The social justice community is known for its asininity, as it often ventures into the most racist, sexist, and bigoted territory to the applause of many on the left and the media at large. What would be considered Hitlerian thought if it was coming from right-wing mouths is passed off as “fairness,” and “justice” from the social justice community, and the latest example proves just how ridiculous things have gotten.
For background purposes, the Black Panther movie has inspired the social justice community to froth at the mouth. In between applauding the black nationalistic, isolationist state of Wakanda (something they’re currently losing their minds over Trump for) or being mad that no one in the movie is gay, the social justice community believes Black Panther to be the movie that all movies should mimic.
This includes a suggestion that should a white person speak up around black people, he should be literally barked at like a dog until he’s silent, as Damon Young wrote over at The Root.
Young is referring to the scene were white CIA agent Everette Ross (Martin Freeman) attempts to inject his two cents into a meeting with M’Baku, the leader of the Que Dog Jabari tribe, a rival tribe to the hero T’Challa’s tribe. As soon as he speaks up, M’Baku begins to grunt loudly like a gorilla, the animal mascot of his tribe. Other people of his tribe join in until the room is filled with “OOH OOH OOH” and Ross is forced into silence.
Young seemed to think that this is a great way to silence white people, who he believes shouldn’t be allowed to talk:
One thing, however, that we can and definitely should start doing is what M’Baku and his Que Dog Jabari Tribe did when encountering a problematic white dude who was speaking when there was no ask or need or purpose for the thoughts and opinions of problematic white dudes.
Not a purposeless bark. This isn’t a shih tzu barking through the window at a squirrel. Instead this would be an intentional bark. A targeted bark. An overpowering bark. A drowning bark. A Wakandan bark. A bark meant to communicate “Um, who told you that you can speak? When it is time for your words, we will let you know. And maybe that time will never come. We’ll see. Now, just shut up and stand there. Maybe get on your phone and google ‘How not to be a colonizer.’ Whatever you do, I want to hear you not speaking.”
The bark doesn’t just have to be a counter for useless words, either. A wayward white hand reaches for your hair? WOOF! WOOF! WOOF! A group of white people huddled on a sidewalk refuse to step aside when you attempt to walk past them? WOOF! WOOF! WOOF! A purse is clutched when you walk on an elevator? WOOF! WOOF! WOOF! (If they’re going to act scared, you might as well give them a reason to be.)
Young’s obvious racism aside, this level of social justice thinking suggests its adherents relegate themselves to acting like dogs (M’Baku wasn’t even barking like a dog, but we can’t expect social justice warriors to think too critically) when confronted with skin tones or opinions they don’t like. If you’re confronted with a counterpoint to your narrative, just start barking like a fool.
This is the problem with social justice advocacy. Not only does it promote ignorance, it suggests you act like an idiot in order to keep yourself that way.