Social Justice Warriors are crazy -- they might even be crazier than climate deniers. I mean, climate deniers are people who don't understand science. Social Justice Warriors outright reject anything that resembles logic or reason.
For example, their insistence that "equality of outcome" is the standard for justice -- when, really, it's the opposite of justice.
I think we can all agree that "equality of treatment" is of the utmost importance. No one should be denied opportunities or treated badly because of their gender, skin color, or religion. Unequal treatment is an injustice.
(Obviously, there is some grey area there. Should convicted felons have the right to vote? Should transwomen be allowed to attend an all-girls school?)
Equality of treatment is of the utmost importance. But no one can guarantee equality of outcome -- because, as every single academic in the world knows (or should know):
correlation is not causation.
When more boys than girls get suspended from school, is that because schools are sexist against boys -- or is it because boys are more likely to commit violent crimes?
When more men than women go into computer science, is it because of sexism in STEM -- or is it because women, in general, are more attracted to social and biological sciences than men?
Just by looking at the data, it's impossible to say.
Confused? Cue the obligatory shoutout to Spurious Correlations, a website that beautifull shows, week after week, that correlation is not causation.
For example, here's a graph that shows the "relationship" between drownings in a swimming pool and Nicolas Cage movies.
Here's one that shows the relationship between cheese consumption and dying by sheet strangultion:
When you claim that higher rates of expulsion for boys vs. girls or black students vs. white students "proves" sexism or racism, you make about as much rational sense as claiming the age of Miss America causes murders by steam and hot objects.
That is why demanding "equality of outcome" is absolutely ludicrous.
Say a school decides that equality of outcome matters more than equality of treatment. The only way to accomplish that is by doing two things:
1) Expel girls for the most minor offenses, like showing up two minutes after the bell or chewing gum.
2) Stop expelling boys, except for major offenses, like murder.
Is that justice? It is certainly not equality of treatment, as girls are now held to a much, much higher behavioral standard than boys. And, although it may ultimately achieve equality of outcome, what does it mean to have a school full of boys who assault their teachers, sexually harass their female classmates, and create an unsafe or unproductive learning environment?
Who is that "fair" to?
Now, let's move from a hypothetical argument to a very real one.
In 2014, under Obama (who, for what it's worth, has helped build a strong economy, with low unemployment rates and fewer uninsured people than ever -- so don't throw the baby out with the bathwater), the Justice, Office of Civil Rights, and Education Departments have strong-armed schools across the country into drastically reducing the number of students they suspend and expel.
Because more black students were being expelled than white students. If correlation equaled causation, the explanation for this is that schools and teachers -- some of the most liberal bleeding-hearts in the country! -- are racist against black students.
But, since we're all intellectuals, here, we know that correlation is not causation.
Manhattan Institute fellow Heather Mac Donald writes in the City Journal,
Black males between the ages of 14 and 17 commit homicide at ten times the rate of white and Hispanic males of the same age. The lack of socialization that produces such a vast disparity in murder rates, as well as less lethal street violence, inevitably will show up in classroom behavior. Teens who react to a perceived insult on social media by trying to shoot the offender are not likely to restrain themselves in the classroom if they feel “disrespected” by a teacher or fellow students. Interviews with teachers confirm the proposition that children from communities with high rates of family breakdown bring vast amounts of disruptive anger to school, especially girls. It is no surprise that several of the Christmas riots began with fights between girls. School officials in urban areas across the country set up security corridors manned by police officers at school dismissal times to avoid gang shootings. And yet, the Obama administration would have us believe that in the classroom, black students are no more likely to disrupt order than white students.
Her post continues:
The best solution to such alleged teacher racism, according to the Obama Justice and Education Departments, is to pressure teachers to keep unruly students in the classroom rather than removing them. This movement goes by the name of “restorative justice;” its result has been anarchy, adding a school-to-hospital pipeline to the school-to-prison pipeline. The St. Paul school district has been in the restorative-justice vanguard. Assaults on teachers tripled in 2015, reports Katherine Kersten of the Center for the American Experiment; one teacher sustained a traumatic brain injury, while another required staples in her head. Melees of 40 to 50 people (resembling the mall violence) are common, according to Kersten; roving packs of students attack isolated individuals. One high school issued emergency whistles to teachers. (Kersten has a full-length feature story on the St. Paul schools in City Journal’s upcoming issue.)
Is this justice? Is this fair? Should we really allow teachers and students to be put at risk, to be assaulted and injured and raped and murdered, because Social Justice Warriors have no concern for third or confounding variables, such as crime rates outside the classroom and rates of violence among teenagers raised in a broken-down home? Do children not have the right to an education in an environment where they can feel physical safety? (Note: there is a difference between "comfort" and safety; there is a difference between safety and "safe spaces.")
When you ignore all other information and context, and focus entirely on equality of outcome, the only way to achieve "equality"... is through injustice.