Truth is the new hate speech

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We do not burn witches at the stake anymore… progress, right? Yet, we live at a time when Political Correctness is threatening the very fabric of our society.

American author Lionel Shriver was in the news this week, for a speech she delivered at the Brisbane writers festival in which she talked about the concept of cultural appropriation, stating that she hoped “the concept was a passing fad.”
This speech, full of common sense, sparked an international row; the organisers of the festival were so shocked they censored her on the festival website and publicly disavowed her remarks.
The author gave the definition of cultural appropriation as provided by Susan Scafidi, a Law professor at Fordham University: “taking intellectual property, traditional knowledge, cultural expressions, or artefacts from someone else’s culture without permission. This can include unauthorised use of another’s culture’s dance, dress, music, language, folklore, cuisine, traditional medicine, religious symbols, etc”

Lionel Shriver sensibly noted that a writer should be able to explore different cultures, write from different perspectives because this is what fiction is about. If you are reduced to write solely from your own perspective, you are stifled as a writer. She added that she was now weary about writing black characters which is something she had not hesitated to do when she first started out as a novelist. She now feels the need to censor herself while writing, so as not to create characters that would cause offence. Finally, she asked the million dollar question: what are you supposed to do if writing from another race or culture’s point of view? Are you supposed to ask permission, “standing in a corner and approaching passers-by with a clipboard, getting signatures that grant limited rights to employ an Indonesian character in chapter twelve?”

I am not a fan of Shriver’s writing but she has my full support regarding her speech. A writer, or an artist, should be able to draw from whatever source they wish to. This censorship brought on by political correctness is ridiculous and outrageous. Artists, whether they are writers, musicians, painters, etc have always taken inspiration from other cultures, countless seminal works of art have been produced thanks to what is now seen as “cultural appropriation”.

I sometimes feel like the world has gone mad. Marc Jacobs created waves in the news for sending models on the runway wearing cornrows. Justin Timberlake was pilloried on Twitter not long ago for tweeting his support for Grey’s Anatomy Jesse Williams’ speech at the BET Awards – the actor made a call to the industry to acknowledge black culture instead of “ghettoising and demeaning our creations, then stealing them, gentrifying our genius and then trying us on like costumes before discarding our bodies like rinds of strange fruit.”
How dare Justin tweet his support when he emulates black culture through his music while ignoring issues affecting black people…was the general sentiment.
Good intentions generally pave the way to hell, as Justin discovered.

This mass indignation is everywhere, I see it all the time. Why are people so willingly outraged? Why are they being encouraged to be outraged? Why do they want to be offended? There’s only one answer: PC. We are facing a generation which pursues victimhood.

This brings me to the LGBTQ issue: I’ll be perfectly honest, I have met many LGBTQ advocates who are so up their own arses, it’s a wonder they can breathe. One of them berated me recently for forgetting to add the Q while talking. How dare I deny that minority their voice? The Q is all important, and must not be forgotten.
When I asked that person to calm down, I was told that I was quite clearly homophobic and that I, and people like me, were the problem. Right, I forgot the Q, I become responsible for all their trouble.
Another ‘advocate’ who didn’t know the first thing about me told me I had never suffered, never been discriminated against, simply because I was straight.
Yet another one said that the quite high number of gay friends I had was a cover, clearly there to hide my rampant homophobia.
I could go on and on with examples of the kind, I won’t.

I mean, the stupidity is staggering. Those various encounters with idiots obviously would not turn me into a homophobe because it is clear to me these people are plain stupid, and it has nothing to do with sexuality and everything to do with their brain’s abilities. But, I do know of some people who’d previously had no problem whatsoever with the LGBTQ community and who suddenly developed a weariness (and sometimes stronger feelings) when confronted with some members of said community. That is what some of you LGBTQ advocates are doing, your fight is about ending discrimination but you’re going about it in such a way, you’re increasing it!

If you want to be a victim, you can, go in search of a bakery that refuses to bake a cake for a gay wedding, no doubt you’ll find one, alert the media and watch BuzzFeed wet themselves over the inequality.
Meanwhile the real issues are being masked and ignored because, there you are making a big old fuss about something you purposefully went looking for.
Did anybody see Owen Jones, a gay British journalist and writer – throwing a tantrum on Sky news after the Orlando attack, because the presenters did not state it to be solely an attack on the LGBTQ community, they dared to raise the issue of mental illness instead of concentrating on the “community.”
Owen Jones acted in a manner not befitting a journalist and writer – going into a rage and leaving the studio did not help his cause, if anything it hindered it. I do not agree with Owen Jone’s views generally, and that little performance on Sky news did nothing to help me understand his point of view – all I saw was a supposedly intelligent and educated grown man throwing a tantrum like a toddler.

