Daniel Peterson wrote:I was very disappointed, in that light, when it became apparent that Mr. Biden had limited his list of possible vice presidential running mates to black women. Not because, as my more deranged critics will hasten to declare, I’m a misogynist who is also opposed to uppity black people daring to exit the plantation.
Just because Peterson utters words like "uppity black people" doesn't mean he's as bad as that sounds. He's mocking his critics for making him out to be that bad.
Of course it's clueless and childishly self-centered of him to think that he can utter phrases like that just to mock his critics. It's not as bad as Midgley's "up the stack" quips, but it's in that direction. Midgley isn't a Nazi and Peterson isn't a white supremacist, but by tossing around blood-drenched phrases so casually, just to make some snarky point about how they are not really Nazis or Klansmen, they betray how grotesquely they fail to appreciate what slavery and the Holocaust were.
And it's especially despicable that they do this as Mormons who will scream sacrilege if anyone dare make light mention of their Temple rituals. They insist on solemn reverence for their Mormon symbols and yet they blithely blaspheme against basic humanity merely to score their little personal points.
Nevertheless. It doesn't make that point, but instead it muffles that point, to castigate Peterson or Midgley in broad terms as "garbage", or cite them in ways that make it sound as if one is dully mistaking their subtler hypocrisy for slavering racism. It helps them get away with what they do—maybe even eggs them on to do it—to play the troll part that they've written for us.
As Most High said, there's enough to criticize. Toning it down—and getting it right—will make the real charges stick better.