Unless you have been living underneath a rock you cannot have missed the whole debate about sensitivity. Some dark side of the internet is trying to convince us that people nowadays are too sensitive. Obviously I have an opinion on the matter so be sure to read on.
Have we become too sensitive? Or are we just now realizing how messed up society is? Those jokes you like to make that downgrade women? Yeah, those are not funny they are sexist. Or what about those comments on black people? Yeah, they are racist. I do not care if you were raised in an environment where they allowed you to be a bigot. If someone calls you out on your behavior I am willing to bet that 9 out of 10 times you were wrong.
I think it is important for us to realize that simply because we have been doing something for a long time does not mean that it is not wrong. I mean lets think back on slavery… Thank God we moved past that! So when you joke about people of colour or about locker room talk, do not think this is okay. I am not sensitive for pointing out to you that you are wrong. You are a bully for making the remarks you have made.
Sexual assault is not funny. Racism is not funny. Your words have actions. If you need to bring others down in order for you to feel significant then may I suggest therapy? You should not aspire to bring others down. Or feel accomplished after bringing somebody else down. I am glad that I am sensitive because it means that I am capable of showing compassion. That I am able to realize how others may hurt and how my words have effect. Everyone fights their own battle so lets try not to kick others down.
It is so easy to dismiss racism when you are white. Just because you do not experience something does not mean it is not there. It is so easy to dismiss sexual assault. But unless you have been in that same situation, you have no right to downgrade victims. You do not understand the pain someone else is going through. You do not get to decide whether you have hurt someone else’s feelings or not. But you do get to decide what words you use and how you use them. Do not make someone else the punchline of your joke.
Right now is not about people being too sensitive, it is about coming together and realizing that everyone is equal and deserves to be treated that way. That everyone deserves to feel safe at all times. That people can overcome their differences and can create something amazing. We were not created for hate, we were created for love. Hate is taught while love comes natural to us. So please understand that just because something is not offensive to you, that does not mean it is not offensive.