Stefanie originally shared this on my wall and I’m reading this article that Kryztina has posted.
I couldn’t even finish the letter because it was too upsetting to read. It does not shock and amaze me, though it should, because this is not isolated. It’s not even confined to one type of ignorance; it speaks to a more sinister character flaw I see more and more in people. A very pronounced and proud streak of hatred for others that extends from innocent children to every adult or circumstance they lack a grasp of which leads to these emotionally violating acts.
This woman is someone; she could be a neighbour or a cousin of anyone. I think as decent people, when we hear these types of comments made by any one we know, we need to draw on that inner voice that says “this is wrong” and say with a (possibly difficult to muster) compassion “why do you feel that way?” We cannot combat ignorance and hateful behaviour by being angry or arguing, but by trying to get to the root of why these emotions are even surfacing.
Yes, I’d like to violently slap the living shit out… Continue reading