How does a Democratic organization manage to score censures for being anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, and “anti-Blackness” simultaneously? Welcome to the bare-knuckled brawl over power within the College Democrats of America, where opposing factions use wokeness as a weapon against their enemies — internally, this time. Politico reports that the situation has grown so tiresome that the DNC may disaffiliate itself from its own national college affiliate (via Ed Driscoll at Instapundit):
The group’s leaders are publicly firing off accusations of anti-Blackness, Islamaphobia and anti-Semitism at each other. Impeachment proceedings are now in the works against the organization’s new vice president, Nourhan Mesbah, who is Muslim. College Democrats say that screenshots of tweets that their peers sent in adolescence spread rapidly through group texts, which already caused a student running for president of the group to withdraw their candidacy in September. And national advocacy groups for Muslim and Jewish Americans are now weighing in with criticism.
The conflict has gotten so messy that the Democratic National Committee is considering disaffiliating with the national collegiate organization altogether and creating a partnership with the state groups underneath the national umbrella, according to a Democrat familiar with the discussions. The DNC declined to comment.
The clashes over religious bigotry and race within the College Democrats of America (CDA) reflect, to a degree, larger debates happening throughout politics. But the next generation seems poised to escalate them further. Some CDA members argue that the internal frictions constitute a turbulent but morally necessary reckoning with systemic racism. Other Democratic officials see it as a bunch of college-educated, hyper-woke kids trying to play politics in a way that’s off-putting to many voters.
“They are caught up in their own drama and playing ‘Boys State’ government,” said the same Democrat. “They think they’re the hottest s— on Earth.”
That certainly describes the Woke movement in a nutshell, in which this article proves they belong. It’s almost a reductio ad absurdum of wokery, in which the taste of power that accusations of bigotry brings turns out to be so addictive that progressives can’t restrain themselves to only firing those accusations outside the tent. This might be amusing in the short run, but Politico adds this sobering thought at the very end:
“The college Democrats is a pipeline to the Democratic Party and the broader progressive movement.”
That also comes as no surprise. The woke movement has been infecting the larger party for years already. As progressives moved it from campuses to Democratic organizing, the party has shifted further to Left in both policy and in this weird Stalino-Puritanism. (Middle-school tweets feature largely in these controversies, for instance.) The apotheosis of it so far, or perhaps its nadir, took place in Virginia, where voters broadly rejected the Democrats’ version of the Cultural Revolution and their pretense to be “the hottest s— on Earth” as well.
Small wonder, then, that some of the saner elements still left in the DNC want to amputate the CDA. That’s the correct move when an appendage becomes as gangrenous as the CDA has become to Democrats. Do they really want even this one part of the controversy to infect the DNC?
And 12 Muslim advocacy and pro-Palestine groups, including CAIR, released a letter denouncing CDA for endorsing sensitivity trainings led by ADL and AJC, which they blasted as “organizations with a history of anti-Muslim and anti-Palestinian actions.”
So much for National Brotherhood Week, eh?
The CDA’s corrosion comes as no surprise. When people embrace the concept that ethnicity is determinative rather than character or talent, then every point of conflict becomes tribal rather than intellectual or values based. Every loss becomes a tribal insult of some sort, and every criticism a form of bigotry regardless of intent. This ethnicity-determinative philosophy ironically makes the multiculturalism that progressives claim to cherish utterly impossible. Ethnic determinism, and the victimology it produces, results only in tribalism, fracture, and segregation. The events at the CDA demonstrate this clearly, thanks to the smaller and closed progressive system in which it takes place, even though the same symptoms exist in American culture at large as well.
At least Americans can finally see a demonstration of the end stage of Stalino-Puritan wokeness in the CDA. And maybe many Americans will think about amputating themselves from Democrats and the academic institutions that have produced and succored this poisonous movement.