A few years ago, my political views aligned very closely with the far left movements of today such as Black Lives Matter, and campus based socialist/marxist movements. I learned a great deal about intersectionality, post-structuralism, and how to critique the existing establishment.
For a few years, I perceived capitalism as an inherently corrupt economic system that was meant for the wealthy elite. This favoritism of wealthy elitism combined with a white male hetero privileged culture that stems from European colonialism was the root of all social issues. That was my point of view for the longest period of time.
I would analyze world events based on how Naomi Klein did in her book “The Shock Doctrine.” If people with opinions different from mine would speak out on matters of race, gender, Islamic terrorism, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, etc., I would judge them based on their status in the intersectionality hierarchy. Even if the person who disagrees with me wasn’t a white man but a South Asian woman, I would assume she internalizes the white privileged patriarchal oppression and seeks to please the western elite.
Islam was a religion of peace for me, even as an apostate. The terrorists, misogynistic clerics etc. all had a misogynistic political agenda they impose on society and they twist the religious scriptures to their favor.
Al Qaeda and Islamist movements were a response to centuries of European colonization worldwide and recent history of US imperialism. The Jihadi narrative was used to spark nationalism against an oppressive Eurocentric international system that would take away their agency over their cultural practices.
Western imperialism would go far lengths to impose free market system worldwide so their oligarchy can invest and expand profits. According to my world view, U.S. foreign policy including the empowerment of human rights was all a disguise for this narrative.
Like the current liberal media outlets such as Buzzfeed and Mic, I would extensively emphasize on narratives of every possible victim based on characteristics of their identities (Gay, Trans, woman, Asian, overweight etc.)
These were my views.
I’ll repeat an earlier point again, people who disagreed with me were either too privileged to understand, just didn’t get it and needed to take a feminism class, or both.
However, I was never an active participant in any of the movements because I never understood what they were trying to achieve. I was realistic enough to understand that if protesters just want to shout about problems with no real solution in mind, nothing will get done. They will at best get some media coverage at best, and policies would not be reformed to their preference.
Another reason why I refused to be involved was the unrealistic revolutionary rhetoric. My friends in these movements did not have substantial policy solutions, they just wanted to overthrow the entire American political system. They really excelled at doing research on what the problem is, but they never provided meaningful reform ideas. When I would challenge them on what they would want to implement after this revolution, they would say “an egalitarian Marxist society that is inclusive and free of white privileged patriarchy.”
Even back then I thought going into events and shout racist, sexist, homophobe at the speaker was childish. I knew realistically that in a few years many of these “revolutionaries” would have to get out of their political bubbles and get a job; because they need money to survive. They will spend time blaming this poor capitalistic system that punishes them because they’re… [insert intersectional identity here]. The blame doesn’t go to their lack of effort in establishing careers, but on “white people.”
As the years went by, these views became popularized in the American mainstream. My Facebook feed perpetuated these views. Some of the claims from this side became so sickening to my conscience. I just had to question this obsession with demonizing white people. My friends would tell me “it’s not white people that we hate, it’s this system that holds a great degree of favoritism for white people.”
Then, of course: “racism against white people does not exist.” When I would challenge this claim, it appears that they redefined racism to “institutional marginalization of racial minorities” instead of “an individual’s or group’s perception of superiority over another group based on race.” I would bring up clear dictionary definitions that would prove my point and they would respond “well white people coined that definition, so your claim is polluted with white privilege.”
And racism doesn’t exist against white people they say?
When I saw that it turned from including overlooked voices in social dialogue to one that promotes white guilt and bigotry against whiteness, I had to re-examine my relationship with them.
I do agree that there are clear social disparities based on race, gender, sexual orientation, immigrant status etc. that affect people. But we should not define our existence by this. We should instead acknowledge they exist and put in personal effort to defy any negative prejudice attributed to us by excelling as a member of society.
I realized very recently that I went from far left to classic liberal in the past few months. My views have changed.
Unfortunately, radical left social justice warriors are like Muslims, they have a hard time handling people’s worldviews changing into one that differs from their own. So I have to maintain my anonymity through this blog if I want to maintain some of these friendships.
The reason I am coming out formally is because I want to share with you that when I speak about intersectionality, feminism, social justice warriors, etc. I tend to come from an experienced place similar to when I speak about Islam.
Just as I am an Ex-Muslim, I am also an Ex Social Justice Warrior/Radical Leftist.
I’ve been quite critical of Islam in my website/Youtube channel. I will continue to do so, because it is not done enough. I expose Islam to normalize dissent of Islam among Muslims.
I will also be relentlessly critical of the regressive left. They may potentially pollute the future of liberal politics.
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