Today I sat in on a court case that hurt me a lot, and I realized I am part of the problem. Maybe some of you at ATS have been a part of the problem
also? Please, please read on and think about this. Words are powerful, and the way we refer to others, defines the feelings towards them...
This is very personal to me, spilling my emotions like this. But I was born and raised in 'The Land of The Free'. (I do not know if I will take this
down... please accept it with kindness, if that is too much to ask)
But, here is more of what I mean.....
A play on words can affect the way a person views others. It gives them a general image in their mind that makes other human beings less-than-human --
It dehumanizes entire populations and throughout history has been a means of control.
It has allowed populations to witness genocide, and consider it to be OK because of this blanket statement describes the target people as
Example, in 1994 in Rwanda, an entire population was deemed 'cockroaches
Surely this didn't make it more difficult for a population to accept the murdering of a million human beings?
I mean, giving something a name is actually a way of pre-programming a specific thought about it. Naming a population of people, is a powerful way to
enforce an opinion about them, so the rest of the population is enthusiastic and happy to support oppression or murder.
More examples of 'names' given, to rally support against people, so they may be oppressed or murdered without opposition (see if these sound
- Illegal Alien
- Deadbeat Dad
- Drug Addict
- Homegrown Terrorist
- Religious Fanatic
- And, many more.... (Feel free to give me more of these... I really would appreciate it.)
It is my opinion that labeling a group of people truly dehumanizes them. Society rallies behind oppression, when it is someone considered
less-than-human being affected.
Simply using a word, establishes the way something or someone is viewed. Words can be a powerful weapon.
I have used a couple of the terms I listed above. I was just reinforcing the stigma that goes along with these groups of individuals, and legitimizing
their oppression. I will not be doing it again. People need to be AWARE of what they are doing when they use blanket statements or generalizations,
against other people.
Constitutional rights HAVE been TAKEN AWAY from AMERICANS!!!!!!!!! ( I am NOT kidding. )
Injustice is everywhere. Is there any way to stop it??