DrugLord Comics posted a link to this story (click here) about the UF student who was brought down by security using a taser gun. After watching the video, I felt nauseous. I try to not comment too much on what is going on in America these days because part of me thinks I’m a wimp for being here and not arrested there.
But don’t you think this is a blatant violation of our first amendment rights? Or are we so removed from the ideology of 1791 (and the late 1960s) that we see the student as a problem? It was said that the student is perhaps a media hound, that he is an instigator of sorts (something about passing out the end of Harry Potter books), etc. But, at least just from the video, I saw someone who was fed up and using a public forum to be heard and to ask questions. Definitely not a reason to be tasered.
Most of all, I fear our voices have been dulled. The student protesters of the 60s (no offense to my generation) were highly educated. Yes, more people now attend college, but is college today the same as that 40 years ago? My mother was taught Latin in high school (something not even conceived of in today’s public education system). And then we are fed by the media and our current administration selected audiences who would never raise a debate, let alone their voice. So complacency seems normal. But should it?
Soldiers and citizens around the world are stuck in a war. They are dying and they are killing; and everyone is mourning. Can someone tell me why? I really do not understand. Where is an Owen Meany that can speak to us in all CAPS and see what is wrong? Where is our VOICE?
And can we find it soon?