Social justice warrior

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A social justice warrior, often abbreviated SJW, is a leftist who calls attention to some (real, imagined, or exaggerated) injustice in society in an excessive, inappropriate and often ineffectual way. The term is a pejorative for those who engage in identity politics and political correctness. A large percentage of social justice warriors are secular leftists.

Prior to the explosion of the internet, only a small number of societal problems were brought forth at any given moment, racism perhaps being foremost.

Daniel Greenfield wrote about the phenomenon at Frontpage Magazine:

Social justice warriors use the language of civil rights to assert their private victimhood identity. This can range from the simple, race and gender, to a list of dozens of sexual identities, psychological disorders and survivor of assorted traumas. And let’s not forget disabilities (real or imagined) and morbid obesity.[1]

In Asia, South America, Central America and the Middle East, there are no social justice warriors decrying "white privilege", "Asian privilege", "Hispanic/Latino privilege" or "Arab privilege".

In India, the Philippines, Korea, Japan, Nigeria, Pakistan and in South American countries a type of colourism exists preferring fair skin due to the effects of mass media and in some cases due to past colonialism (in the colonial period manual laborers would work long hours in the sun and their skin would darken while the wealthy lived a life of leisure indoors).[2]

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  1. Know Your Social Justice Warriors by Daniel Greenfield at Frontpage Magazine, April 21, 2015
  2. Colourism in the Philippines: Behind the Veil of Whiteness, JapanSociology] by Adelle Tamblyn, Japansociology, Posted on October 25, 2013