Judgement Calls: What Right Have You to Call Me…

Every time on the news that I hear some politician or official call some group or person “ordinary”, “average”, “commonplace” or  “everyday” I wonder who these folks think they are. What ivory tower did they emerge from; what kind of sheltered environment or spoiled household did they come from?

English: A composed satellite photograph of No...

English: A composed satellite photograph of North America in orthographic projection. The observer is centered at (40° N, 95° W), at Moon distance above the Earth. Español: Imagen de satélite de América del Norte (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hey you, don’t call me average or ordinary, everday or the common person! Dig this, arrogant official- I’m your fellow citizen and taxpayer and your constituent.

And everyone is special, has potential to do great and wonderful and spectacular things; so is that “ordinary” or “everyday” or “common”? I think not.

Be careful too when using racial or ethnic terms. Not everyone with dark skin is “African- American“, or “black”. In fact I see very few people who are so dark of skin that they migh actually just about fit the description “black”. Not everyone desires to be grouped with one of the trite ethnic or racial groups, so do not be so hasty to call someone something or group them with another set of people who might look the same but who have very different lifestyles or other habits. And the term “Caucasian” is historic and should not be used for describing “whites” alone. And the Caucasus is in another part of the world anyhow, certainly not in North America. In my mind only someone from that region should be designated as a “Caucasian” if it is so important to some demographer that such a category be used.

(Just think as you look at the photo of North America to the right- see any borders or lines or separations of people or neighborhoods or other society divisions here? Nope.)

Far as I am concerned, the Census and any similar program or listing on anything like a job application is only good for dividing people. None of that is good for unity, strengthening a workforce or a nation, or bringing those groups closer together. It is time we stop looking at the outside of the person and just take “diversity” as a given of the human race and nothing to write home about. People look and act differently and express themselves differently- get over this divisive junk and the damping down of what makes people special and unique and able to contribute to the greater national experience.

Come on, folks, grow up all ready. It should make you suspicious enough the fact that the Census Bureau is part of the U. S. Department of Commerce- that got my hair raised the closer a look I had at the logo which is pictured here. So how did this Census junk get twined up with the Commerce Department? Does this make you just a little bit wary and concerned about where advertising goes, who sponsors ads and products, who is in commercials, what is shown on job applications, and perhaps attitudes seen in or around your workplace?

It is time for change… many a change at many a level. Let’s wake up people- we need to work togegther, set aside the differences, and look to re-building a stronger and better America. But remember, we cannot do this if separate and divided and in derision or in doubt; such a mission can only be done by WORKING TOGETHER and LOOKING TO GET THE JOB DONE TO THE BEST OF OUR ABILITIES.

Seal of the United States Census Bureau. The b...

Seal of the United States Census Bureau. The blazon is defined here as: On a shield an open book beneath which is a lamp of knowledge emitting rays above in base two crossed quills. Around the whole a wreath of single leaves, surrounded by an outer band bearing between two stars the words ‘‘U.S. Department of Commerce’’ in the upper portion and ‘‘Bureau of the Census’’ in the lower portion, the lettering concentric with an inner beaded rim and an outer dentilated rim (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Caucasus. Qasara Gorge

Caucasus. Qasara Gorge (Photo credit: paukrus)

Divi Logan for EDUSHIRTS, Nashville and Chicago, 2012.


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