If there’s anything positive to be gleaned from the horrific events of this week, it may just be that we were reminded of the power of our diversity and also that we were able to wrest control of our language over the airwaves— if only for a day—from the Puritanical powers that be who have us giggling like grade schoolers anytime we hear a swear word on TV.   Both of those triumphs were embodied by David Ortiz on Saturday.

The defiant and resilient attitude of Bostonians everywhere was put into words succinctly and eloquently before yesterday’s Red Sox game by a man for whom English is a second language:

“This is our fucking city. And nobody is going to dictate our freedom. Stay strong.”

The senselessness of international terrorism is a subject for other blogs, but the beautiful symbolism of this being uttered by a Dominican in America representing a city as diverse as any on Earth should not be lost on anyone.

Also not lost on anyone watching or listening to Ortiz drop the F-bomb in his inspired speech should be that the FCC isn’t going to do a damn thing about it. Why our society is so reticent to broadcast the same strong langue most use every day off the air is beyond me. But it was refreshing to see the usually heavy-handed bureaucracy recognize and endorse the powerfully righteous and absolute appropriate phrase that will become the anthem of a city—if not a nation—fighting to regain some sense of normalcy and control.  Chairman Julius Genachowski, who just happens to be from Brookline, Mass, acknowledged the moment for what it was in a tweet and I applaud him for it:

FCC_tweetIt was cathartic to see baseball return to Boston  and inspiring to see how baseball can be at the center of the healing process after a week we’d all like to forget.  Whether you’re a Red Sox fan, a Yankees fan, or can’t stand baseball’s East Coast bias,  at least we have one thing we can all agree on: Big Papi knocked this one right out of the fucking ballpark.

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