Searching the archives of the Baltimore Sun one finds a very well-written article, “Politically Correct Ethnic Bigotry”, by syndicated columnist Garry Willis skillfully dissecting the hypocrisy of liberals who denounce stereotyping and its attendant prejudice.
Of course most all civilized reasonable folks agree with the premise that it’s misguided to pigeonhole individuals of any group based on ethnic or religious presuppositions. The logic used in stereotyping is both converse and irreconcilable and goes something like this:
“A black person committed a serious crime and consequently is rightly seen as a criminal – therefore all black people are criminals.”
Or how about, “Many people of Asiatic descent have had automobile accidents – therefore all Asians are bad drivers.”
Or this, “White people once owned slaves and some treated their slaves badly – therefore all white people are sadistic slave owners.”
Hyperbolic examples to be sure, but such is the reason of stereotyping. In the language of mathematics this brand of converse logic is exemplified by statements like:
“Triangles are polygons therefore if an object is a polygon then it is a triangle, which of course is false. A square is a polygon but it’s not a triangle.”
Conservatives and liberals, typically finding little or no common ground otherwise, have little choice but to cede the folly of such thinking. But acknowledging and applying are worlds apart and in the progressive paradigm of thought and reason there is an undeniable malignancy which manifests itself most pronouncedly in the specter of egregious double-standards.
Take for instance the impetus for Mr. Willis’s column, an article that the editors of the Washington Post printed on its front page which described “…white evangelicals [as] ‘poor, uneducated, and easy to command.’”
Under intense pressure from the ensuing public outrage, Post reporter Michael Weisskopf’s offered a flaccid apology for his piece, “Energized by Pulpit or Passion, the Public Is Calling; ‘Gospel Grapevine’ Displays Strength In Controversy Over Military Gay Ban” saying he had “made an honest mistake” using this description for evangelicals.
However, in the next breath Weisskopf endeavored to justify his characterizations by adding, “I try not to attribute every point in the story if it appears to be universally accepted. You don’t have to say, ‘It’s hot out, according to the weatherman.’”
So in Weisskopf’s purview, it’s a “universally accepted” stereotype that Christians are destitute, ignorant, and gullible. But isn’t this a prime example of converse logic? Aren’t Weisskopf and his brand of secular humanist lefties really saying, “A Christian person was known to be poor, uneducated, and easy to command, therefore all people who are poor, uneducated, and easy to command are Christians?”
Rather intolerant and insensitive for a liberal isn’t it? Wouldn’t people in the non-Christian demographics (like a Muslim for instance) take exception to being labeled “Christian” based on their economic status or lack of higher education?
Like most liberals, who live in a world of myths, lies, and half-truths, Weisskopf pushes the envelope too far with his ludicrous generalization. Of course, a comment such as “like most liberals” might be considered stereotyping as well.
But then as Willis sums up in his fine work: “The critics of multi-culturalism say our modern liberal society is too accepting of every minority. Not really. It depends on the minority.”
This is never truer than when one examines the ethos of supposedly “tolerant” liberal platitudes in contrast to the anti-Christian hate speech they routinely spew at the faithful.
Until next time…
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Editorial note: Although the article in question scrutinized by this examination was written some time ago, February of 1993 to be precise, it is no less accurate today to state that the left in America continues to hypocritically attack Christians, particularly in the mainstream media. See S.E. Cupp’s brilliant expose’ on the subject titled: “Losing our Religion: The Liberal Media’s Attack on Christianity”.