not a victim
not a victim wrote:
When someone says "but X is far from perfect," whatever follows is implied to be a bad thing.
"...but my neighborhood is far from perfect. Many of the old brownstones have been replaced by modern steel and glass high rises." When you read this, do you assume that I do not like modern steel and glass high rises and that I prefer the older housing stock, or do you assume that I am just making a neutral statement about changes in local architecture?
No, I don't think that I am a victim. I do not subscribe the mindset that one has to be a victim to have an opinion. I will feel perfectly free to think the author is a moron despite my own lack of victim status.
What the other poster meant: you (or others like you) play the victim even though you don't have nothing materially to complain about. Like upper-middle class people in my town complaining about $300 car tab increase when their homes have appreciated $300K. It's not about having an opinion but rather equating your grievance with someone whose second-class treatment by society actually has cause for grievance.
Of course, X (the running scene) is far from perfect when it's overwhelmingly white. I can't imagine anyone rationally disputing that - and have yet to hear anyone here do so.
What does the bolded mean? I'm not equating my grievance with anything. I simply read an argument that I think is stupid, and I've said that I think it is stupid.
The fact that running/not running is a matter of preference is the reason that being overwhelmingly white isn't a bad thing. I understand that you disagree with this, but your disagreement does not make it irrational.