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Jack Monroe: This year they came out as nonbinary transgender (photo: Fox Fisher CC-BY-SA-4.0)

Among many other things 2015 may well be remembered as the year that “social justice warriors” suffered over-reach. The year saw some truly remarkable breakdowns in their movement.

For instance, who will forget Rachel Dolezal? She was the regional head of a national black people’s organisation in America who, not content with campaigning for black rights (a perfectly good thing to do), pretended to be black (not a good thing to do). She managed this by the careful application of bronzer, a somewhat stereotypical frizzing of her hair and the advantage of living in a society too terrified to say, “But aren’t you white?”

Dolezal was “outed” as white when her parents appeared on television to show that they are not only Caucasians but Caucasians of German-Czech descent. After some months of denial their daughter finally admitted she was indeed born to them, though she still regards herself as black. Not least among the case’s fascination were the divides it caused, and not only among those who fell on the floor laughing when they heard about it versus those who managed to remain in their seat. A divide also occurred among black activists: “Do we celebrate any sister who argues for our cause, or in the 21st century should we disapprove of people blacking up?” was the nub. Most interesting was the response of one black commentator on MSNBC, Michael Eric Dyson, who stood up for Dolezal, saying, “She’s taking on the ideas, the identities, the struggles. She’s identified with them. I bet a lot more black people would support Rachel Dolezal than would support, say, Clarence Thomas.” All of which suggested that the civil rights movement some time ago morphed into a left-wing politics movement where a white girl who is left-wing is more “black” than a black man who is a conservative Supreme Court Justice.


Perhaps it isn’t surprising that skin colour became a state of mind in a year when gender already had. For 2015 was also the year that Germaine Greer was “no-platformed” by UK universities for not agreeing that a man who has an operation is a woman. Grilling the newest pariah on Newsnight, Kirsty Wark repeatedly pushed Greer to agree that if someone feels they are a woman then they are a woman. Greer — almost alone among adults these days — refused to bow to this new orthodoxy. As she tried to explain, being nice, decent and courteous to people is not the same thing as having to agree with their version of reality.

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December 27th, 2015
11:12 AM
The key part of Murray's piece is the final phrase: "...the great question of the year was not why the kids were revolting but why the adults kept giving in". Why do our authorities always give in to any left wing group with a tale of victimhood to peddle? Is it because as a society we have been educated for decades to believe in the inherent moral superiority of the Left? We must either go along with their agenda or face being condemned as "right wing" which, these days, is tantamount to being fascist.

December 20th, 2015
7:12 PM
When that student said that it was the professor's job to create a home for the students, I think she may have been referring to his job as house master, not of the university as a whole. Still, I saw the video and it was unnerving. Just two girls getting their kicks out of bullying, especially bullying someone in authority. It seems to be a (much) milder version of the way Chinese students treated their teachers and professors during the 1960s Cultural Revolution.

Natalie Gray
December 17th, 2015
10:12 PM
Your arguments have unravelled my affinity towards non-binary people. More and more does it seem like they're simply riding the coat-tails of this recent trend of "everybody is trans"; a leftist debauchery of gender theory. As a result, genuine trans people like me—whose introspection on this topic has prompted immediate action to transition medically and surgically—are made part of the huddle of the "special snowflake people" that you rightly ridicule.

Sexy Maggot
December 17th, 2015
7:12 PM
South Park's entire season was also dedicated to mocking SJWs. SjWs have become so sure of themselves that they started creeping into multiple areas simultaneously. You can't blame them for being confident when they had the majority of the media and academia behind them. With that strong an action, a strong reaction was to be expected. The strongest fightback came from the gaming community, which is still under intense attack from SJWs. Gamers have a strong presence online and over the last year, SJWs have been resisted, opposed, and mocked like never before. SJWs' influence on college campuses were previously only highlighted on a limited number of articles here and there. But the recent campus hilarity has done wonders to tarnish the image of SJWism. It also drew the attention of many people who where previously oblivious to the madness spreading through universities. I've ordered a boatload of popcorn for 2016.

December 17th, 2015
6:12 PM
For the record, their/they is a perfectly correct third person singular in cases where you don't want to refer to gender, or don't know what the person's gender is in the first place.

December 17th, 2015
5:12 PM
Thank you for saying this. With the SJW Media taking over more and more news sources, it's tough to find a place to trust.

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December 17th, 2015
2:12 PM
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