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It’s all but inevitable on social media that someone will sooner rather than later call me an “old white man.”
This can be in response to practically any topic. I never write about race, for instance. It’s a boring topic. But a politically incorrect comment on poverty, for example—or global warming, or national defense, or whatever—can draw the epithet “old white man.” The implication is that I hold these positions because of my age, and because of what they think is my skin tone.
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Of course, the epithet “old white man” is purely racist (and ageist to boot). Any use of skin tone as an insult is racist. Period. When you point this out, it catches the leftists entirely off guard. And I have taken to this as a matter of course. You insult my skin tone; you are a racist. Stop being racist, I say.
“Racism it’s not!” they protest. Racism is a system whereby whitey oppresses “people of color.” Calling out your skin tone and age is merely stating a fact. You are old, and you are white. I am merely pointing out that whitey is the devil.
I like to point out to them that racists very rarely recognize their own racism.
It’s quite fun to throw the charge back in their faces. They do begin to squirm. “How can I be racist? I’m a ‘person of color’.” “How can I be racist? I’m white, and so are you.” It rocks them back on their heels, even if briefly, and it’s deeply satisfying to take their moral high ground. And, no matter what they say, you can continue the accusation and keep them on the defensive. The other day, someone said to me what I thought was the dumbest thing on social media ever: “Only racists are upset at being called racist.”...
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