This is a generalized response to the folks all over the web who have been hinting around at my motivations for defending Loren Feldman over this stupid Verizon deal. Don’t get your panties in a bunch – if you didn’t actually imply I’m any of these things, then it isn’t meant for you. The rest should know who they are.
I resent the implication that I’m a racist because I took the time to understand the point that Loren Feldman made with his TechNigga video.
I resent the implication that I can’t understand race relations because I’m a white man.
I resent the implication that I’m an idiot for stating the facts of the situation without responding on emotion.
I resent the implication that I’m supposed to take knocks on the chin for my various cultures and subcultures in good humor, but I can’t return the favor for certain other cultures.
I resent the implication that you’re morally superior to me because I’m not repulsed by what was essentially a poorly crafted joke.
What really bothers me the most is that too often, citing facts and examining the case objectively when talking about certain subjects has the potential to make me part of the “untouchable caste.” I realize that often I play the heel and devil’s advocate in my political and technical commentary. That’s probably the only thing that’s saved me from wide-spread derision in my comments on Loren across the blogosphere the last 24 hours (the fact that everyone expects me to be contrarian).
I see a lot of folks making a lot of the same points – points that aren’t racist at all and have a lot of validity to them – being branded as something they aren’t simply for positing them in conversation.
I humbly submit that those who would willingly dehumanize someone in their mind for having the momentary lapse in judgement that caused them to defend Loren Feldman are just as much of a close-minded bigot as they accuse Loren of being.