Social justice warriors are beyond annoying. Oh, it’s easy to ignore them, but sometimes they seep into your life and things get really interesting.
Yesterday, I was talking with a friend about an incident that happened a couple of years back involving our brush with social justice jihadis, and we laughed and laughed about it. It’s why they’ll accomplish almost nothing in this nation.
Let me back up and explain. I’m a diehard geek, up to and including playing Dungeons & Dragons with a group of friends. One day, we learned a new couple would be joining us. Since we were starting a new campaign, it was a perfect time since everyone would be starting new characters anyway.
On the first day, another new guy was sharing a story about a previous campaign. In particular, a story where a minotaur basically prison-raped his brother’s character. The new guy thought it was funny, and while I don’t remember the particulars of the tale, I remember it being kind of an amusing story, even if the punchline was a guy getting sodomized by a character from Greek mythology.
Months later, the male half of this social justice crusader couple decided to give out a little social justice by way of an in-character beatdown.
The problem? Little things that none of us, including the host who is half-Cuban, found problematic were major problems… including the story about a fictional rape. Rather than saying this at the time in a respectful way and asking politely that such things not be shared, he waited until he could blow up and present a list of “sins” for many members of the group. Oddly enough, I —the guy who makes his living in part by mocking SJWs — wasn’t a problem, but almost everyone else in the group was.
He proceeded to lecture everyone on everything, up to and including “white privilege.” Any disagreement, even respectful, was met with derision and mockery. He knew how the world was supposed to work and nothing would be acceptable other than the complete and total capitulation to his whims.
Needless to say, the couple didn’t come back.
How did we respond? Well, the next game was hilarious because we went out of our way to find offense at everything. We kept score on who could be the most offensive (I think I won), all because we were frankly a little pissed at the accusations.
Then we went on with our lives and about the only thought we give the complaints is to laugh at the stupidity of the whole thing.
I’ve spoken with others who have been in situations where the social justice jihadi tries to demand change, and they report similar things. Maybe people don’t try to be offensive afterward, but nothing ever changes. Not really.
You see, the social justice warriors think they can accomplish great things, and this is bolstered by their successes in liberal enclaves like colleges or largely blue stronghold communities. However, let’s be honest here. They only gain ground in places where people are inclined to listen to them.
Everywhere else? Forget it.
Social justice warriors are throwing tantrums like a toddler denied a toy. They scream and whine about all this problematic behavior, but they wait until they can present a litany of issues, knowing damn good and well that any group of people will make “mistakes” over a long enough period of time, then blast them for their sins. Then they demand the entire group capitulate to their demands. Any failure results in flouncing away.
Oh, and mockery. Lots and lots of mockery.
While this works on people who are absolutely convinced they simply have to tiptoe around others, it doesn’t work on those who are confident they’re good people as they stand. You’re not going to bully them into adherence because they know what you’re demanding is idiotic.
Social justice warriors believe they’ll change the world, but they’ll only change a handful of people who are already inclined to listen… and even then, probably not for long. Everywhere else, they’re a joke, and jokes accomplish nothing.