We have truly slipped over the edge and the fact people are sitting there, conducting their business with their serious faces on, is damn scary. Remember when you were a kid and something happened and you started to laugh hysterically at how absurd it was and then you realized that no-one else was laughing? You stop and then try to taper off the laughter looking into the faces of everyone else who is not only NOT laughing, they are looking at you like you are crazy? Remember that?
That was my reaction to all of this.
We have jumped from individuals who are unwilling to take personal responsibility for their own lives by deflecting and focusing on what is wrong with everyone else and what they should be doing, to entire groups doing it to one another, to now world wide legislation. People we are talking about controlling our speech and our very thoughts here. This may seem helpful or some awesome movement to some idiot somewhere but the greater long term cost is going to be immeasurably damaging. Continue reading
I am not a racist. I don’t alter the way that I treat someone based on their ethnicity. Growing up on the prairies of Canada, I was not exposed to many people of other colours so perhaps that accounts for the reason I don’t see colour. I had little experience with different ethnicities, good or bad, so when I moved away from the prairies I was open to those relationships.
It has never been my intention to offend someone based on the colour of their skin. I have been offended by people who do cruel and unkind things, be they any colour. And I have been treated differently, in a negative way, because of the colour of my skin or the way I look and for what I believe.
I have had complete strangers come up to touch myself or my children because of the very blonde hair, like we were an exhibit in the zoo. I have had people physically and verbally attack me because of my religious beliefs and because of my stand on things. I have been threatened in a store that I was shopping in, where I was the only white person. I have been denied service and left to the very last to be served even though I was at the front of the line. I was again, the only white person. I am sure the people who did those things based on my skin colour did so because they assumed I was racist and they were “giving back” what they felt they had been given. But I was not threatening to them, did not know them, had never done anything to offend “their people.” Continue reading
I am frankly tired of people taking offense at every little thing. It is a choice you make to be offended, especially in the absence of any real proof that the offense was intended.
People make mountains out of the most ridiculous molehills. And then they want to gather a lynching party to support them in their efforts to become offensive to the person they have targeted. Makes sense, right? Continue reading