I stumbled across this article a few days ago. It’s been making the social media rounds, and I couldn’t help but notice how emphatically many black women agreed with the sentiments expressed in the article. In a nutshell, the article paints a stark picture of a woman shell-shocked and profoundly traumatized by the on-the-ground realities of the postmodern era, casting about desperately for answers that prove themselves elusive.
I sympathize with the writer and agree with her assertions, though not for reasons that she would think valid or even comprehend. I wonder how the writer would respond if I told her that her observations are absolutely correct & that her feelings of confusion, anger, and internal conflict are perfectly natural? What if I told her that the psychological turmoil that she experiences on a daily basis is evidence that she has subconsciously grasped the problems inherent with the current order, even though she is incapable of rationally articulating it? I wonder if she would understand that she is not alone in the isolation and fear that she experiences as a black woman, but that we have all been reduced to serfdom. We have all become collateral damage in a war between elites fighting for the exclusive right to pursue their own imperatives; we have all been robbed of the ability to fully actualize.
The Western world is more inclusive than it has ever been, yet she finds herself excluded and does not understand why. What she fails to grasp is that everything we have collectively been told to love, every value that we have been told to champion only leads to psychosis and alienation rather than to the satisfaction and social cohesion that was promised. She has identified various symptoms of the disease but she cannot pinpoint the cause because she does not recognize the causes as such. She fundamentally and unquestioningly accepts the premise that multiculturalism and diversity are goods in and of themselves and attributes failure to conform behavior to these ersatz and unnatural standards not to a byproduct of the bankruptcy of these creeds, but as “racism” and “intolerance.” I doubt that she could ever accept that to become fully whole, we must all collectively abandon the false idols of multiculturalism and diversity. I doubt that she could ever understand that her anger and disquiet are actually sane responses to a world that advances dysfunction and mental illness as natural and good.
Make no mistake about it: this woman is profoundly mentally ill. Nevertheless, her affliction is caused by the yawning chasm between what she has been taught to believe about the benefits of diversity/deracination and the reality of her own day-to-day experiences. Multiply these experiences by a lifetime and you end up with a specimen like this: a woman who feels preyed upon, scared, and perpetually aggrieved. Certainly, this woman believes that her experiences are unique and that she has been subjected to the various cited indignities as a result of her blackness. However, she lacks the benefit of both a global view and insight into the experiences of others. She is solipsistic, as is a woman’s wont. She cannot see the ways in which the current dispensations have made slaves of us all, teaching us to abandon the ideals of race, nation, and community, convincing us of the invalidity of these ideals under the guise of progress. She is unable to understand that forcing together different peoples with different understandings of the world is unnatural and wrong, and forces us to sublimate our primal instincts while conditioning us to seek the meaning and belonging that we have been deprived of in crass consumerism and other vacuous pursuits. We have all been rendered featureless economic units in a cultural amalgam that values the ability to secure the latest iPhone over the togetherness and fullness that results from existing in the midst of one’s kith and kin.
This woman is honest. She is demented, but so are we all. My only wish is for her to understand that she will never ease her pain by blaming others who have also been victimized by diversity and are equally confused, alienated, and conflicted. My hope for her is that she one day realizes that this entire experiment has been a fantastical failure, consider it skeptically, and take steps to undo the mental conditioning causing her to look past the most obvious cause of her unhappiness.