Is the Balkanization of public thought inevitable? Can anything be done about it?
“Who built this country?” One black guy asked another black guy this question. Only black people ask it, and they only ask it of other black people. They normally won’t ask it if any white people are around. The shelter population is 75% black; otherwise I’m pretty sure he’d not have asked it.
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Over the weekend, I very nearly un-Friended a church member on Facebook.
This woman is a pillar of the congregation, exceptionally gifted, and holds several important offices. But she frequents certain web sites that spew forth racial hatred, and she Likes certain items, and they show up in my Timeline. I will never voluntarily expose myself to such material. (Related: Change your diet.) There can be no dialogue with it: even to take it seriously is poisonous to my soul.
The First Amendment will not protect me from it. On the contrary, hate speech is normally protected. As are lies. As is verbal bullying. And heckling.
One can choose, however, what one pays attention to.
Milo Yiannopoulos is a troll.
As likewise are Ann Coulter and Joan Walsh.
There may be no lawful way to silence them, but those persons and organizations (such as Young Republicans) who sponsor them, hire them, and give them gratuitous platforms, may be persuaded that the nation deserves better.
That’s the law.
Accordingly, this speech I just heard a mother direct to her one-year old:
“Shut the fuck up. Yo’ little punk ass always cryin’ an shit.”
First point: Do I have a right to be offended by that? Do I have a right to say it offends me?
Second point: Look at the exact words used. As with many people I meet from day to day, the words they use indicate conclusively that their lives revolve around their privates.
Related: The Word of the Day