If a policy of "not allowing" artists with diverging viewpoints to perform at the festival is implemented, our country will have one less claim to the democratic ideals we profess to foster around the world, and Southwest Louisiana will have greatly weakened an international reputation for tolerance and acceptance.
CaÃ±edo states that her "biggest concern was that the band would be treated unfairly." Although her sincerity is not in question, it is clear that the only unfairness came with her request that The Mammals refrain from expressing themselves on their own terms. She also states a desire to make sure the festival's artist contracts work for "the times we're in," implying that something about the present day makes political expression less viable than at other times. I would argue that when such sentiments are considered legitimate, the need for divergence is greater than ever.
Duhon reveals a grave misunderstanding of international bands whose music is based on political protest when he states that such musicians wouldn't have an issue with speech restrictions because "they're speaking against dictatorship, and they're pro-democracy." He makes the increasingly common and bewildering assumption that being pro-democracy means supporting the American government's policies without question. Our greatest heroes as a nation have always been those who asked the hardest questions and refused simple answers. Lately, many Americans have grown content to accept what they're told at face value, and that is our loss. The idea that an artist such as Thomas Mapfumo ' a frequent political exile whose musical style is named for the revolutionary movement he helped inspire in Zimbabwe ' would give up his rights to play at any particular festival is absurd.
Political dissent makes people uncomfortable, as it should. Comfort and freedom do not coexist easily ' when one grows, the other shrinks. We must not become complacent, even in situations where there appears to be no malevolent intent. In the words of George Washington, "If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter."
School board members Mark Babineaux, Hunter Beasley and Tehmi Chassion can vote to fire Cooper — because we all know that’s exactly what they’ll do.
District 2 school board candidate Simon Mahan is hoping to unseat first-term incumbent and former Carencro Mayor Tommy Angelle in the Nov. 4 election.
District Attorney Mike Harson is showing his desperation by falsely attributing quotes to his opponent and blocking journalists from his social media.
The governor is traveling the country laying the groundwork for a possible 2016 presidential campaign, but his approval ratings at home hover well below 50 percent.
State District Judge Bob Downing extended the order and delayed a planned Wednesday hearing about a permanent injunction while negotiations continue between Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and the waste disposal site operator.
New Louisiana higher education commissioner Joseph Rallo will be paid more than his predecessor.
Elijah McGuire and Alonzo Harris each had four rushing touchdowns, and Louisiana-Lafayette rolled to 419 yards on the ground in a 55-40 victory over Arkansas State on Tuesday night.
Bill and Hillary Clinton are the validators-in-chief for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular.
President Barack Obama is turning to black radio listeners to plead for midterm votes, a targeted approach to drum up Democratic support at a time when many candidates don't want him around in person.
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Landrieu, who is fighting to keep her seat for a fourth term, said that Ebola is serious and precautions should be taken, but she accused Republicans of using the virus outbreak in West Africa to "create fear" here at home.
Law enforcement agencies are participating in a "Louisiana Heroin Summit," designed to address the recent rise in heroin use and drug-related deaths around the state.
State education officials are preparing to release performance scores for public schools and public school districts.
Saints coach Sean Payton is starting a new week by emphasizing, repeatedly, the many good things he noticed during New Orleans' latest loss.
We will be offering our recommendations on the constitutional amendments tomorrow.
The justices did not comment in leaving in place lower court rulings that dismissed the lawsuits against BP and other companies involved in the worst U.S. offshore oil spill.
White registration is down by 7,700 voters while black registration has shot up by 7,100 voters.
Even though it had been rumored for months, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu finally pulled the trigger recently on a major campaign shakeup that moved control over to a few Big Easy insiders.
Louisiana's health department says it will seek law changes to stop billing sexual assault victims for exams and tests.
It wasn’t the historic slashes to higher ed funding or the ensuing tuition spikes that recently had LSU’s student body and faculty riled up in collective outrage.
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Saints tight end Jimmy Graham said Friday he expects his playing status in Detroit to be decided by coach Sean Payton on Sunday, shortly before the game.
Lawmakers have sidestepped a decision on whether they accept claims from Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration that the state closed last year's books with a nearly $179 million surplus.