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Survey: Young People Embrace Cancel Culture To Advance Social Justice Even When They Are The Victims

Survey: Young People Embrace Cancel Culture To Advance Social Justice Even When They Are The Victims

According to the report, “by a 48–27 margin, respondents under 30 agree that ‘My fear of losing my job or reputation due to something I said or posted online is a justified price to pay to protect historically disadvantaged groups.'”

Democrats are fond of making fun of Republicans every time the subject of cancel culture comes up for debate, which is often.

“There’s no such thing as cancel culture,” the Democrats will claim, knowing full well and good that for them, the chances of getting canceled for holding viewpoints deemed “unacceptable” or “politically incorrect” by social media outrage mobs and our supposed intellectual betters in the mainstream media are slim to none.

But cancel culture is a very real thing, as Legal Insurrection has documented extensively here. It has negatively impacted all facets of life: the workplace, academia, social media, sports, medicine, politics, science, entertainment. You name it. Any person, place, thing, or idea that offends social justice warriors and their allies in the press is subject to getting canceled at a moment’s notice.

And while anti-cancel culturalists on the right and those who’ve had a wake-up call on the left have been putting up a good fight against the weaponized use of this tactic, a comprehensive new report suggests they still have a long way to go when it comes to changing attitudes, especially among younger generations.

A new report compiled by the Manhattan Institute’s Eric Kaufmann indicates a stark generational divide on opinions of cancel culture. While older generations largely oppose it, those under 30 are not only fearful of it but also believe the threat of it “is a justified price to pay to protect historically disadvantaged groups”:

Another front in the culture war is censorship of speech, usually justified on grounds that such speech would inflict psychological harm on minorities and that power should be redistributed to “marginalized groups.” Activists pushing for such censorship organize online flash mobs and pressure campaigns, wielding accusations of racism, homophobia, or transphobia to ruin a person’s reputation and have them fired from their position. The problem is especially acute in higher education: the number of academics targeted for cancellation has exploded in recent years.

Young people are especially afraid of cancel culture. Forty-five percent of employees under 30 worry about losing their jobs because “someone misunderstands something you have said or done, takes it out of context, or posts something from your past online.” Just 29 percent of those over 55 have the same worry.

This fear, however, doesn’t appear to lead young people to oppose cancel culture. Most millennials and members of Generation Z are not cultural liberals too scared to say what they truly believe. Instead, many privilege cultural equality over freedom. By a 48–27 margin, respondents under 30 agree that “My fear of losing my job or reputation due to something I said or posted online is a justified price to pay to protect historically disadvantaged groups.” Those over 50, by contrast, disagree by a 51–17 margin. Younger age brackets are both more fearful of cancel culture and more supportive of it than are older age groups.

Kaufmann also noted that from a political standpoint, opposition to cancel culture was an issue that Republicans prioritized and also “largely united” them and independents, which he said created a “political opportunity for Republicans and a substantial risk the Democrats must manage”:

The Republican/independent mindset on “woke” cancel culture as part of the broader issue of the ongoing culture wars played out to a significant degree in the Virginia red wave in November 2021. Independents abandoned Democrats over educational issues like the implementation of Critical Race Theory, and thanks to Terry McAuliffe accusing critics of CRT of being racists and also saying during a debate that he didn’t believe parents should have any input in public school curriculums.

In the radical left’s efforts to defund the police, we’ve also seen elements of cancel culture, with politicians who reject efforts to “reimagine policing” being branded as racists who should be ousted from office. In November 2020, this backfired on House Democrats, where they lost 13 seats to Republicans, substantially narrowing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s majority.

Though over the last couple of years we’ve seen more voters stand up in rejection of the cancel culture mentality, the issue still persists in our society at large. It is likely to get worse as long as younger generations are conditioned to believe that fear of it is a justifiable tool to use so that leftists can avoid getting their feelings hurt from being exposed to differing viewpoints.