Somebody pointed me towards a Facebook post from a gay man after Orlando: it was a tome of a Facebook status in which this man basically said that there was far too much self-obsession going on in the gay community, that they only went up in arms when they were being attacked. He added that it was natural to be moved by causes “close to home” but that there were many other important issues that needed to be addressed apart from homophobia and gay rights. It was a sensible, thoughtful status. Well, the abuse he got from his own community was shocking – they pretty much branded him a self-hating gay man: an homophobic homosexual.
Another proof: those who ask for tolerance usually have a hard time practising what they preach.

Even now, the furore goes on about the hashtag #AllLivesMatter
It seems like such an innocent thing to say and it’s hard to understand at first how it could cause outrage because, all lives do matter. And yet, people using it have been verbally abused all over the media because, apparently, using this hashtag means you are automatically an adversary of the Black Lives Matter movement. Again, who decided this? Who is the grand arbitrary of what is said in the media and what it means? The PC brigade, that’s who.
Well, I’m sorry but I do not believe that all black men are criminals just as I do not believe that every white policeman is racist – all lives do matter to me, just as racism is abhorrent to me. I want to be able to call out the bullshit as I see it, wherever I find it, without being personally attacked and my arguments shut down by the cries of racist or homophobe, or hater.

Am I automatically a racist because I have reservations about the burqa? Am I not allowed to have doubts about an attire that, yes, some women chose to wear freely, but that many others are being forced into?
Am I racist because I believe that people moving to a different country should integrate somewhat? Nobody has to give up on their culture and religion, but is it too much to at least learn the language when you move to England, France or the US? Is it too much to expect that – if you’ve moved to, say, England, you will not take your daughters out of school at 16 and send them to a country they’ve never been to (apart from maybe a brief holiday) to be married off to a 40-year-old man they’ve never met until their wedding day? You cannot send a girl to school in England, have her exposed to a culture which is the only one she knows because she was born here (or came over here very young) and then exile her to a land that is foreign to her, even if it is where she came from, and have her being raped (because that’s what it is) by a stranger – all in the name of your culture.
If you are a doctor who’s been practising in England for many years, is it right that you should agree to perform female circumcision on this soil in the name of culture?
In England, female circumcision is rightly viewed as Female genital mutilation, it is illegal – you live and work here, your barbaric cultural practises should not be performed here – nor anywhere else obviously, but we’re talking about adapting and integrating in this case. 

Does the fact I am concerned and want to talk about all these different issues make me racist? Islamophobic? Because I don’t believe it does, but according to political correctness, that’s exactly what I am. We are not allowed to raise issues, we are not allowed to talk, how are we ever going to achieve anything this way?
Surely, as long as there is mutual respect, most types of debate should be allowed?
Political correctness was born out of a desire to include, embrace differences but it has now become incredibly divisive.
When you cancel nativity plays in school, you do not make the children of immigrants feel more welcome. Similarly, forbidding children from exchanging Christmas cards does not accomplish anything but breed resentment.
As a society, we need to talk, we need to be able to express opinions, we must address and try to resolve important issues, not just the fashionable ones, we need to stop pandering to a left wing culture which has grown censorious and totalitarian – we need to slay the Political Correctness monster and replace it with good old common sense.

*Please forgive typos and such, this was written very quickly and it is by no means as long or thorough as I would have liked it to be but I just don’t have the time to write the actual ‘essay’ that I would like to, hence I’m letting this go as it is – just a rant.*

 

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55 thoughts on “Truth is the new hate speech

  1. I agree that political correctness is tying the hands and shutting the mouths of many who have valid issues and as a result we fear free expression to avoid appearing biased, racist, etc. It is also true that many would espouse bias and racism under freedom of speech and under our constitution they are free to do so without fear. However they are being met with retaliation shutting off these opposing position, a form of terrorism. We might buffer our freedom of speech to avoid spreading hatred but still speaking the truth we risk offending others but they too will have their turn and they most often do not seem to be concerned with correctness in their retaliation. At the present time we have a candidate for president who is spreading divisiveness and hatred using lies and rumor, he is free to do so under the constitution.

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    1. Yes, I agree Holly. I find Trump repugnant and I shudder at the thought of him ever becoming president…however, at least we know (and hopefully the majority of US voters) what he’s like thanks to freedom of speech. Nobody in their right mind can think he’s a stable human being, never mind having potential for presidency. On the other hand, we get so many lying politicians who are not much better than Trump, they just hide it better. I think Hillary has to win because she is without a doubt a better option than Trump…and yet, I don’t trust her and I think there’s a lot of dishonesty there…

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      1. Our options are not good! Unfortunately nearly 50% of the voting population seems o disagree that Trump is unstable. It’s got the sane folks completely baffled. What does he have to do or say to turn them off on him…ye gad.

