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The Social Justice Warriors Perpetuate Racism and Sexism
The National Organization for Women (NOW) is an organization of more than 500,000 people, with 550 chapters in all fifty states and an annual budget of around $4.5 million. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is even larger, with an annual budget of over $29 million, and over two million members in 2,200 chapters, in all fifty states. Both of these organizations have large numbers of full-time and volunteer employees, and both spend a great deal of time lobbying Congress. Both spend a great deal of time in the news, organizing events, demonstrations, and other activities throughout the country to advance their causes.
Imagine a tomorrow where women and people of color were truly, fully equal to white men. Would the National Organization for Women’s board of directors vote to dissolve, and all go home unemployed? Would the NAACP disband, or would they find other causes to fight for? What would those other causes be?
One thing these organizations might do is to make problems up, which can be done by using statistics poorly. As an example, women today make about twenty percent less, on average, than do men, which is a statistic the National Organization for Women references constantly. What the National Organization for Women does not like to mention is that women also work fewer hours, on average, than do men, and that women often take a significant amount of time off from their careers once they have children. When pressed, the National Organization for Women will change to statistics that look at only unmarried women, comparing them to men, and will concede that while the gap does close significantly, there is still a gap. What the National Organization for Women does not like to mention is that the term ‘unmarried women’ includes both women who have never been married, as well as women who may have been married for many years but no longer are.
When we want to compare groups, it is important to compare like groups. Thomas Sowell compared women who had never been married to men who had never been married, and found that women make, on average, eight percent more than men. Other economists have made comparisons between women and men working in the same fields, with the same amount of experience, working the same numbers of hours, and with similar educational backgrounds. Men and women make the same amount when those other factors are taken into account.
Given that men and women are paid equally, what then is it that the National Organization for Women wants, exactly?
We’re told constantly that African Americans are over-represented in our prisons and jails. What we are told less frequently is that African Americans are also over-represented in our violent crime rates, and that when crime rates are taken into account, African Americans are not over-represented in our prisons and jails. We are constantly told that African Americans make less money, on average, than white people. We are not often told that when economists compare African Americans raised in two-parent households to white Americans raised in two-parent households, there is no income difference (nor is there a crime rate difference). We are not told very frequently that when economists compare African Americans whose parents are college-educated to white Americans whose parents are college-educated, the African Americans earn more than do white people from similar households.
When starting from an equal footing, African Americans actually do better, on average, than do white Americans.
When we point out that women make different decisions than men once they get married and have children, or that the reason African Americans seem to make less on average than white people is that a larger percentage of them are raised in single-parent households, we are accused of blaming the victim. In such a way, any reference to cause and effect relationships are lost, making the blame game emotional rather than logical.
Suddenly, success comes not from hard work and perseverance, but from unearned privilege – conditions derived from circumstances we do not control. If all differences in crime rates, educational achievement, incomes, and other things, are derived purely based on forces outside our own control, then fairness dictates we make up for those differences somehow. Rather than pushing for equality under the law – something these groups have had for decades – the push is for equality of outcomes, which can only be achieved by unequal treatment under the law. These organizations are not fighting for equality, but for the opposite of equality, which they call ‘Social Justice.’
If I told you that I had two people who committed identical crimes under identical circumstances, and that the two people had identical backgrounds, but that I was going to sentence one of them twice as long to balance out my prison population, you would think I was being unjust, but this is exactly the sort of thing Social Justice calls for. ‘Social Justice’ is an interesting term, as it is the exact opposite of justice.
The left is fighting for inequality and injustice, as crazy as that might sound. Those who are not indoctrinated can see through the leftist positions on these issues very clearly, but because the left calls anyone who speaks out against their agenda all kinds of bad names, most people do not speak out, but cower instead.
And if you do not cower, the left moves to censor you.
Some Democrats don’t really believe in all of the garbage the Democratic National Committee (DNC) puts out, but there are some who truly do believe, and the party leadership panders to the believers. Before we let the Democrats who do not buy all the garbage off the hook, keep in mind that they vote for the ones who say they do believe, and because of this, the harm of liberal policies continues. The War on Poverty, as just one example, perpetuates poverty, yet the DNC keeps calling for more of the same. Albert Einstein called that the definition of ‘crazy.’
Once the Democratic National Committee accepts inequality and injustice as the societal norms to pursue, the crazy train goes into full loco-mode. We have entire professions in fields like sociology that are dedicated to stretching the truth as far past the breaking point as possible. How, for example, does someone with a doctorate in Feminist Studies get published? By writing that women and men are equal? In an environment where those with doctorates must either ‘publish or perish’ as the saying goes, the doctor in Feminist Studies must write about ways that women are oppressed, even if that oppression does not exist.
In a world where the outrageous is celebrated as ‘courageous,’ fields such as these completely separate themselves from reality. We end up with articles like ‘Math is Racist.’ We end up with college professors telling white male students to commit suicide for the betterment of the human race. We end up with attacks on our national culture and identity, and calls for ‘radical change and fundamental transformation’ to address ‘challenges’ that do not even exist.
This country was founded on as perfect of an idea as has ever been created. Our founding forefathers did not, unfortunately, have the wherewithal to universally apply those ideals – slavery and sexism being a legitimate black mark on our founding heritage – but consider for a moment that the universal application of those ideals does not constitute a ‘fundamental transformation,’ but is instead the logical extension of those ideals. Consider too that true equal treatment under the law has been the law now for almost 60 years. The law is, of course, applied by people, and it is possible for people to imperfectly apply the law, no matter how perfect the law may be, but that is the fault of people – not the fault of the law.
It is time to blame racists for racism and sexists for sexism, rather than blaming the whole country.
Democrats want to build a country where the imperfections of people are somehow corrected, and many of the things they want to correct for are some of the most basic traits of humanity. Democrats cheer the ‘leaders’ who are the most vocal in doing the same things everyone else is doing, and in doing so, those they call ‘leaders’ are really nothing more than loud followers. The war in Ukraine is not the logical extension of failed leadership. It is, rather, the logical extension of a lack of leadership. Had President Biden led in Afghanistan, we would have either kept enough of a presence to keep the Taliban at bay, or we would have left with our equipment and our forces intact. Afghanistan happened the way it did not because of a failure in leadership, but because of a failure to lead.
Joe Biden’s so-called ‘leadership’ (or, more correctly, the leadership of his Administration) is nothing more than appeasement. We are no longer energy independent, not because Joe Biden is leading us away from fossil fuels, but because he is appeasing radical environmentalists. Before Putin invaded the rest of Ukraine, Joe Biden actually said on national TV that a small invasion would not see a response. Had Biden taken steps to deter Putin, the invasion would not have occurred.
Our leadership forms foreign policy by appeasing our enemies, projecting weakness and confusion. It should be no surprise that this causes war.
Our leadership forms domestic policy by appeasing groups ‘fighting’ threats that in some cases, do not even exist, and we see the results all around us.
We follow liars and frauds, and give voice to groups whose purpose no longer exists. The fact that our country is failing should not surprise us.
We must change course.
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