Originally posted by nextguyinline
'Victim culture' is a not a phrase made up by interneters ...
I actually learned about it in a class in 1995. It impressed me and I have used the tools I learned in that class in my life since then.
The phrase "Victim Culture" is one that can apply to many areas in life. It's certainly not
a race-specific term. But as we can see, it's a
highly emotionalized phrase when used in conjunction with racial discussions.
I thought I'd expand on it a little since it IS a phrase sometimes used in race-related discussions and that's what we're doing here. Let's see if
we can demystify this one, ok?
This article explores the victim culture of criminals and how we sometimes feel sorry for them because of their plight.
(Interestingly, last night while watching Dateline NBC's "To Catch a Predator", I said to my husband, "For some reason I feel really sorry for
these guys"! These Internet predators who get caught in the act... And for some reason I can't fathom, I feel sorry for them... And I think it has
to do with what's explained in the following article.)
Victim Culture began in 1880
Excessive sympathy for criminals is not as new as many people believe, says Angela Ellis-Jones. It goes back at least 120 years.
Criminals, because they tended to come from disadvantaged backgrounds, were seen as people who should be treated leniently. Far from being viewed as a
threat to the social order, as in earlier generations, they were seen as mentally and morally weak people who deserved the state's protection.
The extent to which the general public have been intimidated into living their lives on the burglar's terms can be gauged by the fact that, when I
asked several security firms what I could do to protect my property, the most frequent response was 'putting up spikes or barbed wire will get you
into trouble with the police/cause a burglar to sue you.'
And this one goes further into the victim culture and blaming the victim.
How Psychotherapy Fuels the Victim Industry
This three-part web page invites the reader to go beyond the politically correct thinking on victimization and develop a more comprehensive and
complex understanding of the dynamic of victimhood. The hope is for healing the hurt and injury of victims and for increasing the effectiveness of
prediction and prevention of future violence.
Originally posted by truthseeka
Show me how someone who points out these type of things is exhibiting signs of the victim culture.
They aren't necessarily. And there's a lot of information on this topic if you're really interested in knowing what it means. I mean, you admitted
you didn't read my thread on it. If you want to know what is meant by it, if you really want to see what I
mean by it instead of assuming what
I mean and why I made the thread, maybe you should read it. I have a lot of sources, most not about race at all, that clearly explain what it is.
I'm sorry you think the use of the term is in response to the black people on this board, but my motivation was to get some different and varied
subjects introduced into the Social Issues Forum because it's one of my favorites and I felt it was getting a really negative rap.