By David Futrelle
Sometimes what one says is less important than what one doesn’t say.
I visited the Men’s Rights subreddit today to see what the regulars there were saying about the police killing of George Floyd. Turns out they were saying nothing, nothing at all.
Is the police brutality routinely meted out to black men in this country not a men’s rights issue — one of the very few real men’s rights issues out there? Apparently not. MRAs don’t care about police brutality; they do nothing about prison rape (which mostly affects men). They will rail about “false rape accusations” until the cows come home, but that’s because they can easily see themselves charged with rape.
But police brutality? For the overwhelmingly white Men’s Rights movement in the United States, this is apparently too alien a concept to think about — that is, unless a woman is the villain. (There are several posts up about the white woman who called police on a innocent black birdwatcher in Central Park.) The Men’s Rights subreddit has more than a quarter of a million subscribers; apparently, not one of them thinks Floyd’s killing is worth bringing up as a men’s rights issue. (Either that or the subreddit’s mods have been deleting threads on the topic, for what reason I cannot imagine.)
Meanwhile, the only mention of Floyd in the Men Going Their Own Way subreddit is a copy-pasted racist diatribe from Rush Limbaugh on how whites aren’t “permitted” to be victims any more, just black people
Amazing job, guys.
EDITED TO ADD: I added the bit about the Central Park case.
UPDATE, Saturday afternoon: After nights of protests and non-stop coverage of the Floyd case on cable news, the Men’s Rights Redditors have finally started discussing the subject. A little late, bros.
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