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:
Mitchell Erickson’s fingers began dialing 911 last week before he had a chance to even consider alternatives, when two black teenagers who looked to be 15, at most, cornered him outside his home a block away from the park.
One of the boys pointed a gun at Mr. Erickson’s chest, demanding his car keys.
Flustered, Mr. Erickson handed over a set, but it turned out to be house keys. The teenagers got frustrated and ran off, then stole a different car down the street.
Mr. Erickson said later that he would not cooperate with prosecutors in a case against the boys. After the altercation, he realized that if there was anything he wanted, it was to offer them help. But he still felt it had been right to call the authorities because there was a gun involved.
Two days after an initial conversation, his position had evolved. “Been thinking more about it,” he wrote in a text message. “I regret calling the police. It was my instinct but I wish it hadn’t been. I put those boys in danger of death by calling the cops.”
While Erickson may be patting himself on the back for his holy wokeness, it’s possible that a year or two from now someone is going to be killed by the two 17 year olds with a history of armed robbery.
Oh, before I end this posting, you have to check out this article by Johanan Sowah, a computer engineer who lives in the suburbs of Portland, Orego. This is a man who embraces indoctrination over his own empirical experience!
I’m a young Black man who used to be opposed to Black Lives Matter. I used to feel that because I hadn’t personally faced blatant racism in my life, then such a thing couldn’t be part of the Black narrative in America today.
Like many people outside the movement, I lacked Black friends to share experiences with and learn from. So I started listening more seriously to the accounts of people on the news and on the internet, which opened up a broader African American narrative for me to try and understand.
Now that’s the Power of Social Justice Religiosity. Nothing like testimonies from the news and internet to find The Truth. After all, activist led stories are much more reliable than lived experience, right?