Equality…a 4 Letter Word?

I just finished reading comments to a news article. These were the first two paragraphs of the article:

A Thursday evening post on the Logan County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page has caused controversy. In the post, the department said it was “replacing their sirens with the National Anthem to force all suspects to stop running and take a knee.”
The post has since been taken down, and it was replaced Friday with another one: “Yesterday evening I made a post on this page meant in good humor. Some received that post as racially motivated or discriminatory. That was in no way intended. In light of this confusion, the post has been deleted.”
I went on to read the comments, which maybe I should have skipped. Because this is what I found…
Liberals are too sensitive. It’s a joke. The country elected a black president twice, so racism doesn’t exist. Why was race even brought into the sheriff’s post, it obviously was a joke and had nothing to do with race. It was in good humor. If suspects did take a knee, they wouldn’t get shot. Freedom of speech, funny how it is only for some people. Hilarious, learn how to lighten up, libtards.

DSCF6061Let’s first remind everyone, this was the Sheriff’s Office that posted this on Facebook. Let’s also remember, “taking a knee during the national anthem started last year to draw attention to police mistreatment of black Americans”. So either the Sheriff’s Office is so uneducated to realize that by posting this “joke”, people may be offended as it seems to have racial undertones based on the original basis of taking a knee, or the Sheriff’s Office is educated and knew exactly what was meant when they posted the joke in “good humor”.

Am I tired of the constant media coverage of this? Yes. And did I plan on writing a post about this, no. Mainly because of the people out there that I will never be able to convince racism exists. Oh, by the way, anyone notice the teenage boys dressed in KKK hoods in Crescent, IA? That must have just been a joke too because well, we elected a black president. Don’t forget about the white supremacists protesting in Charlottesville. But I forgot, there were good people in that crowd, so we should give them a break that they happened to be hanging with a bunch of people that believe Hitler was a god. Oh and remember when Obama was elected and our current president spent a lot of money to say he wasn’t actually an American? And when people were hanging dolls in trees that represented Obama?

Nope, not racism. I’m just too sensitive. Because I’m a liberal. I am not even sure what “liberal” is supposed to mean anymore. If it means I believe in equality, I guess I am a liberal. I thought that was just a trait of human beings with strong core values. But I guess it’s now a political side. Which is sad.

“People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.” Martin Luther King Jr.

DSCF6011When did we stop seeking to understand each other’s points of view? I don’t care how lame it sounds, my heart is heavy. It’s heavy because people would rather stick their head in the sand and pretend the world is sunshine and rainbows, than really looking at the world through other people’s perspectives who maybe didn’t have the same privileges that others had. Yes, we all have to work hard to get to where we want to be. But can we admit some of us get a little bit more of a head start than others? We aren’t all lined up at the same starting line? Is that so hard to admit?

It’s also disheartening that Puerto Rico, part of the United States, is being blamed for the destruction a hurricane caused. And only when someone told our tweeting president that Puerto Ricans were actually US citizens and maybe some help should be given, he finally put his phone down to stop tweeting for a couple minutes to sign something allowing that help.

So taking a knee, or linking arms, maybe that is showing that we “liberals” believe this country is better than the words of our tweeting president. Maybe us “liberals” are worried that hate and ignorance is starting to win. Maybe us “liberals” thought the US was better than this and yes, we did elect a black president twice, so maybe we thought we had made progress. And maybe we are sad to see that we have gone backwards and every time another hateful comment is made, we lose a little more hope. And maybe protesting is a way of feeling connected and gaining strength to get through the darker times this country seems to be falling into where we are getting more and more divided and where believing in equality is somehow becoming a bad thing.

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You may disagree, you may think I am being “sensitive”. All I would do is encourage you to stop reading buzz lines by the media and start reading educated books and articles, talking to each other, seeking to understand. We don’t have to all agree, but can we at least respect each other enough as Americans to try to understand each other’s perspectives and accept that we weren’t all born into the same circumstances? I guess I will just wait for the next massive crisis to hit, because that seems like the only time we can put our differences aside and remember we are all human beings who deserve compassion and understanding.

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