Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The Existential Vileness of Cancel Culture

By An Old Friend
Tue, Jun 30, 2020 6:24 p.m.

The Existential Vileness of Cancel Culture

OAN: I've boldfaced the part giving the writer's examples of the phenomenon.  

(The phenomenon isn't brand new.  You can read about an infamous 2013 case here:  https://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/15/magazine/how-one-stupid-tweet-ruined-justine-saccos-life.html )

The 'cancel' crew will come for you someday soon

June 21, 2020 

A moral panic is sweeping the nation. How we react to the pitchfork hordes will determine the fate of our country for a generation or longer.
We call what the hordes do to our fellow citizens "cancel culture," but the term is far too cute to capture the cruel, mindless and life-destroying process taking place all around us in the name of "fighting racism."
The tendency has been with us for some time, but the current, ­extra-crazed moment has accelerated its malignant energies: Locked in for months due to COVID-19, we re-emerged into a society more enraged and at war with itself than ever before.
Then the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis took the ideological madness to the next level. The great majority of Americans agreed that Floyd's death was horrific and that the police officers responsible for it must be held to account. But that sane consensus wasn't enough, as far as the cancel left was concerned: Enemies had to be found and eradicated.
And if there weren't enough racist enemies, then more of them had to be invented.
Prominent conservatives, as I have pointed out in these pages, can rarely be canceled. A Sen. Tom Cotton might express an opinion deemed utterly verboten, but the left can't drum him out of public life or destroy him.
But all other Americans — including those with small or nonexistent public profiles — are vulnerable. It's a chilling development: We can't cancel a Cotton or a Ben Shapiro, so let's cancel citizens who might dare to share similar opinions.
That's what was attempted with Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy. Gundy wore a T-shirt featuring the logo of a TV station called One America News. OAN has a variety of personalities presenting a variety of opinions, generally right of center.
When the swarm came after Gundy, he folded, saying he was sorry for the "pain and discomfort" he had caused.
No one pointed to any particular opinion promoted by an OAN host that was beyond the bounds of discourse. We can't shut down OAN, so let's go after its viewers.
Being an unknown private citizen won't save you. In one of the strangest pieces in the history of journalism, the Washington Post outed a left-leaning woman, who isn't a public figure, for attending a Halloween party two years ago in blackface. That she was making fun of Megyn Kelly (who had been accused of making light of minstrelsy) didn't save this woman from ritual shaming in a major newspaper; her employer summarily fired her.

[N.S.: No. Kelly had simply asked aloud why it was wrong for whites to wear blackface for Halloween. Her racist, black colleague, Al Roker, then demanded and got her head on a platter. So that there could be no mistaking his racist black privilege, Roker then made a point of wearing whiteface for Halloween, without suffering any repercussions. Roker may have instigated the entire drama as racist revenge, since his racist, black female colleague, Tamron Hall, had been fired, in order to make room for Kelly. While impersonating a reporter during the 2016 presidential campaign, Hall declared that since Donald Trump was not supported by the black community (13.3% of the country), he couldn't possibly be elected president.]

The sheer viciousness of ruining a private citizen apparently escaped the Post's writers and editors. In fact, there is a good chance they saw themselves rendering a public service.
You don't even have to have committed the offense to be fired. LA Galaxy midfielder Aleksandar Katai was released from his contract over his wife's social media posts. Somehow in America in 2020, if the actions of one spouse reflect poorly on the other, he can lose his job.
In Atlanta, the stepmother of one of the cops involved in the shooting of Rayshard Brooks was fired from her human resources job, by her account simply because of her family link to the officer. Communist regimes the world over similarly punish guilt by family association.

To fight this moral panic, ordinary people will have to be brave, and we all need to show solidarity: People will have to stand up for their friends when they're in danger of being swarmed, companies will have to stand up for their employees and the rest of us will have to speak out for all of them.
It's a tough ask in a still-shaky economy and with a deadly virus still menacing the elderly and infirm. It's easier to bend the knee than to withstand the slings and arrows that inevitably attend refusing to do so. But it's something we must do to return to sanity and be a cohesive country again. Courage is not just helping others — it's helping yourself, too: Are you sure the mobs won't come for you?

