Now – the City of Duluth wants to take the name “chief” out of different job titles because they find it offensive. Really? Do they not understand that the word chief itself means, “having a high rank or position?” I guess we can expect no less from these apologetic – liberal progressives. I really believe we have much more serious issues to deal with in regards to the Covid-19 fiasco, especially in regards to our local businesses’ survivability, tourism taxes that are exponentially limited, and all other areas of “City” business rather than trying to be politically correct. I’m also continuously disgusted by the City Administration and the City Council’s dealing with non-binding issues, issues of perceived morality over others, their extreme lack of communication skills, especially when dealing with others that have different political viewpoints and plethora of other reasons.
I have not read the Duluth News Tribune article in its entirety but I suspect that they assume that the word chief means something derogatory towards Native Americans, or, Indians as my wife says. She can get away with saying Indian because her mother is a band member of the Chippewa Nation and she’s about 20%. I suppose that “chief” can be a negative thing but ONLY in a context that it “may” be used. If I were to respond to a Native American, that I have no relationship with, as “Chief,” that could be construed as derogatory, inflammatory, disrespectful… Otherwise – “Chiefs” have been the leaders of many great Indian nations in America. In fact -Benjamin Franklin was so highly impressed by the Iroquois Nation, and their chiefs, that he even modeled or influenced some of their ways of governance into our American Constitution.
If I’m having a conversation with a sailor who is a Chief Petty Officer or an Air Force Senior Master Chief,and I respond with, “thank you for that insight “Chief,” I’m not being disrespectful, I’m respecting their rank or position. “Indian” could also be offensive, but again, it comes down to context. If someone is speaking to me about “Indians,” I can decipher whether or not the individual is talking about American Natives or peoples of India. I am also intelligent enough to understand the context of an individual’s statement. If I find that it is condescending or insulting, I will usually correct that person who may or may not be aware of what they are saying or how they are saying it. I always say, “how one conveys their message, will determine how it is received.” Think about what you say before you say it.
Political Correctness has really become a way of repressing other people’s opinions, and, their God given or evolutionary animalistic right to think or feel the way they want to on any subject matter. No person has the right to force someone else’s ideas or thoughts onto another individual, especially government! What really infuriates me about their thinking is that it hasbecome so repressive and offensive. They speak of diversity, first, what does it mean to be diverse? Diverse means,“differing from one another or unlike.” If you disagree or do not conform to their (City of Duluth’s) way of thinking, you become a racist, bigot, a radical ideologue in their eyes. I for one take great offense to people like this who only see things from one, shallow, narrow-minded perspective.
Lord knows that throughout our American history, our ancestors did some terrible things to Native Americans, Chinese, Italians, blacks, the Irish…they did, not me! I WILL NOT apologize for anything that has happened in the past, nor will I kowtow to anyone now or EVER! Another aspect of progressive insanity is that everything is relative. I’m sorry but I do not subscribe to that nonsense either. For me, there are many objectives and religious truths that I believe to be true or inerrant. Now – because I believe something is wrong does not mean that I sit in judgment of others for thinking differently than me. As I say, “All judgment is reserved for God or whatever one believes in.” Neither people nor governments have any binding or constitutional ability to determine what is perceived as a good word or bad word. The people can make that determination on their own!
As I begin to tie up this perceived rant, I’m reminded of one of Benjamin Franklin’s disciplines. That is, he would ask himself every morning, “What good can I do today?” And, in the evening he would ask, “What good have I done today?” This is a philosophy I, myself, try to live by. I would highly recommend that all Duluth politicians strive to live by this same philosophy and work for the “common good.” Because factually, in Duluth, in 2019, only 1.27% percent to 29.6% percent of voters show up in the primary’s and 20.11% to 55.3 percent show up in the General Election. The averages between both polls tell me that Duluth has not been fully represented by the majority in some time. I would also encourage reading the “Art of Communication.”