Freedom of Speech

Juneteenth
Responding to Reena’s Challenge #140. Going by the dictionary, it is
“a holiday celebrated on 19 June to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people in the US.”
I would take it ahead to celebrate emancipation or liberation of any kind – physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. https://reinventionsreena.wordpress.com/2020/06/18/reenas-exploration-challenge-140/

“Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.”

Toni Morrison, Beloved

I read a very scary statistic. While two thirds of Seniors, like myself, believe that democracy is the only viable form of government, only one third of millennial’s believe in democracy and are willing to try other forms of government. Have they been studying Hobbes’ Leviathan in university? Do we need a strong ruler, beyond challenge, that makes us behave ourselves, keep us from destroying each other. Do we need our Putin, Erdogan, JinPing.

Here’s another thought. What will be the expectation level of future generations as jobs become scarce? Western civilization takes it’s lifestyle for granted. Lights automatically appear at the press of a switch, turn a tap and we have running water, set the thermostat and we have automatic heat in the Winter and air conditioning in the Summer. We own fridges, stoves, TV’s, computers, cars etc. These were all luxuries at one time but are now considered minimum standards of living. Do we take all this for granted, as some God given right bestowed upon Western Civilization?

Western governments of all levels, municipal,state and federal were drowning in debt pre COVID-19 and are now billions/trillions significantly higher since the pandemic, and the pandemic is far from over. Is this sustainable in the long term?

The riots taking place, supposedly over Black Lives Matter, but I suspect is just a trigger for general social unrest among restless youth. Some searching for purpose, others for excitement and the minority to vent their violent impulses.

Now enter the Rule of Law…….or lack thereof.

The experience in Canada and the U.S. over the last few months has been a pull back of police resources when mobs of people, block roads, railway tracks, take over city blocks, smash and loot stores, topple statues and generally act in an extreme and violent manner. If police refuse to act, it’s not rocket science to understand that others will step into the breech to push back.

Where ever law ends tyranny begins

John Locke (1632-1704)

Now, a primer on politics 101. John Locke espoused the rights of the individual to life, liberty and property. He disagreed with Hobbes on the strong man state and opted for a social contract between a government and its people. Each individual would give up some freedoms to allow the government to govern for the good of the people. The government would protect natural rights. If the government does not protect these rights than people have the right to revolt and revert to a state of nature. A state of nature without government would not be a pretty picture.

So, is the government protecting the rights of the minorities in its community, and if not, does the community have a right to revolt and topple the government? Some population statistics in the U.S. for 2019 taken from the U.S. Census Bureau. Whites-60.4%: Hispanic-18.3%: Black-13.4%: Asian-5.9%. Whites equate to about 60% of the U.S. population while other groups make up about 40%.

If you consider a white person talking about race a racist, please stop reading now. You may not like what comes next.

I have always abhorred the term people of colour. It’s a coined term from the 18th century describing a person of mixed black and white parentage. I find it hilarious that calling a black person a coloured person was anathema, and rightly so, but it’s okay to refer to that person as a person of colour. Another example of Orwell’s 1984 word speak. In my view the reintroduction of this phrase into the modern jargon is a cynical, divisive, political ploy to keep racism in the public eye, dividing people by ethnicity to further certain agendas. Basically the premise is that it’s white people against the rest of the world. I also find it hysterical that ‘woke’ Chinese celebrities now call themselves person of colour. When will this madness end. If you look up the definition of black and white as a colour you will find that both are actually not true colours.

White is not defined as a colour because it is the sum of all possible colours.

Black is not defined as a colour because it is the absence of light, and therefore colour.

The only true white person is an albino (absence of melanin), who can be born to both black parents and white parents. So blacks and whites have that in common, as well as the same coloured blood, the same heart and the same soul. Perhaps we need to concentrate on what unites us instead of what divides.

