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Harvard student calls out social justice warrior peers as narrow-minded tyrants

A self-proclaimed social justice warrior has had enough of social justice warriors 

Social justice warriors love to preach diversity and inclusion — but they’re not very good at it themselves.

That’s the message coming from a Harvard University student — an Asian female and self-described social justice warrior — who says she is fed up with her peers’ unwillingness to allow her to have any opinion that slightly deviates from their extreme-leftist narrative.

“I am Not Your Enemy” is the name of the op-ed in the Harvard Crimson campus newspaper written by student Elizabeth Sun, who starts the piece by listing her long and lengthy social justice warrior credentials.

But then the column takes an interesting turn:

To claim a place in this “accepting” [social justice warrior] community, I had to think perfectly, talk perfectly, act perfectly, live perfectly. There was no room for unintended marginalization, for career considerations that paid too high, for ignorance towards the ever-expanding set of causes that the social justice movement adopts. …

Instead of focusing on the very real “bigots” of this world and tackling head-on the political structures of inequality, the loudest voices of the movement have become preoccupied with witch-hunting for “fake liberals.” There is this strange conviction that only the most extreme versions of a position can be true, and that all minor deviations, all attempts to compromise or to even consider the other side are forms of bigotry.

The result of this extremity is a tendency to prioritize flashiness over truth. It means that if, as a woman, you suggest that being careful with clothing, especially when walking by yourself, is a good way to reduce the risk of sexual assault, you will be immediately caricatured as blaming women for rape. It means that if you talk about the higher SAT and GPA scores needed for Asian-Americans in college applications in a debate about affirmative action, you will be immediately shut down as trying to pit minorities against each other.

Using exaggeration and shame to deny the tension of real nuances is both ignorant and irresponsible. No issue that deals with thousands of people can be so crudely simplified. And if my unwillingness to support these exaggerations earns me the ultimate disqualifier of “center-left,” that is the identity I want to embrace. Because this active polarization is more than a Harvard drama—it is a denial of humanity to the rest of this country.

Well said, Ms. Sun, well said. There’s hope for you yet.

Read the full column.

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Jennifer Kabbany is editor-in-chief of The College Fix.