[Okay, bear with me now. This COTD by Steve Witherspoon was actually entered on this post, where the issue at hand was alluded to obliquely in the post, then expanded upon in a comment. But I went into far more detail regarding the issue in today’s Warm-Up, and there was even a poll on the issue, so I’m assigning the comment to that post, not the one that inspired it.]
I officially mark my immediate ethics conflict as solved. The poll results are moot regarding this specific episode but still valid regarding the general problem. So far, about half the voters said I had a duty to post the non-diverse idiot photos even if it did get me called a racist (Easy for them to say!). Fortunately, the option I favored (with three votes out of 24) was made accessible within minutes of the posting. I know have a fully diverse array of dufuses wearing their masks wrong, and hope to have more.
In addition to Rep. Lee, we have Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner:
Congressman Al Green (D-Tx):
And, best of all, taking us out of Houston and also into racially diverse territory, the very white Senate Minority Leader himself, New York Senator Chuck Schumer! (Pointer: Willem Reese):
No photos on Asian-Americans yet, but commenter Zoebrain found one of an Asian nose-breather, Korean cult leader Lee Man Hee:
A bit off topic: What about President’s Trump’s decision not to wear a mask at all? The verdict her is that it’s a legitimate, if risky leadership image choice with a very long pedigree. George Washington mad himself a sniper’s dream target when he habituatlly led his men into battle on a white charger, dressed in a gleaming white wig and his uniform. The idea is to show strength in the face of the opposition: if the leader shows he is stronger than the threat, it conveys optimism and confidence. Whether the tactic backfires or not is pure moral luck.
Here is Steve Witherspoon’s Comment of the Day on “Morning Ethics Warm-Up, 4/7/2020: Is It Just Me, Or Does Anyone Else Feel Like They Are In A “Twilight Zone” Episode? [Item #1]
“To clarify: If all the photos I had of elected officials wearing the mask wrong were of white officials, I would post them without blinking, and so would anyone else. But they happen to be black, so I can’t post them. That’s wrong and ridiculous.”
I’ve been pointedly talking about this phenomenon, a societal cancer, routinely and now it’s come to Ethics Alarms.
These are choices and these kinds of choices are being made for the same kinds of reasons every day all across the United States. It’s there in the news, it’s there in the newspapers, it’s there on the streets, it’s in the school systems, it’s in the police departments, it’s in the government, it’s in the businesses, it’s in the store fronts and it’s in the home – all you have to do is pay attention. The choice is a preemptive one to protect businesses and individuals from the irrational emotional perceptions of morally bankrupt stupid people that use their blind ignorance to destroy others and it matter not how illogical, irrational, emotional and morally bankrupt their justifications are; they have shown that it’s a power they will wield and our society is making decisions based on that fact. These “stupid people” know that there is no way to publicly defend against hordes of virtue signaling people screaming RACIST at the top of their lungs in the physical or virtual public square, even if they’re wrong you can’t prove you’re not a racist it’s trying to prove a negative.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, progressives and social justice warriors have already won the battle of the minds; either a vast majority of the population is willfully consumed by the social justice bull shit or they are in literal fear of it; therefore, our society is screwed. Progressives’ social justice intimidation tactics have won the day.
Post the photos you currently have regardless of their race – you’re posting facts, openly acknowledge that there are likely other photos out there and make it perfectly clear up front that if someone can find similar photos of public officials or prominent public personalities improperly wearing these kind of masks regardless of their race that you will add them to the photographic list. This really isn’t about showing photos of common citizens screwing up how they place their mask, this is about the people that we as a society consider “leaders” that are literally NOT presenting the proper example to the public. Unfortunately we know that there is a swath of people in our society that will follow the lead of poor example public figures no matter how inappropriate they are.