OPINION | This article contains political commentary which reflects the author's opinion.
Social justice is a business, pure and simple. If you don’t think so, please count the houses you own and think about how you or your family earned them. Then compare yourself to BLM co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors and her four homes worth a total worth of $3.2 million. Local BLM organizers are crowdfunding to stay active while their fearless leader is currently searching for property at the resort area in the Bahamas where Justin Timberlake also has a home. Maybe they’ll discuss marches and riots at the next neighborhood barbecue. After all, their personal chefs will be busy manning the grill.
“An Australian Strategic Policy Institute report published this March, “Uyghurs for sale,” found Uyghur slave labor working in factories supplying 83 well-known global brands in the technology, clothing, shoe, and automotive sectors, including Apple, GM, Gap — and Nike.” But that’s funny because Apple and Nike are amongst some of the biggest names in social justice. Maybe buying shoes made from slave labor is the same as supporting minorities in business or something?
Picture the rainbow flag that appears all over advertisements during Pride month and tell me if those businesses really care about LGBT issues (and yeah, I refuse to add other letters to that, it is what it is) or if the marketing team simply understands that hanging a flag might bring them more customers. At the very least it may help keep the sharks at bay when it comes time to criticize companies for not being woke enough.
And while we’re talking about money, if you’re wondering where all the money raised by climate change activists goes…it goes to scientists who publicly endorse climate change, federal funding, international assistance, and the planning of more climate activism. It’s a billion-dollar industry that has done squat for climate change. Despite the fact that global surface temperatures stalled in 2000 and haven’t increased significantly since, we’ve been promised that the world would end several times by now. Even with all the urgency and alarm, the best plan on the table to save us involves giving everyone a free home and banning cows or developing cows that don’t pass gas courtesy of the Green New Deal. I look back at these predictions made on Earth Day in 1970, and I wonder if scientists the world over wouldn’t benefit from a Xanax.
Of course, the billion-dollar drug industry is doing well enough on its own. Did you know that climate anxiety is an illness you can get a prescription for? It doesn’t rid you of the problem, but it can mask it for life if you take it that long. Problem solved. Restless leg syndrome? There’s a pill for that, no need to stand up. Active child? That can be cured in no time. I think it’s no secret that Big Pharma is a self-licking ice cream cone. Their “compassion” for the traumas of the world is filling their pockets. They remind me a bit of politicians who want to keep us locked down for our own safety, but also want to go to hair salons and have birthday parties with their friends. The compassion, it’s so thick you could choke on it.
I found an illustrative video on the cycle of money surrounding pharmaceutical companies if you don’t mind a few F-bombs.
At the end of the day, I’m not saying that none of these issues are real issues. I mean, I DO think BLM is simply a Nigerian Prince scam because they raised $90 million and none of it went to black communities. But are there times when medications are life-saving? Absolutely. Is the climate changing? Sure. Are the LGBT issues worth discussing? I’d say so. But are social justice activism and virtue signaling addressing any of these issues in earnest? Not at all. Not even a little bit. But is it making money? Oh my goodness, yes! It’s raking in the big dough. Dollar-dollar-bills y’all.
There are definitely times when companies like Gillette and the NFL can virtue signal with such gusto that they lose money and fans faster than Kaepernick can drop from the bench to his knees. But for the most part, if done subtly, most people don’t even acknowledge the businesses pandering to the woke crowd or the organizations putting pressure on them to do so.
It’s time for the people who donate to and support these organizations to look past the outrage encouraged, the complicity demanded, and the catchy slogans and readily available tee-shirts to ask where the money is going and how it’s making a difference. They may find they’re stuck on a merry-go-round while the attendant is taking a nap. Hop off of that sucker and join the skeptics. At the very least, try to support the causes you believe in with time instead of money. If they’re truly benevolent, they’ll be grateful for your time.
If you already know the deal and don’t drink the SJW Kool-Aid, here’s an amusing video on how to spot a social justice warrior. SJW’s just CHILL, it’s a joke!! And also, I’m sorry it’s completely accurate.