And you can buy a t-shirt to prove it!
Expect to be assaulted with a new offensive in the anti-bullying campaign. In an orgy of conspicuous compassion for “victims” of bullying, we will be encouraged to purchase and wear pink t-shirts and compelled to hear stories of Amanda Todd and Tom Mullaney. There will be much talk of cyber-bullying and Facebook. There will be the inevitable inferences to gay teens as victims, and momentary celebrity preaching. The media will all climb on the bandwagon.
The anti bullying campaign is not a reaction to some up-tick in teen bullying, there is none. This is particularly true in the case of gay teens, despite being “Born This Way”
The 2009 census data (much loved by media and groups that support anti-bullying and the like) indicate less than 1% of Canadians identify as homosexual, and Uniform Crime Statistics in Canada indicate gay people are significantly more likely to suffer violent crime at the hands of other gay people, than the population in general.
In schools, the individuals most likely to be bullied are obese kids, and next most likely are smaller or skinny kids. Less likely are individuals like Todd and Mullaney, who, for whatever reasons, are unable to function socially in school. Gay kids and immigrants are well down the list of the “bullied”. Society has identified a series of “protected” groups, homosexuals, disabled, Aboriginals and non-Christians and non-Jews top the list. School aged kids are indoctrinated in this thinking, and any attack on protected groups is met with universal condemnation and isolation, in fact bullying of the attacker.
This is not to suggest people don’t say mean, even racist things – they do, they always have, and they always will. Coloured T-Shirts won’t stop that.
Implicit in the entire anti-bullying mentality is a belief that the actions of individuals who make self-destructive choices are somehow the fault of society. There is little discussion about the responsibility of the person who decides to take their own life, or others.
When a clearly mentally disturbed Adam Lanza decides, of his own volition to go to a school and massacre 26 people, he is almost universally absolved of any responsibility for his actions. Similarly, high profile victims of “bullying” are also immune to taking any personal responsibility for their responses to the perceived bullying.
Facebook, guns, TV or the decline of “values” are always to blame, and all that is needed to eradicate the problem is more awareness and legislation. This of course is the “elephant in the room”. We are keenly aware that some individuals are ill-equipped to deal with life, and for many, there simply is no solution. That’s life.
Given that the “anti-anything” groups invariably gain access to tax dollars and charitable donations to further their campaigns, there is no real incentive for these groups to actually solve the problem. To do so would mean the end of the funding, the attention for the groups and their founders and the influence they enjoy.
These campaigns encourage the gradual increased intrusion of the government in our lives. Under the cover of “anti-bullying” for example, schools become the new forum for bureaucrats and do-gooders to impose their values on our children. The implication that parents are not capable of teaching their children right from wrong, and that some “school approved” version of morality must be taught, demonstrates a contempt and disdain for parents by these groups, and the government enablers.
Leftist and right-wing Progressive busy bodies employ a simple bait and switch of human rights for civil rights under various guises. In this case it is bullying, but it can be drinking and driving, hate speech and property rights. Who would argue that bullying needs to be stopped, and drunks ought not drive? These are givens.
Civil rights mean all people are treated equally under the law, presumed innocent until proven guilty and absolutely justified in holding any opinion of any other person, no matter how unsavory. As long as the actions of one individual do not infringe materially on the same rights of others, there is no offense.
Human rights necessarily means some individuals are treated differently than others, there is no test for material damage, and views or opinions expressed that conflict with current fashion are in fact crimes. The test is a perceived slight or insult – or “bullying”, which is at best, an ever-changing standard.
Buy a coloured t-shirt if that is your choice – but support efforts to reduce social ills by demanding police enforce existing law, courts appropriately sentence criminals who break those laws. Elect politicians who value individual rights and freedoms, and understand the difference between solving an issue, and taking advantage of a photo op.
If you know someone who is actually being bullied, perhaps discussing their strategies, and perhaps their shortcomings may go further to address the threat than wearing a coloured t-shirt.