On Thursday’s episode of “The Michael Knowles Show,” the host slams the proposed changes to academic testing that would include “adversity” points. Partial transcript and video below.
How do you measure adversity, and why is adversity the main measure? You can’t measure adversity in that way because all people suffer, everybody suffers. The Left wants to convince you that only certain people suffer, that only their favored groups suffer, and everybody else doesn’t suffer at all. Well, the rain falls on the just and the unjust alike.
Now, not everybody talks about their suffering because it’s unseemly to talk about your suffering all the time. It’s so ugly, it’s not manly, it’s not mature. It’s whiny to complain all the time, and it’s ungrateful and impolite. It’s not good and it’s also completely incoherent. This whole “measure victimhood” thing doesn’t make any sense. Think about why we’re even talking about victimhood in the first place.
Why is the Left focused on grievance and victimhood for the last 20 years? The main reason I think is because you can’t measure it. The Right comes and we say, look, there are these objective measurements and this guy’s getting what he deserves and you’re getting what you deserve, and the Left comes out and says you don’t know my pain you can’t possibly know my lived experience. They say stop trying to use your oppressive logic in your oppressive facts to erase my experience of the world. I am suffering and the only reality that I know is my suffering — and you can’t know that because it’s subjective — also now it’s objective and you can measure it when it’s convenient for me. You can’t have that both ways. Either suffering is subjective and I can’t know your experiences, or it is objective and I can tell you, no you’re not actually suffering that much and no you actually haven’t gone through that much adversity.
You can’t have it both ways, either you can measure it, or you can’t. If we start trying to measure this, if we make this the be-all and end-all of society, we’re going to get into a very ugly culture because all we’ll be doing is talking about suffering and complaining and everything’s wrong all the time. It’s going to incentivize people to suffer more, and it is going to deny the very real suffering of certain people. It’s so wrong. It’s so arbitrary and it’s perfectly (acceptable) to be expected with what the Left has given us for the last 20 years.