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      2. It really baffles me that people can’t see that Trump is clearly insane…I also believe he’s got narcissistic tendencies – in any case, he’s a dangerous man. Maybe his supporters *are* aware of all this and that’s the appeal…because they’re as crazy as he is.

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      3. so many people? I think fear has taken hold and it is driving this section of people to radical conservative rationale. Oh, I am pretty sure Trump is a Narcissist, perhaps it goes beyond that.

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      4. Obviously not all of them, there can’t be *that many* crazy people in any one place. Yes, fear is definitely playing a part but I still find it hard to believe that – even while worried about the future and feeling cornered – people would *still* think Trump was their way out, or saviour or whatever. It’s a scary time for all of us to be honest, the entire world is going to be affected by the result of this election.(And yes, Trump is a narcissist, I was being conservative in saying he had “tendencies”)

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    2. I am not replying to defend the candidate you mention, but to point out how blind you are with your comment. Or was it blindness? not a chance, you were hoping some that read it might be.

      This whole post is about political correctness and the author has presented many examples to show how counter-productive political correctness is – a threat to to individuality and freedom even.

      There is one party that promotes political correctness and one party that has taken it too far and been using it as a political tool to gain advantage over opponents.

      Of all the posts you could have chosen to spew your anti-Trump propaganda, you choose a post speaking out against Political correctness?

      Your comment is intellectually dishonest at best. I think we can just call it down right dishonest.

      A vote for Hilary is a vote in support of political correctness – and a Hilary presidency will result in political correctness being taken even farther to the extreme – truth and freedom will suffer for it.

      If you are going to make a comment like this, that undermines the intention of the author, then at least be honest enough to be straight forward about it. Not only were you not straight forward, but you actually distort and obfuscate the the truth to make it look like you were supporting the author’s criticism of political correctness – AND, that supporting Trump would some how make the issue worse.

      Shame you. You know where the misuse of political correctness is coming from – from the same party that makes every political. From the party that uses the exact same tactics, and is every bit as crafty and dishonest as your comment.

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      1. I was writing to speak out against political correctness, (which included pointing out that your comment had some dishonest and misleading statements that actually promote the politics behind political correctness) which is what the post was about (the post was not about trump in case you missed that).

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      2. Dishonest? I am going to let this pass because what I would say would not be good. I do not expect to hear from you again.

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  2. A great big “YES”! Thank you for this. As a writer, I don’t think that I’m appropriating anyone’s culture when I write outside my own history and experience. I want to be well-informed and learn as much as I can before I write. Broad strokes won’t do because it’s lazy and too simplistic to resort to stereotypical interpretation.By no means will I understand the entirety of others’ experiences — who can? But we can educate ourselves by listening and learning and cultivating it in a creative, positive manner. Writers have a responsibility for their words. I would think that any attempt to learn and appreciate another cultures and people through art can (or should) enrich the creative experience.

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    1. Exactly! Yes! Any artist has to look outside their own story and experience, otherwise they’d run out of things to say pretty quickly. As you say, as long as you do your research properly, there’s no reason why you can’t put yourself in somebody else’s shoes. It might be seen as an homage sometimes, it might even be giving a voice to somebody who wouldn’t otherwise have one! Plus, that’s what life is about: learning from others, taking from them and giving back, exchanging ideas and experiences: that’s the key to people living in harmony, surely?

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      1. That’s it precisely. I don’t like the idea of shoehorning in a culture or ethnicity for its own sake, but if it’s an essential part of the creative experience, I feel obligated to take the time to learn about what I’m writing about, and approach it with respect. If the work finds an audience, that’s great, but if not, I’ve learned something that I otherwise might not have, and that’s great too.

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    1. Thank you, Meg. I think that’s what annoys me the most: the fact that some people somehow want to be victims so bad that they’ll look for anything to complain about, even if it’s inconsequent. Ridiculous.

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  3. There is no “right” not to be offended and people should (by and large) be allowed to express views which many regard as offensive provided they dont advocate violence. Despite the complexities of modern society I believe J S Mill got it right in his 1859 essay “On Liberty” as regards the limitations of societal/state intervention which should be permitted and the importance of allowing competing ideas to flourish. Kevin

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  4. I’ve never heard of this “cultural appropriate’ tactic – the most insidious and disgusting use I’ve seen of the most insidious and disgusting tool of the left. P.C.

    Fantastic post. Perhaps bring to light the “cultural appropriation” issue and how it could impact artistry expression, will be helpful to some who have been unable to recognize the threat that political correctness is to everybody, and the price even those finding immediate advantages of PC will have to pay for it.

