An interesting perspective. The boys and I were talking about Biden's decision to label the massacre of the Armenian Christians a genocide. As I said, I think he was right to do this. But the point was brought up - was it right for that one word to be that important?
That is, notice how everything hung on whether or not a single word was applied to this or not. Not that hanging things on a single word isn't important. That's why we have the right to happiness and not property in the Declaration of Independence. Because haggling over words matters.
But what is it that says calling it genocide makes it somehow more important, or worse, than simply a massacre of over a million human beings? Is that good that we are told being a genocide, meaning there was a particular reason a million humans were killed, is the important thing?
From there, the boys mused about hate crimes and racist crimes and cop killings. They noted that mentality is there in those phrases, in smaller form. In fact, hate crime is merely for individuals what genocide is for larger groups. It's an alarm bell to say 'this killing is in fact worse than that killing', while 'this massacre is worse than that one over there because it was a genocide' is, apparently, proper thinking.
Words do matter. It might also matter why words matter, and that some words matter may not be a good thing. If we're by some stealth manner beginning to sanction the idea, once again, that the killing of certain people is worse than the killing of others, perhaps we're going in the wrong direction.
How did BLM become a thing? Because we decided it's worse if some Americans are killed by police than other Americans killed by police. How? Because we needed the word - racist- attached to make it worse. From there, we now know that to say All Lives Matter can only be a racist tactic, and most certainly wrong. This goes a long way toward suggesting, however subtly, that it isn't as bad when those others are killed by the police. Or that millions of Ukrainians killed isn't as bad because it isn't a real genocide like the Holocaust. Which might be why everyone in the world knows of the Holocaust, and so few know of the Holodomor (which, unlike Holocaust, trips a spelling error here on Blogger).