Some of us oldsters think woke is the past tense of the verb wake. Language and life change. Today woke is an adjective derived from African American Vernacular English.
It means awareness of racial prejudice and discrimination, as well as identity politics and social justice. Sometimes, this is taught in programs in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Some politicians have declared war on wokeness. In Texas and Florida, governors use this in their appeals to national audiences.
Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill that bans the teaching of “critical race theory” in K-12 public schools, although it’s taught only in law school. He ordered the state’s child welfare agency to investigate reports of parents providing their children gender-affirming care.
In his woke war, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill prohibiting classroom instruction on gender identity. He banned educators from teaching topics that address the consequences of racism. He has blocked state colleges from having diversity programs.
In response, Abbott blocked agency leaders from using diversity and inclusion policies in hiring.
As a result of this weird escalation, Abbott and DeSantis are now aligned against family values and recognizing centuries of discrimination.
But let’s think about what they have done. They claim to revere merit hiring. Really? How do they define merit? Is it purely quantitative, so the art of medicine or teaching does not count? Not my choice of doctor or teacher.
Does merit mean recommendations? Clearly subjective measures that lead to hiring people just like those already employed. Not much chance for folks who are different to be included.
What does diversity bring? It recognizes that everyone contributes. Freddie Mercury’s music rocks our stadiums. Associate Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson elegantly explains the original meaning of the 14th Amendment. Katherine Johnson used mathematics to help fly people to the moon, even though her being Black led NASA to ignore her work. Neil deGrasse Tyson explains astronomy to everyone after NASA made it clear he had no future with it.
Diversity brings insight and humor to diffuse conflict. It even makes children laugh at silly adults dressed in drag.
Creating a population without variation kills evolution. Without evolution, populations die.
To oppose equity is to oppose our Founders’ belief that all people are created equal. This was aspirational, but over the centuries, we have striven to be the land of equality. Women are still underpaid relative to men. Blacks are subjected to uneven policing. Equity means ending these patterns.
To be inclusive means offering the hand of friendship to the migrant and underserved. In the words of Jesus: “I was hungry, and you gave me food. I was thirsty, and you gave me drink. I was a stranger, and you welcomed me. I was naked, and you clothed me.” Being inclusive means acknowledging our shared humanity.
These are our founding beliefs. Today the Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness programs embrace these beliefs. To attack such programs is to attack our way of life. Americans must oppose anti-woke fascism.
" 'critical race theory' in K-12 public schools, .. taught only in law school" I wish it was true but even with a law in place it is still being taught in some classrooms. If he really believed "it's taught only in law school" then the law is moot. Why is he fretting? Why worry about a bill that does nothing?
DeSantis "signed a bill prohibiting classroom instruction on gender identity" Why should this be in a classroom? STEAM classes - SCIENCE! TECHNOLOGY! ENGINEERING! ARTS! MATHEMATICS! will get you into college or workforce. Gender Identity?[rolleyes]
"Abbott blocked agency leaders from using diversity and inclusion...." What's wrong with ending discriminatory practices? If this was in place maybe Dan Freeman would not have gotten to his position at UTMB simply because he's WHITE and MALE.
Careful, Mr. Douglas--Carlos Ponce may report you for breaking the rules: "Be brief. Keep posts to 150 words or less."
For all the persuasions this author presents in claiming that equity and diversity are good for our society his rose-colored glasses omit the always need for discretion. Discretion (the quality of having or showing discernment or good judgment) is what separates the animal and the human. That discretion - good judgement - is also what determines, in the cognitive process, which humans are acting in the best interest of the general society they are members.
Freeman is a prolific contributor with his perceptions. And consistently his offerinsg are excessively libertine (disregard of morality, ethics and social norms).
We are a society that has over 247 years incorporate the tenets and customs which led to our USA being acclaimed the Best Hope of Humanity. Over the last 60 years these libertines - under the banner of Progressive Liberals, that status - Best Hope of Humanity - has been diminished.
This libertine's article “Americans must awaken to fascist propaganda” is another of his denigration on the moralities, ethics and social norms.
It is vivid to any lucid intellect these libertine’s that are destroying the better attributes our society has embraced.
Vote wisely and MAGA!
“Freeman is a prolific contributor with his perceptions. And consistently his offerinsg are excessively libertine (disregard of morality, ethics and social norms).“
Absolutely not true. Calling Progressive Liberals “libertines” is not an example of a “lucid intellect.”
