Cultural Appropriation

hajibssA University of Wisconsin-Madison event seeking to help the campus forge bonds with the Muslim community and better understand hijabs was promptly accused of cultural appropriation.

Cultural appropriation is one of those “academic words” whereby something of a different culture is used for one expectation or another. Of all sites, I checked for a true meaning of this phenomenon all had either the words sham, scheme, trying to, scam, or otherwise with it. And knowing my definition of political correctness I suggest this word group not be accepted.

The “Hijabi for a Day” event, organized by the Muslim Student Association and Wisconsin Union Directorate Global Connections Committee, invited women to wear headscarves and also to talk with a Muslim woman about the head covering’s meanings, which can vary widely.

But Farhat Bhuiyan, one of the event’s organizers, said that two or three students claimed it was cultural appropriation, while four more expressed worries that participating could be offensive or “problematic.”

A University of Wisconsin-Madison event seeking to help the campus forge bonds with the Muslim community and better understand hijabs was promptly accused of cultural appropriation. (So what?) It is overwhelmingly important to state what the meaning of your function is about.

 

“I personally don’t understand why some people thought it was cultural appropriation, because first of all, Islam is not a culture,” Bhuiyan tells Heat Street. “It’s a religion. The religion does not associate with any one culture.”

Bhuiyan says she hoped the event would help those who view Muslim women with fear understand that “we are humans too, and normal, good people.” (How?)  a16shcasfckp2965l-blue-white_1_large_2x

“I think some people thought that this event was some sort of ‘step into hijabis’ shoes and feel discrimination,’ or something stupid like that,” Bhuiyan says. “But this was really focused on normalizing something our society often associates with different or dangerous people.” (How was that?)

Pursuant to the paragraph above I think it could have been better written. Furthermore, I believe this Bhuiyan person to be speaking out of both sides of her mouth at the same time.

Bhuiyan says that whether or not to wear a hijab is a personal religious choice. Right now, Buhiyan says, she has opted not to wear one, though she’s considering whether to do so in the future.

Most of Buhiyan’s family members do wear a hijab, she says, explaining that she’s knowledgeable about that choice. Muslim women wear the hijab for a wide variety of reasons, she said, and she wanted her fellow students to understand some of the garment’s cultural and religious significance.

There is just one more thought that came to me after I was done with the original. How is it that any individual would use USA soil to try and change the people of the USA and their thoughts, or introduce a religious concept or one of a cultural concept? (Go figure!)

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SLOW DOWN America!

SLOW DOWN America!

obamacare1 - Copy - CopyI have no difficulty saying or intimating this notion with just about anyone in my plausibility structure or sphere of influence. In more ways than one I have wished, and actually, have said these precise words to the leader of my congressional district here in Maryland.

Sure, most of us who have lived for a while at least can remember the pace when we were younger. Yet nonetheless in my generation we were told to “settle down’ or to ‘hold your horses’ or if it were my father it would be a plain flat out, ‘knock it off’ or ‘oh now you’re going to get it!’”

Unfortunately for many of us Americans, patience or going with the flow just has not been our forte՜. Face it! We are a convenience oriented society. We even have various expressions for this behavior. “Hey, no cutting in the line.” Seriously rather than to say “I believe you’re in my place” people here would much rather embarrass someone else with, “Hey no cuts!” or “You’re cutting in the line!”

I use the verbiage of being a convenience oriented society to perhaps instill just a little dignity when we are so used to, or expect something done immediately! How many people reading this article can remember say, when pizzas weren’t delivered? Okay good then how about the rotatory telephone dial? So now when I see a little person, or preteen, elementary school student texting his mates or his girlfriend with his iPhone, this is what I mean by a convenience oriented society.  pizza1

Now just to serve some respect to whomever ⸻ how many mistakes have been made by politicians especially when voting on immigration reform? Seriously now, these people make their living sitting on their rumps why hurry up and vote?

This comes on the heels of a brilliant news commentator asking a guest (expert) why it could take up to three years to Repeal Obamacare? Well for one (without excuses), look at the shocking way the Democrats got it passed; two, was this Obamacare program ever ready to start (my vote is no!) three, how much money did Obama count on from the should be vanquished IRS, citizenry, special interest groups, La Raza?

Picture1I would much rather see America take its time with the perfection of doing something right with the proper amount of time than to see our convenience-oriented society (Obama EVERYTHING). Here is a great video for everyone to watch about your nation!  Go America!  

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Where is the United Nations now?

Where is the United Nations now?

