Comment: While the following essay addresses only the culturally-destructive selfishness called 'black victimhood,' the concept--- defined by the author as 'victimhood technique'--- needs to be broadened so as to encompass all of the politically correct groups currently utilizing the 'victimhood technique' to force their selfish will and way upon Americans. Under the broader definition, we find for instance, 'gays,' illegals, atheists, radical Muslims, Wiccans, Gaians, anarchists, obese people who blame McDonalds for their obesity, people who feel 'government' should give them a 'free' education, 'free' healthcare,' pay their utility bills, and so on, ad nauseum. At the deepest level, the disease destroying our once great nation is immorality: narcissism, covetousness, greed, lust, lying, sloth, and envy. We are a people out-of-control. And when through our rapacious greed we have devoured everything good to satisfy our entitlement mentality, there will be nothing left but demonic nothingness, after which will come the long, dark nightmare of totalitarianism....Linda
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________ by Anne Wortham A victim is a person who suffers from a destructive or injurious action or agency; he may be deceived or cheated, sacrificed or regarded as sacrificed. Some definitions note that one may be a victim of oneâ€™s own emotions or ignorance. But we usually think of people as victims of another personâ€™s action or of some impersonal, external agency or force beyond oneâ€™s control such as natural catastrophes, accidents, physical handicaps or illness, psychological or physical abuse, or political and social injustice.
Unlike actual victimization, the stance of victimhood is a technique of self-presentation and impression management that involves the symbolic elaboration of actual victim status. Since symbolic elaboration is a quality of conceptualization and not of concrete reality, one need not be an actual victim to make a claim to victim status. Whether he has actually experienced injustice or not, the symbolic victim presents himself as the embodiment all the real or imagined suffering of his membership group as a whole.
He asks us to ignore the fact that he is not an actual victim and, instead, treat him as if he were a victim. Victimhood or the self-as-victim requires that one speak in â€œthe voice of the victimâ€.2 It calls for a â€œposture of accusatory public testimonyâ€3 that is intransigent and unceasing. As Judith Eaton points out, its approach to social problems: carries with it certain attitudes that produce difficulty for any sense of shared vision, values, or beliefs: denial of personal responsibility, insistence on societyâ€™s full responsibility for any personal problem one may have, a lack of commitment to resolution of the problems that created the [alleged] victimhood status, a need to continue to feel oppressed or have enemies, and a tendency to moral bullying.4
The subjective context of symbolic victimhood is the expectation of actual equality of resources, which involves the idealization of the principle of equality. Although symbolic victimhood is maintained by appealing to the ideals of justice and equality, it is distinguished not by a quest for justice, but by the quest for guilt. The quest for justice involves the expectation that injustice and the conflicts it provokes are resolvable; the quest for guilt assumes the unresolvability of injustice. For the stance taken by the symbolic victim, to paraphrase Lasch, is that the master sex, or master race, or master culture can never understand its victims...
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