“Oppression is not hearing a word that offends you. Oppression is being told that you can’t say certain words because you’ll offend someone else.” ~ Unknown

When we were growing up, our parents taught us how to be tactful. “If you can’t say anything nice,” my mother said, “don’t say anything at all.” It was a good lesson and one that I eventually passed on to my kiddos. Things were different back then; most people didn’t look for things to feel offended about. Even the shows we watched on television were more relaxed and we, as an audience, saw the humor for what it was ~ the ability to laugh at ourselves.

In today’s world of “political correctness”, anything we put “out there” on the internet has the potential to offend somebody. It’s sad when someone like Steve Martin couldn’t tweet something {about his friend, Carrie Fisher, after her untimely death yesterday} without being pressured until he deleted it. Why? Because it sounded sexist. It wasn’t…but certain people took it that way.

How many Facebook posts, blog posts, tweets, Instagram posts, etc. have been deleted because of “offended backlash”? These people, known as Social Justice Warriors, are self-appointed internet police who scour the internet in search of things that “offend” them and deploy bully tactics until they get what they want. We live in a world where we can no longer express any opinion that doesn’t fit in with a certain narrative. We live in a world with a group of people who, on one hand, post whatever the hell they like not caring who THEY offend…and, on the other hand, cry out when they feel triggered. The rest of us sit in fear of posting anything because we’re more worried about offending someone. I can’t count how many times I have hit the “backspace” key on a post because I think it’s not worth the trouble it might cause, should someone get offended.

This is true oppression, folks. The people who cry out about feeling oppressed are the ones guilty of oppressing others. Every time we delete something we post, expressing an idea, opinion or belief, we are caving into the oppression. We’ve given these Social Justice Warriors exactly what they want. We’re enabling them to continue living in their echo chambers and shout down those who dare to disagree with them. We are being silenced by people who couldn’t care less about how we feel…as long as they’re heard, that’s all that matters.

So I implore you to stop deleting. Stop hesitating to say what you want to say. Stop worrying about your thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and ideas offending others. No, you don’t have to be nasty. No, you don’t have to rise to their bait when they challenge you. There’s a great feature called “BLOCK” that’s more effective than trying to change their small minds. But, for fuck’s sake, don’t let them silence you.

Your message is important, too.

“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” ~ George Orwell

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