A Comment On “Comments”
by Alexander Zubatov
Dear KV Thompson:
Maybe before going on a race-based rant, you should take a moment to reflect and ask yourself why, as you say, “the comments to any post that deals with race, poverty, gender, sexuality, religion, or anything that might be marginalized” are so awful. One possibility, the one that so many on the left smugly and sanctimoniously believe and which it sounds like you also might believe, is that there are just a lot of dumb, unreconstructed, racist, sexist, backward rednecks that would love nothin’ better than to go back to the good ole days of slavery, paternalism and lynchings in the public square. The other possibility, one that defies the conventional wisdom, is that the “marginalized” groups today aren’t at all who you think they are, that the left and its P.C. police have succeeded so spectacularly in bullying and intimidating anyone who disagrees with them into silence that the only place such people can air their views and their anger is under the veil of anonymity in the “comments” sections of the kinds of inflammatory articles that make them feel marginalized. I strongly suggest you read my article, https://medium.com/@Zoobahtov/enslaved-by-history-parasite-privilege-and-the-silenced-majority-98eeea6b6151, which, among other things, describes research by the prominent moral psychologist Jonathan Haidt which shows, empirically, that this second possibility is far closer to the truth, that whites, white men and conservatives are being systematically silenced in environments dominated by the political left, which includes college campuses, academic institutions and any environment the media saturates — which means, in essence, throughout our society. These people feel unable to voice their views. They have to keep holding it in, and, of course, when it finally comes out (as it does in anonymous “comments” sections), it sounds angry and hateful. One other thing you’ll learn if you read the article I linked to is that, because the left’s brand of P.C. groupthink has been so thoroughly successful in dominating the airwaves, the empirical truth — viz., that statistics repeatedly show blacks are NOT subjected to disproportionate rates of police brutality — has been effectively silenced and ignored, so that most people unthinkingly go on believing the media-manipulated narrative that there’s an epidemic of police brutality against blacks going on in this country.
So, to answer your question: yes, I see you. Yes, we see you. We see you live and in living color. We see you everywhere. We see you, and we hear you loudly and clearly and incessantly. You’re on the news. You’re in the press. You’re on the internet. You’re getting in our faces and screaming and spitting at us on college campuses. You’re shouting down candidates at political rallies. You’re tongue-lashing us in our Superbowl halftime shows. You’re giving us a big headache with all the noise you’re making. And sometimes we wish you’d just take a moment to be quiet, take a breath, get some perspective and jump back in to the conversation when you’re ready to conduct a more mature, civil dialogue that includes everyone and makes room for all perspectives, not just yours. When that moment comes, when you’re ready to conduct a conversation rather than deliver lectures and harangues, then you’ll starting see all that hatred you’re finding in those “comments” sections magically vanish into thin air. Good luck
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Alexander Zubatov is a practicing attorney specializing in general commercial litigation. He is also a practicing writer specializing in general non-commercial poetry, fiction, drama, essays and polemics. In the words of one of his intellectual heroes, José Ortega y Gasset, biography is “a system in which the contradictions of a human life are unified.”
Some of his articles have appeared in Acculturated, PopMatters, The Hedgehog Review, The Montreal Review, The Fortnightly Review, New English Review, Culture Wars and nthposition.
He makes occasional, unscheduled appearances on Twitter (https://twitter.com/Zoobahtov).