Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Social Justice

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Crazy OpEd
"Well, darn - I thought Ryan and Pete were my friends... :("

Editor of the University of Alabama’s campus paper Marissa Cornelius writes, “If you’re white, you’re probably racist,” in a recent op-ed.

“White people must examine their own racist attitudes. I don’t necessarily mean you say openly bigoted things or that you like spending your weekends defending Confederate monuments (though you might be that brand of racist, too),” Cornelius states. “I just mean that you probably have a lot of internalized racist beliefs that you most likely haven’t spent a lot of time unpacking.”

“You being racist might not be entirely your fault. We’re raised in a society that devalues people of color with pretty much every opportunity it gets. We’re raised in a country where black people could literally be owned as few as four or five generations ago, and where they were actively being denied the right to vote during many of our parents’ lifetimes,” she continues. “We’re exposed to media that has type-casted people of color into a very narrow range of characters and tropes.”

“The fact that, yes, you have racist beliefs and attitudes, and these might even sometimes be manifested into racist words or actions.”

Pointing towards Maher, she writes, “Like almost all of white America, wants to believe that he is post-racial. But by holding on to this belief, we engage in a dangerous sort of erasure of the racism that still plagues this country, extinguishing any chance we might have to address these issues and to attempt to fix them. When we pretend we are post-racial, we ensure that this will never be the case.”

“It’s time for us as white people to accept that racism is embedded in all of us. This isn’t to say that you should be any less embarrassed and ashamed of any of your racists words or actions, it is to say that you should stop reacting with so much disbelief, with so much ‘I don’t have a racist bone in my body!’ with so much ‘I would have voted for Obama for a third time if I could have!’ When all your energy is going into denying and defending, you will have none left to go into reflecting and revising.”

Although, Cornelius cites no evidence to back her claims, she is definitely able to provide us an insight on the very mixed thoughts in terms of racism that college students now are experiencing.

Cornelius, a white female even went on to say that Americans that are not white cannot be labelled as racist, “as racism requires power, which is held by and large by whites.”

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Racial Tensions
"Just remember that all your ancestors were evil, racist, meanies... Class dismissed!"

Judy Morelock, a University of Tennessee Knoxville professor was fired after she shamed a student on social media, for so-called racist behavior.

Kayla Parker, a student at the university stated that Morelock had presented her class, including Parker, a multiple choice quiz. One of the questions, on the quiz read, ““Historical research on African-American families during slavery shows that: A) Family ties weren’t important in African cultures where the slaves’ ancestors originated; consequently, family bonds were never strong among slaves. B) Two-parent families were extremely rare during the slave period. C) Black family bonds were destroyed by the abuses of slave owners, who regularly sold off family members to other slave owners. D) Most slave families were headed by two parents.”

Parker further mentioned that she selected the option C, as her answer, however, it was marked as wrong. Morelock had advised Parker that the correct answer was option D.

To this, Parker sent the professor an email to further clarify her response and to present information backing up her answer.

As per Parker, Morelock went on to disagree with Parker. Moreover, to make matter worse, Morelock posted a version of the Parker’s email on Facebook, where she and her friends took turns discussing Parker’s viewpoint.

“I was shocked,” she wrote. “I knew it was something out of the ordinary when I saw her posting on my Facebook, because I’ve never seen a professor do that.

Parker had indicated that Morelock began “making backhanded comments directed at me.”

“For example,” she wrote, “‘Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to bring the textbook to class today because my bag is full of other texts for a student who requires further evidence on subjects I teach in class.”

Ever since, the comments had gone viral, the school removed Morelock from her position and placed her on a suspension. This did not stop Morelock. Upon her removal, she wrote on Facebook, “A student and her friends posted inflammatory, derogatory, libelous comments on her Facebook page and demeaned my character, honesty, and integrity … Nonetheless, she filed a complaint against me with [the University] administration and they decided she has the right to impugn my character but I had no right to defend myself. Consequently, I’ve been placed on administration leave and will likely be terminated this week.” Morelock was suspended soon after her post.

While Parker insisted that Morelock did not make use of any racial slurs or nicknames, she felt that the way in which Morelock reacted to her correction portrayed “racism.”

