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Thoughts on not taking part in lies

Stephen B. Waters
Posted 6/23/20

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn said, “The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie.” Let lies not live through you. Across history, some cultures build. Other cultures …

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Thoughts on not taking part in lies

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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn said, “The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie.”

Let lies not live through you. Across history, some cultures build. Other cultures destroy. The proper response to destroyer cultures is to stand strong in spite of them.

After three weeks of daily protests, vandals in Portland tore down a statue of George Washington. Just like the Tulsa rally protest provocations staged for the media, they want to undermine civil society.

Not this time. Turn your back on them. We owe reverence and respect to those who, however flawed, made this country possible. So many of all races paid with their lives to create and preserve this country. That’s reason enough to stand for the national anthem.

The genius of the founding fathers was the humility to see all humans are flawed, and then create a framework in the Constitution to correct those flaws over time — if later generations will be humble enough not to destroy it before they appreciate its wisdom.

With rhetorical insight, Scott Adams nails a lie, “Black lives matter, of course, and racism is everywhere there are people. But “systemic racism” as a complaint is a manipulative form of persuasion and I reject it. It creates a favored class of victim who are in poverty for a specific reason, which is obviously racist.”

Claiming “systemic racism” vandals have burned down neighborhoods and small businesses owned by minorities, moved to erase traces of minorities in business, masked themselves to remain anonymous, and elevated criminals and thugs.

They claim to stand for inclusion and diversity but attempt to re-segregate people. They attack those of different religions, stoke racial hatred, and engaged in race-based violence. They made race the measure of all things and despise the concept of color-blindness. Turn your back on them.

Peaceful protesters draw attention to problems, but sloganeering often stops short of reflective conversations that weave understandings together into solutions that motivate us to move forward.

In another corner, radical protesters, writers, and media understand America. They just don’t like it. The 1619 Project or Howard Zinn’s People’s History, cherry pick a subset of past events and ignore what doesn’t fit their narrative.

They discard character, issues, insights, logic, and undermine common understandings of words to bludgeon others into submission. Destructively postmodern, like Droogs in Clockwork Orange, they trash the past, present, and future unconcerned their ignorance will turn back to bite them.

They demean and diminish the profound accomplishments and principles of Martin Luther King, who urged us to judge people not by the color of their skin, but by their character. Turn your back on them.

Along the way, pandering media mangles news. Writers virtue signal, warp statistics to misguide, and focus their media lens so closely on race they distort the rest of the world. For them, race has become the measure of all things.

Race-baiters orchestrate the shakedown of corporate America. Social media magnates selectively restrict content. Websites aligned with BLM push donations toward political action committees to fund the next set of political grifters in office. Turn your back on them.

Despite the noise, citizens across the country stand strong. In our city, diversity, quality, and character grew, strengthened by a cascade of Erie Canal travelers, military, and manufacturing employees. Locally, racial tension tends not to be “systemic” and is best dealt with by studying, working, and playing together.

As we overcome the pandemic, the political theater, and rebuild the dynamic American economy, don’t take part in the lie. Embrace community, help your neighbors, and celebrate the good we continue to do.

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Michael Corbett

There are none so blind as those who will not see. Stephen Water's rambling opinion appears to say there is no systemic racism, and that the founding fathers contributions outweigh their flaws in owning slaves. He implies that anyone claiming systemic racism are themselves racist, that news organizations mangle the news and warp statistics, ignoring the false and misleading statements from our president.

We have flaws and we have systemic racism, and to turn your back on either means we will continue to suffer from them. When our president refuses to consider renaming Army bases named after confederate generals, he is honoring those who fought for slavery. When police officers in Wilmington, NC speak openly of slaughtering blacks to keep them back, we have systemic racism. This is not political theater, it is a reflection of the majority of our population that now see this as the problem it is.

Do not turn your back on it. Confront the truth, learn from it, and improve the future for all.

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