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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This line is a favorite of the bigot. The problem is, it’s backwards.
It’s a great trick. It works because it’s a simple dismissal. If it’s you who are “Sensitive” or “Easily offended,” they are cleared of all wrong doing. Not only are they cleared of all wrong doing but they also become the victim in the situation because the implication of being “Sensitive” also places a false accusation on the bigot. At least, that’s the way it normally plays out.
The reality is the direct opposite.
For a person to say or do something offensive and then have that thing pointed out, puts them, the bigot in a place of “Sensitivity.” Confused? I’ll explain….
If you were to make a racial slur and I were to get upset about said slur, it would be you, not me who would need to change. The “Sensitivity” that is spoken of lay completely in the hands of the person who would need to make effort. If I am somehow incorrect in my anger or hurt over this slur, then I am just wrong. Nothing more. If you are wrong because you said something racist, it is you and only you who would be required to admit you’re wrong, apologize for your wrong and change your wrong. If I am incorrect, nothing happens. If you are incorrect, you have to change.
The “Easily offended” is that of the person who does harm and refuses to correct it. It is the bigot who is “Easily offended” because it is the bigot who would be forced to make some sort of change in their person if they are wrong.
Being “Over sensitive” and “Easily offended” is to be angry at the thought that YOU might have to change your words, actions and/or thought process. It is you who are to sensitive. It is you who are so easily offended that you run behind “Freedom of Speech” in order to hide from human decency. Those that hold legal rights above human rights are weak willed and have a weak constitution.
Inciting anger and pain is the easiest thing on Earth to do. Anyone of any intellect, in any tax bracket, on any logical plane is able to incite anger and pain. It’s the opposite that takes actual humanity, intellect, patience and strength. Causing pain is a sign of weakness. Weakness is nothing more than your own sensitivity to the fact that you are weak.