A friend of mine sent me this link and the associated video.
His attitude was “Ha Ha, look at what wimps the young liberals are turning out to be.”
Well, I wasn’t sure what “chalking” was, although I had a pretty good idea. A little research brought up this: from another campus where chalking occurred.
“Also on April 5, chalk messages were written on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. They included, “They have to go back #Trump,” “Build the Wall” and “Trump Deportation Force.”
The messages appeared near the campus’ Latina/Latino Studies building.”
Chalking is not the exchange of ideas, it’s done to intimidate.
This is not just pro trump, the messages and locations are not an accident.
Hate speech should be distinguished from free speech.
Lets not forget that the Hitler youth were fond of scrawling slogans on walls…
“Wir hassen die Juden und Ausländer” – “We hate the Jews and foreigners”
People complain that today’s youth are thin skinned, they cry when offended. yet when they show up to take a stand against hate speech they are infringing on “free speech”.
It would be different if the slogans were “Make America Great again”, or other inspiring slogans, oh wait, Trump doesn’t inspire anything other than hate.
The make America great again slogan begs the question, what’s so bad about it right now? What was so great about it back in the nebulous “then” that the slogan implies? Was it back when whites were the clear majority and racism was prevalent but not talked about in “polite” circles?
More traditional Republicans even see the problem with the “chalking” Good to know there are decent Republicans, I just wish they would stand up more these days.
“People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” – George Orwell (or someone, no one really knows)
To the point my friend was trying to make…What’s wrong with raising a generation of compassionate people? Sure they’ll have a rough go of it, may even end up cynical like the rest of us, but they may make it easier for the following generation to feel and express compassion. Personally I don’t think it’s a bad idea to have teachers protect children from bullies and if the only excuse you can come up with is that bullies teach them how to be tough…well why do they need to be tough? Teach them to stand up for their principles, yes, but don’t then condemn them if their principles aren’t yours.(I’m looking at you sports geeks)
If they don’t learn to be “tough” the way you see it then they’ll still need “rough men” to protect them from the evils of the world, but that’s what rough men are for. And maybe a few generations down the road the rough men will be needed less often.
Those that claim some fought and some died so you better respect the flag/veterans/anthem/constitution need a better grasp on freedom really means. I served my time, I was one of the rough men, and I did it for reasons, but getting praised by the masses wasn’t a reason. I didn’t serve to force others to show respect to some jingoistic ideal.
Hell, sometimes I’m none too proud of my country, and vets are a cross section of Americans, the good and the bad. The flag has flown over some pretty dark moments in our history, and I think wrapping yourself in the flag is a bigger offence than setting one on fire. So lets not pretend America is all that. Lets love it warts and all. Until we take a look at it without the blinders of patriotism we’ll never be able to really see it, really make it better.
We need rough men, but those rough men are fighting so you can have a better, safer life.