I just heard from a contact in Europe that one of her colleagues in the Counterjihad was upset by being called a racist during a public panel discussion.
All of us are by now are very familiar with this commonly-used illiberal tactic meant to silence anyone who dares to oppose the politically correct multicultural party line.
It made me think of Samuel Johnson’s famous dictum, and that we need a modern variant:
The accusation of racism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.
I googled this epigram to see whether it was already in use, but I found only one instance of it — in a John Birch Society news feed, interestingly enough. There were a few other examples discussing Johnson’s formulation in connection with being accused of racism, but no other verbatim versions.
So I suggest that we all practice saying it. Above all, we should internalize it. Only by making it part of our mental operating system will we be able to avoid the near instinctive sense of shame, humiliation, and ostracism that results from being called a racist.
We need to stop playing defense and go on the offense. The people who use these sorts of tactics are scoundrels.
[That’s all for this post. More later today.]