Rachel Marsden

When French Socialist Party leader Martine Aubry announced last week that if elected to the presidency she'd blow a billion Euros on "French culture" at a time when cash flow is running pretty dry, why wasn't it decried as "fiscal terrorism"? When Greeks riot in the streets to protest necessary budget cuts, why is that not considered "violent extremism"? And when a group such as the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) issues a statement tying right-wing politics to the acts of a single, isolated loon, why does no one consider that logic an example of racist extremism in itself?

According to ENAR: "Indeed, most of the people from the European majority community have remained relatively insensitive to the numerous victims of extreme-right movements that often stemmed from minority communities: Jews, Blacks, Muslims, Roma, gays and lesbians, among others. However, the Oslo killings dreadfully demonstrate that extreme-right ideologies are a danger for the whole society and not only for minorities. Anyone can become victim to the violence of extreme-right fanatics, intent on wiping out diversity from our societies."

ENAR would have us believe that it's a steep, slippery slope indeed from, say, controlling illegal immigration of Roma gypsies to literally "wiping out diversity."

I have a question for ENAR: How many violent acts by people of an ideology or origin must be committed before it's considered a disturbing trend? Because it would seem from this statement that it only takes one. Why isn't the group at least equally concerned by the rampant violent acts committed by people from the same minority groups it lists?

As a peaceful white conservative, I find ENAR's statement strongly implies that I'm at best a quisling vis-à-vis humanity, and at worst a mere frustration away from going postal. I reject this stereotype foisted upon me by the bigots in the anti-racist company, and feel the group is trying to hurt my feelings, marginalize me and turn me into a social pariah. I'd start my own victim industry around this traumatic development, but I'm kind of busy right now.

Rachel Marsden

Rachel Marsden is a columnist with Human Events Magazine, and Editor-In-Chief of GrandCentralPolitical News Syndicate.
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