From Berkeley to Boston, cities, states, and ‘safe-space’ after ‘safe space’ have been falling victim to a brutal culture of suppressed speech and demonized debate. This relatively new atmosphere, coined “PC Culture”, has resulted in absolutely laughable absurdities from Mizzou’s segregated safe spaces to Oberlin University’s demand for salaried protests. The free exchange of ideas, once a hallmark of academia, has been reduced to barricaded lecture halls, and near rioting at the sight of conservative speakers. Everything from gender specific pronouns to American flags have been deemed offensive and campaigned against. This culture even came up on the wrong end of jokes in the popular TV show “South Park”, for nonsensical checkings-of-privilege, and for fostering an environment that suppresses diversity of thought. These manifestations are fundamentally immoral- and Political Correctness has been deemed their cause.
However, this is false. PC culture is not at fault. It’s not inherently evil, it’s not why nearly everything is now deemed offensive, it’s not what’s forcing the fake outrage on college campuses, and it’s not the driving force behind that odd looking guy trying to “check your privilege”. These, in fact, are all direct materializations of a failing culture of glorified victimhood. A ‘Victim Culture’. A fostered environment where everyone seeks to prove themselves to be a victim of circumstance, instead of a triumphant survivor of disadvantage.
With that, the only way for us to truly root out immoral aspects of Political Correctness is to understand its malignant nature. Yes we should absolutely fight to protect our freedom of speech even if others find it offensive. We have every right to make fun of cultures, traditions, and whatever we wish- but we shouldn’t. As people that yearn to a high standard of behavior and morality- we simply shouldn’t.
In essence, we have been forced to defend behaviors that we may have every right to engage in, but should attempt to avoid anyways. For example, Donald Trump should have every right to be disrespectful or blatantly offensive, and we have an obligation to defend that right of his- but if we yearn to maintain our high cultural standards we need to make a real effort to avoid these. The fight against the excessive “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces” will only be won when we begin recognizing the true evil nature of victim culture- and combat it through ending patronizing excuses made on other’s behalf.
Victim culture looks at anyone, not for the content of their core or the greatness of their virtue-but purely for the flaw of their circumstances. A culture that does not tolerate micro-aggressions but excuses thugs who burn their own cities, and murder their own communities. It’s a culture that even allows people like Donald Trump to gain mass support – largely through convincing others of their victimhood. Most importantly, it’s a culture that attempts to force a correlation between outrage and moral justification – implying that the more outraged you are, the more justified you must be. These are all genuinely malevolent, but they have little to do with being “Politically Correct”, and everything to do with wanting to be the victim.
When Baltimore burned because some of its constituency claimed victimhood in the form of racism at the hands of a Black Mayor, Majority black police force, majority black city council, black attorney General, and a black president. That’s victim culture.
When Illegal immigrants claim victimhood because of campaigns to not ALWAYS subsidize their higher education, that’s victim culture.
When the modern feminist movement campaigned to end the use of the term “bossy” because it is apparently demeaning, yet ignored the plight of women undergoing forced genital mutilation in the Middle East and Africa- that’s victim culture ignoring real victimhood.
When Palestinians claim to be victims, because they don’t like the idea of having a Jewish neighbor in Hebron or Jerusalem, that’s bigotry wanting to be known as a victim.
This is explained by conservative commentator Ben Shapiro who said:
“They wake up in the morning and a lot of them can’t point to accomplishments. A lot of them can’t point to things that they have done that are worthwhile, but they can point to you.”
Here is the bottom line: In reality, we should put aside our issues with “Political Correctness” and focus on a growing ‘glorified victimhood’ philosophy. Being a victim is something we should mourn, not glorify. Self-pity is a poison. Period. If men and women can rise from the ashes of Auschwitz, Treblinka, and Zhmerinka, and rebuild their ancient homeland with their children- then the men and women of Englewood, Compton, and Bankhead can rebuild their neighborhoods for their children.