In the America I grew up in, during the 1970s, we had endless opportunities to pursue. You could earn a great living working in a factory and if you chose to, could go to college in order to get a white-collar job. American Civics were taught in schools and there were expectations of how someone should conduct themselves in the public square.
In most areas of the country, there was a mixture of various nationalities which gave way to funny, sometimes awkward, and very seldom conflicts between neighbors and co-workers. Sitcoms of the time such as The Jeffersons and All In The Family had fun with the ethnic and cultural differences giving all Americans a lot to laugh at during the evening times of watching television.
Public speech was not very regulated but most people would refrain from using profanity when in the company of women and children. If you did not like what someone was saying you would leave their presence and would take steps to ensure to not be around them again, if possible.
If you did not like a business owner, his products, or services, you would stop going to it and your word-of-mouth negative expressions would prevent the business from getting new clients as potential customers did not want to experience the same issues.
What is cancel culture 2021?
With the advent of the internet and the influence of Marxist teachings in public education, those in generations Y Z, some call snowflakes, appear to be much more easily offended and willing to take out their frustrations again those who speak freely.
When their online groups or other social justice movements have determined their group's views on what should and should not be said, the followers willingly join in with the mob trying to silence the individual and/or business thus earning the label of cancel culture.
So what does cancel culture mean? Simply, it’s the idea of totally taking away someone’s (or support for someone’s) platform, fame, business, company, job, power, popularity – or any combination of the above – because of something that’s seen as unforgivable behavior.
If you wanted a proper cancel culture definition, dictionary.com says: ‘Cancel culture refers to the popular practice of withdrawing support for (cancelling) public figures and companies after they have done or said something considered objectionable or offensive. Cancel culture is generally discussed as being performed on social media in the form of group shaming.’
Some recent examples of the cancel culture in action include.
Mike Lindell — The CEO of My Pillow said his company was ditched by nearly 20 retailers after he publicly questioned the electoral results of the 2020 presidential election and made his election fraud claims into a movie. Lindell is an unwavering supporter of former President Donald Trump and visited him in the White House on Jan. 15 — five days before Mr. Trump left office.
Actor Laurence Fox claims to have been canceled by his former colleague and friend Rebecca Front, sharing a screengrab of a private message in which she explained that she found his All Lives Matter views offensive.
Chris Harrison resigned as host of the "Bachelor" franchise due to an ongoing racism controversy involving current contestant Rachael Kirkconnell who came under fire for resurfaced photos that showed her attending an "Old South"-themed party at a plantation in 2018.
Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the group that handles the iconic author's legacy, announced a handful of his titles, out of dozens, will no longer be printed or sold because of racist depictions. These books are not illegal to own, and in fact, many libraries have said they are actively finding ways to keep these titles on their shelves with context around their troubling content. Still, some people cried "cancel culture" and within days, mainstream Seuss titles like "The Cat in the Hat" were topping bestseller lists.
Bestselling country artist Morgan Wallen faced criticism after he was caught saying a racial slur on camera. Some radio stations decided to stop playing his songs.
Gina Carano, who played a supporting role on Disney's "The Mandalorian," was fired after comparing the treatment of conservatives to the Holocaust.
So where do we go from here?
Unlike the 1970s, the world the Baby Boomers and Generation X grew up in has given way to the divided states of America. As the older generations pass on, the movement of intolerance and cancel culture has become more effective in changing corporate policies and business practices. Throw in the social justice issues and the increasing numbers of their members moving up into higher management positions, speech is now increasingly regulated from the US Capital down to the family kitchen table.
If traditional Americans don't remove their children from the union-controlled public education system, stop supporting and allowing their children to watch shows from Disney, etc., and start sharing basic Civics with them, we are only one more generation away from cultural fascism and our government resembling China instead of the free enterprise system which helped lift billions of people out of poverty worldwide.
It's now or never for those of us who have enjoyed living under liberty, to fight to preserve our constitutionally protected freedoms for future generations, even while they try to stop us, not knowing what they do in the process.
With the Biden administration in power and both chambers of Congress under progressive rule, the odds are increasing the former may be true for our nation, resulting in Marxism, even if it is hard to fathom and accept for those who love our nation.