Hello dear revolutionary(s)!
Yesterday, at least 13 Jewish Community Centers were evacuated due to bomb threats. Today, it appears as though some have already been evacuated this morning for the same, heinous reason.
My Facebook feed was lit up last night with debates over whether the new Republican administration had emboldened anti-Semitic assholes in this nation, or whether or not it has much less to do with the administration than people think, as anti-Semitic bullshit has been on the rise in this nation for years.
I did my best to stay out of the debate, because I wanted to hold onto the good mood I was in yesterday, the potential emotion involved of some of the participants who may have a personal stake, and because I was freaking exhausted.
But I saw this debate, with both sides agreeing how terrible it is, regardless of how it happened, and I realized how awful we can be at really understanding the simple nuance of things. We want everything to be simple. To be black and white. And in that desire to keep things simple, we over-complicate things. Because the simple answer to this debate, is that both sides are absolutely right.
The fact is, this administration would not exist, were hate against other ethnicities, other religions, other sexual orientations, other sexes, or other any other category that people choose to group other people into – not on the rise in recent years.
The fact is also, that public and criminal incidents of this type of emboldened, hateful bullshit have increased since the campaign, election, and inauguration of this Republican-Nazi administration.
It is a vicious cycle. Nazis are given deference by a ratings-hungry, agenda-driven, corporate media as if their opinions are actually valid and not to be laughed off camera or given no airtime at all. Those Nazis then elect a head Nazi to power. The rest of the Nazis, still fearful of potential public backlash, see head Nazi in power and suddenly realize it is safe for them and their backwards, reprehensible, idiotic, hateful, disproved ideas and behavior to come out of the woodwork.
I support a free press, but television news and cable news networks are not a free press. They are a ratings-reliant, propaganda system that creates news out of inflammatory nonsense in order to make money. They do not report the news, and do not care about the truth.
A debate currently taking place is whether or not it is okay to punch self-admitted Nazis while they are being interviewed. I strongly believe the answer is yes, but that isn’t the debate we should be having. The debate we should be having is whether or not it is okay to punch the people who decided to give this asshole an interview in the first place. Not all opinions are valid. It is not the responsibility of the press to ensure that Nazis get interviews, and Nazi rallies disguised as political campaign stops are carried in full. It is the responsibility to bring the people the truth about what is happening in the world, particularly when that truth is being so blatantly obstructed. Being objective does not mean validating bullshit.
I’m not going to entirely blame the press, though. The fact of the matter is that too many Americans are hateful, racist, anti-Semitic, Christian-fundamentalist, pieces of shit.
But there was a time once, even in my life, where if you wanted to fly a Nazi flag, it was going to be with a bunch of your fellow inbred fucking idiots behind your single-wide in your fucking trailer park. And you sure as hell weren’t going to be interviewed as if what you had to say was any more valid than the rantings of the most unstable psychiatric patient who had been off their medication too long.
Cable and television news are not your friend. They are not a friend to democracy. Find news that investigates. Support them. Headlines are usually just tools of distraction. Read the stories. Think. Stop the cycle.
Hello dear reader(s)!
I want to talk about love today. I think love is more important than ever. I think you should be open to it. Realize that means putting yourself out there, and making yourself vulnerable. Realize that it means you are going to get hurt a few times before you find someone who doesn’t want to hurt you. (At least, not in the ways you don’t like.) Realize that it means that there are going to be a few people who will know your secrets, and know the deepest parts of you that you don’t believe deserve to know. That’s okay. Because when you find someone to love, who loves you, it will all be worth it. Love yourself enough to know that you can withstand the heartache needed in order to find it.
Now, more than ever, love matters. As hate fills everything around you, take comfort in your love. Radiate that love, and maybe people will see there is a better way.
Good luck today, everyone (except fascists).