A month ago I wrote about a couple of colleges who were offering courses to combat the blight of “toxic masculinity.” You know—that nagging feeling all of us men have that if we were just born a different gender that we wouldn’t be such horrible people. Of course, with the political left acknowledging more genders than Baskin-Robbins has Ice Cream flavors, this is a daunting exercise. But I digress.
The latest vanguard in virtue-signaling comes from a fun-sounding outfit called “Everyday Feminism.” They’re not a fringe feminist group, evidently—not with nearly 80,000 Twitter followers and more than 500,000 Facebook likes.
For a mere 97 dollars, you can put another notch in your Social Justice Warrior belt by taking their new “Healing from Toxic Whiteness” training program. It sounds like a new commercial campaign for a laundry detergent…but no. Of course, I guess the pricetag insures only the “privileged” can afford it.
The website uses the typical gobbledygook-laced phraseology that we’ve come to expect from pseudo-intellectuals who get aroused by telling people how terrible they are.
“For white people to truly engage in anti-racism work, they must first engage with their unconscious conditioning to think and act in racist ways,”
This is quintessential modern-day prog-speak. It assumes that all whites have the inborn sin of racism. If you disagree, you’re a racist. It asserts that even if you show no overt signs of racism, you’re a racist. It claims that no matter how much good you have done for your fellow man, you still MUST purge this sin in order for you to be accepted into their secular version of Heaven.
The course titles are exactly what you would expect. They are word salad, genetically-enhanced with Steroids and Red Bull. To wit:
Module 3 -The Compassionate Activism Approach and First Practice of Noticing Toxicity and Acknowledging Multiple Realities
Module 5 – The Third Practice of Compassionate Self-Accountability and Radical Education
Module 6 – The Fourth Practice of Compassionate Truth-Telling and Consciousness-Raising Inquiry
Module 7 – Shared Envisioning and Compassionate Non-Cooperation
Another part of the course description reads like the Catholic Church’s Sacrament of Penance:
“By becoming conscious of your own conditioning, you will be able to choose whether or not to continue to do as you’ve been taught, or to act in accordance with your values of justice and humanity. This can be a painful and disruptive process — but the only way out is through.”
Wow…and they’re serious.
I’ve said it before, now I’ll say it again. If you think that “checking one’s privilege” is a good idea—then you are a pathetic loser. There is no delicate way to put it. If you are of the opinion that success or failure is inexorably tied to factors beyond one’s control, you are going to be in for a lot of disappointment in life.
It makes NO difference who your great-grandparents were—it matters not where your ancestors called home—your melanin content is not a factor—your genitalia also plays no role. If you have talent and a work ethic, the other factors are mere intrigue.
How wonderful it must be to have a built-in excuse for personal shortcomings. How thrilling that one can marginalize someone else’s opinion based on demographic factors. Have you even considered how profoundly insulting it is for those of us in the so-called “privileged” classes to have someone suggest our achievements have little to do with our effort? It is disgusting to suggest that someone’s standing is based on the color of their skin and not the content of their character.
Despite the efforts of left-leaning social engineers, this is still largely a merit-based society. If you’ve got the goods, and work hard…you’re probably going to do OK. If you are an untalented hack and a lazy one at that—tough times lie ahead.
I cannot imagine a more self-defeating tactic than insisting you have started off life with an 0-2 count and have little hope at success and happiness. If you think that, then you are unlikely to experience those things.