Re: BLM, Taking a knee and THAT symbol of racism
Posted: 17:45 30 Jun 2020
Ave_IT wrote:Greenrod wrote: I hope this doesn't happen but when you have an idiot of a Cambridge professor (Priyamvada Gopal) stating publicly 'white lives don't matter' then who knows.
Context matters with any quote - especially a partial quote.What she actually said was "White lives don't matter. As White lives". She went on to expalin :
"Whiteness does not qualify someone to have their life matter; the life matters but not the whiteness".
So you see how FULL quote and in the context of what she was talking about i.e. in response to the banner flown over the Burnley game that said "White lives matter"…… how it actually makes perfect sense.
OK – I accept that she has done it in a deliberately provocative way to make a point by twisting a well-known phrase. But that is just a rhetorical technique that has been used for centuries by philosophers, writers, academics, politicians, journalists & even stand-up comedians. The first part “white lives don’t matter” is calculated to shock & grab the attention of the audience…..…but then pause, before adding the punch-line “As white lives”. The listener then absorbs that all-important caveat as the point is developed further – basically saying the bleedin’ obvious i.e. that any life shouldn’t matter just because of the colour of the skin it happens to be wrapped in because - the life is important not the skin. But if you just said something as bland as that it would have zero impact -hence the word play.
Having said all that – my criticism would be that Twitter is definitely not the place to be doing those sort of things. She’s an idiot to not realise the furore that it would cause as the first four words are immediately seized and gleefully re-tweeted with faux outrage across social media and all the consequences that will have. It’s one thing to do it in a speech, a serious newspaper article or even on a TV political panel show like ‘Question Time’ (even that’s a bit dangerous) - but Twitter? WTF was she thinking?
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She is an idiot full stop, trouble is it seems it is not the done thing to call out BAME as racist against whites - this was an earlier tweet:
'I resist urges to kneecap white men every day'