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Yes, you are entitled to your own opinion. However, I don’t need to validate it as logical, reasonable, or even important.
You might not know this, but as someone who runs a blog, I have to deal with people and their stupid, uninformed opinions on a daily basis. They show up in our comments section (and we moderate they hell out of their asses). They show up in the news reports people expect us to respond to. Stupid people, trolls, and their progeny lurk in every corner of the internet and the world at large, an ever-present malevolent force waiting for the perfect moment to shit on your day.
Some days, it seems every white person with a mouth, keyboard, and an internet connection feels themselves important enough to weigh in on every subject. And they are entitled to their opinions. We just aren’t required to listen to or receive them.
Like when (white) feminists got all butt hurt about being “left out” of Beyoncé’s “Formation”. Or when police unions voted to boycott staffing security at Beyonce’s concerts. Or when Trump supporters have claimed he is a viable candidate. Or whenever Stacey Dash or Raven Symone or any other pandering black conservative opens their mouth or sends out a tweet.
We don’t need to take them seriously, and we don’t need to amplify their voices. Why? Because these poor souls just don’t have the cultural sensitivity required to put something as simple as Beyoncé’s lyrics or Super Bowl performance in the context of the broader landscape of America’s past, present, or future.
They don’t see the faces and bodies of those fighting and dying for civil rights just 60 years ago. They don’t see Emmitt Till in Trayvon Martin or Tamir Rice or Michael Brown or Rekia Boyd or…. They don’t care that comparing blacks to monkeys has deeply historical insidious roots, and that we can’t erase the outlets and awarding bodies that service the black community because blacks still aren’t represented appropriately or equally in the mainstream. They see things with a myopic view, disconnecting them from a larger narrative and living experience.
So, let’s not waste one more nanosecond of our time giving them any of our energy or any more of the relevance they are so thirsty for. And just like we do here with the scores of racist, misogynistic, queer-phobic, backwards, and downright ignorant people that find their way to our comments section, let’s delete and move on.
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