Recent news stories compel us to reflect on the interconnected themes of identity and privileged classes. The American media informs us that gender is a “fluid concept,” and that we should celebrate Bruce Jenner’s freakish transformation from man to something other than man. In another story, almost amusing in the confusion that it has sown into the ranks of the far left, there is the revelation that a local NAACP president was actually masquerading as a person of black ancestry.
Where does the “fluid concept” of identity become pure fraud? Who decides what a person is, or is not? The individual, or society? Or is it a bit of both? And, more to the point, why are some people and classes subjected to rigorous scrutiny in these matters, while others get a free pass? These are some of the questions that agitate the mind of the reflective follower of current events. The answers have much to tell us about the nexus between ideas and power.
Another news story this week caught my attention for what it has to teach us about these matters.
A recent law passed by the Spanish Parliament purports to right an injustice that took place 500 years ago, in 1492. The injustice was the expulsion of its Sephardic Jewish population. Yet Spain conspicuously forgot to extend the same measure of redress to its Moorish community, which was also expelled in just as brutal a fashion. Why is this?
More to the point, how will anyone be able to prove that he or she is a descendant from someone expelled from Spain 500 years ago? And what percentage of ethnicity will qualify?
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