Thursday, June 21, 2007

The Art of Accepted Discrimination, Part 1

I had today off from my usual job, as Superman at the nearby Choctaw Casino, in order to inteview for a State of Oklahoma job, as Recreation Director at a local State Park. Meaning, making sure the volleyball nets were in good shape, the bingo cards were clean, the swimming area had no beer cans visible to the good Christian folk coming, and maintaining the fun and enjoyment of a "Park"...

My interview was Not Good; Because, while I had more than all the qualifications and experience required in both skills and learning, to run a recreational crew--
instead, the trio of Head state-park honchos interviewing me at Fountainhead State Park, focused on the F***ing length of my hair, and whether or not I'd consider cutting it to an acceptable length~!!
IN "THE LAND OF THE RED MAN", YET!



There is just a whole lot to say about "Discrimination": Jus' Not in Public, Please.


Is there any other subject or any another act, which is both so praised and respected, and also so reviled and hated? If you bring up the nebulous topic of "Discrimination" in a conversation or in a discussion, everyones' thoughts become defensive, while their butt-cheeks clinch up in anticipatory dread of the next words uttered. LOL


And strangely, within one's own personally identifiable group, a discriminatory remark is acceptable, but within any mixed grouping of folk, the subject of discrimination, or a biased comment is discouraged, frowned upon, or dreaded.

Have you ever noticed that? Ever seen someone who isn't black, for example, confronted with a discrimination accusation, say the following, "I can't be biased, why, I have black friends!" Or my favorite, "I don't even notice 'so-and-sos' color."

But discrimination is wholly accepted and expected in fact, within certain parameters. "Don't marry her, she's not a Catholic," or "he's not Jewish, he can't come into our synagogue," or "Support Polish business."

However, discrimination is far more widespread, and not always so unwanted or so disgusting. And it is not so trivial or so shallow as skin color, but that is by far the worst form of discrimination.


So how do we intrinsically know when uttering a personal discrimination is alright, and when it is not? What distinctions are good discriminating for, and which are bad, and which are totally intolerable? I wonder about this alot.

Do we, as one piece, just one part of a grouping of people, somewhere inside ourselves take mental account of the makeup of our group, and then dare offer discriminating remarks or discriminating views on those other than that which we share or reflect?


What are we all 'allowed to discriminate for' and what are values which are NOT permissible to discriminate against? Who decides these matters? Who can stand in our judgement on these matters?

1. "I SUPPORT AMERICA'S WAR IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN."
2. "I SUPPORT REPEALING THE 19th AMENDMENT TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION."
3. "I HATE THE MIAMI UNIV'S FOOTBALL TEAM, CHEATERS!"
4. "I WILL NEVER OWN A CHEVROLET, OR SOME FOREIGN MAKE."
5. "I WON'T HIRE HIM, HIS HAIR IS TOO LONG"; OR "SHE HAS A TATTOO ON HER NECK."
6. "I HATE THE ILLEGAL MEXICAN INVASION OF THIS COUNTRY."
7. "I LOVE WHEN THE CHICAGO CUBS FIND A NEW WAY TO LOSE A GAME."
8. "WHITE CUSTOMERS ONLY; BLACK ENTRANCE IS AROUND BACK."
9. "ONCE YOU'VE HAD BLACK, YOU'LL NEVER GO BACK."


Which of these 9 statements is "Offensive, which are OK, which are Acceptable? Read them all again and decide....
In the very purest sense, they are ALL discriminating, they ALL make vocal, certain discriminating choices, all are discriminating evaluations. They are deemed Good or Bad Discrimination, based solely upon who they're said to, aren't they? Even saying "I hate Bigots!" is the very same thing as bigots hating. But some of the previous 9 statements are overall deemed Good, some are overall deemed Bad, and some are just irrelevant statements.

THEY NEVERTHELESS ARE STATEMENTS OF PERSONAL CHOICE, HOISTED UP AS IF SUPERIOR AGAINST OTHERS.


These appear to be discriminations of a personal choice, but again, evaluated as either good or bad or indifferent, based upon who is hearing, who's listening.
And the label of "discrimination" is applied to the speaker, based only upon the prevailing beliefs and temperaments of those in earshot of the SECOND, the SUBSEQUENT speaker.


(I'M LEADING UP TO A HUGE POINT, SO BE PATIENT, YOU ASSHATS...) See how insidious and yet innocuous DISCRIMINATION can be, Idiots?
See how we let some discrimination into our minds, but abhor other variations?



10. CHOOSY MOTHERS CHOOSE JIF. HOW INNOCENT IS THIS AD SLOGAN?

Now do you see? We all are made to accept some and reject some, but it is all based upon who we think we are, and whom we associate with.

IS ALL DISCRIMINATION BAD/ IS ANY DISCRIMINATION GOOD?
IS THERE A BALANCE, and WHERE IS THE BALANCE? WHO CHOOSES WHICH FOR ME, FOR US?


No, there is no balance, because "discrimination" itself is discriminatory.

It all depends upon who you are with, what crowd you run in, or who is positioned by society or hierarchy to judge your words. It is the only known emotion, the only known personal conviction entirely based upon the judgement of another.


Part 2: 'IS DISCRIMINATION SOMETHING TO DREAD, TO HATE?', if you're lucky. AND NICE TO ME...tomorrow~!!

2 comments:

Artist said...

I wonder why you are so angry. I have been angry too but for different reasons. I do not want to hurt anyone. I am just looking for understanding others who are different from me. I am also wishing for them to understand me. Are you angry? Why?

The Localmalcontent said...

According to my careful prosthesis, you have 'I trouble', Artist.

Five of your six sentences in response begin with "I". And not one of them, nor all them combined have a thing to do with my post.

I hope you find your understanding..... elsewhere!