My Dad is always first to read my blog posts before I upload them, he reads them through and edits them before telling me his opinion. He did the same for my last post ‘Asking for it’ and when I asked him what he thought he said it was brilliant, which I suppose could be a little biased, but he also mentioned how he’d heard these arguments since he was a kid and that made me think.
I suppose a common thought when it comes to these matters is that we will never really see a change large enough that it thus leads to the eradication of these issues. Let’s take racism for example, could we ever reach a point in society where no one is racist? Racism is purely a social construct. It is the idea that someone is inferior to you purely due to the colour of their skin. It is not based upon scientific research and is in no way, shape or form a proven fact, further emphasising why it makes no sense to me.
However, I do believe we can reach a point where racist views and remarks are so harshly and widely condemned such that having a racist outlook is so outlandishly outdated, it doesn’t make sense to anyone. Replace the word racism with sexism for example and my belief is the same. People cannot think like this forever.
I suppose you could argue it’s quite naive of me to have that opinion or perhaps too hopeful. Rape, homophobia, sexism, racism, all these issues have been around for years and we’ve been hearing the same arguments as to why it’s wrong for years. Yet people are still falling victim to these crimes and acts of discrimination. But that doesn’t mean we haven’t seen any progression over the years.
If you look at what was acceptable on the internet 10 years ago when racial and homophobic slurs were thrown around so flippantly and blackface was the rampant. This was the norm, people accepted and laughed at it which I do not believe makes them all bad people but that would lead me on to the conversation of the toxicity of ‘Cancel Culture’ which is for another day. Humour largely relied on people making offensive and discriminatory jokes, flash forward 10 years or so it’s becoming more widely recognized as unacceptable.
Things are changing, people are becoming less complacent to the injustices we witness online and more and more people are speaking out against it. Social media gives them a platform to call people out and make it known that this is not right, instead of just ignoring it and moving on. So, do I believe we could reach a point where these issues don’t exist anymore? In a perfect world, yes, but we don’t live in a perfect world. However, If we continue to educate our peers, youth, family, and friends, as well as people in positions of political power… perhaps we could.