Our political convictions have endured because we have seen the same oppressive dynamics played out over and over and over again. Every gain we have ever made has been based on strategies developed from the predictability of repression. Defending those gains would be impossible if we were surprised by each new form of the same, historic, relentless attack. We don’t have to figure out and agree on what to do each time. We have learned to anticipate, predict, and sometimes even prevent such attacks.
That is how the true Left tradition developed, and why certain standards prevail.
We do not have to like or even know someone to understand that when he is attacked in specific ways, in specific political contexts, we must immediately respond as if we are all being attacked – because we are. Any one of us could be next.
If we have privilege, we are obliged to use it to protect those who do not, even if this means we risk, and then lose it – because we know we aren’t supposed to have it in the first place.
The first responsibility we have when such a person is isolated and attacked as an individual is to reject the focus on her personal flaws as irrelevant and divisive. But when that focus draws upon the power of a widespread social bias, such as that which so burdens those with race, ethnic, class, gender, and disability labels, our condemnation of it should be particularly sharp and immediate.
The standard is simple: if a pattern of treatment deviating from the documented norm is established, then usually discrimination is established. Supporters and their social milieu wind up as enablers and even facilitators of this discrimination if they hold the targeted person to a higher standard of proof, remain doubtful in the face of evidence that would otherwise persuade them, hesitate to respond to critical developments and incidents that would otherwise alert them to action, and reject the person’s analysis of the case in the face of a proven expertise to which they would otherwise have bowed.
Not taking the targeted person seriously, deciding that the treatment received must have been warranted by their own behavior, and accepting for them results that “comrades” would not for a moment accept for themselves or for most others – this is the second class citizenship produced by true discrimination. No matter how unjust it would be for people like themselves, it’s to be expected for those whose reach for full human rights exceeds what the world is willing to grant them.
There cannot and will not be any viable resistence to the approaching whirlwind of global aggression if the present version of the western Left does not once and for all commit itself wholeheartedly to rooting out the oppressive dynamics it has appropriated for its own indefensible gains.
That’s what the elite wants us to do. Keep it up and you, too will learn what it is to be picked off like fish in a proverbial barrel.
Good luck with that.