“If students can’t raise questions in class, it’s not a thriving, healthy academic institution,” she wrote. “College is supposed to be a place where you can agree and disagree and have intellectual discussions and that’s all I was trying to do.”

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New York City, which has one of the largest gaps between rich and poor in the country, has gone off the deep end with their liberal agenda and has declared a day in honor of a communist traitor who was convicted of stealing American nuclear secrets for the Soviets.

Ethel Rosenberg, who was famously executed for treason along with her husband in 1953, was honored by the City Council on what would have been her 100th birthday. September 28th is now known as “Ethel Rosenberg Day of Justice” in the Borough of Manhattan.

Rosenberg was convicted of helping the Soviet Union get critical atomic secrets–which ultimately helped them develop nuclear weapons and kickstart the Cold War.

Now, Rosenberg gets her own day in the borough of Manhattan–because of social justice, or something.

“A lot of hysteria was created around anti-communism and how we had to defend our country, and these two people were traitors and we rushed to judgment and they were executed,” explained Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Queens).

Manhattan President Gale Brewer echoed that sentiment, claiming that Rosenberg had been “demonstrating great bravery” in other events in her life, like a 1935 workers’ strike that she led.

While the exact information that Rosenberg and her husband passed back to the Soviets is unknown, Nikita Khrushchev, the former leader of the Soviet Union, wrote in his memoirs that they “had provided very significant help in accelerating the production of our atomic bomb.”

Rosenberg was an avowed Stalinist and traitorous spy–while reports vary on her level of involvement in the crime, it’s clear that she was certainly no victim of hysteria; she was rightfully convicted.

But, in a liberal world where actual national heroes like Thomas Jefferson are thrown under the bus for past infractions, it’s more troubling to see people convicted of being enemies of the United States getting lionized for actions that put the world at risk for decades.

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The petty tyrants of the Social Justice Warrior movement have been active in nearly every corner of our modern culture, seeking to disqualify and discredit people without the requisite bona fides to satisfy the SJW movement’s strange calculus of race, sex, and sexuality politics.

These thought policing radical leftists have made their presence known in the university system, national sports broadcasts (remember Bob Costas going off on a gun control rant during halftime of a Sunday Night Football game?), national news broadcasts, Hollywood, and many other venues.

Breitbart has gotten a fair amount of mileage from covering the cultural war against the SJW movement in video games, known as #GamerGate. Originally a campaign to get video game “journalists” out of bed with developers (literally and figuratively), #GamerGate has morphed into a powerful cultural weapon against the SJW movement.

A similar movement arose, before #GamerGate was even a gleam in Twitter’s eye, in the speculative fiction world.

Born from a desire of one man, bestselling author Larry Correia, to prove that the genre’s biggest awards – the Hugos – have become nothing more than a rubber stamp for approved identity politics, the Sad Puppies movement started three years ago with the stated goal of getting good stories instead of irritating message fiction nominated for the Hugos again.

Each year, Correia learned more about the Byzantine workings of the Hugo awards, and the insular clique that controlled the nomination process. After two go-arounds, he handed stewardship of the campaign off to Brad Torgersen and, combined with the incendiary Vox Day’s parallel Rabid Puppies campaign, the Puppies had unprecedented success in placing nominations for this year’s Hugo awards.

That success led to the Puppies being pilloried in mainstream media, being called misogynist, racist, homophobic, Nazis, animals, exclusionary – basically every left wing buzzword for “bad” that exists. Entertainment Weekly started the hit parade with a piece that was so unbalanced they had to issue a correction the same day it was published.

“CORRECTION: After misinterpreting reports in other news publications, EW published an unfair and inaccurate depiction of the Sad Puppies voting slate, which does, in fact, include many women and writers of color,” they wrote. “As Sad Puppies’ Brad Torgerson [sic] explained to EW, the slate includes both women and non-caucasian writers, including Rajnar Vajra, Larry Correia, Annie Bellet, Kary English, Toni Weisskopf, Ann Sowards, Megan Gray, Sheila Gilbert, Jennifer Brozek, Cedar Sanderson, and Amanda Green. This story has been updated to more accurately reflect this. EW regrets the error.”

In other words, they got literally everything wrong.

