“Have you stopped beating your wife?”

So there is this:

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If you don’t condemn “white supremacy” then, of course you are a racist.  If you do, according to this…individual…that too indicates you are a racist.  There is literally no answer one could give that does not mean one is a racist.

This, of course, is a standard Kafkatrap, assuming guilt and using denial as further evidence of said guilt.  It is, of course, a fallacy but like with many other fallacies that doesn’t stop people from using it.  And, of course, it’s a matter of emotion, lot logic, and certainly not fact.

There’s a problem with this.  By declaring everybody a racist, regardless of what their actual positions on race might be, far from getting people to agree with you, you remove any incentive to bother with you at all.  There’s no point in trying to satisfy people who are never going to be satisfied.

Most people will simply continue with their own ethics.  They’re not going to let the perpetually unsatisfied dictate to them one way or the other.  But there are some, “in for a penny, in for a pound”, “might as well be hung for a ram as a sheep”, etc.  If you’re going to declare them racist anyway, they’ll figure they might as well go all-in.

This “everything is racist”, “everyone is racist”, nano-, pico-, atto- aggressions, bit will simply make the matters worse.

If you’re goal is to reduce, let alone end racism, then you’re doing it wrong.

If, however, your goal is to fan the fires of racism into a roaring conflagration, then you’re doing it right.

Which is your actual goal?  Think long and hard about your answer.

 

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2 thoughts on ““Have you stopped beating your wife?””

  1. I think their actual goal is to truly, deeply, orgasmically feel that righteous righteous outrage.

    My ex-Catholic first wife used to read feminist books that castigated the Catholic Church, and she would get very upset and angry. I asked her once, “you know the Church does all kinds of shit, why do you read those books when they just upset you?” It didn’t occur to me until much later that getting upset was the point.

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