‘We Are Burning Our Cultural Inheritance’
04Since the Black Lives Matter explosion of last summer, institutions have fallen over themselves to prove their commitment to anti-racism. From the corporate boardroom to the university seminar, wokeness has taken over. Even high culture and classical music have been hit by this mini cultural revolution.
Heather Mac Donald is a New York Times bestselling author and Thomas W Smith fellow at the Manhattan Institute. She joined spiked’s editor on the latest episode of The Brendan O’Neill Show to talk about America’s racial hysteria and how the culture war has consumed high culture. What follows is an edited extract from their conversation. Listen to the full episode here.
Brendan O’Neill: I want to touch on the explosion of wokeness over the past 18 months. The explosion of the Black Lives Matter movement after the killing of George Floyd. The tearing down of statues, the self-flagellation of various cultural institutions across the West, the constant apologies made by the supposed guardians of Western culture. You have written about whether classical music can survive this culture war. Can you give us an outline of what you have found?
Heather Mac Donald: Classical music is one of the greatest expressions of human passion, sublimity, sorrow, longing, suffering and beauty. But it is a target of BLM race-mongering and the poison of identity politics. On a daily basis, it is being pushed further to the margins of our culture. Its salience in the popular experience grows less and less. And the classical-m
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