The Sacred Crux of Time

A healthy Conservatism is committed to the past, the present, and the future. It keeps our present rooted in the love and wisdom of the ancestors, including honorably learning from their errors, failures and sacrifices. Likewise, a well-rooted, conscientious Conservatism approaches a brighter future through inculcating moral courage and critical thinking in younger generations. We who live in the present are always at the sacred crux of time, remembering the love of the ancestors while we have faith in the regenerative capabilities of generations of ancestors yet to come.

You Don’t Have a Culture and That Culture is Evil

Consider that it is through my own identity in Whiteness as a White Person that I have felt immediate empathy for Muslims and Queer people alike, among others.

Being Muslim means constantly feeling the pressure to not be perceived as an extremist terrorist who wants to dominate others, despite the sad reality that there are some Muslims who do this and have power. To be Muslim under hostile eyes, even the eyes of those rightly angry because they have suffered from Islamic extremism, nevertheless means belonging to a group that is guilty until proven innocent. If a caring Muslim person wants to speak out against Islamist extremism, they risk opening themselves to other peoples’s false perceptions of permission to attack and demean all Muslim identity, despite deeply honorable efforts among many Muslims to actively decrease extremist ideologies in their communities.

So it is with being White, seriously contending against literal White Supremacists while constantly being demeaned as the racially guilty enemy in my own land just for being White and not apologizing for that.

To be Queer (transgender, genderqueer, etc) means always trying to educate others while caring for yourself and your own life experience without constant self-conscious worry, once you express your heart’s aligninment with this identity explicitly and without apology. It means looking for counselors who understand your social situation enough so that you can spend that time being cared for instead of putting precious emotional energy into educating the one who should be therapeutically comforting you.

Where my Whiteness differs from these parallels drawn with Muslim and Queer identities is that to be White means being everywhere and nowhere, being assumed “the blank slate” norm while also being denied explicit pride in one’s heritage amongst a rapidly diversifying cultural landscape. It means having almost every space available to you but nowhere specifically for you, by threat of being charged with White Supremacy. Your presence is requested for its assumed “power and privilege”, because you owe it and you should show your support, but demonized and resented when you show up; you are told that your existence is a burden to other people’s special “spaces”. If you try to shed your ethnic identity and become another, you will be humiliatingly mocked, at best, or viscously attacked for committing “cultural appropriation”, at worst- but you are allowed no explicit culture of your own, remember. Being White means You Don’t Have a Culture and That Culture is Evil.

Being White now means being taught to have no ethnic self-awareness while fearing that if you develop your ethnic White self-awareness you will be constantly, CONSTANTLY told that there is nothing good that can be attributed to your ethnic identity. You are to unquestioningly adore everyone else’s culture but have no normal, healthy, proud ancestral Self. You, White People [the voice of seething resentment] are allowed no ethnic kinship with others who look like you, though you see yourself everywhere. You are “represented” in image everywhere and in spirit nowhere. You are alone, and you must teeter in hesitancy before the possibility of even broaching the topic with another like you, On Pain of Accusation. They might Turn You In. You cannot trust Your Own because you are policed by Your Own and, in case you forgot, you don’t deserve a normal sense of Your Own, and if you try you will be suspect and viciously, publicly hated. You are told you have No Ethnic Awareness, and you wish they were right. How much easier their lie would be, if it were true. Because those who hate you the most are others like you. You are the hated Racial Blank Slate, forced to be everyone but allowed to be no one.

A Picture of Mohamed by Dr. Jordan B Peterson

written by Dr Jordan B Peterson on 14 Feb, 2017, in response to Canada’s M-103

 

Is this a picture of Mohamed?

Something woke me up at five thirty this morning.

Maybe it was my conscience. Maybe it was God.

Take your pick. I’ll go for conscience. In any case

this week Canada’s government is going to consider

an anti-Islamophobia motion M-103 in parliament.

Before that happens, I have some things to say.

 

Moses was a murderer. Christ was a bastard.

And Mohammad? Mohammad was a…

Mohammad was a… Mohammad was a…

…holy man whose every word and action was correct.

I ask Muslims worldwide,

                                               Can I say anything else?

On the week Canada’s government is going to discuss

anti-Islamophobia motion M-103 in parliament

I ask Muslims worldwide,

                                               Can I say anything else?

I ask Muslims in the West,

                                               Can I say anything else?

I ask Muslims in Canada,

                                               Can I say anything else?

I ask Iqra Khalid,

sponsor of M-103 in Canada,

                                               Can I say anything else?

 

Is this a picture of Mohamed? Where do I cross the line?

This is a picture of Christ. This is a picture of Mo…

This is a picture of Mo…

This is a picture of Moses.

 

This is a picture of Mo…

This is a picture of Mo…

Is this a picture of Mohamed?

This might be a picture of Mohamed?

Did I cross the line?

 

When do I become Salman Rushdie? I’m a Westerner.

I am Salman Rushdie.         Iqra Khalid,

                                               are you Salman Rushdie?

 

When do I become the Danish cartoonist?

I’m a Westerner. I am a Danish cartoonist.

                                               Iqra Khalid,

                                               are you a Danish cartoonist?

When do I become

                                               Charlie Hebdo?

I’m a Westerner. I can criticize

so that things

                                               can improve.

So that we’re not trapped

                                               in the dead past.

So that we’re not trapped

               in the embrace

                               of the corpses

                                               of the past.

I am Charlie Hebdo.

                Iqra Khalid,

                               are you

                                               Charlie Hebdo?

Which side are you on?

Every Westerner is Salman Rushdie.

Every Westerner is a Danish cartoonist.

Every Westerner is Charlie Hebdo.

Who is Iqra Khalid?

 

When push comes to shove, as it will this week,

where is she going                to stand?

 

Muslims of the world, on the week of

anti-Islamophobia motion M-103 in Canada,

Muslims of the West, on the week of

anti-Islamophobia motion M-103 in Canada,

Muslims of Canada, on the week of

anti-Islamophobia motion M-103 in Canada,

Iqra Khalid of Canada, who sponsored the motion

after the murders in Quebec City,

on the week of

anti-Islamophobia motion M-103 in Canada,

                  Can I say:

                                This is a picture

                                              of the prophet

                                                               Mohamed?          

 

Because if I can’t, it’s not Islamophobia.

is This a picture of Mohamed?

is This a picture of Mohamed?

 

This poem has been transcribed from its original spoken-word video source. 

 

Jordan B Peterson “2017/02/14: A Picture of Mohamed”. Online video. YouTube. 14 Feb, 2017. Web. 20 Sep, 2017.

Image source: art by Bosch Fawstin, a former Muslim