Nothing is more important to the self-esteem of Democrats than the belief that they are fighting on behalf of Victims of Oppression. The Democrat Party is organized as an identity-politics coalition and promotes the idea that victims exist categorically and oppression is systemic: All women are victims of sexism, all black people are victims of racism, all gay people are victims of homophobia, etc. Democrats and their media allies wage continual propaganda campaigns to sell these identity group victimhood narratives. This is how, for example, the shooting death of a robbery suspect in Ferguson, Missouri, got turned into a nationwide crisis, because the Democrats who run CNN decided this particular incident should be the subject of 24/7 coverage in order to promote the victimhood narrative of “Black Lives Matter.”
Commercial conglomerates are eager to play along with this propaganda, as a matter of corporate public relations, because they don’t want to be perceived as guilty of “hate,” which is the implicit accusation against anyone who disputes the social-justice victimhood narrative. This explains why so much ballyhoo accompanied L’Oreal’s announcement last month that a British DJ named Munroe Burgdorf would become the makeup company’s first transgender “brand ambassador.”
This was P.R. hype, not journalism, and because fashion magazines are publicity agents for their advertisers, Munroe Bergdorf even got a byline in Vogue for an article entitled, “What Makeup Means to Me”:
To be the first trans woman in a L’Oréal Paris UK campaign feels amazing, and also kind of crazy. When I got the email about it I was just sat with my mum and I couldn’t believe it. But I think it’s great – I mean, as women we’re all so varied and L’Oréal are allowing more women to see themselves represented. It can be alienating, to see the same images all of the time and for none of them to relate to you. . . .
Yes, “representation” — which is to say, tokenism and quotas — is all the rage in media nowadays, as if being able to see our own images reflected back to us by TV, movies and advertisements is an inalienable right. This rhetoric fosters a sense of narcissistic entitlement on the part of those who claim that their identities are “marginalized” because they are “underrepresented” in media: “This TV show is oppressing me!”
Hiring a mixed-race transgender “ambassador” like Munroe Bergdorf was the ultimate diversity gesture for L’Oreal, a company that made about $3.7 billion profit from about $150 billion revenue in 2016. How did this cynical “social justice” pandering work out? Not very well:
With a dizzying fanfare, she was brought in as the ‘face of modern diversity’.
But days after she was announced as L’Oreal’s first transgender model, Munroe Bergdorf launched an extraordinary rant declaring all white people racist.
And [Thursday] L’Oreal confirmed the 29-year-old British star, who appeared in its recent ‘#allworthit’ campaign with Cheryl Cole and Katie Piper, has been dropped from her lucrative new role.
In a lengthy Facebook rant, she wrote: ‘Honestly I don’t have energy to talk about the racial violence of white people any more. Yes ALL white people.
‘Because most of ya’ll don’t even realise or refuse to acknowledge that your existence, privilege and success as a race is built on the backs, blood and death of people of colour. Your entire existence is drenched in racism. From micro-aggressions to terrorism, you guys built the blueprint for this s***.
‘Come see me when you realise that racism isn’t learned, it’s inherited and consciously or unconsciously passed down through privilege.
‘Once white people begin to admit that their race is the most violent and oppressive force of nature on Earth… then we can talk.
‘Until then stay acting shocked about how the world continues to stay f***** at the hands of your ancestors and your heads that remain buried in the sand with hands over your ears.’
Never mind that, in condemning white people as “the most violent and oppressive force on nature on Earth,” Bergdorf was denouncing his/“her” own mother (a white woman from a working-class background in northern England) and also the 87% white majority of British people. Also, never mind the white people (whose “entire existence is drenched in racism”) that run L’Oreal and paid Bergdorf as their “ambassador.” Objective facts are irrelevant to the victimhood narratives that sustain the identity politics ideology of 21st-century progressivism.
Munroe Bergdorf’s self-inflicted career destruction might be evidence of mental illness, but at least he/“she” isn’t an axe-wielding maniac:
The triumph of postmodern Third Wave feminist theory — the social construction of the gender binary within the heterosexual matrix, to summarize the key points of Judith Butler’s 1990 book Gender Trouble — has unleashed a tsunami of weirdness, a tidal wave of confusion and conflict.
Consider, for example, the case of Karl Amati, a brilliant young student from Australia who decided as a teenager that he should become a “she,” and traveled to Thailand in 2015 to undergo sex-change surgery.
Ms. Amati, now 24, recently made headlines in Australia, when police say she went on a violent rampage and attacked three people with an axe at a convenience store . . .
