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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

3 Seconds

 A few days ago I posted a critique of Critical Social Justice Theory (CSJT)—an ideology that has infiltrated college campuses, much of the media, and increasingly, a depressing percentage of corporate America. Over the past few days, a small story broke that provides a solid indication of how CSJT is being used as a weapon for retribution. Even worse, mainstream media defend its use as a bludgeon that enables cancel culture, suggesting that anyone who wields the weapon is somehow doing so to eradicate "racism" or some other "ism." Collateral damage? Who cares.

Eddie Scarry comments:

There's a story in the New York Times this week that everyone should read in order to get a full grasp of how out of control and scary the race-baiting monsters of the so-called "Social Justice movement" can be.

The article, headlined, "Slur, Surfacing on Old Video, Alters Young Lives and a Town," tells the tale of a white high school student in Virginia who saw her future as an athlete at a major university go up in smoke after one of her peers, who is biracial, shared online a years-old video of the first student casually using the N-word.

Jimmy Galligan, the black student, chillingly says at the very end of the story, "I’m going to remind myself, you started something. You taught someone a lesson.”

The New York Times frames the depressing affair in the context of our never-ending nightmare that the media have dubbed a "racial reckoning," when really it's about the havoc caused by "social justice" advocates who intimidate and harass innocent people while claiming the moral high ground.

Fifteen year-old Groves showed poor judgement when she used the lyric, "I can drive, <N-word>" from a rap song (it might be reasonable to ask why SJWs aren't "outraged at the rap artist for using the lyric, but that's another matter) to demonstrate her excitement after getting a driver's permit. Young people make dumb mistakes and do distasteful stuff. In this case, Groves did NOT verbally attack any individual, did not try to hurt anyone, and limited her comment to a private message to a friend.

Somehow, her 3-second video got into the hands of a SJW and the rest is history. Scarry continues: 

"He tucked the video away, deciding to post it publicly when the time was right," the New York Times said. It wasn't until after protests for the death of George Floyd were underway that Galligan decided it was time to blow up Groves's dreams of attending the University of Tennessee, which had sent her an acceptance letter and granted her a spot on the school's cheerleading team.

"Mr. Galligan, who had waited until Ms. Groves had chosen a college, had publicly posted the video that afternoon," the story said. "Within hours, it had been shared to Snapchat, TikTok and Twitter, where furious calls mounted for the University of Tennessee to revoke its admission offer."

The university, in response, removed Groves from the cheer team and told her she should reconsider enrolling. She withdrew her acceptance and ended up attending an online community college.

The incident, the New York Times said, revealed a "complex portrait of behavior that for generations had gone unchecked in schools in one of the nation’s wealthiest counties, where Black students said they had long been subjected to ridicule."

Nonsense. Galligan wasn't ridiculed by Groves. He wasn't the intended recipient of the video, which he didn't even see until three years after it was recorded.

Galligan's intentions were rotten ...

That's what "social justice" advocates do — tear people down in order to feel morally superior. It's sick.

Wouldn't it have been better if the SJW, Galligan, met with Groves before she went off to college. He could have indicated that her use of the lyric, however innocent (or not), could still be considered offensive and counsel her to avoid anything like that in the future. Instead he destroyed her immediate future. Yeah, that's really "moral," isn't it?

But sadly, doing the right thing wouldn't have given Galligan the moral preening opportunity that his actions afforded. And at the end of the day, that's what the actions of SJWs are all about—letting us know just how morally superior they all are.