The problem is world-wide, but North America in particular has turned into a bunch of whimpering, whining, wimpy, wussy, wieners. I’m all for being respectful, and not intentionally hurting feelings, but more and more, within any larger group, is a smaller sect, driven by the usual ego and insecurity, who make an industry out of being offended.
In Quebec, Canada, there are actually provincial government agents – Language Police – who drive the streets with notebook, dictionaries, and tape measures, to assure that theirs isn’t bigger than ours. Signs of all kinds in stores and shops are examined. The French language must come first and be shown above any others. English is the most censored and censured. All non-French lettering must be less than ¾ the size of the French.
In the past, in the USA, the whites were contemptuous of the Native Americans. Over the years, things have improved greatly. It’s not perfect. Nothing is. At least now, whites aren’t giving Indians smallpox-infected blankets. Within the Indigenous community, rather than accepting that sports teams’ names like Washington Redskins are now a show of respect and acceptance for a different kind of warrior, there are strident ‘Native American’ voices insisting that these names be changed. If you want insult, how ‘bout The Washington Lawyers, or -Congressmen?
Last year there was a big fooferaw about the display of a version of the CSA flag on State properties. South Carolina was forced to remove it from the Capital Building. While the ancestors of the white citizens may have owned Negro slaves, the flag is a symbol of White resisting White, cultural independence, in a political situation, having little to do with slavery, in the modern day.
Still – down it came. The goofy little, long-rerunning show, The Dukes of Hazzard, has now been removed from the airwaves, because the car – the real star of the show – is named The General Lee, after a Confederate leader, and displays the Rebel flag.
My city, Kitchener Ontario, used to be known as Berlin. It still has a strong Germanic population and feel. In 1916, in an effort to not offend surrounding non-Germans, it changed its name. Recently the Twin Cities have been pushing the infrastructure, in an effort to imitate some of the bigger cities.
Among other things, we are installing a street-railroad, down the length of an already overcrowded main artery. A non-German design engineer has been hired to produce design themes for stops, including the one shown above, across from the coming new train/bus station.
Scarcely had the artist’s drawing hit the internet, than there were howls of complaint. “How dare he produce a design with a Nazi Swastika in it??!” Don’t you see it? It’s as plain as the nose on your easily offended face.
These all remind me of the story of the little old lady who phoned the police, to see if they could do anything about the guy in the apartment across from hers, who wandered around in the nude. The Police detective carefully looked out her window and said, “I don’t see anybody nude.” She replied, “You have to go into the bathroom and stand on the toilet and use these binoculars.” 😳
This really is a First World problem. Too bad we can’t still use Australia as a penal colony. We don’t hear this kind of entitled shit coming from down there. I’d like to see how much complaining we’d get if these easily-offended butt-wipes were scrabbling to survive with subsistence farming. ‘Take a pill and get over yourself. Life’s a bitch. Don’t be another!’