The key to defeating social justice is to start valuing ourselves
While our culture obsesses over manufactured identity-based crisis after crisis, I say there’s a real crisis of value—we need to see it and understand it.
It’s a kind of crisis not seen by others but felt only to deeply by the person trying to figure it out. We’re told our value comes from an imaginary ranking system that consists of how we identify, in the amount of followers we have or how well we fit into a protected group. These lies have distorted our sense of value not only in how we see ourselves but our ability to see others as well.
Social justice has come for the NHL. And Ron MacLean, fresh off of throwing his broadcasting partner and better half Don Cherry under the bus, has bought in 100%.
During the intermission of Hockey Night in Canada this Saturday on Sportsnet, MacLean addressed his guests, Kwame Mason and Tara Slone:
“I said to Kwame, I don’t see you as black, I don’t see Tara as a woman. And then I realized, ‘There’s your white male privilege. You know what, Ron? You don’t have to see that because you don’t need to see that.'”
He then went on to apologize for not having enough people of colour pick the three stars on Hockey Night in Canada and for the structural racism and sexism of hockey. You can watch the clip here:
Of course, the ironic thing is that Ron MacLean’s original way of viewing Mason or Sloane was correct. He didn’t see Mason as a black man and he didn’t see Sloane as a woman. He saw them both as fellow human beings.
Now, he has been re-educated (so that he may keep his job) to only see them for the minority groups they represent. This is objectively more racist and sexist, but it’s the kind of racism and sexism that social justice demands. Ron MacLean is now safe.
The social panic sweeping over hockey started with the debacle of Don Cherry’s firing from Sportsnet for saying “you people” in reference to immigrants who don’t wear the poppy (an incident that he was willing to clarify and apologize for).
More recently, Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters was fired for uttering the N-word to a player many years ago as an assistant coach for another team. Whether Peters should have been fired, fined, or otherwise sanctioned after his apology is a matter up for debate. Certainly, people have said and done worse and kept their jobs, but the trudge toward progress made any such nuanced discussion impossible.
Since these incidents, far-left Canadian pundits such as Jess Allen and Nora Loreto have claimed that hockey is inherently racist or white supremacist. Allen claimed that hockey players were “white boys” and “bullies” while Loreto proclaimed in a boastful tweet that hockey leads to “white supremacy and misogyny.”
Take note. This is how social justice movements always work. They take individual instances of inappropriateness or intolerance (or even something as mild as a misunderstanding) and they apply those instances to an entire culture and claim that the community must be fixed at any cost. Of course, this means consultants, specialists, diversity trainers, federal assistance and a whole lot of hand wringing.
It doesn’t seem to matter to these crusaders who want to clean the culture that Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of our hockey-loving country, has been the centre of racist incidents more times than he can even remember.
No reasonable person could say that Bill Peters was more racist than our prime minister. But you see, Trudeau’s past racism is different because he’s on the social justice team! He can lead the nation forward by helping us have these difficult conversations and recognizing. These big bad hockey coaches and players on the other hand, well, they must be punished and banished from the culture because of toxic masculinity and systemic hetero white something something.
We’ve already seen the panic hit social media, with former NHLer Daniel Carcillo attempting to create McCarthyite blacklists of other professional coaches based on rumours:
It’s only going to get worse. But before the entire hockey community drops their sticks in favour of pitchforks, I would like to suggest that the progressivist push to name, shame, and force every “community member” to grovel and pledge their allegiance to intersectionality is not the answer. If hockey continues down this path, it will lose fans and revenue.
Like any culture, hockey has its problems. But those problems are caused by individual human beings. If a coach, player, or fan is acting in a racist or sexist manner, then they should be held accountable as individuals. And matters such as these should be adjudicated between the parties who were actually involved in the behaviour.
The shift from individual responsibility to collective guilt is where things skate downhill real fast. Grievance Studies scholar James Lindsay spotted it right away and quite aptly quipped, “LOL RIP hockey”:
This will not end well. Whether it’s the world of music, comedy, film, or professional sports, social justice crusades lead to nothing but division. If the NHL continues to get woke, it will most definitely go broke.
A prominent California social justice activist has been ruled insane and sentenced to 39 years in a psychiatric facility for the stabbing murder of a woman and the attempted murder of a second woman in Berkeley.
Pablo Gomez Jr., 24, was majoring in Chicanx/Latinx studies at UC Berkeley when they stabbed and killed 27-year-old Emilie Inman at her home on Jan. 6, 2017. After hiding her body in the garden, Gomez went on to stab Kiana Schmitt, who survived.
Gomez identifies as non-binary, uses they/them pronouns, and was heavily involved in the Queer Alliance Resource Center on campus. Gomez was a prominent left-wing student activist advocating for issues related to Black Lives Matter, climate change and sexual violence. They was part of a group of activists who shut down the freeway in response to the police-involved killing of Michael Brown.
