SELECTIVE AGGRESSION: HOW WE CHOOSE WHAT MAKES US ANGRY IN AMERICA

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“Not my style.”


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Comedian Dave Chappelle recent stand-up has caused some controversy. He is no stranger to controversy because his television show on Comedy Central caused him to catch flack in the early 2000’s. But the outrage today is very dishonest considering he has said much worst things that we laugh about in the past. So to be angry today and not have much to say from the past, then you are just reaching for points to be made. We live in this climate of good is good if it’s good for me. We are only concerned with the things that offend us. But everyone should stop being so sensitive, yet we become sensitive for the very same reasons. Where does it all come from; this need to hurry and cancel people.

too many voices

In this vast social media landscape, we are afforded the ability to have a voice that so many who came before us didn’t have. But at the same time, power can be corruptible on both sides. People now have the power on the side of those angry, and they are running away with it. There is no room for discussion, double endendre, nuance, or nothing else of the like. But when you have a few billion people with their hands on the pulse of society, you’re bound to have problems. So what you have to do is not put too much credence into the people on social media. The majority of people are nothing like the ones in social media world. Because a lot of people are bots anyways and not real life humans who are angry over you or your statements.

silent majority says something

When people are not saying anything, that does not mean they don’t care. Their silence shouldn’t be taken as something not serious. It’s just that most people are not about to be the opposite end of the spectrum with the people they disagree with. It’s not worth it to them and they just ignore it. Only problem, we when you are silent, then the next thing that happens is the voices become so loud that someone is fired. So when you don’t push back as a society, then the next thing you know someone is in trouble you like, and you’re trying to figure out why.


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CAN’T SAY THIS CAN’T SAY THAT: HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE STATE OF LANGUAGE

 

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“Primates out of tune.”


policing each other

We are in a very weird time in American history. People have this issue with so many people expressing themselves in language. But the same people angry over language don’t want you to tell them how to talk. So we have become this society where we are triggered by everything. Which is some of the same things we follow in regards to the people we like. And who would have thought we would be here in a nation where we have the first amendment. But the first amendment protects you from the government restricting your language. It has nothing to do with the masses. Because we never thought the people would be so much of the problem.

rules of engagement

When you are using certain language, the question remains, “Who is allowed to make what statements?” We say who can say what and when which is beyond me considering you cannot legislate language. Because what are the guidelines for using the language. It’s like when I say the word nigga as a Black male, but then say you can’t say it. Then we get into the debate about why. And the answer boils down to I am Black. But listening to the logic, it almost means don’t call me a nigga, I can say it cause I’m one. Which would ultimately mean there should be no barring on the word because it really is an acknowledgement of who I am. And that is where language gets crazy because there is no real rhyme or reason.

we’re all triggered by something

In our lives, there is something that makes us all tick. No matter the word or how it’s said. So the idea that there is a restriction on language is beyond me. Because living in a society that is that ambiguous should mean there are no restrictions. See everything is in context. You have people who say the context doesn’t matter. But if context doesn’t matter, you being able to say something no one else says is context. So saying something has no context gives credit to you not even being able to say what you want. Because you saying what you want is context to say it and no one else.


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NO THOUGHT: HOW COLLEGES NO LONGER ENCOURAGE FREE SPEECH

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“We used to love it.”


free speech space

Ever remember when college universities used to be places for you to harness thoughts of people that are different from yourself? Now these places of higher learning have become campuses for constantly getting you into trouble for having opposing views. Why have things changed so much on our campuses as oppose to the past? Why have our young people become so sensitive to the idea that someone may have a view that is not their own on the other side? We like to say things like, the power has shifted in the country and we also say that the media is effecting the information we receive. But the examples are only for speculation. We really don’t know for certain why things have really changed. It was something gradual that happened over time.

you’re cancelled

What is it with a generation of young people that want to cancel anyone that has a difference of opinion. This has been a cultural phenomena that has swept the nation in recent history. You have the right to say what you want and I have the right to protest it. Which ultimately means you don’t have the right to say it. And where has it come from is beyond me. Just because we don’t like something it doesn’t mean it is worthy of a protest. But nowhere is this more evident than on college campuses. A place where you are supposed to come in contact with people of varying backgrounds differences of opinion. But for some reason this younger age group want nothing to do with those that are oppose to their viewpoints.

won’t ever swing back

People always talking about how the pendulum might swing back in the opposite direction. Only problem is, that won’t happen for a view reasons. One the people on the opposite side have to be more tolerant than the younger ones, which won’t happen. But the other reason is that now that we have social media where you can openly chastise people no one want to be considered the shamed. Because who want to lose their job and be ousted publicly. So people don’t involve themselves.


