Perspectives: Canceling Cancel Culture

Headline Roundup July 8th, 2020

The toppling of statues, re-branding of companies and targeting of people who make controversial statements have fueled a nationwide debate about cancel culture, and both its purported value and problems. A letter published in Harper's Weekly and signed by over 100 artists and writers this week called for an end to cancel culture and the stifling of free thought; some signatories have since faced backlash for endorsing the message.

Right-rated voices generally condemned cancel culture as a misguided overreaction to social injustice, and advocated for more overall attention on fostering free expression. Some left-rated voices argued that cancel culture does not threaten free speech, framing it more as righteous accountability for controversial thoughts and actions.

Perspectives: Canceling Cancel Culture

From the Left
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OPINION

In a divisive speech at Mount Rushmore on the eve of Independence Day, President Trump railed against “cancel culture” and the left’s supposed wholesale embrace of totalitarianism (err, “toe-tally-terrio-tism”). He accused his political opponents of “shaming dissenters and demanding total submission from anyone who disagrees,” arguing that such behavior has “absolutely no place in the United States of America.”

Unfortunately, no other American has spent more time, energy and (taxpayer) resources trying to cancel dissent and enforce submission than Trump. Here are just a few of the ways that Trump...

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From the Center
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ANALYSIS

"Cancel culture", the term for when individuals or companies face swift public backlash and boycott over offensive statements or actions, has been an incendiary topic in the movements of recent years, whether relating to misogyny, race or homophobia.

To some, it's a new way to flag past wrongs. To others, it's an ineffective over-reaction in the court of public opinion. In the wake of the George Floyd protests, some see the dethroning of historical figures associated with racism as the latest iteration of cancel culture.

On Tuesday, a group of...

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From the Right
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OPINION

An epidemic of workplace discrimination is sweeping the United States. It threatens not only people’s jobs and livelihoods, but the very structure of our civic life. It calls out for an amendment to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

The victims aren’t targeted over their race, sex, sexual orientation or even gender identity (that last category now being recognized as covered under the act by a recent decision of the Supreme Court). All those groups already have protection. The epidemic I’m talking about is workplace discrimination against people whose...

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