We want that one deadly sin which will let us revoke a individual’s standing as a worthy of respect dignity, compassion or anything else. It’s the trump card that is moral, the John Wick’s Dog. We can’t be accused of bias or pettiness as long as we’ve got a damn JWD carcass to jiggle in reaction to critics.
How can this apply to youpersonally, a fantastic man? I am getting into that.
We Utilize “Justice” As Cover For All Manner Of Awfulness
“Hold on,” says the hypothetical cynical reader who has been after me from article to article for the last ten decades, “you are using immigration hardliners and police shootings as an example of this shit in action? Those are just caused by racism, dude.”
I really don’t think that is the truth. I think that the reason so many racists can pass an “Are you a racist?” Polygraph test is that they don’t think minorities are because of their color, but instead their supposed criminality. The officer who took Philando Castille because he sat in a car along with his girlfriend and four-year-old daughter stated that he believed he smelled marijuana. Inside his head, this single hint of one minor crime meant anything was justified.
If the driver were a white stoner dude that he wouldn’t have done this never occurs to him — bias always hides behind a zeal for justice. Internet hate the inbox of a woman never floods with no JWD to justify it with death threats. (“She would not be getting these calls in the middle of the night if she hadn’t made fun of us on Twitter!”) And in which a crime doesn’t exist, we’ll extrapolate one. “Obviously I thought my family was in mortal danger when that Mexican man approached the vehicle! After all, if a man will cross the border he will kiss a girl. He has already proven he doesn’t care about the law!”
It’s a totally crazy dual standard, of course — our mistakes are singular cases and in others ‘view of us should influence. (“Only because I whined doesn’t make me a liar!”) Yet it is so enchanting that virtually every hateful asshole you have met in your lifetime has assembled their fetid nightmare of a character upon this very base. They all think their daily cruelty is in reaction to some extreme provocation.