June 22nd, 2020


Word of the Day: Chauvinist

Chauvinist = "a person displaying aggressive or exaggerated patriotism", or "an irrational belief in the superiority or dominance of one's own group or people".

Male chauvinist = misogynist.

What's in a name: that guy who kneeled on George Floyd's neck is named Derek Chauvin.  You have to wonder about his family history.  Did he learn nationalist white supremacist bigotry from a very young age?  Quite possibly.  How many more adults in the U.S. have been indoctrinated in this way?

In the news today: the Minnesota correctional facility where Chauvin is being held kept all the black staff away from them.  Perhaps the facility management was worried that they would kill him?  Revenge would be understandable.  Anyway the black staff is suing, saying that "protection" was discrimination.  The facility's excuse is that it was protecting them from Chauvin.  As if a man in handcuffs is a threat.  It strikes me that the facility is protecting Chauvin from the indignity of being lorded over by black men.  And it occurs to me that that is exactly the punishment he deserves.  The next question then becomes what is the bias of the facility's decisionmaker who initiated the segregation of staff?