"Diversity vs. diversity"
Diversity works well for the elite in the United States, so long as there is a devil they can blame its failure on. Under diversity, a series of protected classes are created, but one class is left out in order to justify that so-called "protection". After all, the diversity lobby must identify just who it is that these "protected" classes need to be protected from.
And the unprotected class is straight, white males. The diversity lobby justifies this by presuming, as an article of faith, that all straight white males are inherently "privileged" simply by virtue of who they are, regardless of an abundance of objective or empirical evidence to the contrary. Thus has been born the bogus doctrine of "white privilege" to provide a pseudo-intellectual foundation for this reverse discrimination.
Which works great - until a conflict arises between two of the protected classes. Then the diversity lobby begins to tie itself into knots, not knowing what to do next.
Such a conflict seems to have broken out in South Salt Lake, Utah. The Salt Lake City Weekly addresses it in depth this week. The conflict is between a Polynesian family and a gay white male living next door. This story was previously addressed by the Deseret News on July 11th, KSL Channel 5 on July 10th and July 15th, KUTV Channel 2 on July 10th, and the Deseret News again on August 1st.
Here's the short version of what happened between them on July 3-4, 2008. The Polynesian family was holding a loud after-hours party at their house. Somehow, two of their kids ended up at the home of David James Bell, who is a locally-famous drag queen known as "D.J.", and a housemate next door. The Polynesian family somehow got the idea that Bell kidnapped the kids. They visited Bell's home and took them back by force. Bell was severely injured and his home trashed by the Polynesians. The ferocity of the Polynesian attack leads the local gay community to believe that the Polynesians attacked Bell and his partner because they are gay and because they feel gays are child molesters. To add insult to injury, Bell, even though assaulted, has been charged with two counts of kidnapping and one count of burglary and held on $100,000 bond, while the Polynesians who attacked him have not been charged.
What differs is the perspectives - and the perceptions. According to the Weekly, here's the Polynesian perspective:
Lulu Latu, the mother of the allegedly kidnapped 2-year-old, says her family was enjoying a traditional late-night July 3rd party. The children stayed inside while the adults partied in the front driveway. Bell, a neighbor to whom she had waved but never met, wandered over and “hung out” with the adults.
Around 6 A.M. Latu says she went inside to check on the children, and found two of them missing. Something another child said led her to believe the children were at Bell’s home. She entered through Bell’s kitchen and followed the sound of crying to an upstairs bedroom where she found the two children standing in the doorway with Bell.
Latu says there is no way the children could have got there without an adult taking them. The interior doors at her home were locked, she says, and the children couldn’t have come out the front without being noticed by partygoers. “My children don’t wander from the house,” she says.
Returning home with the children, Latu says, “I was frantic, yelling, screaming.” She told partygoers the neighbor had taken the children, “and everyone just went crazy.”
The problem here is that Latu assumed that because her daughters have not previously wandered from the house, that they could not do so in the future. She failed to consider the possibility that as her daughters grow, they could become more inquisitive, even though they are still quite young, four and two years old respectively. Or perhaps they left the home to seek refuge from the loud party. Then she blows off the conduct of her fellow Polynesians by saying they "just went crazy". This should be no surprise, since alcohol undoubtedly was involved. However, there also could be some local hypersensitivity resultant from a similar crime against a seven-year-old Burmese girl, Hser Nay Moo, back in April 2008, where she had gone missing but was found dead in a neighbor's apartment in the same complex. This crime also happened in South Salt Lake.
In contrast, here's the story told by Bell's housemate, again from the Weekly:
Chris Swan, a housemate of Bell’s, has gathered stories from five people who were at Bell’s home that morning. He says they heard a knock on the door and Bell answering, saying something like, “It’s OK; I’ll go find your mommy.”
“The next thing they heard is the mother from next door in the house screaming,” Swan says. As she left with the children, he says, the mother threatened the household: “You just wait until my family hears … You better lock your doors and windows.”
Five to 10 minutes later, about five men broke into Bell’s house from three sides, according to Swan and Bell’s attorney. A hand punched through a front window, reaching around to unlock the door. The back door was kicked off its hinges.
Swan says Bell’s partner, a large man, went to the front room to face attackers, but was hit from behind with a television. He ended up with a concussion and staples closing gashes in his head and arm. A broken eye socket required later surgery.
Attackers caught Bell outside on the carport, Kraft says. They sliced his throat with shards of glass and tried to cut off a toe, before pulling him by his long hair and bashing his head on the concrete. Bell has lost hearing in his right ear.
The next morning, “there was blood everywhere,” Swan says.
Yet who has been arrested and charged? Only D.J. Bell, on two counts of child kidnapping and one count of burglary. Meanwhile, the Polynesians who invaded Bells' home and brutally attacked him and his housemate, going far beyond what would be necessary, are charged with nothing.
And a number of people, particularly those in the gay community, want to know why. At Bell's recent hearing at 3rd District Court, numerous gays showed up in support of Bell, sporting rainbow ribbons. Those who know Bell personally find it difficult to believe Bell could be a kidnapper. For the past seven years Bell, performing under the stage name “Lola,” has worked with several organizations raising money for causes from cancer to rape victims.
Bell’s friends worry that old prejudices about gays may be getting in the way of justice. “If the mother had gone to that house and found D.J. with his wife, this would not have happened,” says Roger Kraft, Bell’s attorney. “But they jumped to the conclusion [that], since he’s gay, he must also be a child molester.” [Ed. Note: Note that no one seems to be asking whether or not the Polynesians may be biased against Bell because he is white. Only an anti-gay bias is being assumed. Part and parcel of official diversity "theology" is that non-whites can never be racist, and whites can never be the victims of racism.]
Police and the family of the allegedly kidnapped children deny antigay bias. Police spokesman Gary Keller points out the South Salt Lake Police Department has a longstanding relationship with the Utah Pride Center. He says officers investigated the beatings and forwarded information to the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s office. Prosecutors are reviewing possible assault charges against at least two people.
But at the hearing, Kraft told the judge he had never been more certain of a client’s innocence, calling police work that led to Bell’s arrest “a very, very narrow, one-sided investigation.” It simply doesn’t make sense, he says, that a kidnapper would snatch children from a home filled with partying adults, then take the children next door to a home where four other adults were present. “This was a hate crime,” he says.
Nevertheless, because of the possibility that Bell may well turn out to be an actual child kidnapper, the Utah Pride Center and Equality Utah have avoided officially getting involved. No mention of this case exists on either of their websites.
Commentary: The real problem is not that Bell has been charged; his role does need to be investigated, although it seems unlikely that he would kidnap two girls in the presence of multiple witnesses.
The problem is that the Polynesian family got liquored up, chimped out and went way over the top. To have visited Bell's home and used reasonable force to recover the kids would have been fine. But for five thugs to break windows, force their way into Bell's home, and administer a brutal beating is excessive - this crosses the line into vigilante justice. The perps must be held accountable. The fact that Bell is gay does not justify such an orgy of gratuitous violence against him. And why does the media not explore the prospect of anti-white bigotry as well as anti-gay bigotry?
Some commenters to the Weekly story express the belief that the five who broke into Bell's house were members of the Tongan Crips. This has not been verified, but the family is known to be Polynesian, at least.
This is what happens when diversity becomes an end unto itself rather than a means to greater unity. And this is diversity's fatal flaw - everything else must work right in order for diversity to work. Think back to the Biblical incident at the Tower of Babel - when the languages got confounded, the people broke up into linguistic groups and scattered. And what happens when the interests of two "protected" groups collide? How do we choose who's right?
Diversity is unnatural.