My e-psychiatry moment of the day.
Recently, I was bored and catching up on some news online. Nothing to crazy there, until I started to read the comments. I was reading about Don Imus and his recent firing, for such a small blurb I was amazed at the comments I read from visitors to the site.
I would like to admit, typically I am not one for “entertainment news”. I did happen to watch Imus grating personality and all, a lot of his commentary was entertaining. The particular morning wherein the “comment” was made I happened to have been blessed with sleep.
After learning about the uproar I did a little search to find out what he said. (Hmmm… the “news” will shows a killers homemade video ad nauseium, but what Imus said, that was going over the line) I had found it, and I had found it rather distasteful. Okay, then I learned his punishment, (at the time it was the two week suspension), found that fair, forgot about it. That was hard due to the mere fact that we were completely undated with the “hot story”. (Why that was a “hot story” is beyond me) I don’t watch much television, but every other form of media was regurgitating the same story to me (and everyone else).
Then I stumbled (last night) upon this article . Nothing but the same regurgitated story everywhere else. Unfortunately, I then read the comments. My jaw dropped. Not necessarily due to the canned racism, but more so the “notions” that I began to wonder if they were really what the writers thought. If they actually believed the crap they were spewing or if it was out of anger, frustration, whatever.
I was originally planning on a simple copypasta but I don’t want that crap on this blog. It was everything from “some of my best friends are black”, taunts of “redneck”, “trailer parks”, the usual slurs about the races (which I will not post here, we all know what they are), my favorite though was the assumption that everyone of a specific decent was a devout Jessy Jackson, Al Sharpton follower. Most people I know (regardless of race, gender, etc) thinks they are media wh*res, and dully takes anything they say with a grain of salt. I used to think they were fighters for the advancement of mankind. Much of the commentary (I had found out) they made was racist (and moving in the opposite direction of what I presume was intended) in itself, so I merely ignored them. The overt hypocrisy bothered me, so again I did what I saw was the right thing and ignored them.
Alright, the next (overly) repeated “statement” was about America’s earlier years. Yes, slavery was a fact, it did happen, it was a horrible atrocity. Not everyone’s ancestors had slaves. ALL people of caucasian decent are blamed regardless. No matter which background you choose to go by a lot of people’s ancestors (including myself) didn’t.
Thankfully again, most people don’t really think that way (at least I hope). I don’t dilute myself into thinking this is a hunky dory world we live in, I know it’s not.
The comments turned into an all out e-war. There was no definitive breakdown, just jumping right into it. There were a few intelligent posters, most just saw the need to attempt at circumventing the direction. They were completely ignored.
Perhaps people like victim rolls? Most people typing out their responses were e-victims of something, however unrelated to the Imus story it was.
I would like to post a personal favorite quote:
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” -Dr.King
I sincerely hope that his dream will become our reality. For everyone should be judged not by color, creed, gender, anything other than character. I wholeheartedly agree with his vision. I love the idea of true equality. Not this political correctness facade we have. Limiting what we say to fool ourselves. We are not better off based on some ridiculous notion that if we don’t say it, it doesn’t exist.
True change is hard work, censorship does not make the problem just “go away”. It is akin to merely sweeping dirt under the rug. The dirt is still there, but if you keep adding to it it’s going to just keep building, compiling into a larger pile, a bigger problem.
“I may disagree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
Sometimes I fear that the true revolutionaries are a thing of the past. The people who brought out true chance, true social evolution. Not the threat of lawsuits, true change doesn’t care about money- just equality. It doesn’t care about pointless fights that lead nowhere, it cares about our future, our children. The true revolutionaries don’t care about fame, fortune or notoriety. They fight because there is a social need, not a financial one.
These are the people who deserve our attention. These are the people whom bring about real change, not a forced silence. These are the ones whom deserve our respect. Not the people whom just attempt pointless media catfights.