…ture wants to protect men with power — no matter what kind of horrible things they say and believe. And as a new generation of “trolls” gets jobs as cops, writers, business owners, or politicians, I predict we’ll see more and more excuses made for people who spout bigotry online. We’ll be told they were young, or that they made a mistake — that they were being “ironic.” We’ll hear over and over again that no one’s life should be ruined over a few comments.
The problem, of course, is that it’s not “a few comments” — it’s a perspective. A way of looking at the world. A perception of privilege and pecking order that permeates everything they think and say. And it stinks.
The people lamenting that others shouldn’t be “ruined” by a few comments don’t want to look at “comments” vs “perspective” because those “comments” mirror their own worldview. All too often, the views and perceptions of the defenders are just as toxic as the dinosaurs they defend.