Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Standard Deviation


It amazes me how simple some people are. The other week on television I saw a sheriff investigating a murder who insisted he couldn't be racist for targeting a black man -- at whom no evidence pointed -- because he (the sheriff) "hadn't said the N-word in over 20 years." (It would be comical if this person didn't have the power to destroy people's lives.) Similarly, many people think that the only you can be "homophobic" is if you call someone the F-word. But this James Woods kerfuffle beautifully illustrates why none of this is true. Being racist, homophobic, anti-Semitic, misogynistic (Hillary haters) or the like isn't usually demonstrated by outwardly disparaging certain groups. It's done by holding certain people to a different standard than you do others. (For example, you hate everything about how smug and awful Bryant Gumbel and Brian Williams are, but for some reason you only rant about the former.) I know I'm mostly preaching to the choir here. But it's something I better learned as an adult, so perhaps there's a lesson for some of you in here.


So what's good for the Baby is good for the Gayby ...


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6 comments:

macguffin Fifty four said...

Was that a 48 Hours or Dateline episode you were watching? I remember that episode from years ago because of that statement, but only vaguely remember the case. But he (the cop) was blatantly racist, as were others. People don't realize/don't want to admit racists aren't just KKK members. More importantly, you can be racist even if you don't realize it.

macguffin Fifty four said...

Did you see the HBO doc Southern Rites a few years back? It poses some interesting questions or points out some grey areas of who is or isn't racist.

Kenneth M. Walsh said...

I haven't. Will check it out.

JimmyD said...

"... misogynistic (Hillary haters) or the like isn't usually demonstrated by outwardly disparaging certain groups. It's done by holding certain people to a different standard than you do others."

Interestingly put.

John said...

There you go again with your anyone questioning HRC's stated positions and policies and/or acts while in office, is a misogynist bs. How come you never say the same about people who criticize Pelosi, Duckworth, Waters, Merkle, May, Warren Harris, Devos, Halley, on and on. You expose your identity politocs every time you do this. Don't care if you post, just hope you read and consider.

Kenneth M. Walsh said...

@John: A couple of things:

The higher the level of power, the more misogyny rears its ugly head. (Women who want "power" are instantly demonized.)

You're bolstering my point by bringing up Betsy DeVos, which I brought up to all of my friends during her confirmation. ALL of Trump's picks to lead departments were HORRIBLE and DEEPLY AGAINST the agency they were tapped to lead. Yet for some strange reason, DeVos was the ONLY one that everyone went all out against. (Pence had to break the tie when two Republican WOMEN -- who are frequently women's worst enemy -- voted against her.) Hmm.

As for Hillary. I'm not saying every Bernie supporter is misogynistic -- although many I met were. But for some strange reason three states that have voted blue for decades flipped by the narrowest of margins, and the candidate that made this happen was deeply despised by his own party. Can't imagine how he pulled that off ...

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