Orange is the new black. 30 is the new 20. Perpetrators are the new victims… Wait! What?! A disturbing trend has been emerging for a while which threatens true justice and real equality which is so highly sought after in today’s passionate political landscape. People suffering death, loss, and assault are discarded as social justice replaces equal justice when criminals are protected and sheltered in the name of tolerance. It’s as if hurt feelings are worse than terror attacks, rapes, assaults, etc.
On March 25th, 2017, the Gulf News ran an editorial piece entitled “London Won’t Let Hate Prevail” written by Nesrine Malik. The piece was in response to the horror induced reactions of the rampage courtesy of who some are dubbing the Westminster terrorist Khalid Masood. It’s full of virtue signaling and pompous insinuations written to protect NOT the dead victims or their families, but an entire sect of people that had absolutely no hand in the atrocious act. The piece is a prime example of misplaced focus and an effort to create an “us-versus-them” dialogue where a moral high ground is claimed and actual solutions are kicked further down the road.
Instead of engaging the legacy of the mentally deranged Masood and addressing strategies for preventing future incidents, Malik utilizes her influence and platform to disregard victims and cast-off/condemn those public figures that wish to preserve life and liberty from the expense of terrorists. Naming names, Malik exposes “an entire industry” of “right-wing hate” and “an infrastructure of hate promotion” in which “the right-wing was literally waiting in the wings, almost grateful that the imaginary fears it had been trying to provoke had become real ones.” Seriously?! “Imaginary fears”? Are those “imaginary fears” so imaginary for Aysha Frade, Keith Palmer, and Kurt Cochran? Were those fears so imaginary for any other folks killed or maimed by terrorism or hate crimes the world over?
Of course, there is not one mention of the terrorist Masood and certainly no condemnation of him or his actions. Oh, no! There’s only condemnation of others actually trying to eliminate future attacks. It would be easy to assume Malik’s silence on the issue as consent but that would be irresponsible and (hopefully) erroneous, just as her assumption that Donald Trump Jr. “singled out [London Mayor Sadiq] Khan because he was Muslim” is irresponsible. Anything to achieve the moral high ground of victimhood.
This leads into another example of misplaced focus in response to horrific incidents. After two illegal immigrants allegedly raped a 14-year-old girl in a bathroom stall at Rockville High School in Maryland, concerned parents addressed the issue of illegal immigration and policy measures that may have prevented such a brutal act. However, instead of speaking to the issue of rape/sexual assault in his school and immigrants in the country illegally, school superintendent Jack Smith was more concerned with “hateful” and “xenophobic” rhetoric towards the alleged rapists. Granted, it’s reported that there were a few threats made in response to the assault but authorities determined the threats weren’t credible.
Smith stated plainly and boldly that “This behavior will not be tolerated in our community.” Any reasonable mind would assume he was addressing the disgusting sexual assault that took place on his watch but no, of course not. In an effort to maintain stale political correctness and uphold social justice Smith was speaking out against unsubstantiated and untrustworthy verbal threats.
Maryland resident Hessie Harris made a bold statement to The Daily Signal saying “We have become second-class citizens. If we (American citizens) do something we face consequences, but illegals under the sanctuary city policies, they don’t.”
Another Rockville High School parent declared, “It’s as if almost the nation has turned against its own people.”
These sentiments encapsulate a growing frustration and distrust which is emerging each time genuine victimization occurs. People of influence such as Malik and Smith are hijacking honest victimhood and bestowing it upon perpetrators committing unthinkable acts against innocent, undeserving individuals. Unfortunate is the day when society protects and shields the causes of these crimes rather than condemning and holding them accountable.