    I hope the crazy and dangerous people behind this “cultural appropriation” bullshit are not appropriating any concepts related to white men, especially western ones (which makes about 90% of possible content off limits to them).

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  5. Based on everything you’ve said with this rant, I am surprised you are speaking out – and creating posts – against Trump. To campaign against Trump is to support Hilary, who’s party is solely responsible for inventing and weaponizing political correctness (at least in America.)

    We know Hillary is going to harm the very cause you speak of in this post. As much as you may dislike Trumps personality traits, what cause of yours is he going to harm?

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  6. Having read the text of Lionel Shriver’s speech, my critique of it was that it seemed very black & white in it’s approach to the topic – conflating issues like writing diverse characters in literature with college frat kids throwing ethnic stereotype theme parties and such. While these things may be loosely related, The first is a matter of good vs. bad writing as much as sensitivity. The second – well, freedom of speech doesn’t mean freedom of consequences. You want to throw a mock “dress like a Mexican, some Mexicans might think you look like a bunch of pendejos in halloween store sombreros and fake moustaches LOL (The rest of us Latinos too, since from what I’ve seen of Cinco de Mayo events in bars they just sort jumble Cuban and Puerto Rican like it’s all one big thing.) But it’s our free speech as well to say “you look stupid! And that also insulting!”

    I also suspect a lot of the same people who label it “cultural appropriation” if an author writes characters outside their own race in a story are the sorts of people who would complain that there’s “no diversity” in the story if the author only wrote characters of their own race.

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    1. Wow, most of that was response to the text of Lionel Shriver’s speech which your post was based on, like thoughts on the speech, since this began with the speech…sorry if it reads as confusing to the thread here….

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  7. Wonderful post, Nathalie. Political correctness is a conspiracy to stifle free speech. If I don’t like an Obama policy, I’m racist. If I don’t like Hillary for president, I’m sexist. We’re living in an age when truth is being snuffed out for political purposes. I recall a quote for Orwell’s 1984: ‘Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.’

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    1. Yes, Rob. I agree totally and I know we are not the only ones who think that way. I am working on a story now about this crazy PC mania, I’m not sure it will get anywhere but I’m hoping – someone has to fight this madness.

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      1. It is a subject that I often think of (as I am sure many do) but don’t mention. Debate is good, possibly opening someone else’s eyes and ears to an alternate truth is also good. We have effectively taped our mouths shut with political correctness.

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  8. I wish I had seen this sooner. This is officially my favorite post ever. I love what you wrote here. I envy you because I wish I had been as sucsinct and eloquent in writing similar but not as well articulated things about this very subject. Now for my ten cents 😉
    I’ve been accused of being racist and I’ve been attacked by racists.
    I’ve been accused of being homophobic and I’ve been attacked by homophobes and by gay people.
    I’ve been accused of being sexist and been attacked by feminists and people who hate feminists.

    It’s ABSURD!
    You’re so right, everything you say is right.
    If you are ‘white skinned’ and I say this because you can have black DNA like I do but look white so in the narrow confines of racial identity (both from blacks and whites alike) you are white just like Obama who is HALF WHITE is never referred to as half white by blacks who claim him theirs, or by whites who are racist or apologist (which is worse?) then as a white skinned person you CANNOT say certain things
    how is that right?
    double standards are okay?
    apparently
    if I say someone of color was racist to me, I am corrected, a person of color cannot be racist to you they can only be prejudiced based upon MY racism toward them
    oh okay …
    if a man is a feminist then feminists tell him he cannot be a feminist
    if a gay girl like me says she hates dykes and queer boys she is told she’s not a good gay
    so you’re right you can’t tell the truth
    why not? what happened?
    social media
    anonymity
    bitterness
    too much PC
    not enough sense
    too much hate
    cowardice and spite
    it says a LOT about people today
    we’re Thackery’s Vanity Fair all over again not much has EVOLVED
    I’m told I cannot understand what it is like to have a black face and be prejudiced against and I get that, despite the posibility I may be more black in my DNA than someone else, if I don’t have a black face I can’t understand the racism inherent in society today
    but whilst that is true
    isn’t it also okay to admit that there is a lot of racism on both sides?
    I’ve had a ton of racism from black people towards me
    how is that less wrong?
    i didn’t have slaves
    only 25 percent of American’s had slaves
    I am not even American
    I think when we start to point fingers and then say ‘oh but you can’t respond and if you do you’re a racist or a homophobe’ then we’re effectively cutting off the truth
    why?
    because it’s fashionable to victimize and fashionable to have white guilt and other things and if you don’t your a neanderthal
    btw only a few days ago I read FIVE articles on ‘white privilage’ ‘white ignorance’ and ‘racism in the white dominanted world’ somehow it’s okay to say that but if someone says ‘there is racism both ways’ they will be condemned yet there is!
    I think some black people have it easier because white people over compensate and they give black people more because of their guilt. Is that fair? I think sometimes it is and sometimes it isn’t.
    Maybe things can never be completely fair anymore because there is such a history of prejudice and racism and intolerance but does that mean we should over compensate to the point where we are being unfair in reverse? I don’t think that’s the answer
    As a gay woman (I hate labels I don’t really see myself as ‘anything’ I’m just me, I could be gay I could be straight) I’m told by queers I’m not ‘gay enough’ and my gf is told she’s not latino enough or hispanic enough it’s all so stupid
    if I suddenly fell in love with a man which I could do, would I be shunned by gays?
    am I not queer enough?
    why anyone feels it’s necessary to say ‘you’re anti gay’ because some fag gets on your tits is absurd, they get on my tits as well (usually jealousy because their eye brows are better than mine or they are too mincing at 7am)
    if you are told you are racist because you feel you should have equal access or because you don’t see black face dancers on catwalks as hideously offensive
    if you are told you are sexist because sometimes you want to slut it up
    it’s just too many rules too PC not enough PC in some areas and too much in others
    ALL LIVES MATTER
    amen to that girlfriend you did a great job here A GREAT JOB and I for one adore truth tellers

