The first data point comes from The Washington Post which shows a huge retreat in public support over the past month from the so-called “racial justice movement.”
As the reaction to woke supremacy has gathered momentum, there has been a 15 point decline in support for seeing the issues between black people and police as being part of a systemic problem. Democrat support has declined by 4 points. Independent support has declined by 12 points. Republican support has declined by a whopping 26 points. What could have caused the backlash? Do you remember when David Shor was branded a racist and was fired for having the audacity to point out in the heat of the mania that followed the death of George Floyd that violent protests would backfire on Democrats?
Initially, virtually everyone in the country agreed that what happened to George Floyd was terrible and unjust. Hell, even I agreed that it was wrong. Unlike the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, no one on the Right rushed forward to defend those Minneapolis police officers. As soon as the “movement” that followed his death became about abolishing the police, toppling statues, cancelling people, mob violence, eradicating harmless things like Aunt Jemima or the Gator Chomp and redefining “racism” to mean “whiteness,” public support for the “movement” began to nose dive. Never in history has there been a greater example of giving an inch and taking a mile. In this case, wokeness and political correctness advanced in a month by what seemed like a thousand miles.
The second data point comes from this new Cato poll:
The wildest data point is that over half of liberals—not strong conservatives, regular ol’ conservatives, or moderates, but *liberals*—feel uneasy voicing their beliefs in our current political climate. pic.twitter.com/CvrpQVJHCB— Berny Belvedere (@bernybelvedere) July 22, 2020
The only people in America who now say they feel comfortable sharing their political opinions are strong liberals and 42% of that group feels silenced. 52% of liberals feel silenced. 64% of moderates feel silenced. 77% of conservatives and strong conservatives feel silenced. 100% of people who are labeled “Far Right” would say they feel silenced by political correctness. The Trump presidency can be explained by this single social issue which unites the Far Right, moderates and conservatives.
In 2020, the wokeness and political correctness has gotten so bad that Andrew Sullivan, David Shor, Yascha Mounk, Matt Yglesias, Steven Pinker, Joshua Katz and even Bari Weiss cannot speak plainly about their views because of the tyranny of the Red Guard. Is this America?
The third data point comes from this Politico poll:
NEW POLL ON CANCEL CULTURE:— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) July 22, 2020
• 27% of Americans say cancel culture had a positive impact on society.
• 49% say it had a negative impact.
• 46% say cancel culture has gone too far.
• 10% say it hasn’t gone far enough.
• 26% have no opinion. https://t.co/VAf57C1n7k
The American public is strongly opposed to cancel culture.
The most fervent advocates of cancel culture are left leaning Millennials and Gen Zers – yesterday’s SJWs, today’s woke supremacists. These people are far out in front of public opinion. The rest of the country was never exposed or indoctrinated into Critical Social Justice Theory in college.