A contributor to the Huffington Post’s South Africa edition has ignited a firestorm of controversy by penning the ultimate ode to modern social justice politics. She believes that white males should lose the right to vote for at least two decades in order to further the “progressive cause,” claiming that they and they alone are the demographic that is responsible for all the world’s problems.
Shelley Garland’s HuffPo bio should tell you all you need to know: she’s an “activist and feminist and is currently completing an MA degree in philosophy. When she’s not gagging at South Africa’s unique brand of rainbow politics, she’s working on ways to smash the patriarchy.”
It comes as no surprise, then, that Garland is not a fan of white males, whom she blames for dealing “some of the biggest blows to the progressive cause in the past year,” including the election of President Donald Trump and Brexit.
She then goes on to argue that “the progressive cause would be strengthened” if white men were denied the vote for 20 years – less than a generation, Garland helpfully notes – a move that would also magically make the billionaires of the world give their money back to the common man, put and end to violence, and turn everybody into landowners.
Translation: the progressive cause is so weak and feeble that the only way to advance it is to actively stop its opponents from voting. Got it.
Later, Garland concedes that “some may argue that this is unfair,” but disenfranchising white males for a couple decades “is a small price to pay for the pain inflicted by white males on others, particularly those with black, female-identifying bodies.”
Commenters on social media have been quick to point out the utter sexism and racism on display throughout the piece, astutely observing that if any demographic other than “white males” were targeted in a published manifesto, there would be rioting in the streets.