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Are We Black, Proud and Socialist?

I am definitely looking forward to reading this.

Infidel Books

why did so many black women
White Nights, Black Paradise: A Novel

“Sikivu Hutchinson’s vision of Jonestown, of the real people who left behind despair for what they thought was belief and hope, is a valuable one – her take is the one America hasn’t yet seen.” Susan Straight, author, Between Heaven and Here and Take One Candle, Light a Room

By Sikivu Hutchinson

“Ain’t no white sky daddy gonna save you. Are we Black, proud and socialist? What are we?”

Why did a powerful white man utter these words and why did hundreds of black people, the majority of them black women, follow him to their deaths?

In 1978, Peoples Temple, a multiracial apostolic socialist church once at the forefront of liberal San Francisco politics, self-destructed in a Guyana jungle settlement called Jonestown. Founded by the Reverend Jim Jones, a white Indiana-born misfit and self-proclaimed Marxist, the church became the focal point of social justice…

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New Pope’s Refreshing Agenda…

A new Pope has been chosen and how refreshing it is! Pope Francis, immediately repudiated the way the church and previous Popes responded to church abuses and child molestation, the church’s homophobia, and its stances on the ordination of women, women’s rights, and reproductive rights  Finally, he also recognized on the behalf of the church the toll its anti-contraception stance has had on HIV transmission in the developing world.

OH  WAIT! None of that happened. Shocking!

Snappy Comeback or Logical Fallacy

Have you ever had a conversation where some idiot utters what seems to be the most ignorant or illogical string of syllables that ever the ear did hear? And did after correcting them mildly or not so mildly (as is usually the case with me) did they say something like “if it doesn’t apply let it fly”?

Ugh… Where do I begin? This is not an right response to a criticism or counter argument to a statement you just made in any conversation, at anytime- EVER. This is nothing but logical fallacy launched as a defense to prevent you from having to actually provide logic or evidence to substantiate what you said. It pisses me off that we live in a culture where we are bathed in relativist nonsense and coddled into believing that we are so special that our opinions do not have to be founded upon anything of substance.

You cannot legitimately dismiss someone’s  with this tactic. Even if the subject in question applies to them they still have a right to take issue with a statement or argument you make if they find it flawed. But a person can take issue or be upset by statements that don’t apply to them. Like, you don’t have to be black to be offended by the term “nigger”, or gay to be offended by “faggot”, or a woman to be offended by “bitch”.

So let me give you an example of something that happened to me recently on the book of faces. A “friend” of mine asked a question regarding whether it might be a good idea to legalize prostitution in the U.S. An unfortunate man-child said,” Booty: You have to pay for it one way or another.”

Rage Face Sista

What the hell?

What’s worse is that people actually “liked” the comment. So after pointing out the obvious misogyny of implying that all women are prostitutes and arguing over several comments came that ridiculous statement. I can just picture that moron sitting at his computer with a smug look on his face saying, “take that!”, as he hits enter. Like, “not only will this shut her up but it also rhymes- I rule!”

It won’t shut me up because saying “If it don’t apply let it fly” commits at least a couple logical fallacies. The first is the mind projection fallacy, where the person believes the way they see the world is the way it really is. Like, believing only women who conduct themselves as prostitutes would be bothered by A COMMENT THAT CLEARLY  IMPLIES ALL WOMEN ARE PROSTITUTES. It further extends the non sequitur that was committed by this moron here but is probably present in the argument or statement they made initially. In this case the non sequitur in the previous comment goes something like this:
1) prostitutes are women (that men spend money on)
2) wives, girlfriends, sexual partners, etc are women (that men spend money) on
3 Therefore,  wives, girlfriends, sexual partners, etc are prostitutes

So never mind, for a second that not all prostitutes are women but even if we assume that wives, girlfriends, sexual partners etc, are women that men spend money on  it still doesn’t follow that all women are prostitutes or comparable to prostitutes in any way shape or form. And I would certainly hope that spouses, significant, or platonic friends, etc would not be treated like that by the men in their lives. To suggest that someone gets offended by a statement like that is a prostitute adds an additional category to the previously used logical fallacy (i.e. wives, girlfriends, sexual partners, women who are offended by this argument, etc). And finally it commits the ad hominem fallacy. Now to be clear, calling someone a name or labeling them is not on its own enough to commit an ad hominem. In order to commit the ad hominem, the attack must be offered to  counter the other person’s claim. In this case the person I’m referring to essentially said with his not so witty retort, “if you weren’t a prostitute then your wouldn’t be offended by what was said.”

So this “snappy” comeback loses its snap when you really examine it from a logical perspective. Just remember this post the next time you are confronted with this sort of nonsense, untwist your rage face, dismantle their piss poor logic and declare, ” No I will not let it fly because your poorly reasoned argument doesn’t apply in the first place!” And be sure to really let them have it.

You do not have to walk around calling women bitches and hoes to earn the label or misogynist even though that is precisely what the man in my example implied.

Any Suggestions?

I have a bunch of different ideas I want to cover on this blog but I’m always open to new ideas. What would you like to see me blog about? Do you have any burning questions about science or critical thinking or anything? I can’t say I’m an expert in all subjects but as much as this may be an entertaining or  learning experience for some of you- it’s always  a learning experience for me. 🙂

First Blog

Hello Everyone. This is the first blog I’ve ever written. I’m really excited to start this new adventure and I hope you all will come for the ride. Whats my blog about? Well, I hope to discuss many topics primarily related to skepticism, science, news, and all the weird and exciting things that make reality stranger than fiction. I hope that it will be a source information and entertainment for my readers and a creative outlet for me.

A little about me:

I am a 26 year old  graduate student. I study Neuroscience in the buckle of the Bible Belt, Nashville, TN although I hail from Maryland originally. I am a liberal (gasp), black atheist (double gasp), and those that are acquainted with me know I have an opinion and I’m not afraid to use it. I welcome any questions or topic suggestions from anyone and I will respond as best I can. Any questions you may have about science or the scientific process or atheism are especially welcome, as I often come across misunderstandings concerning both. Cheers!

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