Trigger warning: this is written by a cis, white, male in his late twenties who is in the top ~0.3% of wealthiest people globally.
I didn’t want to write that. It was cumbersome. I don’t want to read that by others. I don’t want to put the author in a box. That only makes my reading experience worse. The less I know about an author, the easier the content can be accepted. There’s a logical fallacy called ad hominem for just such an occasion. We don’t call people names like cis, white, or male in an attempt to disqualify their arguments. Humans judge. We tend to think a certain way about people that don’t have the same skin color as us or dress or act outside of our cultural norms. These micro-prejudices are enough that in order to do an idea justice, we have to put on a blindfold.
And that’s just for ideas. Martin Luther King looked to a day when we applied this not only to ideas, but to people as well.
I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. - Martin Luther King
Nearly 50 years later, we are still looking.
If you’ve been on a college campus or tumblr or lots of other places on the internet, you may have heard of microaggressions. It’s a new term meaning unintended slights, insults, and small offences by the majority against the minority, white against black, man against woman, etc. Micro as they may be, people are up in arms. People are dropping tumblr posts, shooting out tweets, hunkering down in facebook status updates. The victims of microaggressions are publicizing them more loudly and more frequently. Microaggressions are causing a shift in power. But the cis, white, males aren’t going to just let their power go without… playing the victims themselves. In the words of Christ, “The meek shall inherit the earth.”
50 years ago, people were writing about segregated water fountains. Nowadays, people are writing about white people using the word futbol. Glass half-empty: we are still judging by the color of their skin, gender identity, and sexual preference and not the content of their character. Glass half-full: we can all use the same water fountain.