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"Egalitarian" Redditor explains why protesting Michael Brown's shooting would be a "gross misuse of the MRM's relatively meager resources."

" The MRM aims towards improving the rights of all men, not small subsets of men."
“The MRM aims towards improving the rights of all men, not small subsets of men.”

I suppose none of us should really be shocked that the death of Michael Brown, a black teenager literally shot in the back reportedly shot six times by a white officer, has caused barely a ripple in the world of the Men’s Rightsers — there are only two small threads on the subject on the Men’s Rights subreddit at the moment, and the only active one is filled with a lot of tut-tutting about “violent” protesters. It’s hardly news that MRAs, almost all of them white men, are more interested in lamenting their own imagined oppression than they are in dealing with the real injustices faced by young men of color.

But I have to admit I was a bit surprised by the callous “logic” in the following, currently the top comment in the only thread devoted to Michael Brown’s death in the FeMRAdebates subreddit:

ZorbaTHut Egalitarian [score hidden] 8 hours ago*  Well, first, homicide may be the leading cause of death among young black men, but it's not the leading cause of death among men. It is certainly a concern, but the good news is that there are many organizations already concerned about it. The MRM aims towards improving the rights of all men, not small subsets of men, and spending a bunch of effort on an issue that is already well-covered would be a gross misuse of the MRM's relatively meager resources.  That said, keep in mind why you've heard about this at all. Michael Brown's murder isn't getting airtime because he was male; it's getting airtime because he was black and because he was killed by a white police officer in a massive show of police power. If he was white and homeless you might have heard a bit about it, but it certainly never would have been discussed by the Tumblrsphere. If he was killed by someone who wasn't a police officer, nobody would give a shit, black or white.  The problem isn't that the MRM is ignoring Michael Brown. The problem is that everyone else ignores all the male murder victims who weren't a black person killed by a white man in power. This problem isn't solved by making even more of a media circus around the one-in-hundred-thousand male murder victim that Jezebel decides to bother with.

“Egalitarianism,” you’re doing it wrong.

The FeMRAdebates subreddit is supposed to be a neutral forum for feminists and MRAs to discuss issues, yet somehow manages to be even more cringe-inducing than the Men’s Rights subreddit.

(Thanks to diehtc0ke on Reddit for pointing out this amazing comment.)

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sparky
sparky
6 years ago

“Yeah, guys, lets not try to do anything about the way black men are overwhelmingly mistreated on this country. So black men are pulled over, arrested, and incarcerated at higher rates than white men. So black men can be shot and killed with apparent impunity. We can’t get involved in this. What are we, some kind of human rights movement, or something?”

/sarcasm.

Sadly, this does not surprise me. If there was even the slightest bit of doubt in my mind that MRAs aren’t completely morally bankrupt wjony assholes and might actually care about men and boys, this just destroyed it.

Fuck the MRM. A man was murdered and the people out on the streets of Ferguson who are peacefully protesting and asking for the justice that Michael Brown deserves are getting shot with rubber bullets and tear gas, and this asshole says its none of their business. FFS.

coffee
coffee
6 years ago

As a woman with a healthy and otherwise perfectly able body, I’d be marching in that protest if I could, tear gas and rubber bullets be damned.

Blue Collar Nerd
Blue Collar Nerd
6 years ago

God forbid a MRA actually do anything for mens rights. I mean, besides blaming women.

tiko72
tiko72
6 years ago

Is that a collective sigh of relief I can hear from the mra’s after reading ZorbaTHuts explanation?

Typical men’s rights activist-

‘Phew. I’ve been panicking for the past couple of days wondering if I was going to be asked to get off my arse and actually do some activism for a genuine men’s issue.Good job it’s been made clear that when something effects white men it effects all men but something that effects black men is a fringe issue.
Any way,back to the hard work of real activism .Types bitch whore cunt slut……….’

Nitram
6 years ago

Wow. So wait, the problem here is that poor oppressed white men wouldn’t get the same air time? Do young, black, shot dead men need to check their privilege? Fucking unbelievable. And I’ve never heard a feminist dismiss any injustice against women of color (or really anyone), as too small to be bothered with and “already well covered” so we’re good! The black ladies have black panthers and NAACP, so they are golden! Let’s get some lunch.

maistrechat
6 years ago
Reply to  Nitram

I find this whole thing especially offensive because Zorba the Hutt’s revenge is my favorite EU novel. (granted, Zorba the Hutt wasn’t presented as a positive character and considering the recent reddit ELS links of Misters supporting the Galactic Empire I shouldn’t be too offended)

(Also, the fact that Zorba the Hutt’s revenge is my favorite EU novel probably reveals something about my relative maturity)

Nothing I’m saying adds too much to this conversation but I got home from work and decided (Deicided?) there were too may partial bottles of vodka in the house and so blaaaahaa

in other news, hi parents! Super secret revelation time: I know you think I don’t know that you know what usernames I use online but I totally do know that you know and while I might care at some point in the future at the moment vodka.

alternatesteve90
6 years ago

@Nitram: Indeed. We feminists may not be 100% perfect, but we as a whole DO genuinely try to address ALL injustices, no matter what they might be. The MRAs? They simply just don’t care about anyone but THEMSELVES.

