A really extraordinary (or, at least it would have been prior to Tuesday night…) video caught my attention today, Journalist Jonathan Capehart breaks down over Trump’s America;
At about the 5 minute mark, there is an exchange that I found deeply disconcerting but also very illuminating.
Q:You are a gay, black Washington Post Columnist and much celebrated. Are you, is this, your America? Are you worried it will become another America?
A: That is a very powerful question John, and it moves me almost into silence, because, um, the election of President Obama was a great moment for this country… and now we stand two months away from…from all of that disappearing [here he begins to weep]… And as an African American, as an openly gay man, and as an American, that frightens me.
Watching Jonathan Capehart break down out of fear because his candidate lost an election… at first I thought it was almost juvenile, hysterical even (in the old sense of caused by uncontrolled extreme emotion, not the humorous sense). Capehart is more then just a well established, well respected and frequently awarded journalist, at least one site lists his net worth “considered to be $3 million“.
But it occurs to me that in this man, a well respected multimillionaire journalist, we see the same pathology that is running rampant in the the Social Justice Warriors and Inter-sectional Feminists (etc, etc) on college campuses all across the Anglosphere. He has allowed himself to be terrified, to become a victim in his own mind. A victim of his own accusations against someone else.
He’a convinced himself that Trump, a man who was a rich New York liberal until only a few years ago, a man who has a Jewish daughter, a Jewish son in-law, and two Jewish daughters in-law, is but a toothbrush-mustache away from being Neo-Hitler.
The same Donald Trump that, at the end of the interview, Capehart describes as being warm and charming when Capehart interviewed him personally!
I can’t help but think about the protesters that accosted Professor Peterson only a few weeks ago. Protesters that accused him of not only attracting Nazis to his rally with his rhetoric, but that his words were the proximate cause of teen suicides.
It really is both amazing and dismaying. Whether on campus or in the campaigns, it seems that the only thing the pursuit of Social Justice has produced is an ever greater number of victims.
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Yes- completely agree- I am shocked that it has somehow become a good thing in society to identify as a victim. It’s weird because it’s very counter intuitive- one of the first things that people who are actually victims of abuse, for example, learn is that to take on the role of being a “victor not a victim”- it’s far more empowering and gives the person back their sense of self. Furthermore, unless frankly we want to live in a world of losers, we cannot privilege people’s weaknesses as some kind of strength. Never in history has a war been won or anything been achieved by claiming to be the weaker side. To claim weakness is somehow an achievement is completely illogical! Sorry for the rambly comment- this is just something I feel passionately about and no one else on this site seems to share this opinion! Great post- and love the reference to Jordan B Peterson!