“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Originally, I had another post in mind, but that will just have to wait. The events of this past weekend need to take precedence. In case you’ve been on a social media/news break, here’s a quick run down: Charlottesville, Virginia; the KKK and “white nationalists” aka Nazis; racism, homophobia, and misogyny; rallies and counter-rallies; domestic terrorism; Trump basically doing nothing, except giving a speech that was completely unpresidential from his New Jersey golf outing; people murdered.
It saddens me that we live in a country where hate is still so rampant. It sickens me that anyone who is not a white, heterosexual, American male has to constantly look over their shoulder for fear of an attack.
Many people are saying their hatred is based on wanting to be proud of their heritage; “They get black history month, but there’s no white history month,” is something I have heard too often. You can exchange “black” for “gay” or “women” and “white” for “straight” or “men” – it’s all been said. *insert eye roll here* I guess these people who constantly complain about pride months don’t realize that literally every month is their month. America may be known as a “melting pot” of cultures, but when I look around, I see mostly white people, especially men, living the dream. A lot of people say it’s about religion. NEWS FLASH! Jesus had brown skin and I’m pretty sure he taught love, not hate. And if Jesus was here now, I’m guessing he’d smack all those people, or smite them, or whatever he does. The point is – for every irrational argument made by a hate-filled white person, there is a rational counter argument, but the problem is, those who are so filled with loathing will never listen to reason. And those people, who will only believe what they want and continue to hate others, are no better than ISIS and other terrorist groups.
And I get it, we all have our hang ups. Anyone who says they are 100% not biased – be it toward one race or one gender or one…whatever – is lying. I have them, you have them. We look at one type of person and judge them by what color they are or gender they are or what we assume their sexual preference is, but the difference is we then take time to get to know the person behind whatever we are judging. Not that I am justifying it; I wish it wasn’t how it is, but it is. I think red heads with freckles are soul suckers. Is this true of all red heads? No. But it’s how I view them until I know I am safe. I have a few prejudices. What’s yours? Even if you won’t admit it out loud, at least own up to it to yourself.
There were many disturbing pictures posted over the weekend, but I think the saddest one, for me, was of a little toddler dressed in a full KKK robe and hood who was standing by a black police officer. This child had no idea that she was “supposed to” hate the officer; she just seemed more interested in his shield. Why, in 2017, are people still teaching their children to hate? As Nelson Mandela once said, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than the opposite.” It is our responsibility as adults to teach younger generations to be accepting and loving, and it is our fault if the hatred continues.
I don’t want to drone on about this. I want to post things to take your mind off of the bullshit in this country that we have to deal with. I promise, I will do that. But I just felt this needed to be said first. Peace y’all.