The cancel culture has grown exponentially over the last few years to the fevered crescendo of today. Will history books have to be burned and rewritten with revisionist texts to accommodate the latest attempts to erase our nation's past? Challenges to people, places and things are now focused on eliminating opposing viewpoints from existence.
Tearing down statues gained traction in 2020, blaming historical figures for "systemic racism." Poor old Christopher Columbus, his statue removed from a City of Columbia public park in the cover of darkness, with the stated reason to protect it from harm. Here's the question: will it ever be returned? Probably not.
If you think rioters are only pulling down statues of people who owned slaves or behaved in a racist fashion, think again. Even significant figures in the fight against racism were defaced with graffiti, torched and toppled. The purpose was simply to destroy without regard for anything other than destruction for the sake of destruction.
The lessons of Joseph Stalin and the Soviet Union are being followed by the BLM movement, whose leaders openly admit to being Marxists. Stalin purposely removed statues, people from photographs (well before Photoshop even existed, he was erasing people from images) and wiped out any proof that a way other than his ever existed or counted for anything. Now, even venerable educational institutions are following suit.
The University at Buffalo removed the names of Millard Fillmore, James O. Putnam and Peter B. Porter from school property.
Not to be outdone, social media and large corporations are in on the game of removing anything that’s not aligned with their sensibilities. The freedom of expression is discouraged if the speaker is someone with whom they disagree.
Take a look at the cancel culture’s tally sheet of victims:
· President Trump from all of social media – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Reddit, etc.
· Mike Lindell’s personal Twitter and company Twitter account for his firm, My Pillow
· Mike Lindell’s appearance on Newsmax’s American Agenda censored mid-interview by the co-anchor
· Mike Lindell’s documentary Absolute Truth pulled from YouTube and Vimeo
· Social media platform Parler removed from the Apple and Google Play app stores and the web hosting account from Amazon Web Services
· Parler’s thousands of users
· Biden’s cancellation of the disclosure policy for universities getting funding from the Confucius Institute in China
· Trump supporters on Twitter and Facebook
· Eskimo Pie – critics say the name is insensitive
· Sierra Club founder John Muir from Sierra Club documents and marketing – as a young immigrant from Scotland, John Muir made “derogatory comments about Black people and Indigenous peoples that drew on deeply harmful racist stereotypes, though his views evolved later in his life”
· Senior Sleepy, the mascot from the cleanser Spic and Span
· Mrs. Butterworth, the pancake syrup in the “derogatory bottle”
· “Whitening products” from Johnson and Johnson and L’Oreal are being dropped
· Big Boy Restaurants – their long-standing mascot Big Boy is out, Dolly the chicken sandwich is in
· Dixie Beer – brewery from Louisiana is dropping the name
· Dixie Chicks – now just called The Chicks
· House of Representatives member Marjorie Taylor Greene from Georgia –stripped of her committee assignments
· The Gateway Pundit’s Twitter account was cancelled
· Lou Dobbs, national talk show host from Fox Business has his show cancelled
· Aunt Jemima is now called Pearl Milling Company – Kristin Kroepfl, vice president and chief marketing officer for Quaker Foods North America, said, “We recognize Aunt Jemima’s origins are based on a racial stereotype. While work has been done over the years to update the brand in a manner intended to be appropriate and respectful, we realize those changes are not enough.”
· The Land O’Lakes Indian Maiden, removed from the center “O” in their logo
· Uncle Ben’s Rice – rebranded to Ben’s Original
· Chief Wahoo, logo and mascot removed from the Cleveland Indians baseball team
· Col. Reb, Ole Miss mascot was dropped
· San Diego State University’s “Monty the Aztec” mascot was eliminated
· The Washington Redskins NFL team – now simply the Washington Football Team
· Mutual of Omaha – removed the Native American symbol from its logo
· The National Anthem, by NBA team the Mavericks
In the U.K.:
· Children’s television host Sarah Jane Honeywell
· Famous Harry Potter author, JK Rowling, accused of transphobia