How to play up outrage as a classically liberal trump card
Glenn Reynolds: “I THINK THE OXNARD SCHOOL AUTHORITIES SHOULD BE FIRED FOR THEIR RACIST ASSUMPTION THAT HISPANICS AREN’T AMERICANS. Shameful.”
Exactly: Hispanic Americans are people too. I should have thought that we’d long since stopped treating them like second-class citizens, with wet backs and coffee stained fingers calloused from picking lettuce and melons.
Oh, and by the way: demanding “cultural proficiency” — or even pushing the idea — is just another way of demanding a colonialist usurpation over the gaze of the Other, coopting their ontological legitimacy by pretending we can ever fully comprehend, and engage with, the very things that makes the Other other. Who are we to presume we can ever become “proficient” in understanding something that can only truly be understood and espoused by those “authentic” participants who circumscribe the ascendant cultural narrative?
Goodness. Such an attempt at cultural imperialism is the surest sign you are dealing with a rightwing nativist. Has anyone seen this superintendent and Pat Buchanan in the same room at the same time…?