United-Nations-flag-SCFreedom of speech is the right to articulate one’s opinions and ideas without fear of government retaliation or censorship, or societal sanction. The term freedom of expression is sometimes used synonymously, but includes any act of seeking, receiving and imparting information or ideas, regardless of the medium used.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a declaration adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948 at the Palais de Chaillot, Paris. The Declaration arose directly from the experience of the Second World War and represents the first global expression of what many people believe to be the rights to which all human beings are inherently entitled. The full text is published by the United Nations on its website. The Declaration consists of thirty articles which, although not legally binding, have been elaborated in subsequent international treaties, economic transfers, regional human rights instruments, national constitutions, and other laws.

During World War II, the Allies adopted the Four Freedoms—freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from fear, and freedom from want—as their basic war aims. The United Nations Charter “reaffirmed faith in fundamental human rights, and dignity and worth of the human person” and committed all member states to promote “universal respect for, and observance of, human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion.”

As for me, this information appears to be phenomenal. Especially when the United united-nations-headquartersNations was in its infancy and through President Franklin D. Roosevelt initiating these fundamental human rights, it would appear as though the left got a much earlier start than even before imagined.

However, in an attempt to make this an argumentative essay, where is the United Nations now? For example it seems as though anytime that the United States makes even a cursive decision to do anything ⸻ and please for our international readers this is by no means an attempt at taking a shot at your country ⸻ even if the decision is controversial, must those who are American be selected to view flag burning exercises, or characters of their political leaders somehow burnt, or maimed in some way?

What I am saying is that to tout various human rights freedoms with the backing of the U.N. to me is ludicrous! In very recent history, the world has seen genocide, flag burning, and soldiers from almost every nation on earth spilling blood for what should have been stopped by sanctions.

Now anyone please ask me why I flat out don’t ascribe to Hillary Clinton’s or Barack Obama’s ideals about becoming a borderless nation, that is, buy into this notion of globalism. Making it short, one maybe two nations will be left holding the mess brought to our shores by globalism.

Putting an end to this argumentative essay goes like this. Just like illegal immigration, refugee and asylum seekers, accepting people with no comprehension of American governance or American jurisprudence, including those clowns who somehow inherited their citizenship ⸻ just as President Thomas Jefferson stated, “For those who accept these rights, should always show caring or compassion when one uses them.”

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but, the U.S. Supreme Court with Congress beforehand, and any political leader should not accept national flag burning as a freedom of speech, expression, or otherwise.

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The Supposed Journalism is too far out

The Supposed Journalism is too far out

_35I woke in the middle of the night, as I have nearly every night since the U.S. presidential election, roused by a dream disturbing enough to stir me from sleep but nebulous enough to have lost the most salient details upon waking. I reached for my phone to check the time—3:20 AM–and saw dozens of text, Facebook, and twitter notifications. Friends around the world, from Arkansas to Australia, were checking in to see if I’d heard the news: Fidel Castro had died in Cuba at the age of 90.

Nah! Not for me! I cannot consider a friend or enemy, relative, or whomever that would have contacted me to inform me of this person’s death.

By morning, A1s and home pages around the U.S. were, for the first time since November 9, less focused on the U.S. election and its aftermath, instead of looking outward again, finally. Every outlet, it seemed, led with the story of Castro’s death, perhaps the most anticipated demise of our time.

Though Castro had been ill for at least a decade and his age alone was predictor enough that his death was imminent, his passing was hardly anti-climactic, as the cheering crowds in Miami’s Little Havana, shooting off fireworks and banging their cooking pots in the streets, proved. Depending upon which headline resonated most with the reader, the world’s most brutal dictator, America’s arch-nemesis, or the rabble-rousing thorn in the side of the United States was gone, once and for all.

So let’s go for it, shall we? It’s the mood I’m in so here goes. There is not a place on this planet that should be celebrating more! The commander-in-chief is now no longer among us. Personally, my feelings for the man were never mixed and never positive! I witnessed a man who rose to fame ⸻ of course, the wrong way ⸻ by killing tens of thousands, maybe millions just like his mate in China did. Or even his closest allies, Stalin and Khrushchev.

Unbeknownst to many, Castro had an opportunity to bask in his wealth in real luxury and all he had to do was keep his promises…but no! He left this earth a pauper and unfortunately for Cuba sad, very sad.

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Myths of Multiculturalism

global-food-crisis-1__thumbOn the one hand, we could read about the evils and outright despotism that has come to the minds of many of those experts in cultural studies, cultural assimilation, or the outright movement of people. Then again, on the other hand, we could indeed spend this exact same amount of time reviewing the lives, well-being, and life changes that occur in those people who are the recipients of those who are electively chosen to live in a better situation from whence they came.

