I’m a Liberal and I’m here to help!

Trawling through Facebook again for some insight into the minds of others, I came across this posting from a hardcore American feminist:

Separate from activism, I’m finding myself wondering about the groups people surround themselves with. A lot of what’s going on is the result of people existing in an echo chamber. If you are a person watching the internet lose its mind and wondering why, look around you and seriously ask yourself, “do I have any black friends? any muslim friends? any queer friends? any friends with chronic health issues? any friends in wildly different income brackets?” And if not, why not? I don’t think people should just go out and find their token buddies. But I do think everybody really needs to make more of an effort to extend themselves past the group of people that looks and sounds like them.

Two things immediately leap out at me.

1) Despite expending considerable efforts campaigning on behalf of minorities it appears she doesn’t actually know any.

2) Getting to know people who (you think) are likely to share your obsession with identity politics isn’t going to help you escape an echo chamber.  Note there is no desire to connect with conservative, straight, white Christians to help understand why her preferred candidate just got trounced.

A comment beneath the post is also illuminating:

That is exactly where I’m starting. I live in a Muslim neighborhood and it’s making me sick thinking about how terrified everyone must be. I’m going to talk to a Muslim coworker today about who to approach and how, and exactly what I can do.

Could this be any more condescending?

This is also a good place to note that I’m more aware every day about how my place in society has given me the latitude to be as loud and irreverent as I am, and accumulate the skills I have. I’m really working hard to use that for people that haven’t had the same options, and not just my own benefit.

Y’know, maybe folk just want to be left alone and don’t want privileged, middle-class lefties “helping” them?

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5 thoughts on “I’m a Liberal and I’m here to help!

  1. Tim

    You chose the right word in ‘condescending’.

    She doesn’t even meet her own low pretentious and rather revolting standards for friends but she sure is clever and special enough to know what others are feeling and is perfectly capable of giving them what they need (i.e. what she thinks they need).

    My reaction is YUCK.

  2. We have been told what we can think and say. I suppose it is naive of us to believe that they would not extend that to who we can associate with. I do not have to meet people not to be intolerant of them. That can grow or not from the abundant information available on them as a group. That information tells me that generally some do not deserve my toleration and some do. When I do meet individuals of any group I tolerate them or not depending on the person not the group they identify with. I measure the level of toleration based on whether they offer a benefit or pose a threat.

  3. Getting to know people who (you think) are likely to share your obsession with identity politics isn’t going to help you escape an echo chamber.

    That. It reminded me of the term L.E.T.E.L.U. (Looks Exotic, Thinks Exactly Like Us.)

  4. “I live in a Muslim neighborhood and it’s making me sick thinking about how terrified everyone must be”

    Interesting. I lived in both a dominant muslim neighbourhood and one well on its way to being one. I can assure the OP that any fear is entirely with the non-muslims; the followers of islam have no fear at all. Indeed, they are very disappointed if you don’t show fear.

    But by all means, OP, talk to your co-worker. The chances are they will (as per the teachings of their religion) lie to you because they think you are vastly inferior. If you want to test this then pat them, say, on the shoulder in a purely, supportive friendly way. If it is a muslim woman, she will take step back and even frown at you: an infidel touching a believer, even as an act of friendship, will bring the wrath of Allah on you. You might then get to experience then the *fear* you think they feel.

  5. “…do I have any black friends?…”
    Priceless.
    “…any muslim friends?…”
    How would you know what they think if you don’t know any?
    “…any queer friends?…”
    Well, one of the nephews prefers the term gay.
    “…in wildly different income brackets?…”
    We call them family.

    She left out Hispanics though.

    How in the hell can anyone go through life and not experience these things? I honestly never would have imagined it was all just an academic exercise with these people.

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