The author of this Op-Ed of deception orchestrated and printed here was yet another effort by the LEFT to "KOWTOW" to minorities, especially African-Americans leading them to believe false WOKE rhetoric in order to keep harvesting minority votes without doing much to get them!
I wonder what " ORF" would say to the author about this kind of behavior?
Must I give you the definition of every word to get you to comprehend the context of comment as being succinctly correct.
The noun "Progressive" is a person advocating or implementing social reform or new, liberal ideas. Modified by the adjective "Liberal" means - willing to respect or accept behavior or opinions different from one's own; open to new ideas. - and when the presentation does not express any limitations on the Progressive Liberal it is correct to declare that is libertine. the progressive liberal Public education produces the minimum of precision and a lot self generated conclusions that are anti-lucid. I.e. the illogical "I am a gender that is contrary to my biological reality", or "it depends on what the meaning of is, is. Is it the progressive liberal teachers that are creating these anti-lucid (confused) libertines, yes.
I noticed you stayed away from the definition of libertine while defining everything else (which was unnecessary).
“a person, especially a man, who behaves without moral principles or a sense of responsibility, especially in sexual matters.“
It is an attack on someone’s morals and character to call a person a “libertine.” It also shows your lack of character which, more often than not, includes your distain for inclusion and diversity.
Your last sentence is absurd. It is written by a person who, admittedly, has never set foot in a public school.
[thumbup], again, Ms. Flinn.
The use of "libertine" by David was appropriate, Paula.
My description - libertine - is appropriate when a progressive liberal repetitively produces articles with bannered titles insinuating -"FACIST PROPAGANDA" snd that promote activities that are destructive to society. The article promotes liberalism is to the extreme. Not once does the article advise a discretion.
You defining a word to me is never necessary.
As to the public school education for the last 60 years - which none of my children were exposed - and evidently you were a provider - reflect on the results achieved -and then - place the reprimanding where it belongs. Enticing with FREE a substandard education on the masses that produces bad results is a scourge on society.
Unfortunately sometimes curt responses are the only option left.
Careful, Mr. Hardee--Carlos Ponce may report you for breaking the rules: "Be brief. Keep posts to 150 words or less."
I am happy to go on record and state my opinion on the new forum rules and restrictions. Here it goes. This did not start because of Carlos. It was the doing of the Galveston ISD’s paid shill. Absolutely comments have been deleted before and after the new rules were put in place. So much for equal opportunity on this platform - it doesn’t exist.
Mr. Ed the tattle tell and who from his Georgia atheist tabernacle want to monitor the GN's Galvestonians comments again calls me out by name. Therefore to Mr. Ed in as few words possible, I say, who made you the God less authority on our comments.
Well written, Dan. Me likey! [thumbup]
"Do not link to sites outside galvnews.com."
Let's see--Carlos Ponce wants all the rules followed all the time. Starting now? (This will be interesting.)
Did I report you? No. But you have a Liberal pass. [rolleyes]
Mr. Ponce is quite selective about who he notes is breaking the rules and how. Agree with him or be him and he has no interest in whether you follow rules or stay civil and reasonable or brief. Following rules--just for those Carlos Ponce takes issue with.
Did I EVER post you broke the rules? No. I simply copied what the GCDN Editorial Board posted. You deduced that you broke the rules, Ed. That's on you.
Great read, Dan. They can't handle the truth!
Right on Dan! Now if only we could get rid of the traitor Republican legislators that are being held hostage by the religious zealots, liberty and justice for all just might come back.
Thank you, Dan. You've captured the actual situation rationally and logically in simple language. I'd love to hear your thoughts on "Cancel Culture."
So the usual cast of progressive liberals all rally behind the white guy…while taking no notice of the only responding black guy. If that doesn’t sum it up…I don’t know what does! The irony just kills me….
In the Bible we read God is no respecter of persons, i.e. God treats all people the same. The Liberal woke concept of "equity" with its check boxes flies in direct opposition to God's position. But Liberal Wokes aren't God. I would rather follow God's take on things than man's. Most Liberals don't know the difference between "equity" and "equality". It shows.
Gobble Gobble! Carlos which version of the book of fiction are you quoting?
So Lalacona is mocking someone's religion. How very WOKE of you!
Very well said Dan. Hopefully some will internalize from your accurate piece where 'woke' (to stay aware) originated and cease this idiotic pandering to the ignorant. Or not.
