Today's lesson, Racism. If you see something written here that you’ve said or done, use it as an opportunity. Take it as a wake up call and make the decision to grow, change and be conscious of your own privilege. Remember, I am not a speaker for the entirety of a people.
Do you remember the first time that someone called your life a “Cause?” How about when you found out your life was considered a “Political Issue?” Isn’t it fun to not be human? To be a cause or issue. Something people can so easily separate themselves from when it’s convenient. Something people can claim to want to “Help” when it’s in fashion.
Ever had someone say any of these things to you?
“If you treat people like that, no one is going to want to help you with your cause.”
“If you talk to people like that, you aren’t going to get anyone on your side for your cause.”
“You aren’t going to get people to help your cause if you aren’t nice.”
Ever seen any of these things when someone has said something sick and sub-human and you’ve pointed it out?
“This is why I don’t get into politics.”
“You aren’t going to win any votes if you keep talking like that.”
“Keep your politics out of (Insert fandom/movie/book/etc here)”
“This has nothing to do with politics. Stop making it about (Race/Orientation/ect)”
If you have, you are not alone. You have encountered a bigot. Bigots are weak willed and loathsome people who can’t see beyond the tip of their own nose. This person has no interest in knowing that their life is not the same as everyone else’s. This person has a narrow world view and will not tolerate the idea that their view isn’t the right one. Hell, they won’t tolerate the idea that there view isn’t the ONLY one.
Here’s the good news: They are beneath you. In every capacity. They are either in for a rude awakening or a long slow road to willful ignorance forest. Either way, they are limited thinkers and limited beings. They are lacking a brain, a heart and courage. They are weak. They represent what is wrong with the world and we can only hope that they will soon be banished fromEmeraldCity.
You are not a cause.
You are not a political issue.
You are not a movie of the week.
You are not alone.