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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 color! Acknowledge your privilege! Call 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.Published in