My point is that Smollet's stupid/criminal act is being used by many on the right as evidence that gay/black people make false claims about bigotry/racism. Because it feeds into their narrative that basically bigotry and racism don't exist anymore.
If a white/straight person does something stupid/criminal, it doesn't affect the reputations of white/straight people. I mean, honestly, do you feel judged by the left when white straight men do stupid or criminal things?
Disagree. So many serial killers, so many mass murderers, so many school shooters are white men and that point is hammered home whenever there is a new one. And ditto for sexual assaults ala Weinstein and others (though then it's more about men, in general).
So yeah, I feel--to some extent--judged all the time because I'm a straight white male. I'm not wound up about it, but I know it's happening.
That said, I also think it's true that the cost to marginalized groups from stupidity like Smollett's is more pronounced and more damaging, so I take nighttimer's point.
What Rob said. I feel like if a straight white male or guy in general does something, we get a collective blame. Toxic masculinity and all that. And if you call it out, you're told to 'not all men'.
At the same time, minorities, especially men get it harder. This can feed into the 'see there's no racism' trope which is absurd. But also, while people won't usually say it, if a black male beat someone up, if reinforces the 'scary black guy' narrative that exists. Both can be true at the same time.
That doesn't make it right. It doesn't justify the fear and hatred and passive racism of White people when a Black guy beats "someone" (presumably White), so whether (White) people say it or not, they're using an outlier, an aberration and an isolated neer-do-well to condemn the whole group and guess what, that IS what racism means.
The journalist Carl T. Rowan observed, "A minority group has 'arrived' only when it has the right to produce some fools and scoundrels without the entire group paying for it." By that standard neither Blacks not gays have arrived yet, because one stupid fuck like Smollett is all it takes to stigmatize everyone else like him and I don't have anything to do with it.
I have never---EVER---heard a White male say they feel any sense of collective guilt over what a Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer or Heinrich Himmler did. White people as a collective are allowed to ostracize their fools and scoundrels without the entire group paying for it, where if one Black guy steals a six-pack of beer from the gas station, every Black guy who comes in after him and wanders near the coolers is gonna get a lot more scrutiny because, "They ALL steal."
For reasons I'm not sure I understand, a nearly 50-year-old interview popped back up this week and while there's a lot of startling content in it, there's a candor and freedom to speak forthrightly that is almost refreshing in this age of spin doctors, political correctness and carefully parsing of words already filtered through lawyers and P.R. flacks and that's the 1971 Playboy interview with John Wayne and boy, it is FIRE.
PLAYBOY: Angela Davis claims that those who would revoke her teaching credentials on ideological grounds are actually discriminating against her because she's black. Do you think there's any truth in that?
WAYNE:With a lot of blacks, there's quite a bit of resentment along with their dissent, and possibly rightfully so. But we can't all of a sudden get down on our knees and turn everything over to the leadership of the blacks. I believe in white supremacy until the blacks are educated to a point of responsibility. I don't believe in giving authority and positions of leadership and judgment to irresponsible people.
PLAYBOY: Are you equipped to judge which blacks are irresponsible and which of their leaders inexperienced?
WAYNE:It's not my judgment. The academic community has developed certain tests that determine whether the blacks are sufficiently equipped scholastically. But some blacks have tried to force the issue and enter college when they haven't passed the tests and don't have the requisite background.
PLAYBOY: How do they get that background?
WAYNE:By going to school. I don't know why people insist that blacks have been forbidden their right to go to school. They were allowed in public schools wherever I've been. Even if they don't have the proper credentials for college, there are courses to help them become eligible. But if they aren't academically ready for that step, I don't think they should be allowed in. Otherwise, the academic society is brought down to the lowest common denominator.
PLAYBOY: But isn't it true that we're never likely to rectify the inequities in our educational system until some sort of remedial education is given to disadvantaged minority groups?
WAYNE:What good would it do to register anybody in a class of higher algebra or calculus if they haven't learned to count? There has to be a standard. I don't feel guilty about the fact that five or 10 generations ago these people were slaves. Now, I'm not condoning slavery. It's just a fact of life, like the kid who gets infantile paralysis and has to wear braces so he can't play football with the rest of us. I will say this, though: I think any black who can compete with a white today can get a better break than a white man. I wish they'd tell me where in the world they have it better than right here in America.
PLAYBOY: Many militant blacks would argue that they have it better almost anywhere else. Even in Hollywood, they feel that the color barrier is still up for many kinds of jobs. Do you limit the number of blacks you use in your pictures?