For the sake of this writing, I feel obligated to share each version with you and therefore allow you to take the responsibility and be the judge.

It has been clearly defined as multiculturalism:

  • the state or condition of being multicultural, thus having more than one culture living in a definite area.
  • the preservation of different cultures or cultural identities within a unified society, as a state or nation.
  • Multiculturalism describes the existence, acceptance, and/or promotion of multiple cultural traditions within a single jurisdiction, usually considered in terms of the culture associated with an aboriginal ethnic group and foreigner ethnic groups
  • Multiculturalism, the view that cultures, races, and ethnicities, particularly those of minority groups, deserve special acknowledgment of their differences within a dominant political culture.*

Having used a rather large selection of source gathering citations was done purposefully; img_1119__thumbinsofar as depending on what source I looked into there was enough variance in the literal definition to assist me with where, when, and how the matter was defined. It is absolutely imperative for the reader’s to consider this whether older and from European sources, or perhaps a newer version indicating where the definition came into being.

Furthermore, it should be made mention of here that there isn’t one complete ideological concept of the word multiculturalism. The Britannica.com* source I used had multiculturalism categorized into several different  constructs which I believe are probably true. The Britannica.com source is a vast and extremely responsible look at this topic. However, mention must be made to the categories — socialism, ideology, political system, Marxism, democracy, interest group, anarchism, minority, black nationalism, and fascism.

Not to be a sorry sport, but it is these intrusionary categories which I believe leads to the ultimate effectiveness of the true meaning of living in a multi-cultural society. I give every appropriate redress for putting it this way — however, there are some perspectives that must be examined before we can go further.

4__thumbOne of which is the overall generality of who comes to live where. the view that culture, races, and ethnicities, particularly those of minority groups, deserve special acknowledgment of their differences within a dominant political culture.*

 

The Founding generation and the notion of people owning the rights first and then allowing a duly elected representative to exercise those rights in government procedures, then continue on.

It is of critical importance to understand that the world without borders is a world without citizens, and the world without citizens is a world without the rights and privileges that attach exclusively to citizenship. Rights and liberties exist only in separate and independent nations; they are the exclusive preserve of the nation-state.

A constitutional government only succeeds in the nation-state, where the just powers of government are derived from the consent of the governed. By contrast, to see the globalist principle in practice, look at the European Union. The EU is not a constitutional government; it is an administrative state ruled by unelected bureaucrats. It attempts to do away with both borders and citizens, and it replaces rights and liberty with welfare and regulation as the objects of its administrative rule.

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DEFIANT SANCTUARY CITIES TO REFUSE

DEFIANT SANCTUARY CITIES TO REFUSE

trump_transition_logoDuring the campaign, President-elect Trump promised to cut federal funding for cities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities because such policies are responsible for “so many needless deaths.” After the election, a number of Democratic mayors wasted no time in pushing back. 

Some sanctuary cities like San Francisco facilitate the ability of illegal aliens to live in the U.S. by issuing ID cards making them eligible for government services. Others bar employees, including police, from inquiring about a person’s immigration status. Within the past few years, many have begun to deny ICE detainer (hold) requests for criminal aliens or to prohibit police from calling ICE when a criminal alien’s release is pending.

Congress on several occasions considered but failed to pass anti-sanctuary legislation, most recently Sen. Patrick Toomey’s (R-Penn) Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act . That bill would have defined a “sanctuary city” as any state-level jurisdiction that fails to communicate with federal immigration officers or comply with a detainer request. The bill sought to block community and economic development grants to jurisdictions that fit the definition.

Shortly after the bill’s defeat, the Department of Justice’s Inspector General determined that some cities violate the federal anti-sanctuary law that prohibits state and local governments from restricting communications with federal immigration officials concerning immigration status. The IG said that could jeopardize millions of dollars in DOJ grant money. Attorney General Loretta Lynch threatened New Orleans but did not sanction that city or others.

Senator David Vitter (R-La.), long a proponent of the anti-sanctuary legislation, supports President-elect Trump’s crackdown pledge but wants to see Congress pass a bill before the end of the year. In a statement, he said, “During my decade-long fight to end sanctuary city policies, Senate Democrats and over 300 cities across the nation have foregone the safety of American families and communities in order to coddle and protect the 170,000 convicted criminal aliens who remain at-large in the US. Until we end all dangerous and illegal sanctuary city policies – which I am confident will happen sooner than later – the obvious first step is to withhold federal funding from those cities refusing to comply with federal immigration laws.”

