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"Looting" and the Ministry of Truth

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Message Dr. Lenore Daniels




All opinions don't matter. It's not that opinions are lies. But they could be.

Dogs have six tails.

If this is an opinion someone wishes to hold, fine. If mental illness isn't playing a role in the formation of this opinion, fine. If this is an opinion someone wishes to broadcast publicly, I would then expect others to rebuke this individual. Don't call the police! And leave the shot gun where it is! But I would expect family and friends to see in the reality this person advocates something at best questionable.

Facts matter. Uninformed opinions is another matter.

I'm sitting in the sun room at the senior complex where I live when two white women enter and take seats. The space is too small for two to have a conversation while another reads or works at a computer. So I save my work and greet the two women. I'm familiar with these two. As things go here in this building and in this small village located in Wisconsin, they are the "nice" ones, although one of the women informed me a week or so back that her masks were slow to deliver because of the protesters!

So here we are and it's not long before the conversation really begins. Despite my presence!

It's about the "looters." Those destroyers of property. And both women are looking at me, one directly and the other looking askance at me.

Perhaps it's because of my presence!

These looters destroyed property .

Her friend still looking askance at me chimed in: And destroying property is wrong .

Neither women referred to George Floyd. Neither asked how I felt about this death. How I felt about the protesters. Black Lives Matter.

But there were Italians! Back in the day! The second woman volunteers a story about her struggling Italian family ending the narrative with a "what about them?" Huh?

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Activist, writer, American Modern Literature, Cultural Theory, PhD.

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