“What do you like about being white?”
Christopher Ruso’s fluid, but flaccid, reply to this question, posed by Marc Lamont Hill, encapsulates what is meant by a weak, apologetic case for Western man.
I believe Rufo’s one reply was that he is too much of an individualist to say. “It’s an amorphous term,” he added, “a metaphysical category,” and he also rejected the categorization of individuals.
Lamont, however, countered forthrightly that he, on the other hand, can state quite clearly what he likes about being black. Indeed, Dr. Hill asked a plain question.
Rufo then proceeded to reject the great things associated with Western mannerisms and habits, universalizing these, instead.
This exact same Uriah Heep like obsequiousness I highlighted in October 2020’s “Wake Up. Systemic Anti-Whiteness Is Deadly. Witness South Africa.”
Going by the Federalist writer mentioned in this 2020 column, conservatives like Stella Morabito and Rufo refuse to even take credit for the “oppressive” culture for which Europeans are being berated. Ludicrously, they both universalize the Protestant Ethic.
Recall the “Smithsonian display on whiteness”? It condemned as “white” all elements of a civilized society, including politeness, hard work, self-reliance, logic, planning, delayed gratification, and family cohesion.
“None of those are ‘white’ values,” assured Morabito, the apologist from the Federalist, as she criticizes Critical Race Theory for framing them as white. Ditto Rufo.
Imagine being so obsequious and apologetic as to wash your hands of a really cool thing you invented, evolved or were born into: Western civilization.
Almost all these values are, moreover, most pronounced in the European culture. One might even pin them down to Western Europe, because the sanctity of a man’s word, the handshake, culminating in the legally binding contract—these are some of the cultural and religious values that allowed capitalism to take off particularly well in the Anglosphere. Arguably, these are not part of the East European ethos.
Related to the Rufo apologia is news that Princeton has ended Latin and Greek requirement for a Classics Major, so as to “address systemic racism” Hint to Mr. Rufo, who failed to defend his white self: There is no “classics” without the West. The culture of Greco-Roman antiquity was foundational and spectacular.
“What do you like about being White?” I asked this question to anti- Critical Race Theory advocate Christopher Rufo. He stated that Whiteness was always only painted as negative, so I asked him to offer something different. Peep his response: pic.twitter.com/H5IkAyv2Co
— Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) May 26, 2021
#Princeton's a f-cking sh-hole. (Hey, a hint to Mr. #Rufo, who failed to defend his #white self: There is no "classics" without the West.) Can we stop trying to gain entry to that anti-intellectual cesspool of mediocrity and conformity? https://t.co/n5QTtg3aoE
— ILANA Mercer (@IlanaMercer) June 1, 2021