Quite a bit of the censorship, word-banning and historical air-brushing we are seeing during the George Floyd Freakout, aka The Great Stupid, are fueled by ignorance, like that of the black D.C. employee in 1999 who forced David Howard, an aide to Mayor Anthony A. Williams, to resign for using a “racial slur.” (“Niggardly (noun: niggard) is an adjective meaning stingy or miserly. It is derived from the Middle English word nigard, which is probably derived from Old Norse hnǫggr , meaning “stingy”) After Howard was reinstated, there was wide agreement that this was political correctness run amuck. Julian Bond, then chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said, You hate to think you have to censor your language to meet other people’s lack of understanding…Seems to me the mayor has been niggardly in his judgment on the issue” and noted that the US has a “hair-trigger sensibility” on race that can be tripped by both real and false grievances.”
Ah, those were the days! Imagine as statement like that coming from the NAACP today.
The core idea behind the three Niggardly Principles is that ignorance and stupidity should not be enabled, reward or encouraged, though it is unkind—unethical—to deliberately set out to offend someone even if the source of the offense is the individual’s knowledge or intellectual deficit. (That’s the Second Niggardly Principle.)
I do not think that one applies to this episode: Greg and Kjersten Offenecker, owners of The Nordic Pineapple in St. Johns, Michigan removed the Norwegian flag and an American flag posted outside their Civil War-era mansion last week because morons had accused them of promoting racism in the largely conservative Michigan town.
The couple said they capitulated after receiving “at least a dozen hateful emails” and other complaints. “I don’t see it because I grew up with the Norwegian flag.To me they are two distinct flags,” shrugged Kjersten.
They ARE two distinct flags, you cowardly, submissive enabler of race bullies.!You should have issued each sender of those emails an explanation. You should have put out a press release clarifying the difference between the flags. You should have extended a little time and commitment to protect speech and expression from sinister efforts to intimidate and censor by the proto-totalitarian Left, which is getting less proto- by the hour. Too much trouble to do your duty to fight for American values and principles, is it? Then I pronounce you a lazy and irresponsible citizen.
Here’s the Norwegian flag next to the Confederate flag:
They are not the same design. They do not have the same colors. Why are you allowing people this stupid to dictate your conduct? And if you remove the American flag because some vile mutation of citizen complains, you are as anti-American as it is. You are the kind of submissive coward who would raise a Nazi flag because your neighbors insisted on it.
The United States cannot survive if it is dominated by the ignorant and the meekly submissive.
Boy, Norway is so lovely this time of year. I don’t know how you can stay away…
It’s close, but I think this is worse. I think Greg and Kjersten Offenecke would beat Catherine Roome in a Scrabble game. Fortunately, Roome is not an American, but as we know, stupidity is a pandemic too, and this particular brand will cross all borders.
Roome, previously president and chief executive officer of Technical Safety BC, published an op-ed to announce why she was now calling herself “president and lead executive officer.” She wrote in part, making my brain hurt,
As folks who know me well will tell you, I am a stickler for inclusive language. I often interrupt people – board directors, heads of organizations, politicians and others – if I feel they are using titles for our employees that are outdated. So to receive constructive feedback on my own use of language made me sit up and take notice. One particularly courageous colleague pointed out that I was using a word in my title, president and chief executive officer, that represents something deeply meaningful to many Indigenous peoples. It is a word that is honoured and respected in First Nations culture and conveys a meaning very different to organizational leadership. The origin of my original title is European. That doesn’t give me a pass. Asking about how racism affects a person and being given an answer means I can choose to listen and do something, or I can stay silent. I have long been a champion for Indigenous rights and reconciliation. Yet I am ashamed to say, the thought had never even occurred to me that the title I proudly held could evoke such a response, or even be viewed as disrespectful to the very reconciliation process that I support. So upon reflection, I have changed my title within the organization to president and lead executive officer.
The thought had never occurred to you, CR, because it makes no sense. Chief is not a Native American word. Most tribes had their own word for what we would call a chief. In Navaho, for example,the leader is called Manuelito.
The word “chief” originated in 13th century Middle English; it isn’t cultural appropriation for English speakers to use it; it’s cultural appropriation for Indians to use it. Fine: they can call their leaders whatever they want; who’s stopping them?
To be fair to Roome, this foolishness wasn’t original with her:
Conservative writer Tyler O’Neill writes, accurately,
Catherine Roome is not just engaging in virtue signaling, she’s abetting an Orwellian attempt at redefining basic words according to Marxist critical theory, finding supposed racist oppression behind every innocent syllable.
In his article, he lists some other equally obnoxious example of word-banning, attempted and successful. by the Virtue-Signalling Woke, like the NBA’s elimination of the term “team owner.” CNN called for the abolition of the phrase “Masters Tournament” for the PGA Tour. Last month, a Texas realtor group announced it would no longer use the term “master” when referring to bedrooms and bathrooms .
The remedy for this, for all non-Norwegian-Americans, is to refuse to capitulate to it. Complain, attack, defy, mock, whatever it takes. Free speech and expression are at stake. The Third Niggardly Principle applies:
When suppressing speech and conduct based on an individual’s or a group’s claim, sincere or otherwise, that such speech or conduct is offensive, however understandable and reasonable this claim may be, creates or threatens to create a powerful precedent that will undermine freedom of speech, expression or political opinion elsewhere, calls to suppress the speech or conduct must be opposed and rejected.”