Imagine this scenario:
Five men are screaming insults at dozens of younger men - calling them fa***ts, ni***rs, and products of incest. Let's say these men are wearing Make America Great Hats.
As you contemplate this scenario, how long do you think it takes before the clearly outnumbered epithet-slinging idiots are confronted by an outraged and angry mob of targeted? How long do you think it takes before these five men successfully incite violence?
Would those five men screaming racist slurs elicit sympathy?
Would the violent response be understandable?
Now put the MAGA hats on some of the young men being screamed at.
Do you think violence still erupts? How long does it take?
In any scenario you were thinking about, did the abuse last almost two hours and result in no violence?
I was taught how to run this kind of thought experiments in my college philosophy courses. My major was Mass Communication Broadcast with a minor in Political Science. But I think the philosophy classes helped prepare me the most for the insanity of our modern time.
Thought experiments like this are very helpful in drilling down to the core principles at play in a given news story or issue. They help define and enlighten.
This Covington School confrontation on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial is good example.
As Andrew Malcolm wrote in an op-ed for McClatchy: "A virulent distemper has seized the country in recent times, segregating many of its people into rigid, contentious camps unwilling to listen to each other or often, to reason and good sense."
Add to this a media that promotes sensationally inaccurate headlines and tweets, and it's hard to see how our society beats the sickness we obviously are suffering.
As I write this, I'm listening to Glenn Beck's exceptional analysis of what actually happened. And it relies heavily on the video that I watched last night.
Here's that video. (Warning: racist and offensive language)
Also, it turns out that the original video clip that was circulated was reportedly edited and published by a suspicious Twitter account - and spread by a network of anonymous accounts.
And what about the kid who was confronted by the drum-beating leftwing Native American protester?
From the Washington Examiner:
[Nick] Sandmann, whose serenely smirking face has gone viral as a poster child for hate — celebrities from Chris Evans to Alyssa Milano have tried to shame the minor, and the hashtag, #ExposeChristianSchools began trending shortly thereafter — emerged on Sunday with a statement issued by a public relations firm. His family has been doxxed, his school publicly smeared, and his very identity turned into a crime itself.
"I never interacted with this protestor. I did not speak to him. I did not make any hand gestures or other aggressive moves. To be honest, I was startled and confused as to why he has approached me. We had already been yelled at by another group of protestors, and when the second group approached I was worried that a situation was getting out of control where adults were attempting to provoke teenagers," wrote Sandmann. "I believed that by remaining motionless and calm, I was helping to diffuse the situation."
Sandmann committed the crime of not being ashamed of his own existence. Without facts, a progressive lynch mob pounced on a single image based on its biases about perceived power in America. Now we know that Sandmann was accosted. But to be clear: He was supposed to submit.
The trick of social justice is to eradicate individual justice — real justice.
Pete's Prep: Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019
- The so-called "Bikini Climber" has died. Made famous for scaling mountains in a two-piece bathing suit, 36-year old GiGi Wu died after being incapacitated by a fall. She died of exposure.
- The local paper gushes over the Asheville Women's March without skepticism. The report unquestioningly amplifies the anti-capitalism messages from socialist marchers - who say the free market system is to blame for oppression of women. The article did not mention the national march - or the controversy surrounding it.