" 'woke' (to stay aware)" - Thanks for the joke, Raymond!
My pleasure indeed.
To 'stay awake and aware' long before 'woke'. Long before the use of the word became a sign of ignorance.
Sooooo the Wokes are ignorant![thumbup]
After 9/11, our world changed drastically. Everyday it seems we hear about another shooting. Our kids are placed at risk by attending schools, and our world is dangerous in everyday life activities.
Yet, instead of realizing Russia and China are forming alliances while Ukrainians are fighting for their nation and unprovoked aggression, some individuals on this forum keep thinking our fellow Americans - progressives and conservatives alike - are the enemy instead of realizing we have so much more in common than not.
I read Dan’s opinion column and thought he made some excellent points on the importance of diversity and acceptance of others.
Nonviolent Americans with disagreements in policy are not the enemy.
Charlotte, there’s a great, quick read on Substack titled, "The Most Dangerous People In America Right Now” about the censorship-industrial complex.
The individuals who self-selected to secretly censor the American people - they are the most dangerous people in America. The author voted for Biden, by the way and supports the war in Ukraine.
Deleting comments and censoring anyone that one may disagree with is absolutely an attack on our First Amendment Rights. Democrats seem to love controlled speech and censorship more than free speech.
In other news, the rest of the world are slowly siding with Russia and China’s calls for peace while the United States warmongering is exposed.
“Peace is indeed a dangerous idea for the military-industrial complex. Like health is for big pharma or truth is for mainstream media.” (132)
Ms. Addison!!! Great 👍 👌 Post!!!
I’m not a fan of the new rule restrictions on the GDN forum, not a fan of any free speech restrictions or censorship, but as to endorsing peace without a withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine … I hope it doesn’t happen.
"Be brief. Keep posts to 150 words or less."
"Edit yourself. No more than two posts per thread and stay on topic. Do not link to sites outside galvnews.com."
The rules are stupid, but they are the rules of the house. Why is the GCDN subjecting us to the opinions of people who are too willfully ignorant to obey them? Either enforce the rules or remove them.
If I can be succinct, anyone can.
A few comments (apt to be reported and deleted, I'm sure):--first, I affirm that I have not reported any comments on this guest opinion. Second, I think it's clear that Mr. Hardee is struggling mightily with his pretensions to be sophisticated and nuanced, since in fact I made no disparagement of his posts, regarding their length or otherwise. i was instead satirizing Mr. Ponce's newfound pretended respect for the rules. And, Mr. Ponce, it strikes me as astonishingly disingenuous for you to claim you did not call me out for violating da rules, when in fact I was the only one who had cited a link (to my substack blog--which, BTW, anyone can read and subscribe to and comment on for free and without obligation). I have certainly, like Mr. Ponce and Mr. Hardee and Mr. Douglas, posted *many* past GCDN forum posts that violate these rules. My subscription to the Daily News expires next month, and I may not renew since the restrictions--new or at least newly brought to my attention--seem unreasonable for all of us--conservative or progressive, religious or secular. And speaking of religious, does anyone else detect the whiff of hypocrisy from the guy who cites the Bible on here now but who has steadfastly refused to answer any questions gently and respectfully on the Bible, despite being commanded in 1 Peter 3:15 to do so?
Now if Mr. Hardee would kindly give me directions to my "Georgia atheist tabernacle" which I never before knew existed, I'd be grateful.
That tabernacle is the psychological conceptual intellect of an atheist. Atheism is "those who do not believe in God or a higher power or in a spiritual force of any kind" and ergo an atheist IS the supreme being image - God - unto themselves.
Mr Hardee's definition of atheism is reasonable enough, but his "ergo" does not follow at all. If Mr. Hardee does not believe Superman is real, that does not imply that he thinks he is Superman, or even Clark Kent.
One unique and essential element of a human is the psyche/id/ego (soul). You cannot be superman but you must be somebody. At birth you are a DNA body wanting to become - and will immediately bond with - somebody (mother usually) for sustenance - or die physically. With provider of sustenance represents your psyche's first image to replicate. Eventually you un-bond from sustenance dependence and begin becoming self. That is the intended path a human psyche travels to become a mentally healthy self. From there forward is the process of evolving self with all its trials and decisions building the never finished self till death. That never finished healthy psyche will want and need an image (superman) that is a goal to achieve. And if that goal has an attenuated process that can be used a lucid decision is to follow it (religion).
