You know what's pissing me off today? Well, friends, I'LL TELL YA. Bigotry. Well, bigotry pisses me off every day, but it's especially pissing me off today.
It pisses me off when I hear someone generalize black people. "I was mugged by a black man, so I pretty much stay away from black people." "I lock my doors when a black person walks by my car." "Black people commit a lot of crimes, so all black people must be bad." OH MY GOSH YOU'RE AN IDIOT SHUT THE HELL UP. The actions of an extreme, disproportionate few do not represent black people as a damn whole. (Also, as an aside, black people are CONVICTED of a lot more crimes than white people. That's not because black people are committing more crimes. Look up the effects of poverty and institutionalized racism some day. IT'LL BLOW YOUR MIND.)
Jokes about Catholic priests being pedophiles piss me off. That's bigotry, too, y'all. I get that it was totally a scandal and there was a cover-up and ALL OF THAT WAS BAD, but the actions of an extreme few do not represent Catholic priests, or Catholic people, as a whole. Catholic priests are by and large GREAT MEN. I vehemently defend Catholics against these allegations and against this bigotry, though I am not myself Catholic. Seeing my Catholic friends - good, loving, giving, Christian people, excellent representatives of what Catholicism is all about - be hurt by this kind of bigotry pisses me right off.
Specifically pissing me off today, though, are the people who are against the Islamic cultural center (not a mosque, although there will be a mosque inside) that's being built BLOCKS from Ground Zero in NYC. I'm sorry (no, no I'm really not) but THAT SHIT IS BIGOTRY. Saying an Islamic cultural center shouldn't be built near Ground Zero is like saying a Catholic church shouldn't be built near a day care. A few Catholic priests hurt a lot of kids, and the Catholic hierarchy covered it up - the pope even apologized for it. A few Muslims hurt and killed a lot of people on September 11, 2001 - Billions of Muslims the world over distanced themselves from it and have been trying ever since to make the world realize that the actions of a few extremist Muslims (WHO WERE NOT AT ALL IN TOUCH WITH WHAT ISLAM IS ABOUT) do not represent the entire religion.
Muslims did not orchestrate the attacks on 9/11. A few extremist Muslims did. Stop trying to punish the Muslim world at large, and stop trying to act like Muslims are spitting on the graves of the 9/11 fallen. Muslims are trying to reach out to your thick-ass head with this cultural center. They're trying to tell you, "THIS is what we are about. THIS is what we represent. NOT THAT. We are sorry you were hurt. We grieve with you too. Please understand us."
I heard somebody - Newt Gingrich, I believe - say that Muslims building a mosque near ground zero would be like Nazis putting a Nazi sign near a Holocaust memorial. No. Bad analogy. It's like the German government putting a government building near Buchenwald. The German government itself, as it exists, is not responsible for the Holocaust. Crazy, racist extremists (who were unfortunately the majority at one time) were. Muslims, at large, are not responsible for the 9/11 attacks. A few crazy extremists were.
Unfortunately, I have pissed a friend off in the course of discussing this topic. I get overheated in the face of what I feel is blatant bigotry, and I get ahead of myself. But no, I will not apologize. Nor will I apologize to the friend I called out a couple of years ago when she went off, saying she wouldn't let her child go near a Catholic priest because they're pedophiles. Standing up in the face of bigotry is part of who I am, it's what I will always do, and it's much more important in the grand scheme of things than any friendship.
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