Monday, September 21, 2020

Woke toys

 EAST AURORA, NY—The toy geniuses at Fisher-Price have announced a brand new toy made just for leftist parents and their kids: the My First Peaceful Protest playset. The kid-size clubhouse will come with several varieties of spray paint so kids can tag the tiny building with their own empowering slogans. It will also be made out of cardboard, allowing the cute little tikes to burn the whole thing down if their demands are not met. 

"Here at Fisher-Price, we are steadfastly committed to social justice," said toy designer Camden Flufferton. "We need to teach our kids what democracy looks like, and there's no better example of democracy in action than violent vandalism and arson. We hope this new playset will serve as an inspiration for parents wanting to teach their kids how to threaten citizens with violence whenever their demands are not met."

The set will also come with toy televisions, cell phones, jewelry, and clothing, allowing kids to simulate looting before they torch the entire set. The set will be available in stores for $399 because of capitalism.

Experts are questioning the wisdom of this move by Fisher-Price, mainly because people in the target market don't typically have any kids. "We know we'll probably only sell, like, 3 of these," said Flufferton, "but selling them isn't the point. We just need you to know we're on the right side of history."



rick allen said...

Everything old is new again.

There is a lot of nonsense in the new "wokeness" trend, as there was 20 years ago about "political correctness." But that should surely not obscure the continuing pervasiveness of racial unfairness in American society.

I was born when racial segregation was the law. And even though Brown vs. Board of Education was decided when I was only a baby, still when I reached high school there were two white high schools and one black one in my little southern town. And it wasn't only in the South.

A favorite Friday night activity was fixing a rebel flag on your pickup truck and speeding through "ni****town" with rebel yells. Important to remind people who's boss.

So now there's Black Lives Matter, a movement born in an attempt to question police violence against black people.

Now I also remember the civil rights movement. Everybody knew that Martin Luther King was a communist, that "they" wanted to destroy our white suburbs, that the undoubted violence of the Black Panthers and the Weathermen showed that we were in a fight to the death with radical leftists. By 1968 both Richard Nixon and George Wallace had the same slogan, "Law and order!"

I happened to be in DC the summer of the Poor People's March on Washington, today a largely forgotten affair as the long roll-back began. Saw all the flags at half staff and a wreath on Bobby Kennedy's Senate chair.

So today, to me, this all seems like deja vu all over again.

I happened to finish last weekend Rene Girard's Je voir Satan tomber comme l'eclair, where he asserts that what he calls the ancient scapegoat mechanism could only be revealed by the power of the cross. For him that "awakening" to the innocence of the victim was decisive. "Experigiscere, qui dormis, et surge a mortuis et illucescet tibi Christus." Which is to reiterate, Christians have not always mocked "wokeness."

BJ Buracker said...

The Babylonbee, your source for this, is a Christian satire site. It's similar to the Onion. This is purely for humor.

John (Ad Orientem) said...

Well... yes. That's why I have it tagged as satire.

rick allen said...

I’ve always enjoyed the Bee, and did see it was a satire.

Unhappily, like many Onion stories, it’s getting hard to tell the difference. I used to read The American Conservative pretty regularly, but these days every other story is about how wokeness is threatening western civilization.

unreconstructed rebel said...

So, the bonfire in my neighbor's backyard started when their kids set fire to their playhouse full of bourgeois toys was just satire?


BJ Buracker said...
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BJ Buracker said...

Ah, I missed the tag. My fault entirely.

The Anti-Gnostic said...

But that should surely not obscure the continuing pervasiveness of racial unfairness in American society.

Absolute nonsense. American society is among the most racially egalitarian in the world. White Americans aren't even in the top tiers for household income.

Jon Marc said...

The irony of so many Americans - people who rebelled against their legitimate authorities to start a revolutionary republic - being against stuff like this is just too funny sometimes :-)

The Anti-Gnostic said...

Probably they draw the following distinction: the American founders, in a burst of Enlightenment fervor, were actually capable of founding and maintaining a legitimate State. The BLM/antifa rabble can't even figure out how to grow a garden and are society's takers, not makers.