WAYNE:Oh, Christ no. I've directed two pictures and I gave the blacks their proper position. I had a black slave in The Alamo, and I had a correct number of blacks in The Green Berets. If it's supposed to be a black character, naturally I use a black actor. But I don't go so far as hunting for positions for them. I think the Hollywood studios are carrying their tokenism a little too far. There's no doubt that 10 percent of the population is black, or colored, or whatever they want to call themselves; they certainly aren't Caucasian. Anyway, I suppose there should be the same percentage of the colored race in films as in society. But it can't always be that way. There isn't necessarily going to be 10 percent of the grips or sound men who are black, because more than likely, 10 percent haven't trained themselves for that type of work.
PLAYBOY: Can blacks be integrated into the film industry if they are denied training and education?
WAYNE:It's just as hard for a white man to get a card in the Hollywood craft unions.
The interviewer probably had to resist throwing up in his mouth a bit from all the bile, so he shifted the subject to another group The Duke had plenty of interaction with. At least in his movies.
PLAYBOY: That's hardly the point, but let's change the subject. For years American Indians have played an important—if subordinate—role in your Westerns. Do you feel any empathy with them?
WAYNE:I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them, if that's what you're asking. Our so-called stealing of this country from them was just a matter of survival. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves.
PLAYBOY: Weren't the Indians—by virtue of prior possession—the rightful owners of the land?
WAYNE:Look, I'm sure there have been inequalities. If those inequalities are presently affecting any of the Indians now alive, they have a right to a court hearing. But what happened 100 years ago in our country can't be blamed on us today.
PLAYBOY: Indians today are still being dehumanized on reservations.
WAYNE:I'm quite sure that the concept of a government-run reservation would have an ill effect on anyone. But that seems to be what the socialists are working for now—to have everyone cared for from cradle to grave.
PLAYBOY: Indians on reservations are more neglected than cared for. Even if you accept the principle of expropriation, don't you think a more humane solution to the Indian problem could have been devised?
WAYNE: This may come as a surprise to you, but I wasn't alive when reservations were created—even if I do look that old. I have no idea what the best method of dealing with the Indians in the 1800s would have been. Our forefathers evidently thought they were doing the right thing.
PLAYBOY: Do you think the Indians encamped on Alcatraz have a right to that land?
WAYNE:Well, I don't know of anybody else who wants it. The fellas who were taken off it sure don't want to go back there, including the guards. So as far as I'm concerned, I think we ought to make a deal with the Indians. They should pay as much for Alcatraz as we paid them for Manhattan. I hope they haven't been careless with their wampum.
PLAYBOY: How do you feel about the government grant for a university and cultural center that these Indians have demanded as "reparations"?
WAYNE: What happened between their forefathers and our forefathers is so far back—right, wrong or indifferent—that I don't see why we owe them anything. I don't know why the government should give them something that it wouldn't give me.
Wayne's nauseating bigotry and ignorance is appalling and yet relevant. Why? Because of Fux News, silly!
The Duke is the quintessential American hero. He represents so many of the virtues of the country, and yet he embodies so many of its vices, but you'd never know it from the revisionists on the Right. For them, history means nothing when it comes from a dead conservative icon like John Wayne. What matters is the current hot topic of the day where a manipulator like Jussie Smollett, a clueless screw-up like Ralph Northam, or an accuser sexual assaulter like Justin Fairfax can be weaponized to trivialize and distract from the noxious racism of a beloved actor best known for killing a whole lot of Indians in his movies.
Ain't that America?
Nothing I accept about myself can be used against me to diminish me. Audre Lorde
Human beings cannot be willed and molded into non-existence. Angela Davis
I can't believe what you say, because I see what you do. James A. Baldwin
While it wouldn't shock me to hear someone super woke talk about collective guilt of a serial killer, I don't think most whites feel that way. What you do hear is talk about toxic masculinity, attacks on straight white males, etc, and collective blame from those woke. It's not right, but it happens.
None of that diminishes the fact that blacks have always been judged by the worst actions, the stereotypes, etc. That a black man arrested and charged for the same crime as a white person will get twice the sentence. That viewing a black man in a hoody on a dark night will make people like George Zimmerman think he's a thug and not a kid with skettles in his pocket.
Seen on the internet: "This tale of an attack is so fishy I can smollett."
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I think maybe that's going overboard. Don't get me wrong, I think he should get in trouble, should probably be charged, but I don't think locking him away for years is a good idea. I think maybe it's something that should see some heavy fines and maybe--at most--six months in jail. Really, 60 days might be enough.
And throwing the book at someone for manufacturing a crime like this may still have a negative impact on the reporting of real crimes like this.
For his state charges, any sentences would run concurrently (because they arise out of the same facts and circumstances), so while he technically could face multiple three year sentences, three would likely be the max.