There is so much going on with issues of race/sex/class/power constantly that sometimes I'm like "Someone else is going to talk on this and I'm not going to say anything new and I'm preaching to the choir anyway." I just shut up and concern myself with geeky issues instead.* It usually serves me well in keeping me sane.
Plus, it's kinda smarmy to just comment on stuff when I know for a fact I'm not going to put on pants and take to the streets about something.
|I'm really not taking back my city today. I'm gonna clear my DVR instead.|
I don't want to give up. I don't want to not fight for equality and justice and education in basic levels of respect but sometimes people irritate me to the point where I want to grab my ball and go home.
Then, there are times where I get so irritated that I have to at least comment.
Such is the case with this bullshite response to this article.
My issue is with this line-
"Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn't mean it has to change."- Megyn Kelly
Jon Stewart probably described that best last night with "I think that's the official slogan of oppression." I think that's it's also the slogan for the opposite of progress.
Things change. That's the nature of the universe. It's universal law. And, most of the time, it's for the betterment of mankind. Very rarely do you find people fighting to keep things the same or "traditional" to end up on the correct side of history.
I DO think she is suffering from the same strain of disease that a lot of people with privilege and power suffer from and I'm not talking about affluenza. It's ignorance of how things are, why they are the way they are and a lack of empathy for others.
"Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn't mean it has to change."- Megyn Kelly ***
The privileged thought process is simple- "It doesn't have to change if it's in support of those in power AKA me. If you complain about it, something is wrong with you and you are being an uppity minority/woman/LGBT person. Tradition is tradition because it's great, for me. You aren't a slave/live in America/have "equal opportunity"*** and if you complain and want things to be more fair, well, then you are attacking my freedom and I can't allow that because I can't lose. My ancestors have never lost and I won't give up any power to help you at the least feel decent about yourself. Stop bringing up old stuff because it's in the past and I don't want to think about it and it hasn't affected me in a truly negative way so who cares?"
Minorities care. Women care. The oppressed care. And if you really give a damn about humanity, you SHOULD care. It's not losing when someone else wins or gets a little more freedom. We all win. And that should be our ultimate goal in everything.
We all win and we are better humans because of it.
Stop being an arse. Be a good human.
*This industry has its own issues with race, sexual orientation and gender representation.
**Which is INSANE since white dudes haven't lost since the year 982 when Native Americans whupped up on some Vikings. White dudes are in fact the Harlem Globetrotters of history.
***'Fuck out of here...