The war against achieve­ment

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary -

car­ried was shown in a re­port on var­i­ous eth­nic groups in Toronto. It said that peo­ple of Ja­panese an­ces­try in that city were the most “priv­i­leged” group there, be­cause they had the high­est av­er­age in­come.

What made this claim of “priv­i­lege” grotesque was a his­tory of anti-Ja­panese dis­crim­i­na­tion in Canada, cli­maxed by peo­ple of Ja­panese an­ces­try be­ing in­terned dur­ing World War II longer than Ja­panese Amer­i­cans.

If the con­cept of achieve­ment threat­ens the pre­vail­ing ide­ol­ogy, the re­al­ity of achieve­ment de­spite hav­ing ob­sta­cles to over­come is a deadly threat. That is why the achieve­ments of Asians in gen­eral — and of peo­ple like the young black man with no arms — make those on the left un­easy. It’s why the achieve­ments of peo­ple who cre­ated their own busi­nesses have to be un­der­mined by the pres­i­dent of the United States.

What would hap­pen if Amer­i­cans in gen­eral, or blacks in par­tic­u­lar, started cel­e­brat­ing peo­ple like this armless young man, in­stead of try­ing to make he­roes out of hood­lums? Many of us would find that promis­ing and in­spir­ing. It would be a po­lit­i­cal dis­as­ter for the left, though, which is why it is not likely to hap­pen.

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