Does Banishing, Firing and Suspending Solve the Duck Dynasty Syndrome?
Let’s consider the bigger picture regarding racist, homophobic, hater comments by individuals in the media
Banishing, suspending, firing people like Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty or Justine Sacco may shut up an individual, or cause them to make an insincere apology. But those words came from their thoughts, which came from their feelings, which reflect a bias or prejudice what what they’ve read or heard, and which they came to believe as absolute truth. They are not isolated thoughts of the one or two but the thoughts of countless others who think the same.
Firing, suspending, banishing without meaningful discussion and interaction perpetuate the idea that bigoted thinking is fine, just don’t say it out loud, but thinking and saying result in actions, Bigoted thinking results in discrimination, trivialization and marginalization of others.
I want to see a change in cultural thinking, to stop ignorant, racist, homophobic words and thoughts in our world.
I have been leading and participating in diversity dialogues and have seen some incredible breakthroughs and changes.
Let’s talk together about how to educate, relate, and dialogue nationally to change how people think about people who are different. It’s not a question of freedom of speech, it’s a question of freeing minds.