Hate Speech—Some Implications

I have to admit— twenty years ago I did not see “cancel culture” coming. I did not see the US President being banned from a social media platform. I did not see censorship of books in print, of cartoons. But sadly, in the name of “protecting” the world from “hate speech,” that’s where we are. I suspect we have only begun to see the tip of the iceberg.

For instance, some may not realize that back in January the San Francisco School Board voted to change the names of 44 different schools. Fortunately the decision has been stalled, but the intent is to eliminate such school names as Abraham Lincoln High School, George Washington High School, Dianne Feinstein Elementary, Roosevelt Middle School, Jefferson Elementary and Alamo Elementary. When I saw those names I thought it an odd list. Here’s the explanation, according to CNN, including one that explains why the current sitting Democrat California US Senator is included:

Lincoln was chosen based on “his treatment of First Nation peoples,” teacher Jeremiah Jeffries told the San Francisco Chronicle in December 2020.
Washington and Jefferson were slaveowners.

Feinstein, a former San Francisco mayor, was listed for reportedly ordering a Confederate flag to be replaced after it was torn down, according to the Sacramento Bee. (CNN)

This movement to expunge American history of names and statues and pictures of people associated in some way with what today’s culture has ruled harmful, is just beginning. The pictures of African-American business innovators, Uncle Ben and Aunt Jemima, have been removed or changed on their product. Why? I guess because they don’t look like African-Americans of today.

And so goes the culture under the iron hand of “hate speech.” That’s why the Washington Redskins is now the Washington Football Team, and their once proud logo that depicted a fierce Indian wearing a headdress, has now become WFT printed in caps on the helmet.

Surprisingly logos such as Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish or the Tampa Bay Buccaneers which also single out a specific group of people as representative of their respective team, have received no criticism. So, practically speaking, logos that identify minorities that have not received the “hate speech” label are OK . . . today. But tomorrow, that could change.

After all, if Diane Feinstein can be reelected to the Senate five times and receive “the most popular votes in any U.S. Senate election in history,” yet still have her name scrubbed from the name of an elementary school in her home state, then clearly the tide can turn on anyone at any time.

Perhaps the ridiculousness of this “hate speech” run amok is best seen in the censorship of six Dr. Seuss titles (they call it “self-censorship, but the media pressure spurred the action) and in the cancellation of a cartoon featuring a skunk, Pepe Le Pew.

The sad thing is, removing books like Huckleberry Finn and Uncle Tom’s Cabin from libraries because they contain the n___ word or because they depict slavery, means we are to deny a great chunk of history—not our own only, but also of the rest of the world. Certainly we should not glorify the stereotypes of old or the evils of the past, but acknowledging them seems vital. How can a people learn from their mistakes if we are never allowed to talk about them?

In addition, how are we to learn that people are not just all evil or all good—as if Abraham Lincoln, who signed into law the Emancipation Proclamation that ended slavery, was a wicked man because of some report that his treatment of Native Americans didn’t meet the 21st Century standards. Was he perfect? Of course not. But he has rightly been celebrated because of his stand against Southern secession and ultimately against slavery.

I haven’t even mentioned the change of rules in the US House of Representatives:

The 117th Congress altered the definition of “relative” to be gender-neutral and succinct. That change, in full:

(3) In clause 8(c)(3) of rule XXIII, strike “father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, first cousin, nephew, niece, husband, wife, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, stepfather, stepmother, stepson, stepdaughter, stepbrother, stepsister, half brother, half sister, grandson, or granddaughter” and insert “parent, child, sibling, parent’s sibling, first cousin, sibling’s child, spouse, parent-in-law, child-in-law, sibling-in-law, stepparent, stepchild, stepsibling, half-sibling, or grandchild” (WUSA9).

Or what about YouTube removing some 30,000 videos created by doctors and health workers who discussed reasons not to receive the Covid vaccine? Apparently it’s “hateful” to think for yourself today.

How many other businesses or books or historical figures will we lose along the way to the far, far left’s dream of a classless, sexless, “woke” society under their control?

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  1. Good post! We just finished St Patrick’s Day and I was actually kind of surprised by all the demeaning stereotypes! I mean, some of the were pretty vile and they were coming from people who would be offended by a school named after Lincoln or Washington. I just mention it because “hate speech” is a very subjective thing. You could not repeat any of those things being applied to the Irish and yet it is culturally accepted, celebrated even.

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  2. No matter what, always think for yourself. Listen, read, observe, research, and listen to your little voice. You were born with common sense, but listening inwardly and listening to what’s around is key. Life experiences are incredible teachers, if we learn from them. **For as long as there have been people on the Earth, or soon after the beginning, disinformation, and getting others to not listen to what they know inwardly, has been the way of things. That’s how Germany and the Soviet Union became back in the day. When we stop listening to what we know inwardly, we give up our freedom. When we give up our freedoms, we weaken as a people, setting up the next generation to political slavery.

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  3. That is a good post Becky that I agree with. It is stupidity at the highest level when you try to eliminate history.

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  4. I saw it coming–and I wasn’t particularly happy about it because if people always want to hear pleasant words that make them happy, then it becomes impossible to have a conversation with them about things that need to be discussed that may not be pleasant.

    If you have to always frame every thought and idea in a specific way–or they can’t tolerate interacting with you–and you aren’t always able to do that–then communication breaks down in a big way.

    It’s also a real pain and an aggravation to continually be called on the carpet with apologies demanded every time you have a conversation with someone–or almost every time. I am so not a fan.

    If people can’t figure out that you mean them well and desire to be on good terms with them without constantly reading ill intent into every interaction they have with you, it becomes this grinding millstone hanging about your neck and dragging you down. There’s a relationship I’ve walked away from because this was happening and I just couldn’t take it any more.

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