Peter Kruger's answer to How did society shift so abruptly to a politically correct culture?

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Society didn’t shift abruptly. Microaggressions aren’t new.

You’re just hearing about it more, because the people who have been suffering it for a long time have decided that they aren’t going to suffer it anymore. The disempowered recognize that it’s time for them to be heard.

Social media gives them a platform to broadcast that message for the first real time in history. Prior to a decade ago, they’d have to find some way to get their message out through media dominated by the very people who were looking down on them and oppressing them. The democratization of media gave them an equal playing field now.

Women are coming forward because there is either less of a penalty to doing so or a greater possibility that people will take them seriously.

Minorities are able to videotape their peers getting shot by police, and post that to the world in minutes.

These things happened for decades.

Now, they’re going to make sure you can’t just ignore it anymore and go back to your Jew jokes.

Society didn’t change. Your awareness of it did.

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