Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #718 - Star Trek Discovery and "White Genocide"
Trolls will troll.
I have to say that I was appalled to learn that so-called "alt-right" trolls were criticizing the new Star Trek TV show due September 24th on CBS as "white genocide," claiming that white people are missing from the program as if it committed genocide of white people.
Putting the imprecise term "white people" (because what does that even mean) in the same sentence with "genocide" is problematic anyway.
First, what does it mean to be "white." I like that Ta-Nehisi Coates in his book Between the World and Me referred to this idea as "people who believe themselves to be white," which is an excellent away to frame the concept of racial dilution in our species. Of course, that previous sentence begs the question that there are races at all, because there are not, there's one: human.
Using a term like "white genocide" should remind us of the Holocaust, which is not something we should use to compare to a Star Trek TV show making a cast so diverse that "white" people are under-represented or even missing entirely. Really?
In the future that Star Trek represents in which all beings of various backgrounds from many planets and species all work together in peace and harmony is it a huge surprise that white people, especially white males are under-represented if not missing entirely? Isn't that an obvious possibility of such a future?
And isn't it refreshing to see Star Trek continue to reverse the white colonialism and white supremacy messages of the original series despite its efforts to create one of the most diverse casts of its era and yet still show the great white man using his privilege to "fix" the problems of the non-white peoples he encounters?
I mean, really.
I saw a Twitter message reprinted in the Io9 article that called Star Trej:Discovery "fully SJW converged" because the only "white males are a Vulcan a-hole and a wimpy helmsman."
Okay, what does "SJW converged" even mean? Did this illiterate moron mean "SJW converted"?
And, the comment itself, like so much of the rhetoric of the "alt-right," seems simply a reaction of fear, of being threatened. Why are these champions of the white male alt-right province so threatened by examples of diversity, inclusion, and representation of those not like themselves? This is much like the Hugo Awards battle of two years ago (which has mostly died out) and this outcry (imagine a thousand shrieking babies in a tightly enclosed train station waiting area with bad ventilation) about the SJWs seems like the same type of fear-mongering Hitler used to motivate a nation to massacre the Jews (and other undesirables) and the fear-mongering of the current, so-called "president" of the United States (Cheeto Hitler).
The Alt-Right keeps trying to cast SJW as an insult, much like the defaming of "political correctness," which is just another way of saying kindness or inclusiveness (lack of exclusion).
We need more SJW campaigns in this state of the Hate Nation.
In a real Star Trek future, a crew could exist with no humans at all, or even no white and male humans. I like that idea.
These trolls are too accustomed to their white privilege, and when they think they see it yanked away, they cry like babies whose only means of articulation is that shrieking wail.
Star Trek has always been the pioneer of such ideology, of accepting, peaceful, and advanced civilization.
I believe in the dream.
Now here's a bunch of shares, but hey, up to here, original content by me.
Live long and prosper.
FROM - http://ew.com/tv/2017/06/22/star-trek-discovery-diversity/
Star Trek: Discovery star replies to show's racist critics
Star Trek: Discovery star Sonequa Martin-Green breaks her silence
FROM - http://ew.com/tv/2017/06/21/star-trek-discovery-jason-isaacs-captain-lorca/
Star Trek: Discovery first look at Jason Isaacs as Captain Lorca
FROM - http://ew.com/tv/2017/06/19/star-trek-discovery-premiere-date/
Star Trek: Discovery announces its official premiere date
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- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1706.24 - 10:10
NOTE on time: When I post late, I had been posting at 7:10 a.m. because Google is on Pacific Time, and so this is really 10:10 EDT. However, it still shows up on the blog in Pacific time. So, I am going to start posting at 10:10 a.m. Pacific time, intending this to be 10:10 Eastern time. I know this only matters to me, and to you, Mom. But I am not going back and changing all the 7:10 a.m. times. But I will run this note for a while. Mom, you know that I am posting at 10:10 a.m. often because this is the time of your death.