We have got to learn that sometimes, some people are going to be offended by things. I am offended by a lot of things. Cruelty to animals, child abuse, murder, rape, pedophiles to name a few. The fact that an NFL team is called the Redskins is so not offensive to me or to anyone I’ve ever met. The only people I have heard complain about the name are some uptight white people. Not saying they are bad people. They are good people who have just lost their ability to tolerate. Oh! And, I did see one native American express his offense at the teams name. (I am sure there is more than one) But, I have seen countless native Americans speak up that they do not find the name offensive and yet well meaning white liberals refuse to accept this because as usual, they think they know best.
Please, don’t get me wrong. If you have read an article on my blog you know I am not some crazy right wing conservative. I vote democrat all the time because the republican party is being run by absolutely the most crazy people on the face of the planet. I mean “legitimate rape”? Ted Cruz, Mitch McConnell? Crazy, simplistic and shallow human beings. Seriously? These people should be fired for their ignorance and lies. But, in this case, I truly believe that white liberal America really needs to get over this whole politically correct thing. They are taking it to the extremes and it’s just ridiculous. Even the best ideas fail when taking to the extremes.
Where do we draw the line with this politically correct issue? I am not religious but I always found the word Jew to be offensive because to me it always sounded like a racist way to refer to a Jewish person. There are millions of people that fear spiders, should we go ahead and ban them from TV and film because just the sight of them can cause very serious distress for some people? Just the sight of then can put some people into a panic attack. What about them? What about clowns? I know people that are terrified of them. Should they not be allowed to exist anymore? I am really offended by the word “Bitch”. I even cringe when I hear some call a dog a bitch. I just don’t like that word. Because it offends me and I am sure it offends others as well, is that enough to get the word banned? Is that what who we are now?
What about tolerance? Doesn’t that matter anymore? It used to be that we were told to be tolerant of others. The black community preached tolerance in the 50’s and 60’s. Gay’s preached it in the 70’s and 80’s. And, I agree with tolerance. We all need it. It’s what makes us great. And, it seems lately that if we don’t talk a certain way it’s going to offend someone and because of that we have to change the way we talk. I am not saying that we should walk around and be offensive as possible. We should strive to be better. But, most of all we should really strive to be tolerant of the things we don’t like and don’t understand.
I used to be a smoker, I quit over a year ago and it had nothing to do with all the cry baby non-smokers and some of the many flat out lying commercials with misleading facts about smoking and second smoke. It wasn’t the constant shaming in the media or the stares I would get while even smoking in my own car. It was simply a health issue. I really enjoyed smoking, I would smoke again if I could do it and not be killing myself or making myself stink so bad. But, it made me really learn that we’ve seemed to have lost something in this country, the ability to be tolerant. If we don’t like it, we seem to be against it and anyone that disagrees is horrible. Well, that isn’t always true. Some things are going to offend us and we really need to get back to that place where we can learn to live with one another’s inconsistencies and flaws.
If the team name offends you, then don’t watch their games or maybe root for the other team. Just because you find the name offensive doesn’t mean that I have to. I am really offended that someone like Michael Vick is allowed to play football. The man killed dogs literally with his bare hands. He made a flimsy apology and now he’s a Quarterback for the NY Jet’s. Every time I see them, I root for them to lose! The man KILLEED dogs! It’s one of the signs of an up and coming serial killer and he is allowed to play in the NFL. Adrian Peterson beat his 4 year old with a stick leaving injuries to his back, leg’s and testicles. Testicles! And, there are those that openly support this horrible person. Another player (Ray Rice) hit his wife so f’ing hard she went flying half way across an elevator, was knocked unconscious and was then dragged out of the elevator by him and there the players union is defending him! These things are offensive. What doesn’t offend me is that some people are offended by name that is not meant to offend. There is no malicious intent behind the name.
I don’t agree with the KKK, or the Westboro Baptist Church but I do believe in their right to exist. Freedom of speech not only protects the speech we like but also the speech we don’t. Also, I like to keep the crazy in identifiable groups so I know where they are. I know my opinion is unpopular and I am sure to be slammed for it but enough is enough. I know that my ideology isn’t flawless and my opinion has some holes in it that I am sure some are going to point out to me. However, it’s my opinion. I can’t help what offends other people. I can work only work on what offends me. Because, it is my problem, I am the one that is offended. That does not and should not give me the right to tell someone else what to say or how to express themselves in every single case. Sometimes, I just have to practice tolerance of the things other people say and do that offend me.