I posted a picture, seen below, ridiculing the “–ism” card. This includes genderism, racism, sexual-predicationisms, and I basically got “shamed” by a friend. Because I cherish this friend, names and quotes will be withheld, but I will use this as a teaching moment.
Saying a meme, which ridicules political correctiveness, promotes bad behavior is a cop-out for folding under the fear of a biased society which may be against them. If someone is going to treat another group of people poorly, they are going to do it with or without an excuse, then use any excuse that they find to justify their reason. But that doesn’t mean that you should restrict speech to fight this. If you do, then you are now making a new victim class, the fallout of victimhood class. It is like tossing a grenade into a crowded hall because two people are being dicks. Now everyone is hurt.
I live with this every day. I am straight, Caucasian, male, who teaches Christ crucified. To put it simple, I am technically in the majority. However, I am now the most attacked person for being in the majority. In so many conversations people have warned me that I came close to “protected speech”.
What the… I was just quoting some one, or some thing. But [insert ethnic name here] said that just 20 seconds ago. How the fuck is this a sane pattern?
Or the case where I was hanging with friends and some guy makes a pass. That made me uncomfortable. So I said “No thank you.” Then I am accused of being a homophobe by the guy making the unwarranted pass. WTF people. I cannot choose who I am going to hang out with because I am straight.
Pause for a second for some perspective, the gay event happened 200lbs ago, which would put it about 1995-ish. Back then I was constantly prowling for a new girlfriend. May be there was grounds for someone to get the wrong idea. But it still weirded me out at the time. Did I make a aggrandizing remark back then about gay people… maybe. I was young and stupider than I am now. However, now I would still say no thank you, but I would still appreciate the fact that this person felt that he had enough liberty and safety from prosecution to ask was a great thing. Yay for human right to live by your own morals! [Not sarcasm]
Now I have been called a racist too many times because of my disagreements with Obama, Reverend Sharpton, and a few other liberal agitators; or an anti-feminist because of my disagreements with Boxer and Feinstein. So when do I get to pull the race card, or the minority card? When do I get to say “you Caucasian hater!”, or “you male enslaver!”. Sounds pretty dumb doesn’t it? When that is how all “–ism” cards sound to me. They are all means to use society stereotypes to break us into warring factions. Stop it! We are all human, start there. Then move forward to come to a peaceful arrangement. You don’t have to agree on everything to be good neighbors, you just have to agree to be good neighbors.
This political correctness makes victims of everyone. The people who it supposedly defends are now hiding behind words, rather than standing on character. The people who would be bystanders are now victims in the new standard, rather than being assistance to those who would be attacked. We as humans are greater than words, but we as humans must realize that these political correctness words are there to just shackle your mind. Inhibit you from thinking for yourself. You are an action creature, but this world has made you a reaction creature. You have strength for stand, so why do you cower?
To be offended at a meme which promotes thought, and “shaming” someone for it, is missing the point and promoting mental enslavement.
Either liberty and free speech is for all, or it is still enslavement.