Black people are cool. Black activists are obnoxious.
Gay people are cool. Gay activists are obnoxious.
Trans people are cool. Trans activists are obnoxious.
Much of what we discuss surrounding social issues today isn’t truly organic. It could be a tragic incident that comes up in the national media, media outlets are purposely selecting which stories we discuss. If it bleeds it leads; if there is outrage put it on the front page.
The same could be said for activists. Whether it be individual activists or organizations, their main objective is for people to link arms with them in order to further a particular cause. They must convince non-believers by any means necessary; even by means of exaggeration.
The problem is that activists who are in true belief of there being an issue that we should all care about, place themselves ahead of the people they claim to be advocating for. They appoint themselves as the mouthpiece for a large demographic, even if it wasn't asked for.
Becoming an activist requires no true skillset or previous work experience. At a minimum, you need the ability to feign outrage every chance you get in order to magnify a micro issue into being a macro issue. We are allowing socially manipulative people to speak with impunity.
Not only are they socially manipulative but many of them are ideologically driven. This is why asking questions about their claims is seen as a threat because they are operating off of a belief system & challenging one’s belief system tends to feel like an attack.
Ideologues aren't about seeking truth, they're about reaffirming their beliefs. Most activists are ideologues, which is why they have no problem shouting down others because they are true believers of their cause & only they know the righteous path forward for society.
Essentially, modern activists are unelected ideologues who utilize social manipulation and, if need be, exaggeration to gain financially and/or social leverage while operating off of their savior complex. Without their activism, more (insert demographic) will (insert verb).
But most people don't like activists because of how they gain power and how their voice overshadows the demographics they speak on behalf of. Because of this, there is becoming a conflation by believing activists are one and the same as the population they speak for.
Regardless of what activists preach, there is no one homogenous thought in any large demographic of people. There is, however, the possibility of a homogenous narrative about a population of people. The media & activists both benefit from having everyone believe this.
Having people see all (insert demographic) as having one thought process with one general narrative & one solution (or at least 1 solution at a time), then it makes it easier to socially manipulate. But it also makes it easier for people to despise these demographics.
There could be legitimate animosity growing for these demographics but much of it is because of the activist class. They have the microphone & they're definitely obnoxious but many are misplacing their hatred for these group-oriented activists for their hatred of the group.
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