“Lefty”

Recently a person who was a republican commented about my posting of the following quote by Bill O’Reilly on my vegan page. I thought it was worth posting the quote because it’s so breath-takingly classist and racist.

Fox New’s Bill O’ Reilly was asked by his Fox news co-host on the 2012 US election night, how the election got so tight. And this was his reply:

O’REILLY:

“Because it’s a changing country, the demographics are changing. It’s not a traditional America anymore. And there are 50 percent of the voting public who want stuff. They want things and who is going to give them things? President Obama. He knows it and he ran on it.

And whereby 20 years ago President Obama would have been roundly defeated by an establishment candidate like Mitt Romney. The white establishment is now the minority. And the voters, many of them, feel that this economic system is stacked against them and they want stuff.You’re going to see a tremendous Hispanic vote for President Obama. Overwhelming for President Obama and women will probably break President Obama’s way. People feel that they are entitled to things and which candidate, between the two, is going to give them things?”

The person who responded to this quote called me a “lefty” and said I was siding with a political party. This was my response to him:

If you notice I commented earlier that this page has no affiliation with any political party. This quote by Bill O’ Reilly was not posted to praise or run down any political party, it is to HIGHLIGHT a deeply entrenched classism and racism within the US, and which also exists in other countries. This attitude permeates many societies but many will deny it exists.

I want to live in a sane society. I want to live in a vegan world. I want to live in a nonviolent and just world — a world which does not “otherise” humans and nonhumans; a world where speciesism, racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, ableism and other forms of discrimination do not exist or at the very least are addressed when they arise . All forms of discrimination are related and cause violence. None of them occur in a vacuum. Where we have one form, we will have all forms. I would hope that every human would want to live in nonviolent and just world. but sadly that’s not the case. I think that makes me human to want to live in a peaceful world free of exploitation. I’m not sure why it has been given the label of “lefty”? If wanting that makes me a “lefty”, what does that say about those who do not have “left” leaning attitudes? It saddens me that everyone does not have this wish. I don’t even know if most people even know what they want today. Those who speak about a vision of how the world could be are often ridiculed. If Gandhi were alive today, he would probably be mocked and smeared and we would not see him on mainstream media, one reason being that nonviolence goes against corporate interests and corporations fund mainstream media.

I address these various forms of discrimination in as many ways as I can. In this case, I seized the opportunity to use this offensive racist classist O’ Reilly quote — which I’m sure Mr. O’Reilly didn’t think was offensive — to highlight an existing –and often times denied– attitude which continues to oppress minorities world-wide.

I live in Australia and I live in the world. Nothing happens in a vacuum. Everything that occurs on this planet indirectly or directly effects us all (whether we realise it or not) since we are all interconnected. Many humans act as if we are not connected. They act as if what happens within these human-made constructed borders (countries), does not effect anyone — human or nonhuman — outside of their borders, but it does. It only takes one person acting badly in a room to ruin the time of most of the rest of the people within that room. The planet is the same. It only takes violence occurring in the form of animal use (which occurs globally), or racism (global) or homophobia (global) or sexism (global) etc, to effect everyone in some way on the planet. The sooner we wake up to the fact that we are not separate from each other the better. This is not a new idea. It’s been around for thousands of years.

So I ask you to please consider what I’m saying and understand that I sometimes use certain current events to highlight a certain form discrimination which causes violence. This page’s primary focus is veganism which is ALL about non-human animals, not us (even though we greatly benefit), but as well as veganism, I also address all other forms of discrimination (human issues) on this page as well to emphasize how “otherisation” is connected and must end. This page is about nonviolence

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