The Parochialism of ‘Diversity’

James Taranto, Wall Street Journal, June 5, 2013

Boston Marathon bombing defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his deceased brother, Tamerlan, lived in Cambridge, Mass., a famously liberal college town. To many of their erstwhile neighbors, that is a disturbing irony.

Consider this arresting quote from The Wall Street Journal‘s April 20 story about the brothers: “Attorney Andrea Kramer said Friday her sons played on the [Cambridge Rindge and Latin School] varsity soccer team while Dzhokhar played on the junior-varsity squad. Dzhokhar ‘wasn’t “them.” He was “us,” ‘ Ms. Kramer said. ‘He was Cambridge’ and part of a community whose ‘strength and beauty’ is its diversity.”

Today’s New York Times features a whole story on the same theme, under the headline “Link to Marathon Bombing Rattles City Known for Its Tolerance.” “Cantabrigians,” as they portentously call themselves, are confused, although they have not lost their capacity for self-congratulation:

Jeff Young, the superintendent of Cambridge Public Schools, said the experience had been disorienting for the district. “How is it,” he asked, “that a person who grew up in a place like this ends up in a place like that?” . . .

“In another school, a kid like that could have felt really alienated, but that’s really not the case at that high school,” said Nancy Alach, a parent of one of Mr. Tsarnaev’s classmates. “It’s hard to figure out how he felt so angry or alienated, that he was able to get to the point of doing something like that.”

Bob Binstock, a 55-year-old writer who has lived here for more than 35 years, found himself looking repeatedly at a photograph of one of his daughters and Mr. Tsarnaev, who graduated alongside her.

“I think that Cambridge is like a paradise of some kind,” Mr. Binstock said. “The fact that you can say about Dzhokhar, for instance, is that he was probably more welcomed and more easily incorporated into the environment at C.R.L.S. than he would have been at almost every other high school in the country, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t big gaps.”

Mr. Binstock’s daughter, Rae, said she and her classmates found themselves defending a hometown that many of them, now in college, are trying to move beyond. “Respect is a big part of it, and it’s a very big part of Cambridge,” said Ms. Binstock, 19, who is studying playwriting and anthropology at Columbia University. “Other communities don’t have to deal with the idea that lots of communities of different people have to coexist.”

Her father continued, “Maybe this is something we can learn from this.” He added: “Cambridge is very welcoming, and it’s very diverse. Maybe the acceptance to that blinds us to the fact that there may be more difficulty than people realize.”

Cambridge, it is clear, is a town full of communal narcissists. What’s striking about this passage is that while the Cantabrigians quoted are quite articulate in describing their own professed virtues, when the subject turns to the cognitive dissonance caused by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s alleged crimes, they are reduced to blather: “That doesn’t mean there aren’t big gaps.” “There may be more difficulty than people realize.” What does any of that even mean?

One is tempted to chuckle at their naiveté and leave it at that. But it’s important to understand the way these people think, because their way of thinking has wide cultural influence. And naiveté isn’t the only problem with the ideologues of “diversity” or “multiculturalism.” They’re also quite frequently hypocritical, which is to say that they are selectively and sometimes harshly intolerant even as they extol tolerance. Anyone who’s spent time on an American college campus in the past 30 years–and that includes a large proportion of Cambridge residents–is familiar with that phenomenon.

The naiveté and the hypocrisy both are the result of a parochialism that is at the heart of this supposedly cosmopolitan ideology.

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Multiculturalists are no less prone than other human beings to be hostile to out-groups. It’s just that they are willing to accept almost anyone foreign, or otherwise identifiably different, into their in-group. The only out-groups they readily recognize are familiar, domestic ones, like the “other communities” that, according to Rae Binstock, “don’t have to deal with the idea that lots of communities of different people have to coexist.” It all goes back to oikophobia.

A more abstract form of this parochialism is the multiculturalists’ frequent insistence that “only white people can be racist.” In this view, racism is perhaps the greatest moral failing of which human beings are capable–but nonwhites are absolved of moral responsibility for their racial prejudices.

