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A WORD TO DIGITAL-AGE YOUNG PEOPLE

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Tougaloo College students are arrested after a civil rights protest at the Jackson Public Library on North State Street in 1964. (Credit: Clarion-Ledger)

American educator and civil rights activist Robert P. Moses (L) speaks to two men during a voter registration project in Greenwood, Mississippi, April 1963. (Photo by Claude Sitton/New York Times Co./Getty Images)

Moments before Tommy Langston was attacked on May 14, 1961, he shot this single photo of Klansmen attacking a Freedom Rider at the Trailways Bus Station in Birmingham. The photo helped identify Klansmen involved in the assault. (AP Photo/Birmingham Post-Herald, Tommy Langston, File)

** FILE ** This is a May 28, 1963 file photograph of a sit-in demonstration at a Woolworth’s lunch counter in Jackson, Miss., where whites poured sugar, ketchup and mustard over heads of the demonstrators. Seated at the counter, from left, are John Salter, Joan Trumpauer and Anne Moody. (AP Photo/Jackson Daily News, Fred Blackwell, File)

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01 Feb 1960, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA — Original caption: 2/1/1960-Greensboro, NC: The participants in the first lunch counter sit-in are shown on the street after leaving the Greensboro, North Carolina Woolworth’s by a side exit. The four North Carolina A & T students are (L-R): David Richmond, Franklin McCain, Ezell Blair, Jr., and Joseph McNeil. (No photographers were allowed into Woolworth’s during this first protest; this is the only photo of all four original protesters together.) — Image by © Jack Moebes/CORBIS

(Read the stories behind these photographs here.)

These courageous, young Black Americans (with the support of some courageous, young White Americans) were not interested in censoring anyone’s historical flags or monuments.

They were interested in gaining real access to the ideal rights to which they were entitled, as Americans.

The cowardly, young White Americans (with the support of some cowardly, young Black Americans) who are interested in censoring everyone’s historical flags and monuments, would do well to learn from these courageous, young Black and White Americans who sought to secure their own rights—not to infringe on the rights of others.

SOMETHING I’VE LEARNED SINCE NOVEMBER, 1985

Fortunately, people don’t take you seriously if they think you’re just crazy.

Unfortunately, people don’t take you seriously if they think you’re just crazy.

WOULDN’T HURT.

“It is significant for the language struggle on the whole that its ways engulf the school, the seed bed of the coming generation.  The child is the objective of the struggle and the very first appeal is addressed to it:

“‘German boy, do not forget that you are a German.’

“‘German maid, remember that you are to be a German mother.'”

It is significant for the American struggle on the whole that its ways engulf the school, the seedbed of the coming generation.  The child is the objective of the struggle and the very first appeal is addressed to it:

‘American boy, do not forget that you are an American.’

‘American girl, remember that you are to be an American mother.’

ABORTION IS HOMICIDE.

Homicide should be a last resort—not a first resort.

Abortion is homicide.

Abortion should be a last resort—not a first resort.

A CATCHER IN THE RYE

“‘You know that song ‘If a body catch a body comin’ through the rye’?  I’d like—‘

“‘It’s ‘If a body meet a body coming through the rye’!’ old Phoebe said.  ‘It’s a poem.  By Robert Burns.’

“‘I know it’s a poem by Robert Burns.’

“She was right, though.  It is ‘If a body meet a body coming through the rye.’  I didn’t know it then, though.

“‘I thought it was ‘If a body catch a body,’ I said.  ‘Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all.  Thousands of little kids, and nobody’s around—nobody big, I mean—except me.  And I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff.  What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff—I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them.  That’s all I’d do all day.  I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all.  I know it’s crazy, but that’s the only thing I’d really like to be.  I know it’s crazy.’

“Old Phoebe didn’t say anything for a long time.  Then, when she said something, all she said was, ‘Daddy’s going to kill you.’

“‘I don’t give a damn if he does,’ I said. . . .”

J. D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye

1945

UNITE IN A COMMON PURPOSE—NOW

I do not expect you to agree with everything I say.

That should not surprise you.

Occasionally, when I ask someone if he or she has visited my blog, he or she will make it very clear that he or she does not agree with everything I say on my blog.

There would be something wrong with you if you agreed with everything I ever said.

This mindless Digital-Age technology—particularly social media—is perpetuating a myth that everyone is supposed to agree with everyone else.

That has never been the case.

Understand—I do not expect you to agree with everything I say.

I only hope that you will consider everything I say.

Americans have got to put their disagreements aside, and agree to save their country from its self-destruction.

For that matter, human beings have got to put their disagreements aside, and agree to save their world from its self-destruction. 

Our country is doomed unless we unite in a common purpose—now.

Our world is doomed unless we unite in a common purpose—now. 

BACK TO THE PEOPLE

Mr. Fagan,

You seem to be surprised that Republican John Bel Edwards is as callous as Democrat Mitch Landrieu.

The Democratic Party has been completely overtaken by liberals since November 22, 1963—and you seem to be aware of this.

