I’m tired, but I’ve really missed the internet so I’m back for a bit. My semester of teaching and grad school is finally over, and I’m hoping to get back to writing for a bit. I miss complaining about weird stuff and talking about teaching, so that’s forthcoming. However, my last post was apparently a point of contention for a few people, and instead of the optimistic, reflective post I was planning to write today, I chose to look again at a comment on that old post, and then I was inclined to reply, and then my reply got a little long, and then I used up all the time I’d set aside to write in replying to this person.
I’m going to post the comment in its entirety because I want to allow the author to present their ideas exactly as they are, and it can also be found at the bottom of this other post, and I’m also going to post my reply so that author can see it because I want them to know I consider them to be a foolish, hateful individual.
Here is the comment
“I have noticed how the left damns all opinions that are not their own. I wonder why they are so threatened by others opinions especially when it’s the truth? It appears that those who become over educated in these times, have very odd and intolerant beliefs, maybe superiority complexes? That student made a very valid point. If a man would say “I feel a woman” when he clearly is not one and then another say “I feel like a butterfly” when he is clearly not one, even in sarcasm to point out the truth, I don’t get why you chose to see it as hostile and not amusing. The hypocrisy of the left is amazing for a group that claims to be above the “deplorables.” To share a different opinion is not hate but to accuse and get angry against those who don’t think like you is. I find it odd that the left does not see the threat they are to many with all their odd and hypocritical beliefs. Many men are threatened by other men who don’t want to be what they are but liberals are taught only their feelings and thoughts count, not the way they make others feel. This is wrong but liberals are a very selfish hedonistic bunch that lives on “urges” rather than doing the right thing. “If it feels good, do it.” Battle cry of the 60’s. Liberals are the biggest bigots of them all. Was that kid rude? Yes, but the first one needs to know there are those just like him out in the real world and mommy and teach ain’t gonna be around to help him out. I come from Detroit and gangstas so all this “hurt feelings” crap is complete nonsense to me. Grow up, don’t share if it’s not safe, that’s how you stay alive in my world. Sorry for the rant!”
And my reply
I’m not gonna lie, a few weeks ago I read the first line of this comment and I immediately stopped caring about it, but now I see that you’re absolutely right. I AM guilty of demonizing some opinions I don’t share, but I’m not about to apologize because those opinions are worth damning. I’ll go on record in any platform in any context and say that prejudice, which you seem to be defending because that is the only thing I attacked, is well-worth damning. If, as you say, I’m “threatened by others opinions especially when it’s the truth,” then the truth you seem to be defending is prejudice. If prejudice is the truth for you, then perhaps it’s time for you to rethink what has led you to this place of pathetic intolerance.
You mention that the “over educated” have “very odd and intolerant beliefs” or even “superiority complexes.” Good point! I do genuinely think I’m better than bigots. I bet I could demolish one in a game of scrabble, and I find every part of their ideology stupid and utterly limited by what they believe in their rotten nougat center. Then you go on to say a prejudiced student was making a valid point. Golly, you just can’t stop defending intolerable acts! Imagine, for a second, if the student I talked about had said something racist. That kind of thing is pretty intolerable, which I hope you’d agree with. The situation in my class was similar because it was hate directed at a person’s identity. Race, gender, sexuality, all are parts of identity. I also wonder why you think it invalid for my student to feel feminine? Is your argument that transgender people don’t exist? You mention that I fail to see opinions that aren’t mine, but you fail to acknowledge that people that aren’t like you even EXIST. The hypocrisy of the right is pathetic.
You bring up the strange point that “liberals are taught only their feelings and thoughts count, not the way they make others feel” which is just a weird point. How selfish are you to live your life in a way that, when seeing someone who has been marginalized finally express the courage to just openly exist, you respond with but it makes me feel weird! Why are your feelings any more important than those of anybody else? Nobody is important. Nobody is special. You’re not important, and neither is my student, but nobody deserves to be ridiculed and discriminated against because of their identity.
My favorite line from your comment is this: “Liberals are a very selfish hedonistic bunch that lives on “urges” rather than doing the right thing.” It’s my favorite because it shows perfectly your entire opinion and how everything “liberal” you encounter will immediately be interpreted through this laughably biased, totally silly lens. Was I acting on my “hedonistic” urges when I told my students to stop discriminating against each other? Was I being a hedonist when I taught the class anyway? Was I surrendering to my base urges when I never once let the toxic ideas of those students influence how I evaluated them in class? I did my job. My syllabus demanded I discipline bigotry, so I did. Is that the right enough thing for you? Or is it right to join in, bully a student just because those ideas exist somewhere in the world? I’ve no doubt you agree that there is hate in the world, but does the existence of racism in the world mean it HAS to be in my classroom? There are dogs and corn out in the world too, but I don’t let dogs in my class, and it’d be kind of weird if someone started eating a corn on the cob while I’m teaching about argument structures.
And finally, maybe to establish your credibility and leave us with an explanation of how you are an authority, you tell us you came from Detroit and have an intimate understanding of “gangstas.” I’m going to be frank. I don’t give a fuck what you think. I don’t give a fuck what the gangstas in Detroit think. If a gangsta from Detroit came into my classroom and acted like a bigot, I’d do exactly the same as I did for my student. Then, I’d probably ask them to take my other class because a Detroit gangsta would probably have some interesting non-fiction to write.
You also mention that I should grow up. If growing up means I become a callous bigot like you, then I’m going to Peter Pan the hell out of my life and spend my eternity reveling in my absolute disdain for people like you.
All the best,
New posts are forthcoming, and hopefully most of them will be light and funny and a little angry, but not angry at things that matter.