To read the full Manhattan Institute report (PDF), click here.

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By a 48–27 margin, respondents under 30 agree that “My fear of losing my job or reputation due to something I said or posted online is a justified price to pay to protect historically disadvantaged groups.”

It would be interesting to see how many of the 48% would still feel the same way if they DID actually lose their job or reputation (or anything else) due to Cancel Culture.

    Yep. They only say crap like that because they never actually expect it to happen to them.

      CommoChief in reply to Olinser. | January 27, 2022 at 8:43 pm

      Agreed. Many of the people who say they believe the threat of cancellation is totes ok simultaneously believe they are immune from cancellation due to their perception of their own SJW value, ideological purity or their own place on the diversity Olympic team.

    JohnSmith100 in reply to Recovering Lutheran. | January 27, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    I am looking forward to taking back power, and then canceling every prick who dared to do such to others. We need to crush Marxists like bugs.

    I was just about to quote the same thing, and go on to note the well-known saying about a conservative being a liberal who just got mugged.
    These people are trotting towards muggers with a “MUG ME” sign on their chests.
    Imagine how many more new conservatives we will get out of this generation.

    Or if they are lifelong slackers that just take a job to do something and don’t have much to lose.

    If they actually had real jobs and were out of mom and dad’s house then their answers would change.

    I love the expression ‘historically disadvantaged groups’. What does it mean anyway? These people are like parrots that repeat some nonsense phrase or idea that comes out of the running mouth of a pseudo intellectual.


Life tip 101: don’t follow lemmings off cliffs.

Life tip 102: don’t elect lemmings to high office.

“If ye love wealth [-or being accepted by the woke-] better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”
― Samuel Adams

Social justice anywhere is injustice everywhere. Lose your Pro-Choice religion (“ethics”). #HateLovesAbortion

Young people have embraced guilt, for a while anyway.

    OldProf2 in reply to Whitewall. | January 27, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    Exactly. They feel guilty for their original sin of being born. It’s a new religion, with a level of guilt and self-loathing that no other religion ever achieved.

Many devote Communist Party members sentenced to the gulags believed they deserved the punishment because they hadn’t done enough for the party. They never understood that they were selected by a quota system that had nothing to do with them.

Just like the stupid phase….” if you love me you can prove it by committing suicide.” To prove they “care” they will destroy themselves.

Well, they’ve been trained to be idiots, so this is not surprising. Sad, but not surprising.

    Old Patzer in reply to UJ. | January 27, 2022 at 11:33 pm

    They’ve been trained to be subservient. The message to young people from their instructors is that there is *one* right opinion and woe betide you if you dissent: the whole weight of the establishment will fall on you. That the “correct” opinion is subject to constant revision only heightens its oppressiveness. My observation is that this leads for the most part to feelings of cynicism and alienation among its victims. If there is hope, it lies in the proles.

Exactly, Alaska Bob.
I’m reading a book at the moment, “Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin” which sheds light upon the oft times random nature of Stalin’s purges. Each area police group were assigned quotas and like loyal little critters they arrested the prescribed number to take before a show trial for a few seconds and executed them in a business-like manner.
It was murder on a grand scale of people who often did nothing worse than being born into a “kulak” family or of Polish or some other ethnic group. Don’t doubt for a minute that the indoctrinated youth of America would be happy to be a part of the same process of executing conservatives or any other named group with great rapidity if given the chance.

Never give up your guns. They may well be your only defense remaining in the not too distant future.

Steven Brizel | January 28, 2022 at 9:48 am

This is what happens when the educational system and culture of the US is grossly ignorant and has no appreciation of freedom of speech

Witch hunts, warlock trials, and planned peoplehood… personhood.

Unfortunately this shows that Steven Crowder was wrong about Gen Z

I have found that young progressive fascists don’t want to help the middle class.. it’s only the “underserved minorities” that they want to help.