I know I haven’t been writing often. Frankly, I’m disgusted every time I turn my computer on, and it’s making me want to delete all my social media, all my writing, and just hide somewhere in a cave. Really… how fucked up can this world be?
To answer that question, I did do a bit of a round-up of the Klown Kar asshattery that is the post-Ferguson United States for the Zelman Partisans yesterday. You should go read it over there, along with other amazing essays by the likes of Claire Wolfe and Ilana Mercer. Seriously. Go read.
Meantime, what’s got me particularly steamed is the treatment one young lady received at the hands of batshit insane social justice warriors on Reddit.
Tolerant, peaceable social justice warriors chose to threaten a young lady who posted a limerick on Tumbler condemning Michael Brown as a thug. Not only did they expose her identity, phone number, address, and university on the Internet (an odious practice called “doxing” that essentially bullies those who might disagree with you into silence for fear for their very lives), but they threatened to rape her mother, to burn down her house, and decapitate and dismember her. Because social justice for anyone who disagrees with the victim mentality is harassment, death, rape, and dismemberment.
That’s right. Death. Rape. Dismemberment. For posting a limerick about Michael Brown. They’ve texted and called her hundreds of times. They’ve threatened her family. They’ve contacted her school – George Mason University – and reported her to some diversity/inclusion/sexual harassment/something or other office the school has.
And when she threatened to press charges against them, and posted screen shots of their evil, scummy, threatening, violent messages, guess what they did! They threatened to press charges against her for publicizing the phone numbers they gave her when calling and texting her! This, of course, after taunting her and telling her that she won’t be able to press charges over Internet harassment.
Meanwhile, the harassment of this girl continues unabated. Some douche weasel lodged a complaint against her for sexual harassment with GMU. Her phone number was posted on Tumbler, and shit like this was sent to her phone.
Ah yes, those tolerant social justice warriors, who are so brave, threatening a girl from behind their social media accounts and their telephones! These are the bastards who are all incensed, because she posted a limerick. Lovely, right?
If you want to know why I want to move to a deserted island, it’s because of jackassery such as this.
We all have the right to free speech. But when you use that right to facilitate threats, violence, abuse, libel, and harassment, that’s no longer protected. That’s criminal and disgusting.
I don’t give a shit if the person is a racist, homophobe, necrophile, wears white after Labor Day, or scratches at scabs and leaves them under the table in a restaurant. You don’t have the right to threaten and harass someone merely because you don’t like them or what they say or do. A true respect for freedom means having the integrity to stand up and defend with your life another person’s right to say something you find deplorable.
To quote one of my favorite movies, “America isn’t easy. America is advanced citizenship. You’ve gotta want it bad, ’cause it’s gonna put up a fight. It’s gonna say, ‘You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours.'”
Remember that next time you want to threaten someone for speaking or writing words with which you disagree. Because until you have the integrity to defend all forms of speech – even ones with which you disagree – without egregious and disgusting threats to the speaker or their family, you are a problem.
A big one.