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    1. Cand, you would have written this better than I could, I didn’t even do a proper detailed job like I originally wanted (like a proper journalist lol) but I didn’t have time and I still wanted to talk about it.
      I LOVE your response because it’s exactly the kind of confusion I was referring to: racism only seems to work one way these days but it doesn’t, it’s a two-way street. Plenty of black men are treated appallingly by racist policemen BUT plenty of white policemen are not racist and just people trying to do their jobs. Driving the crowds crazy with calls to kill “white pigs” is not going to resolve racism in police. I mean, did you watch “The people vs O.J.Simpson”? I loved it because it was so fucking well done and it showed how context was everything in that trial: the LA riots had happened not long before, we had a policeman who found evidence later shown as being totally racist (does it discredit the evidence automatically? in this case, it did which I can understand but it shouldn’t have when added up with ALL the remaining evidence), we had Johnnie Cochran who just used the race card because he knew it was the only way forward, as he put it, “we just need to tell a better story than the prosecution” which is what justice is a lot of times these days but I digress…and we have Marcia Clark who was pilloried by the press for no actual good reason apart from the fact she wasn’t all glamorous and shit…and we have an obviously guilty black man who got away with murder, all thanks to context, white guilt and a circus of a trial. I mean, I think it exemplifies really well how racism works both ways and that it can play in the favour of a guilty (black) person depending on how well you play the race card. Obviously O.J. was a celebrity & rich so this is still different to the average guy caught up in a murder charge but, you get the point.
      Now, for the whole homophobia thing, TOTALLY with you: I have met so many gay people who are so fucking intolerant and even within their own communities. Like, I have seen at first hand how someone who was “known” as gay was judged and derided (by other gay guys) when he decided to sample a little on the other side, ie a girl.
      I have read so many tweets and stuff on social media from gay people which are incredibly offensive to straight people, but, somehow that’s okay? Why? Because homophobia exists? So? Surely you should lead by example? it’s not okay to be homophobic and it’s not okay to take the fucking piss out of straight people either, it’s exactly like the black/white racism, it works both ways! I do get SO pissed off by the LGBT issues dominating the media here in the UK, it’s definitely a “fashionable” cause and even some of my gay friends get pissed off with it because they’re like…we’re not victims, we don’t want to be, but anyway, let’s talk about it, sure, but let’s not forget ALL the other issues that need to be addressed like, sex slavery which is still far too frequent in Europe and in the US too, or even slavery full stop with the eastern europeans being brought over here to work for NOTHING while their passport are confiscated so they can’t run away plus their families back home are being threatened etc… FGM, arranged marriage all happens in the UK and France and so on, all to do with culture and integration and nobody really talks about it because that makes us racists! Yeah right, I’m sorry but this doctor, GP for fs was approached by an undercover journalist and agreed to bloody mutilate a girl, he apparently did it often (and carefully) for a price and obviously because he agreed with it because it’s his culture and WTAF is this? A doctor practicing in the UK for years doing that on the side? WE NEED to talk about all this. Child abuse, poverty, there are so many things…I just don’t think it’s right that LGBT should dominate the media like it has in the last few years.
      Okay, maybe I should stop now. And shit, I haven’t even addressed half the stuff you talked about!

