away with it. If you are abusive towards members of those groups, you ought to be challenged, and challenged strongly. The point is that the ability to reason in public debate, or even to think clearly, according to objective standards, goes out the window. At least in the US we have the First Amendment. That’s only a guarantee that the UK horror of being jailed for saying politically incorrect things won’t happen here; it’s not a guarantee that we can think or speak clearly about these things.