There is a deep and enduring lie at the heart of the ideological Left’s agenda. The lie is that imperialism (and with it, racism) is something unique, and uniquely evil, to the Western tradition. The Left should read some history
There’s a particularly ludicrous piece in the Guardian today about Prince Harry’s photograph of a Losotho herdsman in traditional dress. It is described by the author of the piece as “a specious salmagundi of complacent assumptions and frightening arrogance.”
Here’s the offending photo (shown above).
“It may seem harsh,” says columnist Jonathan Jones, “to accuse a young man who is seen here taking a sensitive portrait of one of the people helped by his charity of posing like a Victorian imperial monarch next to a colonial inferior. But that iconography is undeniably present.”
Oh, for goodness sake. But leaving aside the general idiocy of the complaint, there is a deep and enduring lie at the heart of it that is central to the prejudices of the ideological Left. The lie is that imperialism (and with it, racism) is something unique, and uniquely evil, to the Western tradition…
There is a list of well-known non-Western empires at the link.