Well, myopia about any issue pertaining to other aspects our lives doesn’t work either. It seems as if the two areas that happen to be crucial, critical and extensive: politics and religion are often where people fail to use any common sense!
I found myself dealing with an irate reader whose shero-worship of a public figure was threatened by a critique I posted to the blog’s Facebook page. We’ve already asked black women voters in particular to carefully scrutinize their electoral options. I learned a long time ago after touching on 3rd rail topics (which could be just about anything) that most people want to be “right” no matter what. Or bury their heads.
I rarely get emotionally attached to winning an argument with people who offer false points, attempt at derailing (i.e. demanding you “prove” something they will object to and reject regardless) or escalate their response by throwing out insults.
When dealing with online conversations leaning towards contempt when people won’t disagree civilly, it is shocking how predictable folks really are! I appreciate a rousing debate. Most people can’t be bothered to draft a valid counterpoint. It’s all feelings and assumptions. How boring!
Dogmatic interpretation and support causes irreparable harm. It also wastes brain cells that could be trained with accurate and balanced information. Or using that space for expansive life experiences, adding to one’s vocabulary and building cultural competency.
In some corners, it’s de rigueur to slag off members of the Tea Party, but many who fashion themselves progressive are intolerant, too. Character and values come in all colors, religions, etc.
Just because some people don’t want to participate in the Republican National Convention doesn’t mean we should skip coverage. C-Span has a live feed. My grandmother told me to never put all my eggs in one basket. A lady knows better than to reject multiple valid suitors right away.
While it’s becoming a cool kid thing to admit you dated a black woman in college, I’m more interested in Paul Ryan’s position on the issues that matter. So while on one hand we can cheer his expansive dating choices from an IRR perspective, I am skeptical about his calculated choice to disclose it as if it means something special. How many young white female college students are lesbian until graduation?
Didn’t President Obama pretty much date
and bed white women exclusively before meeting the former Michelle Robinson? MLK Jr. wanted to marry his white girlfriend before receiving advice that would turn-off supporters within the nascent Civil Rights Movement. In other words those black women who self-sacrificed for the”cause” would’ve correctly thought twice.
Besides, there are pah-lenty ‘conservative’ white males who date and marry non-white women. Big whoop. Scooter Libby is married to a black woman. Now isn’t the time to settle for crumbs. And as I’ve pointed out numerous times black people (and white feminists) are not automatically the ally of other blacks – ESPECIALLY BLACK WOMEN!
The thing that set off this one black woman reader was my comment about remembering Katrina because Hurricane Isaac is headed for NOLA. I wrote about my continued disgust with Condoleeza Rice who went shoe-shopping and took her scheduled day off while thousands perished. Since this reader adores Rice, she wanted me to provide ‘proof’. Classic Derailing For Dummies tactic. I told her to do her own research. I’m not arguing with a Flat Earth Theorist.
Besides in 2009, I wrote everything I had to say about Rice and surface appeal. Since nothing’s changed I have nothing new to add. Black women can’t act like beggars when it comes to employing standards or screening people we support.