This post will expound and elaborate upon some points made in my previous article, which can be found here.
The article addressed the concept of the Social Justice Warrior group, and pointed out that this group is so vaguely defined that it is can be counter-productive to even use the term, and assert the existence of such people.
But I’m going to illustrate, using a real life example, that these ‘social justice warrior’ types really do permeate society – lingering, despite the best wishes of all others, like a particularly potent fart.
The type, as you will see, is characterized by the behavior of condemning activity that supposedly belittles a marginalized social/racial group – despite the fact that no belittling is actually being carried out – a fact which presents itself plainly to rational inspection (which the ‘SJW’s seem incapable of, given that they are so swept up in their own professed indignation).
So let me tell you about my experience – or rather, the experience of a friend of mine.
The story begins in the prelude to an annual event held by our university. The event is notoriously rowdy – a rambunctious romp of post-exam revelry, where students don “offensive” costumes without regard to consequences. I use quotation marks over offensive, since the quality of being offensive is entirely subjective – but admittedly, at this event, sensitive boundaries are flirted with, if not, in some cases, outright penetrated.
But I wish only to focus on my friend’s costume, and the subsequent backlash he received.
So the kid had chosen to dress as ‘Uncle Ben’.
Not Spider Man’s Uncle Ben, but the founder of Uncle Ben’s Rice, who happens to be black. Why he chose this particular costume is not entirely clear to me, but choose it he did.
Now, if you wish to effectively pull off such a getup, authenticity is of utmost importance. So naturally, my friend painted his face black.
The infamous ‘blackface’ – perhaps an unforgivable folly within the United States – yet perhaps my friend thought it would be regarded with less rancor in our own country. It wasn’t – at least by a vocal few.
The university ‘Feminist Society’ had apparently taken exception to his attempt at a realistic portrayal of Uncle Ben, sounding the ‘BIGOT’ alarm, and vehemently assuring fellow students and faculty of my friend’s ill-concealed hatred of black people, in the form of a public complaint (via social media).
Now, was my friend’s behavior really bigoted? Should he have been forced to publicly apologize, as he was made to?
Suppose a young white child grew up as an adoring fan of Eddie Murphy. The boy absolutely idolizes Eddie, often emulating his voice and mannerisms as a playful child might. For his birthday party the boy decides he wants to dress up as Eddie murphy. He has innocently noted the colour of Eddie’s skin, and so he covers himself in black face paint.
If the boy’s parents did not harshly reprimand him for such ‘inappropriate’ behavior, certainly another parent may have.
Now, I’m not suggesting that my real-life friend shared this fictional boy’s naivety regarding the social stigma associated with ‘black face’ – but the scenario should illustrate that it is perfectly possible to want to paint your face black for legitimate, non bigoted reasons.
It is the blackfacee’s (to coin a word) intentions that are important to consider. Are they attempting to belittle, or make fun of an entire race of people – or are they simply a fan of Eddie Murphy?
If I want to attend a costume party dressed as, say, Barrack Obama – how would I convince people that ‘No I am not dressed as Bill Clinton’, without some sort of skin colour signifier?
I mean, since when the hell does society get a say in what I wear to a costume party? I’m not there to start a race war, dammit! I just want to dress up as Eddie Fucking Murphy for once!
Don’t even get me started on the ‘Feminist Society’ group that complained about my friend.
I’m sorry, but no, “feminists of New Zealand”, neither you, nor your ancestors were oppressed and forced into slavery for hundreds of years – you have no cause to be offended, or for that matter, to dictate to others that they should be offended.
And even if you were, you can choose not to be offended, or at least to ignore it.
And you should.
Not only because you’ll enjoy a significantly less bitter, much better life – but because sometimes, people just want to dress up as Eddie Murphy Uncle Ben, without also harboring a deep seated hatred of black people.
Lighten up – you wet blankets of society.
(No, ‘lighten up’ was not a racial slur, piss off)