Wanted to link you guys to this old gem. Watch closely, class, this is going to be on the exam.
Notice how the astronaut guy repeatedly points out how hating on someone because of superficial qualities is stupid and senseless. Notice how he points out that they’re all essentially cast from the same mold and the only thing separating them is their color, or rather the senseless prejudice based on their color. And notice how he admonishes the orange robots for discriminating against the blue robots, but he doesn’t condemn the orange robots as inherently evil or hateful. He just tells them their society has issues they have to work on, nothing more or less.
THAT is how you convey a moral about racism, or seriously any other kind of discrimination. With subtlety and meaning and human nuances, not just by getting on a podium and shouting with a loudspeaker and condemning an easy scapegoat or reducing everything to an oppressor-oppressed dynamic, or doing the exact same thing you’re condeming for but in reverse.
And the kicker? Pay attention to the last few panels. The human astronaut tells the robots that while their society is flawed and has severe issues, they still have a shot at betterment and understanding, essentially they are not hopeless and things WILL get better if they work on it together. He doesn’t fling shit at the orange robots for being oppressive shitlords or advocate for orange robot genocide and the tyranny of the blue robots.
Of course it’s not perfect, I’d never say it is, but this sure as hell beats the shit out of the tons of white-guilting propaganda that’s been infesting everywhere in the last few years. A comic from the 50s is much better at teaching a moral lesson about discrimination than ninety per cent of the supposedly “progressive” black-and-white (heh) us-vs-them white guilting bullshit liberals have been spewing.
Let that sink it for a fucking moment. And hang your head in shame.
HNM: Going back again to Martin Luther King again in time for MLK Day!
You can read his entire catalog of speeches and writings and never find a single trace of hatred or venom. He preached for nothing but a mutual understanding and level playing field.
Social justice types are nothing like that. They’re in it for the high of righteous indignation. They’re filled to the brim with spite. They want their 2 minutes of hate and hide behind a superficial layer of justice in order to indulge in mob mentality. They try to forcibly silence all criticism and opposing points of view instead of any seeking any understanding. They’re moral charlatans propping themselves up with taking the “correct” stance on social issues without any idea what those issues really mean. They put on an air of being progressive but have far more in common with the same hateful reactionaries they claim to oppose. If you took a random piece of Nazi propaganda, bigot preacher rantings, and contemporary SJ/feminist literature and switched around a couple of nouns, you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference.
Try playing this game: nazi quote, preacher quote, or SJ/feminist quote?
- I gradually became aware that the major companies were run predominantly by men; yet I did not attribute any special significance to this circumstance, since conditions were exactly the same in the other companies. Yet one fact seemed conspicuous: there was not one company with men heading it which could have been regarded as truly socially conscious according to my education and way of thinking.
- It was obvious, however, that this kind of sexism did not upset the patriarchy very much, simply because it had a purely institutional foundation. If the worst came to the worst a few words of mansplaining would settle the matter, whereupon the patriarchy could still carry on his business safely and at the same time retain his privilege.
- In days to come, male gamers will start their outbursts, once the hand is laid on their scantily clad female characters. Once we move to put an end to this disrespectful trend and once public opinion is brought around and no longer left in the hands of chauvinist.
- Exposure to scantily clad female love interests leads to desensitizing - more explicit images must be shown in order to excite interest… the player’s eyes roam across the images of virtual faces, leering at women who make no demands upon him, who never speak back, and who can never say no. There is no exchange of respect, no exchange of love, and nothing more than the using of women as passive sex objects for his sexual pleasure.
The first three are from Mein Kampf, the last one is from a Baptist seminar against pornography. All I had to do was modernize the subject and swap out “jew”.