But moral responsibility is the essence of humanity. It is what sets Homo sapiens apart from other animals. Assigning moral responsibility to whites while denying it to nonwhites is therefore a way of dehumanizing the latter. Multiculturalism turns out to be a disguised form of white supremacy.

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  • “Multiculturalism turns out to be a disguised form of white supremacy”.

    This is something that has been said on this site for years.

    • whiteuncleruckus

      Could you please elaborate on that? Forgive me, but I’m not exactly sure what this statement means.

      • Joseph

        If you ever have to engage one of these diversitymongers in conversation you will quickly learn how very much superior they are to you. They have achieved enlightenment and “grad school” will arise in the conversation at some point. They simply do not believe that anyone but themselves and their elite circle are capable of directing society. They are not only better than “people of color”, they are far better than the lowly whites who actually pull the oars of this sinking ship.

        White liberals, heavily weighted with Jewish influence, often guilty over their wealth without work, love diversity because it allows them to throw crumbs to the “disadvantaged” at the expense of someone else while they laud themselves for their perspicacity and generous compassion toward the unwashed masses.

      • It is the advocates or pushers of multiculturalism who I’d charge with being the true ‘white supremacists’ with their sacrificing average Whites places in the line, to be seen as being generous to some third world DNA ink spot. When really they gave up nothing, reap all the credit and are immune to criticism behind the “you’re a racist for asking” defense.

        For is it not our own traitorous political and business ‘elite’ classes who’ve opened up the proverbial doors, whilst hypocritically remaining far removed from the collateral damage that they’ve engineered.
        Yet frustratingly when we middle class Whites, voice our reasonable concerns for losing our distinctive culture, we’re called irritatingly called the supremacists.
        I know that you whiteuncleruckus, know this familiar story, maybe it was just the wording that threw you off.

        Blowing my own (little) trumpet here, but from growing up in a household of a nationally recognized, race mixing (thankfully after I was created), progressive liberal. I have seen first hand the ‘good hate/bad hate’ hypocrisy of the modern leftist and thus have commented on it here and there http://tinyurl.com/n37uha6
        And I know that I’m not alone in noticing the numerous examples of this double standard.

        See Jim Goad’s
        “The Selfishness of Virtue” essay
        http://takimag.com/article/the_selfishness_of_virtue_jim_goad/print#axzz2VaPlJq2R
        or “Limo Driver Murders Limousine Liberal!”
        http://takimag.com/article/limo_driver_murders_limousine_liberal/print#axzz2NhvbYDx0
        For a more elegant descriptions of the same idea.

        Sorry about the delay in replying, but for about the last month Google chrome isn’t auto logging me into Disqus anymore, without me having to refresh the whole browser page and trying a ridiculous amount of times to log in ( sometimes 40+), before I see my disqus account icon (and replies etc) come up.

        I can log in my Disqus account fairly quickly via their homepage to see my account and history, but it doesn’t help me in authoring comments, so it is discouraging me from checking. I’m only mentioning this as I’ve seen a few other people make similar comments re Disqus as late.
        I like Chrome otherwise, which is why I haven’t changed browsers yet.
        But it is getting harder keeping my online political persona away from my everyday online details i.e. Youtube, Twitter and Disqus away from gmail + circles (not on FB).

  • This puts a dent in the theory that the Tsarnaevs didn’t assimilate.

    Actually, they did assimilate. They fit right in with a kooky crackpot place like Cambridge.

    • Oil Can Harry

      The sad part is that James Taranto can write common sense columns like these and yet still be a cheerleader for open borders.

      • Paleoconn

        Some people think or pretend to think that the only downside to immigration is the odd terrorist plot. In reality, overall, hispanic immigration is orders of magnitude more destructive than muslim terrorists, alleged or otherwise.

    • anton drexler

      Exactamundo! I live across the Charles in Back Bay, about 100 yards from where the Tsarnaev’s celebrated the splendor of diversity and the joys of Islam (the religion of peace) by blowing up throngs of women and children. As a native of SoCal and a non-trust fund baby, I’ve had to deal with the unpleasant reality of race on a regular basis, but denizens of Cambridge, Berkeley, Boulder, etc. don’t have to deal with this reality because Daddy’s money enables them to live in a fantasy world. There is a class dimension to the racial struggle, and the wealthiest whites (who have been bought out by the system), are, as a general rule, enemies of their own people.

