They’re coming for you next: Because of the epidemic of blacklisting and oppression that has been sweeping the United States in the past four months, a new online database now exists to track and document them all, with the total now almost 200 people long.
The site’s home page lists the following reasons for getting blackballed, all of which are absurdly unjust and intolerant:
- citing a scientific study
- something your spouse said
- believing in biological sex
- critizing Black Lives Matter
- saying your country isn’t racist
- liking the wrong tweet
- researching gender dysphoria
The site’s “about” page outlines the criteria for adding a blacklisted person to the list, noting that the person must have suffered some real harm to their lives or reputation, including the loss of a job. “The canceled person has faced a coordinated effort to silence them … to shame them and destroy their reputation.” Also “The effort seeks to render their person or their ideas unfit to discuss [and] seeks to damage their self-worth and will likely target their personal or professional relationships.”
The database also outlines reasons for not including someone, such as they successfully fought the blacklisting attempt, did not suffer any long term harm, was simply harshly criticized in print or on social media, or did something illegal. The page will also not list blackballed individuals who were canceled because what they said was beyond the pale:
A person who has said or done something outside of the window of reasonable expression and therefore is predictably getting their comeuppance. This could include many different things: saying a racial slur with the intention to wound, inflicting a sexual fetish on others, denying the Holocaust, etc. Our society does have legitimate reasons to shun a person, and employers have legitimate reasons to fire an employee.
That even with these limitations the list is now almost 200 names long tells us how much intolerance has grown in the U.S. in recent years. It is now considered socially acceptable to destroy a person simply because you disagree with them, the first amendment be damned!
If you want, the site allows anyone to submit a name, though it does ask that you read its criteria before doing so.
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