Do you dislike racism, anti-gay insults and stuff like that? Good. The left, I’ve learned, thinks you don’t. Take this section of an essay on hate speech here — which makes the classic error of advocating against free speech by pointing out that some speech is hateful.
The same thing applies to beliefs that are harmful towards specific groups of people. You can hold onto ideas that are transphobic, racist, sexist, homophobic, whatever, but at the end of the day, you should understand that these are people who deserve rights and respect. They shouldn’t be invalidated, they have just as much of a right to take up space and be themselves as you do, and if you do make an active attempt to undermine their existence, then you should expect a response, just like you should expect a response if you actively walked up to someone and insulted them. In a society where free speech is allowed, you are free to hate as much as you want, but you should also expect to have it pointed out to you that what you are saying is hate, and you should respect their perspective just as much as you want your own to be.
Good gosh, people. I had no idea how folks have been willy-nilly undermining the existence of people. Don’t you know they deserve rights and respect?
And apparently folks can still hold onto ideas that are transphobic, racist, sexist… I don’t hold these views, but it’s nice to know the parameters of ‘acceptable thought.’
The post is well-written and passionate. The writer thankfully avoids specifics about how we can enforce the undermining of the existence of people.
As far as constitutional and human rights, I’m on board. Compared to this writer, I probably can be counted on more consistently to support the rights of minority groups in America, including transgender individuals, Amish bloggers, Republican sociology professors, ethnic minorities, people who stop at one or two piercings, women married to radical Muslim men, homosexuals, Lutherans, battered women, beer battered fish sticks and free thinkers.
I support the rights of these folks to speak what they figure is the truth, without the hate-speech police accusing them of undermining the existence of people. I also support without reservation the right of this writer to type those ideas on the internet, without fear of reprisals (other than more words typed onto the internet.)
I don’t pine for a society which is more polite, if that politeness is bought with basic human rights.
This is just virtue signaling — the left-wing tactic of choosing to state support for things which sound nice in the abstract but which are impossible or terrible in actual application.
The whole essay is worth a read, if only to find out what strategies are being employed these days in the culture wars.