Lea
Lea
6 years ago

We can do better than this. This is not how we do things.
…or it won’t be.

I don’t want to say “soon”. I want to say “Now”.

How do I make that happen?

mildlymagnificent
6 years ago

a gross misuse of the MRM’s relatively meagre resources

Oh dear. We don’t have money/ staff/ resources. Whatever shall we do?
+ anguished hand-wringing

Maybe, just maybe, do something that costs neither time nor effort nor staff. A header line across all posts on blogs for the next few days with a link to the MOS, moment of silence, and similar events around the country.

Or even a suggestion that readers who do have some cash handy might like to contribute a couple of dollars to Mike Brown’s family for funeral and other expenses. Links easy enough to find for those who look. All they need is the nudge to go looking. Nudges from blog writers are, last I knew, free of any cost to the blog or the writer.

kittehserf MOD
kittehserf MOD
6 years ago

Shorter MRM – we only care about murder victims if they’re men killed by women.

I was thinking that if a female police officer had shot Mike Brown, the MRA scum would have been all over it – their misogyny would probably outweigh their racism.

daintydougal
daintydougal
6 years ago

They don’t want to put off any potential allies. “Well, I was going to get involved in your horribly abusive club, but then I saw that you cared about a black person that one time so I’ll just go back to stormfront.”
God forbid they add to the ‘media circus’ surrounding the racist murder of a teenager.

RAL
RAL
6 years ago

So if the MRM is limited to some “relatively meager resources” does that mean that Paul Elam is about to launch another appeal for funds?

pallygirl
pallygirl
6 years ago

How does anyone other than Paul know what the MRM resources are, meagre or otherwise, when Paul won’t show income and expenditure data?

It’s like he’s the PT Barnum of the MRM and they’re the suckers born every minute.

Also: a lot of activism is close to free. Marching is free if no-one is paying for your time, with some assumptions around organising transport. Writing emails to local politicians is free, assuming sunk cost of internet connection. Tweeting is also free, again assuming sunk cost of internet connection.

Relatively meagre resources is an excuse, not a reason.

GrumpyOldMan
6 years ago

They need to conserve their meager resources so that JudgyBitch can continue to call everyone in sight “whore” without financial distress.

Phoenician in a time of Romans
Phoenician in a time of Romans
6 years ago

cloudiah (citing MRA): Why? I would speculate that it is because drugs and criminal activity are more lucrative and beneficial activities than studying and working hard to leave the environment that way.

Er, no. Firstly they’re making the assumption that it IS possible for a black teen to succeed by “studying and working hard”, which seems increasingly unlikely, especially when you consider that they’re competing for fewer and fewer “pathway out” jobs with desperate white teens from better-resourced school systems.

Secondly, IIRC, it’s been shown that for most drug dealers, the job pays less than the minimum wage, and most have other employment to make it through. Save for a small number, selling drugs is economically just a bit of extra cash – the reasons are social.

daintydougal
daintydougal
6 years ago

@Phoenician in a time of Romans – and anyway, shouldn’t these young entrepreneurs be applauded for getting involved with “lucrative and beneficial activities”?

Obviously drug dealing is a complete red herring and completely irrelevant to this horrible mess, but surely the creation of personal capital is a good thing (to certain people). The hypocrisy is stunning.

Emcube
Emcube
6 years ago

It’s not a mens rights movement. It’s a boys rights movement.

It’s not even that. It’s a Me Monster movement.

Emcube
Emcube
6 years ago

Here’s the full clip btw:

A. Noyd
A. Noyd
6 years ago

Quoted in cloudiah’s comment:

I find it hard to believe that an overwhelming majority of officers make a distinction about who they decide to arrest for the exact same crime. It could be, but I doubt it.

Despite official data from the state showing exactly that very thing. Or the report from the whistleblower talking about how such distinctions were explicitly ordered by higher ups.

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Nitram sez:

And I’ve never heard a feminist dismiss any injustice against women of color (or really anyone)

Maybe you haven’t, but a lot of women of color have. I see them talk about it frequently outside of white-dominated spaces. So we shouldn’t pretend feminists are innocent of this. On the other hand, at least there are intersectional feminists out there.

blahlistic (@blahlistic)

Maybe you haven’t, but a lot of women of color have. I see them talk about it frequently outside of white-dominated spaces. So we shouldn’t pretend feminists are innocent of this.

…I don’t think you can be in this society without picking up some unconscious racism. You have to check yourself. Ok, I had to check myself. I grew up with a bigoted dad and black friends, so I got how unfair it is by age 7 or so, but skin privilege is subtle, not easily gotten.

