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Stopping the Spread of Racism Overrides Tolerance

As you might know from earlier references, I like to read some internet advice columns.

Dear Prudence today got a very tough issue right (again). Here’s the excerpt – including a dispute from a reader and his response:

Q. Parents’ problematic Facebook groups: My parents recently got invited to a neighborhood Facebook group that, alongside garage sales, traffics heavily in racist fake news concerning real and imagined crimes by “African youths.” Challenging them on facts doesn’t work. (“Why would someone post it if it wasn’t true?”) Would it be wrong of me to sneakily grab their phone and unfollow the worst offenders? They are pretty hopeless with technology, so they won’t notice, but the world would be a better place if their news feed reverted to baby photos and cat videos.

A: You are not violating your parents’ rights to constantly absorb racist videos on Facebook; go ahead and unsubscribe them with my blessing, and keep challenging their racism whenever they bring it up, even if you don’t make immediate headway.

Q. Re: Parents’ problematic Facebook groups: OMFG, do not modify your parents’ Facebook settings without their consent or knowledge. Would you like it if they did the same to you?

A: Yeah, I don’t really go for using the language of autonomy about something like the right to look at racist videos about imaginary crimes committed by nonexistent black people when you log into Facebook. I think it’s fine to be a little benevolently paternalistic in this case.

After thinking about it for a while, I got there: the right to read or say whatever one wants ends when it begins to harm others. And this LW’s parents’ digging themselves deeper into racist positions based on propaganda was definitely going to be harmful to others.

This solution may be counterintuitive but I believe this letter shows us a manifestation of the Paradox of Tolerance: that if a society is tolerant without limit, its ability to be tolerant is eventually seized or destroyed by the intolerant. We’re facing that dilemma now. This is one small way to deal with it.

What We Need/Want/Deserve

What the country needs: Warren, maybe, or Sanders.

What the country wants: Uncle Joe

Pia Guerra for The Nib

Still an improvement over Pumpkin.

Who’s pretty much what the country deserves. He’s not going to work out nearly so well for the plutocrats as they think he will. He’ll wreck the joint for everyone else. But “we get the government we deserve” is a hard truth.

About This Music

This is so weird https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adiemus_(song)

You’ve heard this song. You might think it was done by Enya.

It was concocted by Karl Jenkins, originally for Delta Airlines. But there’s more to the story, of course. Here’s an interesting read about the process of creating this music: An Aural History of Adiemus

This makes the case that whether consciously or subconsciously, the music was built to carry a subtle message of white supremacy. Now this is not saying it was done as a malicious, racist message. But it does speak to how insidious and hard to perceive a racist framing of things can be.

Hey at least they didn’t ruin a real classic, the way United did

Entrenched

Dug-in. Defensive. That is what Pumpkin’s core of support is, and there are a few basic reasons why. I think the top reason is, he makes their racism seem a little more OK. Even though they know it’s evil.

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So nothing he does, nothing he says, nothing he is, will shift that very much.

The only solution will be a sound thumping at the polls. That’s right, I am leaning to the side that says not to impeach. First, Mike Pence will do even more damage per week than Pumpkin does.

And the last thing this racist band of Americans should be given is, a martyr.

Emergency!

It’s an emergency!  But… not really.
Imagine a 911 caller who needs to report a home invasion.  But they start their conversation with the operator talking about a business meeting they had that week (China).  And a friend (U.K.) who’s going through a tough divorce.  And a difficult relationship they have (N. Korea) but they are making progress! 

And oh yeah, finally after twenty minutes, there’s this dude (Mexicans) breaking into my house, maybe come do something about that.

That was the scene in the Rose Garden Friday. This is possibly a good parody of that because it’s WAYYY more coherent.

And then… and then… he went off to play golf.

Yeah. Emergency.

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