Everybody Loves Discrimination

Most Americans, if asked, would probably say that they oppose discrimination. But deep down inside most Americans love discrimination, so long as it’s their form of discrimination.

Those who identify as political leftists have been very vocal about their opposition to discrimination. They’ve been taking every opportunity to state their objection to discrimination against non-whites, homosexuals, transgender individuals, poor individuals, and the mentally disabled. However, they seems to be perfectly fine with politically motivated discrimination.

Imagine if the restaurant owner from the first link put up a sign that read “If you’re black you can not eat here!” or if the person from the second link refused to help the stuck motorist because they had a gay pride bumper sticker. Most self-identified leftists would be up in arms. But the two individuals mentioned in those two links are being cheered by many of those same self-identified leftists. Why? Because those two individuals are discriminating in an approved manner.

Every one of us discriminates. When you cross the street to avoid the suspicious looking individual walking down the sidewalk you’re discriminating. When you avoid talking to your racist uncle at Christmas you’re discriminating. When you avoid the really drunk guy that won’t stop grabbing your ass at the bar you’re discriminating. Some forms of discrimination, such as the three I just mentioned, make sense. In those cases you’re discriminating to protect yourself, avoid starting a family fight, or avoid being sexually molested. But those forms of discrimination are also based on specific signals being produced by specific individuals.

Racially, sexually, and politically motivated forms of discrimination aren’t based on specific signals produced by specific individuals. They’re forms of collective discrimination where the only signal is membership in a group. Of course, everybody who discriminates against groups has a long list of reasons why their form of discrimination is proper even if they find other forms of group discrimination unacceptable.

I personally find collective discrimination, like all forms of collectivism, distasteful but fear that I’m in the minority because even the loudest opponents of collective discrimination seem to only oppose discrimination against groups that they like. When challenged they will have a long list of reasons why they’re not actually discriminating but all they’re doing is performing an act of cognitive dissonance.

2 thoughts on “Everybody Loves Discrimination”

  1. To call someone discriminating used to be a compliment; it indicates an active, intelligent, and experienced person who can tell one thing from another. Now, of course, “discrimination” is supposed to betray a huge character flaw, unless it’s a liberal trying to shut up a non-liberal; then it’s good.

    As for the restaurant, I support their right to discriminate against Trump voters, but I would discriminate in turn by refusing to patronize the place though I didn’t vote for Trump myself. The thought of sitting around with a bunch of Hideous Hillary supporters turns my stomach.

    1. Over time I think the average American lost the ability to think critically. The word discrimination is a good example of this. At one point the word wasn’t insulting, it merely pointed out that somebody had discriminating taste (i.e. they were picky about what they did and did not like). Depending on an individuals discriminating tastes you could decide whether you agreed or disagreed with it. Today the term is almost a blanket insult, which leads to a great deal of cognitive dissonance since everybody discriminates in various ways.

      Personally, I blame the government schools.

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