Don't ever be ashamed of revealing your true self—An open letter to Paige Cunningham

Don't ever be ashamed of revealing your true self—An open letter to Paige Cunningham

Apparently, there's a writer at The Washington Post named Paige Cunningham. Her Twitter bio indicates she covers healthcare policy for the paper. This is a tweet she sent out.

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For context, this is the tweet which preceded it.

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Needless to say, the response to the first tweet was not, well, optimal. This is my own response.

After the better part of a day of opprobrium, she felt she needed to tweet this. (Screen captured, in case she deletes it.)

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Oh, Paige, Paige, Paige. I have a degree in English. I have a Master's in Library Science. I write. There really is no nuance to that tweet. It reads exactly as it should read, as a stunning example of upper middle class white privilege. We're not "reading it wrong". We're processing it quite correctly. The fault, dear lady, is not in us, but in you.

And why apologize? Why delete the tweet? If that's how you feel, own it. Be proud of your obtuseness, your utter lack of empathy. We keep telling members of marginalized communities to be proud of who they are, to accept and embrace their identities. Should the same not apply to guttersnipes who feel safe enough to make jokes about people whose lives are being overturned by this regime as well?

You wrote what you meant. And that's fine. What I find laughable and abhorrent is your attempt to distance yourself from words whose plain meaning were quite evident. Not only is it a lie, but it insults the intelligence of everyone who rightly upbraided you. It was bad enough that you wrote what you wrote; adding that we were too stupid to read the meaning correctly adds that proverbial insult to injury.

I'm tired of politically enforced apologies. I'm tired of the vile and the wicked hiding behind weasel words. Admit who you are. Confront who you are. Because that's the only way that a few, a fraction of a few, may realize their own depths, see their dark selves in the mirror, and recognize their own failings. And that's the beginning of the journey to redemption.

Ms. Cunningham: Retract your apology. Post the tweet again. And then stand like and adult and take the consequences. You may learn something about yourself, and the people you so cavalierly dismiss.


UPDATE!!

Well, it seems that the New York Times didn't want to be left behind in clueless white privilege sweepstakes. Eric Lipton had this to say:

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Yes, of course "poor kids" being slaughtered would be tragic, but they didn't have the opportunities ahead of them that the Parkland kids had.

You notice that's a screen capture. He deleted the tweets, after the ratio took on Biblical proportions, then tweeted out this "apology":

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Again with a "sorry if you were offended, you misread my intent, you're a moron" apology.

Really, at this point the only solution is to flood the papers of record with people who aren't ensconced in bubbles of their own making.



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