Skin privilege I had to think about, because as a Caucasian, it’s not easy to see that I have it. I think I was in my mid-30’s when I realized skin privilege probably did something HUGE for me.
I was suspected of trying to pass a felony hot check. This was due to hanging out with the wrong people and being entirely too trusting of them. People go to jail all the time for being around the wrong people, you know?
But the police detectives, both also white, believed I was truthful ( I was ). A person of color likely would not have been believed.

I would have had a much, MUCH harder life with a felony conviction on my record. My skin privilege at work, I think.

LBT
LBT
6 years ago

A. Noyd says it well. My younger brother was a stoner. Once, in a fit of intoxicated stupor, he broke into someone’s apartment, mistaking it for his friend’s and started eating all their food. He was arrested.

This has caused our brother at best, minor difficulty. He’s had no trouble getting hired, he’s catered to by his employer and might get a permanent position, and far as I can tell, all he had to do was spend a night in jail and get chewed out by our parents for bailing him out.

Pretty sure my black friends would not have gotten off that easy. At all. Our brother got dismissed as a harmless drunken fool because he was white.

Octo
Octo
6 years ago

On the other hand, at least there are intersectional feminists out there.

Yes, in feminism intersectionality arose from criticisms *within* the movement. Somehow, I can’t quite see this happening in the MRA “movement”…

Ally S
6 years ago

@A. Noyd

Maybe you haven’t, but a lot of women of color have. I see them talk about it frequently outside of white-dominated spaces. So we shouldn’t pretend feminists are innocent of this. On the other hand, at least there are intersectional feminists out there.

I’ve seen it countless times as well, as a trans WOC. Unfortunately, feminism’s marginalization of WOC still happens today.

blahlistic (@blahlistic)

My brother got away with the sheriff’s deputy seizing (and he thinks smoking) his weed.

…I’m so glad my brother quit, up until he did I worried he was going to end up in serious law trouble.
None of the other little hoodlummy white kids from our trailer park went to jail over possession charges either.
The ones that went to the state pen went over far more spectacularly stupid things.

Lea
Lea
6 years ago

blahlistic,
Your brother too? Mine said the cops would confiscate his weed and let him go. They got free smoke and they told my brother that they knew our stepdad and didn’t want to cause him any embarrassment.

LBT
LBT
6 years ago

Enh, our brother smoked to self-medicate for depression. Thank god he seems to have mostly stopped now; for a while, I was getting pretty worried for his mental health. (I wasn’t so worried about him getting into legal trouble though. If I might speak bluntly, he’s an athletic, handsome, young cis straight white dude in college. I don’t think he could be more privileged if he tried. Well, I guess if there were more money in his life.)

Janet
6 years ago

Did a MRA seriously pull a #notallmen about a very important men’s issue? And how many tropes can that person spew?

Orion
6 years ago

Someone tell Zorba he’s overqualifying. I’m pretty sure it would be news if anyone “was…killed by a… police officer in a massive show of police power.” That said– I’m actually willing to grant him the premise that this wouldn’t be a national story if the victim were white. Even if true, that’s not a bias in reporting, it’s a difference in the actual news value. Black kids being shot is a legitimate, ongoing national story. White kids being shot, less so.

If he were white his death would be important his family and his community. Folks from around there would deserve a chance to pay their respects and learn what happened, so it would certainly run on local news. A white kid being shot might simply be a fluke or a terrible misunderstanding. More likely it would indicate a problem with that town’s police force. That would be news everywhere in the state. People need to know where they are safe (from police) and where they are not (from the fraking police). State officials and politicians need to know about it. But honestly, I would be okay with that staying state-level news. You could tie it into a national story on the military and the DHS and the ridiculous militarization of police across the nation, but that’s the only way it would be nationally relevant.

Because the kid who was shot was black, it’s actually part of an ongoing national news story. I mean, not only is that kind of racism a national disgrace we can’t stop talking about until it goes away, it’s also news in the sense of novel; the situation has gotten a whole lot worse recently all over the nation due to new state laws, new police doctrines, and the like. This death is part of a pattern and the *nation* needs to be informed about the pattern.

But even that misses the point, because the killing isn’t the story, the protest is. I remember seeing links to something about the original story, so obviously there was some national coverage, but by the time I actually clued in to this, the headline wasn’t “policeman shoots innocent boy,” it was “police shoot tears gas and flash grenades at orderly, unarmed protestors.” That’s going to be national news every damn time, and I don’t think it even happens to white folks.

Refuge in Audacity
Refuge in Audacity
6 years ago

While I agree the shooting of Michael Brown was probably grossly inappropriate, the results of the autopsies performed so far indicate that all the bullets hit him in the front, not the back, contradicting the eyewitness accounts and the statements of his family and their lawyer. If I were you I’d correct the part of this article that says he was ‘shot in the back’ – http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/08/18/autopsy-michael-brown-shot-six-times-twice-in-the-head/