But Mr. Fagan, are you aware that the Republican Party has been completely overtaken by neocons (neoconservatives) since June 22, 2015?

And Mr. Fagan, are you aware that the neocons are returning the Republican Party to its historical platform of imperialism and totalitarianism?

And Mr. Fagan, are you aware that there is essentially no difference between liberals (who misrepresent themselves as progressives) and neocons (who misrepresent themselves as conservatives)—and that the liberals and neocons, having completely subverted both the Democratic and Republican parties, are now completely subverting the United States of America, through the now-subversive Democratic and Republican parties?

Mr. Fagan, this is really far out stuff—maybe I’m just delusional, mindlessly spinning conspiracy theories about both the Democratic and Republican parties.

But maybe not—maybe I’m absolutely right on.  And maybe it’s time for Democratic and Republican voters to abandon both the Democratic and Republican parties—and join us independent and third-party voters who are only interested in bringing our government, and our country, back to the people.

Yours sincerely,

Scott Mayo

Pensacola, Florida

https://www.theadvocate.com/baton-rouge/opinion/article_9c86e558-546f-11e8-ac45-dbc7962f7433.html

YOUR RIGHTS END WHERE THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS BEGIN

Before this mindless Digital Age, there was no such thing as transgendered.  

There was such a thing as transsexual.

A transsexual person was someone who had gone to the trouble to have a sex change operation.

If someone believed he was supposed to be female—to such an extent that he had a sex change operation performed on himself—no one was going to argue with him (her).

If someone believed she was supposed to be male—to such an extent that she had a sex change operation performed on herself—no one was going to argue with her (him).

There seems to be a great deal of confusion about gender today.

Some languages have two genders—masculine and feminine.

Other languages have three genders—masculine, feminine, and neuter.

And some other languages have more than three genders.

Though sex is specifically a physical term, gender is not.

And the truth is that every human being has both masculine and feminine traits—in addition to neutral traits.

Every human being has both masculinity and femininity—as well as neutrality.

Most human males have more masculinity than femininity—most of the time—though there are exceptions.

Most human females have more femininity than masculinity—most of the time—though there are exceptions.

And though we should not favor the exceptions, we should not dismiss them either.  Sometimes they are the ones who accomplish the most—and contribute the most.

The case can be made that all of us are already transgendered—that in fact we transition between the masculine and feminine genders, as constantly, and naturally, as our heart rates and blood pressures fluctuate.

If sometimes you feel more feminine than masculine, whatever your sex, maybe you are.

If sometimes you feel more masculine than feminine, whatever your sex, maybe you are.

If you feel more like a woman than the man you are, however, that doesn’t make you a woman—though you have the right to feel that way.

If you feel more like a man than the woman you are, however, that doesn’t make you a man—though you have the right to feel that way.

If you feel more like a woman than the man you are, you even have the right to wear a woman’s clothes, and use a woman’s mannerisms—in the privacy of your residence, or in the appropriate public settings.

If you feel more like a man than the woman you are, you even have the right to wear a man’s clothes, and use a man’s mannerisms—in the privacy of your residence, or in the appropriate public settings.

If you are a man, however, you do not have the right to demand that everyone else see you as a woman—or treat you like a woman.

If you are a woman, however, you do not have the right to demand that everyone else see you as a man—or treat you like a man.

You have the right to indulge your fantasies—everyone has that right.

You do not have the right, however, to demand that everyone else indulge your fantasies—no one has that right.

Your rights end where the rights of others begin.

A #METOO LYNCHING

“On the eve of celebrating Martin Luther King Day, we should be more forgiving.  These hangings that are going on don’t make us better human beings.”

Bill Cosby

January, 1988

EXODUS 20:16

THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOUR.

“It’s a familiar and discomforting spectacle: A woman who alleges sexual assault is also put on trial.  She is grilled on the witness stand about why she continued to speak with a famous man she now charges with abuse, someone who had the power to shape her future.  The man has to defend himself against the possibility of false accusations, and so it’s open season on a woman’s credibility.

THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOUR.

“Andrea Constand’s two days at the center of the Bill Cosby trial captured the dynamics that make sexual assault cases so polarizing and so resonant.  Her testimony, picked over by Mr. Cosby’s lawyers, occurred at a cultural moment when accusations of sexual assault or harassment have rocked a media empire, a presidential campaign, Silicon Valley start-ups and countless college campuses.

THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOUR.

“In a way, this is also a trial about how society grapples with the combustible questions of power, predation and due process that complicate he said/she said narratives.  The jury is still out.

THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOUR.

“Revelations about years of sexual harassment pushed out Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly at Fox News, but questions linger about how fundamentally the company’s culture will change. Uber just fired 20 people after internal investigations of harassment.  Political analysts wrongly predicted that Donald J. Trump’s taped boasts about forcing himself on women would doom his candidacy.

THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOUR.