This dissertation is a summary of what psychology explorers have concluded and teach. Thus it is a heathy self that has recognized that a other than myself is the supreme being with attributes myself wants to emulate. This is where the atheist wants to be unique and departs from (denies) he is religious. Most probable is that
an atheist who has exercised his intellect to achieve his conclusion (anti-religious) has a very healthy psyche/self. But proselytizing atheism to the masses will create chaos since most use the simpler path (it is difficult to rationalize atheisms) to follow, religion.
Thank you, Mr. Buckner for stimulating me to struggle to get a better understanding of myself. Those regrettable apoplectic encounters were fruitful.
More calmly and reasonably presented, Mr. Hardee. But still mistaken, as is the sentence on which your conclusion apparently rests: "That never finished healthy psyche will want and need an image (superman) that is a goal to achieve."
Mr. Hardee! I can relate! You sir are deep...on this stuff! Many in this world don't realize and will never realize what you just posted! The Word of God cuts asunder, dividing the spirit and the soul! The soul of a man is a renegade with hellish tendencies, and can only be checked by the spirit of man educated, and nourished up in dominion, power, and authority to rule and to rein over the soul of a man which has been educated and nourished by personal experiences and the World!
Self-control comes from a man's spirit which has been guarded with all diligence because out of that type of heart flows the issues of life! ( Correct Decidions, and Godly Agape LOVE). The soul manufacturers worldly love ( Starge, Phileo, & Erotica ) ...and canot compete with God's Love.
Let me just Haul-Doff and say this,.....When I grow up, I want to ne like Mr. HARDEE!!!!! 👍 👌
Mr. Buckner, today is your lucky day.
I have tried to explain and give my answer to the eternal question - what is the goal of a human's life? I was trying to use a secular’s description.
Then Mr. Douglas joined in and submitted his description of the answer to the question from a spiritual approach and his description is much the same as what I described in secular terms.
If your not yet satisfied, then let me ask you for your answer to the question. That would be fair and enlightening.
The purpose of human life, Mr. Hardee? Here is something I wrote that was published years ago in a Christian Handbook of Religion that answers your question: "Atheism matters to me because I am convinced that only by being realistic and reasonable about human problems and needs can we hope to make human progress. And believing that there is a power above and beyond human beings that designed or cares about human affairs undermines human social development (or worse), as both human history and basic logic demonstrate. I do not think my life or humanity in general ultimately matters—I find no reason to believe there is any externally created purpose or meaning available. Yet I find considerable joy and satisfaction in life, treasure my friends and family, enjoy contemplating beauty, stand in awe of the natural universe, and share pretty much the whole range of human emotions with my fellow human beings. The myth of atheists as cold, unhappy, rationally calculating Mr. Spocks is, so far as my experience demonstrates, only a stereotype. The same can be said, emphatically, for the big lie that atheists lack moral standards or integrity. Like most atheists I know—and I know thousands, many of them reasonably well—I think that value, morality, beauty, and meaning are all human developments but are not the less important for that."
there is in fact more to be said on the subject, but I already violated the 150-word rule. Those who want to know more what I think should search for "Substack" and "Ed Buckner" and "Letters to a Free Country."
Sir. though I did not detail all the collateral pleasures that are part of a healthy self/psyche - I gladly incorporate into my - meaning of life - all you present.
Were I do waffle on your declarations it would be this phrasing " only by being realistic and reasonable about human problems and needs can we hope to make human progress." For the being (human) to trust only in it's being always rational (realistic and reasonable) is my fear. That fear has come to be on may occasions in varying degrees - mostly in times of heighten stress or shocking events. And during of soon after I need either a ruler - something to measure my SELF to or with - and apply to medicate my SELF back to a healthy psyche. That ruler and medication is always present in my reservoir of cognition as the effective trusted Supreme Being - that I struggle to emulate. That re-connect to my Supreme Being saves my soul and or self.
There is in the achieves many available rulers to adopt for emulating and history records the results of those decisions. Choosing among those historical results are personalities, religions, dynasties, autonomies and philosophies, etc.. Obtaining knowledge of all those available requires extra effort most will not exert, unfortunately.
Obviously, Me-ism has become very popular. That Me-ism has eroded the religious popularity in the USA . Atheism in the mind and hands of a rational and reasonable intellect (healthy psyche) is no threat. The similarities of Atheism and Me-ism are evident and in the mind and hands of a irrational intellect there is high potential for harm to self and others. There are few best able to rationally control SELF as their image. The traditional religious populous was better for the USA.
