"Good lord - the lack of self awareness is incredible."
By way of a forceful Twitter rant last Friday, Vox blogger David Roberts aired his feelings regarding the complacency of stereotypically Trump-supporting American suburbanites to the plight of the roughly 4,000 person migrant caravan approaching the US border. And then he apologized.
But his apology wasn't motivated by remorse for characterizing an entire demographic as heartless, vapid proponents of indifference and cruelty. Rather, Roberts was disheartened to learn he'd been accused of committing the politically incorrect cardinal sin of "shaming" a marginalized group.
Sometimes I think about America's sedentary, heart-diseased, fast-food gobbling, car-addicted suburbanites, sitting watching TV in their suburban castles, casually passing judgment on refugees who have walked 1000s of miles to escape oppression, and ... well, it makes me mad.— David Roberts (@drvox) November 2, 2018
Unleashing a salvo on "
1. OK, a number of people have deemed this tweet Problematic -- have said it "fat shames" and that it unfairly generalizes about suburbanites. So let's talk about it. https://t.co/EEAobimZP2— David Roberts (@drvox) November 3, 2018
5. Indeed, these folks are doing so well that most of their health problems are "diseases of civilization," as they say. They sit around, drive everywhere, watch too much TV, and eat too much fast food -- & so they get clogged arteries & heart disease. (And, yes, obesity.)— David Roberts (@drvox) November 3, 2018
19. In between, there is a vast sea of people like me -- the Half Woke, people who still have some ugly instincts & attitudes buried deep inside as a result of their upbringing, who are struggling to be better, to figure out what decency requires of them in 2018.— David Roberts (@drvox) November 3, 2018
I said something that offended people. We all need to work on me not doing that anymore. https://t.co/cluypGNi9J— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) November 4, 2018
Juan Leon is Pluralist's managing editor. He can be reached @juanemel
Cover image: Vox writer Dave Roberts poses in an image posted to Facebook February 22, 2011. (Screenshot from Facebook.)