The American Constitution recognizes and upholds inalienable God-given rights. Inalienable rights are those which cannot be taken away.
However, it is human nature for one group of people to deny the rights of others. Like all other people, Americans have a rich and diverse history of doing just that, a practice commonly known as discrimination.
Discrimination sometimes gets a bad rap, but discrimination is essential to the survival of groups, religions, races, nationalities and even the human race. People who fail to discriminate when foraging for mushrooms have been removed from the gene pool. Thus, we must have and practice discriminating judgment.
The key to systemic discrimination is the power of the in-group to rationalize and to morally justify the acceptance and the practice of discrimination against the out-group.
Achieving systemic discrimination is both an art and a science. The science is simple: convince one group to believe that another group is dirty or dangerous. This training nudges people toward fear, division, hatred and discrimination.
The artists Rogers and Hammerstein memorialized this formula in their song titled “You’ve got to be taught.”
You’ve got to be taught to hate and fear,
You’ve got to be taught from year to year,
It’s got to be drummed in your dear little ear—
You’ve got to be carefully taught!
Pandemic interventions provide a textbook example of this phenomenon. The people running the operation – the people who profit from our fear – blitzed the airwaves with endless fear mongering, then promised deliverance by means of miraculous masks and novel, liability-free, gene-based injections.
The results were predictable. Scared people embraced both hatred and systemic discrimination while benevolent billionaires carried out the largest and ongoing wealth transfer in history.
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Sitka, a town that prides itself on tolerance and love, was not immune.
Just as dogs and Alaska Natives were barred from public gatherings in the past, unmasked and unvaccinated people are now barred from gatherings in Sitka. Recently, an unvaccinated family was blocked and locked out of the Performing Arts Center. Thank goodness, the police supported the discriminators.
It’s time to lock up these unvaccinated nut jobs. They’re worse than poisonous mushrooms, killing people from a distance, diseased vermin, infesting our “safe spaces.” I applaud the Sitka Sentinel for fueling the fear fest. I applaud businesses and nonprofits for requiring masks and public disclosure of private health information. I applaud the Sitka School Board for implementing and teaching discrimination against unmasked, untested and unvaccinated children. I applaud assembly members for remaining silent when one among you said that unvaccinated people should be lined up and shot. I know this sounds extreme, but extreme times demand extreme measures.
The story of Rogers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific is the story of humanity; it’s the story of Sitka. Billionaires – not benevolent – taught us to hate and fear. We surrendered our minds, faces, bodies, children and inalienable rights to sociopaths.
People in this town who would never discriminate against Alaska Natives now discriminate against half of humanity. We can do better. For our kids’ sake, we must do better.
The views expressed here are those of the author.