Heard about the rage against Scott Adams?
Apparently I’ve missed all the backlash of this by a couple weeks.
However, I’m tickled about all of it. Strip all the emotion out of it, and out of the knee-jerk feministic response (that’s not just from women) and, well, he’s got some good points.
You heard me.
Now, all of you I just pissed off can leave. Go on. GTFO.
This thing that Scott has said has always been something that I totally agree with. Oh, not the specific _things_ he’s said, or even the group that he said them _about_. No, it’s the idea _behind_ what he says that I’m in love with.
Whenever a historically persecuted minority (women, black people, indians, etc) becomes, over time, less persecuted, there’s always a celebration. And rightly so. However, as they become less and less persecuted, and eventually, become “normal people” again, they still *act* as if they were persecuted. And when they get called on it, they lost their fucking nut.
Take my most enflaming example above, black people. Oh, sorry, “African Americans.” That’s what’s kosher today right? Anyways (different rant). So, for years (and years, it was a long time) they were mostly slaves to the white man, here in America. I get that. It’s wasn’t a good period of history. What about today? Discrimination is illegal. You do it, you can go to jail. In the eyes of the law, it don’t matter if your black or white (thanks Michael). Sure, discrimination still happens. Sure, some white folks still hate black folks. It’s not a perfect world.
But, now that black people have become, for the most part, just “regular” people, do they (I’m generalizing here, and I realize that) act as if they’re regular people? No. Of course not. They were persecuted, ergo they’re *always* persecuted. So they get special treatment.
Don’t believe me? How about some examples.
Black history month? Check.
White history month? No.
If I hit a black person, is it a “hate crime”? Yes
If a black person hits me, is it a “hate crime”? No.
If a black person calls him (or her) self, or another black person a “nigga” (or whatever colloquial slang is cool), is it racist? No.
If I do it, is it? Of course.
What about if he (or she, equal opportunity and all) calls me “whitey”? A-OK.
Look, I get it. They were slaves. Then they got treated like shit, for a long time. Yes, some people still hate them, and kill them if they get a chance. It’s awful, yes. But they’re not the only ones that other people hate as a group, just for belonging.
And lest you think I’m a racist (I’m not, if I hate you, it’s because I hate you, not because you’re a particular color, or believe a particular thing), I have examples from other groups too.
Take, lets say, women, like Mr. Adams did. Not exactly a historically persecuted group when compared with my first example, but societally disadvantaged for sure. Yes, for years all the job they had was raising babies. Yes, they’re not statistically paid the same as me for the same work. Let’s run through my (racist, I hear you think) check list from above.
Women’s history month? Check
Men’s history month? No.
If I hit a women, is it a “hate crime”? No, but I might be shot while “resisting” arrest. That’s a huge societal more for us.
If she hits me, is it even a crime? Yes, but I’m though to be a pussy if I even dreamt of reporting it.
If I call a woman a “bitch” or other sex-based profanity, am I a racist? No, but I’ll get tons of disapproval, and probably arrested for ‘abuse’ or ‘assault’ if she’s feeling pissy.
If she calls me an asshole back, is it a big deal? Of course not. Is it abuse? It’s exactly the same, but I’m a pussy if I get my feelings hurt.
So, again, special treatment for a historically oppressed group, even though they’re not really all that oppressed any more.
But they get paid less, I hear you bleat. Big fucking deal. Why are they paid less? Who knows. All the studies about it compare just on sex. Statistically, a “she” gets paid less than a “he” for the same work. But why? Does she suck at it? Did she negotiate worse? Is she unwilling to put in extra hours? Does the guy sacrifice family for work? It’s rare those questions are asked. Why would we? It’s “obvious” it’s because she has a vagina instead of a penis. Uh huh. Oh, I’m not saying it might not be just because of that. I’m saying that, because of all the emotion tied up in this topic, the question never gets asked, because the asker gets crucified.
Then there’s the group I belong to. White. Tall. American. Male. Not only that, I’m blond hair, blue eyed, and not Jewish. Even Hitler loved my people. So, it’s really safe to say that we (my fellow tall blue eyed blond men) have never been systematically oppressed in *any* way (oh, except we make great draft candidates for those wars we don’t call wars). So, no special treatment for us.
And if we ever dare to mention the fact?
Or hate women.
Or hate whoever is the flavor of the day.
And you know what? Fuck that.