Readers can come hear me speak, and get a copy of my book Sex Trouble, next Saturday, Sept. 9, in Leominster, Massachusetts, at an event hosted by Da Tech Guy blog, the Worcester Tea Party and Granite Grok.
Tickets for this buffet luncheon event are available online, and I hope all my friends in the New England area will attend.
If you can’t make it to next week’s luncheon, however, you might want to chip in to the Shoe Leather Fund, because I’ll be spending five days up there and hope to visit Harvard University and other institutes of higher learning in the region, just to see what kind of lunacy the Gender Studies crowd is promulgating on campus this fall. Please remember the Five Most Important Words in the English Language:
PROVO — A West Jordan woman accused of looking for someone to kill the father of her children has been arrested by Provo police.
Cindy Riggins, 49, was arrested and booked into the Utah County Jail for investigation of criminal conspiracy.
The investigation began earlier this month when a friend of both Riggins and the man she allegedly targeted was asked by Riggins to help her “locate a killer for hire” to take out the father of her children, Provo police detective Nick Dupaix said.
Instead, the friend went to police. Detectives then set up an undercover officer to meet with Riggins. During that meeting, Riggins offered the undercover officer money and methamphetamine to kill the man, Dupaix said. She was subsequently arrested.
Riggins and the man have two children together, but were never married and currently do not live together, he said.
Dupaix said a motive for wanting to kill the man was not fully known Thursday, but investigators were looking into whether it was rooted in a custody dispute.
Both Riggins and the man have each filed for restraining orders against each other in the past month, according to court records. The father also applied for a restraining order in 2013.
Riggins was convicted of drug-related crimes in 2013, according to court records. She was also found guilty of disorderly conduct in a separate case in 2013.
Chapman’s first felony conviction came days before his 18th birthday in November 1993. Chapman and an accomplice pleaded guilty to a pair of felony robbery charges, according to Texas court records.
Chapman, Houston police charged, pointed a firearm at two victims and demanded money. Though he was only brandishing a pellet gun, Chapman warned, “This is a .44 Magnum. Give me your money or I will shoot you.”
During a 2009 prison evaluation, Chapman told a psychologist that he had been “booted out” of high school “due to disciplinary problems.” Chapman said he joined the Navy in 1993, but never served due to the robbery arrest. He also told the prison doctor that, as a juvenile, he abused alcohol and used LSD and marijuana. But his “substance of choice,” Chapman added, was Scotchgard fabric spray, which he huffed.
Sentenced to five years in prison, Chapman served a combined 30 months in custody before being paroled in 1996. During his incarceration, Chapman said, he was repeatedly assaulted by fellow inmates.
Chapman eventually moved to California, where he worked as a bouncer at various San Diego-area strip clubs. During his 2009 psych exam, Chapman said that he stopped drinking while on parole in Texas, but resumed imbibing in California.
Chapman’s next felony conviction came in June 2001, when he pleaded guilty to grand theft. According to Superior Court records, he stole in excess of $400 worth of merchandise from a Macy’s in San Diego. Chapman was sentenced to four years in prison–three years on the grand theft rap and a one-year “enhancement” due to his prior conviction for robbery.
Chapman served a total of two-and-a-half years in custody, according to California court and corrections records. He was twice sent back to prison for violating terms of his parole, resulting in an additional five months behind bars.
After his release from prison, Chapman was under psychiatric care and was prescribed multiple medications for depression and anxiety. When his parole term expired, Chapman later told a psychologist, he “stopped all medication.” But he continued to drink heavily and was abusing the painkiller Vicodin (taking upwards of 30 pills daily). Chapman also acknowledged smoking pot and using cocaine “once in a while.” [The psych report notes that Chapman used methamphetamine as an adult, but it does not specify a time frame.]
Chapman’s most recent felony conviction came as a result of an undercover operation launched by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents and the San Diego Police Department’s street gang unit.
With the help of a confidential informant, investigators determined that an owner of a San Diego tattoo shop was illegally selling guns from the business. Agents suspected that some of the weapons ended up in the hands of local Hispanic street gang members.
On two occasions, Chapman provided the tattoo shop owner with weapons–a shotgun and an assault rifle–that were then immediately resold to the informant. One evening, as Chapman drove from his home to the tattoo shop to deliver the assault rifle, a San Diego Police Department surveillance helicopter followed Chapman’s Lexus on the six-mile trip.
