There are times when I feel the "thought police" assume too much power.
Often in my life, I have been told when I should be offended. I've also been told that some issues I take offense to are trivial matters and that I am behind the times.
As a Northeast Ohio resident, I am reminded every opening day of baseball season that Chief Wahoo, the Cleveland Indians Mascot, is offensive to Native Americans. Now there are times that I get tired of seeing Chief Wahoo everywhere, but I don't equate him with the Native Americans that I know.
I also don't get offended at high schools with the nickname of "Indian" or some variation of it.
As a Caucasian, I do not take offense at such terms as "cracker" or "white trash." Matter of fact, I have referred to myself as white trash on occasion, though I am neither white nor trash.
I do get offended when I hear the "n" word. I have heard too much hate expressed when I have heard that word.
I get offended when I hear the Lord's name in vain. Jesus Christ died for my sins. His name is too valuable to be used as a swear word. And folks don't realize what their asking for when they ask God to damn something or someone.
I also am offended when I hear vulgar slang terms for parts of the human anatomy used in mixed company.
Michael Richards-Kramer from "Seinfeld" went way over the line when he verbally abused a couple of black males in a comedy club last year. The worst thing that will happen because of this will be Richards' career will never be the same. He should have been more responsible for his words and actions, and he will suffer in the public arena.
What Don Imus said about the Rutgers womens basketball team was a thoughtless statement and was wrong. But it was also wrong for other media people to make a name for themselves because of it. CBS proved to me that they have a double set of standards in this case. They took Imus of the air for this. Another morning personality, Shane French aka Rover has a show in Cleveland. It's a populsr show in C-town, but it bombed in other markets. The week following the Imus incident, I heard him, while making copies in another office, tell one of his sidekicks, Dominec Deiter, that if he didn't live up to a dare, he would be kicked in the (testicles). He said the (to me) offending word twice in a 30 second period.
I am blessed in the fact that there are no ignorant people on my blog roll. I myself don't blog for shock value, mainly because I have been accused of wearing my feelings on my shirt sleeve. I try to use the golden rule-Do unto others as you would have others do unto you- as my guide when I am blogging.