I just can’t stand this absurd notion of collective guilt.
If I hear one more politician say “We have a long way to go” or “We must confront our racism” or “We must take steps to blah-blah-blah,” I’m going to scream.
Funny, isn’t it? When an Islamic radical opens fire in a gay nightclub and murders scores of people, politicians and the news media urge us to remember that one cannot condemn an entire religion based on the actions of one person.
If only they applied that to everything else.
One police officer in Minneapolis kneels on a suspect and the suspect dies, suddenly “WE” – every melanin-challenged American from coast-to-coast — are to blame. Therefore “WE” must condemn ourselves and seek atonement all in this bizarre practice of collective guilt.
No. Sorry. No sale.
We are a nation that is founded on the principle of the Individual, not the Collective.
If one man commits a sin, that one man is responsible, not every person of that man’s race, and certainly not “society.”
All this collective guilt crap makes me nuts.
As Jesse Kelly put it yesterday on Twitter:
If you feel guilty for things you had no part in, that’s on you. Don’t bleed your instability all over me. I have nothing to account for and certainly nothing to apologize for.
I don’t need to “examine my own unconscious bias” or “white privilege.”
Life in America shouldn’t be one gigantic traveling group therapy session, for crying out loud.
It’s self-indulgent, self-destructive and runs counter to ideal that each of us is an individual – responsible for our own actions, choices, successes and failures.
Collective guilt is a trap – a way to indict whole segments of the country for the actions of a few individuals – even if those individuals are long dead.
Along with this nutty collective guilt comes the even nuttier collective atonement.
Just yesterday, a video of Chick-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy made the rounds on Twitter. In it, he explains that white people should shine black people’s shoes as a way to express their collective guilt and “embarrassment” for racism.
Because nothing will alleviate your embarrassment like embarrassing yourself.
If Dan Cathy wants to go around shining the shoes or, hell, even washing the feet of black people because he’s so ashamed and embarrassed about racism, he can do it till his hands are cracked and bleeding.
But don’t enlist me in that kind of demoralizing, virtue-signaling nonsense.
The only time I should feel shame is when I personally do something shameful. Collective guilt isn’t my bag. So you can peddle that nonsense elsewhere.
I saw a Twitter thread from conservative writer Kira Davis that shows just how kooky and absurd this collective guilt baloney really is.
Check it out:
I appreciate the sentiment behind it (she just doesn't know what else to do, I suppose) and he did too but please, white people, don't do this. We've never even thought twice about belonging here. It's unnerving to now suddenly be singled out. Also…— Kira (@RealKiraDavis) June 18, 2020
Life these days is exhausting enough. We don't want to be your emotional paper towels. Don't wipe your regret and guilt all over us and then walk away. It isn't our job to appease whatever unease you are feeling but it's starting to feel like a job.— Kira (@RealKiraDavis) June 18, 2020
She left us with a great party story. We laughed about it together and we'll tell it often. But there's an "ick" factor to it that makes me quite sad and fatigues me. I'm not here to ease your pain. I have my own pain. We each must do our own work, pls don't put yours on us.— Kira (@RealKiraDavis) June 18, 2020
When I read that third tweet, this was my reaction:
I want to have it put on a plaque and placed at the entrance of every university, corporate headquarters, cable news headquarters, and on the office doors of every member of Congress.
A nation that is built on the foundation of Individual Liberty and Sovereignty should never fall into the trap of collective guilt.
You cannot “fight” against racism — an ideology that collectively judges all people of one race – by collectively condemning all people of one race.
Unless you personally owned slaves or have a deep-seated loathing of a specific race, how in Lucifer’s reach are you guilty of the “sin of slavery” or racism?
You are under no obligation to take on the sins of others. You’re not Jesus.
Embracing collective guilt does not make you a virtuous person. It is self-indulgent mummery.
Just stop it. For your own sanity and the sanity of the people who come in contact with you every day, get off the collective guilt train and get over yourself.
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