Mr. Hardee, not an unreasonable reply but not one I agree with. Yes, we all need standards against which to judge ourselves and others, and yes it might even be a plus to have an absolute standard--but wanting one doesn't mean there is one. There are, to be sure, all manner of human beings asserting that they can provide the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth if only we'll give them power and control. But for me that is evidence of human greed and ambition, not of anything divine. "Me-ism" is not at all the only alternative. Humanism--in my case preferably secular humanism--offers cultural communal standards that are powerful and important.
I meant to add, Mr. Hardee, that I don't think any human beings--including either of us--can be free of emotion or able to rely exclusively on rational thought. Emotion is very much an inseparable part of life and often a part of the joy of life.
I meant to add, Mr. Hardee, that I don't think any human beings--including either of us--can be free of emotion or able to rely exclusively on rational thought. Emotion is very much an inseparable part of life and often a part of the joy of life.
Agree. It is those other than joyful emotions where the dangers lurk. Especially if an unhealthy psyche is stimulated.
Recently I queried what is safer for children, an age-appropriate drag show or a gun show? I was asked if I had been to either. I was reminded of the gun show I attended in the early nineties, which scared me. I remembered the books at a vendor's table when asked what frightened me. Most were hate propaganda and manuals on building guns and bombs, also how to get around gun laws. I was told this was a wholesome family event, but what I saw convinced me otherwise. When I think of our lax gun laws and of people who have not accepted the fact transgender people are beautiful, kind, and loving and deserve to be treated with dignity. I don't get it; why would anyone be against the teaching of diversity? We must see the differences in people as a blessing and enough of the ridiculous hate speech. It reminds me of how I felt when I saw hate propaganda at that gun show.
Virginia, what is your interpretation of Deuteronomy 22:5?
Carlos> Please he ain’t right. Please what is the religion have to do with state law
Did I say it had anything with state law? I merely asked Virginia her INTERPRETATION of the scripture. And her answer says a lot.
I don't translate the bible. I know it's 2023, and I also believe man has evolved and changed, and many scientists are Christian. Love is amazing grace, and the world has changed since Deuteronomy 22: 5 was written, and it's a good thing, Carlos.
Thank you, Virginia. That explains your Liberal religion.... but not God's.[rolleyes]
One of the problem with humans, is they evolve and think GOD will evolve.with them but God says:
" I AM GOD AND I CHANGE NOT!" --- AND----
" Jesus Christ is the SAME yesterday, today, and FOREVER!!!!!! The fact that puny humans decides they don't like what thus says the LORD,... does NOT mean that the God of the universe will scramble around heaven telling everybody up there that, " YALL WE GONNA HAVE TO CHANGE OUR DOCTRINE BECAUSE MEN ON THE EARTH HAVE EVOLVED YALL!"
The only thing which will evolve is HELL WILL HAVE TO ENLARGE ITSELF SO AS TO ACCOMMODATE MORE OF THOSE WHO THINK AND THOUGHT THEY WERE SMARTER THAN GOD! This information is free NO CHARGE! If it does not apply to you don'tttttttt worry! Keep doing you!!!
I believe in a gracious God and the principles of Jesus. Forgiveness helps me see how much his love is for all people. I have so much gratitude for all he has helped me through. I couldn't feel more love from my savior for giving me the ability to overcome all man and his will, not God's will, has created in my life, you see I know evil is part of man; we are all capable of harm to others, and possibly unintentional. To me, it's not all black or white. Love and forgiveness.
[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] Very well said Mr. Douglas.
Way too many people want Our Lord to come to their terms and do not live per His.
This discourse reminds me of the early days when President Lyndon Johnson (1963–69) administration: developed and implemented the Affirmative Action (AA) program. Later the program was expanded to cover women and Native Americans, Hispanics, and other minorities, and the use of racial quotas. Precipitating and continuing legal battles as the Court challenges began as the AA program was thought to be a form of “reverse discrimination.”
Seems that the current evolution of AA is titled Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). As it appears, DEI uses the concept of “demographically based competency (DBC).” Just think about it. So, because the wording is different, the basic problem remains. Just my thoughts. (110)
Astounding perception. So few can make the association to the Lyndon "great society" disastrous effects on our entire society. Cleaning up will take decades.
[thumbup] Bingo!! Mr. Boix!!! Also all of it is politically calculated!
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