We need to be challenging this shit now.
I try to be funny in this blog - but this will not be a funny post, I am fucking livid. It's the first time I have every seriously stormed out of anywhere, and the only reason I didn't make my political exit sooner was because it was the leaving drinks for a close friend.
It started out with a discussion, with one character who attempted to keep the peace by the usual ' we all have opinions' bullshit.
Anyway yes, me vs 3 BNP voter types. Happy times. The following opinions were expressed in all seriousness:-
* Black people are behind in evolutionary terms
* Imperialism was good, and only happened because white people were more advanced
* Black Africans are all lazy drunks who can't help themselves which is why they are poor
* Rape is not a women's rights issue, and men are just as vulnerable to rape
* Men rape because they can't help it when they have a hard on, we shouldn't blame them
I'm not going to write any more of what they said. Nor am I going to explain why the above is bullshit as I credit anybody who reads this blog with ownership of at least 1 maybe 2 brain-cells ( I guess I assume you are my friends and I tend to steer clear of racist misogynists wherever possible).
Obviously I got very angry and got into a big row, the other women there who I know don't agree remained quiet, the men with whom the argument was with were actually aggressive and a bit scary, so I don't blame them. They shouted at me for getting angry and kept throwing (hurling or perhaps slinging) the names of loads of 'scholars' or racist theorists or whatever, as a particularly aggressive form of attack. Am just so so angry and disappointed in the world, and like, what the fuck.
It was one of those things whereby even though I feel shaken and annoyed, I think it is important to talk about this stuff, even if it does end in a big argument that I have to walk away from. I doubt I will have changed anyone's mind, but it's better than keeping the peace in those situations. It's better than just sitting and making banal small talk, because people actually believe this crap and it might take a lot of energy but Jesus.
In the end I had to just ignore them and talk to my friends and then leave. I know that is a bit like admitting defeat but I was seriously outnumbered and not getting anywhere. Anyway after 5 days with serious lefties this was a reality check on what probably a disturbing number of people actually think.