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TRICKERY: HOW WE TRICK EACH OTHER TO TALK AND BEHAVE A CERTAIN WAY

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“The games we play.”


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Very few times in American history have the United States had to deal with social strife like today. Everyone is so sensitive and everyone wants to be heard in some shape or form. And when people feel like they’re not being heard, they resort to the attacks of others.

And God forbid you’re one of these people who have a multiple perspective. You’re treated like you’re some sort of outsider. Because the silent majority remains silent and the loud group moves so heavy as a collective. But why do we trick each other with language in America.

We say we want to hear people’s point of view, then when we hear something we don’t like, we attack. It’s like we’re lying to each other about the things we want, then waiting until we hear something that is remotely controversial and run with it. It’s almost as if we’re addicted to people’s demise.

more tricks

And if you are still unaware of what I mean by the tricks and the lies, how about this. We’re asked our views on racial topics, then wait until we hear something we don’t like and attack. And if the person gives the politically correct answer we attack. So there is no getting around satisfying people.

And good luck if you need someone there to stand beside you. They won’t help, they’ll run as well. And who could blame; who wants to lose everything they worked for, for having an opinion on a particular topic. But what’s crazy, is that the people who attack you feel the same way as you; so why the rage.

demographic of anger

What we must realize is that we have breaded a culture of people in America who are enamored with the downfall of others. It’s like going to a circus, we don’t go to see animals doing tricks. We go to the circus hoping the animal attacks one of the trainers. The rise and the fall, then the rise again is almost like a game at this point.

And in the end result is that we lie to keep ourselves from getting into trouble. Even if the apology is utterly ridiculous, we still do so. Because we would rather lie and make people feel good, then to tell the truth and deal with a few angry people.


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RAPE CULTURE: THE DOWNWARD SPIRAL OF HOLLYWOOD

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“Who would have thought there is an actual culture behind it.”


In the recent news, we have been hearing about all the sexual assault allegations directed at the Hollywood elite. Ranging from actors to top executives, all who have been accused and admitted to sexual assaulting women and even children in some cases. Many thought the worst was over with all the women that came out over Bill Cosby. Then Harvey Weinstein victims came out, and from there on it has been a constant barrage of women sharing their stories of sexual assault and rape at the hands of powerful men in Hollywood. And the reason besides this being Hollywood, why it’s such a news story, is because of the way famous public figures try to police everyone else. These men and women spent the past year and a half attacking the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump for his comments. Now they’re silent on the allegations in their industry.

These are the same people who say there is a rape culture issue in America, but they are surrounded by a culture of rape. And it has gone on for decades in the film and television business, with very few people coming out against it. So if this is something that is this pervasive in the industry, how do you change the way business is conducted. Because at this point it’s part of the identity of an industry. And if this is something that is the identity, then how do you change it? You can’t change this overnight, it takes a long time. But the Golden Globes and the Oscars are two and half months away. Are the comedians that host these award shows going to address it or remain silent? Since everything else is addressed in the industry that is social or political. My best guess is that they won’t, which will further add to the already feeling of disconnect.

But then again, is this just a Hollywood identity? If you’re under the impression that this is only a one industry problem you are wrong. Women can tell you horror stories abut men in politics, corporate America, the medical field, and even education. Yet the men who are constantly getting caught are guys who come from an era where this was totally acceptable. A time when men were told, “Hey, look at how she’s dressed; it’s an invite.” And these men are so stuck in their mind-frame from that time on top of having so much influence, they don’t realize the change in time. They know you can get in trouble quicker, but yet still, the full concept is not grasped. In the end, who knew that the fighters against this rape culture was part of the biggest culture of rape. I don’t see the business changing anytime soon. But it has to start now because what has been done has changed the game forever.


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GOVERNING SENTIMENT: WHY LEGISLATING FEELINGS IS DANGEROUS FOR AMERICA

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“I feel therefore it should mean something.”


In the United States today, we are constantly in these debates on what you can and cannot say. No matter if it’s in a public space or in private; we tend to disagree with the language. But are we just attacking the language, or is it something more? I have come to the conclusion that it’s not the language per se, it’s more so the sentiment. And then we get into the debate in how one should feel in regards to dealing with other people in society. But you can’t have a country where there is a governing of sentiment. Because whose to say how you feel is the right way when feelings can be so ambiguous.

