We’re getting back into this down and dirty, people.
One thing that has been annoying me for some time is the PC police. They have become more and more powerful in our society, despite the fact that most people I’ve ever talked to will say they dislike or even hate PCism.
If that’s the case, how did they become so flipping powerful?
Shame. That’s what they wield. Public shaming. You see this in loads on Twitter.
- You disagree with feminism or specific feminists? Oh…well then you must be a sexist pig. You misogynist!
- What? You disagree with the doctrine of Islam? You’re a racist! You Islamophobe!
- There’s something you don’t agree with in the Black Lives Matter movement? You’re clearly a racist!
- You don’t agree with all of the Israeli policies? You’re an anti-Semite!
And so on.
Instead of actually posting arguments that refute their arguments, the PC police will immediately jump to the shame and ridicule card.
Now don’t get me wrong, I think you can definitely be a racist and against something like the BLM movement or Islam, but that isn’t always the case. For some people, their racism is the root of their dislike or disagreement with those movements, causes, politics or religion and in those cases, it’s absolutely justified to call them racist.
But that isn’t always the case and many people jump to the race card way, way, WAY too fast.
Hell, atheists fall into this trap. I’ve seen them criticize Christianity in one breath, and then call someone a racist when someone criticizes Islam as a belief system with their next breath.
The ironic thing about this is often that they’re being inadvertently racist because they’re assuming all people of one particular race or color has to be part of that religion. People of all races, colors and cultures can be a Muslim.
Why Is This Dangerous?
The PC police are dangerous because they stifle open and honest discussion. They shut down conversation by accusing someone of racism or some other ‘ism’ and shame them into silence.
Not with good, solid counter-arguments, but with shame.
And this PC disease goes even further. It now has begun to infect Universities and places of higher learning.
For example, DePaul University recently banned Ben Shapiro from speaking.
Bob Janis, Vice President of Facilities Operations at DePaul, in an email to the DePaul YAF chapter’s executive board, said, “Given the experiences and security concerns that some other schools have had with Ben Shapiro speaking on their campuses, DePaul cannot agree to allow him to speak on our campus at this time.”
The experiences…and security concerns?
You mean because people don’t agree with him?
If his message is so wrong and ill informed, what could be the harm in letting him speak? Isn’t that what people go to school for – to expose themselves to competing ideas? When did it become a crime to say something that others don’t agree with?
Shapiro had this to say:
Regarding DePaul’s ban, Shapiro asserted, “It’s both pathetic and predictable that the University is happy to grant a veto on speakers to snowflake leftists so long as the leftists threaten violence. This is how free speech dies: when people in power cave to the bullies rather than standing up for basic rights.”
Despite the obnoxious ‘snowflake’ remark and my disagreement with about 90% of what Shapiro usually says, I think he’s spot on with this remark.
He should absolutely be allowed to speak.
I’m in favor of free speech. I want people to be able to talk openly and honestly about subjects and not have to worry about being publicly shamed into silence.
Given the opportunity, the best arguments will rise to the top. I firmly believe that.