Tag: civil discourse

Frederick Douglass and the Answer to Cancel Culture

 

“Liberty is meaningless,” Frederick Douglass once said, “where the right to utter one’s thoughts and opinions has ceased to exist.”

Born a slave in the Antebellum South, Douglass knew a thing or two about freedom and bondage. As a child, Douglass learned to read and write by challenging white schoolboys his age to spelling contests. He lost every time at first, but in time, Douglass leveraged his hard-earned mastery of the English language to not only secure his own freedom, but play a crucial role in the eventual liberation of millions of American slaves.

Fast-forward to 2020. Not only are monuments to Douglass’ likeness in jeopardy from the mob, but so are the characteristics that led to his freedom. Competition, hard work, and rugged individualism—qualities that Douglass personified and which led to his own liberation—are all derided as racially exclusive values of “whiteness.”

A Civil Tongue in Your Head!

 

No, this was not President Trump’s final retort, to Jim Acosta, during the donnybrook in the East Room. But, if you read this little tale, you may find the phase on your lips at socially delicate moments. I report it just as my father tells it. Use with caution, my friends.

A Tale from My Father: The Inquisitive Postmistress

My home township in Pennsylvania had three crossroads villages, each with a general store. Each store had its own personality. The staff was typically small, two or three persons. It would offer canned and dry groceries, plus milk, sodas, and such. I remember the red letter day, in the late 1940’s, when one of them acquired an open top, floor model freezer, and offered, for the first time, Birdseye frozen vegetables.

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Proposed: a 21st Century amplified version of James 3:5-6 — “How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire [and the thumbs are flames], a world of unrighteousness. The tongue [and thumbs are] set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course […]

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“White Nationalist” Is Just Another Word for “Poopyhead”

 

Recently, a member of the Progressive Left called Mike Rowe a “white nationalist.” This greatly clarified for me what “white nationalist” and its cousins “alt-right,” “white supremacist” and “Nazi” mean in contemporary parlance.

They mean nothing. They signify that a Progressive leftist hates you, but the words themselves have no intrinsic meaning. Leftists argue at the level of schoolchildren. Name-calling is their primary technique, and when a leftist (a word with a defined meaning) calls someone a “white nationalist” or “Nazi” it means no more than a six-year-old calling a grown-up a “poopyhead.”

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Does anyone remember that game? It was played with marbles, something we’re losing nowadays, marbles that is. So can I get this off my chest? The national news headlines this evening showed yet another terrorist attack in Paris claimed by ISIS, meant to send a pre-election message as the French prepare to go to the […]

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My least favorite thing about this election – and that’s the cream of a very large crop – has been the increase in polarization of the two parties. More specifically, I don’t like that it has made me feel like I can’t participate in discussions with people I consider my friends because they’ve prejudged any […]

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