Excellent read. And congratulations on your open-mindedness (which is something is becoming less and less common, as are Reflection and Intellectual Honesty).
I’m a little bit older than you (Gen X), and I can honestly say that this is the first time I’ve ever seen anything like the SJW movement in America. And you are absolutely correct in not prescribing this phenomenon to the entire Left. It is a faction, to be sure, and it seems to be mostly millennials caught up in this insanity.
But you must remember: This is the 1st generation to be born, raised, and indoctrinated into the Diversity/Politically Correct cult. It is their most important issue because they were taught that it was the most important issue through each grade or level they achieved in elementary/middle/and High School. Something got lost in translation along the way, because they were led to believe that being politically correct is the biggest virtue a person can display.
My generation knew of political correctness, and that it is a good thing to be considerate of other people’s culture, values, background, etc. But we used it as a template to engage people.
Getting back to the millennial generation: If you thought something was so dreadful that you would engage in violence to stop it, or engage in true censorship to control it, would you? I would think that it would be pretty reasonable to do so. That is what we’re seeing with the SJW movement today. They hold the thought of Diversity and PC to be more important than other freedoms or intellectual pursuit. In other words, they think what they’re doing is critically important. They are brainwashed, and my generation brainwashed them.