on Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Let me tell everyone something right now: if you ever EVER begin a sentence with the phrase "I know it might not be politically correct to say this, but...", whomever you're addressing has the full right to punch you in the face before you finish your sentence. Let me translate what with sentence means: "I know I may reinforce oppression by saying this, but since my opinion is more important than oppressed peoples' well-being, I'm going to say it anyway:..." THAT'S what you're actually saying. Society is not oppressing you by making you actually be considerate of how YOUR WORDS may affect others. That's called basic fucking moral responsibility. Also, the phrase "I'm not racist, but..." means "I don't want people to think I'm a racist for my racist beliefs." The same could be say for sexism and every other kind of -ism, although many of those usually start with "I have no problem with
It's not hard.
[originally a Facebook posting. -- Ed.]