First, a bill that gives immunity to doctors who lie to couples about the results of their prenatal tests in order to prevent them from getting an abortion. Now, a bill that would give your boss the green light to fire you for using birth control. You think I am kidding? I wish. For a decade now, Arizona insurance companies have been required to provide coverage for contraception just like other prescriptions. But, because they saw an opening to score some political points, some politicians there are suddenly moving to take that coverage away from women and their families.
As always I like to post the entire quote when I can find it. Getting the whole picture is always so much better. This is so much better when you read the whole thing. ~ Kim
“Now, the invention of the scientific method and science is, I’m sure we’ll all agree, the most powerful intellectual idea, the most powerful framework for thinking and investigating and understanding and challenging the world around us that there is, and that it rests on the premise that any idea is there to be attacked and if it withstands the attack then it lives to fight another day and if it doesn’t withstand the attack then down it goes. Religion doesn’t seem to work like that; it has certain ideas at the heart of it which we call sacred or holy or whatever. That’s an idea we’re so familiar with, whether we subscribe to it or not, that it’s kind of odd to think what it actually means, because really what it means is ‘Here is an idea or a notion that you’re not allowed to say anything bad about; you’re just not. Why not? — because you’re not!’ If somebody votes for a party that you don’t agree with, you’re free to argue about it as much as you like; everybody will have an argument but nobody feels aggrieved by it. If somebody thinks taxes should go up or down you are free to have an argument about it, but on the other hand if somebody says ‘I mustn’t move a light switch on a Saturday’, you say, ‘Fine, I respect that’.
The odd thing is, even as I am saying that I am thinking ‘Is there an Orthodox Jew here who is going to be offended by the fact that I just said that?’ but I wouldn’t have thought ‘Maybe there’s somebody from the left wing or somebody from the right wing or somebody who subscribes to this view or the other in economics’ when I was making the other points. I just think ‘Fine, we have different opinions’. But, the moment I say something that has something to do with somebody’s (I’m going to stick my neck out here and say irrational) beliefs, then we all become terribly protective and terribly defensive and say ‘No, we don’t attack that; that’s an irrational belief but no, we respect it’.
It’s rather like, if you think back in terms of animal evolution, an animal that’s grown an incredible carapace around it, such as a tortoise—that’s a great survival strategy because nothing can get through it; or maybe like a poisonous fish that nothing will come close to, which therefore thrives by keeping away any challenges to what it is it is. In the case of an idea, if we think ‘Here is an idea that is protected by holiness or sanctity’, what does it mean? Why should it be that it’s perfectly legitimate to support the Labour party or the Conservative party, Republicans or Democrats, this model of economics versus that, Macintosh instead of Windows, but to have an opinion about how the Universe began, about who created the Universe, no, that’s holy? What does that mean? Why do we ring-fence that for any other reason other than that we’ve just got used to doing so? There’s no other reason at all, it’s just one of those things that crept into being and once that loop gets going it’s very, very powerful. So, we are used to not challenging religious ideas but it’s very interesting how much of a furore Richard creates when he does it! Everybody gets absolutely frantic about it because you’re not allowed to say these things. Yet when you look at it rationally there is no reason why those ideas shouldn’t be as open to debate as any other, except that we have agreed somehow between us that they shouldn’t be.”
Racism is a problem in large part because the majority of white people refuse to recognize racism. It’s always couched in terms like “too PC” (usually uttered derisively), or “you’re being too sensitive”. This serves two purposes:
It denies the problem.
‘if you are white you do not get to decide if something if racist or not’ really? So i guess people of other races are the ONLY ones who get remarks made about them. i guess ‘white girl’ or ‘cracker’ aren’t racist remarks. I understand white people may not be called racist things as much as other races but thats a bullshit statement, i’m sorry.
Cracker isn’t racist, it’s prejudiced. Racism is a structural, institutional thing that is reinforced every day by our politicians and media. I can’t really make it much more clear than that, and this blog really isn’t concentrated on racism so I won’t take the time to explain to some poor, oppressed white girl.
Good try bro, but racism is defined as racial prejudice or discrimination. Whoops. Saying a white person can’t determine what is or is not racism just as much as a POC can, is, ironically, extremely racist.
Good try bro, but if you read the original post, you’ll see that I said it is not up to a white person to decide whether statements made about POC are racist or not. See here:
I really cannot simplify this much more. If you are white, you do not get to decide whether something is racist to a POC or not. I repeat: If you are white, you do not get to decide whether something is racist or not.
I would also like to invite you to check the sites at the links provided, as well as talk to some more people who discuss these issues often, to find out whether you have a valid point or not.
Suffice to say that even if I agreed with your simplistic dictionary definition of the word racism, I find it hard to sympathize with a white person who may from time to time have to deal with the incredible shame of being called “cracker” or “whitey”, while there are literally millions of minorities dealing with very real effects of racism that go far beyond simple name-calling. Of course, this would require that you step back from your own privilege and attempt to view the world from another’s point of view, which if your reply is any indication you are either unable or unwilling to do, anyway.