Gilmer Democrats hear ‘Words Have Power’ presentation, hold Spring Fling celebration
At their regular monthly meeting last week, Gilmer Democrats heard an interesting presentation from the Education Group on how the selection of verbiage we use can carry unintended meanings.
Sharon Watkins and Ike Parker taught us, for example, that generic forms can be exclusionary.
“He” and “man,” which, in the past, were used to refer to all people, now are seen as excluding the many women who work.
Fireman and mailman are examples. Inclusionary examples would be firefighter and mail carrier, which are non gender specific and, therefore, signify equality.
The goal of modern speech is not to be politically correct. Rather, it is to be inclusive as a way of valuing individuals and conversing with equality, respect and mutuality.
In fact, “politically correct” speech was actually used in the 2016 presidential campaign to rally for exclusion of minority groups.
The purpose of the program was not only to make us aware how language choice contributes to stereotyping and making generalizations about those of other faiths, with disabilities or belonging to different ethnic groups.
It also served to teach us how to replace common phrases that subtly disparage others with more appropriate usage.
Spring Fling held
The Gilmer Democrats’ Spring Fling Saturday, April 1, was a good time and a great way to welcome the season. Mother Nature cooperated and gave us 70-degree weather and a beautiful, sunny day. We think it portends great things ahead for the newly reorganized Democrats in Gilmer County.
The band Orange Walls was a hit! You can hear them, too, if you check out their debut EP, Nostalgia, on iTunes, Spotify or wherever else digital music is found.
We added young people to our ranks, registered new voters and had a feast, thanks to 30-something Democrats who prepared the tasty food.
Special thanks go to Mary Encinias for chairing the event, Rick Day for grilling the burgers and hot dogs, Lisa Burnett for coordinating the food, Judy Pearce for welcoming folks, Ike Parker for recruitment and many others too numerous to mention.
Gilmer invited all the Democrats in Fannin and Pickens Counties to be its guests, and was pleased that their respective chairs, Hart Baker and David Robinson, were among those who joined in the celebration.