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Current “Social Justice” Movement Seeks Identity-Based Retribution

Current “Social Justice” Movement Seeks Identity-Based Retribution

Trying to debate woke activists has proven hopeless. They dismiss opposing arguments—because they believe all such arguments are oppressive.

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Since the killing of George Floyd, Legal Insurrection has reported numerous examples of individuals who were fired, smeared, or bullied for speaking out. This happened to them not because they made bigoted remarks, but because they voiced ideas contrary to the woke social justice narrative.

The question is why is this happening? People on opposite sides of many issues respectfully disagree with each other all the time; they don’t resort to thuggish tactics in order to silence the other side. But for woke activists, silencing their adversaries is routine. There must be something about social justice ideology that leads to this kind of behavior. What is it?

I answer this question in “A Woke New World,” the feature article in the summer issue of The Objective Standard. A long-form article, “A Woke New World” is a detailed critique of the woke social justice movement and the toxic ideology on which this movement rests.

The first thing to understand about this movement is that it rejects the basic values of the civil rights movement. Martin Luther King called for the equal rights of minorities, and he dreamed of a day when black people would “not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

In contrast to MLK, as I argue in the article, social justice activists don’t want to end discrimination. They don’t want people judged only on the basis of merit and character. They don’t want to replace racial strife with racial harmony. They don’t seek reform, progress, or justice; they seek subversion, disruption, and collective, identity-based retribution. . . . Social justice activists want individuals purged for questioning BLM, purged for defending law enforcement, purged for saying “all lives matter,” purged for supporting peaceful protests over riots. They call for abolishing the police. They defend rioting and looting (or commit it themselves). They block, harass, and shut down speakers. They reflexively slander their adversaries as racists, fascists, Nazis, misogynists, or white supremacists.

And they despise America.

The central premise of social justice ideology is that oppression — in the form of racism, sexism, and the like—is literally everywhere, not just in the past, but in the present. It’s embedded not only in our laws and institutions, but in science and in our language. This ideology also holds that the social world is divided into oppressor groups and oppressed groups. Men, white people, heterosexuals, and cis-gender people are oppressors; women, racial minorities, gay people, and transgender people are oppressed. An individual’s actions, in this view, are irrelevant. A straight, white male is an oppressor simply because he is a straight, white male.

In order to combat oppression, social justice scholars and activists seek to disrupt, demonize, and dismantle “whiteness.” A recent example starkly demonstrates what this means in practice. George Davison, the principal of Grace Church School in New York City, admitted, “We’re demonizing white people for being born. . . . We are using language that makes them feel ‘less than,’ for nothing that they are personally responsible for.” We are attempting “to link anybody who’s white to the perpetuation of white supremacy.”

Trying to debate woke activists has proven hopeless. They have no interest in debating. They believe that any disagreement with their ideology is disingenuous. They dismiss opposing arguments—because they believe all such arguments are oppressive. As I sum up:

Social justice scholarship is an elaborate academic con game. As we have seen, if a white male disagrees with any of it, he’s “fragile,” “willfully ignorant,” or blinded by his “privilege.” Conversely, if a black lesbian disagrees with any of it, she has “internalized” her oppression, and her voice is not “authentic.” If you say, “I believe the most qualified person should get the job,” social justice scholars translate this into “People of color are lazy and/or incompetent and need to work harder.” These scholars dishonestly interpret everything as oppressive, and no facts can refute this because, in their view, any evidence or rational arguments to the contrary are also oppressive. . . . The woke social justice ideology is bigotry masquerading as antiracism. In the name of fighting antiblack, antifemale prejudice, this ideology foments antiwhite male prejudice. Vilifying “whiteness” is not the antidote to antiblack racism. Vilifying masculinity is not the antidote to misogyny. More discrimination is not the antidote to discrimination.

In order to fight this irrational, destructive, anti-American movement, we must first understand its basic premises and why they are wrong. A Woke New World is a good place to start. Read the entire article here.

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Michael Dahlen is the author of Ending Big Government: The Essential Case for Capitalism and Freedom.

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Comments

JusticeDelivered | June 6, 2021 at 8:36 pm

“Trying to debate woke activists has proven hopeless. They dismiss opposing arguments—because they believe all such arguments are oppressive.”

It is clear you understand, but I would add that this is a big con for power and unearned wealth. It is my opinion that this has been allowed to fester so long, that there is no talking them down. It will require force, the only question is how much will be needed.

    alohahola in reply to JusticeDelivered. | June 6, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    It will require the inner force of not responding to them at all and doing an internal eyeroll.

    Never let them see that they affect you, one way or the other.. it’ll drive them nuts.

      Easy enough to do individually.
      It’s the corporations, universities, media, etc. that cater to them that allow them to continue steamrolling over our culture. We need a few righteous men/women of backbone in those arenas who will turn their backs on them.
      Gosh, aren’t we tired of them all!

Well Hitler would have approved. Now just watch the different identities start fighting each other over who gets what place in line.

    n.n in reply to Whitewall. | June 6, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    First, they came for the unworthy babies. Then, they set men and women at each other’s throats. Finally, they were equitable and followed the parade of inclusive exclusion.

    Diversity [dogma] (i.e. color judgment), inequity, and exclusion, breeds adversity. Woke and [morally] broke.

    n.n in reply to Whitewall. | June 6, 2021 at 11:58 pm

    Speaking of leftists, can they abort the baby, cannibalize her profitable parts, sequester her carbon pollutants, and have her, too? They have, they do, but historically it has been unsustainable once people wake from the hope and dream.

And they despise America.

The central premise of social justice ideology is that oppression — in the form of racism, sexism, and the like—is literally everywhere, not just in the past, but in the present.

Marxists will say and do what Marxists say and do. And Marxists are all about dividing people into groups — oppressors and the oppressed.

henrybowman | June 6, 2021 at 10:43 pm

Do y’all remember the final tweet in LI’s recent Manchin posting?

Democracy is going to die for Joe Manchin and Sinema’s ego and greed. Whiteness will remain undefeated.

Well, you’re damn right it will.
And we should never forget among ourselves — that’s the goal of the racist woke crazies. And we must deny it to them.

Gaggle of visually offensive oxygen thieves, pure and simple.

When a woke person needs heart surgery, a life-saving drug or a competent dentist, do they immediately seek out a person of color who gained their status in life/work based solely on the color of their skin? Just wondering. It wouldn’t surprise me to see MLK day go the way of statues/monuments to our founders/leaders. After all, Dr. King didn’t want race to be the marker by which all are judged. The Wokies know nothing about the Civil Rights movement nor what the aims of it were. The Wokies are apparently the most self-serving, self-involved, and selfish members of a dysfunctional society. The worst of the worst! The lamest of the lame. The weakest of the weak. The smallest minded of the brainless.

    DJ9 in reply to 20keto20. | June 7, 2021 at 11:52 am

    I’m more concerned about the person who “makes the call” on whether or not I get the life-saving surgery I need, and whether they are making that call based on my Social Media score and support for woke causes.

“Trying to debate woke activists has proven hopeless. They dismiss opposing arguments—because they believe all such arguments are oppressive.”

Which is why only a fool believes we won’t have to shoot our way out….

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