      • One MSM story I read in the aftermath of the Boston Massacre said that the Tsarnaev brothers often ran around Cambridge spouting anti-white anti-American rhetoric, but Cambridgistas thought nothing of it because their opinions fit right in.

      • White Mom in WDC

        Exactly. Socioeconomic status is a big variable that is overlooked in the race struggle. Middle class and lower working class whites deal with diversity in their faces daily on the job and thanks to Section 8, in their neighborhoods. This contact creates race realism because there is no buffer. And the elites want it that way. And the elites want to completely destroy the white middle class via their importation of third worlders to undercut pay of middle and working class whites. Screw Cambridge

        • Romulus

          The elite live in hemetically sealed neighborhoods with enough money to insulate themselves from the joys of diversity . They live in a Hollywood ,media fantasyland. They simply cannot come to grips with the actuality of the differences of homosapiens. At no time in human history has diversity ever unified anybody.

      • JohnEngelman

        Unless they worked their way up from humble origins affluent whites tend to suffer from what George Orwell called “money sheltered ignorance.”

    • Nowayinhell Amigivingyoumyname

      I lived in the Boston area for about ten years. The locals refer to the town as “The People’s Republic of Cambridge”. It’s a fitting title.

  • a multiracial individual

    “Pathological inclusivity”

    A multiracial individual

    • White Mom in WDC

      I apologize for being abrupt and rude to you on a thread last night.

      • a multiracial individual

        No worries. I know many will disgree, but it is my sincere wish that exchanges here be as convivial as possible. Be well ms.

  • Enar_Larsson

    Wow, those poor idiots sound like they think they are responsible for the bombings. “We were so, so welcoming and inclusive but I guess we weren’t welcoming and inclusive enough and that’s on us. We just have to be even more inclusive next time.” Cognitive dissonance is right.

  • Unperson

    “The fact that you can say about Dzhokhar, for instance, is that he was probably more welcomed and more easily incorporated into the environment at C.R.L.S. than he would have been at almost every other high school in the country…

    If the Boston Bombers were, in fact, more welcomed and more easily incorporated into the local environment than they would have been at almost every other high school in the country — and yet they STILL ended up hating Americans enough to carry out their abominable attacks — then doesn’t that mean that successfully assimilating these people is IMPOSSIBLE? Isn’t what this quote saying is, “If even a wonderfully tolerant environment like here in Cambridge can’t tame these Muslims, then nobody can”?

    Furthermore, if successfully assimilating these people IS indeed impossible, isn’t that an airtight argument against accepting any more of them?

    • The__Bobster

      It’s an even better argument for shipping all of them back home.

    • Bardon Kaldian

      Well, Russians can tame them.

      • StillModerated

        The Russian theory of dealing with terrorosts seems to be: you’ll kill a few of ours, but we will kill all of yours. Oddly enough, when repeated a few dozen times it seems to work surprisingly well. Even retarded mohammedans can learn.

  • AllSeeingEyeSpy

    “Multiculturalism turns out to be a disguised form of white supremacy”.

    There’s some truth to that, and much of the liberal mind rest on feeling superior, if not all of the liberal mind is owed to wanting to feel superior. At the same time, it is the unwashed mass of whites who are being dehumanized.

