As we celebrate the rich cultures, traditions, and contributions of American Southerners throughout November in honor of National Southern Heritage Month, the Southern Cross of Honor Ceremony at the U.S. Military Academy takes on special significance. In a poignant ceremony, 398 cadets, whose ancestors served in the Confederate Army, were gifted to symbolize the intersection of heritage and military service.
Oops. Editors’ Note: Substitute “American Indians and Alaska Natives”, “National American Indian Heritage Month”, and “Eagle Feather Ceremony”, “4” and eliminate the Confederate Army attribution in the paragraph to make it like the real quote from the United States Military Academy.
USMA published the press release and pictures from the “Eagle Feather Ceremony” held in the shadow of the Battlefield Monument dedicated to the Regular Army soldiers who died in the “Recent Unpleasantness” (1861-1865).
So, what’s wrong with recognizing the contributions the diversity of races and cultures made to the U.S. Army?
It’s wrong to use any of the language of Cultural Marxism, which is every nostrum spouted in DEI and CRT, because Cultural Marxism is fundamentally flawed like Classical Marxism. Like all Marxism, it’s wrong from its epistemology through its methodology to its conclusions. Cultural Marxism is a clear and present domestic enemy of the Constitution.
It’s wrong to use the DEI and CRT list of races and cultures. That list is a regurgitation of Cultural Marxism “intersectionality” where there are approved and disapproved races and cultures in a fixed hierarchy of oppression. And, there are ignored cultures.
It’s wrong to use Cultural Marxist’s un-scholarly terms for “race” and “culture.”
“Race” is a thoroughly discredited 18th Century social science construct that was used to promote invidious divisions and is still used for partisan political purposes. Ethnicities make a better anthropological taxonomy.
“Culture” in Cultural Marxism and popular parlance is more accurately described as “subculture” or community. No society on earth is “multi-cultural.” Societies are multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-religious, etc. but never exist through time with more than one culture at a time. Culture Commands. Two cultures can’t co-exist because they are based on separate, mutually exclusive worldviews.
It’s wrong to ignore or intentionally suppress significant subcultures and communities that make America – America.
For example, the better universities offer courses in Southern History, Politics, Literature, Religion, etc. The South is a fundamental American subculture to scholars. Southerners are anathema to Cultural Marxists. Their heritage is excluded when not vilified in DEI and CRT.
Likewise, most Mormons out West might be descendants of the neglected ethnicity of English New Englanders, but clearly have a significant, unique subculture woven into the American experience. Where are they listed in CRT?
Why aren’t the Amish and Mennonite communities recognized in DEI? Where’s their National Day, if not their own Month? They are more than four times the population of Alaskan Natives.
The list of omissions by ethnicity exceeds the identity politics list of inclusions.
It’s wrong for the U.S. Army and the United States Military Academy to elevate identity politics virtue signaling by giving unmerited, participation awards to Cadets merely born into the politically correct groups.
So, isn’t that racist and bigoted to not celebrate our diverse races and cultures?
No, these celebrations are exclusive and discriminatory.
Every cadet at West Point could be identified by some ethnicity -even a kid from a big polyglot city or ‘burb has some identifiable bloodline. Every cadet could have a meaningful moment in a “poignant” ceremony that celebrated the heritage of his ancestors. Everyone watching and online could enjoy the emotional twins of pride and respect.
But, that’s not what is happening. Only DEI and CRT-approved cadets get the empty, but emotional awards.
The cadets with the feel-good photo op ceremony did nothing to earn recognition. They didn’t earn recognition based on merit. They were recognized solely on the basis of their birth
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