Why fearlessness in the face of Terrorism is more important than increased security

Terrorism isn’t dangerous because it kills innocent people; it is dangerous because it spreads unfathomable amounts of fear and anguish. In fact, we are more likely to die from our own clothes melting than from a terrorist attack. (Don’t worry I didn’t know either that clothes could melt, let alone that it could lead to death.) And yet, the difference lies in the traumatising violence involved in tragedies such as the one that occurred in London a few weeks ago; in the idea that 4 people were robbed of their lives; that an external force brutally prevented them from achieving their potential and fulfilling their dreams. This trauma leads to a terror that spreads like a social pandemic throughout society; to the point where we psychologically exaggerate the threat of terrorism. To the point where we start thinking not only that terrorists are stronger than us, but also that terrorism itself is an ever present danger that permeates every single facet of our everyday lives.

And this is exactly what terrorists want: for us to fear that we might get shot going to our local supermarket, to a football game, or, incidentally, to visit Big Ben. Simply due to the fact that this societal inflation of the threat of terrorism would lead us to advocate for impossibly restrictive immigration policies and a draconian treatment of foreigners whilst ignoring the obvious fact: that immigrants and refugees are less likely to commit crimes than U.K born citizens. Terrorists want to scare you into hating immigrants, so that they can in turn tell to those that they want to radicalise and indoctrinate: “See how much they despise you? The only option you have, my brothers, is to fight with us”. Every time we are afraid, the terrorists win a battle.

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Quote #10: On the not-so-sad death of Trumpcare

The real issue that Republicans have with Obamacare is not the increases in premiums and deductibles nor that insurance companies are leaving the market; it is that they are ideologically opposed to government-provided Healthcare. But, unfortunately for them, the general population loves the idea of healthcare being a right; which leaves them in a particularly difficult position where they can’t risk simply repealing it, or they would incense their own voters to the point where they’d probably take a bigger L than the Golden State Warriors in the midterm elections. In a sense, the Republican party is in political limbo, divided between those who are reluctantly faithful to their Obamacare and their constituents for the sake of their political careers; and those who are religiously faithful to their ideology and their billionaire donors.

On the “Dear White people” trailer’s extreme backlash

Naturally, as it is with any ethnicity, White people’s attitudes and opinions aren’t uniform, and can’t be generalised. Then again, statements beginning like this are based on the idea that Black people, and other minorities groups can’t say those particular things. In addition, it is important to clarify the fact that these types of assertions are not necessarily accusations of racism; they satirically reveal ignorant and/or insensitive behaviours and stereotypes. Therefore, answering “Not all White people are racist” is very much an off-topic response.

However, even if it is true that you don’t have to be racist to make such inconsiderate remarks; racists undoubtedly do hold such views. And, whether we like it or not, it is important to acknowledge that an alarmingly noticeable amount of Caucasians are racist. Remarks beginning in “Dear White people” are thus not based on the definite assumption that White people are racist, but rather on the substantial probability that White people could be racist.  Moreover, these types of comments serve in essence as a way of checking, of verifying one’s attitude. I.e, if you don’t engage in such behaviour, good for you: you can ignore the underlying seriousness of such remarks and enjoy the humour of it all.

Hypothetically, saying “Dear politicians, stop being so corrupt”, shouldn’t conjure up incensed politicians complaining that “Not all politicians are corrupt”. The fact this that, as corruption is an issue with politicians, racism is an issue with Caucasians; whether or not these issues concern the majority of politicians, or the majority of White people.

As for why Whites can’t say “Dear Black people” without being called racist; this goes back to the most fundamental and yet polarising issue as it pertains to racism: that racism isn’t reciprocal. Why can Black people to Whites what White people can’t say to Blacks? The answer is trivial: races are biologically equal; but social experiences between ethnicities differ. This is especially apparent in this particular instance; as the only reason why Caucasians can’t point out racially insensitive remarks uttered by Black people is that Blacks live in a world where Whites dominate politics, finance, beauty standards, the media and most other facets of society* so much that Blacks know and understand White people too well: it becomes harder for them to have ignorant and racially insensitive opinions of Caucasians. So I don’t think you’d have many ideas for a series called “Dear Black People”, unless you do indeed insert racist viewpoints into it – which is why you’d be called a racist – or state falsehoods throughout. Lack of subject matter, I’m afraid.

What’s comically puzzling to me is the fact that, at a time where people complain about minorities getting “triggered” by “politically incorrect” comments, the same people will be outraged when the comedic arrow changes direction.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LzggK5DRBA

*Relax, I’m not blaming White people for that, so you can stop clenching your firsts now. I’m simply stating a fact; without trying to assess its causes.

Quote #8: On The Donald’s “locker room talk, as 2017’s March for Women approaches

It goes without saying that men tend to make inappropriate, insensitive, and chauvinistic sexual comments about women. However, Trump’s “Grab her by the p***y”comments are far worse. Because as severely uncouth and offensive as men can be when talking about women; men do not joke about sexual assault. And what is even more deplorable in Trump’s case; what makes this comparison a case of false equivalency, is that Trump wasn’t joking.

Quote #7: On the use of calling the media ‘fake’

If you can’t trust official government statistics, or independent statistical services, the outlets most likely to be truthful and objective; you can’t trust anything. Everything becomes distorted; each one of us can make up his or her own facts. As a result, what’s true doesn’t depend on fact anymore, but rather on the opinion that is held by the most people; on the opinion of the one who yells the loudest; or on the opinion of the one with the most influence.

So if Donald Trump can make it seem as though the media’s facts and stats can’t be trusted, he can create a world where everything he does is good for his country; where he can convince his nation that he isn’t the one to blame when things go wrong; or that the majority of Americans love him.