There’s a lot of denouncing going on, and a lot of people calling for other people to denounce things. Apparently if you are a member of any group, ethnicity or political party where someone else in that group has done something bad, if you don’t denounce them, you are personally responsible for everything they do or have done.
First there was a call for Black Lives Matters protestors to denounce violence against police officers. Then there was a call for moderate muslims to denounce Islamic extremism and terrorism. Then there was a call for Christians to denounce Christian extremist Planned Parenthood attackers. And now we have American Republicans calling on other Republicans to denounce Donald Trump for denouncing Muslims. Everyone is denouncing everyone.
I want in.
For the record, I denounce Donald Trump, and anyone who advocates for abandoning the values that make America great, in the name of fear of Islamic terrorism. As a Christian, I also denounce Christian extremists and their violent acts.
I also denounce Republicans who don’t denounce Donald Trump. I denounce Republicans who don’t denounce torture. For the record, I also denounce torture.
I don’t just denounce Americans. I denounce David Cameron for
implying stating that anyone opposing the bombing of Syria is a terrorist sympathiser. I also denounce some of Jeremy Corbyn’s followers for demonising and denouncing Labour MPs who voted in favour of the bombing.
I denounce terrorists. I denounce those who imply all Muslims are terrorists and I denounce all those a little too quick to label people Islamophobes when they are worried about Islamic extremism. I denounce Islamic extremism.
I denounce anyone who takes a joke too far.
Despite all my denunciations so far, I worry though that I haven’t disassociated myself enough from others who share attributes with me. As an middle class, white, American male, identity politics demand I go further with my denouncements:
I denounce anyone who does not vote. I denounce anyone who votes contrary to the way I think they should vote.
I denounce people who don’t follow the news, yet have opinions about everything. Ironically I also denounce people who watch too much news, if it is Fox News.
I denounce people who use Facebook to lecture other people on Facebook about politics, terrorism, guns and immigration.
I denounce people on Facebook who are oblivious to the problems of politics, terrorism, guns and immigration.
I denounce idiotic arguments about how the problem with America is not enough guns. If you have a gun, I denounce you, but politely.
I denounce those with immigrant backgrounds complaining about immigration to their country. I also denounce those who think people concerned about too much immigration are automatically bigots.
I denounce Americans who watch too much TV. Especially CSI, I denounce that show for being so inexplicably popular.
I denounce Americans who do that thing where they bend their baseball cap brims into that semi-oval shape. Why do they do that? I denounce baseball.
I denounce Americans who wear Abercrombie and Fitch clothing. I particularly denounce Abercrombie, I don’t like him. I’m okay with Fitch.
I denounce British people, especially Guardian readers, who denounce all Americans for the actions of gun nuts and/or Donald Trump. I denounce anyone who denounces all people for the actions of a few, or in this case, of one person.
I also denounce those who denounce others too easily, and I denounce those who don’t denounce others quickly enough. I believe in just the right amount of denouncement. I’ve got the balance right, if you don’t, I denounce you.
Thank you for reading this. I denounce rude people.