A reader responded to Mike Rowe’s Facebook post on the NFL, and corrected him about saying “black people” instead of “African-American.”
If a black person tells me that they would like to be referred to as an “African-American,” I’m happy to address them as such. Doing otherwise would be rude. Likewise, if a white person asks me to call them “Irish-American,” or “Polish-American,” I’ll try to accommodate them as well. However – if someone attempts to enlighten me on the preferences of all black people or all white people, my antenna go up. Why? Because I’m not convinced a person’s true identity has anything to do with the color of their skin, the content of the DNA, or the country of their ancestors.
As a fan of biography, I’m curious to know more about my own history, as well as the history of others. But as a fan of The United States, I place no relevance whatsoever on the amount of German blood coursing through my veins, or the amount of African blood coursing through yours. I’m interested in what you believe, Clara, but I don’t consider your ethnicity when evaluating the merits of your arguments. In other words, your heritage is interesting, but knowing where you came from has nothing to do with where you’ll wind up, or what kind of person you really are.
Measured, well reasoned, and thoughtful. Which means there are triggered leftists somewhere having apoplectic fits. So, Tuesday.
What Mike hit on so perfectly was what the left never wants the rest of us to consider: individuality. See, the left sees everyone as part of a group, or tribe. And if you don’t fit into the box of your tribe, you’re a traitor to your class. We’ve seen this repeatedly, especially in the “people of color” community, when a black man or woman dare challenge the narrative. See Cam Newton Says America is Past Racism. Leftists Attack and Charles Barkley’s Epic Rant Against People Using ‘The Race Card. But it’s not just limited to “people of color.”
Walt Heyer, who’s a former transgender person, has been silenced by the left. Because how dare a transgender person speak out against the latest move to push transgenderism. Then of course there’s feminists like Lena Dunham who said Women Who Voted Trump Hate Themselves. Sorry, Lena, it just means some women think for themselves. Try it sometime.
A person is more than the color of their skin, or the type of friction they prefer. But people being individuals, not little boxes made of ticky-tacky, means individuals matter more than the collective. A dangerous idea for leftists of the hive mind.