Remember the difference between the What They Did Conversation and the What They Are Conversation.
Hey, dude. We gotta talk.
You were being kinda insensitive just there when you called me "bro". But it’s all good – we can totally get through this. It’s gonna be fine.
Before we get to the part where it’s fine, though, I want to address the objections I see queuing behind your eyes. Let’s roll.
But I didn’t mean "bro" like that!
That’s cool. I understand that. I believe you because I don’t think you would intentionally make someone that uncomfortable.
The point is, though, you did make someone uncomfortable. Without knowing why. Nothing more is meant by “insensitivity.” You are simply absent the configuration of social senses that would have otherwise averted this confrontation.
This is not a value judgment. This is just the human condition. Everyone’s set up just a little differently.
"This article sucks, because fuck the bigots if they're offended, I'm not going to stoop to asking them nicely to stop being bigots"
"This article's great, and fuck the bigots if they're offended, I'm not going to stoop to asking them nicely to stop being bigots"
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