So I saw this video on my Facebook feed of this white girl being beaten up by two black girls. It’s horrible, and one might say, “oh- that poor white girl.” Yes I would agree with you, but at the same time, I feel sad for all of these kids. They’re emulating the actions of adults in their lives, or responding in ill aimed frustration at someone they’re able to project their fear upon in a situation were they know they can win. Perhaps they are mentally, sexually, emotionally or physically abused. Or perhaps they are subject to chaotic racial, gender, or class warfare on a daily basis. In some way we all are and some very much more so than others. With social media outlets like Facebook, twitter, etc- we’re enabled to soften our morals, say things like “I’m not racist, but…”, or, “It’s my wall, I can put what I want on it, you don’t have to look at it,” or “this is so wrong, but so funny” but what’s really happening is we are sacrificing someone’s worth for a laugh, a political rant, a stereotype, or to show we are a victim, too. It enables us to think of others as less valuable. It’s a strangers face on a screen. We degrade and piss people off, and it’s not surprising when people boil over. The news reporters say “oh, it’s a tragedy-” when a white man shoots an elementary school full of children, but when a black man is murdered by a cop, its spun that he was no angel and his lifeless body is shown in the middle of the streets where he was unjustly gunned down by a police officer who gets to keep his job. But it boils down to the fact that no matter how good or bad of a person you are living a statement. In life everyone is a protagonist and antagonist at the same time. But as human beings, as people who want to be treated equally, we all deserve some amount of civility. When people use the phrase “civil rights” we forget it’s about treating people humanely, treating people equally, and showing each other that we are worthy of respect. I know the civil rights movement was about black and white equality. But it’s gotten to the point where the number of people you treat with respect is shadowed by the number of people we degrade, devalue, and disrespect. There are so many excuses, too. The school system is failing our children, the politicians aren’t doing their jobs, we aren’t paid enough, that person is paid too much, this person I’m posting a video about is just some rando I don’t even know. I wish I could put this in bold- how you live your life in your home is the most effective lesson in life for your children. If you speak poorly of a race, gender, class- in your home, your children carry that out into the world and implement it in their daily interactions.
Every villain has at some point been a victim- and it’s a cruel cycle. We are capable of stopping the inhumane treatment of humans around us, and everyone should be concerned. Or it will continue to be injustice for all.