Brigham Young is quoted as saying, “He who takes offence when none is offered, is a fool!” He then added that, “He who takes offence when offence is offered, is also a fool.” Too many fools wed ego and insecurity to teleology, and not only get upset when it’s not their ox that’s being gored, but blame the wrong thing, or a non-existent thing for the goring.
Negros can refer to each other as niggers, and it’s all in good fun. Women can refer to each other as bitches, and they’re just joking. Let a white man refer to a black man as a nigger, even in the same joking manner, and there’s Hell to pay. If a mere man calls a woman a bitch, a Government Agency will quickly be involved. Should a white man call a black woman a nigger bitch, he’d better not do it in Utah. They still have firing squads.
A nephew used to refer to his Negro, high school, best friend as “Nigger.” I cautioned him against it one day. “That’s okay. He knows I’m joking.” Maybe, but others may not. My son’s Grade 2 teacher had a bad habit of smacking students in the back of the head with a pen if they didn’t measure up. It’s not the kind of action that should have been acceptable against anyone.
She’d smacked almost every kid in the room, with no retribution, till the day she smacked the only black kid in class. The next day, she and the principal were visited by six high-level Black Panthers, including a high-voltage lawyer. Cease and desist was the least of the threats.
A politician in New York, with a broad vocabulary, bemoaned a low grant for his pet project by calling it a niggardly amount. It’s not even spelled the same, and it has no connection to Negros, but he was forced to issue an apology. “I’m sorry you black folks are so busy learning Ebonics, that you don’t speak English.”
An Ontario bureaucrat, referring to some of the Aboriginal problems I mentioned in my Attawapiskat post, said that many of them were caused by do-gooder Whites, and was called a racist by both Indians and other whites. The comment is not racist. It’s an acknowledgement of a social/cultural situation.
Oprah Winfrey went into a boutique store in Switzerland and wanted to buy a $38,000 purse. The clerk shooed her out, saying she couldn’t afford it, not knowing that Oprah could buy the entire country. Immediately the accusations of racism rang out. Bullshit! Classism maybe.
Used to the more sophisticated, urbane European upper-crust, to the clerk, Oprah must have seemed like the typical sweatshirt-and-flip-flops-wearing, ugly-American, “looker.” She could have been white, black or green.
In Montreal, a young couple who were culturally, but not religiously, Jewish, did not wish to sign a religious document and be married by a rabbi. Instead, they went to City Hall for a secular ceremony. The clerk who served them was a headscarf-wearing female. Not only had they been married by a “religious” person, but one from a religion which debases females, and discriminates against Jews.
The Quebec Premier tried to have an act passed which would prevent anyone serving the public from overtly displaying any religious symbol – and the camel-shit hit the fan. The loudest howls are from Muslims, claiming that this is racism, ignoring the fact that Muslims come from around the world, and from many different races. It might be claimed that it is religious discrimination, except that it applies uniformly, to Sikhs, Jews and Christians, as well.
One apparent Muslim, (Abdullah Ahmad – you decide) sent a letter to the Toronto Sun, bitching about, “the ban on religious clothing or gear.” Again, no such animal! There is no ban on what you wear, only on what you may or may not do, while being paid by the Province, serving the secular public, when you wear it.
On a discussion page I recently read, a 25-year-old female said that she gets moody and short-tempered from time to time, and takes it out on her live-in boyfriend. She got in a bad mood, and he sat and tried to talk it out with her for a half an hour, but she snapped at him again. He rose, pointed a finger at her, told her she was a high-maintenance, drama queen, said he’d had enough, and slammed the door on the way out. What should she do about it??!
I was amazed that, not only did every commenter, female and male, take her side, but nine out of ten females urged her to dump him for being abusive. This is not abusive! There is a legal axiom which states that the truth is the perfect defense.
She may be upset to hear that she is a high-maintenance drama-queen. If you don’t want to hear it, don’t be it. The problem may solve itself if he finds somewhere else to live, and only comes back for his stuff. She wanted, “The right to her own feelings.” She may get it – alone.
One of the young fellows at the auto plant had a succession of short-term girlfriends. After five or six months, they each, “Just went crazy.” I told him one day, after the seventh or eighth time I’d heard this sad song, that the common factor wasn’t the gals going crazy, it was him, but he was too busy bumping into trees, to see the forest.
I’d try handing out some of those Free Thinkers cards, but it wouldn’t work. People like these always “believe” that it’s somebody else’s fault.