A very quick post today, as my time is somewhat limited: a guy that I went to church with way back in the day, Dr. Bradley Campbell, was on Tucker Carlson’s show recently to talk about hate crime hoaxes in the wake of the Jussie Smollett incident.
Dr. Campbell is ten years older than me, so I didn’t know him as well as my older brother, who, like Campbell, is an academic. Campbell is a sociologist, and works at California State University-Los Angeles.
You can watch Campbell’s appearance below (about halfway through the four-minute video):
He offers a solid, two-minute summary of his latest book, The Rise of Victimhood Culture: Microaggressions, Safe Spaces, and the New Culture Wars, which is available on Amazon (and very affordable for an academic work). Essentially, Campbell explains to Tucker Carlson why we’re seeing a rise in hate crime hoaxes.
Campbell has another book on Amazon, The Geometry of Genocide: A Study in Pure Sociology, which sounds interesting based on the description. An interesting quotation from the description:
Campbell considers genocide in relation to three features of social life: diversity, inequality, and intimacy. According to this theory, genocidal conflicts begin with changes in diversity and inequality, such as when two previously separated ethnic groups come into contact, or when a subordinate ethnic group attempts to rise in status.
It sounds like a more scholarly, nuanced version of the Internet formulation “Diversity + Proximity = War.”
Regardless, kudos to Campbell. It’s good to see someone from back home comport himself well on national television. Tucker didn’t rip into him about anything, which is always a good sign. Congratulations, Brad!