The court of social justice needs a reckoning. It has become drunk with power and espouses a dogma where empathy is weaponized and dissenters are punished. Anyone who dares have a lived experience or opinion that challenges the court may do so but at their own peril. Character assassination resulting in cruel, divisive behavior is now a perfectly acceptable means to an end, leaving no room for compassion, civil discourse, or independent thinking.
The court is now the judge, the jury, and the executioner.
Recently, Boise State leadership had the opportunity to stop this destructive behavior after students and administrators launched an unsubstantiated, behind-the-scenes smear campaign of a locally owned small business. The crime? Supporting law enforcement. Had the involved parties done their due diligence, they would have learned that the female business owner’s significant other, a law enforcement officer, was paralyzed and lost his leg after being shot five times by a violent criminal several years ago. This happened while he was protecting our community.
The court of social justice took no mercy on a small business expanding during a global pandemic or the students who would become unemployed as a result of the business being removed as a campus vendor. None of that mattered because it had achieved its goal: silencing the perceived dissenter.
If Boise State leadership were truly committed to an environment where inclusivity, diversity, and equity are valued, they would have recognized that this also involves protecting diversity of thought. Instead, they opted to set a dangerous precedent where people must walk the razor-thin margin of perfection or be subjected to the wrath of the court.
How does retaliation against coffee and baked goods actually advance marginalized communities and catalyze policy reform? It doesn’t.
The only tangible outcome is the delusional self-satisfaction of harming a local business owner and her employees. Perhaps the court should take heed from Thomas Sowell. “Justice at all costs is not justice.”
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