  • wattylersrevolt

    Don’t make this more complicated than it is:post-1965 immigration race-replacement policy is driven by the vaulting greed of the White Liberal Greedy Cheating Class…its all about stealing the wealth of millions of Native Born White Americans and tansferring it to White Liberal Greedy Cheating Class Subhuman Scum that lives in places such as Cambridge. It is a vicious-savage crime against the Many by the Greedy Cheating Few. Considering the psychopathic savagery of this Great Crime…it is important to dress this crime up in flowery language about the blessings and joy of post-1965 diversity. Diversity is a cover for an enormous theft..behind every Great Fortune is a Great Crime!!! This is all you need to know and all you need to say in “debate”. If you blather on about irrelevant- mind-numbing-the-eyes-glaze-over-psychometrics…you will never get around to exposing and indicting these psychopaths for their crimes against millions of OrdinaryNative Born White Americans.
    These days, I have a very very strong gut feeling that muslim “Americans” are going to traumatize White Liberals in ways that they can not possibly imagine at the present moment in time…although, it will be obvious in retrospect that the trauma was inevitable and obvious..and long overdue.

    • The__Bobster

      More than anything else, race replacement policy is driven by the desire of a certain group to replace our race with a more-compliant tan everyman who doesn’t pose a threat to them.

      • jane johnson

        That is THE best one sentence description of our current predicament that I have ever read.

      • Jefferson

        Palestinians for example are tanned, and they pose a threat to the Tribe. Palestinians are not as pale as your average Swede or Irishman. Heck Palestinians on average are not even as pale as the average Ashkenazi, let alone as pale as a Northern European.

      • Talltrees

        While that may be true of the group you allude to, Hispanics, Blacks, Asians, etc., would like to replace ‘White Privilege’ with their own, making all other groups second class citizens. I.E. ‘Hispanic Privilege’ above Blacks, Asians, Whites, etc. ‘Black Privilege’ above Asians, Hispanics, Whites, etc. Each minority group would like to rule the country.

        • whiteuncleruckus

          I completely agree with you. It’s not about diversity, it’s about taking over. White liberals think that Hispanics, blacks, Asians, arabs, etc. all what to live with each other as well as Whites. They really think that. The non-whites can see that Whites have built the best societies in human history and since they can’t duplicate them, the next best thing is to just take them over. I fear they will. Diversity has a solid, cold grip on our race. Warning others of the danger diversity poses to us is to commit social suicide.

          • zanegray

            Warning others of the danger diversity poses to us is to commit social suicide.

            Here in the UK I’ve seen the social situation changing in the last year or two.

            Now people speak more or less openly in pubs and bars about the problems of immigration and diversity.

            There have been a series of well publicised ‘sex grooming’ cases where muslims have targeted young poor white girls and of course the recent brutal slaying of a soldier in London.

            I was on a bus in rural East Anglia recently where the white passengers told a loud mouthed West Indian woman to shut up.

            She didn’t like it but at least the others had the guts to speak out.

            Something that wouldn’t have happened a few years ago.

            The political rise of UKIP – a party that wants independence from the EU and a stop to immigration is polling at 25% across the country in local elections and causing a big headache to the mainstream parties.

            Hopefully things are on the turn here at long last.

      • Romulus

        You’ve noticed too. You obviously mean the group that controls 2/3 rds of all the planets wealth. If you’ve never read it, take a look at this book ; The creature from Jekyll island.

      • Nathan F.

        Come on man, paranoid anti-Semitism!

      • jeffaral

        Is the “Jew” word verboten?

    • Lila Dennis

      Nicely said.

  • Rhialto

    For some reason, I am reminded of a quote from Groucho Marx: I would never join a club that would have me as a member.

    Perhaps if the bomber brothers had to strive to be accepted, they would have appreciated and valued that acceptance. Perhaps the Liberalopolis of Cambridge generated comtempt in them. The America of 1913 would not likely have done so; it would have likely gained their loyalty and love.

  • guest

    “Multiculturalism turns out to be a disguised form of white supremacy.”

    How ironic. All we’ve been hearing is the vague mantra on how multiculturalism is a great strength and now we hear it’s no different from white supremacy. At it’s heart, all it teaches is that whites are responsible for all the evils of the world and must “atone” for their supposed sins by allowing themselves to be abused and treated like crap and that non-whites are always victims and should have no sense of moral or personal responsibility. It’s one contradiction after another.