Since it will be difficult for Congress to pass anti-sanctuary legislation during the lame duck session, the matter is expected to get priority consideration next year.

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Something I like…”44″

Something I like…”44″ since I don’t have to use the name

B2045_tnIf you are conservative say in your beliefs, moral values, or even in your memory we are sure you would love the site called The Young Conservatives. Just doing some daily rounds today before raking leaves in my yard — all day long — I did actually have a chance at reflecting on this fine article and especially how it was logically presented.

The people revolted against Barack Obama’s policies in 2010, 2014, and 2016.

Sure, he won in 2008 and 2012, but that’s because his name was on the ticket.

That’s the only reason why Democrats won. Wait a minute here; I don’t believe that the Democrats actually won.

If you look at the ’16 post-election map, you’ll notice it looks like someone spilled red paint all over it.

That’s because the nation is far more conservative than it is liberal.       b-ijxajciaa0r70

The majority of votes Hillary Clinton earned came from California, New York, and a few other highly progressive states.

People are turning against liberals because they’re starting to realize the policies put forth only serve to hold them back.

Check out 44 in Germany.

Does he tell anti-American, anti-Trump protesters to stop beating people and destroying property?

Nah…

People are literally calling for Melania Trump to be raped, and 44 says nothing.

A Trump supporter was dragged from his car and beaten, and 44 remains silent.

We can’t forget about this recent incident, either…

Dude is a joke.

Won’t be remembered for much other than dividing the nation and fighting for socialist healthcare.

Congrats, Obama. What a legacy.

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The Myth of Multiculturalism

The Myth of Multiculturalism

william_mary_house_flag_25790tinDuring the last few weeks before I began my freshman year at William & Mary, the school offered a learning experience that sounded like a pretty good deal.

It was a five-week seminar called the Summer Transition Program. It promised to help students “develop and enhance study habits, test-taking and time management skills necessary for a successful college experience.” It also sought to “create friendships” and a “lighter fall course load by offering three credits.”

I couldn’t participate, though. I’m white — and the class was offered only to racial and ethnic minorities.

Which raises a few questions: Is William & Mary saying that only ethnic and racial minorities need extra help with study habits, test-taking, and time management? Do white freshmen already have these skills down cold? Wouldn’t a class that counts as three hours of coursework and thus could be used to lighten the first-semester workload help all novice collegians?

Furthermore, why on earth would a friend of mine who scored 1490 on her SAT be invited to take such a course — all expenses paid — simply because she’s Hispanic? You’d think anyone who scores 1490 on the SAT has a pretty good handle on study habits, time management and, especially, test taking. At least that’s what my friend thought. She took the invitation as an insult.        is-2

And why would the college seek to foster “friendships” exclusively among minority students? Isn’t one of the purposes of college to meet and learn from students of different backgrounds? Doesn’t cloistering minority students together for the first five weeks of their college education constitute a signal from the college that they need not — indeed, should not — mix with others?

Yes, it does — and that may be the point. When the academy looks around for the problems most in need of addressing, here is what it sees: “oppressive foundations of society such as white supremacy, capitalism, global socioeconomic situations and exploitation.” That’s according to Paul Gorski, an adjunct professor who specializes in diversity issues at the University of Virginia and George Mason University, and Bob Covert, an associate professor at Virginia.

Sadly, some of those who fought so hard for desegregation now fight for re-segregation — in the name of multiculturalism and diversity. They forget the very lesson they taught America 40 and 50 years ago, the message of Martin Luther King Jr.: That people be judged not by the color of their skin but by what’s in their hearts and minds.

As Michael Boland, an editor of The Counterweight newspaper at Bucknell University wrote: “Meaningful diversity, the sort that actually enriches a university setting, springs from what’s going on inside people’s heads. It is not a function of what those people look like.”

iseWake Forest used to require incoming freshmen to attend a racism workshop in which whites were “ridiculed, abused, made to fail and taught helpless passivity so they can identify with ‘a person of color for a day,'” according to Reason magazine. Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania topped that: It made freshmen line up by skin color, from lightest to darkest, and step forward and express how they felt about their place in the line.

The majority of this wonderfully written letter – article – I found at The Heritage Foundation was written by Jeanne McDonnell, a sophomore at The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., is a Heritage Foundation intern.

Again, as for me, this letter opened some not yet cured wounds. I have revered The College of William & Mary for decades. Yet when I read this load of rubbish from Wake Forest and Swarthmore University I will come to ask, what are we as a people?

