• Woman In The Arena: Why “It is Not The Critic Who Counts”

    Recently, Back Room Knox, an outlet I write satire for, shared Seema Singh Perez’s post about her feelings she has regarding the 4th of July and how, as a woman of color, the revolution was not initially fought for demographics she belongs to.

    Back Room Knox stated she was being “suggestive.”

    Suggesting that maybe demographics that do not enjoy privilege, should?
    Maybe the reason she said this was because women, LGBTQ persons, and people of color are slighted in our culture and in this area, and as Todd Snyder says in his song, “Conservative, Christian Right Wing Republican Straight White American Males” rule unchallenged.
    Could she have used different words in place of revolution or rebellion? Certainly. Should she have? No. And I’ll prove it.
    “But what I saw was the word ‘revolution’ and the idea of overthrowing old, exclusive, actually harmful feelings, thoughts and ideas with new, inclusive, helpful ones.”
    -Seema Singh Perez
    Also, on the post, some know-nothing numbskull named Dave Ramsey hailing from Halls took it upon himself to berate her for expressing her views.
    He used bluster and weasel words, and basically told her she can’t cry unless she fights in a war.
    After I commented and pointed out that she runs a batterers intervention program, he apparently took down his post as he should (but not before I could copy and paste his words into this article.)
    “As a Veteran, having been in Vietnam, I enjoy the Freedom that pours from our Constitution. Freedom that Brave Warriors have died to preserve. Seema Singh Perez if you said these things and if you wish to enjoy the feelings of Independence, put your life on the line of preservation. It’s people like you that enjoy the Declaration of Independence without realizing the cost. To be honest, it’s people like you that make me sick,,,,”
    -Dave Ramsey
    Seema Singh Perez was merely stating the truth when she talked about her recent experience at James White Fort. She said that she and her daughter were the only persons of color there at the fort that day.
    Perez was alluding to the anniversary we are celebrating, the history behind it, and drawing a parallel between our nation’s fight for independence and her own and others’ struggles and right to be free and viewed as equal.
    As I said, what she does for a living is she prevents men from hitting women and reduces the recidivism rates of domestic violence.
    In addition to curbing violence, she is in the arena, running for office, doing her damndest to make her district a better place.
    What was it that Roosevelt meant when he said, “It is not the critic who counts…”?

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  • Article by: Jon D. Webster

    Jon D. Webster is the author of five books. 10 Decisions I Could Have Made Better Than God: And Other Audacious Atheist Articles, Nothing Sacred: An Atheist Quote-A-Day Calendar, Blasphemy: Atheist Quotes and Essays By An Apostate, One Big Joke (And 300 Shorter Ones), and Unreal News: A Collection of Satire can be purchased through Fastpencil.com. He has also written for publications such as the Modesto Atheism Examiner, Unreal News Online, Guardian Liberty Voice, and Back Room Knox. Jon has been featured on The Pink Atheist, Road to Reason, Freethought Forum, The Freethought Radio Hour, Atheist Analysis, and Reason TV. He has a Bachelor of Science in Theatre and Communication Arts and is working on a Masters Degree in Applied Psychology.

    One comment

    1. Quite a lot of those revolutionaries had not been soldiers, and the likes of Jefferson and Franklin would have ended up in France had their lives been on the line.

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