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      1. The LGBT has dominated the media in the UK I noticed that last time I visited friends we watched a lot of telly (because it was raining) and nearly every show was really queeny. I get that some like that, but if gays are 2 percent women and 4 percent men, how is that a FAIR representation of the population? So basically it’s like making TV programs 80 percent black just to appease white guilt, that’s absurd, because in America blacks are around 12 percent (higher in come areas, lower in others) and Hispanic is higher and it would be absurd to make 80 percent of programming focused on black people yet that’s what the UK does with gay-themes. I was watching Dracula with that hunky guy from The Tudors, man he’s hot, anyway there’s TWO gay story lines in it, yeah and some black characters. I thought it was good to have the black characters as it’s sad when a period piece cannot do anything with people of color except make them act as slaves, afterall it really doesn’t matter what color an actor is, but as far as gay-stuff, I thought it was over the top to have two gay stories and just titilation for straight men basically. So how is that progress? I’m quasi gay and I get bored of gay stuff so IMAGINE what a totally straight person feels? Same with Game of Thrones (notice in the books NO gay characters) I think it is over doing it. Yes it’s true that to accept a minority (and gays are a TINY minority let’s not forget! 2 percent of women! 4 percent of men! and maybe 5 percent bi which isn’t the same) you don’t force it day in day out you do it a BIT and then if that’s palatable and accepted, you do it once in a while, normalize it, but how is it normalized to be 24/7? By watching TV you’d think EVERYONE was gay.

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      2. As for racism, if you look white (even if you’re not) you’re assumed to be a former persecutor of blacks and had slaves in your background, but most did not. Yet you are expected to pay for this by being eternally guilty (kinda like Germans being guilted for WW2) which in part is fair because blacks were treated like shit (they were it should be pointed out, first sold among themselves by tribal chiefs then by said chiefs to the Dutch and British) but how far do you go before you don’t let something change? How can you change if you are inflaming the tensions and passions of everyone by continually reminding everyone of it? Wouldn’t it die down and be more equal if we didn’t constantly do that? After all as a feminist if I burn my bloody bra all the time people are going to tell me to shut the fuck up, so how is it different? and how is rioting and looting helping get the message across? and how is a double standard getting the message across? I’m told I’m racist if I say ‘I have black friends and’ because it implies I know the black experience, which I don’t (despite my mom being born in Africa) but why can’t I say I have black friends and they think it’s not helping to constantly feel you’re ‘owed’ when to some extent that’s true and some extent it really isn’t applicable anymore. Now as for actual racist attacks I know there are a lot, if I had a black son I would be afraid for him, I think that’s true, I think there’s some mistakes in law enforcement that lead officers to shoot without thinking whether there is a real threat, that’s real, but there is also another side to it, and both sides should be presented, for example, why don’t black people police? why don’t they join and make change? if someone commits a crime how are they not at all culpable for being later on, shot? I mean I don’t think a death shot is right or justifyable but what about the crime that started it in the first place? Not saying killing is deserved as it’s not, but culpability must cut both ways. And if you say that as a white seeming person you are told nope you’re racist fuck off that’s a double standard a dialogue means everyone gets the same share

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      3. I did watch the OJ case and I agreed with you. TOTALLY. The other one I found interesting was Treyvon Martin. I truly believe some people of color have been killed without ANY reason basically murdered, a good example would be Tanesia McBride or that young man who was running away and was shot in the back. Or the one on the floor who was helping an handicapped kid and got shot. BUT in the Treyvon case, I felt it was NOT the case du jour at all because whilst I think Zimmerman is a bit mad, LEGALLY (due to mad Florida law) he was entitled to patrol w a gun and he would not have shot if Treyvon didn’t beat on him. Now was Treyvon right to beat on him? No because he did so because he thought he had no right to follow him (which is kinda true but no justification to beat someone) and he called him a cracker and he wanted to teach him a lesson. Yeah he was young and stupid, he didn’t deserve to die AT ALL but to use Zimmerman who was Hispanic (but the media said WHITE Hispanic) as being this racist asshole who murdered him was just INACCURATE so it wasn’t the case that should have got everyone upset, nor should Obama have said ‘he could have been my son’ – what about the girls who were abducted in Africa? Does anyone talk about them? It’s all fashion and what’s in and what’s not, and that’s bullshit because what about TRUTH? That’s why I loved your piece and it was extremely, extremely well written my sister xo

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      4. and as an aside, if there is another faggy queeny Xmas on Brit TV and I see it, I’m going to go back to being an alcoholic. Fair warning 😉

