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When did the bushfires become woke?

By Vanessa de Largie - posted Friday, 10 January 2020

The late Australian Disability-Rights Activist, Stella Young gave a Ted Talk titled, I'm not your inspiration! During her insightful speech, Young recites a tale from her youth, (when she was a Buffy-The-Vampire-addicted 15-year-old-girl) and the council wanted to give her a 'community achievement award'. Young goes on to say that she wasn't doing anything that could even be considered an achievement -- if you took her "disability" out of the equation.

So keen are Lefties to be politically correct and inclusive, they infantilize these minority groups like an overprotective mother who wants her child to be happy and safe and protected and unaffected from the ills of the world. It's cringeworthy to watch.

Publishing articles about minority groups behaving "graciously" and "humanely" is just patronising tokenism that divides more than unifies.


As Anne Miles states in her October, 2019 column about diversity and marketing for Mumbrella:

Real acceptance and inclusion is actually invisible. It just is. It's so natural that there is no need to make a song and dance about it.

We are getting this horribly wrong. There are solutions: learning more about our unconscious bias and aligning our strategies with the actual population count.

Be diverse and inclusive but don't fuss about it or fake it. It's time to move on from activism and focus on actually doing something.

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Vanessa de Largie is a freelance journalist. She is the resident sex-columnist at Maxim Magazine and writes a regular column for The Spectator.

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