Our local community newspaper is reaching out to the BIPOC community for 36 people to go on a nature course, whites excluded. Yes we do really have a BIPOC community ( black,indigenous,people of colour). The pendulum has swung 100 years or more, instead of whites isolating blacks, it’s now blacks isolating whites. We sure do learn from history…..no wait, we don’t…… but I’ve already discussed the toppling of statues. Final thought on race. Is it only white people who are born with the racist gene, as all other ethnic groups seem to be exempt from this gene?

Let’s get back to government. Are governments doing enough to treat all its citizens equally? If not should there be a ‘ French Revolution’ to start a new social order? What are the consequences?

I feel better now. I have just exercised my freedom of speech.

Published by lensdailydiary

Born Stepney, London, England. Emigrated to Canada. Married, two children, six grandchildren. Retired. Conservative and cultural catholic. LOVE soccer. Tottenham Hotspur. Read historical and fantasy fiction..

15 thoughts on “Freedom of Speech

    1. Thanks for joining the conversation. I agree. Words are important…….but give people the benefit of the doubt that they can actually look beyond certain words and phrases to take a peek at reality.

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  1. I always wonder why I have to check a block for job if I am hispanic or not. I am not but somewhere down the line, I might have a ancestor of hispanic descent. Does this mean I qualify? Seems kind of silly. May the best candidate win.

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      1. Nah, I already got the job but my recruiter that year was happy to know he got extra points because of my one quarter being Hispanic. Funny story but I believe the best equipped person to handle the job should win although I was of course happy for the opportunity.

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  2. This was a long time ago and I still might trace my family tree one day but I am more Swedish and French. Thanks for listening. I hope I didn’t push too far out of your comfort zone. Appreciate your reply.

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  3. There are multiple perspectives on everything.

    Diversity & inclusion means reservation in college seats and jobs for different communities. There is a school of opinion which says capability should be the sole criterion. The film industry is facing a nepotism charge – a conflict between children of established stars and talented entrants from non-filmy backgrounds.

    Dividing the cake equally deprives certain sections of benefits, and unequal sharing will always breed conflict.

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    1. I am of that school of opinion which says capability should be the sole criteria and not ethnicity. Chinese students in American universities have to fulfil a higher learning standard than others for entrance. This is like running a100 yard race with Chinese students forced to carry a 20lb weight on their back, while others have no weight handicap. Searching for jobs these days is like white people carrying the 20lb handicap on their backs while certain ethnic groups get a free pass. Higher standards for education and jobs is always better for society as a whole than lowering standards. I agree with equal opportunity for all but this does not necessarily include equal outcomes. Let the most qualified enter university, let the most qualified compete in the job market. I don’t agree with nepotism or favouritism in hiring as these are not necessarily the most qualified. I could go on, but I’ll leave it there. Thanks for joining this conversation Reena. I value your clear-headed opinions.

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  4. If ever a topic of conversation has earned the designation “it’s complicated” this one has. I believe racism is a socially learned behavior not exclusive to whites. Where things shift is when a person is in a position of power and their prejudices cause them to act in a discriminatory way (hiring, renting, admissions to university, promotions, etc.) Since the majority of individuals in power are white people,(at least in the US and Canada) you can see where it can be a problem for those whose skin isn’t white.

    Len, I’m scared also. The generation that was born with cell phones in their hands have had their brains rewired by technology. Humanity comes in second place to the machines. The Matrix comes closer every day.

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  5. I agree wholeheartedly,JadeLi, race and discrimination is a very,very complicated and emotional subject. Most of the time its all emotion rather than an objective debate. My whole line of enquiry and thinking about race started with politicians and MSM in Canada basically calling its citizens and institutions racist (meaning whites). If you listen to them, other ethnic groups can do no wrong, but those damn whites, that’s another story. My brain has been pounded with anti-white rhetoric for the last month and I wanted to get my views out in the open. I hear you on the new technological age and what it might mean for the next generation. I have six grandchildren and often wonder what they will inherit from us. But each generation to its own. Thanks for joining the conversation, JadeLi.

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