You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

By lowededwookie | LowededWookie | 29 Jun 2020


Quick question... Are these two statements the same?

I hate Apple because I don't trust it

and

I hate black people because I don't trust them

If you said "No" then buckle up because it's going to be a bumpy ride.

Both of these are statements of prejudice, and no I don't agree with either statement, I've certainly never stated them. But many people do. But are either of these statements worse than the other? The answer is NO. The question now is WHY?

As I stated both of these statements are prejudicial statements. So we first must look at the definition of "prejudice". For this post I'm only going to use the first definition because it's the one that fits:

prejudice | ˈprɛdʒʊdɪs | noun [mass noun]

   1 preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience: English prejudice against foreigners | [count noun] : deep-rooted class prejudices.

      • dislike, hostility, or unjust behaviour deriving from preconceived and unfounded opinions: accusations of racial prejudice.

While this definition is heavily slanted towards a racial definition the bolded part of that definition is in fact an open ended definition. If you analyse the two statements above you can clearly see they are the same.

So let's look closer. The phrase is basically the same. "It" and "Them" are the same but used because in one statement the object is singular but the second is plural. People think there is a difference in these statements because of the object of their hatred (and let's not pull punches hatred is the correct word to use here). On one hand their hatred is a corporation and on the other hand the hatred is a racial group. In BOTH cases however people are wrong. Apple isn't a singular entity and black people aren't a separate group of people. Here's why.

Let's look at how people define black people. They separate skin colour into different races and yet this is an absurdity. There is no race with "yellow" skin or black skin or white skin or red skin. Genetically speaking every single skin colour on the planet is nothing more than differing levels of Melanin. There is genetically no racial separation. This is a construct of small minded people who - mostly through nationalism or religion - see people who are different to them as being inferior. Literally the only difference between a black person and a white person is the level of Melanin in their skin cells. So on a metaphysical (I'll let you look that word up in your own time) level racism DOES NOT EXIST. How can it exist when genetics proves there is literally no such thing as races. The old saying "There is only one race... the HUMAN race" is the truth and is scientifically proven. So if there is only one race then there cannot be a separation of races and therefore racism DOES NOT EXIST.

This doesn't lessen the struggles people of colour have to endure. In fact if anything it highlights it even more because the fact they have been denigrated and ridiculed and treated so badly is not only bad from a treatment perspective but horrendous when you come to the gross realisation that they have been treated so badly because of a reason that literally doesn't exist.

And so I remind you of the definition of prejudice:

preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience

But what about Apple? Can the hatred shown towards Apple really be compared to racism? Well yeah.

Apple is not a single entity like it's treated as. It's a corporation. As such it's made up of a collection of people. As it turns out that group of people are a diverse bunch. They are made up of people of all genders, people of all colours, people of all persuasions. Therefore any hatred of Apple is really a hatred of these people. To try and belie this with some idea that Apple is a vague, faceless entity is the true definition of prejudice. Remember what that definition is:

preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience

Most people I've met who are anti-Apple have never truly used their products. They claim they have while in reality when you dig down deeper you find they've barely touched them and have always hated them. I've spent my entire working life (27 years) dealing with this attitude. In fact I've also had to deal with this attitude since High School but I have to say it's been the worst in the working world.

There's no real good reason for hating Apple that I've been given. In fact most of the reasons I've been given are lies, made up by people who've never used the platforms, have ties to competitors, and have been spouted off by people not interested in giving Apple products a try. The lies are made up by people who hate corporations for no other reason than they exist and make a tonne of money. That's a stupid reason to hate someone or something. Think about it. Apple has stated what it's doing with regards to privacy, human rights, the environment, etc and yet the people who hate Apple often hate them simply because they are a corporation.

What's the definition of prejudice?

preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience

By dictionary definition the anti-Apple rhetoric IS the same as the racist attitudes people have. Racism is a form of prejudice and the anti-Apple rhetoric is also a form of prejudice.

This world cannot break down barriers easily if they don't know what to attack. The idea that we are different needs to stop. We are fundamentally the same because genetics says so.

Corporations are really no different to companies. They're bigger, more poorly run, and make more money for sure but there really isn't a difference. Apple started with 2 people and grew from there. Microsoft started from 3.

We cannot, we MUST not hate people or corporations by what they appear to be. We MUST hate their actions. And we need to hate not what we THINK they've done but on what they ACTUALLY have done. Most civilised countries have some sort of law saying people are innocent until proven guilty. If you judge someone before they've proved themselves then...

preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience

 


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