About 2 weeks ago I received this email:
“Dear Mr. Mac Lethal
My name is Mrs. Francine, I’m a 53 year old high-school music teacher, and I love your YouTube videos. The problem is, I can’t play them for my students because they contain too many bad words. Would you consider making a fast rap video for my students, to inspire them to be great? With no bad words?
p.s. Do you like Mozart?”
Here’s my response, Mrs. Francine!
Oh so many reasons.
1) it equates the anger of the oppressed to the hate of their oppressors.
2) it blames oppressed groups for their oppression. Bigotry doesn’t exist because people hate bigots. It exists because oppressed people oppose it. It exists because of bigots and because of privileged folks being complicit or tacitly condoning systems of oppression.
3) it’s fundamentally untrue. Hatred of oppression doesn’t lead to more hatred; it leads to progress.
4) it is used to attack any attempt by oppressed people to obtain liberation. Point out that something or someone is repulsively racist and all of a sudden you’re “breeding more hate”.
It’s a fundamental misrepresentation of reality that blames victims and excuses fucked up behavior.
Firstly, I would like to say I don’t fully know the context to which the original post was pertaining (or even if it had one). I do like the intent of the person’s answer to the anon, but I don’t fully agree with it either. The way that I read “hate breeds more hate” does equate the hatred of oppressed with that of the oppressor in that the actions provided by such hatred is rooted in non-sensical justification. For instance, there are many forms of retaliation that does not take into consideration the consequences of said retaliation. A simplified example I could think of is looting in presence of riots. Not saying that all looting is rooted in selfish criminal intent to take advantage of a situation, but I would think that such actions with that particular intent are just as oppressive as the actions of hatred that may have prompted the riots. It offers no opportunity for progress and breeds even more loss to those inflicted. By putting both sides of hate in the phrase “hate breeds more hate,” it takes away the negative stigma that is associated with actions based on the intent of progress and justice. In my eyes, actions that offers progress and creates opportunities for a solution to a problem should not be classified under the same definition of “hate”. Hate is a powerful word and produces behavior rooted in illogical and completely fucked up justification. So really, in my opinion, there is some truth into the phrase “hate breed more hate” in how I interpret it.
My interpretation doesn’t, however, take into consideration the misuse of the phrase by oppressors like how the OP explains in #4 of their argument.
straight friend: aw I don’t understand why you’re still single
me: because approximately 8% of the us population identifies under the lgbtq community where 1.1% identifies as lesbian female, 3.5% as bisexual female, 1.7% as gay male, 1.1% as bisexual male, .3% as trans, and .3% as something else, then there’s finding someone who I’m compatible with emotionally, physically, and romantically from less than 8% of the population, and may or may not live near me