Systemic Oppression Versus Racism: Get Your Definitions Straight

Check yourself before you wreck yourself. If it would sound racist if you changed the word "white" to "black"...it's still racist.

Check yourself before you wreck yourself.
If it would sound racist if you changed the word “white” to “black”…it’s still racist.

“You can’t be racist toward white people. Racism is based in systemic/institutional oppression and since there is no sociopolitical infrastructure working  against white people, white people can’t be affected by racism!”*

Ah, Social Justice bloggers.

This type of comment usually appears on tumblr (or from the mouth of some professor in an ivory tower) and it is totally lacking any understanding of what systemic and institutional oppression is, as well as misunderstanding (usually intentionally) what racism is. They conflate the two, but they fail to realize there is are differences between the two things and pretending they are interchangeable terms is just dishonest.

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An Open Letter: Ronald Reagan, The Big Tent, and Why the Gender I Sleep With Shouldn’t Determine My Suitability As a Republican Leader

A Message To The Republicans Who Care More About Someone’s Sexual Preference Than They Do Their Political Beliefs

The short version of this message is: were you born that stupid or did you just get hit on the head repeatedly as a child?

I don’t usually have a problem with these types, generally they come out in the comments sections of articles and have slightly better grammar (but comparable intelligence levels…okay, maybe that’s not fair) to the youtuber commentators who shout FAG!!!!111!1! at videos they don’t like.  Sometimes there’s the occasional  “conservative” blogger, talking head, or candidate, but they tend to get smacked down pretty quickly.

Other times, however, their stupid ideas need to be discussed out in the open. I’m talking about people who say things like:

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An Excited Rant About Schuette v. Coalition

Apologies, it’s been a while hasn’t it? I had the flu (still may have it actually, but I’m better…ish. My apologies for my crap immune system.)

I had to do a little informal excited dance across my blog after the recent Supreme Court ruling in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, which was a court case that was working to determine if Michigan’s effort to stop public universities from using Affirmative Action in their admissions criteria was constitutional.

Spoiler alert: the Supreme Court found in favor of the voters of Michigan having the fight to do away with this backwards and bigoted concept of “affirmative action”.

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“I Got My Feelings Hurt on the Internet!” Here’s an Idea, Turn Off Your Computer

Very few things have caused me to roll my eyes harder than reading an article about an atheist feminist who is claiming to have post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of harassment on the internet.

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This woman is not related to the story at hand, but her sign fits rather well.

A Washington woman has come under fire over claims her PTSD caused by online harassment and Twitter trolls is equal to that of military veterans.

Melody Hensley was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 16 months ago following online abuse, which she says is the result of her being an outspoken feminist and atheist.

She caused upset to many military veterans and their families and friends when she claimed her PTSD from Twitter trolls was as bad as mental anguish suffered by those who do active duty.

- Daily Mail

I’ve often stated that those being bullied on the internet have a very simple solution to their problem…turn off the computer or delete the twitter or facebook account that is the source of your trouble, change your email address, etc. This is usually in response to children being harassed by peers or similar issues, but it’s even more applicable when it comes to an adult woman who fears her mental health has been compromised by her internet activity. Internet hate fuels me, but I understand it can be upsetting for some, which is why an adult needs to learn their limit and disconnect from the social media causing their distress when it becomes to severe.

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Hillary Clinton DID Have A Crisis Moment, Mika, and She Failed

Mika Brzezinski, of the morning “news” show Morning Joe on MSNBC,  seemed to think that it was a joke worthy of air quotes (much like I feel about her career) to refer to Benghazi as a Crisis Moment for Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State.

During a segment this morning it was pointed out that there wasn’t any one “crisis moment” to point to as an accomplishment in Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State, as there have been in John Kerry’s term in the job. Because of that it’s supposedly more difficult to figure out specific accomplishments to list for Clinton when asked.

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Homosexual is a Slur…and I’m the Queen of England

 

The master of goalpost shifting. (via TV Tropes)

The master of goalpost shifting. (via TV Tropes)

It’s not as if I go around referring to myself as a “homosexual” all the time, but it’s not a slur. It’s basically a scientific classification. I don’t call myself a homo sapiens either, not because it’s pejorative, but because it’s so gosh darn technical and boring.

Homosexual is literally the combination of the Greek word for same (Homos) and sexual. Same sex…as in “Same Sex Marriage” or “attracted to the same sex”. It’s  a literal explanation of the sexual orientation of gays and lesbians. They are sexually attracted to the same gender.

Heterosexual is a combination of the Greek for different or other (Heteros) and sexual. Different/Other sex, once again a literal explanation of a straight person’s sexual orientation, they are sexually attracted to the other gender.

Bisexual also comes from a combination of the Latin root for two (Bi) combined with sexual. Two sex, a (nearly) literally explanation of a bisexual’s orientation, they are sexually attracted to two genders.

It’s not a slur, as Media Matters has now somehow come to believe.

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I Hope I Can Still Appreciate Strippers at 85

If I’m 85 and in a nursing home, I really do hope the nursing home provides strippers. At that age I believe I’ll have stopped caring at all what other people think of me…I’ll be dead soon anyway and damn it I’m going to live my last few years any way I damn well please.

If my children have a problem with that, they can get over themselves. I spend some of my best years raising them and now they want to police my morality? They would have another thing (another thing is my euphemism for “beat down”) coming if they tried that.

Bernice Youngblood and her son, Franklin, are suing her nursing home (East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in West Babylon, New York) because they hired strippers to entertain the residents (apparently on a regular basis). The law suit, according the to the New York Post, states:

“Plaintiff Bernice Youngblood was placed in apprehension of imminent, offensive, physical harm, as she was confused and bewildered as to why a muscular, almost nude man, was approaching her and placing his body and limbs, over [her.]“

- New York Post

But here’s the problem. How did Franklin Youngblood, son of Bernice, find out the immoral and hedonistic things that were occurring at East Neck? Did Bernice call her son in hysterics after a stripper gave her a lap dance for a bunch of singles? Did she report it to him when he came to visit and ask him to save her from this vile sinful nursing home?

via New York Post

via New York Post

No, no she did not. He found out because he found a photo of the incident in her room on his visit.

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