Recently I came across a video by YouTuber named “Going to get ugly” where he discusses the regressive left eating its own. I wished I saw the video last year. The YouTuber discusses a Canadian politician who’s a leader of NDP party named Niki Ashton who was accused of cultural appropriation by Black Lives Matter (BLM) because she tweeted a part if Beyonce’s lyrics, “to the left to the left”. The vague signaling politician apologized to Black Lives Mater (BLM) and claimed to have deleted the so-called “offensive” tweet. See screenshots of BLM and Niki Ashton below.
I don’t see anything wrong with borrowing part of Beyonce’s lyrics in order to make a tweet, especially when you take into consideration the fact that she acknowledged Beyonce. I don’t consider this as cultural appropriation. Who even cares if it was cultural appropriation? The concept of cultural appropriation is just nonsense. Unfortunately, black lives matter decided to take offense from the tweet on behalf of beyonce. It’s not even Beyonce who’s offended by the tweet because BLM is an authoritarian movement than knows what is good for an individual like Beyonce. I would be fine BLM complains about a white musician using Beyonce’s lyrics without any acknowledgment. Of course, it’s plausible to complain about a someone using someone’s work without any acknowledgment. My point of writing this post is not to critic BLM but its to demonstrate how the regressive left is eating itself.
Anyone who knows Nikki Ashton definitely knows that she’s a radical leftist. If BLM activists accuse radical leftist like her then this tells you that the left is now cannibalizing itself. The idea of accusing someone of appropriating your culture just because they use part of lyrics of a black musician just to write a tweet, not to write a song for commercial gain, is quite absurd. According to BLM activists, Nikki did nothing but used her white privilege to exploit Beyonce’s work for her political gain. When she made this tweet she wasn’t aware of the concept of intersectional feminism and didn’t check her white privilege. She was not aware of how her privilege might might affect “the oppressed”.
If these BLM activists start to attack their white allies over trivial matters then who is gonna be their allies in future? I wander which white person on their right mind would join a cult like BLM that will inevitably attack him. To quote Sam Harris, “the left is irredeemable at this point”. I don’t know what the left has to save itself. Maybe this how the left will die.