The First Law of Majority-Minority Relations

Having read Ann Coulter’s column on the media’s amazing attempts to downplay the fact that John Muhammad is … um, a Muhammedan, I think it may be time to re-state Auster’s First Law of Majority-Minority Relations in Liberal Society:

The worse any designated minority or alien group behaves in a liberal society, the bigger become the lies of Political Correctess in covering up for that group. Thus, instead of the revelation over the last 14 months of Islam’s dangerous and savage character leading (as would happen in a rational world) to a major discrediting of Muslims, or at least to a more sceptical attitude toward them, it has led to their being more favored, more coddled and more protected from criticism than ever before. They now get a whole new level of solicitous, sycophantic treatment, ranging from PBS “histories” of Islam that are more full of uncritical celebration of their subject than a tourist travelogue, to the media’s constant attacks on the rest of us for indulging in an anti-Muslim backlash which has somehow never occurred.

That last point leads us to the first corrolary of Auster’s First Law of Majority/Minority Relations in Liberal Society: The more egregiously any non-Western or non-white group behaves, the more evil whites are made to appear for noticing and drawing rational conclusions about that group’s bad behavior.

The First Law and its corrolary are intrinsic to liberalism. Once the equality of all human groups is accepted as a given, any facts that make a minority or foreign group seem worse than the majority native group must be either covered up or blamed on the majority.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at November 01, 2002 01:16 AM | Send


The left/liberals have really been feeding Ann Coulter things that suit her style!

I think your principle can also be made broader: the more obvious and relevant the truth the more it doesn’t exist. Racial differences are an example, as the antics of the head of the American physical anthropologists society show. Others from the past that come to mind include hormone use by East German female athletes and the Soviet ABM radar at Krasnoyarsk.

Posted by: Jim Kalb on November 1, 2002 7:15 AM

Or, how about innate differences between men and women? Or another one I think about from time to time, which I first heard in the early 1970s (from a person I now realize must’ve been a Leftist, though back then I didn’t have a clear conception of Leftists — in fact, I was one more or less myself): The first Thanksgiving celebration by the Pilgrims was meant to give thanks to the Indians, and only to them, and any idea that it was meant to give thanks to God is so preposterous and so wicked as to be beyond the pale of anything decent people would credit, something not even discussable in polite company. If you keep an ear cocked you’ll hear the Left still trotting this out.

Posted by: Unadorned on November 1, 2002 8:27 AM
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