2022-03-07 – This weekend I read a defense of the acronym BIPOC. This term is not new, but I was surprised by the usage, so I looked it up. It stands for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. I stand with oppressed people, but I wonder about the need for the acronyms.
The same is true of LGBTQIA2S+. It stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Two-Spirit, etc. I stand with nonconforming people, too, but I wonder for the need for acronyms.
When I looked this up, I was told that these initialism are affirming of the diverse identities of all these groups. I have some question about that.
Although I am not part of these particular group identities, I am apparently part of the Judeo-Christian culture. I am not affirmed by this.
The folks who use this term are, for the most part, neither Judeo, nor Christian in any inviting sense. The folks who use this term are mainly interested in erasing the Judeo part—apparently because they erased the Christian part in their own hearts eons ago.
So I’m not affirmed.
Folks who use BIPOC and/or LGBTQIA2S+ don’t mean to eradicate each other. They mean to be inclusive without erasure. So that’s better than Judeo-Christian. But I still find it hard to see how someone is affirmed by being identified with a string of initials.
I want my identity to be spelled out in full. And accepted as fully human on my own.
Nevertheless. My rule is to call people whatever they want to be called. I honor you by calling you whatever you want to be called. But I’ll bet that you’ll have a hard time finding anyone who wants to be called Judeo-Christian.
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I think the lyrics of John Lennon’s Imagine can be interpreted as a critique of the things that divide us, as well as a statement in support of thinking independently:
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one