On Cultural Relativism
On Cultural Relativism
A story in English. Because only 22 million people can read the secret language called Dutch, or the history it conveys.
It’s 1947. My mother is 15. Some rare Jews are still coming back from camps. Lucky ones can try to start building a life again, their property stolen and having to back-pay their taxes (because they hadn’t paid their taxes from Bergen-Belsen). If you are less lucky, and stateless, you are thrown in a camp in Limburg, together with imprisoned Nazis. Yes, you heard that right, back in camp, with the Nazis. My father lived right around the corner from this camp. He was 14.
1947. My countrymen in Suriname, the descendants of the people who stood up to their knees in their own excrement in slave dungeons in Ghana, are also still stateless.
1947. On the other side of the globe, Indonesians are thinking: “The Dutch aren’t invincible! They had their ass kicked and occupied by the Germans for years.”
So the Dutch military organizes some strategic massacres. And there is new information this week:
As part of the massacres, the military decides to host a series of cock fights, with people, in the centers of towns, with children as an audience. HIn the article a man is interviewed, five years younger than my mother, four years younger than my father, who watched such a cock fight. His description, from the article by Tineke Bennema en Yvonne Rieger-Rompas, translated by me:
“The soldiers asked who was in charge and that person had to point out those in the resistance. Iabu, a skinny man, was pointed out by Beddu Tjolle, who was a lot bigger than him. But Iabu protested and denied he was part of the resistance. In absence of an obvious guilty party, the commander had the men fight each other… Beddu Tjolle won of course… Iabu lay on the ground and received a bullet. Some of the gathered men fled. The soldiers pointed to 7 men who had to go find them. They were promised they would not be shot. In the end they were shot after all. I was a child, I saw the executions but didn’t understand any of it.”
The proud 1940s religious Dutch called their cock fights “God’s judgment”.
The proud modern atheist Dutch now scoff at such religious nonsense. In proud modern atheist Dutch God’s judgment has the name “cultural relativism” and it sounds like this: “It is not up to us to judge a different time, a different place. And why would we need to feel shame or guilt about what others did, in our name, a long time ago?”
It’s two sides of the same coin, with the same purpose: accept no responsibility for the suffering you cause. Whether you put the responsibility on god, or on a different time and place, it’s the same damn coin to the Jews, the Surinamese or the Indonesians.
From God to culture to Brazil:
…and so here’s where we are. We have a culture that used to put all responsibility for its crimes against humanity on a Christian God. Godsgericht, god’s judgment.
And then, as the white masses have given up their religion (only 25 percent of the Dutch now proclaimed to be Christians), it started putting responsibility for its crimes against humanity on “the culture of a different time and place”.
And then when racism once again hit hard in the form of the eugenics of Geert Wilders and Thierry Baudet, it puts the responsibility on “the democracy”. Now we’ve come full circle. We have institutionalized racism once again, in the ultimate bureaucratic move, a la the movie Brazil.
The SP, PvdA, the Dutch political left, cannot stand against the FvD because they don’t have the right paperwork to demonstrate against racism. To be crystal clear, this means you have resorted to doing absolutely nothing, because that’s “democratic”. And that is absolutely insane. In no way does that define democracy. At least, after the Nazi torches chanted Blut und Boden in Charlottesville, the politicians in my town of Ann Arbor, Michigan, like my mayor and my local Democratic representative Debbie Dingell, stood with me and my students and my townspeople in a rally against white supremacy. They were unashamed and unapologetic in standing there: “This is not going to fly on our watch, thank you very much!”
Sunshine is the best disinfectant:
Let me end by giving you a few of Thierry Baudet’s statements, taken out of the secrecy of Dutch into the English sun:
“I do not want Europe to Africanize. I would like to keep Europe white and cultural the way it is […] There is a reason why all Nobel Prize winners are white.”
“In the past, the whole world was ours. We should not give up our last piece of grandeur, the Dutch Antilles.”
“Our elite is working on a homeopathic mixing with other peoples so that there will never be a Dutchman again.”
Annemarie Toebosch, born in The Netherlands, has been living in the US for 23 years now. She is the head of the Dutch studies program at the University of Michigan.
Annemarie Toebosch, 02.02.2018 @ 10:22