Chapman was named in a July 2008 indictment charging him with two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Chapman was arrested at his San Diego home, which was simultaneously searched by cops and ATF agents. According to a search warrant inventory, investigators seized body armor, a Ruger pistol, two throwing knives, a bag of “suspected marijuana,” metal knuckles, two glass pipes, assorted ammo and shotgun shells, clips, and magazines.
In a plea agreement, Chapman copped to the felony charge related to his possession of the assault weapon.
While free on $35,000 bond posted by his girlfriend (who is now his wife), Chapman went on the lam before his February 2009 sentencing. During his one month as a fugitive, Chapman was “living as a homeless person in river beds,” according to a court filing by his lawyer, who claimed that his client “has severe psychological problems” and suffered from auditory and visual hallucinations and “delusions of persecution.”
After Chapman surrendered to federal agents, a U.S. District Court judge ordered a psychological evaluation to determine whether the felon was “suffering from a mental disease.” A Bureau of Prisons psychologist subsequently concluded that Chapman was not “substantially impaired by a mental disease or defect” and had not exhibited “any symptoms of serious mental illness” while being held in San Diego’s Metropolitan Correctional Center. Regarding a personality test that purported to show that Chapman was “psychologically disturbed,” Dr. Gordon Zilberman found that Chapman likely was “exaggerating or manufacturing symptoms when completing this test.”
In June 2009, Chapman was sentenced to 63 months in federal prison to be followed by a three-year probation term. Among the character references sent to the judge by Chapman’s family and friends was a letter from Chapman’s brother Derek. Sent a day before Chapman became a fugitive, the letter described the defendant as a “generally law abiding person.” Jeff Kugel, who met Chapman in 2007, wrote that “Kyle is very knowledgeable about history and the struggles of mankind against central power structures.” Kugel added that, “It is easy to come across as a little paranoid to the uninitiated when broaching this subject.”
After five years behind bars, Chapman was released from Bureau of Prisons custody in January 2014, at which time his probation sentence began. The terms of his supervised release included periodic drug testing and substance abuse treatment. He was also barred from consuming alcohol, attending gun shows, and possessing body armor, firearms, and ammunition. Chapman was also directed to participate in a mental health treatment program as directed by his probation officer.
Chapman’s federal supervision ended less than two months before the shield-carrying “Alt-Knight” made his March debut on the Berkeley streets. Court records contain no indication that Chapman’s federal probation was violated at any time.
Chapman was arrested on multiple felony counts for his alleged activities during the March 4 protest (which he proudly calls the “Battle of Berkeley”). Prosecutors with the Alameda County District Attorney’s office are still reviewing police reports and videos in advance of making a final charging decision when it comes to Chapman and his fellow arrestees.
While Chapman supporters wait to see if the ex-con adds yet another felony charge to his personal docket, they can bide the time in his online store, where $39.99 gets you “The Official Battle for Berkeley Hoodie.” The charcoal garment–a 50/50 cotton blend–is advertised as “As seen on TV, worn by Kyle Chapman,” who always dons the stylish item when battling the hordes laying siege to American ideals. (10 pages)
“I saw the feminist movement cover up for PEDOPHILES”
– Sara Fernanda Giromin
A 14-year-old child bride from Syria came to Sweden and became pregnant with her husband, who is also her cousin. Now a Swedish court has approved of her marriage, because she appears “mature,” and for religious and cultural reasons.
The girl was married off to a cousin when she was only twelve years old. In Sweden, she has been placed with his aunt and her family.
The social service authorities in Sweden thought her marriage is completely outrageous and took it to the justice system.
But the judge does not think there is anything wrong with it, since she was brought up with another religious and cultural perception of what is right and wrong.
In addition, the girl, according to court, is precocious for her age and early matured, so the court does not see anything wrong.
This means that Sweden now approves of Sharia law. The court looks through the fingers with sexual relations concerning Muslim minors, and approves of the pregnancy in a child’s marriage where the girl is only 14 years old. This is a verdict that may set a precedent for further introduction of Sharia law in Sweden.
Political scientist and journalist Sakine Madon, questions the verdict in an editorial in VLT.
“So if a girl is considered ‘mature’, it is less wrong that she is part of a child marriage? So if the girl has a certain religious and cultural background, are child marriages in order?” she writes, and continues:
“It is difficult to interpret the verdict in another way. The girl is also described as a mature person with free will. Anyone who knows what honor culture is, is well aware of the powerlessness and pressure a minor married girl is exposed to. Why close your eyes to that she is underage?”
The article has been updated with the following video, after the social services decided not to appeal the verdict: