Editors’ note: Identity politics has become a hallmark of Progressive ideology and has even leaked into the domain of conservatism. Central to identity politics is the notion of racial victimhood. For that to exist, there must be an oppressor, and that oppressor is collectively the white race, particularly white men. Thus, according to Progressive ideology, all lives do not matter equally; oppressed lives matter more. That is why the Left doesn’t care that Islamic supremacists still enslave black Africans or that a genocide against Christians is taking place in Africa and the Middle East. The paradigm that matters is oppressor versus oppressed, white versus non-white, and to disagree is to provoke the wrath of the woke mob.
In December 2017, Associate Editor for FrontPage Magazine Christine Douglass-Williams was fired as a Governor in Council Appointee by the Liberal government of Canada for criticizing Islam in her writings, mainly for the Freedom Center’s own Jihad Watch. She was a Director on the Canadian Race Relations Foundation. Christine told her story in a monograph, published by the Center for Security Policy (CSP), titled: Fired by the Canadian Government for Criticizing Islam – Multicultural Canada: A Weak Link in the Battle Against Islamization. CSP founder Frank Gaffney wrote in the foreword:
Deeply concerned about the precipitous slide of our northern neighbor toward authoritarianism, especially with regard to free speech about the alarming influence of the jihadist Muslim Brotherhood and the broader global Islamic Movement on Canadians’ ability to enjoy the intrinsic human rights guaranteed to them in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Center for Security Policy asked Christine Douglass-Williams to document her experiences. This monograph, Fired by the Canadian Government for Criticizing Islam – Multicultural Canada: A Weak Link for Islamization, is her deeply personal account—but it is also something much more important. For while the arbitrary and discriminatory treatment of an individual Canadian citizen is a story worth telling in its own right, it is the broader implications for the future of free expression, free speech, and all other individual rights intrinsic to human beings everywhere, that makes Douglass-Williams’ work here so valuable.
Below is an excerpt from Christine Douglass-Williams’ book:
The Use of Victimology and Identity Politics by Civilizational Jihadists
The major thrust of this section is that Islamic supremacist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood have exploited victimology in their manipulation of multiculturalism, the anti-racism industry, diversity drives, Muslim populations, and the socialist-left leadership of many Western nations.
It is important to grasp that keeping people oppressed or otherwise “helping” them to embrace an identity of oppression enables totalitarian agendas. Some points to note about this modus operandi: i) education among “oppressed” groups is discouraged, as knowledge enlightens. Because knowledge is empowering, the oppressor’s power is diminished as the oppressed becomes enlightened. ii) oppressed groups can be manipulated to revolution in support of their corrupt leaders’ indoctrinated vision, ideology, and goals. iii) oppressed populations are relatively easy to control via leadership propaganda, due to their lack of education, their poverty, and dependence on their corrupt, but venerated leaders. Oppressed populations also permit a convenient enlarging of power distances between them and their leaders, so that their leaders lead, and they follow in obedient trust, whether or not those leaders are worthy of that trust.
In Western societies, two phenomena can be observed among the united socialist left, which benefits the victimology narrative: the first is a bigotry of low expectations, which instills the detrimental idea that brown people and black people are to be pitied forever because they have been nearly irreparably broken by white people. They are therefore deemed to be at least partially justified in any unlawful or harmful act they commit of which the same behavior is regarded as unacceptable in white society.
Embedded in this lenience of expectation toward brown and black people is a presumption of their inferiority, although it is never presented that way. For example, it is overlooked that Arabs hold black slaves, that women are sold into sex slavery by Muslims, that child brides are being sentenced to torturous marriages in Islam.
In this view, ethnic people do not need to abide by the same rules of human rights that white people are expected to observe because they are deemed to be inept, incapable of overcoming and of achieving. In this view, it is peculiar that it is generally unrecognized—or at least seldom articulated—that Islam has been engaging in such practices for 1400 years, because one need look no further than the white man.
It is always and must always be the white man’s fault to maintain the very status quo that its enablers pretend to reject: i.e., the bigotry of low expectations. The same victimhood mentality applies to blacks. Although there are significant differences in the history of non-Muslim blacks and Muslims, and reasons why these groups retain the status of oppressed groups, the reasons put forth by their socialist and Islamic supremacist leaders are: white privilege, white oppression, white supremacy.
All the while, when members of these groups victimize others, it is ignored. The victimization within these groups is also ignored. Secondly, this system allows for a guarantee that leaders of the publicly and privately funded “anti-racism” industry are well-off, while their client “victims” remain ghettoized.
Of course, there are those in the anti-racism industry who are sincere, who assist in the healing of past wounds, who aid in the practicalities of individual and group development, and who cultivate unity, true diversity, pluralism, and a strong national identity, but these represent a struggling minority within the industry.
The anti-racism industry as a whole has been hijacked by powerful, known lobbies such as Muslim Brotherhood offshoots and Black Lives Matter, in which those two lobbies have now managed to converge. The victimhood status quo also enables the expansion of a totalitarian agenda, in which big government is needed to “help” the people who are unable to help themselves.
In this scenario, selling “compassion” for the so-called oppressed is a marketing tool, whereby “experts” and government political leaders line their pockets as the self-proclaimed protectors of the wretchedly oppressed. In this scenario, there must be a villain, i.e., the group doing the oppressing and this group must be controlled, silenced or both. This villainous group constitutes the specter of the masters of oppression from the days of colonialism and slavery. Their victims regrettably remain in shackles, the cycle of the bigotry of low expectations continues, and the oppressed remain stunted. Western societies have evolved to become diverse and immigrant friendly.
