Thursday, March 25, 2010

Enough Already!

This is getting just plain ridiculous. Grown adults (and I use that term loosely)can't have a difference of opinion without using racial, ethnic, gender, religious...(wait...no political correctness here please).....without calling someone a nigger or a faggot or whatever else, if they don't agree with you!

Is that the best you can come up with in the heat of the moment when tension and anger is high? Can't control the outcome of an event, so let's just call them names...told them didn't we!....right....proud of yourself?

This kind of nonsense really burns me up. Ok, ok, I know that in the previous blog, I said that minorities need to become more thick-skinned, and find ways to become "players" in the economic sector...show me the money.

And yes, we were taught that "sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me."

But what we saw play out during and after the extremely volatile healthcare reform debate was just plain ugly....and disheartening.

Item: Tea Party protesters calling Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) a nigger.

Item: Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) was spat upon.

Item: Rep.Barney Frank (D-Ma.)-whose policy stances I really don't like- was called a faggot.

Item: Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) had a brick thrown through the front window of her district office.

Item: Phone messages threatening sniper attacks against law makers and their families.

These are just a few incidents, and don't tell me that the same kind of stuff was done while George Bush was in office - yes the vitriol was just as bad, and that's a fact.

But let's get to the core of this stuff - when were we taught that when all else fails, call somebody a name or do damage to their person or property?

And why is it that some white folks have to call black folks “niggers” when they get pissed off? Ok, so not all do, just like not all black folks call white people "honkies" either. But you get my point.

Maybe it's just me. If I think you are an asshole, I don't care what color or ethnicity you are. It doesn't matter, and it's not the first thing that comes to my mind.

So if I disagree with you, no matter how passionate the disagreement, RACE PLAYS NO PART in the argument for me. That's the way I was taught. Thank you Mom and Dad!

Imagine this scene - the family unit (mother, father, sister and baby brother) all go, let's say, to Washington DC, to participate in the democratic process by supporting a particular position on a landmark policy decision.

It can be an exciting time (I've been to a few myself, including a Klan Rally in DC, but that's another story).

Anyway, great experience for the kids - until mom or dad and others start calling people names and spitting on them or exhibiting behavior best suited for demons and monsters in a Stephen King novel.

Well, congratulations! You have just implanted in the young minds of your children that it's all right to act and speak like that because, "if mommy and daddy do it, it must be ok". Not Good.

These children are the “future” of our country. Wow. We think that the education problem in America is huge, what about the “education” they receive at the hands of parents and other “responsible” adults in leadership positions….Please….

We in this country who have so much, have a responsibility to act a whole lot better than what we’ve seen recently. The question is…can we?

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