If I protest the destruction of the rainforests, does that mean I want all of the other kinds of forests to be destroyed?
If I walk in the Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure, am I opposed to other forms of cancer being cured? – Or am I just opposed to Democrats…
Do all lives matter to the police equally? Do the indictment records reflect this?
Where are all of these blue people? Are they blue all of the time? Do they choose to be blue or are they born that color? Can they take their blue off – for a little while, at least? Or forever, if they choose? What about the black people? Are they born black or did they choose to be black? Can they take their black off, for a little while, at least?
If my pastor is a known philanderer, brags about forcing himself on multiple women in a violent manner on the regular and has children from three different women, but tells his congregation that the offering is more than ever before and he is against abortion, should I continue to follow his leadership and defend him to anyone that speaks against him based on real biblical principles? What if he wants to marry my daughter? Should I give him my blessing? What about if he mocks people who are physically or mentally challenged or people of color? That’s not a big deal, right? He’s not a bully or racist if he says he’s not, right?
Is the best way to defend him to bring up things our pastor from nearly 20 years ago did wrong? Because I remember when I was a child, deflecting to something one of my siblings did wrong often distracted my parents from what I had done wrong, at least for a minute or two, until they realized how childish my behavior was and returned to the real issue at hand…
If a White Evangelical man and woman bring their sick child into the ER, does the lesbian or transgender nurse have the right to refuse care based on a difference of religious beliefs? Say, the nurse believes that White Evangelical Christianity is a hate group based on recent behavior she’s experienced personally… Should we force her to care for these people just because they’re human beings?!
Since I am a woman, is it okay for me to lie about the atrocious behavior of a white man and when a person of color questions me, can I just claim that he’s a bully because I have a v-jay-jay? Can someone help me publicize an aggressive looking picture of the POC so that I can perpetuate the victim role of a white woman instead of owning the lies I’ve participated in and continue covering up the racist remarks of the real bully? I mean, just because I’ve been placed in a leadership role over the entire country does NOT mean that a black person can question me about lying to the people of the country I represent. I am a fragile white woman and shouldn’t be treated like other leaders who behave with complicity.
During the past year (or so), I’ve experienced a regular feeling of living in the “upside down world.” Things that I thought of as ludicrous and only existing in the past have reared their ugly heads in a very public and “normalized” fashion. I’m beyond thankful for people such as Joy Reid, Kathy Khang, and Cory Booker for courageously calling out the folks who continuously try to take us down bunny trails. I’m thankful that they unapologetically demand justice, equality and sanity reign. Listening to them, and others like them, I find myself, saying, “THANK YOU! Finally, someone is standing up to this lunacy.”
May we all have the courage to stand and speak before the damage is beyond repair.