COMMENTARY: The Crazy People Are Taking Over the Asylum

Last week I wrote an article entitled “Tyranny of the Minority.” My thesis is that minority special interest groups are using the banners of “equality” and “diversity” as a power grab. The intention is to impose their agendas on the majority with no regard for fairness or the democratic process. Here is an excerpt from that article:

“What we are observing is really a grab for power by vocal minority groups, especially radical feminist women, blacks, gays, and Muslims. Minority special interests are attempting to convince the white majority that it should submit to the minority will. Minority mouthpieces are not satisfied with equality. Gloria Steinem believes that “the best man for the job is a woman.” Rev. Al Sharpton wants to run the show, to be “more equal.” Muslims want to supplant the Constitution with Sharia. What better way to accomplish these goals than by convincing the rest of us that our traditional values are for the birds.”

We did not have to wait very long for an excellent example. The politically liberal City of Northampton, Massachusetts, recently launched a program to improve community-police relations. For several months, police officers were dispatched to the local elementary school every Friday where they greeted the kids with a “high five.” A Fox News video showed the children getting a kick out of interacting with the jovial cops. Nice. But not for long. After one parent objected, the city authorities became concerned that the popular “High Five Friday” program might “intimidate” some children. The Northampton Police Department issued the following statement: “Concerns were shared that some kids might respond negatively to a group of uniformed officers at their school. People were specifically concerned about kids of color, undocumented children, or any children who may have had negative experiences with the police.” So they cancelled the whole thing.

What is really noteworthy about this incident is that Northampton was not inundated with protests or tons of criticism. “High Five Friday” was a big hit with the community. According to Fox, only one parent complained. This is the insidious nature of political correctness. The minority interests in this case succeeded in imposing self-censorship on the city without lifting a finger. The police state mentality existed in the minds of the city administrators. Believing that their policy was politically incorrect, the powers-that-be enforced the will of the minority without the need for outside intervention. George Orwell’s prediction of “thought crime” was realized.

Bill O’Reilly, on Fox’s O’Reilly Factor, was outraged by the Northampton affair. “When did the country allow the crazy people to take over?” he asked. “The crazy people are now running this country. We’ve lost control.” The crazy people seem to be concentrated for the time being in our institutions of higher learning. American colleges and universities are hot beds of political correctness where liberal ideas are accepted and conservative ones are ostracized. Attorney Alan Dershowitz has referred to this as a “curtain of McCarthyism” that is descending over college campuses.

A disgraceful example of the “tyranny of the minority” occurred at UCLA. A well-regarded professor was disciplined for insisting that his students use the Chicago Manual of Style, which is de rigueur for English composition. A sit-in by a group of black students claimed it was offensive and racist. “Asking for better grammar is inflammatory in the school,” said an intimidated UCLA teaching assistant. “You have to give an A or you’re a racist.” In a shameful reaction, the school’s administration supported the ridiculous claims of the “offended” students. “UCLA’s response to the sit-ins was a travesty of justice,” wrote author Heather Mac Donald in City Journal.

At the University of Missouri, a group of minority students created a furor when they demanded a faculty that is a minimum of 10 percent black. They also demanded the addition of a mandatory “awareness and inclusion” curriculum developed by nonwhite students and faculty. “They want to dictate the academic offerings of a university,” said Julius Kairey of the Heritage Foundation, “with special treatment for their own racial groups.” That is evidence that the radical left wants power, Kairey concluded, not equality.

To advance their objectives, minority special interests have invented two discriminatory concepts, “white privilege” and “toxic masculinity.” White privilege describes the unfairness of societal privileges that allegedly benefit all people identified as white. Despite the rhetoric, it is a racist attack on white people. “White people are the only group in the country that is discriminated against via Affirmative Action by official government policy,” wrote John Hawkins at Townhall.com. Toxic masculinity is a similar attack on men, who are demonized as competitive, aggressive, and violent. As in the Northampton case, many white people and men—who ought to be offended—have internalized these concepts and will defend them against people like me, who view them as toxic examples of identity politics.

So what is the real driving force behind all this political correctness? The answer, in a word: power. It is certainly not a campaign for equality unless you factor in the Orwellian meaning of the term. “All animals are equal,” George Orwell wrote in Animal Farm, “but some animals are more equal than others.” The crazy people may not be so crazy after all.


Ed Brodow

Ed Brodow is a negotiation expert, political commentator, and author of In Lies We Trust: How Politicians and the Media Are Deceiving the American Public. www.brodow.com

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