Why a Street Harassment Video Created a Liberal Panic

Why would evidence of harassment make a Liberal panic?

Political correctness is one of the engines of nannyism. Allowing and even encouraging ‘offensive’ ideas is vital for the intellectually health of a free society.” – David Harsanyi

Many people view political correctness as a disease we just have to live with; even though it’s been around for quite some time, and despite its continual intensification, they believe that it is not terminal to our society. I disagree wholeheartedly with that idea.

Political correctness is lethal to a society because it stifles the truth, and replaces it with manufactured notions. These manufactured notions adhere to the vision of a supposedly perfect society. This presents a problem, which is twofold: first, the notions, no matter how well-intentioned, are not reflective of reality. As we continue to see the world through rose-colored glasses, reality doesn’t cease to exist. Refusing to see the world as it is can cause us to be unprepared for dangerous situations. Second, who is in control of creating the politically correct narrative, and how does it benefit them? Politically correct notions tend to favor the left, and as such, tend to be created by the left. By creating a fictional narrative, liberals can more easily manipulate the public into believing what they want them to believe.

The left has very meticulously crafted the narrative that straight, white males are the singular evildoers in modern American society. They have used that fiction to define the Republican Party negatively. They imply that the Party is dominated by straight, white males, and is therefore evil. Should something arise that contradicts that notion, it must be stifled, or spun.

A video in which a woman is harassed as she walks around New York City has been making the rounds on social media recently. It is quite enlightening, and as a man, I find it disturbing how many times this woman was catcalled, and propositioned while doing absolutely nothing but walk down the street. Because the Democratic Party is so keen on representing themselves as the singular Party of female voters, one would think that this video would be repeated endlessly on networks like MSNBC, and CNN, and on websites like Huffington Post in a self-congratulatory manner, like somehow they’re the only ones who care about how women are treated. However, there is a chink in the armor because the majority of harassers shown in the video are black, and Hispanic. Uh oh.

Liberal MSNBC host Chris Hayes recently went on record saying that he hesitated to show the video on the air because of the racial implications:

There’s also been a very interesting and important critique of the racial politics of the video, something I noticed right away and actually that was the reason we didn’t show it on the show the first time around because it shows a white woman walking around New York city being approached mostly by men of color who are featured most prominently in the video.”

Hayes nearly censored his own show because a video did not match his notion of political correctness. When I watched the video for the first time, I didn’t notice the racial makeup of those harassing the woman, because I was focused on the what, and not the who, but apparently many others noticed, because the racial makeup of the video has caused quite a stir online. The director of the video made a statement regarding the racial issue, saying that there were indeed white harassers, but many were off camera or unable to be included in the footage for various other reasons. But rest assured, white guys are still the worst!

There are several possible explanations as to why the video happened to be racially stacked, including the choice of neighborhoods through which the woman walked, but what is most interesting to me is the reaction of the left. The liberal blogosphere overflowed with articles making sure everyone knows that blacks, and latinos aren’t the only men who harass women—whites do it too! WHITES DO IT TOO! One particularly interesting article from Emily Gould of Salon stated:

Part of being honest about street harassment and creating awareness of it has to be an honest assessment of the ways this kind of harassment can be a way marginalized groups talk back to the white gentrifiers taking over their neighborhoods. I liked Roxane Gay’s tweet about the video, where she admitted that what made it so hard for people to figure out how to respond appropriately to it was that: ‘It’s difficult and uncomfortable to admit that we have to talk about race/class/gender/sexuality/ability/etc, all at once.‘”

Wow. So what we’re supposed to get out of that video is not that many men treat women as property, but that whitey is an oppressor.

The left is so concerned by this video because it depicts a situation in which the straight, white male is not the primary evildoer. The video shows a white woman being harassed by—gasp—black, and latino men! That runs contrary to the carefully crafted narrative in which whites have everything, and minorities have nothing, and that the rich, white, male Republican establishment has its boot on the necks of minorities, and women. So to counter the video, and stem the bleeding, liberal publications like Salon must assure its readers that the conversation should be about white gentrification, and liberal opinion hosts like Chris Hayes must censor the conversation by hesitating to air the video at all.

The left is afraid that if they don’t rush to repair the breach in their narrative, people might start to realize that they have been manipulated. Perhaps the policies enacted by Democrats are the ones actually harming the United States? Maybe the evil, rich, straight, white, male Republicans aren’t so evil after all? No! Everything is fine! We’re here for you, say the Democrats. And don’t ever think…otherwise.