Why You Just Can’t Win
By Tom Knighton
Everywhere you go on the internet, it seems, you’ll come across an article decrying something for some kind of -ism. Ghost in the Shell is problematic because Scarlett Johansson is playing a supposedly Asian character…despite the fact that the character looks white as hell in the original anime, for example, but it’s racist to take issue with Idris Elba playing a Norse god.
A better example, however, is the outrage over Netflix’s Iron Fist. The character, Danny Rand, has always been a white dude. He’s been portrayed on comic page and cartoon as a white dude. So why is the live action character being a white dude a problem? Oh, because it was a golden opportunity to make the character Asian, the social justice crusaders argue.
Now, keep in mind that Iron Fist is a martial artist and that’s essentially the key component of his power. Why should you keep it in mind? Because if they had made him Asian, there would be articles all around about how they were feeding a stereotype. “Why must all Asians be martial artists? Why did Marvel decide to perpetuate this stereotype when the original character was white?”
This is simple. Social justice warriors will do everything they can to set the conditions so you can’t win.
The social justice bullies only have power if people feel guilty. They don’t really have anything that we, the masses, don’t give them. People have to feel guilty, because guilty feelings lead to people doing what the social justice crowd wants them to do to alleviate their guilt.
The man or woman who feels no guilt, however, simply points and laughs at their outrage.
It’s not that we necessarily think gay rights are unworthy, or that transgendered people are abominations, or that women should be in the kitchens all barefoot and pregnant. Sure, there are some that do, but most of us aren’t like that at all.
The problem is that we refuse to see everything as outrage worthy.
Unfortunately, SJWs are trying to create a world where that is simply unacceptable. Failing to see everything as dire, failing to see Western civilization as all that is wrong with the world despite its many victories and the higher standard of living not only in the western world, but that it has exported to the rest of the world, is proof that we are evil.
Again, this is nothing more than an attempt to make people feel guilty.
Ayn Rand once said:
“There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for me to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed or enforced nor objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt”
Rand has a point, but she failed to understand that it wasn’t just governments that could do this. Society as a whole can and will do this, as we currently see.
We know that diversity isn’t the real goal, because if it were, Sarah’s A Few Good Men and pretty much any of Larry Correia’s stuff would be touted as great examples of diversity in science fiction.
After all, look at Owen’s team in the Monster Hunter Series. Two women, two white males, a half-Samoan guy, and a black dude (who was NOT the first to die!). One of their key support guys is the librarian who is also an Asian explosives expert.
Yet both Sarah and Larry are touted as bigots by the social justice crowd in science fiction. Why is that?
Well, neither did so with the intention of being “diverse.” They just wanted to tell a good story.
Larry once told me that he wasn’t trying to create diverse stories, he just wanted to create cool, interesting characters, and the diversity of his world happened naturally. It makes sense. Trip, from MHI, is a great example. A black man who played football sounds stereotypical, but that’s also only mentioned rarely in the series. Instead, Trip is portrayed as loving fantasy fiction and playing Dungeons and Dragons while also having been a science teacher before his coming to work at MHI.
Yet where is the love for Trip? Why isn’t any of the social justice crowd in science fiction celebrating that diversity?
Because they can’t actually use it. Larry doesn’t care what they think, so they can’t celebrate anything he does. That won’t make him feel guilty.
Instead, they attack him as hateful, misogynistic (the guy who created Faye, Holly, and Julie is misogynistic?) and try to use that to make him feel guilty. Failing that, they want to make enough people around him—not just fans, but family and friends if possible—to feel guilty too. They want to create a sea of guilt around him so they can try and force his hand.
To do what, I have no idea. After all, he’s already creating diverse characters.
Our lovely hostess is in the same boat. She creates a gay protagonist, and when the whole Sad Puppies thing got ugly, she was part of the same crowd labeled homophobic. They completely ignored her work, work that portrays people of different types in a positive light—and has plenty of white folks in a negative light—because she as a person refused to feel guilt.
Both Sarah and Larry have, in a way, given the SJWs exactly what they said they wanted. The wrote books with diverse characters and yet they’re still reviled as evil “ists.”
You can’t win with a social justice warrior unless you prostrate yourself before the altar of social justice, confess all your sin then ask for any you missed and confess those when pointed out, and beg for forgiveness. You can only win with them by becoming one yourself.
The only way to win with a social justice bully is to lose.