On Friday, an Alameda County Superior Court judge found Gomez not guilty by reason of insanity. Gomez was deemed unfit to stand trial and was sentenced to 39 years in a state mental hospital.
After the ruling, around a dozen of Inman’s family members and friends cried as they spoke to the court. Emilie’s mother, Nathalie Inman, described how Gomez had brutally “butchered” her daughter and took meticulous steps to hide her body.
“So who is responsible?” she asked. “Apparently, no one.”
Emilie Inman was a French national who did not know Gomez. She studied environmental science at UC Santa Cruz and was previously a middle school science instructor in Lafayette, California.
Kiana Schmitt, the survivor, was a friend of Gomez who had driven him to the home of Inman believing it to be the residence of Gomez’s friend. Schmitt found Gomez in the yard with a knife and drenched in blood. They proceeded to stab her but she managed to escape despite her injuries.
Gomez then fled to Southern California, where they is from, but was arrested the next day.
Since being charged, many organizations previously linked to Gomez have rushed to scrub their associations with them. The Alliance for Climate Education, who hosted a climate change event where Gomez spoke with former Cal. governor Jerry Brown, removed a 2014 article praising Gomez, who was a senior fellow with the group. The Post Millennial reached out to the organization for comment but did not hear back by publication.
In Sept. 2016, Gomez was filmed confronting and grabbing promotional material from the Berkeley College Republicans, but Gomez’s militant left-wing beliefs goes back years. Despite the positive reputation Gomez had for their radical activism in the Bay Area (Gomez was even featured in a Vice documentary on climate change), their social media posts showed an individual with extremist beliefs.
“The United States is a violent white supremacist settler empire whose only fate is annihilation,” Gomez tweeted five weeks before their violent rampage. Nearly every post on their social media accounts is about Black Lives Matter, queer issues and videos from protests. Gomez also made numerous posts expressing a virulent hatred of white people.
On their Tumblr, now deleted, an extended quote from Willie Osterweil’s “In Defense of Looting” is posted. The quote encourages robbery and shoplifting as a politically justified act against capitalism.
After the judge’s ruling on Friday, Emilie’s father, Scott Inman, spoke to the court. “There is no restorative justice for this type of crime,“ he said. “Killing my daughter with a knife in this manner has broken us.”
Do social justice warriors have an ounce of humour left? The list of things we are allowed to talk or joke about seems to shrink every day. The latest in a long line of offence-riddled rants by activists in the outrage industry was cooked up by Shailja Patel, a real-life Titania McGrath (yes, she’s even won a slam poetry competition), who posted a tweet which started off a twitterstorm two days ago:
“Today in white male solipsism. From the school of ‘women comedians are terrible’ and ‘non-white literatures are terrible’ and ‘hip-hop is terrible’ and ‘anything that doesn’t cater to me and reinforce my conviction that I am the center of the universe is terrible.’ We who?”
The tweet was a response to Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom), who again had responded to another tweet by Jon Becker:
What followed was Patel’s indignation at how someone dared say they found Indian food terrible.
“(Nichols) trips over himself with eagerness to spew racist bullshit in the name of “I’m going to say something controversial tee hee.” Then chortles at the clapback: “People are tOuChY.” Why, yes, centuries of colonial slaughter, plunder, and mass starvation tend to have that effect.” She proceeded to talk about the 1943 Bengal famine, stating Winston Churchill had said Indians bred like rabbits. She said: “I guess @RadioFreeTom has never worked in a restaurant where he had to serve racist yobs all night, and be thankful for if they just insulted him, instead of killing him.”
Other presumed historical wrongs were also mentioned: anecdotes about children, presumably of Indian descent, living in the West, throwing away their mothers’ curries for fear they would be ridiculed by their peers, or Indian students in the West walking for miles in harsh winter weather to find vegetarian food, dressed in unsuitable clothes. The list goes on. Nichols was then accused of othering, bullying, and “punching down in the crudest and ugliest way.”
Really? Daring to state your opinion on a nation’s cuisine is “fuelling harassment” of “every South Asian call center worker, service industry or retail worker, cultural worker, student, (and) child on the playground”? As we’ve become accustomed to, in this brave new world of everything being racist, the tiniest micro-aggression can inflict the greatest of offence. Instead of tackling real issues of actual discrimination—of which there are many, even in India—Social Justice Warriors prefer to brew storms in teacups. Saira Rao weighed in too. A Democrat politician, long-time race-baiter, (or, as she calls herself, “racial justice activist,”) and co-founder of “Race 2 Dinner” (where white women “willing to set aside their white woman tears” are invited to dine with women of colour in order to be confronted with their racism), tweeted:
“Having white people trash Indian food is extremely triggering as an Indian who has been told that I smell weird, that my food smells weird and that Indians shit on the street which is why everything we are smells bad. My whole life.”
