The problem of virtue-signalling social permission to target and bully scapegoated groups
This is where we now are as a civilisation:
>>A Salvation Army bell ringer in California had been beaten in front of a Walmart because he wanted to spread joy this holiday season.
Rev. Jamie Wolfe Sr., the man ringing the bell, told CBS Sacramento that he says “Merry Christmas” to everyone who passes by his donation bucket, but one Grinch managed to knock the joy out of him.
“He haymakered me, hit me, got me down on the ground and we started wrestling, at that point I’m fighting for my life,” Wolfe Sr. said.
The suspect allegedly carried out the unprovoked attack not for the money, but for his cheer.
“Store says they love him and he’s been the best bell ringer they’ve ever had, so an attack that’s unprovoked is very surprising and very unfortunate. It’s not the call we’d expect to get at night,” or ever said Lt. Steve Pavlakis with the Salvation Army.
Pavlakis, who worked with the organization for 14 years, says he has not seen anything like this.
“It’s really saddening that one of our bell horingers would be out there working day after day for us that’s met with hate and punches to the face and kicks to the face,” Pavlakis said.>>
There is an answer, but it is one that is not going to be easy to swallow, especially for those who are invested in scapegoating and targetting the despised other. Nowadays, typically, Christians . . . as is seen.
Here is a first step to the answer:
FIRST, ROUGH DRAFT OF HISTORY ANSWER: We live in an age of ever increasing political correctness where the “permitted” answer to the question given to Orwell’s fictional Winston Smith — 2 + 2 = ___ ? — varies with the twists and turns of the power brokers in their ever advancing agenda. Such culturally dominant narrative and media manipulation games create targetted scapegoat groups and give implicit social permission and a licence to a chip- on- the- shoulder mentality that then can come out in this sort of “punch a scapegoat” way at one level. That is not to be overlooked, as the difference between such an assault and murder is a heart attack or the like, but it is not the most dangerous. That is reserved for when the same punch- a- scapegoat mentality is embedded in agit-prop agendas and unjust decrees under false colour of law [often through lawfare] or when it becomes subtly entrenched in power circles, leading to exclusionary lock-out and marginalising, vindictive victimising behaviour. Beyond a certain level, the Gulag and the 4:00 am knock on the door by the latest Gestapo beckon.
Do we really want to go — yet again — down the road of a long train of abuses and usurpations predictably leading to the undermining of genuine liberty and community under just law? END
PS: SPLC Hate Tracker, screenshot Dec 25, 2355 hrs GMT — yes, this is real:
Let’s add no 8 on the list . . . Jesus:
PPS: The following clip from a Newsweek headline speaks saddening volumes:
. . . and, it is telling what Washington Post chose to push on Christmas Day:
Newsweek, we have some news: Christmas is not now and has never been an emblem of “White Nationalism.” Jesus the Messiah is central to the Christian faith, which happens to be at the heart of the history of a certain civilisation that as recently as the 1940’s, was described by Roosevelt and/or Churchill as Christian Civilisation, while defending it from Nazi assault. Even Santa Claus is a reference to a Christian Bishop in Asia Minor.
Washington Post, we also have a newsflash for you: the longstanding consensus of serious scholarship is that there was a Jesus who caused quite a stir in Palestine, c. the early part of the first century. The “doesn’t add up” you used reflects ill-advised, dismissive selective hyperskepticism, not sound scholarship that could easily have been found if you cared about truth, responsibility and fairness.