There’s this discussion going on between Mark Steyn at the NRO (who I will never, ever link to, ever) and Conor Friedersdorf. Mark Steyn thinks he’s the champion of “brown women,” as he calls them, and that the librul media won’t cover honor killings because of multiculturalism. I will leave aside refuting this point, because Friedersdorf does it admirably already.
But allow me simply to state that there have been honor killings going on in America for years. It’s called domestic violence, and it happens to women every day: sometimes, though not always, because a man feels his privilege, his station, his honor, has been breached. And for a great many years in this country — including today — these men get away with it.
Allow me to also state that there is a great deal of violence against people of color. The violence against African-American and other dark-skinned populations is well-established, but there has also been a rash of violence against the muslim community in Jacksonville, Florida.
Since I have rarely, if ever, see a conservative dedicate excessive energy towards ending violence against “brown” people or women specifically, excuse me if Steyn’s protestations to be deeply, passionately committed to exposing honor killings against “brown women” to be disingenuous.
Honor killings are disgusting. The men who perform them should be brought to justice.
But Steyn’s interest is not in supporting the end of violence against women: his interest is in encouraging and promoting vicious racism against a great many Muslims, especially those that are trying to immigrate peacefully and without violence into our country. When Steyn cares about violence against more oppressed populations than one that can be conveniently exploited in service of attacking another oppressed population, I’ll be more inclined to believe his fulminations.
EDIT: Title changed to reflect a well-considered criticism, namely that “Mark Steyn’s beliefs” and “conservative” are not synonymous categories.