Wikipedia defines “Social Justice Warrior” as “… a pejorative term for an individual promoting socially progressive views, including feminism, civil rights, multiculturalism, and identity politics. The accusation of being an SJW carries implications of pursuing personal validation rather than any deep-seated conviction, and being engaged in disingenuous social justice arguments or activism to raise personal reputation, also known as virtue signaling.”
The tone of Wikipedia’s definition illustrates how underwhelmed the general public is by social justice warriors. For the most part, nobody takes them seriously, and we just try to ignore them, but they keep popping back up in the news and social media feeds. You may be content to wait until the SJW fad fizzles out and disappears, but somewhere in the back of your mind, you may be wondering what makes these people tick? Who are they? Where do they come from? What do they want? Why are they so angry? Why do they hate men so much? Are they right or wrong, and why?
Mild curiosity aside, there are two very important reasons people need to understand social justice warriors. First, conservative culture has a tendency to stereotype social justice warriors as typical liberals. Anytime an SJW flips out over nothing, conservatives flood social media with posts saying, “Look at how stupid libtards are.”
This is preventing conservatives from having rational discussions with the rest of America. Stereotyping anyone who isn’t conservative as an unhinged feminazi is as absurd as stereotyping every conservative as the Alt-Right. It would be as horrifying to live under the delusion that every conservative is a racist troll as it would be to believe every liberal is a social justice warrior. Luckily, neither of those assumptions are true. So we can all get along and have civil discussions. At least, we could if both sides would stop stereotyping the other by their most extreme members. Until that happens, America will remain divided.
Like most Americans, I don’t fit neatly into the conservative or liberal dichotomy, and I resent the minority of conservatives who lump me in with social justice warriors. But I resent social justice warriors more for creating the stereotype in the first place.
I also resent social justice warriors, because I’m a white male, which makes me public enemy number one in their eyes. This is the second reason it’s important to understand and talk about social justice warriors. By passively ignoring and not standing up to them, we legitimize their agenda, which on the surface is to achieve peace and equality, but their call to action tends to revolve around demonizing white men. We wouldn’t passively ignore KKK rallies on school campuses, but the social justice warrior movement is equally racist and almost as aggressive.
As a white man, it’s insulting and degrading to hear how much these people hate and blame me for everything wrong in the world. Part of me feels bad for them spending their lives in a twisted reality where I’m a demon, but the rest of me is frankly scared. I keep expecting a feminist to go on a shooting spree targeting white men, after which I’ll have to hear social justice warriors throw a tantrum and scream about how the shooter wasn’t a true social justice warrior because they don’t advocate violence. That’s bullshit. They advocate hatred, which can only lead to violence. Even if it doesn’t, blaming the world’s problems on “the patriarchy” is a waste of everybody’s time that does more to distract us from the root of our problems than it helps solve anything.
So who are these people, and how did they get so extreme? Are they just stupid? Do they deserve to be ridiculed, pitied, feared or accepted? I don’t believe they deserve to be hated any more than people with autism who can’t function in society. If it seems crazy to flip out over nothing, that’s because it is. They act like crazy street preachers because they suffer from a similar mental disorder.
Social justice warriors are literally disconnected from reality to begin with, but the problem is compounded by the fact that they tend to come from upper-middle-class families with enough disposable income to send their snowflakes to college. You never see social justice warriors in the ghetto, because poor people are too busy struggling to survive to worry about gender pronouns, safe spaces, microaggressions and emotional triggers.
To be fair, their hearts are in the right place. Their desire for progress and equality comes from their overactive maternal instincts, which I could overlook if their solution for world peace wasn’t to wage war on white men.
The reason they blame white men for everything is because they’re too privileged to have experienced the real cause of the world’s problems: poverty. In their insulated bubble, they just latched onto the explanations fed to them by their feminist professors, who have also spent so much time in academia they don’t know what’s going on in the real world either.
It should seem odd that highly educated college students could see the world in such an obviously oversimplified and incorrect black and white narrative, but it makes sense when you realize social justice warriors are a product of a broken schools system that doesn’t teach students critical thinking skills.
Blaming all the world’s flaws on one group of people and addressing the problem by screaming is the epitome of intellectual laziness… and so is screaming back at them. A more lucid reaction would be to accept responsibility for helping create the conditions that allowed the social justice warrior movement to happen in the first place.
If the entire country had been talking about poverty more than cats, sports, and television, then everyone would already understand the source of our problems, and social justice warriors would be directing their energy in the right direction. As it stands, they’re filling the need for justice in a typically American way: by demonizing a scapegoat. They’re an inevitable by-product of America’s collective intellectual laziness.
Social justice warriors are mentally unstable, privileged, lazy Americans riding a convenient bandwagon. I believe that if there were a better alternative, they would take it, but it doesn’t exist because Americans are preoccupied with sharing baby photos and selfies. If everyone raised the intellectual bar for themselves and talked about the right topics, then the social justice movement would be swept up in the cultural momentum.
As long as nobody is talking, the only people we’ll hear are the loudest, craziest extremists in society. This will make them look more prominent than they are and cede control of the national dialogue to them. The only way to stop this madness is by talking about more important ideas louder and more frequently than them.
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