The right side of the political spectrum is crying foul about the "cancel culture", the alleged modus operandi of the left. They say that if liberals don't like an idea or behavior or phrase, they cancel it, reject it, and ostracize the person.
And how is the right objecting to this cancel culture? By canceling, of course.
Our Canceler-in-Chief just dumped Dr. Fauci - the solitary voice of reason in the midst of an epic public health disaster - while railing against the removal of statues of racists and segregationists.
Logical conversation is as extinct as the mammoth. Our inability to have meaningful dialog permeates our lives.
I remembered an acquaintance who grew up in the segregated south telling me, "Wheyll, we had sehvants but we weh not racist, the liberals ah racist, they are the pahty of the Klu Klux Klan". I bit my tongue hard because of my professional relationship with her.
Last week, I read a story about private schools near us and how they treat marginalization with respect to black students. They don't. And my kid went to one of these schools, ugh!
A contact on LinkedIn wrote in support of Princeton dropping "Woodrow Wilson" from the name of their famed school of international affairs because the world needs symbols relevant to our times, not from a 100 years ago. The number of people who disagreed with him in unpleasant ways was staggering.
Obama captured our paralysis well:
There is this sense sometimes of: ‘The way of me making change is to be as judgmental as possible about other people' and that’s enough...That’s not activism. That’s not bringing about change. If all you’re doing is casting stones, you’re probably not going to get that far. That’s easy to do.
Sadly, the political milieu and opinion hosts in conservative and liberal media are exacerbating the problem with cancel and counter-cancel punches. We are no longer up for healthy debates based on facts. Science is obsolete, facts are fungible, and the loudest voice wins!
I am all for canceling that - and there you go, I am part of the problem, aren't I?!