Wow. I found it hard to believe that people would express such violent thoughts publicly on social media. Whenever the memes go around pointing out racist rants, I thought that the offenders were rare exceptions.
So today, I randomly perused around Facebook, and chimed in on various posts regarding punching a nazi. I just left a comment stating that it’s not okay, and a link to my blog about why. In context, a Black guy promoting non-violence against racism. It’s what Dr King would’ve wanted, right?
Wanna guess how many times I’ve been told to go fuck myself?
It is what it is
I can’t simply complain about the “political climate.” The reality is that an overwhelming majority of the people I talk to, both friends and strangers alike, see things very differently than I do. I get that I would have more likes and more shares/comments if I stick with the stuff that most people can agree with, but honestly, that’s not why I’m here.
I feel compelled to speak from the heart
Or, in this case, type from it. When I agree with everyone, I don’t feel the need to have to share. Whatever it is, it’s probably already re-shared a bazillion times over. I don’t need to be another echo in an already loud room. However, there are things I feel are important that are often overlooked, I’ll bring it up. The Jesus freak in me appreciates that Christ sacrificed his own popularity, his own comfortable life, to talk about a very unpopular truth of his time. They convicted him as an enemy of the state for it, and crucified him along with a murderer and a thief, to show you the value society has on truth. Dr King was arrested over 30 times for campaigning for an obvious-yet-treasonous truth that #BlackLivesMatter too. He was wiretapped by the FBI as a threat to national security, his home firebombed, shot more than once, and ultimately killed.
We all know this, and yet, collectively, we still react very badly to naked truth.
Hypocrisy or irony?
My point is that it’s so wrong these days. We’ve gone from “Love Trumps Hate” to “Fuck Trump”. We honor Rosa Parks and MLK with parades, but we turn around and want to punch Nazis in the face. We promote America First as a means to deport American citizens and war veterans. I could go on for paragraphs about the contradictions we have become so comfortable with. And anyone who points that out is met with “You’re a fucking _____, go fuck yourself!”
This doesn’t mean I’m shutting the fuck up. That’s probably never going to happen. It just means that every now and then, like right now, I just need to take a moment and appreciate my reality. There is just something so surreal about how people react so violently to talk of peace and fellowship. And I don’t mean from skinheads and swastikas. I mean from soccer moms and tree huggers. Every person who publicly expressed physical harm to me, every single one, has a normal profile page, photos with dorky friends, normal jobs, inspirational sayings of a better life or a better world, their kids’ soccer matches. It’s surreal to me that people like that want to break my face with a baseball bat.
What’s the point?
What’s the point of honoring Dr King, if we aren’t going to honor his message? What’s the point of worshipping Christ if we aren’t going to learn from his teachings?
I think the Comedian nailed it, about the American Dream.