I was wondering how long it would take before the progressive/leftists tightened their screws on those that they’ve claimed to be fighting for, and it actually took a little longer than I thought it would.
I knew that once they had people convinced that so-called “conversion” therapy was ineffective or inherently harmful, even though the success of any psychological therapy is only as effective as the patient wants it to be, that their sights would eventually turn to other imagined or even fallacious targets. And, I have to admit that I was not disappointed.
Donovan Trott, writing at the Huffington Post, submits for evidence his “Open Letter to Gay, White Men,” informing them that, “No, You’re Not Allowed to Have a Racial Preference.” This is interesting, so let’s put on our thinking caps, fire up the fallacy counter, an plow on through.
Let me, on the outset, admit that I am not neutral about this issue, in fact I am a proud, heterosexual, white male and, as a Christian, I believe that homosexuality is not only a sin but is also a disordered human behavior. However, being a rational, freedom loving person, I am willing to let people make their own decisions as long as they are willing to take responsibility for the consequences of their actions. But I also believe that behaviors are not above criticism, especially respectful, concerned criticism. With that out of the way…
Before I begin, I want you to understand that I’m not calling all of you racist. I’ve never been one to throw that word around casually and even though I’m sure there are some that word would fit like a glove, I’m not talking to them. I’m talking to you ― the cisgendered, white, gay men out there who hold no ill will towards minorities (especially black and brown ones) but somehow have never found themselves in bed with one.
First, ewww. Now, notice that Donovan wants to be clear that he’s not calling anyone a racist, he’s just questioning their choice of bed-mates. Considering how small the LGBT population is, as a whole (4-6% of the population) he wants to single out what constitutes probably the largest portion of an already small minority and criticize their sexual preferences. Donovan continues,
You’re good guys, I know this to be true. You mean well when it comes to race relations but, as a white man in… the world, you must admit, you have no clue what it means to be racially discriminated against.
As a result, there are often times when you don’t recognize when your behavior towards people of color veers into problematic territory. As a black man within the gay community, I recognize that [expletive deleted] all the time and have a few points I’d like to discuss with you. I’m not here to judge you. There’s only one capital H-i-m and it’s not me. But you may want to take my words to heart if you’d like to live up to those progressive memes you share on Facebook all the time. (Emphasis added)
1. Donovan is a minority within a minority (black and gay)
2. He has, by choice, limited his outlet for sexual expression
3. He’s complaining because he doesn’t care who he engages sexually with, but has a problem when people don’t choose him
4. He claims to not be judging anyone
5. Yet is judging white, gay men for not wanting to have sex with him
Yeah, uh-huh. He continues,
Let’s start with the epicenter of your problematic behaviors towards my kind: your dating app profile. I know it can be hard to find the right words while expressing your preferences when it comes to what you’re looking for in a partner. Whether you’re looking for “Mr. Right” or “Mr. Yea Daddy Right There” but I can’t help but notice that a lot of you get lost, like… really lost, when it comes to stating your preferences properly. To be clear, you’re allowed to describe the kind of guy you’re looking for and the things that turn you on but specifying the race of your desired partner is a line that is not to be crossed. It comes off as racist and that’s because it is. (Emphasis added)
Wow! He continues,
I should point out that I’ve had this conversation with more than a couple of white gays in person and here is where the debate usually begins, so I’m going to assume that you’re rolling your eyes at me right about now. That’s fine and to make you feel more heard I’ll even repeat the most common point used to counter my argument ― “but people like what they like. Can’t change that.” (Emphasis added)
Just a little more from that paragraph, just to get a little more context,
I’ll put aside the fact that broadcasting your distaste for an entire race, or multiple races, in the year 2017 is really dumb in addition to being racist as [expletive deleted], and just challenge the reasoning here head on.
Alright, what’s the reasoning that is being challenged?
“[People] like what they like. Can’t change that.”
Now, I’m sure that Donovan, as gay as he is, would certainly argue that he likes what he likes, sexually speaking, and he cannot change that. Okay, why is that argument okay for him and not okay for someone else? Why do the people that he’s criticizing have to change? If, and I’m certain that he would argue this, that his sexual preferences are fixed and immutable, is he insisting that others change to fit his. He seems to be refuting such an argument.
But what if Black and Asian men choose to only date other Black and Asian men? Isn’t that racist too?
Good question. Wait for the answer.
There it is: the double standard.
It’s not racist for Blacks or Asians to be racially exclusive, but it is for whites, even though whites, when compared to the global racial profile, are a minority against all other skin colors. So how does he defend this assertion?
Look, all men are created equal but all men are not valued equally, especially in this country. Every Black and Asian man who grew up on this planet grew up surrounded by positive images of whiteness and white men. Therefore, our desire to date within our own race, when we choose to, is not rooted in any assertion made by society that we’re better than anyone else.
With a genetic fallacy and a non sequitur. But wait…
And yes, that includes you rice queens and chocolate chasers too. Fetishizing me is not a compliment, it’s propping up harmful sexual stereotypes and, it too, is racist.
Simply put: you’re damned if you do, and you’re damned if you don’t. There’s no winning with this guy because he’s going to make racially based assumptions about a white guy that does respond to him. THAT’S THE DEFINITION OF RACIST.
Alright, so what have we learned from this?
1. Human sexual preference is, in fact, mutable and can be demanded to change. That refutes the assertion of LGBT advocates.
2. Leftists are not satisfied until they have complete control over people’s lives, including their sexual lives.
3. It’s not racist to be racially exclusive, unless you’re white (special pleading).
There it is: a complete refutation of leftist identity politics, provided rather generously by a leftist.
For my review of the Obergefell decision, see here.
Other bad arguments.