That would be optimum.Sorry - I mean, calling bigotry and racism and prejudice "dumb" is a mistake because it's reductive. We should use the words for the crimes themselves.
But that is not what happens.
You didn't say it, this is true.Really didn't say it.
You have a point there.I'd really like people to acknowledge their own racism. I want bigotry to stop. And I believe that putting any energy into calling racists or homophobes or bigots "dumb" is a mistake because it lessens the blow.
This is true.Instead, we should call it what it is. It's criminal. Cruel. Unfair. Unjust. The guy who killed people in Atlanta this morning wasn't "dumb". He was a murderer, full stop.
I would agree with that.
This is true, but it is not what happens, and having a laugh about it is a sanity saving way of engaging with a type of resilience. When I was 15, the police in uniform, FOUR police officers, raped an Aboriginal woman with a broken bottle as the students from my school walked past, on the way to school. They did it in broad daylight and there wasn't going to be any justice. There still isn't any justice. So humour is a way to manage dealing with the fears of leaving the house to walk past the police station to go to school. We had to walk past the police all the time, and we never knew what was going to happen.My big point has to do with making people call it what it is, that's all. I believe that we cannot truly eradicate racism in America if we don't call it precisely what it is. We need to get used to the word for it.
Every week I hear from different women, about which women have been raped by police this week. It's an ongoing discussion. It is just life. Thus the humour about the dumbness of it all.
I respect your opinion and thank you for engaging with me.(By "we", I mean everyone who has not been subjected to it, i.e. we euro-white Americans. I can only speak from my own experience in the country I live in, and from the perspective that I've grown up in. Also, I respect that there are opinions different from my own. This is just how I see it, in my day-to-day.)