Just as it looked like the radical neo-Marxists taking over the newsrooms and journalistic enterprises of America had finally exhausted themselves and run out of things to cancel for failing their undefined and dangerous purity test, it turns out, no, Ludwig van Beethoven must march to the social justice scaffold — he’s a symbol of white supremacy and has to go.
Writing for Vox, Nate Sloan and Charlie Harding argue in a recent article and meandering accompanying podcast that white men turned Beethoven’s majestic and transcendent Fifth Symphony into a “symbol of their superiority and importance.”
Furthermore, the article contends that for women, LGBT persons, and “people of color,” Beethoven’s Fifth somehow represents the “exclusion and elitism” that pervades the history of all classical music:
Today, some aspects of classical culture are still about policing who’s in and who’s out, and it all started with Beethoven’s Fifth. When you walk into a standard concert hall, there’s an established