Have you been perplexed and frustrated to no end by Social Justice Warriors who profess to be fighting racism and sexism while seeming to be the most racist and sexist of all? The ones who insist they hear “dog whistles” to which we’re not attuned but who don’t hear the sirens they themselves are emitting? The ones who point fingers but who simply need to look in the closest mirror to see someone obsessed with race, all the while saying it’s impossible for them to be racist? Let me tell you, I’m sick of it, too.
SJWs have redefined racism and sexism so that, under their definition, they can’t possibly be accused of it. This view doesn’t make sense at all, except to someone whose brain has been marinating in a concept called intersectionality, which is all over college campuses now but has apparently been around for decades in sociology and gender studies departments. The only way SJWs could get well-intentioned people to move towards policies that you or I would call racist or sexist was to redefine the terms. And if you don’t get it, you’re just proving their point by illustrating how clueless you, as a privileged person, are.
Former SJW Keri Smith has written an excellent piece called “Deprogrammed: Fighting Racism with Racism” in which she explains the torturous “logic” used to excuse leftist-style racism and sexism. For a couple of decades, she was immersed in that kind of thinking, but in the last two years she’s come to her senses. If the process for recovery sounds a lot like getting out of a cult, that’s because it is. Her task is to untangle a whole twisted belief system, “not only for myself,” she says, “but also for those who may be caught up in it, for others who have left it or are in the process of leaving it, for those who have lost friends or family to it, and for those who are just being exposed to parts of it and are wondering what it’s all about.”
She says it’s getting easier to explain it to other people now that she’s been out of it for awhile. Just like any other recovering former cult member, she’s had to spend a lot of time reading and reflecting, and writing and talking about it.
Until now, I’ve never used the word “cult” to describe SJWs, but it sure helps explain the frantic, nonsensical, hysterical reactions to, say, Justice Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. We had women parading around in costumes from “The Handmaid’s Tale,” for God’s sake. These are women who have been programmed, mostly in college but also by popular culture, to have views reminiscent of George Orwell and the Junior Anti-Sex League.
In fighting against the patriarchy, they would never think that anything they said or believed could possibly be sexist towards men (especially white men). That’s because they’ve been indoctrinated in the concept of intersectionality. The way Smith explains it, intersectionality is a newer form of Marxism organized around the power and identity of the demographic group rather than social class. In fact, Smith calls it “centuries-old Marxism warmed over.”
Like the Marxism of Karl Marx, it’s based on collectivism rather than individualism. SWJs see and interact with the world through a “lens of power,” defining power not by a particular individual’s ability to exert his or her will, but on group “identity” and how many “marginalized” (oppressed) or “privileged” (oppressor) groups to which that person belongs.
To a SJW, all white people are racist because all white people have privilege. Period. You have white skin, the “reasoning” goes, so you can’t possibly know what it’s like to experience oppression. And if you’re not white, it’s virtually impossible for you to be racist towards a white person, no matter what you say or do. It’s all excused, because you are oppressed by white people. If you are really out there in SJW-land, you can even hate a white person --- hey, you’ve got good reason. If it helps equalize power, you can even attack a white person. If he dies, well, think of all the black people who have been unjustly killed by white people over the years.
When a freshman Congresswoman called the President of the United States a “m-----f-----,” remember how she defended that? Why, she was just “speaking truth to power.” That excuses everything, so, naturally, she didn’t apologize. In fact, while the “oppressed” can say anything, the “privileged” (white, male, non-SJW) must be censored.
Oh, and it goes far beyond one’s choice of words. If violence or even revolution can accelerate the pace of the dedicated SJWs desired social change, then in his or her mind, it’s ethical. It’s virtuous because it’s fought in the name of ending social injustice.
I’ve always been partial to the observation by Friedrich Nietzsche that “we become what we hate,” and as she recovers, Keri Smith has been thinking about that, too. In Nietzsche’s words, “He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he become a monster. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee.” SJWs, in their quest to obliterate centuries of racist and sexist oppression (which did really happen), have found a way to rationalize doing the very same thing, just to different people. Maybe, like the oppressors of old, they’ve found they enjoy keeping other people down.
I did not vote for President Obama. Either time. (Race had nothing to do with it; in fact, if Herman Cain had become the Republican nominee, I would have proudly helped put him in office.) But when Obama was elected, the one silver lining for me was the thought that a huge racial hurdle had been crossed. Just a little over half a century ago, black people were riding in the back of the bus, and now we had an African-American President! How wonderful, just in principle, that a black candidate could be elected President of the United States, and that there were people of all races who voted for him.
But what a disappointment. Since that time, and certainly since the election of Trump (which also excuses anything SJWs do), accusations of sexism and racism fly faster than ever. A whole generation (maybe two) of college students has been brainwashed about intersectionality and privilege, and these are the people who are beginning to take top positions in government and corporate leadership. Imagine a steady march of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortezes “speaking truth to power,” clutching their college degrees but understanding nothing about economics, the Constitution or the sacredness of the individual.
Once you see how this mindset works, it explains a lot more. An entire political party has been labeled racist and sexist, plus homophobic and Islamophobic and all those other “deplorable” things. And, of course, since Muslims are seen as a marginalized group in America compared to Christians, anti-Christian bigotry is excused. There’s even support for the “no walls” argument: Americans are more privileged than non-Americans, so all immigrants, especially non-white ones, must be allowed in to even the score.
In the battle for social justice, the unique individual doesn’t matter any longer, just as one person doesn’t matter under Marxism, only the group. This collectivist philosophy is totally at odds with the American concept of individual rights and “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” (Of course, that phrase was written by a white male, so forget it.) I hate to be an alarmist, but America will be over if we don’t start standing up against this garbage and straightening out a horrifically twisted way of looking at society.