Are Microaggressions Real?

According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary a “microaggression ” is:

“a comment or action that subtly and often unconsciously or unintentionally expresses a prejudiced attitude toward a member of a marginalized group (such as a racial minority)”

Merriam-Webster

Merriam-Webster defines “micro ” as:

“1 : very small” “especially : MICROSCOPIC”
” 2 : involving minute quantities or variations”

Merriam-Webster

So a microaggression is “very small ” or “minute ” aggression, and even more telling, may even be expressed without any conscious intent to offend. Basically if you say something that someone else twists into some “micro ” insult you have just committed a “microaggression.”

There is something seriously wrong about this concept. One of the worst things about it is that it doesn’t try to figure out what someone intended to communicate. It doesn’t try to interpret a comment in the the most generous and non-offensive way. It doesn’t give any benefit of the doubt. No, it means trying to interpret a comment based on the worst things one can possibly imagine, and no account is taken of the actual intent of the speaker. The only thing that apparently counts is how the hearer feels about it.

I think I understand what it is about though.

Real and overt racism by white people in America has declined drastically in my lifetime. The great majority of white people I know and interact with on a daily basis will condemn obvious racism by other white people. They will often go overboard in trying to assure others that they are tolerant and not racist. These same people will often bend over backwards, so to speak, to not condemn obviously racist and hateful views of some blacks.

But the narrative of the Democrats and the Left is that white racism is alive and well in America today. In their narrative white racism is growing and an existential threat to black people and the nation.

The self serving purpose of this should be obvious. Currently getting a very large portion of the black vote is essential for Democrats. Losing a very significant portion of the black vote could be an electoral disaster for the Democrats. Therefore it is essential to convince most black voters that the GOP is the KKK in disguise .

If you can’t find obvious racism you just have to make it up, to convert just about anything a white person can say into a “microaggression,” a “trigger, “or a “dog whistle.” You have extreme Leftists telling white people to “just shut up” because you can’t say anything constructive on the subject of race.

I reject that view. In fact I think there are white people who could have some very positive things to say to black people. They could say that today it is not your race that is holding you back. Often it is your attitudes fueled by the nonstop propaganda of the Left that convinces you that white people are your enemy.

I see professional black people every day in my work who are very successful. Employers, especially in larger businesses, will often go out of their way to hire black professionals to show their companies are integrated and not discriminatory.

But if you are a young black growing up in the slums of a large city, you will probably be terrorized if want to study and do well in school. You will be attacked as “acting white.” That is the barrier holding down many young blacks in these communities. It is their own racism and prejudice.

A lot of these young blacks need to learn to “act white” if by that you mean going to school, learning something useful, and seeking gainful employment in a legal job, not selling street drugs or running around in gangs.

In the meantime we have to realize that all of this talk about microaggressions, etc. is just a political strategy of the Left intended to demonize and silence anyone who disagrees with them. It is not real. It is largely made up. It is not intended to enlighten, but rather to foster guilt, and to foster fear, uncertainty and doubt.

“It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant. It’s just that they know so many things that aren’t so.” -Ronald W. Reagan

Remember the “micro ” in “microaggression ” means they had to use a “ideological microscope ” to find them!

The Illusion of Left and Right – Part 2

The Modern Landscape

In The Illusion of Left And Right we discovered that the terms “Left” and “Right” in politics came from the French Revolution. One important takeaway from that is that those who seek to preserve the status quo are on the Right, and those who seek radical change are on the Left. 

So how well does this principle of conservation vs. change fit with the modern view of Left and the Right? Not very well. This is a simplistic depiction of how many perceive the political spectrum today:

A common view of the political spectrum today.
A common view of the political spectrum today.

The first thing you should notice is that the Nazis are shown on the right along with Republicans and Conservatives. Does that make sense?

The goal of the historical German Nazis was to radically change the society of the Weimar Republic. They accomplished that by taking Germany from a democracy to an absolute totalitarian government where one’s only justification for existence was to serve the state and the Führer. The desire for radical change is a trademark of the Left.

Compare that to the Conservatives in the above diagram. Conservatives, among other things, want to conserve the principles of the United States Constitution with limited government power and protection of individual rights. There is a huge divide between the views of the Founders of the United States who created a government with intentionally limited power and the Nazis who created a ruthless, totalitarian regime.

The Communists, indisputably on the Left, also created a totalitarian government just as ruthless and murderous as the Nazis. By those standards we ought to take the Nazis in the diagram above and put them on the Left right next to the Communists (where they truly belong).

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The Illusion of Left And Right

What goes where?

You probably think that politics can be neatly divided into two sides. There is the Left and there is the Right. Everything has to fit in somewhere on that line. You probably think there is some clear and logical principle that will tell you where to put every political persuasion on that line.

A simple political spectrum

A lot of people do see it that way. 

The reality though is that things are not that simple. The reality of human thought and political belief can’t be captured on a single one-dimensional line. There are many dimensions by which we can measure political persuasions. 

Before we look at those other dimensions we need to understand where this one came from. It is a surprisingly simple story.

Left & Right came from where people sat.

The terms “Left” and “Right” in politics came from where people sat in the French National Assembly leading up to the French Revolution in 1789. Those who supported the rights and privileges of the King, the aristocracy, and the clergy were on the right of the president  (the “Right Wing”). Those who were on the left (the “Left Wing”), angered by those same privileges for the elite sought to establish a more egalitarian society. 

That happened over two centuries ago. So how did that work out? 

It didn’t end well.

Not very well actually. The First Republic dates to 1792. In 1793 they executed King Louis XVI. The dictatorship of the Committee of Public Safety and the Reign of Terror soon followed with some 17,000 public executions. As many as 10,000 died in prison without a trial. Historians don’t agree on the count in the Vendee Genocide, numbers ranging from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands. After interminable turmoil, Napoleon Bonaparte took control in 1799, and was declared Emperor in 1804. This led to the Napoleonic Wars that finally ended in 1815 with the final defeat of Napoleon.

The French Revolution started out with the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. It ended with a bloodbath, dictatorship, and wars that decimated France and Europe. 

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