I, too, am guilty of participating in the Cancel Culture.
Here is my list of people and things that I have cut from my life because they have offended me in the last few years:
My older brother
My older sister
Most mainstream media
Most television shows that have gone woke
Roger Waters of Pink Floyd
The New York Times
Brett Stevens and other Never Trumpers
U2, though I do think Bono has his heart in the right place
Saturday Night Live
…and the list goes on and on.
The cancel list is getting longer all of the time. Any institution or person who calls me a racist, accuses of me of being a homophobe, or tells me that I lack compassion is judging me.
Anyone who tells me the United States isn’t special doesn’t know their history, nor do they realize how lucky they have it to be living in this time, in this place AND in our current system of governance. If you live in the U.S, you won the lottery. No generation has been more free than this generation. Period.
If you fail at living in the United States, that is on you.
Millions of people would love to leave where they live to come here. We are lucky, but it’s because we all had ancestors that contributed in some way to building this place.
Many African-Americans must understand history shows all races and cultures have been enslaved at some point in history; no one has exclusivity to this experience. It was indeed the slave trade that brought the African seed to the Americas, under the worst of circumstances, but the seed, having been planted, has yielded great fruit in the generations of sons and daughters who now rightfully call this place their home.
Imagine for a moment if the Black slave trade had instead been in China. Would today’s Black-Chinese citizen be in a better position than today’s Black American, to succeed and thrive? It’s a question worth considering.
In history, it’s the long game that matters; we are merely stepping stones of many connected generations, and only our future destiny is shared.
Today’s cancel culture disregards the past because it fears its truths will curtail short-term ambitions like power and privilege. Childish views about equity and justice are based on superficial emotions like envy and jealousy, and thus must eventually be outgrown as maturity sets in from life experience.
One day these virtuous citizens will realize instability only brings more oppression, not less, and a bigger government brings less freedom, not more.
There are a lot of people I can cancel until there is nothing else to cancel, but I would rather be allowed by these people to be who I am without fear of being shamed or denied. Isn’t that what we are all fighting for anyway?