Piece after mainstream piece followed the narrative established by EW’s original story, though, and Puppy pushback grew as well. For the first time in anyone’s memory, the Hugos were being covered in National Review, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, every major newspaper… the foot soldiers of the left mobilized, en masse, to stop the evil racist misogynist Puppies from stealing the Hugos.

In fact, ground-floor Sad Puppy and Science Fiction author Sarah Hoyt told me that the Puppies are primarily a female movement.

“I mean, Larry started it, but we egged him on to run this year,” Hoyt said. “This year should have been me as point of the spear, but I had a near catastrophic health event and major surgery. So Brad being a gentleman took over.

“Let me see, myself and the critique coven: Kate Paulk and Amanda Green and our friend Cedar Sanderson were there from the beginning. Other women who write include [redacted], [redacted], [redacted] and about a dozen other women on my blog.”

Paulk has already been tapped as the lead on Sad Puppies 4 for next year’s awards, with Hoyt and Green as her primary support.

The final awards ceremony for this year’s awards was Saturday night in Spokane.

The results were fairly astonishing. The SJW contingent crowed for months that they would place “No Award” above every Puppy nominee. Since the Puppies swept the nominations in several categories, this threat meant that a huge portion of categories wouldn’t get a Hugo this year.

The SJWs made good on their threat.

First, they made a mockery of the proceedings by putting on “entertainment” on the main stage that included a mock battle of the world of speculative fiction slaying the interloping Puppies, then they publicly declared this year the year of the asterisk awards before moving on with the awards.

In the actual awards announcements, No Award took five categories. This unprecedented result – No Award is a rare outcome, on the order of once a decade – left no doubt that the SJW crowd really is ready to burn the awards down rather than let someone else win it.

In the words of original Sad Puppy Correia: “I said the Hugos were dominated by cliques that cared more about an author’s identity and politics than the quality of their work. Tonight they proved me right.”

Indeed. Not only did the SJWs prove that the Hugos are “their” award, they also went out of their way to marginalize women to do it. Torgersen drove that point home on Facebook, in discussing the “best editor: long form” category. The two leading vote-getters were both women, Toni Weiskopf of Baen Books (Correia’s publisher) and Sheila Gilbert of DAW.

“For emphasis: science fiction’s so-called True Fandom throws women under the bus. Toni and Sheila are the two most-voted editors in the history of their category. Nobody has EVER gotten 1,200+ and 700+ Best Editor votes, respectively. That’s historic. A win for women! And True Fandom ruined it with NO AWARD. Yup. The tolerant and inclusive True Fandom. The people who want science fiction to be a safe place for women. Until True Fandom throws those women under the bus. Mark it in your minds, friends. Remember it. Know the truth of it. The people who parade their inclusiveness and their tolerance, threw THE MOST-TANGIBLY-SUPPORTED EDITORS IN THE HISTORY OF THE HUGO AWARDS,under the bus. Women who have given decades to the business. Deserving women. Under the bus. By True Fandom.”

Outspoken Sad Puppy author Tom Knighton reinforced Torgersen’s point. “The fact that Toni Weisskopf lost to no award proves that they don’t care about women, diversity, or anything but what ideology you hold,” he told me. “She has more than earned a Hugo, but they felt it more important to punish her than recognize excellence in the field because she works with the wrong sort.”

In the wake of the unprecedented results, the SJW contingent is in full-throated shout that they have defeated the Puppies, marked their territory, and held firm in the face of attack.

Vox Day rebuts. “the side that resorts to a scorched earth strategy is the one that is losing and in retreat. All they have accomplished is to convert many Sad Puppies into Rabid Puppies.

“They have talked about sending us a message, and we have heard it. I don’t know about you, but the message I heard was ‘bring more Puppies.’”

Hoyt, having already signed up for the mainstream media abuse that will come with the coming year’s campaign, was still a little shocked by how classless the leftists were. “I thought the SF establishment would be on their best behavior tonight to give the lie to any claim of political bias in SF/F. Instead, they handily confirmed all of it with their baseless one-sided accusations and their juvenile behavior.”

Still, she is ready for the challenges ahead, telling me “Myself and the other two women who are point of the spear next year?

“We’ll remember this.”


Heightened Tensions

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