This is not to say that racism, intolerance, xenophobia, and bigotry do not exist. They do, but they are not exclusive to white people but are also found among various groups of immigrants. Western constitutions permit all citizens to scrutinize and criticize government and various ideologies, to dialogue and debate openly, and to hold one another accountable. This makes for the continuance and preservation of democratic freedoms.
The hallmark of democracy is freedom of speech, while totalitarianism is marked by little to no freedom of expression.
Victimhood Indoctrination as a Home-Base for Revolution
Following its first black presidency, America is more polarized than ever. Rather than celebrate the advancement of blacks while continuing to progress toward unity and peaceful dialogue, along comes the Black Lives Matter Movement to foment violence against the front-line protectors of our societies.
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan indoctrinates hatred against police into his followers using cases of blacks who have been killed by white policemen in shootouts. Farrakhan cultivates the belief that racism is so deeply entrenched in the white community that blacks are being unfairly hunted and murdered by white policemen.
The concept of fanning the flames of perpetual victimhood and revolution to acquire and sustain power is nothing new. Lenin, Stalin, and Mao well understood the need to keep pushing the us-versus-them mentality to distract populations from the truth and the harsh reality of day-to- day living. Their unscrupulousness paid off.
The one question the revolutionaries never want to address publicly is their end vision for Western society, because they don’t have one that they wish to reveal. That is the secret they guard and hide as they manipulate people and foment rage and violence among their own followers. Their end goal is not desirable, credible, or useful, but comes down to ultimately advancing their own lust for personal power.
Many among the white segment of the so-called “anti-racism” industry have aided these revolutionary movements, such as the Nation of Islam and Black Lives Matter, by justifying their rage, thereby exposing their own bigotry of low expectations and thus assisting to block the black community from escaping the chains of past slavery and victimhood.
Yet the biggest oppressors of the black community have become their own hate-filled leaders who exploit the community and cause members to keep their eyes focused on the chains of slavery as the community moves through generations of poverty, family breakdown, black-on-black crime and lack of education. They are rendered unable to escape a ghettoized existence.
The oppressed black community has now teamed up with Islamic supremacists and the two are working toward cultivation of goals to indoctrinate and incite revolution against the non-Muslim white society.
All the while, peace-loving black and brown people who know and proclaim what these indoctrinators are up to are firmly dismissed as “uncle Toms,” “sell-outs,” or are ignored. Those who oppose the condescending victimology narrative have also become targets of rage by the profiteers of the anti-racism business, by those indoctrinated by it, and even those who have personally embraced the victim identity.
Farrakhan has called for the murder of police and he did it in the name of “righteousness,” “human rights,” “justice,” and religion as he invoked the Quran. He openly declared:
“Death is sweeter than to continue to live and bury our children, while white folks give the killer hamburgers.
Death is sweeter, than watching us slaughter each other, to the joy of a 400-year-old enemy. Yes, death is sweeter.
The Quran teaches persecution is worse than slaughter. Then it says, ‘Retaliation is prescribed in matters of the slain.’ Retaliation is a prescription from God, to calm the breast of those whose children have been slain.
So if the federal government will not intercede in our affairs, then we must rise up and kill those who kill us. Stalk them and kill them and let them feel the pain of death that we are feeling.”
There is no systemic stalking of blacks in America or Canada. Farrakhan is a stark example of the power that leaders possess to indoctrinate their followers and turn them against authorities of the state, who are there to maintain order and the rule of law. His blatant incitement should have led to his arrest, but the bigotry of low expectations gives him reprieve.
Hatred and incitement to violence and murder against Jews and whites that is deemed to be justified have deep implications for the direction of the West in general. Had a white person proclaimed the violence as Farrakhan did against blacks and Muslims, that person would be punished, and should be.
The Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi also appealed for white and black men to join hands in unity and so-called “equality” in the name of Allah:
“It is a state where the Arab and non-Arab, the white man and black man, the easterner and westerner are all brothers,” he said—an appeal aimed at broadening his support base beyond the Middle East.
“Muslims, rush to your state. Yes, it is your state. Rush, because Syria is not for the Syrians, and Iraq is not for the Iraqis. The earth is Allah’s.”
There is a problem in the black community stemming from a history of abuse, and this history is now being further abused and exploited by many leaders such as Farrakhan within the black community.
Most of them will not brazenly issue an open call to violence and murder as Farrakhan has done, but their silence in the face of such calls, along with the size of Farrakhan’s following and influence is revealing.
Another example of the alliance between Black Lives Matter and Islam in the U.S.: in a speech delivered to the Annual Muslim American Society (MAS) and Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) Convention in December 2015, Nihad Awad, the Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), urged Muslim Americans to take up the cause of Black Lives Matter. “Black Lives Matter is our matter,” he said; “Black Lives Matter is our campaign.”
There are clear links between Canada and the United States. Both countries share a continent, therefore, when one sneezes, the other risks catching the cold. To provide some examples: the Black Lives Movement first gained prominence in America before making its way into Canada. Also CAIR, which began in the States, found its way into Canada, as CAIR-CAN and subsequently the NCCM; but in 2018, when President Trump announced his temporary immigration ban on five majority-Muslim countries plus North Korea and Venezuela (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen), Prime Minister Trudeau responded by tweeting out an open welcome to refugees. The ramifications are discussed in the Section “America’s National Security Strategy and Why Canada is a Threat: Trudeau, Obama and Trump.”