So yeah, I feel bad when all I do is post depressed shit here, so I'll try to post something interesting. I'll fail probably, but that's not the point. Just so I can try and know that I'm trying instead of being such a depressing douchebag.
So, I was wondering how do you think people justify intolerance?
Because nobody goes "yeah. I'm evil. Intolerance is good, being unnaccepting of others over things that they can't change, that's good with me."
I think basically everyone agrees that intolerance is bad. It's even in the Republican party platform. Although they go on to say that the support both "the right of states to choose whether or not they support gay marriage", and a federal constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, which, would kinda take away state's right to choose?
Cause some people kinda are evil. Like my grandpa, this was a while ago, we were discussing that racist Arizona law, the one where if a cop stopped someone they could check their papers if they had "reasonable suspicion to expect they were an illegal immigrant", or, you probably know them better as "Mexicans". So me and my brother were like "that law's just racist!" and my grandpa said, verbatim, "well, where I come from sometimes that's not always seen as such a bad thing..."
So basically, he was saying racism isn't bad.
Actually, I guess this journal would be better made about rationalizations. How people can do terrible things and convince themselves that they're right. Like a suicide bomber, convinced that he is fulfilling God's work, that he's fighting a holy war, when in reality all he's doing is killing people who have never harmed him.
So, anyway, I wanted to know from you guys, what do you think is the biggest, or most common way that people justify racism and homophobia? Michelle Bachman does it by convincing herself that gay people either are lying or just have mental issues.
A lot of people just say that gayness is a choice. Do they know they're wrong? Do they really think they can argue with people on whether things about them are a choice or not, without any frame of reference, arguing against someone who does have one?
Mormon Fundamentalists justify racism by just saying black people are subhuman, they're not real people.
Herman Cain justifies intolerance by convincing himself all Muslims are evil.
Newt Gingrich, I dunno, he is just evil.
That's just the issue though. It would be easy to rid the world of intolerance if people recognized that what they're doing is stupid.
But they make rationalizations...
Fuck. This is a terrible journal. The title is a question, but it's a factual question which I answered, leaving nothing for you guys to do :P
Well, I tried. Forgive me. I'll try harder tomorrow.