I wrote a long, rant-y, from the heart, unfiltered post on Monday night, scheduled it to go live today, and planned to make no apologies for what you were about to read.
It started out with this:
Enough is FREAKING enough when it comes to racism, hate, intolerance and judgement in the world. As my friend Bess so eloquently posted on my Facebook wall this week, paraphrasing a quote she’s picked up: “The more I learn of people, the more I like the animal world.”
And linked to this article in Jezebel: “Racist Hunger Games Fans Are Very Disappointed.”
It made me feel good, really good, to get some of my thoughts off my chest. And isn’t that the point of a blog? To have a safe space for journaling our feelings? It is for me, anyway.
But in the light of day, I’ve decided not to post my original words. It was enough for me to work through them, and I don’t think sharing them would have added anything to the discussion. I’d much rather you read the article and form your own thoughts than try to work your way through my longwinded, emotional tirade.
Suffice it to say this:
We are who we are. The good and the bad. The white and the black, and the every-color-in-between. Who knows why I was born who I was and you were born who you were?
Judgement is never going to go away, because human nature dictates that we compare ourselves to others, and we don’t understand or like what we see. That translates to snarky, mean, rude comments. Publicly and privately.
But we don’t just let it stay with judgement and thoughts. We act, with our tweets and our weapons and our words. And we all need to be more careful. Because words hurt. And we’re all role models.
Nobody’s perfect. I gossip, and I make snide comments about some seriously inconsequential things…what people are wearing, or what celebrity is dating the latest A-lister. I’ve said and thought things that I regretted, and I’ve felt low about those thoughts. But I never have, and never will, use racist terms or epithets toward another human being. And I will never accept it from others.