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Who We are as a People, part IV

Who We are as a People, part IV


World Sailing MapSome twists and turns just to allude to some small examples. Please consider what this means. In some refugee taking nations the citizenry has been warned that it is their duty to accommodate themselves to newly arrived refugees and not to place politically incorrect demands upon them — that is, not to demand that the refugees adapt to the nation’s style.

At about, this point aren’t we all asking “about what”? Of course, this narrative is written trying not to mention the exact nations that are involved, yet imagine if the USA allowed refugees into the nation and were prohibited from saying, “It is not customary to urinate outside against the wall – the place has many restrooms inside for such behavior.” In essence what I am attempting to arrive at is that many, if not most nations taking on refugees’ are not to ask or otherwise demand said refugees from assimilating into the culture of the nation they are welcomed into.

In fact, a certain complex nation has advised the host nation women that if they are to go out and don’t want to be harassed by refugee males they should either wear a head dressing to cover their heads or make sure to be accompanied by a male when leaving home. Someone tell me please, that this will not become a part of America’s politically correct future.

Angela Merkel, like Barack Obama, bases her immigration policy on a globalist view of the world. Sounds very much like the Immigration and Naturalization Law of 1965, where “quotas were the talk of the day” and shortly thereafter came the Visa Lottery, yes just the way it sounds, play those numbers and if selected everything you could ever need will be paid for by the US taxpayer.  Map and Scope_1

Secretary of State John Kerry propounded this view in a recent commencement address, warning Americans that we must prepare ourselves for a “borderless world.”

This paragraph is important inasmuch as if the readers can remember the Founding generation and the notion of people owning the rights first and then allowing a duly elected representative to exercise those rights in government procedures, then continue on.

511ri2kcf-l-_ac_us160_It is of critical importance to understand that the world without borders is a world without citizens, and the world without citizens is a world without the rights and privileges that attach exclusively to citizenship. Rights and liberties exist only in separate and independent nations; they are the exclusive preserve of the nation-state.

Constitutional government only succeeds in the nation-state, where the just powers of government are derived from the consent of the governed. By contrast, to see the globalist principle in practice, look at the European Union. The EU is not a constitutional government; it is an administrative state ruled by unelected bureaucrats. It attempts to do away with both borders and citizens, and it replaces rights and liberty with welfare and regulation as the objects of its administrative rule.

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Who We Are As a People, part III

Who We Are As a People, part III

As for our staff, here at The Contemplative Thinker, the acceptance of refugees as a reaffirmation of America’s commitment to diversity is by stipulation of what real diversity is. Therefore we see this reaffirmation principle as a means of changing words which ultimately as this process continues will lead to significant change in the American culture; consequently, more changes in moral values, value orientation, and belief was well as ethical considerations. In other words, this is precisely the way that political correctness enters into the nation’s consistency and becomes the product of internal and external destruction.

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Obama’s auntie Zeituni, refugee

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has stated many times that she is all for a borderless world and as such continued with the reinforcement of reaffirmation to consummate the American identity with “who are we as Americans.” Mrs. Hillary Clinton has stated so herself that America is defined by its unlimited openness to diversity.

However, first, we should examine every politician’s use of words. According to http://www.dictionary.com diversity is the word used to determine

  • (1) the state or fact of being diverse; difference; unlikeness:
  • (2)variety; multiformity; and
  • (3)the inclusion of individuals representing more than one national origin, color, religion, socioeconomic stratum, sexual orientation, etc.: Now then, on the other hand, integration defined by the same source indicates,
  • (1) an act or instance of combining into an integral whole;
  • (2) an act or instance of integrating an organization, place of business, school, behavior, as of an individual
  • (3) behavior, as of an individual, that is in harmony with the environment.

When one looks up the actual words, word origins and the time they came into use an entirely different meaning can change! It is my personal argument that democrats have been engaged in this process for years.

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However, (there’s nothing like a newbie politician, eh?) to show the bipartisan nature of this commitment, Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has used the same phrase to explain his approval of the refugee program. In both cases presented here, the clear implication is that America’s commitment to diversity outweighs considerations of national security.

Obama’s uncle, refugee

Gee whiz kids, what could be worse? Indeed to what can only be called a self-willed delusion, proponents of the refugee program seem to believe that their commitment to diversity makes us stronger and more secure as a nation and that any opposition to the program is racist, xenophobic, and most particularly Islamophobia.

Tomorrow we will see what twists and turns there is in this cycle. Until then…

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