Today's lesson, Racism. If you see something written here that you’ve said or done, use it as an opportunity. Take it as a wake up call and make the decision to grow, change and be conscious of your own privilege. Remember, I am not a speaker for the entirety of a people. Use this blog as a reference tool, not as the one and only view on the topic.
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One of the greatest tricks anyone can use against you is language. If you don’t talk the way they think you should or if you use words they think you shouldn’t, suddenly your point is null and void. This is a trick. This trick is so deep and has been perpetrated for so long that we’ve even been taught to do it to each other.
Do you cuss? For many, using curse words during an explanation of your feelings automatically makes your feelings invalid. When I say it like that it sounds ridiculous doesn’t it? That’s because it is.
I personally cuss quite a bit. Don’t get me wrong, I believe there is a time and place. There are definitely people that do it when they shouldn’t. At a store when little kids can hear you is one that comes to mind. Barring those instances, why are so many people ready to jump on the anti-anger wagon? That’s what it’s about. A cuss symbolizes anger. Except, it doesn’t always. It’s part of language. Everyday language for many. Yet, when I see someone make an impassioned argument dealing with race and then I see their entire argument be dismissed because they were “Impolite” I find it disturbing.
Use of curse words does not equate a lack of intellect.
This absurd idea that we have to be calm in order to be heard is sickening to me. I don’t use a lot of curse words in my writing because I have been writing for so long that as I and my mind sets have change, my actual writing style has not. Somehow, I keep seeing people point to things I’ve said as “Well thought out and valid” because I rarely cuss. This is unacceptable to me.
I have used curse words in posts I have written here. No one has said a word about them. Mostly, because they are fairly rare. However, when I see someone I follow suddenly get mass amounts of crap because they have destroyed someone’s delicate sensibilities, it really pisses me off. You know why? It’s because it’s a trick.
Not unlike the trick I talked about a day or two ago. It’s the old Switch-a-roo. The conversation turns into “Why are you so angry” not “Let’s look at the conversation and see what the point it.”
Anger does not equate stupid. Far to many of us are letting this trick take us over. We must stop. Words have meaning and curse words serve to accentuate the narrative. To belittle a point because of the way a person chooses to use expletives is making curse words more important than the topic itself. It is a trick.