This is something that I feel is necessary today. It is SO easy to mute, block and then delete when someone says something that we don’t like, but should we? I got very frustrated over the weekend, relating to the Tina Fey SNL skit. It was pretty cringe worthy, but there were a lot of people saying “Why…It’s just a satire”…But then these people kept coming up against other white people saying “Well you’re wrong, it’s offensive and stop arguing about it” (which they weren’t, they were trying to ask “Why”).
This frustrated me for various reasons.
- Most of the people who thought it was satire, were white and didn’t understand, genuinely seem to want to understand why it was offensive, but they were just met with “You’re wrong”. Ironically by other white people.
- Then when the person wanted to discuss it, they just kept being told “No, you’re wrong and you’re trying to argue”…Argue what though, I don’t know. Since these other people wouldn’t explain WHY it wasn’t good satire.
- Then they’d brag about how they had either muted or blocked the person? Blocked what exactly? They hadn’t said anything?!
- If they understood the problem and it is a really simple issue, then it would have been an easy thing to explain. I doubt then they understood what the problem actually is.
How can people understand something if we just mute, block and delete them? There are things that are just not pleasant to talk about, I get that, but if you have CHOSEN to get yourself involved. You are not suddenly the better person ore more progressive by telling someone they’re wrong and then muting/blocking them? If you can’t have a discussion about the issue, maybe you should just admit you don’t understand the situation? If they become aggressive or are clearly trying to troll, THEN mute, block and delete.