By Paul Goldfinger, Editor, Tropicana Forum. January 16, 2021.
You may know that the Co-Op blocked Eileen, a Tropicana resident, from accessing their site on Facebook. That resident did nothing to warrant obstruction of her free speech. You can see the details below:
Click here: Co-Op blocks free speech of resident.
Sometimes social or free speech platforms on the Internet will block someone such as the way Amazon did when it shut out the site Parler recently. That case is currently in the courts.
Others, such as Rumble try to allow everyone on their site to enjoy the spirit of free speech which most of us enjoy in America.
We live in a free and open society where our free speech creates an environment for justice and the promotion of ideas which help society. In America we attempt to oppose censorship wherever it appears.
In Tropicana, that Facebook blockage of one of your neighbors is a violation of the spirit and culture of the First Amendment.
Voltaire said, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”
Martin Luther King said that the “arc of justice” will, promoted by free speech, result in freedom.
King also said, ““All we say to America is, ‘Be true to what you said on paper.’ Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech. Somewhere I read of the freedom of press. Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for right.”
George Washington said, “If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
These principles have been ignored here by the ignorant behavior of those who represent us in the Tropicana Co-Op. And, where is management—Newby, when it comes to discrimination in the park. They too are responsible.
Do you residents of Tropicana support this attempt in our park to silence someone who said nothing wrong? You may not be willing to comment here, although we encourage it, but perhaps you will participate in our poll to show these people, who disgrace us with their behavior, that we will not support them if they would stifle the free speech of our neighbors.
NORAH JONES from the soundtrack of The War. “American Anthem.”