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Lord Lucan
Lord Lucan
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Re: Ice Ice Babies
Sep 14, 2003, 16:09
Right, he has the right to say what he wants, sure. But you need to be careful that you don't spend so much time defending his right to say what he wants that you come across as an apologist for his prejudices. It's important that he (and others who are much worse) are challenged about WHY they are homophobic. Some of your comments made it sound like you see the homophobia in rap thing as a minor issue and you're more interested in the freedom of speech issue. I don't see them as clashing though. What I'm saying is that these 'views' are actually insidious hatred and need to be challenged. I'm not saying he should be banned from saying something, what I AM saying is that it should be challenged and not just brushed aside as some sort of 'cultural difference' which is a total cop-out. After all it's only by challenging these people on their hatred that they're educated about things they didn't know anything about before. Without being made to explain WHY they are using such easy targets unthinkingly they won't change their opinions. Ice-T is a good example of someone who changed his views when he was challenged on them. He said a few years back now that he realised that gay people were the wrong target and didn't deserve to be demonised and he's right. One oppressed community targetting another is not the way forward. That's conservative middle America's divide-and-rule policy in action. The Beasie Boys also put out a public statement a couple of years ago apologising for the homophobia they showed in their early career and disowning it. These things happen because these people are challenged to justify their hatred and are educated to the effect it has. Challenging someone's opinion is NOT the same as saying they shouldn't be ALLOWED to express it. I suspect you agree with all of this anyway, but I think it's important that it be said anyway.
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