‘When something is ready to become a cultural narrative, everything feeds it,’ said Mark Harris, an author and the former executive editor of Entertainment Weekly, who also pointed to a 2016 HBO film about Anita Hill’s public shaming after accusing Clarence Thomas of harassment.  ‘When people are finally willing to look something in the eye, culture almost conspires to tell them how much of it they are willing to look in the eye.’

THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOUR.

“In this case, the emotionally charged issues are legion: What happens to women who come forward, in and out of the courtroom.  The roadblocks the system puts in the way.  The question of who is, and who is not, held accountable.  When celebrity protects, and when it backfires, intensifying public vitriol.  When gender exposes or distorts the issues in play.

THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOUR.

“More than 40 other women have come forward to describe similar episodes alleging that Mr. Cosby drugged and assaulted them.  But the jury was allowed to hear only one other story beside Ms. Constand’s.  That was because many of the past cases were civil rather than criminal ones, and defense lawyers persuaded a judge to rule that allowing many others to testify would be like trying Mr. Cosby for other acts, not the one in question, said Elizabeth Schneider, a professor and specialist in gender law at Brooklyn Law School.

THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOUR.

“Such rulings get to the heart of the challenges of assuring a fair trial for men or women in sexual misconduct, which often takes place without other witnesses. Establishing–or undermining–credibility puts women through arduous legal procedures.

THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOUR.

“For decades, women who filed rape accusations had to undergo mandatory psychological screening, and judges would caution juries that rape charges were easy to bring and hard to prove.  While these barriers fell, juries are still often skeptical, and countless systemic obstacles remain, Professor Schneider said, including the widespread practice of strict secrecy as the price of settlements.

THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOUR.

“Questions such as why Ms. Constand continued to call Mr. Cosby, even leaving him a gift once, are both standard defense tactics and common behavior for women in such cases, she said.

THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOUR.

“‘This is not a surprise to anyone who knows about the complicated reactions women have,’ Professor Schneider said.  ‘He’s everyone’s father.  Particularly if you were given some medication to knock you out, you have lots of questions afterwards.  A part of her didn’t want to believe it really happened.  A part of her believed this was a nice older man who was helping her, and she didn’t want to shut the door.’

THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOUR.

“This imbalance of power often silences women who fear professional and social repercussions.

THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOUR.

“Katie Packer Beeson, a political consultant and former deputy campaign manager for Mitt Romney, recounted two incidents she endured at the beginning of her career.  An older legislator on a business trip grabbed her crotch, and a lobbyist on a later trip offered to drive her back to her hotel but instead forcibly took her to his hotel, only relenting when he realized she was so obviously distraught he could not get her into his room quietly.

THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOUR.

“In the first case, she wept that night but decided not to say anything.  ‘I thought, I don’t want to be the tattletale, I don’t want to cause this guy problems.  What if he loses the election and we lose the majority?’ she said.  The Republicans had a one-seat majority in the Michigan Senate at the time.  Many years later, she learned he harassed others as well.  She did not report the second incident, either, given the lobbyist’s prominence, she said.  Although she now encourages women she knows to speak out, she remains pessimistic.

THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOUR.

“So is Nancy Erika Smith, who represented Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News anchor, in her sexual harassment suit against Mr. Aisles.  ‘Do I think this trial may help move the conversation forward about the impunity that powerful and famous men feel in their interactions with women?  I wish I could say I do. It’s no better since Anita Hill because we don’t have power.’

THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOUR.

“Howard Bragman, a publicist and crisis counselor who represented Cindra Ladd, who accused Mr. Cosby two years ago of drugging and raping her when she was 21 in 1969, said women must be prepared for public shaming, now amplified by social media.  ‘I tell them the pain and suffering they will come through,’ he said.  ‘You’ve got to be courageous.  Have a support system.  You’ve got to lawyer up.  It takes money.’

THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOUR.

But Laura Kipnis, author of ‘Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus,’ argues that there is also a danger that the lessons of the Cosby case can be overdrawn.  Mr. Cosby is accused of sexual assault; sexual harassment has been harder to define and, she argues, too broadly applied to cases like a professor taking a student out for a drink.

THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOUR.

‘Anyone who has institutional power is seen as on the path to being a predator,’ she said.  ‘If you follow that line of thinking that all men have power over women, let’s just get rid of heterosexuality.’ 

THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOUR.

“Who is seen as a predator can also be bound up with celebrity: It may have helped protect Mr. Cosby for years, Mr. Harris said, but then fueled public obsession with the case.  Part of Mr. Cosby’s fame was built on his self-appointed role of guardian of black respectability and occasional scold of other blacks, he said.  That made him more vulnerable, and led to a younger black comedian publicly calling him out for hypocrisy, he added.

THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOUR.

“Whatever the verdict, there is a ‘whole other cultural narrative about who we choose to believe and believing women,’ Mr. Harris said.  ‘Nobody comes out of this clean.'”

THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOUR.

[This is a reposting of a June 11, 2017 post]


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