First, let me apologize for the clickbait title. Generally, I hate clickbait titles, but there’s one exception – if a title is completely over the top outrageous, I tend to find it amusing rather than annoying. I’m hoping that my title falls into the amusing category. If not, I apologize to the ten people or so who will actually ever read one of my blog posts 🙂
As longtime readers of my blog know (or would know if, you know, I had any longtime readers), I’m all about interacting with other bloggers and trying to determine if their views are reasonable or not. Truthfully, I’ve encountered a lot of very reasonable (and nice!) bloggers on all sides of the political spectrum.
Sometimes, however, I run across views that really strike me as looney tunes.
Take, for example, this quote:
Trump proposes racist policies. That means policies which disproportionately affect one race over others. Someone who supports racist policies can safely be called racist.
Okay, let’ examine the reasoning here:
First of all, the blogger shows a valid attempt at logic.
Postulate 1: A racist policy is any policy which disproportionately affects one race over others.
Postulate 2: Someone who supports racist polices can safely be called racist.
Postulate 3: Trump supports policies that disproportionately affect one race over others.
Therefore, one can safely conclude that Trump is a racist. Ninja’d!
Okay, but hold up a second. That conclusion is only logical if each postulate is actually true.
I’ll give the blogger Postulates 2 and 3 for the sake of this discussion. Let’s take closer look at that first one, though.
My Postulate 1: If a racist policy is any policy which disproportionately affects one race over others, it stands to reason that a sexist policy is any policy which disproportionately affects one gender over another. Seems to me that this is kind of hard to argue against.
My Postulate 2: More men are charged, convicted, and punished for rape than women are. Hard to argue based on any reasonable examination of facts.
Therefore, since rape laws disproportionately affect men over women, rape laws are sexist.
One can define “racist” and “sexist” any way one wants, but if one want the words to have any kind of meaning in the real world, the definition put forth by the blogger that I encountered isn’t very reasonable.