Two officials have resigned after they fueled outrage for censoring a veteran’s speech during a Memorial Day event.
The officials, two women who who helped organized the event in Hudson, Ohio, initially claimed they had every right to censor the veteran’s speech by turning off his microphone, stating that segments of his speech didn’t fit the”program’s theme of honoring the city’s veterans.”
“They knew exactly when to turn the volume down and when to turn it back up,” said Roger Friend, department commander for the Ohio American Legion.
The segments of the speech the officials had an issue with revolved around how freed Black slaves had honored fallen soldiers soon after the Civil War.
Presumably, the officials believed that 19th-century fallen soldiers had nothing to do with “the city’s veterans,” a plausible explanation that, if true, nevertheless highlights the nitpickiness of Karen culture.
In short, the desire to be that controlling overshadows someone’s freedom of speech – and that desire is so powerful that the poor optics of censoring a veteran on Memorial Day is apparently never considered beforehand.
The veteran’s speech had to be submitted for approval prior to the event, as if a Gulf War veteran is that controversial.
In general, the Karen culture is one of self-centeredness in which nobody’s feelings are considered, which in turn leads to a decline in society as people feel more isolated and less connected to community.