We live in almost comically crazy times. Yes, yes, I know, Heinlein coined the term The Crazy Years. But as I have pointed out before, you only wish these were the crazy years.
In point of fact, these are the “pants on their head, running around saying wup wup wup years.” They might also, in point of fact, be planning to build a bridge across the Atlantic and the bridge is made completely out of soap.
One of the weird things about our society is how presumed “oppressed” minorities can accuse presumed “privileged” people of any possible or imaginary attack, and once they’re proven to be lying, people excuse them and don’t even give them a slap on the wrist. (Why are those words in quotes? Look, guys, when we say that holocaust survivors have white privilege, we’ve lost the definition of privilege. And when Malia and Sasha are considered “oppressed” by reason of being female and dark skinned… may I interest you in enough ivory soap to build that bridge?)
The latest greatest hoax most of us are aware of was Jussie Smollet.
Apparently a middle school girl thought his stunt was worth emulating. I mean, it’s not like he’s been punished…
This burst onto my circles this week, and I was the one who went “Uh… this is all wrong. ALL OF THIS IS WRONG.”
Let’s count the major red flags on this first: every article I’ve seen mentioned Pence’s wife. Which frankly is insane, because no one is saying she had anything to do with it (if it had happened.) The family is “destroyed” and “seeks legal retribution.” Look, guys, I had kids in Middle School. I also have a lot of friends, relatives and acquaintances who had kids in Middle School. Let’s assume that the entire incident was true, and the kids called her ugly, cut off her hair and told her she should never have been born. … who CARES? In Middle School, with all the hormones running around, this is called “Wednesday.” And despite the different races there is absolutely no guarantee that it had anything to do with race. In fact, chances are pretty high it was personal animosity. Sure, tell the school. Sure have the school investigate, but what’s with the assumption of racism and the idea that it’s somehow national news????
Then let’s get into the “slightly less sure, but this smells wrong:” The boys cut off her hair? THAT’S NOT A BOY THING. It just isn’t.
White, black, purple or polka dotted, if a boy hates you that much, he’ll punch you in the mouth. If he kind of likes you and has no clue what to do with it, because Middle School Hormones, he’ll do something strange like write on your with marker or steal something of yours. Or make fun of you for something that doesn’t even make any sense, like hwo you spell your first name. Even if it’s completely normal. Cutting your hair, though? Not unless he really likes you and wants a bit for a souvenir.
Boys DO NOT hold a girl down, call her ugly and cut a bit of her hair off. I’d be more likely to believe all of this if she’d accused GIRLS.
But the thing that really made me go “what?” was the “nappy.” Look, I have a vast vocabulary, that includes slurs and slang. But I only learned “nappy” when what’s his name years ago referred to someone as a “nappy ho.” I’m not even absolutely sure what it MEANS. I have my doubts that any white kid now in middle school knows the word “nappy.” Or would use it derogatorily.
So in a group of my friends, I was the one saying “guys, this doesn’t sound right.” while they were saying “I hope that the boys get punished.”
So I lay in a small bet she was just Jussying it.
So the girl has apologized and the school made mouth-noises about how both sides have suffered.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
This is what’s known as a power imbalance. Any minority, including women who are only a “minority” by fiat, since they’re the majority of the human race can accuse men or white men of anything. And none of htem will be punished in any substantive way, even if is proven to be a lie, and to have, obviously done damage (to the boys’ reputations, the school reputation, distantly to our national soul) and even if the claim was in every possible news outlet INCLUDING the NYT, and the retraction won’t reach most people who believed the claim. Women and minorities can do no wrong. And they can accuse anyone who even vaguely upset them of anything. And these people will be punished by the mere notoriety. And there will be NO repercussions to the person who started it all. NONE.
This means you’re handing random women and minorities the ability to punish anyone who annoys them, or whom they envy, or who happened to not notice them at all (ignoring with malicious intent, I believe that’s called.) WITH NO PRICE TO PAY.
The amazing thing is not that the list of fake hate crimes (someone link it in the comments. I’m too lazy to look) just keeps growing longer and longer and longer, or that women DO lie about rape (early, often, and with amazing abandon) or that the #metoo movement went from zero to “he looked at me funny! I’m oppressed!” in about ten seconds.
What we have here is exactly the same situation that prevailed in the bad old days when any white woman could have any black guy lynched on her say so.
Sure white guys aren’t lynched on someone’s say so — yet — but in these ubiquitous social media days, they can be made unemployable and probably undatable. Not to mention impoverished with legal fees and waste the best years of their lives fretting over legal matters, DESPITE BEING COMPLETELY INNOCENT. (Yes, for the skim-till-offended. I’m sure some of them are guilty. Humans are like that. But note that the fake complaints are so many they hide the real and create an assumption of being false. So, these accusations are ALSO bad for the real victims.)
Honestly, I’m surprised we don’t have a false accusation a day. Unless the ones that are being widely publicized are the most credible, in which case the others must be doozies.
Which makes society a very bizarre place, where accusing the completely innocent of unlikely crimes is supposed to be somehow a step in the direction of justice.
And then the unintended consequences set in.
What consequences? you ask. And if you’re a leftist, you’re blinking rapidly and going “There ARE unintended consequences?” For the left, in fact, it’s unintended consequences all the way down.
I’ve already found articles lamenting/blaming men for being reluctant to hire women in the wake of #metoo. (Or refusing to meet with women privately. Or to have women as friends at work. Or… other situations that have a woman alone with a man or a group of men.)
Apparently it’s the most misogynist thing evah for men to refuse to put themselves at risk for having their career and life destroyed because a woman feels like destroying it. And women are saying they’re now more oppressed than ever. But they don’t see the link with the excesses of #metoo.
If the Jussieing goes on, we’ll soon see parents of white boys refusing to have them in school with black girls. Or for that matter parents of boys refusing to have them in school with girls.
And what you’ll see from the left is an amping up of the “racist, sexist, homophobic” cries, which in turn will give people the idea for MORE fake crimes, which will exacerbate the protective measures of those who might be a target (since people can figure out risk assessment.)
Or, you know, we could treat people as people, not jump on unproven accusations and bandy them all over as though it were national news.
We could assume people are innocent until PROVEN guilty.
And if accusers make up accusations that damage others’ reputation or peace of mind, they should be given the punishment the innocent people they accused would have got.
REGARDLESS OF SKIN COLOR AND SEX OF ANYONE.
It’s just crazy talk, right? I mean, what would journalists publish, if not scurrilous rumors at all levels.
Which is why we’re stuck on this crazy train, taking a soap bridge across the Atlantic to Unintended-Consequences-Ville.
Sit back and enjoy the ride, because the arrival is going to be a heck of a bump.