If ever there were evidence that modern social justice movements are not about equality or non-violence, the recent incident at Depaul University proved it. Milo Yiannopoulos is currently on his Dangerous Faggot tour. He goes from college to college giving speeches about social justice movements on college campuses.
Milo barely started his talk at Depaul when two people stormed the stage and threaten to assault him. The security guards, which Depaul required and Milo paid for, did nothing remove the individuals. According to the Huffington Post, Depaul administrators barred the Chicago police officers present at the event from stepping in. The incident was stunning:
Milo ended the event after 15 minutes of dealing with this madness. According to an interview he had with Joe Walsh, the security team that would not remove the belligerent students from the stage would not allow Milo back into the building out of fear for his safety. Apparently that fear did not arise when someone threatened to punch Milo in the face or when someone shock their fist near Milo’s face.
The people who engage in this behavior are thoroughly indoctrinated. It is not that they do not know that they are silencing opposing voices; it is that they were taught that any speech that does not conform to their world view is “hate speech” and therefore disallowed.
These people are taught to be bigots. They are taught to think less of others based on sex, race, nationality, religion, sexuality, and wealth. They are taught to endue the privilege of victimhood onto certain groups. They are taught that certain people are “oppressors” who can never shed their oppressive tendencies.
As a friend of mine would say, the crazy is strong with this group of people. They so completely believe what they say that there is no way of convincing them to see the other side. They are as fundamentalist as any religious ideologue, and just as prone to threats and actual instances of violence.
This behavior is absolutely disgusting. Part of the point of college is to experience different perspectives. No one should have to shut down an event before the conversation even begins. What makes this worse is that nothing Milo said is unusual. While he may be a provocateur, his opinions are hardly new. Scores of people criticize feminism and the Black Lives Matter movement for their blatant bigotry and misguided victimology. No one requires others to agree with this position. However, it is best to hear the opinion before disagreeing with it.
Yet the modern social justice movement is so thin-skinned that merely asking questions will set the supporters into conniptions. They cannot cope with any level of disagreement, even among themselves. Everyone must share the same mind, and everyone must willingly agree to this.
The modern social justice movement — complete with its redefining of words, changing history to suit its ever shifting perspectives, and its torturous propensity to make people confess their sin of “privilege” — is the very definition of Orwellian. What makes this so frightening is not that these people exist. They are nothing new. It is that so many people, despite being outraged by this behavior, remain silent and ignore it rather than stamping it down.
One day they will decide they had enough, but it will be too late to do anything about it. That day is not far away.