I recently had a kerfluffle with an Internet liberal feminist, although even though she self-identified as a feminist first and foremost, it could have been with any number of social justice warriors on the far left. I responded to her demand that we as a society do more to recognize and celebrate the contributions that women have made to history and science. I questioned her further and she also agreed that “people of color” and “homosexuals” ought to be equally lauded for what they’ve done for the world. Hey, great, I have no problem with that, we ought to celebrate everyone who makes their mark in the world and helps the planet be a better place to live.
That was, until I asked her what skin color, gender and sexual orientation actually had to do with some of these discoveries. Take Alan Turing for example. He was a brilliant mathematician who became the father of modern computer science. I probably couldn’t be writing this article if it weren’t for Turing. There is no doubt that he was a genius and set the stage for significant improvements and innovations for mankind, but… what did his sexual orientation have to do with his work? What is it about the work he did that couldn’t have been done had he been straight. His homosexuality had absolutely no bearing on his historically significant work. So why do these liberals spend so much time focusing on things that had no impact whatsoever on the ideas, inventions and innovations that we remember them for?
The same can be said of famous black scientists whose scientific accomplishments had fuck all to do with their being black. Or female historical figures whose gender meant nothing to their feats. These people are remembered fondly for their actions, not their genetic attributes. The idea that we have a “Black History Month” or a “Woman’s History Month” or whatever to pay special attention to the skin color or gender of people whose actions had nothing whatsoever to do with their skin color or gender is really quite absurd. When do we get to have a “Mustache History Month” to pay homage to those who were historically notable and just so happened to have a mustache?
Of course, this was right about when she started calling me a racist and a sexist and ran away to be comforted in some feminist “safe space” where she didn’t have to actually think about the absurdity of her belief system. That doesn’t make my questions invalid though. We don’t give special attention to people with blue eyes or big feet, why should we give special attention to people with dark skin or who are attracted to the same gender? You know, for people who proclaim that they want equality for all (even though they clearly don’t), they sure want people on their side to feel special and get extra recognition.
The fact is, history is made by people. Not black people, not white people, not males and not females. It isn’t made by gays or straights. It’s made by people who went out and did something worthwhile. Marie Curie didn’t discover radium because she had a vagina. George Washington Carver didn’t discover amazing things to do with peanuts because he was black. His brilliance came from inside, not from his skin color.
I honestly have no idea why the liberal SJW crowd can’t get this through their tiny little heads. To them, everything is race. Everything is gender. Everything is sexuality. They cannot imagine a world where people are not seen first and foremost for their physical characteristics instead of being acknowledged for their skill and intelligence and ingenuity. That doesn’t matter to them, no matter how many times they pretend that it does. They spend all of their time looking for excuses to blame racism and sexism, to proclaim that there must be discrimination against those who do not perform well instead of just acknowledging that when it comes to merit, you actually have to earn it. These people don’t want to earn anything, they just want to be granted special rights and abilities and recognition because of how they look.
If you want to know the real racists and sexists and bigots, you have to look no further than the social justice warriors in the liberal camp. History isn’t sexist or racist, you liberal morons, you are!