The above title could refer either to my need to check comments and notifications on Huffington Post, (where some moron has inevitably said something too dumb to ignore, or purposely picked a fight with me) OR it could, and DOES, refer to how very fucking tired I am of seeing all the race (and sex) hate online. I sometimes wish I could go back in time to when I did not have constant internet access, and hence, was not nearly as aware of all the horrible things going on in the world, and subsequently, the horribly misguided and moronic responses of scared and ignorant people. I’ll admit, I’m scared too. I have a child, and my fear for her safety and happiness is all encompassing; no matter how vigilant you are, you can not protect against the senseless and amoral.
So, I’m scared. But I’m also pissed! I need to get off Facebook and the internet news for a while, because if I see one more person blame Obama for all the woes in this country and then support it with inaccurate “factoids” they picked up somewhere I might just explode. If I see one more forwarded article posted by one of my Facebook friends whining about “why does Trayvon get all this attention but black on white crime goes unobserved?” I might just throat punch someone.
I have noticed an increase in my own political posts and replies in an attempt to combat all the rampant ignorance going around, and frankly, to some people, I am probably becoming one of those political posters that annoy me!!! I don’t want to be that person… because it doesn’t do any good anyway. It seems like most people either agree with your views or disagree. If they agree, you haven’t really “enlightened” anyone. And it feels like most people that disagree are loath to make room in their personal philosophies to consider any new info on the topic.
But back to the race thing, which is what today’s post is about… I ask you… I BEG you…
[Some**] black people… please stop threatening to riot when shit doesn’t go your way. It doesn’t do anything to help your cause. It’s basically like trying to bully people into action by threatening violence.
[Some**] white people… please stop playing the whole “reverse” racism card. You are not helping “spread awareness” about the perceived plight of white people. You just sound like a toddler whining, “it’s not faaaair…”
It’s bad enough there are still people who are comfortable being openly racist, basically acting like a bunch of uneducated hillbillies, but the rest of us, who think we’re “fighting for the underdog” or standing up for our rights are not helping. Some people claim Obama is trying to divide the races. Let me tell you, he doesn’t need to. We do it all on our own. And to me, the barely veiled racism of today is in some ways just as bad as the racism of yesteryear. Passive aggressive, misguided…
Yes, both sides (and believe it or not, there are more races in America now besides black and white) are still seeing instances of inequality. Both sides have victims. Both sides have perpetrators. The problem is not black and white. When the race of a perpetrator is mentioned in the title of an article, unless there is specific evidence the crime was racially motivated, to me that’s a red flag. That’s propagating hate. And then if you go to the comments section of just about any news outlet online, someone will inevitably find a way to dredge up and grandstand on their particular beliefs, whether said beliefs have anything to do with the article or not.
So if you want to be part of the solution instead of part of the problem, for the love of God, or whoever, just stop with the “righteous indignation” and forwarded crap about race crimes…on both sides!!! Isn’t people killing people bad enough???
(ps…and a note to myself… JUST STOP ALREADY! Stop letting morons you don’t even know piss you off. Stop posting political stuff on Facebook or being bated by others’ political posts. Slactivism is not activism, so. Just. Stop.)
**If it’s not already obvious, I qualify these statements with the word “some,” because I would never dream of impugning a whole group of people based on the actions of only some. However, it’s apparent to me that the number of people spouting the nonsense have enough of a voice that they are still causing trouble.