The Distortions of Woke Martyrdom

Over at Law & Liberty, our dubious doctor reviews two books written by a leftist French academic; one dealing with the Battle of Vertières, Haiti in 1803 and the other about the death of a black career criminal—now glorious BLM martyr—at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis last year.

As for the dedication to the memory of George Floyd, it is morally obtuse: for a man does not become good by being wrongfully killed. A mother loves her son because he is her son, not because he is good, and therefore the grief of his family is understandable and easily sympathised with; but for others to turn him into what he was not, a martyr to a cause, is to display at once a moral and an intellectual defect.

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