Today is the 54th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
For many, he is emblematic of his era. Charismatic, charming, handsome and well spoken, he accomplished a lot in this short three years in office. He is remembered as the President who would take the first step in easing the tensions created by The Cold War and paved the way for his predecessors to ensure that African-Americans had the same rights as their Caucasian peers.
He was also the first Catholic President, a direct descendant of Irish immigrants, the youngest President to date and appeared to be a loving and loyal family man.
While he was imperfect as both a man and a President (Marilyn Monroe was rumored to be one of his many mistresses), today, we look back on the early 60’s with a view covered by rose-colored glasses. Especially considering the man who presently holds the office.
History is always seen in hindsight. I believe that we remember JFK as one of our greatest Presidents not only because he was taken from us too soon, but also for what he represented and what he still represents.
The list of well-known men who have been accused of sexual assault has grown to include one more: John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar and Disney.
Several female employees have accused Mr. Lassetter of grabbing, kissing and commenting about their physical attributes.
He has temporarily left the company and has apologized for his behavior.
As painful as these allegations are, I believe that they have to be brought into the light and investigated. Change is never easy, especially when it is overall cultural change. But this change is necessary. The problem of sexual assault/unwanted sexual comments or action has to be addressed. This is the time and place to address it, otherwise we will never be able to move forward as a society.
For all of it’s downsides, the internet is a form a digital democracy. No matter where we come from or what we believe, the internet allows us to voice our opinions without censorship.
For Americans, that may be changing soon.
Ajit Pai, the FCC Chairman wants to remove net neutrality and let the cable companies control where we go on the internet and what opinions we voice on the various websites.
This is an attack on democracy as we know it to be. The internet is the great equalizer. It opens the door way to business, education and to the downtrodden who use the internet to right the wrongs of our society.
Please sign the petition. Without net neutrality, our democracy will be meaningless.
The list of prominent men accused of rape/sexual assault/unwanted sexual advances has grown to add three more men: Russell Simmons, Nick Carter and Jeffrey Tambor.
Former teen pop singer Melissa Schuman from the pop group Dream has accused Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter of raping her more than a decade ago. Carter denies the allegations. Actor Jeffrey Tambor, the star of the television series, Transparent, will be leaving the show after two women have accuse him of sexual harassment. Music mogul Russell Simmons has been accused of assaulting model Keri Claussen Khalighi when she was in her late teens while movie director Brett Ratner, who was also in the room, did nothing to stop Simmons.
Sexual assault and rape are nothing new to humanity. These heinous acts have been going on since the beginning of our species. My hope in publicizing these acts and shaming the accused is that our society will finally make a change for the better. Whether it is a movie mogul or the manager of a fast food restaurant, men in power will think twice about dangling career opportunities in front of their female employees in return for sexual favors.