OR, Oh boy, am I picking on Amanda Marcotte again?
Over at Salon (hah), Amanda Marcotte opines that the recent hissy-fit at Missouri proves (conservative) adults are big meanies and we just need to install hugboxes all across America, on campus and off. There’s a sadly low amount of hyperbole in that previous summation.
It’s been trendy in the past few months for pundits to raise the alarm about the supposedly out-of-control culture of “political correctness” on campuses. Audiences are expected to be appalled at students asking for “trigger warnings” before viewing violent material in class or to tsk at young people for not enjoying the comedy stylings of Dennis Miller, which is surely because they are too “P.C.” and not because he’s not funny. We’re meant to see this as a one-sided war of overwrought lefty bullies attacking innocent victims, be it their elders or even peers who aren’t “social justice warriors.”
Ugh. Mostly, the people making this a left versus right issue are people on both the left and right trying their hardest to stay relevant in an age where putting people into two camps is drastically too simple. Namely, this is the sort of thing the media is throwing all their weight behind using as a wedge. Marcotte also, as is her style, is lying by omission. People aren’t tsking over people wanting a warning before viewing violent media; all the scorn is being heaped upon people who want to limit the freedom of anyone to enjoy anything that offends Social Justice Whiners. It doesn’t matter what offends the Boogeymen like me (read, pick two or more of: white, conservative, male, Christian, straight, “cis”, employed.)
I will be ignoring the standard klap-trap about how “women and people of color” are victimized because, again, she is ignoring most of what is actually going on in Missouri: Some random racist offended a few “people of color” (which sounds like it should be offensive but isn’t), and because the President didn’t go don a rubber suit and go out as the Vigilante Mizzouman and personally murder the offender… well, he has to resign. There is at least some evidence that some of their gripes were a hoax. For the purposes of brevity and irrelevance, I will also ignore the college’s missteps when it comes to health insurance and other benefits.
While many news reports suggest that the main complaint against Wolfe was that he was insufficiently responsive to student concerns over this, it was actually much worse: Students report that a car driving Wolfe actually revved up the engine in the face of students who were blocking him in an anti-racism protest, and that one student was bumped by the car. It was likely unintentional, but still the result of treating the very real concerns of students at the center of this culture war whirlwind as if they are nothing but an annoyance.
Do not attempt to unlawfully restrain/detain someone, then. No charges were filed against the driver, correct? You don’t get to throw a temper tantrum that involves preventing a person from escaping. You have the freedom to speech but not to force someone to hear you. That’s not how it works, sorry, you cannot force someone to stay and watch you be a belligerent asshole.
The culture war is usually discussed in this country in terms of religion, gender, or race, but it’s very rarely discussed in terms of age.
Are you kidding me??
This is how SJW types see anyone who doesn’t buy into their crap, because a picture is worth a thousand words and I cannot tolerate any more of her ignorant lying: