When People Mistake Deliberate Media Omissions For Established Social Consciousness | The Case for Redskins, and Matthew McConaughey

In his recent interview with GQ magazine, Matthew McConaughey said:

What interests me is how quickly [the Washington Redskins] got pushed into the social consciousness. We were all fine with it since the 1930s, and all of a sudden we go, ‘No, gotta change it’? It seems like when the first levee breaks, everybody gets on board […] I love the emblem. I dig it. It gives me a little fire and some oomph. But now that it’s in the court of public opinion, it’s going to change. I wish it wouldn’t, but it will.” Read the full interview here | Just Keep McConaugheying – GQ

A common mistake many of us do (often placing judgment within the confinements of our own space, experience, group, “kind”) is confusing deliberate omissions in the mass media -or in our own group- of significant ongoing sociopolitical issues (especially when they refer to minorities or repressed groups like women etc.). These omissions after a while become part of the majority’s consciousness, and then, as Mr. McConaughey pointed out, they indeed become, when they are no longer omitted, a novelty, a rupture if you will, an anomaly in that false consciousness, which is now “unreasonably” and “non-sensically” disturbed.

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