The War in Gaza, Hamas, Israel, Harvard University, Elite Pushback, DEI, Hyper-Racialism, Anti-Semitism, a Jewish Carve-Out?, and a Coming American Millet System?
On October 9, 2009 US President Barack Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples”.1 Many people were rightly up in arms about awarding Obama this prize as he had just entered office, not ‘rightfully’ earning such a decoration. Obama himself conceded this point when he went to collect the prize, noting that “perhaps the most profound issue surrounding my receipt of this prize is the fact that I am the commander-in-chief of the military of a nation in the midst of two wars.”
Many critics of this move by the Norwegian Nobel Committee suggested that their decision was based on the symbolism of Obama being the “first Black American” President. This symbolism was impossible to miss in those days, with the constant refrain of the ushering in of the “post-racial society” via his election ringing non-stop in our ears. Rather than the arrival of the post-racial society, the Obama Era resulted in the opposite: a hyper-racial society.2
Almost seven years after the end of the Obama Era, the USA remains a hyper-racial society. Of the many elements that contributed to this state of affairs, three must be highlighted for their key contributions to it:
- The Civil Rights Act of 1964
- The 1965 Hart-Celler Act
- The capture of US Academia by Critical Theorists and their influence on culture and politics
The Civil Rights Act made it illegal to discriminate based on a person’s race, colour, sex, religion, and national origin. Christopher Caldwell, in his vital 2000 work “The Age of Entitlement: America Since the Sixties”, has described the Civil Rights Act as “not just a major new element in the Constitution,” but “a rival constitution, with which the original one was frequently incompatible.”3 This law laid down the legal framework for combating discrimination in employment, schooling, public places, and so on.
The Hart-Celler Act opened wide the USA’s doors to immigrants from parts of the world that were once denied entry to it. In the past almost sixty years, the proportion of US citizens who are recognized as “non-Hispanic white” has dropped from 84% to less than 62%. Where the USA was once almost entirely biracial i.e. “white and black”, it has since become multi-racial, and the projections show that it will soon enough no longer have a White majority, reducing Whites to a plurality. The damage done to the USA by the Hart-Celler Act has been enormous, as even the liberal Atlantic Monthly now concedes (and as we recently discussed here).
It is the third element, the influence of Critical Theory, that has added the fuel to the fire, bringing it to the level of a raging inferno. The Civil Rights Act, whether you agree with it or not, had a strong argument behind it: the ending of discrimination. The USA could have absorbed this significant revision of its laws and not have been as negatively impacted as it has been if not for the second element, the immigration reform that brought to the USA people from all corners of the world. Ending discrimination while adding new groups of people that could potentially be discriminated against is the equivalent of putting extra hurdles in a 100 metre hurdle race.