And then, today, Red pointed me at this.
I almost lost my temper. "What's next? Banning Thomas Jefferson because he also advocated rising up? Oh, wait! The Texas Board of Education has already begun that process 'cuz he isn't 'Christian' enough."
This shit is an outrage. It's straight up UnAmerican. And I never use that term.
Who let this happen? Who's voting on these initiatives? Who's helping push them through?
All of these are questions we need to seriously take into account.
EDIT: If you haven't, take a gander through the links below, and on my previous entry. And consider this: “It becomes obvious, when one reviews the evidence piling up, that this is a systemic attempt to deprive rightful Americans of their rights; to take away from them their right to freedom of speech, to instigate fear in them. The fluency tests proposed are no different from literacy tests that for almost an entire century kept African Americans from voting. The attack on 'Chicano' classes is just another way to intimidate professors and teachers alike. After all: if you have to watch everything you say, and 'advocating rising up' (which those passing these laws have done, in a very not-so-funny manner) is utterly dangerous... Your words become silenced. To those of you in Arizona who voted for these measures: you disgust me. To those of you who oppose these measures? I applaud you. This business is ugly, and we shouldn't be seeing it now. But we are. And if we do nothing, then the half-dead American Dream simply and completely dies. Or, in the words of James Joyce...”
“I will not serve that in which I no longer believe... Whether it call itself my home, my fatherland or my church; and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defense the only arms I allow myself to use: silence, exile, and cunning.”
- James Joyce
- James Joyce