What’s Wrong With Taking Joy in Being “Cruel to Old White Men”/

Man Out

What happens when a new hire in an influential position at one of America’s most respected institutions is discovered to have tweeted: “Oh man, it’s kind of sick how much joy I get out of being cruel to old white men”

Then, we find out that she also tweeted an attack on what she called ““dumbass f–king white people.”

It gets worse, more vile and idiotic, as another of her tweets asked: “Are white people genetically predisposed to burn faster in the sun, thus logically being only fit to live underground like groveling goblins.”

OK. Sometimes people say stupid things, but when they say the same kinds of stupid things over and over, it’s not a one-off mistake. It’s vicious and kinda suggests that the writer or speaker is generally pretty stupid.

The litany of her tweets go on: The hashtag, #CancelWhitePeople.” The sickening statement that: “White people have stopped breeding. You’ll all go extinct soon. This was my plan all along.”

Hmmm. Who does this sound like? Wasn’t there a German dictator who made similar comments who the United States and its allies fought to defeat in the 1940s in a war in which more than 50 million people died?

Yes, there’s a lot of racism and prejudices of many kinds in the world. White people–men in particular–have been especially guilty over the centuries. There also have been endless other people, of many different ethnic backgrounds who have attacked groups they consider “the other,” dangerous, and inferior. Think sexism, antisemitism, Islamophobia, attacks on LGBT people, Sunnis and Shiites, African and other tribal hatreds, the animosity between Japan and Korea. The list goes on and on.

So, now it’s 2018. The #MeToo movement has brought attention to sexual harassment, which is unacceptable either as an action or in words. Just five months ago, the same media organization that is standing by their writer of anti-white garbage fired another new hire for having made derogatory remarks about African Americans and gays, and talking about her friendships with neo-Nazis.

It saddens me to mention the institution in this matter–The New York Times–because I worked for it for more than 11 years and I still have enormous respect for it.

Yes, there are bad guys (and gals) in business, government, and nonprofits, but when an employee does something this is outstandingly reprehensible, they are usually told to clean out their desks and go.

The anti-white, anti-male writer justifies her not-so-long-ago tweets as a reaction to online harassers. It’s very true that many men use the Internet to say some incredibly disgusting things about women. She also said that her comments were intended as “satire.” It has become much easier to make fun of men than to do the same with women in movies, TV, and comedy acts these days–which is another issue. But reveling in being to cruel old white men is a far cry from “The Big Lebowski,” “The Simpsons,” or Seth Rogen films.

Aside from double standards and the cliched-but-true adage that “two wrongs don’t make a right,” I think of Nelson Mandela. After being imprisoned for 27 years by the racist South African government–Mandela said: ““We must strive to be moved by a generosity of spirit that will enable us to outgrow the hatred and conflicts of the past.”  

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