Why public grave dancing should not be censored.
Some of you are young enough not to remember the days before the internet. In those days, the media could muffle public outcries, turn a blind eye to protests. Movements like we see nowadays were not possible because it was easier to keep them compartmentalized. Outrage didn't go viral. People as a whole didn't get woke. An insidious form of censorship existed back then. It was censorship through ignorance. Ignorance maintained by simply not reporting on the things that were actually going on.
Because of this lack of widespread, instant knowledge, lies like the Gulf of Tonkin could exist and millions could die and be maimed in wars every adult I knew during Nam understood to be lies, just so long as everyone remained unawares that everybody else, everywhere you went felt the same way.
We were never united. We were easy to divide and conquer.
The internet changed all that.
Believe it or not, however, the internet is still a place where that same type of insidious censorship exists. Many websites won't allow criticism of Israel, calling it antisemitic. Many websites are echo chambers, banning anyone who would criticize their narrative.
Most of us came from one such website.
Nothing in this day and age is more important than the freedom to say what we feel, as we feel it, without being shamed or pressured to conform to someone else's viewpoint. Even if what we say or feel is - in the eyes of the other person - in very bad taste. Haven't we learned already that the minute you censor some right wing extremist is the minute you censor all of us?
Which is why I find it abhorrent that over on Jackpineradicals, one of my favorite websites, they are censoring anyone who wants to "dance on the grave" of the now deceased George H.W. Bush.
This isn't about decorum, good taste, or taking a moral high ground. It isn't about someone's opinion of what should be the proper respect to show the dead. All those things are viewpoints and there are plenty of viewpoints out there up to and including announcing a day of celebration and ranting endlessly about what a piece of shit Bush was.
ALL valid points of view. ALL valid free speech.
But something more important is happening here and this is why I feel public grave dancing should not be censored. It's the same thing when everyone knew Nam was only about money but not everyone knew that everyone else knew it. We remained divided by ignorance. Publicly shaming and ridiculing a man who committed so many crimes is a NECESSITY to put an end to this form of insidious censorship. We ALL hated the man. We all need to know that we all hated the man. Most importantly, we need to share WHY we hated the man. So that we might recognize men like him more easily. So that their words no longer have any control over us because we've seen how they use their words and what deeds they are capable of.
We need to let the internet do what the internet does. Share.
Shame on Jackpineradicals for not getting that.