Although it pains me to do so, I have to begrudgingly admit that I am occasionally in awe of how the conservative party is able to so effortlessly deflect questions and twist political ideas to their will. For instance, the expectation that people not be giant assholes to each other has been transformed into “PC culture.” To the point where any sort of consequences imposed upon a person for saying something hateful or wrong is now a “prison of the mind, prison of the soul.” The hell? These guys have never been to prison, huh? Because I’m pretty sure that’s not what prison is actually like. But let’s ask someone who knows better.
“Hey, Recently Released Convicted Felon, could you describe your time in prison, and perhaps compare it to something that we would experience on a day-to-day basis?”
“Well, I’d say it’s most like the feeling you get when someone gives you the side-eye for saying ‘my African-American.’ That’d be the closest example.”
OK, so I was wrong on that one.
But it’s still impressive how blatantly the right has corrupted the Black Lives Matter movement. Mostly because of how deeply it blatantly ignores the fact that the “racism is bad” idea got started because of how terribly white people were treating everyone. We all remember that, right? Racism is a tool used by the powerful group to oppress others? It isn’t actually an issue of acknowledging that other races exist or demanding that everyone just be nice to each other. And that the idea of demanding that white people continue to receive protection from “racism” is a racist manipulation of what should be a very simple idea i.e. stop treating minority groups poorly.
Which is why I was fully prepared not to see any actual progress on race relations until a certain group of people raised on racist practices and less familiar with the ideas of institutional racism had … “retired.” I was sure that presenting individuals with facts and rational argument wouldn’t actually do much to improve the situation, because conservatives have become so adept at twisting new ideas to fit preexisting ones. And I was totally unprepared for this.
Oh right, there’s still that asshole who actively doesn’t want his mind changed. Maybe we can start to be hopeful once they’ve all “semi-retired.”