Wednesday, July 24, 2024

State Votes To Create A “Bias Registry” Giving Whiners A Forum To Slander Conservative Thought

I’m old enough to remember justice. Hell, I’m even old enough to remember free speech. Apparently becoming “woke” eliminates your memory of both and reduces you to narrow bigoted views where all you can do is parrot leftist rhetoric.

Minnesota, led by a Democrat controlled legislature, just whitewashed true free speech in the state and will document perceived discriminatory or biased incidents that happen to offend woke snowflakes.

Named Senate File 2909, aka the “bias registry,” allocates $934,000 to the Minnesota Department of Human Rights to accumulate and analyze alleged cases of discrimination or hateful incidents for the next two years.

The premise of this bill is ridiculous. All it does is create more division and empowers those people that want to erase anyone or anything that disagrees with them.

The bill requires the department to:

solicit, receive, and compile information from community organizations, school districts and charter schools, and individuals regarding incidents committed in whole or in substantial part because of the victim’s or another’s actual or perceived race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, or disability.

Notice that the bill does not preclude collecting and documenting the alleged offenders name. Also, notice that anything relating to sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression are specifically listed, indicating that increased scrutiny will be paid to those issues. It’s troubling that community organizations, school districts and even charter schools are listed prominently. That is a dead giveaway that the left fully intends to increase it’s grooming of America’s youth and any complaints or attempts to stop it will be viewed as bigoted.

The bill would allow anyone to submit a report on anything they “perceive” as a slur, comment, verbal attack or messaging on clothing. 

At a hearing in January, Minesota Human Rights Commissioner Rebecca Lucero, defended the proposal stating that minor incidents, can be documented and tracked by the government. Lucero bemoaned the fact that under the proposal, “there is no coordinated, consistent tracking, reporting, analysis and recommendations for next steps.”

Republican Representative Walter Hudson addressed the proposal in a tweet:

“So, under this bill, if someone gets their feelings hurt, it generates an incident report with the state Department of Human Rights.” He went on to write that this was nothing more than a way to, “manufacture legitimacy around the narrative of hate as a growing problem and lobby further government action. We should not be policing, tracking, or documenting speech.”

During a contentious debate on the House floor, Republican Representative Harry Niska pressured Democrat Representative Smantha Vang on whether someone saying or tweeting that covid 19 originated and was leaked from a Wuhan lab should be reported and logged onto the registry.

“If a Minnesotan writes an article claiming or arguing that COVID-19 is a Chinese bioweapon that leaked from a lab in Wuhan, and someone reports that article to the Department of Human Rights, is that something that the Department of Human Rights should put in their bias registry under your bill?”

Vang responded yes, stating that it can be “considered a bias incident” because they are “bias motivated.”

Niska then offered another hypothetical situation:

“If a Minnesotan is wearing a t-shirt that says, “I love J.K. Rowling” and someone sees that and reports them to the Minnesota Department of Human Rights as an example of gender identity or gender expression bias, is that something that the Minnesota Department of Human Rights should put in this bias database?”

Vang responded, “I’m not going to say yes or no to that question,” implying that it would be better answered by the department’s lawyers.

Hudson also asked Vang if quoting a bible verse, that condemned certain sexual exploits on a social media platform, would be considered as a reportable offense?

Vang, tried to sidestep answering the question, but her response implied that it would be. “Everyone is protected. No exceptions,” she said.

Not only is the idea of reporting “hurt feelings” ridiculous and pointless, the department has no methodology in place to verify if the alleged incidents ever even happened. Jame Becker-Finn, a sponsor for the bill stated:

“The Department of Human Rights cannot control what people report to them. If the person reported it, then they would aggregate that data.”       

The bill is being finalized before being sent to Democrat Governor Tim Waltz, where it will undoubtedly be passed.

Liberal Democrats can’t rationalize that the person filing the report, especially about extremely controversial issues like gender identity, are demonstrating bias by filing the report. All this bill does is justify, the unjustifiable and punishes anyone that disagrees with the insanity.

I can hear George Orwell, shaking his head and saying, “I told you so.”