As many of you know, I was raised in a deep blue state. I grew up in a heavily multicultural area, and nearly everywhere I went – the schools, the malls, the restaurants, the movie theaters – there were always many people of different races. My elementary school also raised me with “colorblindness” – in other words, it didn’t seem strange to me that I was living among many different races. Race was considered a quaint social construct of a bygone age.
I was born at the tail end of Generation X and right around the time the first millennials were being conceived. I grew up during the 1980s and 1990s, at the dawn of the computer age, during a time when “it don’t matter if you’re black or white.” On top of that, I also spent a lot of time on the internet, where the only thing that mattered in the evaluation of another person was what they wrote. People often had no idea what the race of the person they were interacting with was.
When I discovered what liberals really thought about race much later in my life, I was genuinely shocked. For a long time, I had an attitude that it must be just a few cranks on the left and the right who still bought into explicit racism, and that they were mostly probably old people who were relics of a bygone age.
I couldn’t comprehend millennials growing up with that kind of attitude in the “enlightened, progressive” age in which we lived.
Of course, as I grew older (and arguably wiser) I learned better. But many people who grew up like me did not.
Now, however, people who grew up like me are learning that the image of fuzzy tolerance and colorblindness the left used to pretend was its position was all a lie:
Andrew Sullivan, come on down! It’s time for your turn in the stocks!
According to the Left, New York Magazine columnist Andrew Sullivan must be scourged. Why? Because he suggested that anti-white racism is unacceptable. This, of course, demonstrated that he was a vicious and brutal racist.
What was Sullivan’s great sin? He didn’t think that The New York Times’ latest editorial board hire, Sarah Jeong, ought to be let off the hook for blatantly racist anti-white tweets.
After brutally analyzing Jeong’s long history of nasty anti-white tweeting, Sullivan observed that according to the Left, “Jeong definitionally cannot be racist, because she’s both a woman and a racial minority…racism is entirely institutional and systemic, a function of power, and therefore it can only be expressed by the powerful — i.e., primarily white, straight men.”
You can see some of the insane Twitter reactions to Sullivan’s very reasonable article at the linked piece.
The social justice movement has been terrible for the left. It’s caused the left to completely abandon any pretense of interest in “bread and butter” political issues like fixing potholes and attracting and growing business and investment in America, leaving them fixated on non-issues like transgender bathrooms.
But most of all, it’s also badly alienated moderate liberals, turning them into Republicans and some of Trump’s most dedicated supporters. I have written in the past about how Gamergate turned liberal and apolitical video gamers into die-hard opponents of the left, and how I believe some of these people likely played a major role in Trump’s 2016 victory.
The problem for the left is they never collectively understood how much damage Gamergate did to them, largely because they seem to have collectively lost the ability to think critically about their actions.
The left feels victorious because they radicalized the gaming press, managed to insert their politics into gaming, and gained significant, if informal, editorial power over the kind of content that is produced and released in video games. They also managed to successfully slime everyone who objected as a right wing Nazi.
But they also managed to radicalize the people whose hobby they ruined, and they don’t seem to have understood that they made a lot of enemies they didn’t need to. These enemies went on to become a huge factor in Trump’s win in 2016.
Another factor in Trump’s win was the left’s abandonment of the working classes. The working class used to be the backbone of the Democrat party, but the millennial leftists who now control the Democrats find them old, boring, and unfashionable and jettisoned them without a thought, making more unnecessary enemies for the left.
The left grew as powerful as it did because it offered a vision in the 60’s which is best summed up by John Lennon’s Imagine. They offered a big tent movement that everyone could be a part of, and offered a vision of a peaceful future where no one was poor and everyone got along. Even if the basic premises of utopia are always wrong, it was nonetheless a seductive vision to many.
But that big tent is being abandoned as the left morphs into a crusading, violent religious movement with definite cult-like tendencies. Group after group is being alienated and excluded now, and they are making enemies everywhere.
This brings me back to the topic of Sarah Jeong, the barking mad racist the NYT hired for their editorial board.
As I mentioned above, I was raised to believe in a colorblind America, and spent the first half of my entire life being taught that racism of any kind was wrong. I am quite sure that there are many other Americans who had similar experiences growing up.
What are these normal people going to think when they discover that the NYT hired this vicious psychopath? This is likely to turn into another PR disaster for the left and create yet more enemies for them.
Normally, the media would do what it usually does, and refuse to cover the story. But it’s difficult for them to conceal stories anymore because of the internet. Anyone can go onto social media and see for himself what kind of depraved lunatic the NYT has hired. You don’t have to take my word for it that Sarah Jeong is crazy, and you don’t have to rely on the MSM to be your gatekeeper. You can just do a Google search and read her tweets yourself.
Dumbass fucking white people marking up the internet with their opinions like dogs pissing on fire hydrants
— sarah jeong (@sarahjeong) November 29, 2014
Are white people genetically predisposed to burn faster in the sun, thus logically being only fit to live underground like groveling goblins
— sarah jeong (@sarahjeong) December 24, 2014
The left is incapable of learning. The party is now led by the milennials and younger Gen Xers. These people have never faced any kind of adversity beyond passing their classes in school. Politically and ideologically, they’ve been cocooned by the media, which doesn’t report any bad news and tells them they’re always winning.
I believe that many of them simply lack the intellectual firepower and critical thinking skills to understand the damage they are doing to themselves with the social justice movement. Having never faced any real opposition or adversity to their ideas before, they are emerging into the real world and lashing out – violently – without regard to law, morals, or consequences.
Ever since 2000, the Democrats have been struggling electorally, and getting flattened by the Republicans. As a Republican, I know this shouldn’t be happening, because the Republican Party is in terrible shape, crippled by the corruption of most of the leadership and riven with factional battles.
But it’s happening anyway, because the increasing radicalism of the Democrats and their inability to relate to normal people is weakening them more and more. If the media was smart, they would be screaming warnings at the Democrats to stop and change course. But the media isn’t smart, because it’s staffed by demented social justice warriors too.
I believe the Democrats are at serious risk of crashing and burning completely. A lot of the institutions that the left spent decades infiltrating, especially the media, are now rapidly losing cultural power and credibility. Trump could not have won if the media was still regarded as a credible institution by the majority of Americans. The left is burning down these valuable pieces of cultural real estate in a national temper tantrum.
The left has lost the white working class. They are at risk of losing legal Hispanic immigrants. They have alienated and angered many other people and are almost completely reliant on identity politics to win elections now. They have done everything they possibly can to win the 2018 elections, but the polling for them looks increasingly bad, and I am convinced it’s because of the alienation of their former allies.
This situation is not sustainable for them and can’t go on. The important thing is to keep them “quarantined” and out of power until the dangerous lunatics are finally thrown out of the party and back into obscurity where they belong, or until the party is reduced to a weak, regional party and is unable to recover.