Funny things happen when you watch as the political party you once wholly integrated into your psyche comes off the rails and transforms itself into that which it professes to hate. Certain little things become obvious. Like, for instance, the whole diversity/oppression game. Almost weekly for years now I have seen people wonder about how different the treatment of racial and gender issues is for the political left in America. The left is all about race, but not so much about gender, though they pay plenty of (hollow) lip service to it.
So I’m here and I’m tipsy and I want to ‘splain something to you folks who just. don’t. get. it. The difference in treatment boils down to one thing: segregation. As in, we still have it racially speaking, and we have never had it gender-wise. Oh, sure, we no longer have Jim Crow laws to enforce segregation, but we get right down to it when it comes to conventions. And I speak of both sides.
It’s no secret that white flight drove white families out of our urban centers. Oh sure, there’s a few single or DINKy hipsters who take up residence, but once people have kids, priorities shift. White people in general do not g out of their way to encounter black people. they stay in their mostly-white enclaves and avoid predominantly black neighborhood unless they are looking to score.
On the other side of the coin, black people it turns out prefer to be around other black people, and self-segregate, even in institutions, such as public schools, that aim for integration. It is what it is, and what it is is proof that social engineering is often a colossal fail. The result is that via the mechanism of self-segregation, isolation exists, and that’s what allows those namby-pamby intellectuals I’ve derided before to believe that black people are just hapless victims with zero agency.
But isolation is a weird thing, which is what segregation really is. In isolation, assumptions aren’t challenged and issues aren’t addressed. Isolation exists to preserve the status quo. This is not the case with gender issues. Women and men have cohabited literally from the dawn of time. That means that the opposite sex knows all your dirty little secrets. And it is this proximity and familiarity that allows political intellectuals to treat race and gender differently, and to fight progress on gender fronts more overtly and more vociferously. That’s the short of it, anyway.
And one day, when I’m not drunk, I might even get around to explaining this issue a little more. That’ll be about 4 years from now, though.