Posted by Gabbix2 on November 18, 2005, at 14:12:27
In reply to Re: US Bill of Non-Rights (an email I rec'd), posted by wildcard on November 18, 2005, at 9:07:12
>I did take the above mentioned email lightly. I guess the difference w/ myself personally is that I read an opinion of another person and I have always respected that 'freedom'. I have realized that I may never 100% agree with something another person says, and I know that sometimes there are those certain things that hit that one raw nerve and as humans, we react.
That's it, exactly : )
I'm sure there are things I laugh at that other people think are awful. I wouldn't post them on Babble though :0
I do have a genuine trigger response (though i'm not quite sure what that means to everyone) in this case it means I can't sleep.
And I don't look to be offended. However When I hear comments like "One true God" and "English is our language" It makes my blood boil.
I just can't help but think about the methods that were used on the Native people in order to make North America "Christian" and English Speaking. Entire cultures were destroyed, thousands died.
I can't take that lightly, just as I can't take the Jewish holocaust lightly.
I wonder how anyone can speak so sanctimoniously, as if this the way North America has always been, and those historical atrocities forgotten. It really wasn't that long ago. And the irony is, the first white settlers were welcomed, they were fed by the Native people.
The last residential school for First Nations children who were without choice, taken from their homes in order to force them to break any connection their own culture was only closed in the 1970's
Additionally, I have a personal love of diversity. I live in a community with a high percentage of Punjabi speaking people, and I want to learn to speak Punjabi (Even though the store owners who try to teach me, chuckle good naturedly at my feeble pronounciation)
**** I know that CT did not mean to offend anyone though and even stated that she didn't agree w/ all he said.
I realize that. And though I'm not saying Theresa will change her views,this is where I think open polite dialogue is very helpful.
I have said things that in retrospect I cringe about, because people offered me a different view, and I think differently now.
***This is just one of those times where I wish there was a reverse button on life.
Yeah, wouldn't that be great.. for so many reasons :)
Oh and if anyone wonders how I can afford a computer on 140 a month, it's because I don't have a phone, I had to choose between the two.