A line from the animated Pixar movie “The Incredibles” has always stuck with me. The main villain explains “after I’ve had my fun, I’ll sell my inventions so that everyone can be super heroes, everyone can be super, and when everyone is super, no one will be.
I’ve found the quote especially relevant during the age of identity politics in which we now live. Liberals are happy to label anything they disagree with even slightly as racist, misogynistic, homophobic, Islamophobic, or another serious charge that’s been reduced to a buzzword. In an age where everything is racist, nothing is.
And how do I know we’re living in a world where everyone is racist, sexist, etc? Just in the past year, we’re learned that air conditioning, history, chivalry, video games, chess, boxing, climate change, police, poverty, dress-codes, and even science itself is sexist!
Not only is science sexist, it’s apparently racist too now (a double whammy!) As the Daily Wire reported: Social Justice Warriors are taking their crusade to new heights and going to war with reality as we know it. This week, a medley of student activists at South Africa’s University of Cape Town (UCT) gathered at a “safe space” to lecture faculty about the Eurocentrism of science, demanding that the discipline be “decolonized.”Arguing that African “black magic” or “witchcraft” is an equally viable, if not a more accurate way of viewing the world, these SJWs fanatically made their conspiratorial case against the conditioning of “Western” science.
“Science as a whole is a product of Western modernity and the whole thing should be scratched off. Especially in Africa,” pontificated one student, adding: “I have a question for all the science people. There is a place in KZN called Umhlab’uyalingana, and they believe that through the magic, the black magic–you call it black magic, they call it witchcraft–you are able to send lightening to strike someone. Can you explain that scientifically because it’s something that happens?”When the students unintelligible pronouncements were met with hysterical giggling, the apparent moderator of the “safe space” issued a self-righteous declaration condemning “disrespectful” reactions.
Never did I think American social justice warriors would ever look rational by comparison!
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]