There are some aspects of society and history that people like to ignore
. This sometimes takes the form of political correctness
or even ignoring the existence
. On E2
we should strive to not fly the banner of ignoring hate. You should node hate
s shouldn't have to login
just to present a devil's advocate
view on a controversial subject
. We shouldn't automatically downvote
repulsive ideas. A node that captures the distorted reason of the ignorant should be valued. Node
every horrible thing anyone ever said to you in high school. Node racial humor
, ethnic slurs
, racial generalisms
and famous racist poems like The White Man's Burden
why people thought these things. Node
why people no longer think like this.
Some people feel that we should try to forget horrible ideas. Not only do we prepare to repeat history, but we give evil thoughts and words more power. Currently the word 'nigger' is so potent that books that point out the absurdity of racism by using it get banned in schools. The more we understand the reasons for the derisive use of words the less power they have. Discussion of backwards ideas breaks them down, shunning them makes their current believers more hardened.
Don't be afraid to face the evil of past and present. Be prepared to face the evil of tomorrow. Node hate.