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For evidence of the social justice movement’s moral bankruptcy, look no further than its own language.

All it sees are causes for complaint. All it offers is etiquette for protests. Take orders from people of colorAcknowledge your privilegeCall out implicit bias! Its vision of a just society, insofar as it has one, is hazy and surreal, like the Christian vision of heaven or the world after Christ’s return. It lacks a goal; it has no endgame beyond uniting all people in mutual hatred of systemic oppression.

The future imagined by King was a bourgeois one. It looked very much like the past, albeit without the bigotry and artificial separation which characterized black–white relations before the Civil Rights Movement. But what, exactly, is the future according to Coates? We’re seeing it now: Heaving crowds chanting in unison and airing grievances, real and imagined.

Were the social justice movement truly interested in the plight of black Americans, it’d undertake the hard work of building a civil society. Instead, it seems mainly interested in channeling discontent into various quasi-religious rituals — the chant, the march, the public recitation of creeds on social media. It is, in short, a cult, and its priests’ ultimate concern is the continued success of their proselytizing.

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  1. StChristopher Member

    Proof of the religious and totalitarian nature of this movement? Try saying “yes, black lives matter because all lives matter.” You will be told you’re racist for uttering that and you need to educate yourself. These specific words must be stated exactly as told.

    Also, there must be a belief in systemic racism. Ask for examples of that system, you won’t get any answer. (The closest thing to systemic racism I see is trapping the poor in public schools when education is one of the surest ways out of poverty).

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    • June 6, 2020, at 5:35 AM PDT
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  2. Arahant Member

    Kephalithos: Heaving crowds chanting in unison and airing grievances, real and imagined.

    Are they celebrating Festivus?

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    • June 6, 2020, at 5:50 AM PDT
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  3. KentForrester Moderator

    Freud seemed genuinely perplexed when he asked that famous question, “What do women want?”

    I am equally perplexed by the current protest movement when I ask, “What do the protesters want?“ I know what the looters want. They want free stuff. But what do the protesters want?

    Their complaints are put in such generalized terms (Black Lives Matter! Systemic Oppression! Racism!) that it’s hard to figure out what one might do to rectify the situation. When the protesters do get specific (Disband the police! Disarm the police! Reparation for Blacks!), the demands are so silly that it’s hard for everyday Americans to take them seriously.

    Most inane and childish movement ever!

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    • June 6, 2020, at 6:49 AM PDT
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  4. Muleskinner, Weasel Wrangler Member

    I had an Econ professor once, who claimed that the word “social,” when used as an adjective, was a negation term. 

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    • June 6, 2020, at 7:22 AM PDT
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  5. MarciN Member

    Kephalithos: Were the social justice movement truly interested in the plight of black Americans, it’d undertake the hard work of building a civil society.

    Exactly.

    In this battle of us versus them, there’s no them. There’s only us. :-)

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  6. DonG (skeptic) Coolidge

    “Social Justice” has become a code word for “socialism”. 

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    • June 6, 2020, at 9:52 AM PDT
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  7. Flicker Coolidge

    DonG (skeptic) (View Comment):

    “Social Justice” has become a code word for “socialism”.

    I’ll point out again (for me this is a new thought at least) that social justice was a thing thirty years ago, and it rolled off the tongue of a defected Soviet former director of press and propaganda as a given. Social justice is socialist and communist propaganda. In view of this, it is fair to presume that social justice war we see becoming violent today is the deliberate fruits of this propaganda.

    Exactly who is pushing for this, and why, I don’t know. But it is becoming a world-wide view point. Perhaps the leadership of the movement inspired by the propaganda can be eradicated or nullified in the US, but the generations-long indoctrination will not go away in our lifetimes. It’s adherents will have to die out.

    What do they want? I think it’s the expression of each and every individual’s id; or what in Christianity we would call the natural man. After all, social justice is not social at all but ego-centric, and I-oriented. And they each want to rule the world, or the little part of it that they live in.

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    • June 6, 2020, at 12:32 PM PDT
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  8. Saint Augustine Member

    MarciN (View Comment):

    Kephalithos: Were the social justice movement truly interested in the plight of black Americans, it’d undertake the hard work of building a civil society.

    Exactly.

    In this battle of us versus them, there’s no them. There’s only us. :-)

    I thought them was Trump.

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    • June 6, 2020, at 3:55 PM PDT
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  9. Marjorie Reynolds Coolidge

    KentForrester (View Comment):

    Freud seemed genuinely perplexed when he asked that famous question, “What do women want?”

    I am equally perplexed by the current protest movement when I ask, “What do the protesters want?“ I know what the looters want. They want free stuff. But what do the protesters want?

    Their complaints are put in such generalized terms (Black Lives Matter! Systemic Oppression! Racism!) that it’s hard to figure out what one might do to rectify the situation. When the protesters do get specific (Disband the police! Disarm the police! Reparation for Blacks!), the demands are so silly that it’s hard for everyday Americans to take them seriously.

    Most inane and childish movement ever!

    We had more protests in Ireland today. We still can’t have the whole family at the funeral of loved one but this apparently is ok. What are they protesting against? Apparently we have systemic racism now.

    Oh here’s the best part, when local communities protest against a direct provision centre being plonked into their community without consultation, they are racists. But funnily enough direct provision also proves the existence of our systemic racism according to the protesters today. It’s a puzzler!

     

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    • June 6, 2020, at 6:31 PM PDT
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  10. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member

    Kephalithos: It lacks a goal; it has no endgame beyond uniting all people in mutual hatred of systemic oppression.

    There is no systemic oppression of blacks in this country. There is mild systemic oppression of whites and Orientals, through soft quotas, racial preferences, and anti-discrimination laws that are actually discriminatory in favor of blacks. This goes for other so-called oppressed minorities, including women. Though in the case of women, they’re a particularly weird minority that comprises over 50% of the population. But they’re not necessarily very good at math.

    The endgame is black supremacy. It is part of the larger Leftist endgame, which is to overturn the existing social and political order, in the hope of assuming a better position in the new hierarchy. Identity politics works better than traditional class-based Marxism in this respect, as if it obtains political power, it can preferentially install its adherents into more lucrative and higher status jobs. Of course, they generally won’t be competent to perform such jobs.

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    • June 6, 2020, at 6:44 PM PDT
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  11. Housebroken Thatcher

    StChristopher (View Comment):

    Proof of the religious and totalitarian nature of this movement? Try saying “yes, black lives matter because all lives matter.” You will be told you’re racist for uttering that and you need to educate yourself. These specific words must be stated exactly as told.

    Also, there must be a belief in systemic racism. Ask for examples of that system, you won’t get any answer. (The closest thing to systemic racism I see is trapping the poor in public schools when education is one of the surest ways out of poverty).

    I actually have asked, several times. And as you say, I didn’t get any answer.

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  12. Old Bathos Moderator

    The endgame is to mandate silence about the behaviors and dysfunctions of the urban black underclass so that things remain the same or worsen; blame white racism for the problem; the more whites decry racism, just invent new, synthetic forms of racism so racism is eternal and indelible; then, race hustlers and “spokesperson” cash checks from woke CEOs and government.

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    • June 6, 2020, at 7:46 PM PDT
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