I’d like to point out that I don’t usually roam Twitter looking for critical tweets to dissect, but this one succinctly encapsulates a particular mindset, which is often used to discredit arguments against political correctness. It holds, in less than 140 characters, the core essence of identity politics.
The poster couldn’t objectively assess the ideas contained in my article simply by reading it and thinking about its content. He needed to know my race and my gender, and I presume that all those other virtue markers so perversely fetishized in SJW circles, such as sexual preference and religion, would’ve been of use to him too. His assessment of my work would change depending on these things. A strange extension of this is that in a world ruled by identity politics, all texts would need to carry not just the author’s name, but also a list of their personal characteristics.
Measure for Measure, by William Shakespeare (straight/white/cismale/Protestant)
According to PC/SJW ideology, an obscenely privileged hack like me is at the bottom of the hierarchy. I have zero chips to cash in, and no cards to throw down, because I am white, male, straight, gender normative, and non-Muslim.
I am consigned to roam unloved at the base of the regressive left’s mercilessly rigid caste system. Of course I don’t say that with any actual sense of self-pity—their algorithm is deranged and they’re insufferable puritans, so no-one in their right mind would seek their approval.
But to the SJW contingent people like me are low value, with nothing of merit to offer except self-flagellation and rote mantras expressing our unending guilt.
For the social justice bigots it isn’t out of the ordinary to think that the opinions of a very large number of people carry no weight. And just think about that: some opinions are more likely to be dismissed, regardless of their content, on the grounds of (among other things) race. What kinds of people would think like that? What kinds of people have thought like that, throughout history?
This is the kind of anti-humanist, identity political garbage that is being propagated by the far-left, and disseminated throughout academia.
The absurdity of such a mindset can be illustrated. If I wanted to play their peculiar game, how could I earn myself some credits, and hike myself up the rankings a little? I can’t change my race, but what’s to stop me publicly identifying as a pansexual, transgender Muslim?
According to the PC left, sexual desire is a social construct, and gender is mutable. There’s nothing in their rules to prevent me shifting from straight to Miley Cyrus-inspired pansexual, and from ‘cisgender’ to, well, take your pick—gender fluid, a-gender, bi-gender… I can be a different gender every day if I like, with my own made-up pronouns to match. And furthermore, I don’t have to do anything to prove it—it’s all based entirely on my own subjective feelings.
If I’m a straight, white male, then my opinion is morally unclean, but if I use my new identity—a pansexual, gender fluid Muslim—then my opinion is of greater purity and carries significantly more weight.
Well that’s great, who knew that their game is so easy? Strengthened by my freshly reconstructed, ideologically spotless identity, my newly acquired victimhood supplies an all-powerful shield and mace, and anything I write on political correctness from here on in will be righter than it was before. In addition, I’ll be joining the worthy cause of the righteous oppressed, making me an essentially good person. It’s a win-win.