Commentary and Criticism about the National Education Association
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The adults can all learn something from the brave students who are saying enough is enough about gun violence.” [bold and underline added]
NEA President Eskelsen Garcia’s Lily’s Blackboard, March 14, 2018
“The opposite of bravery is not cowardice but conformity.”
Robert Anthony, The Ultimate Secrets of Total Self-Confidence.
“BRAVE STUDENTS?” – GET REAL
The students who wore orange and walked out of school on March 14 were not “brave students” speaking out against gun violence as NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia claims. This would imply that they were taking a position against something controversial at the possible risk of harm or ridicule.
Nothing could be farther from the truth.
Instead, they were doing the generally accepted and easy thing.
Standing up to “gun violence” in today’s world is socially acceptable – the main stream media pushes the anti-gun agenda whenever it can.
Really brave people stand up for an opinion under political, social or cultural pressure which can potentially destroy their lives.
For example, take the early Abolitionists who spoke out about the evil of slavery before the US Civil War.
Does anyone honestly think that these orange-clad students hold a candle to those individuals?
Abolitionists in the 19th century espoused views considered radical as far as their society was concerned and they paid a price for this – sometimes with their lives.
By contrast, the walk-out kids take absolutely no risk in the least for standing up for what they believe in.
When you do what is popular and easy – when you conform - you are not being brave. Instead, you become a lemming. You join the crowd and follow it where ever it leads…
THE ABOLITIONISTS WERE LEGITIMATELY BRAVE
I am not going to make this post long and involved like my last post on the March 14th Walkouts:
The March 14th Anti-Gun School Walkouts – Freedom of Speech or Violation of School Board Policy
That one was a bit over the top because I wanted to include all of the necessary research to prove my point.
So when it comes the abolitionists, I will provide just a handful of quotes to support my contention that:
They were espousing a point of view that was not popular: “American abolitionism laboured under the handicap that it threatened the harmony of North and South in the Union, and it also ran counter to the U.S. Constitution, which left the question of slavery to the individual states. Consequently, the Northern public remained unwilling to adopt abolitionist policy and was distrustful of abolitionist extremism.” [Bold and underline added]
They suffered hardship for their beliefs:
PLENTY OF MAINSTREAM SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS
Whereas abolitionists had to fight an uphill battle against society, today’s students stand on top of that hill supported by most of the mainstream media and even school administration:
Viacom Networks Are Going Dark to Support National School Walkout
Katy Perry, Susan Sarandon and More Celebrities Support Students on National School Walkout Day
Local students plan to join March 14 school walkout
“… throughout eastern Connecticut …several local school administrators said Tuesday they plan to allow – if not outright sanction – student-led events in connection with the national walkout …” [Bold and underline added]
Walkouts planned in March in aftermath of Parkland shooting
"Support for the walkout, announced Friday, increased over the weekend on social media, with parents and teachers around the country vowing to participate, and actresses like Justine Bateman, Amber Tamblyn and Piper Perabo along with W. Kamau Bell of CNN all offering their support to the planned protest." [Bold and underline added]
THE BOTTOM LINE
Its sad to acknowledge, but the students who took part in the March 14 Anti-Gun Walkouts were simply pawns of a main-stream, corporate media intent on forcing a politically correct agenda down the throats of all Americans.
And when NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia calls those same students “brave,” not only is she obscuring the real meaning of the word, she is also complicit in the media’s propaganda campaign to destroy the Second Amendment.