Happy 2nd Birthday to Stupid Bad Memes! I can’t believe we’ve been around the Sun twice and I’m still doing this!
First, a gripe about spelling: in this context, the word is properly spelled “losing“. Not “loosing”. It’s actually easier to spell it correctly. You have to hit one extra keystroke to be wrong.
Here’s a fresh-off-the-griddle racism pancake for you, served with a side of douchebag (the meme’s author, I mean, although apparently actor R. Lee Ermey is a bit of a douchebag as well). The phrase “goat humper” is a slur often targeted at Arabs. So, if I read this meme correctly, the delightfully sophisticated author believes our nation is being overrun by Arabs (Actual percentage of Americans that are of Arab descent: about 1%). He challenges us to “grow a pair” and act like Americans.
With all due respect, angry Drill Sergeant sir, I already have a pair. My pair and I don’t want to act like the kind of American you’re talking about. I don’t want to be an angry, bitter bigot, in other words. Yes, that’s what we’re talking about…bigotry. Let’s just go ahead and acknowledge it: this meme is one steaming heap of racist, bigoted, hate-filled, spiteful, ugly, paranoid nastiness.
At least the meme’s author acknowledges that his message will be perceived as racist. I’m not sure whether he deserves credit for that acknowledgement. He’s not actually owning the racist mantle, but he has essentially declared war on tolerance.
I would love to have a conversation with the person that made this meme, or with somebody that agrees with it, because i have a couple of questions.
- Just to make sure: when you say “goat humpers”, are you referring to Arabs? I want to understand which brand of ignorant, hateful racism you’re spouting.
- In what way are we losing (one “O”) the United States of America to Arabs, considering that Arab descendants make up a tiny percentage of Americans in general and have very little representation in local, state, or federal government? (And before you even say it, no…President Obama is not a Muslim – just in case you’re conflating Muslims with Arabs – nor is he from Kenya. And his Kenyan heritage on his father’s side does not make him an Arab, since Kenya is not considered an Arab nation.)
- In your opinion, what exactly does acting “like Americans” entail? It sounds like you’re calling for some sort of ethnic genocide. We’ve done something like that before, and it’s a sad chapter in our nation’s history. Maybe we could try something new. You know, something like tolerance and understanding. We talk about liberty and justice for all – and those are lofty ideals; now let’s stop poisoning the well and strive to implement them in real life.
- Do you even care how others might feel about this meme? Stop and think about it: What if a good, law-abiding Arab American citizen came across this meme on your Facebook wall. How would it make that person feel? Does it bother you at all that you might be making other people uncomfortable, perhaps a bit frightened? Is that what you think a real American should do? Or is your mind poisoned by the notion that every man is an island who shouldn’t be affected by the words, ideas, and actions of others? Are you one of those “It’s not my fault if you’re offended” jerks? Yeah, you are. I can tell.
Look, if you want to be a jerk, I can’t stop you (obviously). But I can rebuke you, and I shall. Because you know what? Your sentiments are not those of an American patriot, buttercup. They are the thoughts of a person consumed by bigotry. It’s not the “goat humpers” that have no place in America; it’s people like you. I suggest you have a Scroogian turnaround double-quick, or else find a lonely island to inhabit by yourself. There you can be just as racist and hateful as you want to be, and nobody else has to read or hear about it. It’s a win-win.