In the war against the West, even babies are racist

There is a culture war going on against the West, says Douglas Murray, a war against everything that exists in Western tradition. It took us a while to figure out what was going on. Many felt that too much emphasis was placed on one-sided arguments, and especially that the words suddenly changed meaning. A targeted attack is underway against the West, a kind of endless circle of guilt and penance.

In his first book on immigration, Murray identified a deeper problem. This problem arose especially in the chapter on the tyranny of debt and the emptiness and pessimism of postmodern Western thought. His irritation was not about the migrants he saw countries in Greece, he agreed with them, but the indecision to draw the line at what Europe could handle.

A well-informed journalist

Murray is the editor of spectator and columnist for Wall Street Journal and Sunday Times† His first book was Europe’s strange death (2017), a book on European immigration, identity politics and Islam. He is well established, also in the Netherlands. Paul Scheffer’s multicultural drama and Paul Schnabel’s book are discussed in the chapter ‘Prophets without Glory’. Murray is aware of Pim Fortuyn, the murders of Theo van Gogh, Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Paul Cliteur.

Two years later followed The madness of the crowds† New topics such as ‘gender’, race and technology are in focus. A book that penetrates the heart of our society. Both books became bestsellers and were showered with both praise and criticism. Always a sign that a nerve has been hit. And now there is a new book: The war against the Westhow to overcome in the age of irrationality (2022). Another one New York Timesbest selling. Although the critic of that newspaper will loathe the content and dismiss the book as a right-wing attempt to stop social change.

To settle a debt

Traveling through America, Canada and England, Murray heard the same stories: a Western debt to be paid, the West has a few things to deal with. But it never ends, nothing is enough to settle the debt.

Other parts of the world, such as China and the Middle East, must remain the same, and Africa in particular must not change, but Europe has a moral debt to pay and must apparently do so by changing demographics. Western societies must be addressed through the redefinition of gender, sexuality and race.


Race is now a daily recurring theme in any Western country we live in an age of ‘racist ultra-consciousness’. We still find racism in its most horrific forms every day in Africa, the Middle East and India, but only Western racism has become a daily commitment to an ideological struggle. A struggle that now extends to art, philosophy and culture.

Western culture is an ‘old white man’ affair, and any institution representing that culture quickly makes room for ‘other cultures’. In a few decades, we have moved from famous science and culture to anachronism and finally to something that you should be deeply ashamed of.

Two lines

Murray points out two main lines in his book. The first is that racism critics provide an alternative; they change Western culture to such an extent that it can no longer be called Western. So all ‘original’ (natives) pre-modern ideas about people and groups receive full attention, the pre-modern cultural expressions are without exception beautiful and valuable, and must be restored. At least as long as they do not have a Western origin. The often imagined interest in original cultures exists primarily to show how corrupt Western society is.

Murray’s second line is why we let this happen. Why let a culture that has spawned science, technology and a free market, and thus enormous prosperity, be undermined by deep hostility, simplicity and ignorance?

Why was Steven Pinker switched to Ibram X. Kendi? Kendi is one of America’s most influential writers, he is the director of the Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University. Thanks to him, every schoolboy knows what slavery meant, but who knows what Bernini, Leonardo and Bach have produced? Kendi may not be known in the Netherlands, but he is an important driver behind the racism debate here.

Critical race theory

Where did it all start? Academics began publishing about racism as early as the 1970s. Now we have it Critical race theory (CRT). Writers like the American Clock Hooks, Derrick Bell, Ibram X. Kendi and Kimberlé Crenshaw took the lead. Interestingly, CRT does not require empirical documentation. Live experience (lived experience) is the deciding factor. It goes far beyond the civil rights movement have ever been to America. Enlightenment thinking, liberalism, the justice system, everything came under attack.

But what is the ‘living experience’ of Kendi himself? He has really only known success. He won the National Book Award, received the MacArthur ‘Genius Grant’, and at the age of 38 was awarded the most prestigious professorship in the humanities at Boston University. Only Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate, had preceded him. Celebrity life went well.

The historical reality

What is the terrible historical reality of black America? Twelve million slaves were transported to America between 1400 and 1800. It is, of course, a pitch black page in Western history. But no one seems to be interested in the Arab slave trade, which may have been larger. Almost all research into Arab slavery is conducted by French scientists, Murray said. Americans do not start.

In the Netherlands we have Piet Emmer, who paints a balanced picture. Nigerian author Chinua Achebe sees colonialism as a complex issue with both good and bad features. It could be a functioning critical initiative for slavery today. Slavery still exists in Mauritania, Ghana and South Sudan. Islamic State (IS) made the Yazidis slaves, but there is hardly any interest. It is estimated that 40 million people today live in similar conditions.

A balanced image

Douglas Murray puts this ‘debate’ about race in a broader context, he calls it a matter of consideration (balance† It is expressly not his concern to erase the Western slave trade from our consciousness. On the contrary. But to get a complete picture, we also need to include the Arab slave trade in that picture.

Ralph Austen, a professor at the University of Chicago, estimates the number of Arab slaves to be between 11 and 17 million. There are no descendants because these slaves were castrated. Tidiane N’Diaye writes that the Arab states have every interest in concealing their thirteen-century-long tradition of the slave trade, they prefer to see the West under pressure from the Western slave trade.

Racism is immutable

According to Thomas Sowell, virulent racism in America had almost disappeared in 2012. But now there are DiAngelo’s White fragility (2018). And race is that theme in America at the moment. According to Critical race theory racism is a kind of predestination: inevitably, you are always guilty. And if so, there is no forgiveness. The big problem with such a view is that nothing can be changed. It’s apparently in our DNA, and you can not change your DNA. This, of course, leads to complete powerlessness.

Even a few months old babies can be racist, according to the Arizona Department of Education. And their equity toolbox shows that it’s primarily the white babies. Black and Latino babies are not affected. Ibram X. Kendi wrote a booklet about it: Anti-racist baby† His second book How to be an anti-racist is full of circular reasoning. No shade, everything is black and white. The influence of DiAngelo, Crenshaw and Celebrity is huge.


The FBI has since held ‘intersectionality workshops’, Homeland Security has training papers explaining to employees that they have been socialized in racial oppression. Ernst & Young sends its employees emails warning that it is not enough to ‘not be racist’. They must act against racism and discrimination. Coca-Cola lets its employees take courses in ‘anti-racism’. They need to become ‘less white’. Become less arrogant, less confident, less likely to be defensive and less naive. All typical ‘white’ properties.

In February 2021, Britain’s KPMG chief said he believed “unconscious bias” was complete nonsense. The junior staff felt he should investigate his own privileges. He was eventually forced to resign. Other opinions are not tolerated.


A recent Gallup poll found that about 94 percent of Americans are positive about mixed marriage. That acceptance has increased from 1961 from a paltry four percent acceptance to 94 percent in 2021. A steadily rising acceptance line. Sowell’s statement that virulent racism had almost disappeared in 2012 is consistent with this Gallup poll: in 2012, 87 percent accepted mixed marriages.

Acceptance of mixed marriages does not say everything, but it is actually an indication. Murray’s book provides a much-needed different perspective on American and British society. The Netherlands is not America, but many of his arguments apply here as well.

Douglas Murray, The war against the Westhow to overcome in the age of irrationalityHarpercollins Publishers

Arie Graafland writes articles on current topics for Wynia’s Week, often in response to recent book releases. Wynia’s Week is published twice a week and is free. The donors make it possible. Donation can be done in different ways. See HERE† Thank you!

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