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After the Charleston shootings, the Left has engaged in a concerted political correctness attack on symbols of the Confederacy and early American history in general. The attack began with the Confederate Flag being flown on the South Carolina capital grounds. Amazon and EBay quickly followed suit, banning the sale of any items showing the Confederate Flag. New York Post movie critic, Lou Lumenick, suggested that the movie Gone With the Wind should be banned and confined to museum showings. Some people have called for the Jefferson Memorial to be demolished and schools named after Confederate war generals to be renamed. It is a broad brushed attack to ban anything related to the Confederacy as not being politically correct.
The logic of the assault appears to be that the Confederacy consisted of slave states, the Confederate Flag represented the Confederacy and thus slavery, and, therefore, any depiction of the Confederate Flag suggests that the person displaying the flag approves of slavery. In turn, another person viewing the flag-adorned article may become offended that the flag-bearing person perhaps approves of slavery. Thus, to save the other person from becoming offended, the flag-bearing person must not have such a flag to bear. No flag, no offended people. The logic draws itself out when applied to non-Flag artifacts like the Jefferson Memorial and school names, but the end result is the same. Whatever it is must be banned so as not to offend the hypothetical other person.
The Islamic State, commonly known as ISIS, also bans things that it considers “haram,” which means “sinful.” For example, ISIS has banned jeans that are too tight (skinny jeans), cigarettes, and cell phones with music saved within. ISIS imprisons and reeducates people that do not comply.
Although I have not read an account of ISIS’s logic, it seems easy to fathom. The logic appears to be that ISIS’s prophet has set forth laws of conduct and anyone that violates those laws offends said prophet. These items and actions (skinny jeans, music on cell-phones) must be banned so as not to offend said prophet.
This comparison between the bans of ISIS and the Left allows for the conclusion that the Left views political correctness and the easily offended hypothetical other person the same way that ISIS views haram and its prophet. In other words, the Left has transformed their beliefs into a religion with political correctness as the word of God and a hypothetical offended other person as a deity. And, no, I am not saying that the Left is ISIS, and I am not saying that the Left is beheading people to enforce its political correctness word of God. What I am saying is that ISIS and the Left share the same logic to ban things.
On the evening of June 17, a man shot and killed nine people in a Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The murderer is white and the victims were black. At least one witness says that the murderer wanted “to start a race war.”
God never intended humanity to divide itself along racial lines. The Bible says: “God created man in the image of himself, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27. In other words, God created humanity. God did not create humanity and then tell humanity to divide itself based on skin color and then battle each other.
Acting contrary to God’s wishes in this way is immoral; we can see the divisiveness of racial identity wherever we look. The murderer wanted a “race war.” Some media outlets instantly seemed to oblige, headlining the racial identities of the murderer and victims, so as to spark racial anger. See Charleston Church Shooting: White Gunman Kills 9 At Historic Black Church, Huffington Post.
Media division along racial lines is nothing new. The New York Times, in a now famous attempt at racial division, created a new characterization of “white Hispanic” as George Zimmerman’s identity, in 2012. We need only view major news websites for seconds to see racial divisions dominating the headlines.
Regardless of whether the media intends to create an “us versus them” racial divide, that is the end effect. Media obviously creates racial separation. That separation creates hate. Martin Luther King, Jr. knew this:
Men hate each other because the fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they can’t communicate with each other; and they can’t communicate with each other because they are separated from each other.
A Look to the Future, Sept. 2, 1957. Whenever media separates humanity by race, media creates hate. We all see it.
For these reasons, I no longer identify myself based on skin color, not that I really ever did. I’m just “God’s creation.” That’s all the identity I need.
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