“Social justice warriors” are defined by their need to address abstract injustices, real or imagined, and loudly demand others adjust their behavior to avoid being “insensitive” to groups liberals have labeled as vulnerable, therefore giving them excuses to claim racism, sexism, or any other –ism against those who offend them.

Some claim “social justice warriors” are the natural result of increasingly liberal college curricula, while others blame websites like Tumblr and Twitter for giving overly-sensitive millennials a platform to find each other and come up with terms like “microaggression” and “mansplaining.”

Regardless of where they came from though, one thing is certain: “social justice warriors” demands have gotten out of control.

Case in point, one Seattle councilman now thinks it may be “racially insensitive” to power wash human excrement off the sidewalks.

This is not a joke.

Seattle Councilman Larry Gossett is opposed to using water hoses to clean up excrement near a homeless shelter because the hoses MIGHT remind African Americans of when police once used hoses to quell protests during the civil rights-era.

The National Review reported:

The area surrounding King County Superior Court includes a homeless shelter and other social-services organizations and has become an “unsanitary and potentially frightening” scene — one “that reeks of urine and excrement” — according to an article in the Seattle Times. Desperate for help with the disgusting environment, two of the court’s judges have asked the city to please power-wash the poop-covered sidewalks. That seems like a pretty reasonable request, but apparently, one councilman is worried that doing so might be a form of microaggression.

According to the Times, Councilmember Larry Gossett “said he didn’t like the idea of power-washing the sidewalks because it brought back images of the use of hoses against civil-rights activists.”

One must wonder what else counts as a microaggression to Councilman Gossett.

Maybe he would like to ban dogs too since Democrats like Bull Connor used them against civil rights protestors as well.

This, of course, is just the latest excuse for outrage from far-left “social justice warriors”.

While proudly self-labeled “social justice warriors” think those who would criticize them or call them “snowflakes” are simply over-reacting to what they view as small behavioral changes in the name of equality or progress — sane people know situations like the one unfolding in Seattle are exactly the ridiculous result of constantly worrying about what may or may not be offensive.

Aside from the sheer ridiculousness factor of drawing a connection between power washing a sidewalk near a homeless shelter and police using firehoses on civil-rights protestors, thinking like this actually defeats the purpose of pursuing “social justice.”

Firstly, claiming “racial insensitivity” about any situation involving a homeless shelter draws unnecessary attention to the race of those inhabiting the shelter.

While liberals claim to draw inspiration from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, which states we should be judged by the content of our character rather than the color of our skin, they are all too quick to use someone’s race as a talking point when it fits the leftist narrative.

Secondly, and most importantly, one would think anyone who cares about the homeless at all would be highly motivated to make sure that they are not reduced to living in filth.

If Councilman Gossett truly cares about disadvantaged Americans, in this case the homeless, why would he not be concerned with making sure they have decent living conditions, as opposed to living in an unhealthy and undignified situation like being surrounded by human excrement?

“Social justice warriors” are more consumed with proving they are in-tune with disadvantaged groups and identifying that which might offend them than they are with proposing solutions which may actually improve someone’s quality of life.

All at the cost of leaving those they claim to be fighting for to live in human refuse.

As a National Review writer put it, “Before this, I would have told you that this is probably the least controversial opinion in human history. But social-justice alarmism can do a great job of turning the clearly uncontroversial into an outrage, and often at the expense of basic logic and practicality.”

But what can we expect from the same people who would burn down a college campus to keep a conservative speaker from speaking or violently rioting because their political candidate lost an election?

This situation seems to be a perfect metaphor for the entire “social justice” agenda.

Where there is a mess to be found, those who want to make a real difference take initiative and clean it up.

But “social justice warriors” would prefer doing mental gymnastics until they can convince themselves it is more offensive to power wash human feces off a sidewalk than to force human beings to live in it.