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“Fair-skinned aboriginal person” had become the newest protected class and race was now completely subjective. You could be any race you wanted to be, so long as there was an academic position, a political post or a didgeridoo lesson in it for you.
The demand for aboriginal writers, poets and activists had been filled by rebranding members from the existing supply of university grads looking for a leg up in a competitive market with lots of unemployed poets and activists. It was an innovative solution to the supply and demand problems of a politically correct human economy where diversity counted for more than ability.
But if race was a subjective experience rather than an external objective reality, if you could choose to be aboriginal rather than having the choice made for you, then the left’s racial pyramid had exposed itself as a voluntary construct. If members of the majority group identify as aborigines and gain benefits from that identification, then who is the real persecuted group?
From the aboriginal standpoint, the white left had settled aboriginal identity after having commodified it. A repetition of an old pattern by the left which embraces minorities only to exploit their identities, enhancing the value of their identities in order to profit from them. That is one of the darker secrets of the left that made it even more vital that the naked emperor charade of the white aborigine continue.
The basic question of the white aborigine case was whether a columnist could be dragged into court for commenting on what was apparent to everyone. The answer was yes. The follow-up question was whether the perpetuation of a perverse state of affairs where anyone can opt into being a member of a protected class and reap the benefits of centuries of white guilt merited the suppression of free speech by a major newspaper. The answer was also yes.
Free speech is the pivot of tolerance debates in free societies. The left must pay lip service to free speech while at the same time explaining why it can’t be permitted to be free. In Andrew Bolt’s case, the judge was obliged to claim that Bolt’s right to free speech was not being challenged because it would have been possible for him to make those same statements in a more polite fashion.
Or as the decision put it, freedom of speech is only protected if the one exercising it “has taken a conscientious approach to advancing the exercising of that freedom in a way that is designed to minimise the offense or insult, humiliation or intimidation suffered by people affected by it.”
From now on perhaps Bolt should submit his columns for approval to the Federal Court before they are printed, which will decide if they are truly deserving of free speech protection. So long as they don’t offend any white aborigines, tall dwarfs or male women.
We are not for the most part Australians, but the curse of the white aborigine is still very much with us. When we are compelled to pay lip service to politically correct absurdities, when we remain silent in the face of the manifest untruths of the cult of tolerance and when we bow our heads in guilt to the left-wing activists, who are our own white aborigines, exploiting their constructs of race to hold power over us—then we are under the curse of the white aborigine.
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