Because, to me, it seems like SJW means anybody who speaks out against the big and little ways people reinforce racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, and/or classism.
Which makes me a little uncomfortable because it seems that what is really being referred to are women, people of color, LGBTQ people, disabled people, and/or poor/working class people who talk openly about racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, and classism.
I personally don’t encounter many “Social Justice Warriors” on the Internet. (A friend of mine used the term and it surprised me because I hadn’t encountered what she had.)
After some time of skepticism, I realized that she wasn’t referring to any person who calls out racism/sexism/homophobia/transphobia/ableism/classism. She was referring to people who openly attacked others on the Internet for making mistakes because they weren’t educated— people who weren’t being hateful, but who said something careless or immature.
And eventually, I encountered those people too, when I made a slip-up in my understanding of white privilege. They seemed angry and spiteful because of a mistake. They did not explain my mistake; they attacked and ridiculed me for it (“you couldn’t possibly understand because of your privilege”). When I asked for an explanation of what my mistake had been, those people (and there were several of them) did not give me one.
Basically, you shouldn’t be a jerk to someone who makes a mistake. Be angry at someone else who’s a jerk, fine. Don’t turn into a jerk over someone’s misunderstanding and insist it’s for a cause. That’s what a Social Justice Warrior is.
Anyone who is willing to discuss prejudice maturely, respectfully, and with acceptance— that person is truly speaking out. Assholes don’t count.
If I’m on the street, and I accidentally punched Bruce Lee in the face (however the hell I manage to do so), would it be wrong for him to whup my ass?