by Anthony Moreno / SSU student
Ever since I could form my own opinion, I always identified as a liberal. I always had the assumption that liberals were the most rational of the two parties. Believers of science and reason, they were portrayed as the arbiters of progressivism and unity.
Lately though, these opinions have been challenged by so called far left progressives. These progressives are individuals who subscribe to a liberal ideology that is so far left that it somehow comes full circle and makes their ideas sound quite regressive. For example, the University of California segregating its black students from its white students in the name of maintaining a “safe space,” according to ABC Eyewitness News by Marc Cota-Robles. And the denouncement of science by rejecting basic principles of human biology in the name of inclusiveness, as stated in a YouTube video, The Agenda with Steve Paikin.
What’s really insulting about this group of likeminded individuals is snobbery and elitism they display when they express these views. A conservative person will at least deny science for what they believe to be moral reasons, a progressive on the other hand will do so to maintain an air of intellectual superiority.
Presenting oneself as an intellectual is fine, but when you are parroting inaccurate half-truths without truly comprehending the nuances of these subjects, things do become problematic. One damning problem with this parroting is the leading to making contradictory statements. Take for example the idea that one believes in the tenets of feminism, while at the same time supporting an ideology that specifically treats women as lower than men, according to a Huffington Post article by Gabby Aossey. Or the perpetual spouting of the “wage-gap,” while ignoring the multiple disproves of such a thing existing, as Marina Bolotnikova reported for the Harvard Magazine.
The festering of these and more, let’s face it ridiculous, ideas came to a fever pitch during this year’s election due to the media’s depiction of our presidential elect as this ultimate antagonistic force bent on wiping out anyone that does not conform to the idealistic, white American archetype in an attempt to discredit him as a legitimate candidate, according to the Washington Post. Come November when the entire nation was surprised with his victory, though in hindsight with all the anti-white mentality festering in this country it really seemed obvious, he won and the entirety of the left just went ballistic, shown in the YouTube video, “Juice Slam, Liberals React to Trump Winning the Election.”
Almost immediately people took to the streets protesting the election voicing out their dissatisfaction with the results. Social media was also in uproar as many anti-Trump supporters were drawing lines and cutting ties with anyone that dared to vote for their great enemy. The very next day all I saw at this institution was a sea of hanging heads and tearful faces as people feared the uncertain future. To be fair, their reactions were understandable considering that for the past year all the media the consumed was feeding them nothing more than anti-Trump hysteria, though I will say I have great disdain for people’s actions afterwards.
The students writing our very own student newspaper showed their dissatisfaction by writing a series of reactionary articles. One article in particular stood out to me. To their credit, they did say they wrote their articles with nothing but emotion in mind, but that still did not excuse the deplorable statements they made. One such statement made by Log Editor in Chief, Amory Thomas: “Straight/white people who are selfish and vindictive of our political system, who give in to the finger pointing and patriarchal viewpoints of such a monster- if anything, these viewpoints are highly supported by people over 50.”
I personally find this statement to be quite racist, and to think it made it into our school newspaper unchallenged is frankly disgusting. Other winning statements are the author’s claims that thanks to the now conservative domination of all our political branches, women will begin suffering victimization they have not seen since the ’50s, while hilariously having a picture of Melina Trump depicted as a gold-digging bimbo. It would be one thing if all of these statements were coming from some blog where it wouldn’t do real harm, but they are not, they are coming from a paper that claims to be the independent voice of our student body.
Diversity should not just include differences in skin color, there should also be a diversity of ideas. As students of higher learning it is our duty to challenge ways of thinking and to form our own conclusions with our own thoughts. We should never parrot what someone else says without putting their ideas through critical scrutiny. Though it may not seem it, I still would like to say I am a liberal, but I refuse to subscribe to this form of liberalism where all that matters is that one stands above others no matter how intellectually hollow and hypocritical they are.