So I keep encountering this theme: "Everyone else is intolerant and I'm just the victim here. I'm nice, I don't tell other people to shut up. I don't threaten them, they threaten me. I'm ironic, not mean when it comes to making political points, just laugh it off." In a nutshell these people are deniers, they deny that they've ever been rude, offensive, insensitive or aligned with political viewpoints that dole that out by the double handful. "I'm not an ultra-white-right-winger, I just think they're Right that's all."
I really like all those same folks who then point the finger at liberal anger, taking to the streets in protest when decades of anti-black, anti-gay, anti-woman, anti-immigrant anger didn't lead to deaths, abuse, burnings, tauntings, and killings. OMG LIBERULS HOW DARE YOU.
Right. How dare they.
It's not like they put bullseyes on their democratic opponents. Nor abused women in positions of authority. Nor mocked the first lady for being black. Imprisoned people for being gay. Or shot blacks in churches, or their own cars. No, that's white privileged and it's god-fucking-given, not hard-assed-earned.
So here's a message to the "bystander-white-right." You can't hide behind your little curtain because it's so fucking thin everyone can see right through it. Think you NEVER said anything offensive? Think again, you did, that time you were drunk, comfortable, unaware, accidentally honest, brutally honest, sarcastic honest, whatever. You're not part of the problem? Like fuck you're not. Just because you're not wearing the hood doesn't mean you wouldn't put one on if no one else was looking.
Guess what. It is you. And lot of people just like you. And if it bothers you that you're losing friends maybe, just maybe, you need to take a look at yourself and think about what other people see when they look at you. And if that doesn't bother you? Well, then what's there to feel bad about?