Here’s a nice summary of the intersectionalist cultists (HT: stcordova)
I would make one minor correction:
Some blame the new campus intolerance on hypersensitive, over-trophied millennials. But the students who signed that letter don’t appear to be fragile. Nor do those who recently shut down lectures at Berkeley, Middlebury, DePaul, and Cal State LA. What they are is impassioned. And their passion is driven by a theory known as intersectionality.
Fragility and passion are not mutually exclusive. In fact, they can exist in a synergistic relationship. We know the intersectionalists are both intellectually and emotionally fragile given their need for “safe spaces,” total, uncompromising intolerance of opposing views, inability to consider criticism, willing to engage in acts of violence, and their hyper-emotional approach to life all revolving the need to be the Victim. This need to be the Victim explains the fragility, given that fragile minds can be easily victimized. Leading with the chin and all that.
But the same need also explains the passion. By playing the role of the forever victimized in an oh so unfair world, the intersectionalists get to funnel all those resulting dark emotions into a Cause. The Cause depends on the existence of a boogey-man (the “oppressor”) and they passionately go to war against the boogey-man. While they are truly out for revenge, payback, and retribution, they can masquerade it (in their minds) as something that is Good. They get to be both the Victim and the Champion of the Victim at the same time. That allows them to adopt this snobbish moral sense of superiority as they demonize their perceived oppressors.
So passion and fragility go hand in hand, sucked into the abyss of irrationality.