New Woke Buzzword Just Dropped: “Policy Violence.”
I like this one. It’s punchier than “birthing people” yet less objectively goofy than (cringe) “Latinx.”
And it’s a nice allusion to socialism’s roots. If The People are victims of economic “violence,” then logically, they’re entitled to use Violence to reshape the order oppressing them.
Ironically, she chose student loans as the vehicle to launch this phrase, as the thought of Gen Z deadbeats being bailed out by Uncle Sam for their own poor choices after I was forced to pay off my loans does fill me with violent impulses.
“‘Policy violence’ makes me think of the bill from Schoolhouse Rock with like tattoos and a knife threatening college students,” said Joe Cunningham.
If anything is “violence” in this equation, isn’t it the steep tuition extorted from kids desperate to obtain a credential that’ll improve their earning potential? Pressley should huddle with the extremely woke administrators at American universities if she wants to end the “violence.”
Like “birthing people,” which also came to fame after a member of the Squad used it, the idea of deprivation and inequality as a form of “violence” isn’t new. “Discrimination against a working man is Violence. Ghetto housing is Violence. Ignoring medical needs is Violence,” said Coretta Scott King in 1968, shortly after her husband was assassinated. The Poor People’s Campaign borrowed that logic a few years ago in describing legislation that adversely affects impoverished people as “policy violence.”
And now, three years later, “policy violence” somehow includes the freely contracted debts of middle-class kids who bit off more than they could chew in pursuing higher education, bypassing cheaper alternatives in the process. I wonder what the family income cut-off is to qualify as a victim of “policy violence” these days. $100,000?
If you’re going to stretch the definition of “violence” to demonize things you dislike, which leftists routinely do to Orwellian effect, you would think the touchstone for deeming a policy “violent” would be that it involves actual Violence — like abortion, say — or that it at least does land squarely on the poor by design. Using it in the context of a bougie hobbyhorse like student-debt forgiveness is a supreme example of the Squad exposing who their actual constituency is, namely, extremely woke white yuppies.
Incidentally, student debt isn’t the only thing that qualifies as “policy violence” for Pressley. Another:
Dan McLaughlin wants to add to the list too:
Via Judson Berger, I’ll leave you with this lesson from last year on What Isn’t Violence. It remains an open question to me whether Squad members like Pressley do more to advance their pet causes than they do to enhance the GOP’s appeal.
Notes from the Editor
I find this interesting; when there was actual Violence, the Democrats said that these were peaceful protests, but when it is a policy they disagree with, it is a violent policy. CBS News has the guest above claim that rioting, looting, burning buildings that are not violent can be rebuilt. This is the Left trying to redefine words to justify their actions. I am sure, by the same measure, people killed in these “peaceful riots” did not have Violence against them, were they peacefully killed?
These people will excuse others’ Violence until it is displayed against them. If any of these people had a brick thrown through their winding, someone burned down their house; they would not talk about how this is not reasonable times; they would demand justice be done.
But this is not what we are seeing; we are seeing a push to make sure policies and actions as violent; one needs to ask, “Why?” If you look at the activities of the Left, what is coming next is not surprising; they equate anything they see as violent as racist, so the next logical step will be these “Violent policies” are racist. Thus they have no place in our laws.
What is more impressive is how they refuse to address where actual Violence is shown, with rioting, looting, destruction of property, taking of lives by these citizens, all because they are protesting racial inequality against Blacks by whites. Do you see the pattern here? If a white person does this, it is racist, violent, and should be stopped and prosecuted. But if a black person does this, it is a fight for equality; justice is being displayed, there should be no charge. These “Violent” acts aren’t violent; they are now peaceful.
I had a teacher in my son’s school look at me in shock when I questioned this being taught to my child; I went into the school, talked to her and the principal, I asked a question, a relatively simple one, “If you take ‘White Privilege,’ ‘White Fragility,’ and replace the white with black, is that racist?” They agreed it was racist; I then had to ask, how is it racist in one direction and not the other? This left them speechless.
This is where we are now. In the 1700s and 1800s, to justify their actions towards blacks, white Americans dehumanized blacks, textbooks from that time say that Blacks were not human, G-d created white people, blacks came from apes and monkies. While this may be accepted today with Evolution that all came from these species, it was not intended as a compliment; it was an insult to dehumanize the blacks. This thought process was later applied to excuse the inhumane treatment of slaves, treating them like cattle to do with as one pleased.
The same thing was done at the beginning of the last century against Jews. In the end, this type of thinking was used by not just Germany but many other nations to herd Jews into camps, making them second-class citizens in some areas; in Germany, they carried it out to the extreme, attempting to exterminate all of us.
The pattern is laid out for all to see; we start by redefining right and wrong, then dehumanizing. Finally, we use this as an excuse to attack or slaughter the ones we have done this to.
This is what we are seeing now. What is most astonishing is that this is being pushed by the ones who suffered from this same thing years ago, African Americans and liberal Jews. As a Jew, I find this shameful; I know many blacks feel the same way.
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