Over the past several years, but even moreso over the past few months, people, and so it seems to me, people on the left side of the aisle, have focused on manufacturing outrage. It seems that anything that doesn’t agree with their narrative is racist, sexist, islamophobuc, or whatever. I read an article the other day where a “transgender feminist” who said people who are attracted to only one gender should be labeled as “transphobic.” In this person’s world view, if you are a straight male, who prefers “women without penises” then you are transphobic.
Okay, let me get this straight. First, women with penises? Last time I checked women don’t have penises. If they did, they would be called men. And if you insist on wearing women’s clothes, then you are what we called confused when I was younger… Second of all, who is this person to call me names because of my preference? We saw a similar occurrence a couple of weeks ago with the Pioneer Woman. She has a cooking show on the Food Network, and she said that her husband preferred hot wings to Asian wings, and the liberal left lost it’s mind and started calling her a racist. Because manufactured outrage.
Which is the entire point of my little missive today. The first point is that something I want people to understand…You cannot give offense. Offense can only be taken. Think about it. If someone tries to offend you, and you choose not to be offended, then there is no offense. But if someone does something, regardless of how innocent (like mentioning that your husband’s tastebuds prefer heat to Asian flavors), and you feel insulted about it, then you pick up that mantle of offense. You take offense.
In other words, the choice to be offended is a choice that the recipient makes. Just like blacks will call each other n-word (I don’t want to garner offense) all the time, but they don’t take any offense to it, but if, for instance, a white police officer shoots a black perpetrator, it is clearly a case of racism. Liberal black people everywhere take offense. But then again, if it turns out that the officer was black (or if they encounter a narrative-breaking black conservative), then that person is not black enough.
Recently, a woman who has been flying a Blue Lives Matter flag for years in honor of her father, a police officer, was sent a letter by her homeowner’s association, requesting her to to take it down, because the flag was “racist, offensive and anti-Black Lives Matter.” This is exactly what I mean by manufactured outrage. Because I am doing something that doesn’t fit the left’s narrative, they feel perfectly justified to start name calling. And what does “anti-Black Lives Matter” mean? You can’t be pro police and pro black people? Not unlike the college dean that said “all lives matter” then was forced to recant it. Because if you think that all lives matter, then you are obviously a racist.
Another recent jewel from the liberal left is that milk is racist. Something about the USDA recommended daily allowance for calcium is for white kids, who have less calcium in their bones than black or Hispanic kids so the allowance is a result of white privilege…Or something. When I first heard it, I thought it was because milk is white and that is racist…But if you prefer chocolate milk, then that is cultural appropriation, and that’s racist too. Man, I wish you could see the epic eye roll that resulted from reading that. You can’t make this stuff up, and I feel the need to wear an Ace bandage and a motorcycle helmet to keep my head from exploding sometimes.
And why is it that the left feels the need to stomp on my rights in order to feel better about themselves? They don’t want me having guns because it makes them feel uncomfortable. They don’t want me to be able to fly a flag because they label it as racist. They want to control what you say, what you do, how you think.
There is another aspect to manufactured outrage. The Urban Dictionary defines manufactured outrage as
A falsified righteous outrage at things that are basically unimportant and meaningless, frequently employed by politicians, political activists, or the media.
The emphasis is that they use manufactured outrage as a distraction from important matters. Like the way the former president surrounded himself with victims of Sandy Hook, using them, in effect, as human shields, while he and the liberal left tried to steal our Second Amendment rights.
I urge people not to give in to manufactured outrage. Keep your sights on the important things, and don’t be distracted by inconsequentials.