Everything Is Racist Because It Pays
There are people who make money whenever you get called racist, homophobic, sexist, transphobic or Islamophobic. It might sound hard to believe, but modern social justice isn't something that grows organically out of the dirt—social justice has become an industry. There are activist and advocacy groups that rake in millions annually from fighting perceived injustices that have been manufactured for the very purpose of having something to fight against. It's a multi-million dollar industry built around making people believe that there are injustices happening all around them, all the time. This industry has reshaped our culture and our politics and created a whole new class of businessmen and politicians who benefit directly from perceived instances of widespread discrimination.
Whether it's a non-profit activist organization, a political party or a labour union, money is being funneled in from large and small donors across the country. These donors are throwing their money at organizations that have made them believe racism, Nazism, transphobia and sexism are widespread problems in need of fixing. This whole industry is predicated upon spreading certain kinds of information, perpetuating certain ideas and cashing in on people's emotional reactions to those ideas.
When Justin Trudeau succeeds at making even a small fraction of Canadians believe that Islamophobia and sexism are rampant and systemic problems in their country, dollars start rolling into Liberal Party coffers. Dollars also start rolling into the coffers of advocacy and activist groups dedicated to fighting Islamophobia and sexism. Those same oraganizations don't just also happen to be Liberal Party donors, their founders and directors usually have connections to the Liberal Party and are individual donors themselves. The same happens in the United States with groups like Color Of Change, GLAAD and organizations with direct connections to the Democratic Party.
While the founders and leaders of these organizations take home five or six digit salaries, the politicians and political parties they support are building up their war chests for re-election. This is how the industry works.
The social justice industry and its connections to government and political parties can be compared to what Dwight D. Eisenhower called the Military-Industrial Complex. In this case, rather than defence contractors and weapons manufacturers influencing policy for their own financial gain, we have advocacy and lobby groups that dedicate their time to fighting systemic discrimination—which is often fictitious and only sometimes real.
The role of these advocacy groups isn't just to fight Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, racism and sexism, but to make people believe that all of these phobias and -isms are widespread and dangerous. When they get a prime minister or president in office that helps spread their ideas, it becomes a win-win situation for everyone involved. The wider the message spreads, the wealthier everyone gets.
Like with any complex, there comes an actually dangerous cycle of perpetuity. With the military-industrial complex, we end up with endless wars. With the SJW-government-party complex, we end up with endless culture wars and polarization along racial, sexual and religious lines.
An even more dangerous scenario emerges when these groups and organizations run out of problems to fix.
Running Out Of Problems
We know exactly what would happen to these activist groups and political parties in the absence of Islamophobia, sexism and racism. They would run out of money and their leaders and founders would have to get real jobs. In Canada, the hijab cutting controversy spread like a wildfire and caught the attention of Justin Trudeau—before we all found out it was a big lie.
This is how the cycle starts.
To keep themselves wealthy, employed and relevant, these activist groups, unions and politicians have to create new problems. You have to find it somewhat coincidental that since women have been made equal under the law, since gay couples were given the right to marry and since discriminating based on sex and sexual orientation was made illegal, a whole new form of discrimination suddenly needed resolving: transphobia.
As sure as you're sitting there and reading this, you can bet a new phobia will take this old phobia's place when we can no longer argue that trans people are being legitimately persecuted. Hypothetically, we could say it was a funny coincidence that 50 new genders magically emerged to be defended after the former two were made equal under the law.
Obviously, some are still arguing about a massive wage gap and inequality, but that's just another problem that was manufactured in order to be fixed. In Canada, Europe and most of the 50 United States, it's illegal to pay someone less for doing the same job based solely on their sex. Yes, there is an earning gap between the sexes, but it has been explained by people like Jordan Peterson and other academics as a combination of several factors. But, the activists and politicians don't benefit unless a substantial enough portion of the population believes the wage gap is the result of discrimination and systemic oppression.
By believing that the wage gap is a result of discrimination, activists and politicians can be paid to fix it. By acknowledging that it's the result of statistically proven factors ranging from maternity leave to inherently different life choices, activists and politicians would have to admit the wage gap is unfixable. This would mean giving up the fight and foregoing the financial and political benefits of the war.
Let's face it. If we lived in a society where all of these phobias and -isms were truly eradicated, the Liberal and Democratic parties would have nothing left to fight for. Conservatives and Republicans don't rally along racial or sexual lines as often as Liberals and Democrats want us to believe. Even with Donald Trump's fight against illegal immigration, Democrats and activist groups are doing backflips to convince us that immigration controls are racist. By conflating illegal and legal immigration, they successfully convinced half of America that Donald Trump and Republicans hate brown people. By doing that, they've also convinced Americans that minorities need Democrats.
Money And Organization
What use would any of this be if we didn't actually take a look at some of the groups and organizations that cash in on social justice. We can also take a glance at the people at the top of these organizations and who they pal around with. This piece would be 100,000 words or more if we looked at all of the groups operating in the social justice industry, so we'll just look at a couple—which will give us a general profile of all the rest.
Let's start with one of my favourite organizations in the United States called Color Of Change, which was co-founded by CNN's Van Jones—who also worked in the Obama White House.
