Cancel culture has overtaken America, but it is a cancer on our society, as the political left has weaponized it into a beast that will ultimately metastasize and come after anyone, according to legal expert Alan Dershowitz on Newsmax TV.
"Cancel culture not only cancels free speech and due process, it also derails meritocracies," Dershowitz told "Saturday Report." "It says, 'We're not going to judge people on their merits; we're judging people on the basis of identity politics.'
"It's a cancer on America. It's a political weapon being used by the hard left, in general, and it just has such a terrible impact."
Dershowitz warned host Carl Higbie, the power of social justice warriors is strong enough to take over American culture.
"It has nothing to do with social justice," Dershowitz said. "It's not social. It's not justice. It's anti-social injustice. So, let's not let them claim social justice. Let's not let them claim they're progressives; they're regressives. They are taking away out liberties in the name of their definition of political correctness and identity politics.
"We have to fight back. Unless we do, cancel culture will become American culture, and that would be a disaster for the freest and the best country in the history of the world."
Dershowitz is author of "Cancel Culture: The Latest Attack on Free Speech and Due Process," detailing lists of those who have been canceled and their losses.
"Lists, blacklists, McCarthyite blacklists coming from the hard left these days – it's just doing a terrible job on American freedoms and the Bill of Rights," Dershowitz said. "There are people denying it. 'No, no, no, it's a right-wing argument designed to trivialize the left.'
"No, no, no, this is a real phenomenon. It has affected real people's lives. It has caused suicides. It has caused all kinds of terrible, terrible, terrible reactions, denying people the right to have jobs, denying audiences the right to hear speakers. It's just the reverse of McCarthyism of the 1950s. It's hard-left McCarthyism, and whether you're right, left, center – Republican of Democrat – you have to fight it, because they're coming for you next."
Dershowitz noted the most recent example of a teen girl who was recorded using the N-word at age 15 and was blackmailed for it, causing her to be denied acceptance into the college of her choice.
"It's just amazing what people are prepared to do, and it's all one-sided," Dershowitz lamented. "If you're African-American you can use those words without any hesitation. You can be anti-Semitic. You can join [Louis] Farrakhan's group. You can do whatever you want.
"But, if you're – as they say – pale, Yale, and male, you're not going to be able to get away with anything. It's a double standard."
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