Now we come to my final part of this series. Bear with me here. I’m going to be making the same point multiple times but in different ways. I’m covering a concept that was hard for me to grasp, so I figure I should hedge my bets and present it in a bunch of different ways, just in case the one way I present it is hard for you to grasp too.
Roseanne Barr’s comments and the responses to them helped clarify for me some big problems with the current arguments by Conservatives when someone like Barr does something like this. They boil down to:
- Tolerate the bully, or you are a hypocrite.
- The bully is the victim here.
F*ck that noise.
“Wrong! False equivalencies!”
Let’s dive into the comparisons between Roseanne Barr’s and Samantha Bee’s situations to dispel the question of which is really going on here.
Previously I dove deep into the Samantha Bee part of recent political and media hand-wringing. Now let’s go back to the earlier part. Roseanne Barr.
Like with Samantha Bee, I’ll start with a summary of what has gone down. For some of you, this may be tedious, but I find it helps to put things all in one place. And also, someone looking at this blog in the future will be able to understand the full context.
Here we are again. This blog started with the new NFL anthem policy.
Then Roseanne Barr dropped her Tweet bombs. It helped me finally manage to wrap my head around some concepts that had been floating around for a while. So, I set the anthem policy comments aside for a later date to make observations about the Barr situation instead. Oh well. Best laid plans and all that.
Then, Samantha Bee got thrown in the mix as well. What I planned to write changed yet again.
And grew to a four part blog.
With Holocaust Remembrance Day just passed, I again had reason to look at how we have come up with new ways of Holocaust denial that no longer include denying the Holocaust happened. I talked about this subject before. I encountered some newer techniques recently, that intentionally or unintentionally, serve to dilute the historical import of the Holocaust, or even of history itself. I wandered across some other things too. So, I’ve decided to meander my way through my various thoughts on the tidbits I have seen recently.
I’ll start off with some modern-day reminders that anti-Semitism remains alive and well and end with some dissection of an argument against the history of the Holocaust, or any history for that matter, having value at all. Sit back but hold on. You are in for a long and winding ride. Much like I did when I talked about Blade Runner 2049.
Our current technology and society have converged to provide more ways than ever to assault the truth and persuade people to accept alternate realty as fact. I also believe they provide us with more means than ever to push back against that assault. However, today I encountered one more assault. A subtle variation on Holocaust denial, that doesn’t deny the Holocaust. And my heart hurts.
Warning: This post contains some graphic, or disturbing photos.
Here I go adding my voice to the wave of commentary on the controversial words President Donald J. Trump allegedly uttered on immigration.
Let me surprise you and cut to the chase immediately. Profanity or no profanity. The words were racist.
I don’t say that lightly. I don’t say that to accuse everyone who supports Trump of racism. If you’ve read anything I’ve written before, you know I also don’t say that without first giving this a thorough examination.
Trump’s “Pocahontas” bit while honoring Navajo code talkers wasn’t the end of the world. But it still signals a big problem. Let me tell you why.
Sometimes I feel like I spend a lot of time yelling, “Look behind the curtain.” But a republic needs informed citizens, fully aware of what levers the wizard is frantically pulling while hoping we distractedly keep our eyes on the big floating head of Oz.