The idea of “cancel culture” has quickly become a favorite trope of conservatives who are struggling to come to terms with the idea that actions have consequences. Not only does it provide a convenient vehicle to excuse whatever reprehensible display of bigotry or credible sexual harassment accusation got them in trouble in the first place, but it also feeds into the right-wing’s martyrdom complex by placing them as the victims of witch-burning by militant SJW and snowflake liberals who can’t handle hearing slurs that don’t agree with their beliefs.
It’s quickly become a catch-all term by Trump fans to absolve themselves of all wrongdoing, and there is no situation too ridiculous for it to be deployed.
Just look at DeAnna Lorraine, a Republican who racked up 1.8% of the vote in a disastrous bid for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s 12th district seat, who took to Twitter on Monday and complained that now BLM (Black Lives Matter) is “canceling families.”
It appears that Lorraine, a diehard Trumper who is the author of Making Love Great Again: The New Road to Reviving Romance and Winning at Relationships, will not stop taunting her relatives with “All Lives Matter” and dropping “facts” (which we can safely assume are just racist myths from Tucker Carlson) about Black Lives Matter.
In response, her family has simply decided to stop inviting her to things. But rather than look inward and wonder if it was anything that she could have said or done, Lorraine has decided that it’s liberal political correctness and “cancel culture” that is to blame for her family thinking she’s an obnoxious bigot who they don’t want to hang out with.
One of the most important and proactive things that we as individuals — especially us white individuals — can do in this moment of social change and awareness is to call out racist speech, thinking, and beliefs in our family members and try to make them see the errors of their ways. These kinds of heinous bigotries persist with our silence and our tolerance; if they insist on continuing to trumpet their bigotry, they need to know that there will be consequences for continuing to deny the humanity of their fellow humans.
Lorraine is now learning that the hard way.
Needless to say, social media was not too sympathetic to her plight:
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.