A lot of the time, I can relate to how liberals think since I’m a social liberal myself. But one thing that always seems to be the sticking point is their no-holds-barred view of guns and everything gun related. Case in point, Atrios posted this slam against Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit for wearing which featured an assortment of handguns with the phrase “Celebrate Diversity” below them. There are two versions of the shirt, and from what I can glean, Reynolds wore the black one:
Now, Atrios’s beef is mostly with the slogan itself and the coloring of it on the white shirt, but there’s a liberal mindset here against all things guns:
The caption is “celebrate diversity.” The colors of the caption are commonly used pan-African colors: red, yellow, and green. While, for many, the “joke” (though, I’m not sure why it’s funny) is that here diversity is a diversity of guns. Ha ha. But, look, the clear message here is that the way to celebrate diversity, particularly that pan-African diversity, is to buy a bunch of fucking guns. In other words, celebrate diversity by arming yourself.
Personally, I wouldn’t buy one of these shirts, because I think it’s a dumb shirt (even though I am a gun-owner). But I think Atrios is whining far too much about a dumb shirt, after all, no one is forcing him or anyone else to buy one. and newsflash, it’s a joke t-shirt, it’s meant to make some people laugh and offend people who don’t like guns. But the thing that sticks in my craw is that he doesn’t even get the black joke. Sure, there’s the obvious joke, but there’s also the ribbing at black culture. What I see is a shirt which mocks blacks on two levels:
- First, the “celebrate diversity” slogan and coloring is a jab at the Africa adulation that is so obvious in black culture. I’ve seen hundreds of people wearing shirts with pan-African colors here in the U.S. yet I rarely see photos of actual Africans display this level of racial pride. Explain that disconnect.
- Second, the diversity of guns is a not-so-subtle jab at the underbelly of black ghetto culture, which glorifies guns (and actual violence) way more than the NRA ever has. It’s a mockery of a stereotype that actually rings true in some quarters. Go figure.
So, Atrios, the shirt is a joke. Sure, some WASP gun-owners who buy the shirt aren’t going to get it, but there’s a lot of dumb people in the world. It’s not worth getting worked up over. But I can guarantee you one thing, if a white boy wearing one of these shirts decided to stroll down a sidestreet of Crenshaw, chances are he’d probably get jumped and get his ass beat and robbed. And the shirt wouldn’t have a thing to do with it.
Celebrate that diversity.