Black people love the Trayvon Martin case. I got a huge spike of traffic in the initial flurry about two weeks ago, and another with the arrest. As a result I have more commenters, a few polite ones at first, and now some more nasty ones.
It has been recommended I ban them. I don’t want to do that because I get banned everywhere- there are white nationalist sites that ban me. My feeling is, say what you want. I don’t have a narrative to manage, like Ta-Nehisi Coates. I’m thinking out loud. I’m not afraid of the truth, and I’m not afraid of lies either.
The thing is some people follow the leftist custom of insulting anyone who disagrees with them. It’s a time-honored tradition, but let me explain how insults work.
First the person being insulted has to care. They need to have face to gain or lose. Praised, they feel good and become more important; criticized or shamed, they feel bad and become less important. This is an anonymous blog devoted to my own personal weirdness. If people love it and agree with me, I get a little warm fuzzy feeling, but I can’t tangibly benefit from it. If people hate it and me, well, being hated by people I don’t know, who don’t know me and who I will never meet does not really bother me. Leftists have one basic argument- “If you disagree with me you are evil.” Yeah, I’m evil. I figured that out a long time ago.
Insults and threats require a real audience, not a pseudo-audience. Leftism is social, not intellectual. That’s why leftist talk radio never took off. The radio is an anonymous venue where disembodied voices talk about ideas and to be truthful, feelings. The host is not anonymous, and may take a lot of social shaming for hosting a conservative show, but he can go right to the edge of respectability and past it a little bit. Rush Limbaugh isn’t welcome in the cooler places- not that I’m saying he’s any kind of intellectual paragon- but he makes way too much money to care.
If you don’t like white people, or conservatives, or crackers, or white nationalists, or rednecks, or whatever label you want to pigeonhole me with, you are welcome to say so. But I bore easily, so if you can, please give me something to think about.