By Jonny Tickle, in Sochi
The Western combat for equality is a worthy objective, however its fashionable strategies are driving a wedge between individuals, Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed, quoting Martin Luther King in his speech on the Valdai Discussion Club.
Speaking to gathered consultants and journalists in Sochi on Thursday, the president expressed his opinion that the combat in opposition to racism and discrimination has turned on its head.
“The fight against racism is a necessary and noble cause, but in the modern ‘cancel culture’ it turns into reverse discrimination, reverse racism” Putin stated.
“We see with bemusement the process unfolding in countries that have grown accustomed to viewing themselves as flagships of progress,” he continued. “The proponents of so-called social progress believe they are bringing a new consciousness to humanity…but the recipes they come up with are nothing new.”
According to the president, the fashionable motion towards affirmative motion and social justice is harking back to what occurred after the 1917 revolution, when the Bolsheviks introduced they’d not solely “change the habitual way of life” of the Russian individuals, but in addition change “the very idea of what human morality was” and “the foundations of a healthy society.”
“Incidentally, the Bolsheviks were entirely intolerant of other opinions different from their own. And this should remind you of something that is happening in Western countries,” he continued. “It is with puzzlement that in the West today we see practices that Russia has left in the distant past.”
According to Putin, the combat for equality and in opposition to discrimination has changed into an “aggressive dogmatism” on the “brink of absurdity.”
In specific, the president slammed Hollywood for what he deems to be quotas on how many individuals of coloration or ladies ought to be in every film, which he known as “stricter” than the efforts of the Soviet Union’s Department of Propaganda.
“It pushes people apart, whereas the true fighters for civic rights tried to eliminate these differences,” he defined. The president referred to a quote from Martin Luther King’s iconic 1963 speech: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by their character.”
According to the president, in Russia, most individuals don’t care about pores and skin coloration or gender as a result of “each and every one of us is a human.”
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