THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2023
The way we may look to others: On Monday, we noted a survey from which our tribe might learn a political lesson.
Uh-oh! Here's the question respondents were asked:
"Do you support or oppose allowing public school teachers to provide classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity to children in elementary school (grades 1 to 5)?"
Personally, we wouldn't answer a survey question that vague. You'd have to show us the instruction in question. Even then, we might not be totally sure what we thought.
For better or worse, most respondents went ahead and responded to that question. And uh-oh! By a large margin (70 to 27 percent), respondents said that they oppose offering such instruction to kids in grades 1-5.
Down in Florida, Ron DeSantis and the Republican legislature have only forbidden such instruction in kindergarten through grade 3. Presumably, opposition to such instruction would have been even larger if the survey question has restricted itself to that earlier range of years.
We'll take a guess! We'll guess that many members of our tribe might be surprised to see that so many people seem to agree with DeSantis on that particular matter. So it may go when a group of people—in this case, those of us in our own blue tribe—spend an increasing amount of time speaking to pretty much no one but themselves.
If that NYT/Siena survey was reasonably accurate, a lot of people seem to agree with DeSantis on that particular measure. Our blue tribe may seem to be out of touch when we start calling people names with respect to such proposals.
In today's New York Times, another news report might help us contemplate the way we may (sometimes) look to others. Headline included, the news report starts like this:
Why New York City Is Buying Bus Tickets for Migrants Headed to Canada
New York officials, who once condemned Texas leaders for busing migrants from the southern border, calling the treatment inhumane, are buying bus tickets for newcomers who want to go north and seek asylum in Canada.
Mayor Eric Adams had originally welcomed the migrants, but he has since begun echoing the points of southern leaders, saying the city was buckling from the strain of absorbing more than 42,000 people in need.
Now, city officials are assisting the relocation of a growing number of migrants traveling to New York’s northern border, where crossings are surging.
The arrival of the migrants has set off concern among officials in Canada, which has traditionally been welcoming to immigrants but is trying to discourage illegal crossings.
Oof! Here within our tribe, we "once condemned Texas leaders" for busing migrants north. We called them inhumane.
Now, Mayor Adams and other Gotham officials are doing the same thing, with Canada as the new destination of choice.
Gotham was being overwhelmed by the influx of all those migrants. We find that perfectly understandable—but then, we also found it understandable when officials in Texas said that they were being overwhelmed by this tragic situation.
We condemned the Others, but now we've flipped! Are you able to see the way this sort of thing might make us look to others?
Back in the day, those Texas officials had what seemed like an obvious point. We trashed them and called them some of our favorite names.
Now we're doing the same thing ourselves! Can something be learned from this tragic tale, with so much real suffering involved?