Suddenly there is a bumper crop of Comments of the Day on Ethics Alarms; two more are slated for re-publication today, both in response to Spartan’s provocative opinion that she would leave a gym that allowed white supremacist Richard Spencer work out there, even if he restrained his urge to heil.
First up is Mrs Q, a relatively recent addition to the ethics colloquy here, and one who has distinguished her self quickly for non-nonsense posts of clarity and purpose. Her reference in this post to the “socialist shithole” of Portland was especially timely: yesterday we learned that the city’s social justice warriors had driven a local burrito business to close for the offense of “cultural appropriation.”
Here is Mrs. Q’s Comment of the Day on the post, Comment Of The Day: “Ethics Dunce: Old Town Sport And Health in Alexandria,VA. Why? Because White Nationalists Have A Right To Work Out Too”:
…In my mind I don’t see myself as a quadruple minority. Yes my skin color is brown, I’m a lady married to a lady, work from home due to disability…but I don’t think of myself in terms of “special classes.” I’m probably more like a country conservative old school hippy stuck in a socialist shithole (Portland OR). However how do you think many of the young white liberals here tend to treat me? Well some dismiss me because I don’t agree with their stances. I’m called a traitor or “uncle Tom” by those who speak “anti-racism” because I don’t see myself as a victim & have no problem with people thinking so-called racist thoughts.
But there are also the certain white liberals who do something else just as annoying; they attempt to treat me like some sort of scared animal who should be bestowed with gifts & extra kindness. From literally receiving a minority discount to people falling all over themselves to stay out of my way or smile condescendingly or whatever (it wasn’t like this prior to the Nov. election).
Now let me ask…who is the real racist? Who is the real bigot? Is it the guy in the gym who thinks his thoughts, says what he says in his home or on his website, but treats me personally like everyone else? Or is it the liberal who sees me & assumes I think like they do & rewards me for it, or calls me a race traitor because I don’t think their way?
Personally I’d rather workout by the dude who thinks what he thinks but treats me the same in public than the person who treats me differently in public because of my race, class, etc. I don’t know anyone who isn’t a bigot or jerk about something (including myself) internally. I assume everyone I meet is a hypocrite, bigot, and fails miserably at some category of human decency. I don’t care if their book bag says ” white privilege is real” (I literally saw this yesterday at a taco bar & almost threw up a little) or if they have KKK tattooed on their inner lip, sanctimonious BS is sanctimonious BS, and sanctimonious BS NEVER makes anything better for anyone in the long run.
I like people, even racists, because something special happens when we take down the walls of elitism & virtue signaling. When we let people think what they want but still treat them with common courtesy & respect, even if they don’t reciprocate, we find we have much more in common than we think and there is even brotherly love at times. I once gave a neo-Nazi a quarter for the bus & he smiled…so you just never know.