As individuals who think “political correctness” means that they no longer have the right to be offensive continue spreading across university campus, integrating themselves back into positions of power in society, and worming deep into our legal system, one of its more garish manifestations have been the emergence of ‘Neo-Nazis’ — although a more appropriate term might be ‘Alt-Reich.’
Online ‘support groups‘ and other platforms of communication are flooded with pages and threads of “unacceptable behaviours” such as commenting how good someone’s English is (it’s a compliment), along with winding explanations of why seemingly harmless statements of solidarity like ‘I don’t see colour’ — likely because we are all one race and not malicious at all — are in fact deeply racist and offensive, even ‘harmful.’
Whenever I read about a university publication over ‘transphobic’ comments, the first thing that comes to mind isn’t that there’s anything wrong about what was said, or what kind of statements are and aren’t transphobic or problematic. Although I understand that there are many ways to converse in public without being a massive bigot — and the SJW movement makes ever-changing ‘equity’ regulations that are unreasonable — I find that the more relevant inquiry would be ‘why is it anyone’s business what I say, think, or act in public’?
Take, for example, the recent hubbub over an in-lecture statement not spanning more than a few minutes — some University of Toronto professor at his own lecture spoke about freeze peach and his refusal to respect other people. There was a massive public outcry after his lecture was leaked, and UofT’s administration announced somberly that there would be many platforms to ‘debate’ with the tenured professor. Many student governments have also been trying to steal the limelight, citing the usual concerns about the students feeling “unsafe” (from Nazi symbols on campus) and “un-represented”.
Most horrifyingly, the university in an official statement requested that the professor cease making statements that could be considered discriminatory, a POSSIBILITY rather than a FACT — a crucial detail which has been, unsurprisingly, ignored by many SJWs who continue to attack the professor’s freedom of speech. Department heads and senior administrators continue to pressure the professor, but fail to recognize that the statements may not fall under “hate speech.”
Given that the most impactful laws are ineffective against the professor’s statements, the administration’s attempts to censor the professor are unclear and futile.
Transphobia and nazi-ism aside, was the statement ‘shocking’ at all? Some parts of the story such as individuals receiving targeted threats seem fake, and this story fell well short of ‘shocking’ to my mind at least. Old white men saying transphobic and racist things are hardly surprising — indeed, any group that consistently gains power through oppressing other cultures aren’t new to society at all. As for the students that feel unsafe and victimized as an oppressed minority; we are in one of the most liberal countries that prides itself on inclusivity and multiculturalism — get over it.
Among the endless debates over ‘transphobic’ comments, the overall ratio between serious concern and jumping on the groundless public shaming bandwagon, it seems to me, is heavily skewed towards the groundless shaming. The official ‘no-nos’ include discriminating against people in the LGBTQ+ community, killing LGBTQ+ individuals, and of course refusal of basic human rights to LGBTQ+ people. None of these things have happened in society as a direct result of speeches.
This practice has quite serious consequences. Decrying any and all comments about refusing to use appropriate pronouns as transphobic or homophobic not only neglects the crucial need for rational, objective evaluation of individual cases, it also cheapens REAL concerns about ACTUAL trans/homophobia.
As people become more used to everything being offensive for some reason or another, the start to tune out the constant cries of ‘stop being a bigot.’ When truly problematic incidents occur, the SJWs would have realized they alienated their allies who will not come to help them. Allies are just generally good people who are trying their best to not commit an act of transphobia through misgendering — people with help you don’t want to spurn.
What professors say in their lectures to thousands of students that are either too afraid to speak up or unaware enough to think that the professor is correct and thus perpetuate oppression is no business of mine, yours, the university’s, the media, or anyone else’s. That this point had to be made at all, let alone defended, bodes ill to the uprising Nazi groups on campus in the era of political correctness.