“But I’d like to go a step further. We should all enter every issue with the very real possibility that we might be wrong this time.”
That’s an extremely easy statement to make when you’ve never had a neo-Nazi actually directly physically threaten to kill you. There’s a presumption in discussions like this: that in the ‘market place of ideas’ the truly reprehensible has already been filtered from daily discourse, or that somehow everyone who harbors those ideas wouldn’t be in your personal social circle so “Controversy” is just a fun little intellectual game to play over wine some evening when Netflix is slow.
As someone who is a member of several minorities (not all of which are instantly visible), I can say unequivocally that this is not the case. Perfectly ‘reasonable’ and ‘thoughtful’ and even ‘sensitive’ people have said all manner of despicable things in my presence when they didn’t know who and what I was. Suggesting that it was somehow my character flaw for not accepting the reality that indeed maybe I am a blight on society, that perhaps my genetic profile does indeed diminish the ‘race’ as a whole were I to pro-create, that’s an invitation to self-loathing at best.