Black people love to argue with and bash one another. Most of the time it’s done in jest, even if the arguments we make against one another are completely sound. I’ve spent a lot of time on this site bashing various groups of people and individuals, including but certainly not limited to:
- Black People
- Pro Athletes
- Greek Org Members
Naturally, each of these tongue-in-cheek polemics were taken seriously by some idiot (or, more often, legions of idiots) who would then leave indignant comments for all our amusement, and insanely lengthy emails for me to roll my eyes at and delete.
What’s interesting, though, is how quickly the logic of my arguments was dismissed by these jumping jackasses who, instead of debating me, simply refer to me as a ‘hater’. Their ‘argument’ is always that I am somehow jealous of the people I rail against – while they conveniently ignore the fact that, in other posts, I throw rhetorical poop at groups that I myself belong to.
For instance: my tirade against black women was attributed to my so-called lack of charm to snag them. The Persian post was the result of me wishing I was rich and could pull the girls they do. Several people said I can’t stand Beyonce because she gets to take, and I quote, “million dollar vacations”. I’m apparently angry at Creoles and Ethiopians because they’re to pretty for me and I can’t have them, I hate pro-athletes because they have more money than I ever will, and I’m mad at frat/soror members because I didn’t get a bid.
Of course, I can understand why these arguments are so frequently made. Anybody that’s been alive for more than 21 years knows that most people are idiots, and by extension, most people do idiotic things. Stupid is as stupid does. Among the favorite activities of the idiotic is arguing with people, which is admittedly something both idiots and non-idiots enjoy. What makes idiots unique (but by no means rare) is the fact that they’re utterly incapable of responding to a person’s arguments with logical and irrefutable counterpoints*. Instead, they follow this process:
Figure 1: Dummies for Dummies (click to enlarge)
Accusing people of jealously is a kneejerk reaction akin to immediately accusing people of racism when they criticize Black people. It’s the type of reaction that causes idiots, for example, to dismiss my entire argument against fraternities/sororities because I (jokingly) referred to stepping as ‘stomp dancing’. This is precisely the type of reaction that we need to do away with. Our tendency to make emotion-filled but logically empty arguments is one of the reasons so many people don’t take black people seriously**. Most people don’t make sound arguments like Michael Dyson’s argument against Bill Cosby. They instead yell “RACIST!” and when asked why, they just yell “RACIST!” even louder.
I am issuing a call to all black people right here and now: if you disagree with someone, DO NOT OPEN YOUR FUCKING MOUTH UNTIL YOU CAN ARGUE WITH THEM USING REASON AND LOGIC. Otherwise, you are making us all look bad. Furthermore, if you know someone prone to doing this – INTERCEPT THEM BEFORE THEY DO IT. They are fucking up the black community from the inside out, and the shit has to stop.
Somehow, I should find a way to incorporate the silencing of morons into the…project.
*This only occurs in the case where they’re attacking someone else’s arguments. If they’re defending their own arguments, they do so by examining the attacking argument for spelling errors and, if they find one, they tell you that you are wrong. That’s why there are hundreds of comments on this blog consisting of a single word or even a single character written solely to correct the spelling or grammar of a person’s own previous comment: those commentors are aware that idiots are everywhere, and apparently a lot of them read (and write) this blog.
**Emotional reactions are not unique to Black people, but we happen to be a group that can’t afford to make them. Spare me any angry emails, please.