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There's a twitter feed: @libsoftiktok. Its bio states: "Showing how society is deteriorating through videos." The feed launched approximately one year ago. It has nearly 370,000 followers.
Libs of TikTok is the predictable reaction to the 2020 Summer of George Floyd, the "Karen" videos, and the past decade of viral social media videos second-guessing police-involved shootings of black suspects by white cops.
Influencers such as Shaun King and DeRay McKesson built followings and raised money popularizing the belief that white police officers were wildly, randomly, and frequently killing unarmed black men. Corporate media outlets played along with the ruse because it increased ratings, clicks, and relevancy. Young journalists such as Wesley Lowery rode the ruse to a Pulitzer Prize while at the Washington Post and then parlayed that notoriety into a lucrative TV job at CBS Evening News. Colin Kaepernick rebranded from NFL flop to social justice martyr. LeBron James cast himself as the inarticulate Muhammad Ali. Working in conjunction with Black Lives Matter, the Democratic Party raised funds, terrorized major cities, mobilized voters, weaponized poll workers, defunded and demoralized the police.
For every action, there's an equal and opposite reaction. Social media's racial grievance industry has finally spawned a clever white rebuttal — Libs of TikTok.
Among many other things, the feed showcases instances of bad behavior by black Karens or Kendricks. Here's a video of a Rutgers University professor going on a racist rant for five minutes. The professor is a garden-variety Stacey Abrams.
But here's a more interesting video. It shows an ugly incident on a New York subway. A black man punches a white woman for using the phrase "chill pill." You should watch the whole video. It's both sickening and fascinating. The violence is sickening. The reaction to it is fascinating.
No one reacted. Women didn't move to check to see if the woman was harmed. Men didn't move to defend the woman. Everyone froze and watched.
The most prevalent response on Twitter was to blast the men for not coming to the woman's defense. That was my gut reaction. And then I thought about what I would do in that situation. On my podcast and in these columns, I spend a lot of time talking about the need for men to be bold, fearless, and masculine.
What would I have done on a crowded subway had I witnessed a deranged bully confront a woman and then strike her for saying he needed to take a "chill pill"?
If the woman were a friend or relative, I know exactly what I would have done. I would have struck the man and dealt with the consequences, whatever they were. But what if the woman were a stranger, a damsel in distress?
I can't confidently say I would have reacted. Not in 2021. Twenty years ago, I would at the very least have moved to restrain the man until the police arrived. Now I have no confidence that the police will arrive. My perception of New York is that the city is lawless. Mayor Bill de Blasio has taken drastic measures to limit the authority and prevalence of law enforcement. Many major cities have done likewise.
Corporate media and social media champion black criminal suspects. By defending a white woman from the attack of a black suspect, any man, whether white or black, runs the risk of being vilified and harassed.
A year ago, a white cop shot a black girl as she tried to stab another black girl. The cop was demonized. LeBron James sent a menacing tweet that targeted the police officer.
The left has established a culture that works against men defending women. The culture is double-edged. The victim of the subway attack has bought into the new culture, too. She believed there was upside in verbally confronting a deranged male nutjob. I'm not blaming the victim. She's a victim. I just happen to believe 20 years ago she would've turned away from the male nutjob.
I feel sorry for the woman. I feel sorry for all of us. We're hostages to a society dominated by illogic, dishonesty, and racial grievance. The system is rigged for men to be weak, women to be foolish, and nonstop racial conflict.We're rigged for self-destruction.
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Jason Whitlock is the host of “Fearless with Jason Whitlock” and a columnist for Blaze News.