I posted a recent article pertaining to the differences and similarities between former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and political commentator/author Anne Coulter. How sentiment forced both of them to be locked out of career opportunities because of their stance. Only difference is that Colin was employed on a team and Anne is self-employed. But neither one of them broke any laws. And both were compliant with how they expressed themselves; staying in alliance with their first amendment rights. But the actions of people and how they felt is what effected Colin and Anne. Although people might argue against my point on why Anne said what she said, Colin did what he did, it doesn’t matter. The right to take an action that is within the law was infringed upon.

But what about people in our society. We are so dishonest on how we really feel, and we also are quite selective in what makes us upset. Someone on the left and the right will say their rights are under attack. Yet they are willing to stand in the way of each other’s rights because of how it makes the person/people feel. My real reasons why people are so willing to go against what they feel is wrong is because of how they look at their own lives. The less satisfied you are with your own life, the more willing you are to infringe upon someone else’s life. Anything so someone knows what it’s like to be you. Also, the changes in people’s lives creates a moment to moment sentiment. Which is a main reason why legislating feelings can cause so many problems. Laws are supposed to be resolute, and changed only under drastic measures. The following examples is why you can’t govern sentiment.

I am a Conservative Christian, who believes Gay marriage is wrong. Allowing Gays to marry goes against my Christian beliefs. So therefore we should legislate against Gays ability to get married. Gays state that this is wrong to legislate for this person/people because of the sentiment under a belief that is based around faith, not fact. But here is a flip side example. I am a Liberal Gay man, and the fact that you would say Gay marriage is wrong, you should lose your job. Now anti-gay sentiment is not illegal, but you should lose your job from the sentiment alone. Both examples at the top is why government can’t legislate feelings. Because in the end, whose to say how you feel is always right. As a matter of fact, it might be just as dangerous. Another main reason the government shouldn’t legislate feelings is because feelings shift so much. Law should be more resolute, and not constantly changing. So for now, as it pertains to discussion, everything is on the table.


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UNPOPULAR SPEECH: WHY WE MUST PROTECT IT

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“As much as we hate it, we have to protect it.”


Hate speech is free speech, what some have stated. But whether we realize it or not, hate speech is protected under the United States constitution. But a large reason why we have to protect even hate speech, is because once we administration, america, artstart giving up the ability to talk freely, then what next. Another reason we
must protect all speech is because who makes the decision on what’s hate. I have things I define as hate speech, but not everybody sees it that way. I may think one of my political views is right, while someone else sees it as a hateful thing to stand behind. And conversely speaking, what I dislike and see as hate speech is fine by someone else.

But lets go back to why we must protect even hate speech. For starters, it’s Related imagehard to protect a verbal means of communication that is probably geared toward not liking you. Only problem is, once I form a coalition to stop these individuals from speaking, then how long will it be before my rights are trampled on. Meaning, former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick was seen Related imageas hateful for not standing for the national anthem at a football game. But political commentator Ann Coulter was seen as pushing hate speech and was banned from Berkley College’s campus. Both expressing a freedom of speech, and both protested.

 

Now, Ann is in a different position considering she is an independent worker and Colin played for a team, but nonetheless expressed their free speech. They both not only expressed their right, but also did so in alignment with the laws of the land. And yet, a conservative right and liberal left silenced them both. While at the same time screamed my own rights are Image result for bill of rightsbeing infringed upon. Which brings me to another reason you must protect all speech because we are losing our rights in America. But we’re willing to take them from each other. It’s not even the government intervention. We’re taking each other’s rights, spying on each other in hopes of finding anything to take someone else’s job.

Now, another issue is brought into light with why you can’t censor someone’s speech. And that is, what is hate speech really? I have my interpretation for what is hate speech. But that is just the key word, “interpretation.” What I like may be seen as hate speech, and what you Related imagefollow might be seen as hate speech. This is why all speech must be protected no matter how incendiary. Because what we define as hate speech is so broad and wide, we we must allow all speech. As a matter of fact a way to deal with hate speech is more speech around hate speech. And if it’s hateful, let the people show their faces. We don’t want them hiding in the background, we want them up front where we can see them.

And in the end that’s the biggest problem. The fact that we are actively trying to censor people just because we disagree is so arrogant. Because it assumes we, as the person censoring them, have all the right answers. And Low Section of Man Against Skywe don’t because my truth and fact might be different as time progress. And
that next generation’s truth changes as well. So with so much changing in our society, we have no choice but to open up the forum for conversation. And if you disagree, how about the right to be offended. Yet it still never sinks in, until it’s too late. And by the time it’s too late, we’ve all would have already relinquished control; and it’ll be our own fault.


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