    • Romulus

      Being a fan of the evolutionary process and Darwin, I make no apologies to anyone at anytime over history for any reason. Actual life, is survival of the fittest. There are those that rule and those that don’t. Those on the bottom want to be at the top. It is no different for any group. Why would I trade our majority people and culture for someone eldest? If I wanted to experience foreign cultures, I’d become a traveler again. When I travel America, I expect to overwhelmingly experience American culture. I don’t want to see muslims in Jackson hole Wyoming. The left will say, “Americas always been vibrant and diverse”… Blah,blah,blah, Do I have a heart? Yes! Do I understand natures laws? Yes! Do I want our people to have the same fate? Hell no!!! “You can make some of the people happy some of the time , but you can never make all of the people happy all of the time”
      HONEST ABE!!
      P.s. Don’t get all stirred up over a Lincoln quote, just wanted to share that particular one.

      • saxonsun

        Absolutely–and that’s why I love the British Empire.

  • The__Bobster

    But moral responsibility is the essence of humanity. It is what sets Homo sapiens apart from other animals. Assigning moral responsibility to whites while denying it to nonwhites is therefore a way of dehumanizing the latter. Multiculturalism turns out to be a disguised form of white supremacy.
    ____________

    There is some truth to that. Certain racial groups are never held responsible for their actions, but a White child over the age of three is.

  • brengunn

    The naiveté and the hypocrisy both are the result of a parochialism that
    is at the heart of this supposedly cosmopolitan ideology.

    And that is about as succinct as one can say it. The out group has merely become working and lower middle class whites who are seen to be less cosmopolitan while anyone foreign or minority is accepted as being part of the in group.

    Likewise, I subscribe to the idea that this is merely another form of white supremacism. It’s white paternalism, where other cultures are coddled by the white benefactor.

  • brengunn

    “Other communities don’t have to deal with the idea that lots of communities of different people have to coexist.”

    Such disdain and contempt for ordinary communities. These people really think they are the pinnacle. I just hope they are around to see their idealism crumble when the ‘other’ comes for what they own.

  • sbuffalonative

    ‘He was Cambridge’ and part of a community whose ‘strength and beauty’ is its diversity.”

    There are none so blind…

  • bigone4u

    Self righteousness and delusions of moral superiority characterize the citizens of Cambridge. I believe the city is not too far from Salem, where the infamous Puritan witch hunts played out 400 years ago. That same Puritan superiority is alive and well in Cambridge, but with race realists, southerners, gun owners, and other patriotic Americans demonized as the new witches. I’d like to dump a shipload of Somalis on them, but I doubt even that would make a dent in their comfort with their own stupidity and ignorance.

  • gemjunior

    OMG, “Cambridge’s strength and beauty is it’s diversity.” Oh how typically common is this type of liberal dogmatic speech. It’s so cliche, and so totally expected. Boring brainwashed fool.

    • Bowzer

      Amren has its own brand of kosher diversity…not so expected for a supposedly pro-White site.

  • robinbishop34

    “Multiculturalism turns out to be a disguised form of white supremacy.”

    I’ve heard this referred to as ‘white supremacy with a smile.’

  • StillModerated

    Picture this if you will: A Cantabrigian and a Virginia good ole boy meet at a cocktail party. The Virginian says,”they buried that damn Chechen murderer just 5 miles from my house.” The Yankee replies, “What do you mean ‘damn terrorist?’ We once had Chechens living on our street, and they were wonderful folks — until they set off bombs at the marathon.”

    When will they ever learn?

  • StillModerated

    … said Ms. Binstock, 19, who is studying playwriting and anthropology at Columbia University.

    May God have mercy upon us miserable offenders!

  • Joseph

    “Maybe the acceptance to that blinds us to the fact that there may be more difficulty than people realize.”

    Translation: “It is the fault of native whites that this happened. We were *so* accepting and anxious to have diversity trophies that we failed to realize that we are not accepting enough and we should have done more for these victims of western Christian society. How can we possibly make it up to these poor boys?!”

  • ATBOTL

    Keep in mind that James Taranto is an open borders, illegal alien amnesty fanatic whose misleading name conceals his ethnic background as one of the usual suspects.

  • mrcan

    there is a simple solution. whites must have more babies.