The war on Social Justice and Political Correctness

Section Editor: Alex Brodofsky

 

Ranging from simple word avoidance to radical domestic terrorism, people go crazy over social justice and political correctness. The term political correctness came into play severely last year, and it serves to dominate the field of the world. Another bothersome part of the world are “Social Justice Warriors”. These are people that decide to hold annoying and usually disrupting rallies, whether from blocking routes to schools or business places, to just blocking traffic on the highway. These are the people who decide to try to be super tough and fight everyone, but as soon as they start losing, they play the good, old-fashioned victim card.

 

“You don’t always have to be (politically) correct, but you have to be mindful of people and how they live their life.” – JCHS Senior Jacob Rothman

 

However, all that is just breaking the ice of what this is about. No, this one is about how some people take political correctness and social justice too far. Protests can be taken way too far if some people are just blindly following something, just so they  can have something to protest against.

 

Think back some weeks ago where protesters were deliberately blocking traffic by standing in the middle of the road and stopping all the cars from moving. Take the BLM Protesters on I-70. They were blocking Interstate 70 in St. Louis, Missouri. One driver, Samuel Dubose, was angry enough to drive right through the blockade. Once he started getting

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Here, the protesters are actually laying down in the middle of the highway to deliberately stop traffic

close, some protesters started wildly beating on his SUV and damaging the vehicle. After police came to investigate the situation, there was a very big surprise. Instead of the driver charged with first or second-degree felony assault charges, the protesters were arrested. Alternatively, take it down to public walkways. Feminists were blocking the streets and not allowing men to pass, but whenever a woman came they let her through. One man got rather angry and next time they let someone through, he barreled through and got to the other side. Expletives were yelled back and forth until the protesters physically assaulted him with weapons like poles buckets, and even their own fists. After they started losing and the police came in, they cried and begged them to arrest the man they were trying to stop when he defended himself from the protesters, one of whom happen to be a woman.

 

 

Nevertheless, enough of protesting, time to talk about “Triggering.” Basically, people say they are “triggered” when they are exposed to something that they don’t like or didn’t want to hear. In turn, they get rather angry and sometimes they get violent. In addition, to try to escape from the opposing opinions, they run to “Safe Spaces.” A “safe space” is

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Here is President Trump in his “Safe Space” signing executive orders in front of his cabinet and the press

somewhere where someone can go so they can calm themselves until they feel like they can function normally in society. Most schools are trying to force integration of the entire school into becoming a safe space for all people. Moreover, there are many different reactions, ranging from “the school can’t do this! They are deliberately silencing us to protect maybe a few people who don’t know how to deal with their own problems” to “The integration has to be one of the smartest things the school ever did because everyone has to be protected, no matter what.” Of course, these are more radical views of the subject, so people like this were hard to find. However, there are people from both sides at this school.

 

“There is nothing wrong with safe spaces as long as it doesn’t interfere with other people’s lives and interests. However, it’s not the district’s place to decide whether students can witness the world, whether showing the inauguration of the president to public news stations showing live broadcasts of things happening across the world, no matter how upsetting some people may find it.” – WHS senior Eli Wilkerson

 

 

 

“The term safe space depends on your personal definition of it. Some people take the definition too far and overcome it, while others don’t even know what it is. As for the school, put this thought into your mind: When you send your children to school, wouldn’t you want them to be safe and secure in public places?” – WHS staff member Wakely Louis

 

But come on, some people flip out over something they didn’t want to hear and start screaming and causing a (sometimes violent) public disturbance until someone restrains them or they cool off. Take the example of when Milo Yiannopoulos was to give a speech at

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Here we see Milo giving a speech and trying to motivate the audience

University of California Berkeley. There were so many anti-Milo protesters that they started riots. These violent protesters hurled smoke bombs, broke windows and started a bonfire outside the student union where he was going to give his presentation. Of course, he is going to cancel the event, and even spoke out about how acts like this are examples of how people corrupt their own views and generate hate. Not surprisingly, President Trump hinted at pulling the federal funding for the college with a tweet after this wild protest was deemed uncontrollable. “If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view – NO FEDERAL FUNDS?” was his exact tweet.

 

Whether you are for or against political correctness and social justice, you create your own paths. I chose the path of “I don’t care” and continue along my merry little way. Your choices define you. Don’t let other people lay your paths.

 

“There’s a time for people to hear the truth, but at the same time you need to be politically correct if your goal can hurt someone. It’s not about being correct all the time. It’s about being right or wrong. And that is for you and you alone to decide.” – WHS head football coach Brent Budde

 

All pictures derived from Creative Commons

Comments

  1. i personally am kind of upset on how “trigger” is used nowadays. Before it was over-saturated, it was used to describe things that caused anxiety attacks in ptsd and anxiety patients. Now people just use it to try and be edgy

    • Doris M. says:

      99% of the time I hear the word “trigger”, it’s being used by people mocking others when they express even the slightest disagreement. For example, another Woodstock student was antagonizing me, but when I told him to shove off so I could work, he just laughed and said “haha lol are you triggered now? Did I offend you? Did I trigger you??” in a very mocking tone. I have never seen it used as described in this article.

  2. Doris M. says:

    Also, rallies and protests are *supposed* to be annoying and disruptive. It’s what they’re for.

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