Shaun King: An Activist Demonstrates the Incompatibility of Activism and Science

It’s been a very busy summer for me, so I’m just catching up on some of the performances from the social justice activists over the last few months.  Back in May 2018, we had another social justice hoax. This one involved Sherita Dixon-Cole who claimed that a police officer stopped her for a sobriety test and then abducted her into his car and sexually assaulted her.  Unfortunately for her, video evidence clearly exposed her as a liar.

Of course, before the video evidence came out, the social justice activists couldn’t resist joining the performance.  Kristen West Savili – “Mother. Wife. Writer. Journalist. Bubber’s Daughter.” – did her best to originally frame the story as if it were gospel truth, using it as just the latest example of social injustice.  When  the video evidence came out, she had to begrudgingly walk it back (some).

It was even worse when social justice activist Shaun King used his popular twitter account to scream:

“This woman was kidnapped & raped by Texas State Trooper — Officer Hubbard, she is now being held hostage in Ellis County jail!”

King stirred up quite a flurry of hate and rage.

King – “Husband, Father, Journalist, Activist.” – was then forced to walk back his baseless and harmful accusations when the evidence came out.  Of course, being a good activist, he had to salvage his reputation and wrote a blog post trying to explain how he was so easily duped:

On this past Sunday evening, after being contacted by family, friends, and attorneys for a Texas woman named Sherita Dixon-Cole, I was told that she had been sexually assaulted and violently threatened by a police officer while in custody. I was horrified. Sadly, these things happen way too often in our country.

Let me translate.  He became very emotional because his confirmation bias eagerly grabbed onto the story and his activist nature hungered for the performance.

And to this day, King is absolutely clueless about why Sherita Dixon-Cole would lie:

I can’t even begin to make sense of why someone would concoct such an awful story — particularly in light of the reality that both police brutality and sexual assaults are a very real crisis in this nation.

I can.  Here’s a possibility.  Maybe Dixon-Cole has been indoctrinated for years to believe there is “a very real crisis in this nation.”  Throw in some alcohol, lose some inhibition, and decide to perform for the Cause.  Either that or just quietly take the DUI arrest and record and have your car impounded.

King continues:

Sherita Dixon-Cole has no arrest record. She has no known mental health problems. She is an experienced, respected, college educated professional with undergraduate and graduate degrees in human resources.

College educated professional in human resources, eh? There is a very good chance she took many classes that indoctrinated her into social justice ideology.

She is known and trusted by people I know and trust.

So she’s connected to radical activists.

I don’t know why she did this, and I don’t know if we will ever know why, but in this case she played everybody — including it appears — her fiancé and extended family.

Ever occur to King she was just trying to perform for the Cause?

 I learned many years ago that attempting to find a logical explanation for truly illogical behavior is a waste of time.

In other words, King doesn’t want us to look too closely at the hoax.  If Sherita Dixon-Cole simply saw the chance to play a role in a big social justice performance, and was only caught because of video evidence, it does raise questions about the various other performances King tries to push on the public that were not recorded.  Better to just treat this as some weird, unexplainable glitch.

I’ve considered every possible angle here — and every time I end up in the same place — it makes no sense why someone would throw their life away — and damage someone else’s — like she has done.

Throw her life away?  Clearly, she did not think through the implications of her performance (too much alcohol or other mind-altering substance?).  But if there were no video evidence, Sherita Dixon-Cole had a good shot at receiving lots of favorable fame and money thanks to people like…..Shaun King.

And when King first heard this story, did he ever ask if it made sense for a police officer to throw his life and career away in the way that Dixon-Cole accused?

King is obviously an intellectual lightweight.  He seems clueless about the way in which social justice activism creates a breeding ground for Sherita Dixon-Cole -type hoaxes.  After all, it’s not the only one over just the last few months.

I trusted a very reliable source in this case that I have known for many years.

He believed the lie all because he trusted a “very reliable source.”  My money says the “very reliable source” also buys into the same social justice ideology and is thus ensnared by the same confirmation bias.   Regardless, what we have learned is that his “very reliable source” was/is not all that reliable.

