Knight Of The Mind

I'll do my best to present a philosophical and generally conservative look at current events and life, the universe and everything. Readers are invited to take all that's posted herein with a grain of salt. or if they prefer, a grain of salt, a slice of lime and a shot of tequila.

Location: Alexandria, Virginia, United States

Greetings and welcome. My name is Steve, I'm 35 years old and I work for the US Army as an Operations Research Analyst. Hence my blog title Knight Of The Mind.

Saturday, September 11, 2004

Ars Vitae: No Lika Da Gurly Mon!

The latest issue of The Economist reports on a trend that they find disturbing. It seems British pop music stations are glorifying raggae artists from Jamaica who sing violently homophobic songs. Two of these acts, Elephant Man and Vybz Kartel, have been nominated for MOBO (Music of Black Origins) Awards.

Gay Activist Peter Tatchell refers to these artists as "Jamaican Murder Music" and states that "they explicitly encourage their listeners to go out and shoot stab, club, stone, and burn lesbian and gay people." Perhaps he made these statements in reference to "We Nuh Like Gay" by Elephant Man or "Boom Boom, Bye Bye" by Buju Banton.

Having read the lyrics to Elephant Man's contribution to polite society, it would seem Peter Tatchell makes a valid point. A similar point to the one that women activists made about Snoop Doggy Dogg's masterpiece Doggy Style. This points to a fundamental conflict in the traditional alliance among contercultural elements.

Author Melissa Henry accurately portrays the fault lines that appear when tolerance comes a cropper with the iron liberal dictum of cultural diversity. Her punchline paragraph follows below.

In conclusion the deeply rooted homophobia that is mistakably reflected in Banton’s lyrics and that, more importantly, pervades the Jamaican society, is a very controversial issue. Not only is there the question of whether Banton is correct because he is singing about his culture but despite the fact that he is expressing his beliefs does he have any right to threaten the lives of human beings.

- "’Boom Bye-Bye in a Batty Boy Head’: Reggae Icons, Jamaican Culture, and Homophobia" by Melissa Henry.

However, she stops short of answering this deep and philosophical question. She appears to be against homophobia before she comes out of the closet in favor of cultural diversity. While I doubt very seriously that she considers violent anti-semitism a diverse part of the rich skinhead cultural patois, she gives us no basis from the concluding statement of her paper to reason otherwise.

What this entire sorry episode shows us is that our rush to embrace cultural diversity has come at a cost. There are some elements of certain cultures that need to be neglected from polite society. To clarify, we should never hate the person, but by no means should diversity and tolerance become Trojan Horses that infect our already debased modern society with the despicable pathologies of others.

Tolerance and diversity have a place in any decent society. However, this place does not involve their use as weapons to undermine the fundamental decency of our culture. We do not need to diversify through the toleration of knuckle-dragging barbarians.


As you may or may not already be aware, members of the Watcher's Council hold a vote every week on what they consider to be the most link-worthy pieces of writing around... per the Watcher's instructions, I am submitting one of my own posts for consideration in the upcoming nominations process.
Here is the most recent winning council post, here is the most recent winning non-council post, here is the list of results for the latest vote, and here is the initial posting of all the nominees that were voted on.

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