I’m always bothered by the weaponization of words. I can’t recall the last time I heard someone called a racist or a bigot and took the accusation seriously. I’m not saying there aren’t people like that, it’s just that those words have become so overused as an attack, it’s not easy in a lot of caes to determine whether or not the allegation is true or not. Of course one reason is that it’s not possible to disagree with someone on any social subject without a charge coming out of the dialogue. This is precisely what many who are known as Social Justice Warriors do in an attempt to shut down whatever conversation there was.
Is there only one opinion possible or do we see people cherry-picking the facts to support their argument? I think the latter. I don’t know how many times, online, I’ve been referred to as a bigot simply for saying something that is politically incorrect in today’s environment. No one bothers to ask why I may think what I do, and thus create a dialogue where we might learn from one another; No it’s just throwing out an epithet and attempting to silence me. I see this with others as well and it doesn’t seem to make a difference who they are it’s always an attempt to accuse the other person of hate speech.
What’s hate speech. for one person is not necessarily what it is for someone else. Calling out bad behavior of a person or more especially, a group, will often earn that tag. This is why no one particularly pays attention to any of this anymore. It’s overused. It seems to be up to the interpretation of the individual casting the accusation as to what any of these words actually mean. We’ve seen it harshly enforced on social media. Dare to criticize anything that our overlords have predetermined as being wrong-think and earn a suspension or even a lifetime ban.
This kind of oversight only encourages false reporting. I’ve recently seen several people reported where Twitter sent them an email saying they have not found a violation. But rulings seem to be subjective and that of course can lead to someone being mobbed, even threatened.
In making an accusation of bigotry in any form, or just hate speech, isn’t that person guilty of the same? Consider that just making an accusation that they are turning their target into a non-person. They are delegitimizing the other person based on what they think the other person may be.
Maybe it’s time to take a step back before automatically accusing someone of something that is entirely in your mind. Let’s not assume someone’s character without having knowledge about that person.