I posted something from a Facebook memory the other day. Much of it wasn’t relevant anymore. With a little editing, though, it is appropriate for today.
I am APPALLED by the things people are willing to say.
Yes, we must resist. Yes, I stand against everything he stands for. Yes, we must fight back from a place of strength.
However, posting memes suggesting that people die in horrific ways or denigrating people for their physical appearance is NOT A PLACE OF STRENGTH. That is weak. It shows no character. It shows an inability to fight back effectively.
Resist, be strong..but don’t lose your humanity. If we all fall down this well of nastiness, then there is truly no hope for us.
EDITED TO ADD: I am not suggesting that I’ve never been guilty of that behavior. I have and I’m sorry.
I’m not saying that I will never say something that is too harsh or has no value. But I am trying. I try to give more thought to my words. But that in no way should suggest that we shouldn’t fight back. We should.
Ignoring bad behavior or being polite all the time doesn’t work. We should call people out for hurtful behaviors. We should loudly protest injustice. I’m just saying that if we do fight, it should matter. It should be productive. I am appalled when I see people share memes or thoughts about people denigrating them for their weight. When we denigrate one overweight person, we denigrate them all. That is cruel and uncalled for and doesn’t help anyone.
We have to preserve our humanity.
I know it is hard to read story after story that rips your heart out.
At Christmas, we learned another child died in our custody.
We know hundreds of thousands of our brothers and sisters don’t know how they’re going to make rent this month because of the shutdown.
I understand anger and frustration. I do. It feels like those feelings are my constant companions. Anger and frustration.
There is so much vileness on social media. I see people post the most cruel and mocking pictures, denigrating a fellow human’s weight or face or age. And these are people who I otherwise agree with. These are people who are resisting.
I cannot stress how important it is to fucking cut this shit out. Seriously. Stop.
I am resisting because my government is putting people in concentration camps and children are dying. I resist because people of color are systemically oppressed. I resist because people of color are shot and killed at alarming rates. I resist because I see video after video of white people harassing and abusing people of color. What the fucking fuck, white women? Why are we in so many of these fucking videos?
I resist because people are dying every day because they can’t afford healthcare. I am resisting because our planet is dying and we have so little time to turn shit around. I resist because our children are being murdered in their classrooms. I resist because there are too many people willing to facilitate the death of our planet and the death of our children.
You know what kind of person does that? One with no fucking humanity.
We must preserve ours.
If we don’t, we are lost.
Consider your words.
Do not refer to people you oppose as less than human.
This is what evil humans do. They dehumanize. They dehumanize because it is easy to discard what is not human.
We must be better than this.
Consider the impact you have when you body shame or mock people for being ugly or old.
You know who resists? Old people. Heavy people. Ugly people. If you are going to point and laugh, you can’t look at your neighbor and claim “Oh, I didn’t mean you.” It doesn’t ring true.
Resist. Resist loudly. Cause a scene. Go to protests.
But for all that is holy, keep your humanity.
We’re all counting on it.
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