Helen Thomas Censored — So Much For Free Speech!
Helen Thomas said that she sees the Israelis as the occupiers of Palestine, who should return to their countries of origin. Within 24 hours of saying that, she was without an agent, without a speaking engagement, and without a job . . . Whatever happened to free speech in America?
Speech in America is descending to the character of a game that children used to play. An anticipated move would be announce to the leader, followed by the request, "may I." Well Americans should get all of their words together, and take them to Big Brother, and meekly ask, is this something that I am allowed to say, in the land of free . . . May I . . .
Ari Fleischer said that Helen Thomas' words were equivalent to a demand that all *Diasporans return to Africa. But instead of making his point, through this false analogy, he revealed his bias since, he only designated one group of Americans as vulnerable to that condition. Somehow he overlooked the fact that ALL Americans, not just those of African descent, are the descendants of immigrants; and if there were an analogy to be had, it would be a comparison between Jews required to leave Israel; with the descendants of all nationalities, except Native Americans ("Indians"), required to leave America. Ari Fleischer is wrong if he thinks that 400 years of unpaid service, diminishes an American's entitlement.
The trouble with this speech challenge is that we are at a loss for words, that inform us of what we can say. So far we know that Isaiah Washington is not allowed to say faggot, but Glenn Beck and Ann Coulter can. A University of Toledo administrator, Crystal Dixon, was fired for writing that homosexuality and race are not comparable; yet Vanderbuilt's Professor Awadh A. Binhazim keeps his job, after he said that homosexuals should die . . . You can loose your job for calling high performing female student athletes "nappy headed hoes," but you will probably be compensated with subsequent lucrative opportunities. You can't say Negro, if you are Harry Reid, but you can if you are the government, or an organization, or a song. If you are Glenn Beck, and you call the President a racist against whites, it might get you nudged out of one job, and into another, where you can call the president a racist against blacks, and you can denigrating his young child as not smart enough for you, and not white enough for her father who, according to Beck, "hates black people . . ." In addition to the freedom to call names, and abuse children, there is a speech free-for-all respecting religion, as long as it is the Christian religion. A caricature of Jesus, as a whirling dispenser of feces, won't cause you to loose your job, it can actually be you job . . . But the delima persists, despite all that we know about speech, we still do no know, what we can say . . .
We are descending into the unpredictable world of the neurotic, where the only standard is, the standard of the day. Professionals, athletes and celebrities are apologizing about, and explaining words, that they did not know, they should not say, until they got in trouble for it.
We used to know that name calling was a no-no, and attacking the religion of others was taboo; now name calling is a fine art, and denigrating religion has become an occupation . . . We can say many words, and we can say bad words, despicable words, insulting words, hateful words, insensitive words, painful words — just so long as we only speak empty words — words that speak nothing, of our personal truth . . .
*Diasporan: A descendant of a survivor of the African diaspora.