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The Totalitarian Doctrine of ‘Social Justice Warriors’

From Observer
By Cathy Young • 02/02/16 10:00am

Much of SJW’s passion goes into speech and culture policing directed at victimless crimes that violate their moral taboos

COLUMBIA, MO - NOVEMBER 9: Jonathan Butler (c), a University of Missouri grad student who did a 7 day hunger strike listens during a forum speaking to students on the campus of University of Missouri - Columbia on November 9, 2015 in Columbia, Missouri. Students celebrate the resignation of University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe amid allegations of racism. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)
Protests at the University of Missouri forced several school officials to resign over allegations of racism and discrimination, largely based around allegations made by student government leader Peyton Head. (Photo: Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)
 
The modern social justice movement, or the new “political correctness,” vaulted into the spotlight last year.  Student protests swept across campuses with demands often focused on purging thoughtcrime—leading to heated debates on whether this movement is a dangerous pseudo-progressive authoritarianism or a long-overdue effort to achieve justice for all. A year-in-review piece in The Daily Dot in late December proclaimed 2015 “the year of the social justice warrior.”

The Daily Dot author, graduate student and political columnist Michael Rosa, hailed this trend and urged liberals to “embrace the term.” Yet the accomplishments he invoked are, as the social justice crowd likes to say, problematic. His Exhibit A, the legalization of same-sex marriage, actually had very little to do with the current social justice movement; it was the result of two decades of very different, pragmatic activism that focused on a clear goal—the legal right to marry—and stressed equality, not gay identity. And #BlackLivesMatter, also a movement with a specific focus—police violence toward African-Americans—has been arguably hurt, not helped, by PC dogma that suppresses discussion of thorny issues such as black-on-black crime and attacks “insensitive” dissenting speech (Amherst protesters demanded disciplinary action against students who had put up “All Lives Matter” posters).
 
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One response to “The Totalitarian Doctrine of ‘Social Justice Warriors’

  1. mathesisuniversalis 2016-05-17 at 1:09 pm

    Reblogged this on L'horreur islamique à l'âge des ténèbres ن.

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