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You Gotta Fight for Your Right to F%@k Up
Freedom Essays

You Gotta Fight for Your Right to F%@k Up

The most important—and nebulous—freedom that’s up for grabs in 2016 and beyond is this: the freedom not to be the exemplar of your race, gender, sexual orientation, political affiliation, hair color, height, gluten sensitivity, etc. In other words, the freedom to fuck up and not have it cost the rest of your peer group. The Jackie Robinson Story is being replayed, in a hundred huge and a thousand tiny ways, every single day in this country. A black person or a woman or a gay person or a transgender person or a poor person or a Muslim—if one of them stumbles in any attempt? If they misspeak or act impulsively or otherwise royally screw up? That error is applied to the entirety of their population. If they fail? That failure sets their entire group back a dozen steps. “See how that one woman got emotional? It’s how they all are.” “See how that one Muslim guy went on a rampage? They’re all ready to pounce, just like that.” “Check out this one redneck and his backward,…