It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s America, offended!
The thing about feelings is they are very biased. I could say “Hi” to one person, and in the same tone say “Hi” to someone else. Depending on their feelings, how their day is going, and their perception of me – one could be offended and the other over joyous to see me.
I believe that teacher genuinely thought that clock was a bomb. However, I think they thought that because of racial stereotypes developed by our country. That does not invalidate the fear.
Ever see a dog cower away from all men because his experience with one man was abusive? The dog is judging all men by his experience with a few.
We live in a world where you can’t carry a bottle of shampoo from one state to another on a plane. Fingernail file is treated as a weapon, now. We have armed security standing guard at schools. You can’t even carry a backpack because we are made to be afraid. You walk through metal detectors just to get to your class. Half way across the world, parents strap bombs to their children, and send them out to die; and this is plastered all over our media.
So why are we questioning something she’s been conditioned to fear?
In a civilized society, racial stereotypes would probably develop less often. In a cultured society, they probably wouldn’t develop at all.
The only thing that will change this is personal relationships and celebration of culture. Turn off the tv. Travel. Meet people. Stop being offended.
Unicorns, Conspiracy theories, and Confederate Flags… Oh my!
Toto, I don’t think we are in Kansas anymore.
I started this conversation with my pole dancing instructor the other day (wait, what… Anyways), and so my mind was already in the mindset to explain how I feel…
So following suit, here is the next long rant:
The media blew up with opinions on the confederate flag, and then after that, a conspiracy theory was presented as a cover up scandal.
<Sarcasm is about to be used> What if this sudden media awareness brought to the TPP law was just another government cover up to another huge government scam and we are just falling victim to this “leaked truth” that we all were so very blind to while the man behind the current event pulls the lever on the next magical leak……. Oh, the conspiracy!
If you can find it on Google, then the word “secretive” should probably not be used as the definition of the law… But not the point.
Please know I jest in love (and also because I use sarcasm to cover up that I am an asshole…)
There are a million important causes and changes all happening all the time.
First off: Balance.
Secondly, know that change starts with yourself, by leading by example, and then showing (by example) how your actions are truly the way of the light.
Finally, you as the individual have to choose which of these causes are the most important to you, and then from there dedicate your time to those causes. It is not for you to decide or belittle or devalue the causes others choose as their priority.
Following this process you will then influence those around you, that will influence those around them, that will influence those around them that will… You get the picture.
(The following is not a dick joke) Eventually that influence that started with YOU will grow to influence members of the government (who have already have been working on their own mass local influences) to make choices. (Note that I did not say good or bad choices)
We can’t face this big scary government if we keep trying to make it out to be this big scary government.
Mr. Government is actually millions of individuals making choices that they think are best – whether selfishly or sacrificially – and once we put faces and hearts to that, we now open up for influencing (again, by leading by example.)
The sculptor chips away one small piece at a time to reveal the beauty underneath.
Also, I liked some points in this persons thought process here: “Back to the Confederate flag…one problem that thickens the mud is that people can’t respect perspective and it becomes a double-standard. The people demanding that the flag be removed are making assumptions, drawing conclusions upon those assumptions, and then demanding action that supports their conclusion. They see hate, slavery support, etc. But they aren’t respecting the flag-flyer’s perspective as to why the flag is flying, what it means to them, etc. But now we have the media repeatedly blasting images and videos of ONLY the racist flag-fliers, which creates a mass identity in peoples’ minds (including those who are ignorant to the flag’s origin), gives the bandwagon some momentum, and makes the politician and business owner’s butts pucker. The public pays their bills, so they have no choice but to play the PC card or else suffer accusations, persecution, creation of guilt, etc. That’s the illogical logic of it all. This country wasn’t created with unicorns and rainbows. Some of yesterday’s actions aren’t acceptable by today’s standards. But that was yesterday, and we live in today. I don’t feel guilty about what this country did “then” because I wasn’t alive “then”. It’s all history and thats where I leave it. Can’t change it, can’t bury it.”