There’s something insidious about hate language that most people never note: it has no response other than in-kind hate language and that’s usually be people by whom for whom it’s also hated language.
You may argue this, but I would argue you’re wrong. Hate speech is an in the moment thing and in the moment things demand in the moment responses or they win.
And you may return with “well, they only win in the short term”. Well, yes, but they keep winning thoe short term wins and there are witnesses to short term win after short term win and look at the world. Do you think that quashing racism and sexism and homophobia is an uphill battle or a breezy walk in the park? Answer that and you’ll have the answer to which wins.
And now there’s Rick Warren giving a Jesus Loves You Unless You’re a Homosexual (or Pedophile Or Incestor, same diff) Invocation at the Home of the Nation at the Biggest Event This Country Can Muster.
Why? Because Obama thinks that a proper President must abide “differences of opinion”.
Differences of Opinion? Excuse me?
Look at what happened when there was a “difference of opinion” when white men figured that black men weren’t really human beings like they were. Then of course the logical conclusion from that was that they were would suffice quite handily as pack mules and cheap labor instead: throw cheap complex carbs and minimal protein at ‘em and you could harvest vast amounts of tobacco and cotton!
Opinions are funny.
Let’s take off our shoes, shall we? And throw them—onto the opposite feet, of course.
And say there’d just been a YouTube video that’s been widely seen and is wildly popular from Prick Warren, a white-supremacist pastor and best-selling author from the Bareback Church of Palm Springs.
He’s the voice of the Right Wing and Obama has promised to bring everyone together, from both sides of the aisle to help make America unified.
Part of the copy of this video is about interracial marriage, an appeal aimed at a burgeoning effort to repeal the striking of all the anti-miscegenation laws that used to be in place, reads:
…The idea of a white man or woman marrying a N*gger isn’t natural! It’s the same as a grown man marrying a little girl….Should a woman marry her brother? Should a man be permitted to legally marry his horse? No! So No! No white person should be permitted to marry a N*gger!
Do you think Obama would still abide a “difference of opinion” and invite such a man to perform the invocation to kick off his own inauguration?
No, Mr. President-Elect, not everything can be cast as an abstract, ideological phantasmagoria. Not when people’s lives and livelihoods and happiness and equality hang in the balance.
I thought you were different. I thought you knew the difference.
Not all consistencies are foolish. Yours is.
You’re sadder, methinks.
[UPDATE: Rick Warren’s side of the Prop 8 mess is now trying to nullify the marriages of 18,000 same-sex couples performed between the CA Supreme Court ruling and the passage of Proposition 8.]