I am not a fan of racism, but I am getting concerned about the popularity of (literally) attacking racism.
To be real, I think that acts of racism should be punishable, but I’m VERY against the notion of racist opinions being punishable. Especially if those thoughts aren’t promoting action.
It’s a very bad idea to punished for our thoughts. That is the death of democracy and the foothold of tyranny. If someone doesn’t like Black people, he/she should be free enough to express their honest opinions on the matter. Making it illegal isn’t going to stop the mindset. It only makes it harder to deal with it out in the open.
What we say or share in public should fall within community standards, but not legal jurisdiction, unless, of course, that sharing falls within the scope of hate crimes. Any White person should be able to say “I just don’t like Black people” and keep his job. However, “Those gang-banger-looking thugs need a noose” is a different story.
That’s why I’m so against the satire of “punching nazis.” It’s promoting violence regardless of justification or rationale. It’s racist because the targets tend to be White, and most of the people promoting it knows practically nothing about Nazism. Which means if we merely think someone is a nazi, we feel okay to dehumanize that person, and in turn, enjoy inflicting pain on him/her. We become the extremist.