by Diana Erbio –
What has happened to common courtesy? One of America’s basic strengths was that people with different opinions could voice them. Today it seems only certain speech is acceptable.
This week comments made by University of South California Professor Darry Sragow were aired to the public via www.campusreform.org. “Republican are racist and stupid” and “the Republican Party is the last refuge of old angry white people”, were among the comments made by the political science professor prior to the presidential election of 2012 to his class.
Professor Sragow has every right to make those comments, but does anyone believe that if a college professor had made those types of comments about a race other than white it would have gone unnoticed by the main stream media? The problem is not what people are saying, but that under the guise of being politically correct, some speech is accepted while other speech is not.
That is the danger that Dr. Ben Carson addressed at the Prayer breakfast in Washington DC a few weeks ago. Dr. Carson warned, “We’ve reached a point where people are actually afraid to talk about what they want to say, because somebody might be offended.”
If people are afraid to voice their concerns, or their ideology because they will be shouted down as conservatives routinely are when they speak on college campuses across the country our nation will suffer. America has achieved its greatness because we have been a true open society that allows many voices the chance to be heard, not the phony open society of the progressives which only wants to hear the echo of their own voices.
What ever happened to the idea that one person might vehemently disagree with another person but both would fight to the death for each person’s right to speak? It seems that if progressives disagree with other points of view they choose to demean the speaker rather than engage in the dialogue they often say they wish for.
Jedediah Bila points to this phenomena in her book “Outnumbered: Chronicles of a Manhattan Conservative”. Often she is attacked by those on the left, but when she tries to put forth her ideas too many of the progressives she encounters do not want to even hear what she has to say.
One exception I found heartening was when a tall stranger with a jet black mohawk came to her defense when she was being shouted down by “friends” at a Starbucks. “Grow up, already” he told them. “The girl has a different opinion. So what?” The stranger later told Jedediah he was a lefty liberal from Wyoming who loves that she has her own opinion.
That is what we need more of in America. We have to get back to the basics and give each other respect and allow the freedom of speech we were all born with to flow.
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