Several years ago, I coined the term Offendophobia.
This is the unexplained and irrational fear of offending the easily offended.
One of the most serious side-effects of Offendophobia is political correctness.
The problem is Offendophobics are so terrified of hurting the feelings of anyone, they will avoid “hurtful words” and embrace PC language just to prove that they’re tolerant and accepting.
But not because they’re actually tolerant and accepting.
Not at all.
Instead, their fear of being labeled a hater paralyzes their own common sense.
So they add a rainbow flag overlay to their Facebook profile. Or they’ll burp out the nonsensical “Islam is a religion of peace.” Or they breathlessly add hashtags like #LoveWins or #NoHate or #BlackLivesMatter or #NoBanNoWall in a desperate attempt to keep grievance groups from targeting them.
It’s like the digital equivalent of smearing lamb’s blood on your doorpost to keep the angel of death from visiting your house.
Offendophobics are so terrified of offending anyone, they’ll happily gobble up the most hateful and divisive rhetoric imaginable just to keep that rhetoric from being directed their way.
And that, in a nutshell, explains the unlikely rise of Linda Sarsour.
Sarsour has mastered the art of exploiting Offendophobics.
You can’t criticize her. Because if you do, you hate “women of color” and are Islamophobic.
She’ll quickly accuse you of being a white supremacist or Alt-Right if you so much as wrinkle your nose at her inflammatory, anti-Semitic rhetoric.
And because she cloaks herself in the sacred cow of Social Justice, these Offendophobics trip all over themselves to show her just how on her side they are.
Sarsour uses her Victimhood like it’s made of Kevlar.
And no cowering Offendophobic would ever dream of questioning her. After all, if you question her, you must be a white supremacist who wants to destroy “a woman of color.”
Of course, to be fair, I’m darker than Linda Sarsour. But still. She’s a “woman of color” and I’m apparently a white supremacist.
Heaven help me.
I’m convinced that Linda goes to bed every night laughing her ass off at how easy it is to take advantage of Americans who suffer from Offendophobia.
She must be laughing all the way to the bank.
But if Al Sharpton taught us anything, it’s that exploiting Offendophobics and separating them from their money is easier than taking candy from a baby.
This week, Sarsour used the tragedy in Texas to shill for a political organization whose primary function appears to be turning Texas blue.
Yet she promoted this organization under the guise of offering “hurricane relief.”
I can’t help but wonder how many willing dupes – terrified of getting on Linda’s bad side – happily opened their wallets to this non-charity just on her say-so.
Nice work if you can get it.
And of course when people called her out for her exploitation, Sarsour crouched behind her Kevlar Victim Vest and hurled invectives like hand grenades.
"Alt-right" must have sent out an email blast. My mentions are on steroids.
— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) August 30, 2017
Who could possibly object to trawling for political donations in the name of "hurricane relief"? Nazis, that's whohttps://t.co/rnR0DVeTCd
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) August 30, 2017
And, yes. There are plenty of Offendophobics out there who will fall in line to defend Sarsour while she secretly laughs at them behind their backs.
But something tells me not as many as there once were.
To borrow from Andrew Breitbart, “We are on to you, Linda.”
Maybe it was proclaiming jihad against President Trump that did it.
Or maybe it’s simply that political correctness is no longer paralyzing so many good and decent people.
Americans are waking up to the fact that being afraid of offending the always offended is a futile waste of time.
And I think Sarsour’s shameless attempt to raise money for a political advocacy group on the backs of hurricane victims just might be the bridge too far.
You can only screw people over for so long before they get wise to you.
I think even some Offendophobics are discovering that Sarsour is a con artist.
And let’s face it. A con only works when the mark remains ignorant of the fact that he is a mark.
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