Cultural Revolution - Part X
Wokeness is the quality of being alert to injustice and discrimination in society, especially racism. Recently it began to encompass a broader awareness perceived of social inequalities such as sexism and has also been used as a shorthand for left-wing ideology and Marxist ideas involving identity politics and social justice, such as the concept of white privilege and slavery reparations for African Americans. By using older terms that carried specific historical meaning, progressive Marxist propagandists add on their new grievances to old words or expressions to expand their agenda.
Cases In Point
The recent annual gathering at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women involved delegates and activists from around the world. It appears the United Nations bureaucracy uses this enclave as an umbrella as cover for their radical policies and abortion on demand. As part of the United States delegation this year, the Biden administration’s co-chair and Executive Director of White House Gender Policy Council, Jennifer Klein, attended. She led the White House effort to infuse gender ideology throughout American policy.
This year, the United Nations enclave combined their abortion on demand promotion with left-wing gender ideology and then yoked them with the climate change agenda. Tying left-wing policies of abortion and gender to the environment creates a big incentive to frame gender and abortion rights as climate justice. To say you support climate justice now means, in their eyes, that you also support abortion and gender identity issues.
It is difficult to believe that the United Nations is serious about improving women’s lives when it seems to promote abortion at every turn. Furthermore, its embrace of gender ideology threatens to erase women by denying the realities of biological sex.
Another recent example of this is when Supreme Court Justice nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson was asked at her confirmation hearings if she could define a woman; she could not. Half of the reason President Biden selected her was because she was a woman.
When we apply wokism to gender theory, it considers the categories of male and female to be oppressive stereotypes. United Nations experts are trying to bully countries into changing their views of gender to conform with the progressive’s agenda. The United Nations’ independent expert on sexual orientation and gender identity concludes that the world must choose between a path of exclusionary narratives advanced by ultraconservative political leaders and religious groups that perpetuate violence and discrimination or a path of inclusivity guided by gender theory and human rights. One should muse over the world system that’s fully based on lies. Take Darwinism, climate change caused by human emissions, and gender theory. We are told to follow the science, not science fiction.
White House Agenda
The National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality seeks to erase policies that respect and recognize biological differences between men and women. The new agenda displaces biological sex with gender identity in both domestic and in international affairs, pushes abortion on demand and usurps religious freedom. Does this administration have a darker and even demonic agenda that strikes at what it means to be human? It seems like the Biden administration is on a revolutionary path that breaks with the American tradition of legal rights and equality. It seeks to set the government against conscience rights and religious freedom both domestically and internationally.
Soon you will see policies that are blind to the biological differences between men and women in all areas of society, besides sports. All of this is reality!
The White House released the National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality on October 22, 2021. Biden’s strategy, “outlines an ambitious agenda for this Administration—a roadmap to help our nation close pernicious gaps and propel us toward a world with equal opportunity for all people.” The document claims to be the “first-ever national strategy to guide work on gender equity as a government and as a nation.”1
There are those in the field of law who are making the case for treating race and gender not as separate legal categories but as a new combined category. Where this becomes complex is when the oppressed status of two or more combined categories amplifies the effects of the oppression. This concept is called intersectionality.
Within this popularized class of oppressed, a hierarchy is created. For example, a white woman can claim discrimination on the basis of sex, and a black man might claim it on the basis of race, neither sex nor race alone could capture the discrimination endured by a black woman. This neo-Marxist thinking is gaining acceptance and will become the measuring stick of the oppressed. Where there are oppressed, there must be oppressors. They are found on the bottom of this new victim hierarchy.
An example of this would be a white male attracted to women. Following current jargon, this individual would be called cisgender, or cishet. This individual is not an oppressor by anything said or done but by virtue of membership in four oppressor groups: white, male, heterosexual, and people who identify with gender they are assigned at birth. In contrast, a black female-to-male transgender immigrant attracted to females would rank high on the pyramid of oppressed in four intersecting ways: Ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and citizenship. One person, four intersecting vectors of victimhood.
Equity Or Equality
While growing up in the 1960s, I heard the term equality used regularly. Now I am hearing equity. So, what’s the difference? Equal treatment under the law—equality—often fails to produce equal outcomes—equity.
The concept behind equity is that everyone ends up with the same amount. If you have more than someone else, then you must pay your fair share to assure that those with less will end up with as much as you.
According to usage notes for the words equity and equality, Merriam-Webster Dictionary states, “The idea that sometimes sameness of treatment (equality) does not result in proportional fairness (equity) is one way that the words are distinguished form each other, even in similar contexts.”2
I still believe that the biblical concept—historically embraced by our Founding Fathers and currently embraced by Christians and conservatives—remains intact in that we are created equal and endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights.
Freedom can and will lead to varied outcomes. Furthermore, some people are born with natural talents toward music or sports. Some have minds to create and make things. Equality gives everyone the opportunity to pursue happiness. On the other hand, intersectionality pigeonholes people, with all their talents and diversity, into divisive stereotypes. Group identity subjugates and creates a caste system of prejudice that will make it almost impossible for the oppressed class to be anything other than oppressed.
When gender, race, wealth, social status, and other misguided criteria define us, the only outcome is that everyone no longer has any choice. Welcome to communism.
1 “National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality,” (The White House, 2021). https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/National-Strategy-on-Gender-Equity-and-Equality.pdf