So, this post has proved to be frustrating for me to write. As some of you reading may know, this blog is being used for general blogging and my thoughts and opinions on various things. I am not putting the world to rights when I write any of my posts however I want to show people my thoughts and opinions on matters such as this.
Today’s post is about the difference between Social Justice Warriors and Activists. At my university, this academic year we had an activist, a very successful one I must add, leading the students’ union and working for a better deal for students. This has led to her being called one of the most successful and loved presidents since we became a university in 1992. We all knew that the president for the next academic year and their new exec would have big boots to fill and I was always going to be slightly sceptical of this exec with the opinion that the would never be able to been the current presidents record.
Unfortunately, not only was I correct (bear in mind we haven’t even started the year properly yet) but it seems to be worse than I had originally thought. Our new president is a Social Justice Warrior.
What is a SJW? Why are they deemed worse? How is this guy an SJW? Well let me tell you…
What is a SJW?
Wikipedia defines Social Justice Warriors as:
“Social justice warrior” (commonly abbreviated SJW) is a pejorative term for an individual promoting socially progressive views, including feminism,civil rights,multiculturalism, and identity politics. The accusation of being an SJW carries implications of pursuing personal validation rather than any deep-seated conviction, and being engaged in disingenuous social justice arguments or activism to raise personal reputation, also known as virtue signalling.
So SJW’s are people protesting for equal rights that have already been granted. In this case, someone posted on Facebook telling all his friends (most of whom have the same religion as him) that they should all stop calling his place of worship a temple because it has a sacred name. There is just one problem with this – many people don’t usually see a temple or a mosque or a church or a synagogue, the nearest synagogue to me is over 11 miles away. No one means offence when they mis-identify a place of worship. This country has thousands to churches around it so everyone knows what they look like. But any other place of worship? People make mistakes, feel free to correct them but don’t instantly take offence when they get it wrong. Humans are not perfect, every religious scripture states that, not just mine. And before anyone asks, no, I do not know what the differences between a mosque, synagogue, temple and gurdwara are.
I don’t disagree people should know better, just work with them to make them better, don’t just condemn them.
Also, I came to university to get away from shock news and fake news. Please don’t distribute it especially as you are the new president. Nevermind anyone else, but you should know better.
Why are they deemed worse?
I would write something about this however, I believe that Jim Sterling explains why Social Justice Warriors should/are deemed fake activists. His video is below:
Why am I so annoyed about this?
One reason and one alone. This person was elected in to work for and with students yet he is just going off on his own, not even continuing the work the previous president began.
The election this year was widely due to a popularity vote. Not whether or not people liked the manifestos or not but if they are well known and I firmly believe that this year will be the first ever year in the history of the university the president will receive a vote of no confidence before Christmas.
Social justice warrior (2017). [online]. Available from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_justice_warrior [Accessed 16 July 2017]
Sterling, J. (2014) Social Justice Warriors… and Ganondorf (Jimquisition) [online]. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=je72mH9OmuU [Accessed 16 July 2017]