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Driving a Wedge Between Us

            It seems that the people of our "woke" society are operating in overdrive.  The newest target is sheet music – notes drawn on a five-line staff to indicate pitch and duration.

            Britain's The Daily Mail recently reported that the intellectuals at Oxford University are thinking about scrapping sheet music because it is "too colonial" and guilty of complicity in white supremacy.

            The target isn't musical notations, but rather old musical notations because it is white European music from the slave period.  That includes the composers like Ludwig Von Beethoven and Wofgang Amadeus Mozart.

            Author and Behavioral Science Editorial at Science News, Bruce Bower, recently opined that "Everything from before 1865 is 'from the slave period.' If it's necessary to cancel music from that era, then certainly every other aspect of pre-1865 Western civilization should also be disposed of: not just art and literature but, say, furniture design and agricultural methods. And what about the scientific principles that were discovered before 1865 and that made possible electrification, travel by car and air, cures for various diseases and, eventually, the Internet?"

            And, let's take a look at the word "surge."

            According to the Cambridge Dictionary, as a noun the word means "sudden and great increase" and as a verb: "to increase suddenly and strongly."

            The recent increase in undocumented people crossing the border in Texas has been called a problem, issue, and even a crises.  But, don't you dare call it a surge.

            According to a congress member from New York, if you do you are you are pushing white supremacy.  What?

            Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, raced down to Texas for the winter storm six weeks ago, but has yet to make a trip to the Lone Star State to see the problems first hand at overcrowded migrant detention camps.  She finally addressed the border crises on social media posting that "It's not a border crisis. It's an Imperialism crisis, it's a climate crisis, it's a trade crisis. And also it's a carceral crisis."

            But she failed to address the kids-in-cages allegation which she once referred to as "concentration camps" in previous years.

            She would like us all to stop anyone who's using the term "surge" because they are trying to invoke a militaristic frame.  She continued, "And that's a problem, because this is not a surge. These are children and they are not insurgents and we are not being invaded.  Which, by the way, is a white supremacist philosophy."

            Too many people, especially those in prominent positions, seem to be doing everything they can to keep people from getting together, finding ways to insert controversy into everything they say or do.  Division feeds their desire for relevancy.

            We need to stop making them relevant.

            Work to continue healing whenever and wherever you can and ignore the obstructionists who continue to try and drive a wedge between us. 

            Strive to be the better person in all situations and never forget that giving somebody a hand up can be more beneficial than giving them a hand out.






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