Wednesday, January 6, 2016

"Intersectionality": Victims R Us Writ Large

It isn't enough these days to immerse oneself in the gripes/grievences/sensitivities of a single victim group. "Intersectionality," as David Bernstein explains, is what all the hip college kids are doing--internalizing the burdens of many different "victim" groups (including, of course, the Palestinians, the victim group di tutti victim groups) and thereby creating one huge and powerful "intersected" mob of the "oppressed":
NEW YORK (JTA) — If you want to understand why the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, or BDS, has gained so much ground in the past two years, look no further than intersectionality, the study of related systems of oppression.
Intersectionality holds that various forms of oppression — racism, sexism, classism, ableism, and homophobia — constitute an intersecting system of oppression. In this worldview, a transcendent white, male, heterosexual power structure keeps down marginalized groups. Uniting oppressed groups, the theory goes, strengthens them against the dominant power structure.

Er, sorry if I nodded off for a sec. This neo-Marxist tripe is like verbal Ambien to me.

My take: As always with these sorts of malcontents, they claim that it's all about "oppression" and the desire to correct historic wrongs when it's really about their unslakeable thirst to smash things up and wield power over others.

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