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  9. And in the above I didn’t mention maybe enough that there are cases of hideous racial inequality and gender inequality and homophobia. When I moved to TX (my bad!) there were signs that said ‘marriage equals a man and a woman’ and people were SO hateful of same-sex couples it really upset me. But you can like anything, go to such an extreme where you literally push in the faces of everyone your agenda and FORCE them to share it. Nobody should be forced to accept queers, or anything really, it doesn’t work and if you keep ramming it down their throats they’re likely to hate you for it. That doesn’t mean you should stay silent but marching about every little thing is much like calling wolf.
    Second: Tanisha McBride and others (some of whom I wrote about in the unsung series we did on WP) were incidences of black people being murdered by white people out of pure hate, racism, prejudice and fear. Unprovoked, uncalled for, wrong in every way. This does happen and I can see why people get as upset as they do, but the sad thing is the cases they usually make a deal about are not the true cases but the ones that the media decides to talk about.
    Third: All lives matter but as evidenced by the recent re-launch of the Jon Benet Ramsey case, if you are a cute blonde haired little girl of high income you are going to be remembered more than a poor Hispanic or Black on the wrong side of town. FACT. I think a lot is more to do with socio-economics than outright racism but you can’t really separate the two.
    Fourth: I get sick of queer agenda dominating the media sometimes (although it’s less here than in the UK) I don’t like the really queeny talk show hosts on cable channels and I think forcing everyone to sit through it is not appreciating people have different tastes. I for one prefer dragons to queens. 🙂
    Fifth: As a woman I see sexism everywhere STILL especially with the rape culture/epidemics but that said, I also think you should never believe you are owed more just because you are a woman (gay/person of color) you still need to try and earn it in your own right. That’s my bottom line. If there is inequality I want to see it vanquished but I also want us to be able to speak our minds and not have to fear every little thing we say will offend.

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    1. Wow, there is SO much I want to say here, I’m going to try not to make it too long so as not to bore you to death.
      The gay issue: as you say, it’s a minority of the population so it shouldn’t be in the media 24/7, I don’t personally mind the chat show hosts (and yeah, we have a lot of gay ones in the UK), AS LONG AS they’re witty, their sexuality doesn’t come into it even if they are over-represented on TV. Gay storylines being brought in, just for the sake of it are too much, same with black characters that you can SO tell have been added just because we have to “fill in a quota”. It is a fact that some people are homophobic, it is a fact that education is needed, but ramming it down people’s throat as you said does not achieve anything. It doesn’t make the homophobes less so and it might even piss off the ones who were previously fine with the gay community. I always say it, but if something is “normal” which being gay, or bi or whatever is, then TREAT it as normal. The more you talk about it, the more you’re suggesting that there might be something weird or whatever about it.

      If you are white, or look it as you say, you are assumed to be (related to) a former slave owner which is really ridiculous, and that somehow makes it not okay for you to say ANYTHING about black people. It is EXACTLY like the German thing where the next generation is STILL somehow being blamed by the sins of their fathers. How long before the stain is erased? Are white people meant to apologise for ever? It happened, it was horrific, but a quick look at history shows that Black rulers were quite happy to sell their own people to the whites. Should their descendants not be blamed as well then?? Money over people, and why not? It has been like that over the history of mankind. It is such a thorny issue because when do you stop blaming someone for what happened eons ago? Is there a time limit on this?

      You are so right. I do know that black people get a rough deal STILL when it comes to the police and that’s so very wrong. And some have got shot for no good reason whatsoever and it’s sickening. Yet, rioting does NOT help with this, how could it? Telling people they can’t possibly understand even if they have black (or gay, going back to before) friends is unhelpful. I have gay friends and black friends who also do NOT want to be treated differently all the time, they don’t think they’re “owed” anything, just as they don’t want to be treated badly because they’re black or gay. Yet, I can’t say that to some gay or black people because they will owl to the moon. I guess what I want is for a little common sense to enter the equation, you know? I understand that if you’re black and have been a victim of police brutality or whatever, then you’re going to find it hard being rational about the whole thing. But not everyone has been a victim and therefore they should be able to think about it more clearly. Also, you’re right, you do the crime, think of the consequences. I am NOT saying people should be shot for whatever crime they’ve committed but surely if you’re going to take that risk of breaking the law, then you should bear a part of the responsibility for what happens next.
      And, the media does just picks and chooses which cases it wants to highlights the result of which is that it merely inflames minds.

      Going back to JonBenet Ramsey, yes, definitely this would be talked ABOUT so much more because the child was white and pretty, from a “good” family etc…if it had been a black child or hispanic or whatever, things would have been really different and it sucks big time. But, its not just about race here, I do feel it’s more to do with money. It’s like the Madeleine McCann case here in the UK: yes the fact she was white and pretty helped keep it at the top of the news but I feel it’s more the fact that her parents were doctors from a comfortable middle-class background that was the clincher. Again, this is SO wrong. Any child abduction is a tragedy, no matter the race, income, etc…but I do think money is it here, if a black or hispanic child from a rich family went missing, it would create more waves than if it was a child from a similar but poor background. I don’t know, I feel like the world is really fucked up sometimes. I think it’s incredible that in the last 20 years or so we have made amazing progress when it comes to race and gay rights and everything but then it’s like the balance tipped and we went from going forward to somehow going back a little bit. I don’t know if you see what I mean, but that’s how it feels.