Every single day I receive hundreds of requests to assist people who’ve been truly victimized in one way or another. I can count on one hand the times I’ve been lied to.

How would he know?  He has already demonstrated his extreme confirmation bias on such matters.  He gullibly bought into the lie because it so nicely fit his social justice narrative.  It presented a splendid opportunity to perform.

And how does he know his daily hundreds of requests are all legitimate?  Does he actually have time to chase down and verify a minimum of 200 requests per day?  That would give him about 7 minutes to check each one (assuming he doesn’t sleep, eat, or do anything else but follow up all those hundreds of requests).

Being charitable, we would have to say that King is exaggerating about getting “hundreds of requests” each and “every single day.”  And his assurance that the lies can be counted on one hand cannot be supported.  It’s the assurance from an exaggerator who gullibly lapped up a lie.

What do we have from the activist?  Gullibility, confirmation bias, an intellectual inability to come up with any type of explanation for  Sherita Dixon-Cole’s lie,  and exaggeration.   Not exactly the brightest bulb in the room.

 It takes a truly emotionally disturbed person to risk ruining their own life to fabricate a crime.

Sheesh.  Now he is contradicting himself.  Earlier he told us, “Sherita Dixon-Cole has no arrest record. She has no known mental health problems. She is an experienced, respected, college educated professional with undergraduate and graduate degrees in human resources. She is known and trusted by people I know and trust.”

That doesn’t sound like a description of a “truly emotionally disturbed person.” Clearly, at this point King is making things up as he goes.  We’re supposed to toss Sherita Dixon-Cole’s lie into the memory hole because she must have been some oddity – a  truly emotionally disturbed person that hoodwinked everyone who champions social justice.

In the end, this all represents just the latest example of how activism is incompatible with science.  In science, if you want to determine the truth, you need to design an experiment and the experiment must be designed in such a way to rule out false positives.  Social justice activism is incompatible with science because not only does it lack a way to rule out false positives (the activists were forced to engage in face-saving retractions  only when outside forces inserted video evidence into the performance), but because the activist performance actually creates an environment that encourages and nurtures false positives. 

Furthermore, while exaggeration is the useful tool of a good activist, in science, it is very close to fraud.  And while King quickly gave up trying to find an explanation for Dixon-Cole’s deceptive behavior, the scientific approach would not so easily give up.

Clearly, those who insist religion and science are incompatible are rationally obligated to acknowledge that science is also incompatible with activism.

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3 Responses to Shaun King: An Activist Demonstrates the Incompatibility of Activism and Science

  1. Clearly, those who insist religion and science are incompatible are rationally obligated to acknowledge that science is also incompatible with activism.

    Or acknowledge that activism is a new religion all its own. 😉

  2. Dhay says:

    natewinchester > Or acknowledge that activism is a new religion all its own.

    The Atheism and the City blogger went to MythCon IV to recruit speakers for the (failed) NYC conference; he wasn’t impressed by MythCon IV; part of one of his blogs about it included:

    … And so in the sea of alternatives to traditional religion, a large segment of the Left has turned to social justice in a way that resembles all the hallmarks of a traditional religion, just without the deity. …

    http://www.atheismandthecity.com/2018/03/secular-humanism-what-is-it-and-can-it.html

    So there’s at least one atheist organiser and activist who agrees with you.

  3. Dhay says:

    Same guy:

    I just wrote a few blog posts last week about how traditional religious belief is rapidly declining in the US, particularly among the younger generations, and how in its absence “social justice” increasingly has become the new “religion” of the Left, adopting along with it many of the negative attributes one typically associates with traditional religion: dogma, tribalism, group-think, purity.

    I am certainly not alone in noticing this, nor am I the only one concerned by it. I see this as a huge problem.

    http://www.atheismandthecity.com/2018/02/what-should-replace-religion-in-post.html

    And a little more detail.

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