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Monday, November 6, 2017

Dear straight, white men (from one of you who traditionally leaned Right but now is as PO'd as everbody else)

Posted By on Mon, Nov 6, 2017 at 9:36 AM

If something happens in the world relating to gender, sexuality or race identity that you feel violates your sense of  common sense, logic, reason, fairness or even plain old good manners…confront it.  Don't ever just sit back and STFU. Don't let anybody silence you, don't let anybody devalue your experience or viewpoint because they seek to stereotype you as belonging the sole demographic that is blamed for all stereotyping of others since the dawn of time.

It is neither "privilege", nor "fragility" nor “racism, sexism, homophobia" to refuse to take a knee to somebody who believes that their self-awarded medals in the Oppression Olympics grant them the right to be a dictatorial boor.  There is a lot of talk about "privilege" these days, usually always preceded by the word “unearned." Be very careful of people who speak this way. The more comfortable they get with disparaging everything you have achieved or worked for, as being “unearned,” history shows they will get even more comfortable with the notion of depriving you of it. Don't wait for that Pastor Neimoller moment.

By all means work toward being a better citizen of the world.  But, don't ever feel any obligation to feel guilt or shame about your so-called  unearned privilege, especially when it comes from individuals of equally unproven virtue. An Orwellian world run by Kafka's rules ain't any kind of Utopia.

Oh, Team Coast—I’m familiar with your R.O.Es when it comes to assigning cutesy, funny little headers to things like this, so if you publish this at all, feel free to call it "White Fragility," or "Male Tears" or whatever else you feel might help people make up their minds. —Harambe Cornwallis

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