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I’ve lived all over this wonderful country. I have enjoyed the company of people from every political, cultural, and racial background imaginable. During my time in the Southwest I mostly lived in poor Hispanic neighborhoods, and was usually the only white guy around. In most cases I have been accepted and treated with genuine respect by people, but not all. There have been those rare racially charged situations, even times when I feared for my life. I recognize those situations, however, as exceedingly rare. They have not tainted my view of humanity in general, or people of color specifically. This is not how I was raised, however.

I love and miss my grandmother, but she was one of the most bigoted people I have ever met. I can’t blame her. It came from her experiences living in the South during the civil rights period. You see, my grandmother hated Republicans, she hated religious people, and most of all she hated anyone with a southern accent. I like to think that her attitude is uncommon, and fading away as the generation that experienced that unrest retire, grow old, and expire. The truth is that I see it more and more every day from so called “social justice warriors”, or SJWs, who fill every comment section and message board with their hate filled ideology.

The definition of bigotry is intolerance of people with different opinions from yourself. The basic assumption that people who disagree with your own point of view are stupid, crazy, racist, or evil in some way is bigoted by definition. It is extremely ironic that the very accusation thrown around at every opportunity by SJWs is more applicable to their own words and actions than to anyone else. The subculture of micro-agressions, trigger warnings, and political correctness assumes that a person’s basic philosophy is steeped in cultural racism and sexism.

So called “liberals” tend to pat themselves on the back for being accepting and tolerant, but the most bigoted people I have ever met were left wing Progressives. They are puritanical, attacking anyone who uses the wrong word in the wrong situation. Atheists and Progressives also prostletize more than any religion. While the occasional Jahova’s Witness will knock on the door, I’ve never had a Christian actively try to convert me once I told them I wasn’t interested. Atheists and Progressives never shut up about their beliefs.

I used to have both right wing and left wing friends. I have about as much in common with one group as the other. I honestly can’t stand hanging out with most of my left wing friends anymore. The outrage at every small slight becomes boring quickly, and the hypocracy of denouncing war while supporting violence as a political tool is frustrating. Because most of them exist in an echo chamber, challenging their ideas is almost always viewed as a personal attack, rather than opening a reasonable discussion.

I may not agree with my conservative friends any more than my progressive friends, but they are much more accepting of other ideas and willing to have reasonable discussions. Most of them would have been considered liberals or centrists a few years ago, but the bar has been shifted so far to the left that they have found themselves on the right. This has created an intellectual diversity on the right that makes people much more willing to hear out and consider alternative viewpoints. They will voice objections, but never throw a fit when we disagree, or call me a racist when I refuse to accept their position.

Our standards of racism and sexism in this country have gone from assault, battery, and harassment, to thought crime. The accusation of racism is thrown around based on politics, or just “feeling the hate” from someone. While there are certainly still genuinely racist people in this country, they aren’t active they same way they once were. In spite of the main stream media, who assume that everything can be viewed in a race based context, racial violence is extremely rare. This is something that should be celebrated, but people continue to cry racism at every opportunity.

As a white male, it is assumed that I can’t ever understand what it feels like to be a minority, or to be judged based on the color of my skin or my sex, but life isn’t that simple. I have lived and worked in communities where I was the minority, and my skin tone and hair and eye color were frequently and publicly discussed. I experienced bullying at school. I’ve been beat up and spat on. I had my arm broken in three places on the playground in kindergarten. It is easy to assume that you have it harder than everyone else, that you are disadvantaged and they are privileged. The only privilege I have is that I can’t make excuses based on my race or gender.

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