The Long March through the Institutions has reached rugby stadia
Who foresaw this one? Rugby is the latest target for the woke, who revel in pulling down and excluding in the name of building up and including. In a sign that the woke really have infiltrated everywhere, activists are calling for a ban on the headdresses worn by fans of Exeter Chiefs on the grounds of cultural appropriation. (They want to get rid of the name Chiefs as well, but these people work in stages and that annihilation waits for us later if we capitulate now).
Exeter Chiefs are a rugby team in England. Their fans sometimes wear headdresses of the kind that a ‘Chief’ might wear. It’s fun. It beats the usual bobble hat. But it’s now deemed inappropriate because… well usually cultural appropriation! is shouted to stop people making money, but here it is just to stop them having fun. It’s claimed to be offensive and mocking. But this headdress wasn’t chosen to mock, it’s an acknowledgement of strength and virtue.
The woke behind the attack of course don’t care about facts. They are the latest incarnation of the society-and soul-destroying neo- and cultural- Marxists. For them this sort of accusation is a bread and butter way to sow division and enmity. It helps with the demoralisation they think is necessary before they can make their final push for communist utopia where everyone feasts on unicorns and rainbows and no one ever again has to work, suffer or die.
We must not give in to this confected grievance. Cultural appropriation as a problem is absurd. Like all wokery it puts the very worst spin on everything and allows of no positive reasons for what they see happening. Taken to its extreme cultural appropriation wouldn’t allow anyone to wear anything that they hadn’t invented themselves, but like most of racially-charged wokery, it of course only applies to white people. It seems crazy to be writing about race in the twenty-first century, but these woke people push their rules to corral whites, who they see as oppressors. While they want to ban whites from wearing anything with its roots in another culture, minorities will usually escape their censure. There’s a word for that sort of thinking and it’s exactly what the woke claim to be fighting.
If we give in to this call then we are accepting the deranged view that white people can only wear, eat and enjoy what their own group has invented. At the same time, to point out the woke madness, under their rules, minorities could walk around in bowties and bowler hats sipping Champagne from Yorkshire puddings and complaining about the lack of cucumber sandwiches.
If we’re really going to worry about cultural appropriation, isn’t the rugby team complaining most loudly about Exeter’s headdresses called Wasps? Soon someone will be protesting that they are appropriating their yellow and black kit from wasps. Outrageous! Cancel them today! It sounds ludicrous now, but let’s revisit in a decade when the woke have sown all the division they can manage with people and have moved on. Or, let’s not get offended on behalf of people thousands of miles away. Let’s stop confusing I wouldn’t wear that with no one should wear that.
Let’s allow people to wear what they want.