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      1. As usual you hit the nail on the head (and if you’re boring the Pope isn’t Catholic) because that’s IT! We’ve made this amazing progress with civil rights, gays and race and gender (less so) but somehow things are WORSE? I remember when I studied psych it was thought the more you make change, the more the vocal minority protests it, but I think it’s more than that, because it seems by making minorities the majority (gays on tv all the time for example) you’re alienating those who may be ok with it but not rammed down their faces 24/7. In Game Of Thrones for example, I’m going to sound like a prude because I think there was way too much tits and arse period. Then to pretentiously add gay-tits and arses and bollocks just seemed stupid. I felt that they were trying so hard they missed the point. Sure, it’s good to normalize things but don’t be over-kill or apologist. Likewise, the nauseating white person’s guilt I cannot relate to because I neither owned slaves nor oppressed a person of color directly or indirectly at any point. I think again you hit the nail on the head by saying that’s more of a socio-economic issue with abductions (Jon Benet Ramsey being another example) though I would say a cute blonde kid historically got more coverage than a black kid, nowadays EVERYTHING is about status and money. As they said in the OJ trial we saw, even he said I’m not black, he meant I guess, I’m rich so I’m not subject to the treatment a black man without money would be. I agree with that. I think the income level or fame level dictates more than color of skin (or gender or bum-bandit status) but the bigger picture as you point out, is why is this happening to begin with? I’d say social media and media in general, not seeking to talk about REAL stories that matter, whip up to a frenzy those stories that they can get the most reaction from. It’s about shock and response not wisdom or consideration or truth. In the past the news was NEWS now it’s titilation, shock value, gore and inuendo, when was this ok? Anyway I’d hate to be a journalist in this day and age, though in the past it would have been great, now you’re just pushed to greater crimes because of the competition. There are too many people in the world, we turn on one another, more so than ever. Also maybe we know too much of others and vent with poorly constructed beliefs, maybe it’s that we made a god of money and so we sold our soul and the outcome is we care less for people and are more prone to judging? Either way, the solution isn’t to send every willing gay to the media circus, neither is it to make every continued apology to black people when there is a bigger story and it should be told all not part. That said here in TX they’re just getting through voting for a really racist school book to pass that will effectively deny many events including the Holocaust, Slavery and other things. So racism and prejudice are alive and kicking but clearly our responses to them aren’t working so saturating the reader and populus with reasons to feel guilty 1, 2, 3 don’t help much they make us begrudging. You can’t lead a horse to water and all that stuff. I think we should bring back peace pipes and spend more time away from social media (she says, typing effectively on social media, what an irony I note) – you make excellent points, if ever I get bored it means I was replaced by aliens, and you’ll know and go save me I hope ? 😉

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  10. Hear, hear! With you all the way. On all dimensions, race, age, sex, culture… As it happens, I was born in Pakistan (french parents) raised in Africa, and now living in Latin America. I have seen many things up close. Burqa, tribal hatred, organized drug crime… And it all goes to the same thing: europeans (to simplify) are now asked to shut up, just because they are white. (In a nutshell). Every one (else) is avidly looking for the way to be a victim. And any critique of (different) ways of life is racist neo-colonialism. “Forced” marriage? Come on! it is part of our roots! Comme disait Coluche: tous des enfoirés.
    As a side-note, I’ve read Eric Zemmour’s book, Le suicide Français, I live so far away from France I cannot understand the hatred he provokes. He is just stating facts… Sorry I ranted, but since Charlie, I am getting tired of having my people killed by the same ones who spit in the soup.

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  11. Feeling thoroughly depressed tonight and learning more about Donald Trump day by day, I watched a selection of recent videos made by American political Vloggers ‘The Young Turks’, who basically reiterated the theme of your post above, truth is the new hate speech and no more epitomised by than Julian Assange and his constant stream of leaked email, surely one of the great truth sayers of our time? Well I learnt tonight Hillary Clinton wanted him ‘droned’ if she’d gotten into power, all he’d actually done wrong was release her email.

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  12. I couldn’t agree more with your comment that, where things are normal, LGBTQ for example, let’s just treat them as normal. There are far too many evils in the world that we need to use our talents and our energies to fight against to waste time feeling victimised. Besides, being a victim is boring! We should be fighting arms sales to Saudi, fighting for refugees to be allowed into our country, fighting, as you suggest, against slavery of all kinds.

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  13. It’s another form of censorship. Did Orwell see this PC movement when he wrote “Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two makes four. If that is granted, all else follows”.

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