Her tweet has 72,000 likes at the time of writing, but to say that the Twittersphere was awash with only support for the aggrieved ladies I would be lying. The real Titania McGrath poked fun at the whole debacle:
“Any white man who doesn’t like Indian food is a genocidal racist. Any white man who likes Indian food is guilty of cultural appropriation and is no better than Hitler. Take your pick.”
And with that, she (or Andrew Doyle, the comedian behind Titania) nailed it. This is really what we’re being told now. This is Critical Race Theory in action. White supremacy means we’re all complicit in a system of structural racism, and there’s no way out, according to the believers. Even your food preferences are signs of white supremacy. Nuance and humour are dead, and you have to pick sides.
Speaking of Hitler, Rao is outspoken on her hate of Israel. She’s called all Jewish Israelis “combatants,” accused Israel of ethnic cleansing and called UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson a “notorious racist.” This is the height of far-left, woke activism: denouncing everything white people do and say, while also hating Jews, and claiming all people of colour are helpless victims and need protection from insensitive remarks about their cuisine. Her world view is so black-and-white that anyone who veers from her script is outright evil. Five-year-olds are frankly better at arguing their case than she is.
Of course, saying you don’t like someone’s food is not especially polite. It’s what we teach our children not to do. Hardly anyone would insult someone’s food at a dinner party, but as adults we’re still allowed our preferences. If you tell me you think Norwegian food is bland on Twitter, I couldn’t care less, although I am Norwegian. You’re probably partially right. Jamie Oliver, the British chef, is famous in Norway for mocking our goat’s cheese—a sweet, fudge-like brown cheese made from whey—when he visited the country back in 2008.
I think most Norwegians forgave him without throwing a tantrum saying he was the product of his ancestors’ colonialist past or something in that vein, but then this was before identity politics took hold and we all got along, more or less. It was simply brushed off as a bit impolite. And so it should be. Someone’s opinion of a type of food shouldn’t be noteworthy. Tom Nichols’ opinion on curries should not outrage anyone. He’s a professor of national security affairs and author with 287,000 followers on Twitter, not because he dislikes Indian food, but because of his academic merits.
In Britain, we love Indian food, but someone not liking it doesn’t need to be clamped down on from so-called anti-racist activists . Chicken Tikka Masala, once hailed the UK’s favourite dish, was recently beaten into the number two spot by another curry, the creamier Chicken Korma. I doubt Indians, in the UK or in other places, care whether a man on the internet thinks Indian food is terrible. I might cook a curry tonight.
A rather pyrotechnic display happened on Twitter earlier this year when writer and author DC McAllister got into a heated exchange with journalist Yashar Ali about homosexuality.
As a result of her textual altercation with Ali, McAllister was let go from two of the outlets she was writing for regularly, both The Federalist (where I am a Senior Contributor), and The Daily Wire, helmed by Ben Shapiro.
Though it’s been 8 months since she was released from The Daily Wire, she posted the text exchange she had with Shapiro, during which she was let go.
The backlash to her online confrontation with Ali was swift and fierce, and both outlets were uneasy with what amounted to more than an anti-gay opinion, but a straight-up insult.
It’s hard to gauge the reason why McAllister would post her firing. If she thought it made her look more sympathetic, it doesn’t. Instead, it has the feel of a petulant kindergartener yelling “but teacher, he hit me first.” And everyone saw that. Shapiro was professional and was within his rights to let her go. McAllister exposed what should have remained a private exchange in hopes to make herself look better, but the fallout of her callout is total failure.
While support poured out for Ali, and now Shapiro, McAllister was roundly and publicly bashed. It was hard to watch her career combustion in real time. The first round was back in March 2019, and since then, McAllister has been rebuilding. McAllister has been an outspoken advocate for men and traditional masculinity, and that’s where she stakes her brand.
She has a book coming out early next year, called What Men Want to Say to Women (But Can’t), though since her near career-killing tweet, she has doubled down on the anti-gay rhetoric. She backs up her position with Christianity, forgetting about the “do unto others” and “love thy neighbour” part.
The internet can be a brutal place. One misstep is enough to get pretty much everyone in the social media verse to turn on you. It can for sure keep things interesting to see public freakouts online, when there are so many people trying to carefully curate their feeds. But perhaps honesty online can go too far.
If the homophobic tweet cost McAllister her job, the reveal of Shapiro’s professionalism during their parting of ways cost McAllister her credibility. She was fired because neither The Federalist nor The Daily Wire thought cruel, anti-gay remarks were the right look for a news outlet. McAllister clearly feels that she was unfairly fired just for telling a gay man how intolerable his lifestyle is by her religious standards, but exposing how she was let go did more to elevate Shapiro’s professionalism than let her play the victim.