Dunno about that. I find it easy to not offend people. I’ve learnt that if I get on a subject that people will be offended by they give little tells in their manner and expression.
That makes me think: I better drop this.
I don’t find it quite that simple. I tend to try and avoid controversial topics that make people uncomfortable in real life; but it’s not like a typical conversation is just me pontificating. I don’t get to dictate the topic. The issue usually comes when someone embarks on a racist rant they expect me to agree with. Especially where there is resistance to changing the subject I’m left with disagreeing, which usually seems to cause offence, or with a kind of passive acceptance which makes me uncomfortable.
Was I not clear? Pretty amazing to me how many smart people there are here in these forums that can't seem to get the simplest of points. Change my mind. Tell me what is better, teaching people how not to offend, or how not to be offended. I choose the later.
Why would this be an either/or proposition? I think teaching children to avoid giving offence unnecessarily and to be thick-skinned when it comes to taking offence are both good ideas.
Antifa is not new at all. Antifa groups are older than I am. They first appeared in the 70s in Germany and Britain and spread to the US in the 80s. All that's new is that the US media seems to have recently picked up on, and become obessesed with, the word, (and comically mispronounce it).
In the US antifa groups traditionally used the term less as well, probably because there was less of a tradition of openly fascist groups in the US. But groups like Anti-Racist Action were just antifa by another name.