No More Success Stories: University of Georgia Students Protest Excellence for Social Justice Week
Kyle Becker | On 27, Oct 2013
Life is truly beginning to imitate art. According to prevailing progressive “wisdom,” success is just becoming downright… unfair. The University of Georgia’s Student Government Association (SGA) held an unusual “dinner and dialogue” during Social Justice Week in opposition to the notion of “success stories.”
The event “No More Success Stories: Dinner, Dialogue, Making A Difference” was scheduled for October 23rd (pace the flyer), and listed panelists for the “final event of Raise Your Hand for Equality!” Day at the U. of Georgia. The premise of the forum is that minority “success stories” diminish the stature of other minorities. The flyer, for example, features the openly gay CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper in the background, and poses: “1 in a Million Means 999,999 left behind.”
The organizers of the event put their views best:
It seems like whenever a minority identifying individual “succeeds”, he or she is identified as a “success story.” We will be featuring successful members of different minorities speaking of their own story and success, with a focus on how this idea of “success story” shouldn’t exist. The idea that minority success is “outstanding” means it’s not the norm–we don’t want “success stories.” We just want stories.
This event will feature different success stories from UGA, Athens, and Georgia, because we believe that hearing stories from our neighbors and friends is truly the most impactful way to humanize these issues.
The demonization of “success stories” at a state university is yet another example of politically correct leftists diminishing the excellence of individuals who succeed as role models for others to emulate; whether it be tearing down those who achieve, or falsely elevating those who do not excel, the message is clear: mediocrity should be the norm.
The concept behind the event is that everyone should be inherently successful; and therefore, elevating “success stories” violates notions of social justice, which are premised on equality of outcomes. According to this reasoning, if a “minority” becomes successful, while others fail to do so as well, that means society is unjust; and therefore, social justice requires elevating those who haven’t done as well, even if that means leveling the economy.
“Minorities” are thought of by progressives as perpetually in need of government assistance in order to “succeed” in a “free market” economy. However, if not everyone succeeds equally, then the entire economy is “unjust” and is in need of government redistribution and equalization of outcomes.
On the other hand, individualists believe that there are no “minorities,” just individual human beings; although there is irrational and unjust discrimination along racial and ethnic lines in backwards societies. Individualists believe that success — which comes from talent, luck, hard work and perseverance — is not owed to anyone; but should be rewarded and held aloft for others to pursue.
The premise of the event is clear and is explained by the materials. It is ‘unjust’ that certain minorities “succeed” while others’ stories are not considered “success stories” as well. In other words, there’s no such thing as excellence based on merit; only the need for more narratives about everyone’s “success” (the system is structurally unjust and needs to be controlled by “liberals” in order for there to be social justice based on “equality” of outcomes).
H/T Sunny Lohmann