Monday, March 2, 2015

This is Why We Can Not Have Nice Things or Win

Patricia Arquette gave activists a gift horse and they promptly shot it in the face

From Raw Story:  http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/02/patricia-arquette-gave-activists-a-gift-horse-and-they-promptly-shot-it-in-the-face/

Tom Boggioni 25 Feb 2015

Welp, we did it again.

Every few months or so progressives (the term of choice for high-maintenance liberals) launch a jihad on an unsuspecting ally for the crime of “not using their words properly,” and the focus shifts from real world problems to semantics and this, to put it politely, is why shit doesn’t get done.
Sunday night at the Oscars, Patricia Arquette made an impassioned — but frantic due to time constraints — appeal for equal pay and equal rights for women.

She said:

To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights! It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America!

Outside of a Fox News nitwit, who can argue with that?

However, if you are to believe certain activist factions whose hobbyhorse Arquette failed to ride, she destroyed everything they have ever worked for with her off-the-cuff comments backstage when she said:
One of those superior court justices said two years ago in a law speech at a university that we don’t have equal rights for women in America, and we don’t because when they wrote Constitution, they didn’t intend it for women. So the truth is even though we sort of feel like we have equal rights in America, right under the surface there are huge issues at play that really do affect women. It’s time for all the women in America, and all the men that love women and all the gay people and all the people of color that we’ve all fought for — to fight for us now!
What should have been a call to arms for everyone to get behind a very basic and simple human right became a very horrible terrible awful bad thing because Arquette failed to properly express herself using approved terminology with appended footnotes and peer-reviewed study citations.

In a quicky presser.

Backstage at the Academy Awards.

Less than twelve hours after Arquette spoke, Katie McDonough wrote at Slate (under the classic Slate-pitch headline: “What Patricia Arquette got right (and wrong) about equal pay”):
And in a speech that is directly about equal pay, Arquette’s call for solidarity from “all the gay people and all the people of color” ignores the fact that the wage gap for women of color and LGBTQ women is much, much worse than it is for straight white cis women.
I won’t even get into the usage of “cis,” which is the “fetch” of gender studies chit-chat, but it is worth noting that Arquette called for wage equality for all women, and, to mangle in old expression: a rising wage tide raises all women’s boats, regardless of a more detailed taxonomy.

Continue reading at:  http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/02/patricia-arquette-gave-activists-a-gift-horse-and-they-promptly-shot-it-in-the-face/

Consider the following Raw Story article: Malcolm X’s daughter: It’s ‘ridiculous’ that white people aren’t allowed to use the N-word

12 Feb 2015
The daughter of slain Civil Rights activist Malcolm X told TMZ that she believes it is “ridiculous” that white people are not allowed to use the N-word.

“Do you listen to rap at all?” the TMZ reporter asked.

“I do,” Ilyasah Shabazz replied.

“Do you cringe when they drop the N-word?”

“I think it’s just ridiculous sometimes. I think it is. I think it’s a bit ridiculous,” she said.

“What do you think about white people singing along with the N-bombs?” the TMZ reporter asked.

“I mean, you know, I think if we’re going to — I don’t know that you can — if you’re gonna use it, then everybody should be able use it,” she replied. “So if you don’t like other people using it, then we shouldn’t use it.”

When asked if her father would have voted for Barack Obama, Shabazz said, “I would imagine so, he was a very strong candidate.”

She was, however, adamant that Americans do not sufficiently celebrate her father’s legacy — although she believed the young people now are more understanding of the sacrifices he made.

They are, she said, appreciative of “the fact that he was a very young man who sacrificed a lot, that he was killed at a very young age and in 12 short years [as a public figure] he gave a — he made a significant impact around the world when people weren’t even traveling.”
Complete article at: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/02/malcolm-xs-daughter-its-ridiculous-that-white-people-arent-allowed-to-use-the-n-word/

Ridiculous indeed, not because I am fond of the n-word.  Actually I would prefer if no one used it because it is a foul and demeaning word.

Yet so many of the arguments on the left are about words rather than substance that it sometimes seems like the word wars are all about personal status and a game where one wins by being the most sensitive in the world.  I attribute some of this to modern child rearing that treats children like precious little princes and princesses sheltered from the real world where kids get hurt playing and learn independence at an early age.  The sheltered precious little darlings become adept at word games and one-ups-manship as tools for gaining status.

We have a generation of so called progressives secure in identity ghettos where group think is the rule and deviation from group think turns others in to something out of "Lord of the Flies."

Alternet ran the following taken from Salon: Dear Patricia Arquette: Here's What Your Oscar Speech Failed to Mention

Black America’s hidden tax is why this feminist of color is going on strike.



Identity Politics means putting your own groups goals before all others and refusing to work together with anyone else on a package that would benefit all.

At the start of the Second Wave of feminism black activists denounced the women's movement as a distraction and black women announced they put the issues of the African American Community first. Many black activists denounced the LGBT movements as unworthy of making the claim that their movement was one of civil rights.

And so on and so on...

We have so called progressives who love getting down and dirty when it comes to going to war over fucking words but who refuse to lower themselves to work in party politics to get progressive Democrats elected.

In the words of Elvis Costello.  "I used to be disgusted, now I'm just amused.

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