Tuesday, July 31, 2018
I thought the bitch was white
The excuse of I thought the bitch was white for me summarizes all that is wrong with culture wars, on both sides. Because while people tend to be very partisan about the incident itself and the validity of the excuse, both sides accept the basic premise of it: Whether an insulting tweet of one person to another person is acceptable or not depends on the race (and gender) of the receiving party. Roseanne wouldn't have been fired if her target *had* been white. And I think that is wrong, the inviolability of human dignity should be sufficient argument to act against people spewing hate speech against others or making inappropriate remarks. Those others shouldn't need to be especially underprivileged.
Imagine one coworker telling another coworker, "you have a nice ass". Why is it that in today's society this would be a firable offence if and only if the speaker was male and the target female? Why shouldn't a man be accorded equal protection from such remarks, and regardless of the gender of the speaker? Why shouldn't a white person have the right to be offended (and protected against) if on the receiving end of a Planet of the Apes remark?
Not only do I believe the world would be a much better place if made certain insults and remarks generally socially unacceptable, regardless of who the target is. I also believe that affording certain groups a special protected status will just perpetuate the idea that these groups are somehow inferior. And ultimately it will create another group, that of those who aren't accorded any of these special protection statuses, which will end up being the "safe to insult and harass" group. You'll end up with white men pretending to be Muslim or gay, just in order to be protected from harassment.