Power Line recently excerpted a very important Atlantic article which hasn’t gotten very much attention, which sheds some light on who the social justice warriors are, and how widespread the phenomenon is:
According to the report, 25 percent of Americans are traditional or devoted conservatives, and their views are far outside the American mainstream. Some 8 percent of Americans are progressive activists, and their views are even less typical. By contrast, the two-thirds of Americans who don’t belong to either extreme constitute an “exhausted majority.” Their members “share a sense of fatigue with our polarized national conversation, a willingness to be flexible in their political viewpoints, and a lack of voice in the national conversation.”
Most members of the “exhausted majority,” and then some, dislike political correctness. Among the general population, a full 80 percent believe that “political correctness is a problem in our country.” Even young people are uncomfortable with it, including 74 percent ages 24 to 29, and 79 percent under age 24. On this particular issue, the woke are in a clear minority across all ages.
Youth isn’t a good proxy for support of political correctness—and it turns out race isn’t, either.
Whites are ever so slightly less likely than average to believe that political correctness is a problem in the country: 79 percent of them share this sentiment. Instead, it is Asians (82 percent), Hispanics (87 percent), and American Indians (88 percent) who are most likely to oppose political correctness. As one 40-year-old American Indian in Oklahoma said in his focus group, according to the report:
If age and race do not predict support for political correctness, what does? Income and education.
While 83 percent of respondents who make less than $50,000 dislike political correctness, just 70 percent of those who make more than $100,000 are skeptical about it. And while 87 percent who have never attended college think that political correctness has grown to be a problem, only 66 percent of those with a postgraduate degree share that sentiment.
Political tribe—as defined by the authors—is an even better predictor of views on political correctness. Among devoted conservatives, 97 percent believe that political correctness is a problem. Among traditional liberals, 61 percent do. Progressive activists are the only group that strongly backs political correctness: Only 30 percent see it as a problem.
So what does this group look like? Compared with the rest of the (nationally representative) polling sample, progressive activists are much more likely to be rich, highly educated—and white. They are nearly twice as likely as the average to make more than $100,000 a year. They are nearly three times as likely to have a postgraduate degree. And while 12 percent of the overall sample in the study is African American, only 3 percent of progressive activists are. With the exception of the small tribe of devoted conservatives, progressive activists are the most racially homogeneous group in the country.
I have been arguing for years that I believed that the majority of the social justice warriors are upper middle class and super-rich whites living in major metropolitan areas, who have essentially been brainwashed by the universities. But even in this group of people, if this study is to be believed, only 70% of people support political correctness. We’re talking about maybe 4% to 5% of the population… if that.
Most of these people either don’t realize how much hostility they have generated among the general populace, and those who do are lashing out at the “commoners” in a fury. Because of their control of media and big tech, these people are able to massively amplify their voices and develop influence far beyond what would be typical for a minority this tiny.
The author, naturally, tries to take a stance that “both sides” are out of touch with “mainstream” Americans, but the truth of the matter is, we are seeing the backlash to social justice warriors in recent election results. I remain convinced that social justice warriors are driving these moderates into the open arms of Trump. The most recent and striking example of this was the Kavanaugh confirmation.