Over-Protecting the “Vulnerable”

From what?

3 min readApr 6, 2022


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21st-century black spokespersons speak in their own social justice jargon. They often describe black communities as marginalized and black people as vulnerable.

For them, “the marginalized” are people with limited access to privileges enjoyed by the wider society, and “the vulnerable” are people exposed to decreasing living standards.

Since most black people don’t speak this specialized language, they might confuse the social justice definition of “vulnerable” with the dictionary definition and conclude that black people are one of two things.

1). Susceptible to emotional attack

2). In need of special care, support, or protection

This social justice jargon was mainstreamed over a decade ago. The question is, what’s the result if the unintended definition of “vulnerable” was internalized over that time span?

Two years ago, Stanley Fabian, a black 19-year-old former student of Minooka Community High School, sued the school over a racial incident that occurred during his senior year.

Here’s the whole story.

A white student brought a cookie cake to class. Fabian jokingly reached for the cookie cake and the white student replied: If you touch that cookie cake, I’ll lynch you.

The end.

This should have been the end of it because nothing happened. Eventually, the white student was suspended for making a racially insensitive threat. But Fabian’s mother wasn’t satisfied. She wanted the white student expelled for a hate crime. Fabian’s mother most likely based this on another social justice tenet that states violence can be words that are used to “mock, categorized, exclude or control.”

Since the school didn’t think the white student’s actions constituted a hate crime or violence, Fabian’s mother accused the school of not taking the lynching threat seriously.

Fabian told reporters, “For four years, I’ve heard multiple slurs being thrown around at African-American students and Mexican students.” Fabian brought the lawsuit because he insisted “Students should feel protected, as of right now, I don’t think the majority of minority students feel protected.”




J. Pharoah Doss is a columnist for the New Pittsburgh Courier.