Is there a school somewhere which teaches how to make innocent acts “evidence” of guilt?
Criminalising the law-abiding takes some work, as the law-abiding don’t commit crimes, avoid crime venues, avoid criminals, and engage in innocent, law-abiding activities. However, with a bit of imagination, and tweaking the context, all innocent acts can be used to make a person look guilty.
The first part is the innocent act. The second part is how it can be twisted to imply guilt.
1. A man walking with his son = paedophile
2. Woman dressed as a normal woman = prostitute
3. Dowdy woman = lesbian
4. Friendly, social person = drug dealer
5. Unfriendly, asocial person = mentally unbalanced loner
6. Working class person = criminal
7. Black, coloured, ethnic = criminal
8. Muslim, especially young male Muslim = terrorist
9. Irish = terrorist
10. Working class person = gypsy
11. Woman who likes children = paedophile
12. Woman who doesn’t like children = insane
13. Poor people = thieves, insane
14. Elderly = senile
15. Handicapped = mentally challenged even when handicap is physical
16. Ill and dying = welfare scroungers
17. Unemployed = work shy, welfare scroungers, criminal
18. Young people = drug users or dealers
19. Gardener = pot grower
20. Lover of house plants – pot grower and smoker
21. Homeless = alcoholics, drug users, insane
22. Single mothers which include widows and women who have been deserted = promiscuous welfare scroungers
23. Retired person on a pension = the majority of “welfare” recipients, therefore undeserving
24.Dog owner = criminal, drug user
25. Person with gap on their CV due to unemployment = criminal, jail bird
26. Person with qualifications = liar, fraud
27. Person without qualifications = lower class scum
28. Person who dresses smartly = only doing that to fool people, con artist
29. Person who doesn’t dress smartly = lower class scum, gypsy, drug user, criminal, insane
30. Person who drinks = alcoholic
31. Christian = bigot, deluded
32. Jew = every problem in the world is caused by Jews
33. Black = lazy, drug dealer
34. English patriot = Nazi racist
35. White person = racist
36. Feminist = lesbian, communist, man-hater, insane
37. Middle class person = racist
38. Woman virgin = lesbian, man-hater, frigid, mentally abnormal
This is going to be an on-going list as I think of more. Someone is playing the stereotype game, exploiting and reinforcing stereotypes to maximise political and social rifts, the old divide and rule classic. Stereotyping stigmatises an entire group with the actions of a few and can be used as a weapon to justify attacking any member of a group with the implication of criminality and or insanity, where the person is entirely innocent.
Up until recently Western societies had largely shrugged off old-fashioned bigotry, but it seems there are strong forces at work reviving old hatreds and inventing new ones.
We are all being conned and played against each other. We need to resist this toxic trend. It is my dream that the people at the heart of it will be exposed to public view along with their game plan. That is my prayer.