N.S.: The last two paragraphs are very weak. It will take lawsuits, and possibly changing laws. Companies are obviously not going to speak on behalf of their beleaguered, white employees. It's also going to take violence.


Anonymous said...

The last sentence is true--it's going to take a big dose of "we're tired of this sh*t",violence.Whites may only need to administer one round of it to get things back to an orderly mode.
What is the trigger?Unknown.White House attacked;Trump/Pence injured in some manner by antifa/BLM,or as I said the other day,the commie groups switching tactics(as they said they'll do--maybe on July 4th)and head into the suburbs to vandalize,commit B&E and torch houses where whites live,instead of breaking into Walmart's and Target's buildings.
The fourth may be a powderkeg--with temperatures soaring into the 90s over much of the country--it won't take much.NNN was trying to incite about the black in Colorado again tonight.Maybe just the holiday itself will ramp up the blacks/commies.
Trump needs to be prepared to take extreme action.

Anonymous said...

GRA:The reporter is a white leftist(extreme)who always seems to air these stories with a special relish.WOODTV pushes the bad whitey/good blackie theme every day.This particular story involves a white and a black guy--who don't know each other--staying at the same cheap hotel.The station(and the GRPD)look to be trying to teach a lesson to whites--as usual--and we know what that is.
ROCKFORD, Mich. (WOOD) — A 54 year-old man faces a potential prison sentence on ethnic intimidation charges involving a gun.

It’s a charge that could put him in prison for a maximum of two years.

Demetric Boyd was grilling Sunday in the parking lot of the Colonial Hotel on Northland Drive NE in Rockford with his 8-year-old son. He says that’s when his neighbor, 54-year-old Mark Tiffany, pointed what he thought was a military-style rifle at him.

“It frightened me because I had my son and he had a big gun, I was scared half to death,” Boyd told News 8 Tuesday.

Boyd ran to a neighbor’s apartment. Police responded, searched the apartment belonging to Mark Tiffany and arrested him.

Police say they found only a pellet gun in the home.
(GRA:Same exaggeration Jussie Wallace made with "the noose".Blacks tend to embellish the b.s.,don't they?)

Rockford police say Tiffany claimed his neighbors were out to get him. He also admitted to making and believing numerous racist sentiments, police say.

Police quote him using ethnic slurs and describing Black people as worthless, porch monkeys and parasites.

Tiffany’s Facebook page is filled with similar views, including saying there are too many Black people and that their culture should be eliminated.

These alleged statements come as no surprise for Boyd, who says that Tiffany often loudly proclaimed his offensive views.

“The ‘n-word,’ ‘I hate Black people, all Black people should die,” Boyd said, describing his neighbor’s behavior. “Saying stuff like ‘Black lives do not matter, blue lives matter,’ he was real mad and he had foam out of his mouth.”
(GRA:Foam?Here comes the kicker-- a long prison sentence for whitey possible).

Tiffany was arraigned in Kent County District Court and charged with ethnic intimidation and carrying a weapon with unlawful intent, a potential five-year felony. He is held on a $10,000 bond.

While Boyd said he does not want Tiffany to come back to live at the motel, he still has sympathy for him.

“I hope that guy can get some help for him, but I really wish the best for him,” Boyd said.
GRA:And finally,the black thug,standing with no shirt on,sounding high,is portrayed as the understanding one--as opposed to evil whitey.The theme is played again and again on local TV.
We don't know what blackie Boyd did to drive white guy,Mark Tiffany to aim a pellet gun at him,but loud music and screaming are two probable causes--plus,is grilling in a hotel parking lot even allowed?Just fo' blacks I'm sure).
It's anti-white propaganda pure and simple.
Does it seem a little excessive,that just for waving a pellet gun at a black--we see him looking at up to 7 years in the big house?(two years for ethnic intimidation--plus five more for carrying a weapon with unlawful intent).
HE WILL be made an example of.