Color Of Change was the organization behind the ouster of both Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly at Fox News and Pat Buchanan at MSNBC. It was founded by Van Jones and James Rucker after Hurricane Katrina on the premise that blacks have been mistreated and left behind by white America. The organization has since worked to divide Americans along racial lines by stirring up animosity and perceptions of “injustice” around certain events and incidents—like Hurricane Katrina and a 2006 incident and criminal trial involving six African Americans who assaulted a white teenager named Justin Barker.
In 2007, Color Of Change raised a quarter of a million dollars to defend the six African Americans who—according to James Rucker—were somehow mistreated by the justice system because they were black. To sum it up, the conviction of one of Justin Barker's assailants was overturned and the original charges of attempted murder were reduced to aggravated assault—which for one of the assailants was reduced even further to simple battery. Of course, all of this happened before Color Of Change began a campaign to convince America that the “Jena Six” had somehow been mistreated.
The Jena Six incident did, in fact, spark racial tensions in Louisiana among the white population and white students, who hung nooses from trees and threatened other black students at a local high school in Jena. Color Of Change exploited these incidents to help prove their case, and the organization reported a massive growth in membership for 2007.
According to tax records from 2013, Color Of Change pulled in more than $500,000 in revenue. In 2012, Color Of Changed pulled in nearly $800,000 in revenue. In 2011, Color Of Change reported $1.4M in total assets. Some of Color Of Change's biggest contributors are the Open Society Foundation and the Service Employees International Union. These profits go into the bank accounts of the organization's founders and president, who are all prominent supporters of the Democratic Party.
Color Of Change's current president, Rashad Robinson, has a reported net worth of $1.6M. As of 2017, Van Jones had a reported net worth of $1.2M. James Rucker currently has a reported net worth similar to that of Rashad Robinson at around $1.6M. All of Color Of Change's key players are multi-millionaires.
In Canada, LeadNow funneled US money into Canada to help Trudeau's Liberal Party win the 2015 election. On the group's About page, you'll find their story, which reads like this: “Members of the Leadnow community have articulated a progressive vision of a strong democracy, a fair economy and a clean environment, with an emerging focus on building solidarity with First Nations and migrant communities. We’ve done this by engaging with others through online trainings and community surveys, and face-to-face gatherings in cities and towns across the country.”
Since the verdict in the controversial Gerald Stanley trial, LeadNow has stoked racial division in Canada between whites and First Nations communities. Their latest campaign encourages Canadians to sign a petition calling for an inquiry into the verdict. LeadNow has also helped spread the narrative that Canada's justice system is inherently racist.
LeadNow's executive director is Lyndsay Poaps, who leads a team of mostly women and has participated in events that target institutionalized sexism in politics and government. LeadNow and Poaps have spent resources using identity politics and group identity to drive wedges between Canadians. Similar to Color Of Change, LeadNow has worked tirelessly at convincing Canadians that their society and justice system are inherently racist and that “white privilege” is a scourge. Like Color Of Change, LeadNow has a tendency to manufacture problems and instances of discrimination where they don't exist.
All of this is done for financial gain and political influence—which leads to more financial gain.
It's estimated that LeadNow has—in the past—operated on a $16M budget. According to a report compiled by Vivian Krause, LeadNow's investor package from its 2010 business plan called for a $16M operating budget over ten years. By October of 2010, LeadNow had secured seed funding to hire an executive director. Their business plan also stated, “We are seeking individuals willing to make contributions to a three-year operating and campaigning fund of $1.9 million CAD.”
As you can see, LeadNow is hardly a small operation. As stated earlier, a lot of the money that rolled into LeadNow's coffers to help influence the 2015 election came from US organizations like the Tides Foundation. The organization has a clear business model and an executive director who earns a salary.
According to LeadNow's financial statements, the organization reported $993,620 in revenue in 2013, $1,094,761 in 2014 and $1,672,694 in 2015. In 2013, LeadNow spent $452,169 on wages and benefits and in 2015 that number increased to $957,177 as their revenues increased. All of this can be found hidden on their website or in a report compiled by Vivian Krause here.
Making It Stop
The only way to put a stop to this nonsense is to quit listening, think twice and question everything. Information is the most powerful weapon for these organizations, but it's also the most powerful tool in defeating them. With their resources and their politicians in office, they can carry their messages further than the rest of us. In some cases, it's safe to assume they have some journalists and media personalities in their back pockets as well.
The second most powerful weapon these organizations have is money. Some would argue that money is the first most powerful tool but, with social media, messages and fake news—like Canada's hijab cutting hoax—can spread quickly and efficiently at a low cost. The best way to curb this nonsense is to think twice before retweeting or sharing a news story. Reading beyond the headlines before mindlessly clicking share or retweet is a winning strategy.
Doing your own fact-checking and research is key to having an effective counter-punch. These organizations rely on low-information supporters to mindlessly share and regurgitate their nonsense, but that's nothing a little bit of research can't beat. It didn't take long to dig up LeadNow's financials or Color Of Change's leadership and networth. Anyone can do it—including you.
If something doesn't sound or smell right, do a bit more sniffing on your own. Chances are, the trail will lead you back to wealthy donors, ideological rats and a bunch of people looking to add extra digits to their bank balances. Being offended, being a victim and fabricating cases of racism and discrimination are big business. If you're suspicious, follow the money.