A frequent response from black liberals/leftists to black conservatives and our advocacy for conservative principles is that whites laugh at us because of this. Seems silly, yes? And, whether it’s true or not, I used to be nonplussed at this assertion.
Why should I care one way or another?
When people laugh derisively at something you say – and tell you that this is what they are doing - they do it with the assumption that this type of laughter will wound you in some way. But what happens if this has no effect on you?
Thinking through the obvious, ridicule is given its power only by the target. On the Internet, if someone throws some scorn my way, I choose my feelings and my response.
For a long time, I’ve realized that derision does almost nothing to my feelings – I was often the target of bullies as a child and, therefore, have developed a certain immunity to it. The small effect it does have on my feelings is that it will fill me with glee. Ridicule mongers are invariably illogical, and I can usually expose it without breaking too much of a sweat. (I might have a small sadistic streak. Pray for me.)
Side note: the interesting part about “whites laughing at us” is the subconscious belief of liberals/leftists that black people are incapable of deductive and inductive reasoning and can only mimic white persons of any political persuasion and only do so for their entertainment – and money.
Human beings instinctively hate being laughed at, being the butt of ridicule. This is a subtle form of pride.
How to become immune to it: become dedicated to the truth over all else, especially if it is an uncomfortable truth.
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"I was often the target of bullies as a child ..."
Same here. And now that I'm older, I appreciate how it made me immune to peer pressure.