SSsshhh–No More Private Conversations!

Screen Shot 2014-05-11 at 9.37.18 AMWe all take for granted the fact that our conversations are private.  Every person makes comments, appropriate or inappropriate in private to one person or a handful of people.  As we mature, we learn who we can trust–and who is a blabbermouth.  I contest that there has never been a person who, at one time or another, hasn’t said something inappropriate in private.

Two incidents have been in the news this past week pertaining to private conversations.  Yes, the chats we have with those around us when we can relax and be who we are.

The first one involves a mother who was having a private conversation with another parent and supposedly she was overheard using inappropriate language. The principal didn’t even hear the conversation so it’s not firsthand knowledge of the offense.  On top of that, the mother wasn’t ever told what the inappropriate language was.   The language supposedly wasn’t threatening or obscene, just “inappropriate.”

The principal has banned the mother from being on school grounds due to her foul language, and if she will charged with trespassing if she steps on the campus of her elementary age school children.

This brings up the question, what is deemed “appropriate” and what’s not, and who decides?  I may think the word d@#m is awful, while you may think he@@ is a terrible word to say. As is, schools are becoming Fascist organizations that assume guilt without even interviewing the accused.  Where is the common sense in all of this, and why is the government (public school) censoring parents?   This action is a despicable act of the government’s attempt to control the people of this country.

Of course the second incident involves Donald Sterling.  In my opinion, what he said was definitely wrong, but isn’t he entitled to say what he thinks in a private conversation—no matter how ignorant?  I believe the girlfriend who “accidently” leaked the taped conversation should be charged with a violation of privacy.

Having said that, some things should not be said and racism falls into that category.  Racism is abysmal, and takes its toll on a society.  Throughout the ages, people have disliked others for a variety of reasons.  My personal philosophy is to accept a person for who they are.

Will racism ever be completely eradicated?  No, not when naturally judgmental people are involved. Oprah once stated “when racists are dead, racism will end”.  Not so.  Human beings will always find something else to dislike; it’s been going on since the beginning of time.  Of course many people admitted that they voted for Obama solely because of his skin color.   Isn’t that racism?  Yes, it is.

Some people like red hair, some prefer blond, and some like freckles while some people hate them.  What about people who are thin or fat–are we to hate them because of how they look?

In 2014, I guess we can like/dislike whatever we want as long–as we don’t have private conversations about it.

Barbara Cook

Barbara J. Cook (Cookie) is enjoying living in the panhandle of Florida educating special needs children in a middle school (ask her about it sometime!). In order to de-stress, Barbara runs, reads, and writes, and yes, she cooks too: (that's another reason she runs!) She lives with her Mr. Cookie and chickens, dogs, cats and various others. Growing up in Europe as a child and spending several years as a military wife, Cookie learned to appreciate and respect diversity in people choosing to live by the phrase, agree to disagree. What is important to Cookie is family, faith, and fun. Cookie is involved in PolitiChicks because she says 'if we don't, who will?' Visit her website at: and

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