If everyone around you says that you’re an asshole, then it might be time for a little bit of introspection.
By being complacent in excusing acts or statements that perpetuate bigotry and other forms of societal oppression, you are tacitly that which you claim to abhor. One does not get to say “I hate black people” and then say “I am not a racist” because the statement “I hate black people” is clearly, in and of itself, racist. One cannot say “I hate homosexual people” and then say “I am not homophobic” because again, that admission of “I hate homosexuals” is in and of itself, homophobic.
So why do we give that same line of logic a permissible out because it is couched in some philosophically futile academic exercise in a debatably egregious manner? Why does academic principle get a free pass from criticism because its nature of origin is something that aligns with your own key principles?
The very nature of academics is to question and challenge established thought. By defending illegitimate and irrational beliefs that are wrapped in a façade of intelligentsia, you’re not being an academic. You’re being an ideological lemming.
On The Californians, the drama always runs deep, especially if you take the 405, dude.