“What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.
Some men, you just can’t reach.”
- Strother Martin in Cool Hand Luke.
Last week, the residents of a number of homes in Coronado that displayed political campaign signs supporting the current U.S. President, woke up to find the above sign planted in their yard.
We at the Coronado Eagle & Journal found this to be a very disturbing event for our town.
One of the pillars of American society has been our freedoms, including having the freedom to state your opinion without fear of persecution. It has been difficult watching this freedom virtually disappear, most demonstrably in support of a political candidate of your choice.
Freedom of speech is a principle that supports the freedom of an individual or a community to articulate their opinions and ideas without fear of retaliation, censorship, or legal sanction. (Wikipedia)
The almost daily attacks on social media, in person and during protests against individually protected freedoms are un-American at their core, and should not be tolerated. Allowing such attacks to continue, or supporting these condemnable actions dampen the American freedoms that have been so hard earned.
When these signs appeared on residents’ lawns accusing them of being racist because of their political choice, we were glad that we didn’t know who the culprits were, and hoped they were not Coronado locals.
Some people espouse freedom of speech until it disagrees with their views. That’s not freedom of speech; that’s narrowmindedness and insecurity. Our society was founded on principles dedicated to the appreciation of diversity of opinions.
Do we really want carbon copies of one view in society? By listening to a contrasting opinion, our own views may change or shift slightly or become more indelible. Our world is certainly more interesting and allows for more intellect when we welcome people to express their views without intimidation.
Just because someone supports one candidate or another in an election does not give anyone the right to call them a “racist”.
Can we truly claim we know the reasons people are voting for one particular candidate unless we sit down and ask them?
Isn’t this attitude and discrimination exactly what we are trying to prevent and eliminate?
Everyone has the right to their own vote, and if someone were truly interested in trying to eradicate things like injustice and intolerance they should examine their actions in this case and ask themselves if this is the step in the direction to the world they envision.
An act of aggression (however passive) will only sow more aggression. Hate only begets hate and true change comes from compassion and understanding.
And this all brings us back to communication, we can’t have it if we resort to ignorant labeling based on preconceived notions and stereotypes. Isn’t that one of the very underpinnings of racism?
Coronado Is better than this, America is better than this.