universe wrote:I'm glad you clarified that, because that's exactly what I thought you were saying, but I think other people in this thread assumed you were trying to make a more reasonable argument and now they can see that you weren't.
If you don't see how that plays into my larger argument, which many people have understood, but you haven't, I don't know what to say. You are obviously a smart guy, but I don't think you are capable, or willing, to process thoughts you don't already agree with. Or maybe you are just taking this all too personally, because you can't seem to address any of my points with anything other than indignation or sarcasm.
There are subconscious reasons people are focusing on race (from both perspectives) to the exclusion of larger issue. Because if we move outside of the racial argument, which is limiting and reductive, we must look at the fact that the SYG law is a symptom of our government's increasing disregard for the well-being of the majority of its populous
(and I don't mean racially), and then the systemic issue at hand becomes more about class than race. And by "taking sides" we are helping to reinforce the idea of two americas, and actually fostering an environment where things become more and more divided, which only serves to help prolong this disregard. This sort of division takes the pressure off the bigger problem, which is that a law was enacted almost exclusively to please a major lobby (and perhaps a group of Americans with a fucked idea of personal liberty as a lucky bonus), a law which has a very good chance of putting innocent people - of all races - in mortal danger. Which seems to go against any rational argument for the purpose of laws. By categorizing this as a "race issue" (of which there are plenty, more clear-cut examples), we distance ourselves from discussing these larger implications. At least subconsciously, it is an attempt to define who is affected - racists and the victims of racism. But this isn't Rodney King. It's a much greyer situation, and attempts to define it with a single social issue seem to do more harm than good, from my perspective. But I can understand why, subconsciously, people would do this. It's easier than admitting to ourselves that "we're all fucked."
And I'm too lazy to go quote the other response (not by you), but saying "everyone is directly affected by racism" is some kindergarten level ideology, and pretty fucking insulting to people who actually are. "Actually are directly affected by racism," that is, not "actually are kindergartners." Though maybe them, too.
There is no work and there is no lunch. There is only the dog and the washing of hands.