Originally posted by @sh76
Excellent (politically ambivalent) article in The Atlantic about the way the debate over racism and bigotry has spun out of control in the US (And, no doubt, in other countries as well).
"liberals wield the greater power to stigmatize."
oh no. it's almost like the author is saying conservatives are too delicate to withstand criticism? what else is delicate? a snowflake perhaps?
"being accused of bigotry is now more dangerous than being accused of insufficient patriotism"
not for a second does he address the possibility that one might actually be bigoted.
"In 2014, Brendan Eich was forced out as the head of the tech company Mozilla for having donated to an anti-gay-marriage initiative."
so? private companies can indeed choose to not employ people who hold hateful views.
"He probably would not have been forced out for donating to, say, a campaign to eliminate the Pledge of Allegiance from California’s schools."
bull. he would have been from a conservative company.
"Conservatives feel their cultural vulnerability acutely"
yes. blacks also feel their vulnerability to bullets acutely. gays also feel their vulnerability to getting beaten up for their homosexuality.
allow me a moment to weep for the poor conservatives.
“When asked how they feel about talking politics,” the researchers noted, “every single conservative respondent raised the issue of being called racist.”
could it be that they aren't that confident that they can abstain from acting racist?
"Liberals expressed no comparable fear."
perhaps because liberals aren't racists? when you don't feel the need to support laws that keep blacks and latinos down, when you don't immediately assume blacks are getting a free ride, when you acknowledge that blacks are disproportionately being shot by the police, maybe that's when you don't fear being called racist.
"But liberals can make Sean Hannity’s work harder by resisting the temptation to deploy the label bigoted, or one of its synonyms, when describing an idea they consider stupid or immoral."
seriously? why? because it offends sean hannity and the bigots that gulp every word of his? because sean hannity viewers might not think of themselves as bigoted? who is the snowflake now?
heh i stopped reading that piece of crap article when it took issue with someone calling breitbart anti-semitic. i started laughing. i closed the tab.