The disturbing reemergence of victim blaming

We are told that blaming the victim is morally wrong but victim blaming is everywhere I look. Here are just a few examples from the past couple of weeks

  1. Lauren Southern in Australia was told that she would be arrested for causing a breach of?the peace if she walked down a public road and interviewed people outside a mosque. She was, essentially told that SHE would be held accountable for the violent actions of other people in response to her completely legal, journalistic actions.

2. A young right-wing man who was merely observing a protest from the other side of the road with his hands in his pockets was detained by Australian police and told that he was?breaching the peace simply by being present on a public street observing a left-wing protest.

3. The publisher of the?New York Times?said that president Trump should stop tweeting his opinions about ‘Fake New’? and dishonest journalists (who he has been the victim of with numerous untrue news stories written about him) as it could lead to violence. He wants Trump to stop pointing out examples of Fake news and dishonest lying journalists because the truth ‘might’ make other people angry and they ‘might’ become violent. He even held Trump responsible for the actions of regimes overseas who restrict journalistic freedoms. He did not consider for one minute that Trumps’s words would not have power if they were not based on truth. People can see for themselves the lies, smears and the ongoing attacks on his presidency by the American press.

What all four of my examples have in common is an attempt to blame or hold a victim accountable and responsible for the actions of others. If I rewrite these four examples so that lefties can understand them better it becomes clearer how wrong the disturbing reemergence of victim blaming is.

Here are the above three true stories examples rewritten so that lefties will sympathise with the victim. NOTE: The below stories are works of fiction.

  1. A Muslim journalist and activist in America?was told that she would be arrested for breaching the peace if she walked down a public road in the South and interviewed people outside a church. She was essentially told that SHE would be held accountable for the violent actions of other people in response to her completely legal, journalistic actions.
  2. A young left-wing man who was merely observing a protest from the other side of the road with his hands in his pockets was detained by Australian police and told that he was?breaching the peace simply by being present on a public street observing a right-wing protest.
  3. The publisher of Plunket magazine said that Jacinda Ardern should stop tweeting her opinions about babies and bottle-feeding as it could lead to violence from pro-breastfeeding and stay at home parenting groups. She wants Ardern to stop pointing out examples of articles that support getting your male partner to bring up the baby as they might make other parents angry and they ‘might’ become violent.

 

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