San Francisco-based journalist Mac McClelland recently wrote a devastatingly honest essay for Good about the rape-related post-traumatic stress disorder she suffered after working in Haiti. The story was not about Haiti, it was about how the author dealt with the psychological trauma of sexual violence. But that didn’t stop a group of 36 female journalists and researchers attacking McClelland in an open letter.
Here’s how they use PC bullshit to criticize a woman for speaking about her personal experience with sexual harassment and violence:
In writing about a country filled with guns, “ugly chaos” and “gang-raping monsters who prowl the flimsy encampments,” she paints Haiti as a heart-of-darkness dystopia, which serves only to highlight her own personal bravery for having gone there in the first place. She makes use of stereotypes about Haiti that would be better left in an earlier century: the savage men consumed by their own lust, the omnipresent violence and chaos, the danger encoded in a black republic’s DNA.
Um, no. McClelland gave an honest account of her personal experience. She never once suggested sexual violence was a problem limited to Haiti, or perpetrated primarily by black men. Did these people even read the essay? Can you say “projection”?