Posts Tagged With: rhetoric and resisance

Confederate Flag wavers don’t need a seat at the grownup’s table

Often times, liberals can be liberal to a fault. Waving the Confederate Flag is an invitation to F*ck off! So, why do so many liberals feel bad about offending these people?

Just take a look at this article from NPR.

Liberals are so worried about offending people that they actually feel bad for the person telling them to F*ck off. They want to reason with that person, allow that person a voice, an equal say in what counts.

But nothing short of total agreement with that person will work for the F*ck-you crowd. So don’t bother.

If black people and left-intellectals are dis-invited from the concept of Southern Haratiage due to waving a knowingly racist flag, then they only way to conceive of a Southern Haratiage is White’s Only.

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"No. It's okay, we have black friends...none of them are with us today, but still..."

White’s Only is the only possible message left that can be sent with that Flag. This, despite that fact that the sender might have a personal attachment to the symbol.

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"Oh, no. You misinterpreted what I meant when I said "F*ck Off!" I was using the term in the way that me and my friends used twenty years before you were born. So, really...when you think about...this is all on you."

When the Confederate flag is displayed, how many black people feel welcome in that space?

The people waving it have always known that it could be taken to mean “you’re not welcome here.” Removing the flag is an invitation to start a dialogue not silence one.

What is Southern Haratiage if it is not White’s Only?

We can answer this question now that the Confederate flag and all it’s F*ck-you-ness has been exposed and removed. Same goes for all Indian mascots and even those nicknames with disturbing racial implications like, say, OU Sooners. *went there*

We need to learn to stop inviting people into the conversation who don’t want to have one.

That might sound counter-intuitive, but only in the way that sentences bounce around in empty skulls where circular logic is the only logic that can ever occur. Such as: the “intolerance of tolerance,” and other right-wing paradoxical phrases.

I don’t think being progressive means allowing the F*ck-you crowd a say in things. And I don’t think it means seeking compromise with people unwilling to compromise, who are soooo obviously anti-democratic.

We can’t say things like: “Women’s rights are very important, but they seem to upset those poor Gamergate fellows. So, let’s try to meet them halfway.”

No. Let’s drop them like the bad habit they are. Let them throw their fits. They obviously don’t want to be around people different from them, so what difference does banishment really make to them. These people want to wave that despicable flag in their lone cabin in the woods? Great! We know who to avoid.

At this point, only the disrespectful are making arguments for these types of symbols. This means we have persuaded all the people who can possibly be persuaded.

It’s time to stop listening and start celebrating.

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Resistant Student

I need help. I have a student that will vocally resist the feminist Cracked articles I want to discuss in class for textual analysis next week. Lately he has been fist-bumping his friends when he attempts to undermine my introductions to class activities. This week we were trying to see what economic class analysis can bring to textual analysis–he was very vocal, I was flustered and incoherent (resulting from over-correcting my punk tendency to shut him down)–needless to say, I don’t want that to happen again.

But, I also don’t know what to do. I don’t want to dump the unit because I think it is important and I worked hard planning it, and I don’t want to alienate the student or allow him to shut down others that might have something to add to the discussion. And I really don’t want to argue against him as though I am the only voice for equal-rights in the universe–I don’t want that responsibility. And to be honest I don’t feel like my passion for this political angle in rhetoric and composition does me in favors in the classroom. It helps my research, but I think it hinders me in the classroom because I know how to respond to attempts to undermine political theory, but then the ‘class’ becomes two dudes debating (very problematic when discussing feminism), and everyone else shuts down.

His favorite thing to do is call anything he disagrees with bias. I have tried to make students think more carefully about what they mean by that word because most just mean “thesis” when they say “bias.” It is not working with him. How do I get him to see that feminism is a response to systemic bias and not merely the favoring of women over men or an attempt to bash men or make him feel bad for being a man? More importantly, how do I turn his attempt to undermine the theory into a proper class discussion that everyone can participate in?

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