Mikey K wrote:And reverse discrimination and punitive actions are still discrimination. Two wrongs don't make a right.
Gah. Mikey K, I'm sure you weren't the first to use this phrase, but yours is the most recent post containing it so I gotta vent:
That phrase means nothing. I realize that it can be used to clarify that one is speaking of discrimination against a non-minority group since the word "discrimination" tends to be linked with acts against a minority group, but discrimination is not a unidirectional thing. If a white person is disriminated against, it's not reverse anything. Same deal even if a less common occurrence.
An off example: A friend of mine that happens to be of Indian descent went to get her drivers license in New Orleans.
First she and her friend (of Taiwanese parentage) are asked for the immigration papers.
Then my friend proceeds to deal with an African-American DMV worker that won't believe that A) her eye color is black; or B) that her US-issued passport is indeed proof that she's an American citizen.
The DMV worker was, however, afraid my friend would be offended that her race had to be designated as "other" because she wasn't American-born.
Reverse nothing. Discrimination cuts all directions.
Good point, I rescind the use of the term "Reverse".
Lemme ask you this, though, and I'm sure it's FAR from an original point:
How come black people can go around with "Black Power" t-shirts on, but if I, for some INSANE reason, wanted to wear a "White Power" T-shirt, I'd get hauled away? Why is it ok to.... on and on and on, ad infinitum.
White men are 'discriminated' against a lot. I know, you're laughing, but hear me out. Not that I really care, not that I'm offended, not that it bothers or hurts me, but often the same arguments that other groups use to lay claim to 'discrimination' are ignored when applied to white guys.
Ok, hold your laughter for a moment and hear me out. Just for a day...one day....listen closely to the TV and Radio commercials you hear. How many portray White Men as doofuses? Often times, there will also be a woman as the 'smart one' and her husband or co-worker as the buffoon.
Is that any different than if the roles were reversed? Why? What if there was a commercial airing right now where the husband was smart, and his wife was a ditzy, irresponsible moron?
My point is, there's REAL discrimination and there's "I'm seeking out every excuse to fly the race, gender, sexual orientation, creed or religion card" so-called discrimination. REAL discrimination is very bad, hurtful and harmful. Where do you draw the line between the two?
If I had an answer to that, I'd be a real genius. Instead, I'm just a doofus white guy. Well, part Native American, too, so don't call me "Chief" or I'll kick your ass. bwah.