In some ways, it is fascinating to watch the way in which social justice ideology causes adherents to behave as if they are in a radical, religious cult. Take, for example, a community that “has been a refuge for scrappy working-class activists with far-left politics.” Being Holy and Pure Social Justice Activists, they decided they would no longer call the police on anyone because the police were Evil:
After the death of George Floyd at the hands of the police, Ms. Albers, who is white, and many of her progressive neighbors have vowed to avoid calling law enforcement into their community. Doing so, they believed, would add to the pain that black residents of Minneapolis were feeling and could put them in danger.
Of course, anyone with an IQ above 80 could have predicted what would happen next. It turns out their neighborhood is becoming a magnet for homeless drug addicts and thieves. Yet many still cling tightly to their holy doctrines:
She worries that a lot of what has been written about the camp on community message boards has been influenced by racial profiling. To the extent that illegal activity is going on in the park, Ms. Miller does not blame the tent residents. “My feeling around it is those are symptoms of systemic oppression,” she said. “And that’s not on them.”
Some, however, are experiencing guilt:
Ms. Miller came to see her decision to buy a home in the neighborhood as potentially preventing a person of color from doing so. And while Ms. Albers used to feel only pride about the work she put in to revitalizing the community, now, she sees her work as gentrification that may have pushed out nonwhite residents.
Yet, if there is to be a monthly award for the most Woke Acolyte, Mr. Erickson would be in the running: