Is Cancel Culture Turning Us Into Liars?
The PC Police are getting out of hand here in the United States. People are losing their entire careers due to a huge change in our culture. For some reason, our culture is allowed to evolve and change but people are condemned if they also changed. Just look at look academia. A communications professor was put on leave after explaining that Chinese people have their own version of "um," which is "nei-gah." So the professor was of course placed on leave since students found him to be racist... But he is not alone there are many cases that are just as innocent where liberals are using their newly - found cancel power to ruin people's lives all in the name of being "PC," or "Woke." This has led many Americans to feel less than comfortable when it comes to expressing themselves regardless of political affiliation.
"In the 1950s, at the height of McCarthyism, 13.4 percent of Americans reported that they “felt less free to speak their mind than they used to.” In 1987, the figure reached 20 percent. By 2019, 40 percent of Americans reported that they didn’t feel free to speak their minds.
This isn’t a partisan issue. “The percentage of Democrats who are worried about speaking their mind is just about identical to the percentage of Republicans who self-censor: 39 percent and 40 percent, respectively,” Gibson and Sutherland report.
What are the consequences of this continuous self-censorship? In his book “The Great Terror,” the British historian Robert Conquest suggested one possible answer. In a passage about Soviet show trials, Conquest was troubled by something: Why did innocent people falsely confess to appalling crimes, even when most Soviet citizens themselves didn’t believe these people when they confessed?
Conquest’s chilling answer: Soviet citizens grew so used to lying that expressing one more falsehood was no big deal. People grew conditioned to accept the ever-changing standards and even to affirm support for them."
That's almost half of the country that is now too afraid to express themselves. We are letting the super sensitive dictate what we are allowed to say. We are on our way to 1984 with all of the censorship that is becoming common practice now. We have been seeing it for years now in Universities with their safe spaces and practically banning anyone with a controversial opinion from speaking. Sadly that's a best-case scenario the cancel culture is constantly ruining lives and we are just letting it happen. We need to put a stop to it, this goes against our freedom of speech. No one should be penalized for saying something wrong in the past, or even saying something that someone else finds offensive. That's kind of the whole point, people are allowed to say whatever they want unless they are inciting violence, and I think we are forgetting that.