The time has come for candid words in response of what has become apparent in our society currently: people are too sensitive and because of this, honest dialogue has been suppressed.
America is still the land of Freedom of Speech. This is one of our most important rights in this country. If you look around the world at oppressed nations; one of the first things taken away from people who live in these places is their ability to speak without fear of retribution.
Even the Bible speaks about how powerful truth is. Jesus said it would set us free. But one must know that they are bound in order to appreciate that logic. In our society, truth has become negotiable.
Today, many folks feel that they can do whatever to whomever, whenever, with impunity. But there are consequences to our actions and one must expect response to their behavior, words or actions in equal measure.
My general attitude is that it is my responsibility to treat others as I wish to be treated, but when someone steps out of line and causes injury either verbally or through their actions; I have a moral duty to speak the truth and correct them. There are some who view this as wrong.
Take the Gay and Lesbian issue: many of these people have become so hypersensitive about rejection of their lifestyle; they are quick to brand anyone that disagrees with their sexual ideology as homophobic or accuse them of gay bashing. The world is not gay. And by denying people to speak the truth about their views; the G&L groups are doing exactly what they accuse others of doing to them. If they are comfortable about their sexuality, why do I have to validate it? It’s not my life. And the last time I checked, America is still a democracy.
My grandparents grew up at a time in this country, when Black folks could not talk back to white folks. It was against the law for any Black person to do that–adding to injury; they were to act submissive and even looking a white person in the eyes was considered insolence and would be met with hostility.
But God sent Malcolm X to our people and he looked into a camera and for the first time, America heard the honest thoughts coming from a Black man. His words were blunt, unapologetic and exposed White America for what they were to the world. For the first time, Black people had someone who actually intellectualized and verbalize how they had felt for hundreds of years in this country.
The Black Power era broke that rule forever with the powerful mantra: TELL IT LIKE IT IS!!! And Black folks did just that.
Whenever I hear someone telling someone else to shut up, simply because another person disagrees with them…it’s almost as if they are telling folks not to even dare talking back to them, regardless if they are right or wrong.
If you value freedom than you value the tenets of it. In a free society, we must insure the rights of others, even when our views, beliefs, opinions, ideologies and attitudes are challenged.