We will never solve racism in this country moving in the direction we are moving in. Once you get victim status everybody agrees that anybody that says anything unpleasant to you, even if it is true is a bad person. We let one group beat up on another group as payback. I remember when I was a kid some black leader said something very important, I wish I could remember his name but more importantly I remember his words.
“there is no such thing as reverse discrimination, it is just regular old prejudice.”
What I am about to say is a logical fallacy that I believe I am the first person to point out. There is the general, the specific, and the personal. If something happens to me it is personal. If something happens to my friend it is specific, and if something happens in general that is the general rule. When people make judgments, when they talk, when they behave strategically to make the world a better place they forget this one simple rule. I am not white people, I did not take your land, I do not have millions of dollars from my plantation, I didn’t own slaves, I didn’t prevent women from getting the vote, I didn’t kill off the native Americans, and I refuse to be punished for it or apologize for being a strong white man.
Here is another interesting question, based on the same logic, if I can be blamed for the crimes of my ancestors and my sex, how come I never get praised for things that white people and men have done that are good? Thank you for inventing science! Thank you for inventing civil rights! Thank you for civilization and chivalry! Thank you for television and the internet! How come that never happens?
Conflationary thinking is prejudice. Thinking you can make the world a better place by singling out a person based on color or sex and attack them, blame them, scapegoat them and that will right some wrong you perceive is stupid and if you think that you are an idiot and too stupid to detect your own bullshit. You don’t change the way you treat your friends or acquaintances because of some event that has nothing to do with either of you.
The way that you change the general rule for the positive is you succeed in your relationships and you return good for good and you don’t let things going on in the world influence the way you are in relationship with your friends. The only thing that matters is what I do to you, how I treat you. You don’t know why I did what I did to someone else or why I said what I said to someone else, you only know how I treat you. What has transpired between us.
It has become normal for people to apologize for their race or for their sex with their behavior. But you are feeding into a logical fallacy. You are participating with the validity of stupidity from the mind of a moron. We are enforcing this pleasantness of speech so that we can’t talk about the real issues. One groups opinion and experiences are wrong because it comes from them, they are wrong for having it and they aren’t allowed to voice it. As long as we can’t speak freely on the subject there will be no enduring solution. Cornel West speaks about parr hesia, speaking your truth boldly, prophetically.
The solution is reason, a system that is prejudiced towards reason and knows how to recognize it. Stop rewarding prejudice, stupidity, butthurt, entitlements, people that feel like victims (histrionic personalities) and start rewarding people for being reasonable and correct.