It is possible to win an argument without saying a word simply by positioning yourself as a victim. If you can successfully portray yourself as somebody who’s being unfairly treated as a result of “fear” and “hatred,” then anyone who would question you, let alone criticize you, is automatically categorized as a villain.
Fear and Hate
Those sentiments are real and the damage that has been done throughout the centuries as a result of unreasonable fear and nonsensical hatred ranges from the Holocaust to the KKK. That’s one of the reasons both those words are so effective in shutting down any real dialogue. You invoke those words and all of the horrific images associated with those words overwhelm whatever conversation would otherwise occur and the person who asserted those terms is acknowledged as the noble victor and their opponent is dismissed as a fool if not worse.
And that’s appropriate. Provided, of course, that the situation being addressed is truly characterized by fear and hate.
These days, however, those words are usually nothing more than strategic tools to veil the lack of substance that characterizes the argument that would otherwise be revealed for the hollow philosophical paradigm that it is. Listen for how often those words are used by the Left and watch how any kind of rebuttal to their argument is silenced simply by accusing the other side of being motivated by “fear” and “hate.”
Take for example Ilhan Abdullahi Omar. She is a Muslim from Somalia whose family sought asylum back in 1995 at which point they moved to Minneapolis. In 2016 she ran on the Democrat-Farmer-Labor ticket and won the opportunity to champion the state of Minnesota in the House of Representatives.
On the surface, it looks like the American Dream come to life. But Omar has been caught saying some things that make it apparent her convictions are both anti Semitic and perhaps even treacherous.
Ilhan Omar is being criticized for her words. Not her skin color or her ethnicity. She’s being called to give an account for her condemnation of Israel, the American military and her apparent inability to define the 9/11 attack as an act of terrorism carried out by militant Muslims.
But she’s a “victim.”
The Nation recently reported how on April 30, “…over 100 Black women activists gathered in Washington DC, to support Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar in the face of Islamophobic incitement from the Trump White House.” The article goes on to say…
The protest came as a moment of Black women’s unity in the face of Islamophobic misogynoir, with speakers such as Representative Ayanna Pressley contextualizing the attacks on Omar as part of a long-standing pattern of silencing of Black women’s voices. Speaking at the event, Omar described the attacks on her in the broader context of white supremacy, including anti-Jewish violence like the attack on a synagogue in Poway, California, saying, “We collectively must make sure that we are dismantling all systems of oppression.
By the way, notice how any criticism of Omar is categorized as “white supremacy.” In other words, to be critical of her comments is to identify yourself as being anti-Semitic and a racist. There’s no real mention of what she’s saying, only the fact that if you disagree, you must be either afraid or enraged by her ethnicity.
You see how this works?
Later in the article, Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors is asked, “Why do you think Omar is such a target not only for the far right but also some Democrats?” Patrisse answered,
It’s simple. She’s Black, she’s Muslim, she’s hijab-wearing. That is literally the image of fear that Trump has invoked in order to win over his base. She is a scapegoat for him and the right wing. I also think the Democratic Party doesn’t know what to do with her. They don’t know how to protect her, and they aren’t being the fierce advocates that we need them to be.
No one is examining the substance of Omar’s comments. They simply defend her and their platform as being the appropriate response to those who are fearful and hateful.
Bottom line: No one can be critical of a victim without appearing either cruel or irrational. This is the modus operandi of the Democrat party. Champion every bogus talking point as a “cry for justice” and defend every violent outburst as an understandable reaction to an irrational fear or an immoral brand of disgust and you have a strategy that can work very well…
…right up to the point where people start basing their convictions on research rather than soundbytes.
And as part of that research, start listening for the words, “Fear” and “Hate.” More often than not, that will be your cue to dig deeper and discover there’s so much more to the issue you’re looking at than just the knee jerk reaction some are hoping you’ll default to.