For the past few years, we’ve had an on-again, off-again exchange in these pages with Brothawolf (BW). We finally ended it because BW finally admitted that he had no real arguments to put up against our hypothesis that America is no longer a country that harbors racist sentiment against black people. Instead he’d merely been trolling us.
During all our exchanges, we made the following howlingly obvious point many times: If someone has a strong, persuasive argument to make against something, he… uses it.
He doesn’t retreat to insults, invective, or whining about the tone we might use to make our arguments, or… trolling. He doesn’t do that because he doesn’t have to. He uses the strong argument(s) because… he can. Because it’s (they’re) available to him. Because he’s aware of it (them).
If, however, he’s got nothing, then he’s reduced to… trolling. As here, for example. In that linked post, BW admitted that he’d been derailing the subject all along — that he’d been trolling.
Well, again, someone with a strong argument on his side has no reason to engage in this type of silly behavior, because, again, he doesn’t have to to make his point(s). Furthermore, someone with a strong argument on his side, has a powerful incentive not to troll, not to derail, not to do anything that might distract from the points he makes.
Here’s the deeper point: BW’s admission made me question all the other posts he’d made on our blog that just seemed outlandishly stupid, or thick, or repetitive, or idiotic, or more ignorant than usual… and I had to admit that there were very, very many such posts.
These were posts whose assertions, for example, we’d just responded to very recently. Or posts that brought up ridiculously off-topic, irrelevancies — Ex.: BW asked me once if I were part of a cult, then when I didn’t respond immediately, he said that my non-response indicated that I was. Things like that, that are so stupid, so brainless, so irrelevant that one has to question whether such a thing is posted in good faith.
It turns out it wasn’t.
Here’s where I have a confession to make: I am naive. I am trusting. I operate under the assumption — our Primary Assumption here — that a person sincerely believes what he or she posts in these pages. We all, here at our small but increasingly influential think tank, operate under that same assumption.
It requires quite a lot to shake us of that assumption, because we believe in it. We believe that (1) we must operate under the responsibilities that it implies — only posting what we sincerely believe to be true — and that (2) it’s important to extend the common courtesy of the Primary Assumption to all who come here to interact with us.
Brothawolf shook us of our assumption with his two-part admission. Part 1: He’s a troll. He admitted it, and we have no reason to doubt his word. Especially since that admission clears up a lot of mystery surrounding what he’s posted in the recent and in the not so recent past, which, as mentioned, was frequently so astonishingly stupid or irrelevant, that it made us question our cherished Primary Assumption. Part 2 of BW’s admission: BW concedes that our points were right all along. It’s the only conclusion that can be derived from Part 1.
Again, to repeat the obvious: if someone has a compelling argument to bring to bear against an argument, he… uses it. There’s no getting away from that ironclad truth.
Now, here’s what we here call our Primary Commandment: Attack the thought or the post, never the person.
Brothawolf made us violate that one too. In a recent post, we admitted that we were “taking off the gloves,” that we were no longer going to stand for BW’s insults and libels questioning our sanity and characters, that we were going to give right back as well as he gave. And we did. We’re not proud of it, but we’ve always said that we reserve the right to go low if the other person, despite, repeated admonitions to cut it out, continues to go low himself.
Going low was always Brothawolf’s modus operandi, so we did it too, and…
Oddly enough it worked!
As soon as we started trading insult for insult, BW stopped whining about our tone! Nearly immediately he said he was no longer offended, that his feelings were no longer hurt, that he was over it all. The meaner we got, the less offended he became!
I think he was shocked that we’d adopt such a tone in the first place. However, in so doing, BW made another admission: he admitted he finally understood what we meant when we told him that we were never offended by his insults. Because we never were.
He’d say such outlandishly stupid things about us — we’re “psychopaths,” and “crazy,” and “racists,” and all the rest, not knowing that if he wants these things to land, he has to make them at least a tiny bit credible.
Stated more frankly, to try to turn a bunch of people who wouldn’t, and have never, hurt a fly into psychopaths, and Nazis, and fascists, and racists, and crazy people lacks any possibility of credibility.
In the last few dozen or so posts and comments, we’ve taught Brothawolf quite a lot, and just as importantly, he’s admitted to quite a lot!
In all our interactions, BW had an overarching goal, that he admitted openly: through his sparkling logic and repartée he was going to force us here to slip up, and through some glaring faux pas, show everyone what racists we are. We often told BW that was a fool’s game… for the simple reason that we’re not racists.
However, from that point on, Brothawolf himself admitted #1 to being a racist himself, #2 to being a troll, and #3 to being a liar. Finally, #4: despite numerous opportunities to redeem himself, BW stuck by his endorsement of a friend’s post fantasizing about the violent death of all white people on the planet.
Well, we need no further convincing. Brothawolf: we accept your admission that we’ve been right all along!
Now, we challenge you to rid yourself of your racism. There are overt steps you can take to do this:
- On your blog, repudiate the post that your friend wrote fantasizing about the violent death of all white people.
- If you’re unable to bring yourself to denounce and renounce black racism, then at least renounce your own racism, and renounce the racism of all people of all races.
- The evidence is now overwhelming that the Covington High School kids were innocent of any wrongdoing in the recent incident in Washington, D.C. It would be a nice gesture if you were to admit that you were wrong, and if you were to apologize for defaming them.
- You could apologize to us here, whom you’ve called many scurrilous names, as well as having questioned out intelligence, our sanity, our education, our characters and our morals. You did nothing but attack us here, leaving our ideas and thoughts unscathed. We don’t really need your apology, because none of us was ever offended by your calumnies… such an apology would be for you, and for your own redemption.
Those steps would represent a good start.
BW: it won’t be easy for you to get rid of your racism. By now, at your more advanced age, you certainly love it, are attached to it, it’s a part of your identity as a person. The problem is that racism is part of the identity of a bad person. In getting rid of it, you’ll immediately improve yourself as a person, and that would be a grand thing indeed.