Yesterday on facebook, someone shared a snapshot of a tabloid sized paper featuring trump on the cover. The poster complained it had been left at his house, & at other houses. I couldn’t read the whole thing in the picture, tho I was able to make out gems such as, “tiny children,” “vile homosexual agenda," ”wholesome understanding of race & gender,” & “a white nationalist who says nothing more than ‘love your people' is treated like the scum of the earth.” (Cue sound of tiny violins.)
Wow, I thought, this is for real? I wanted to see what the rest of the article said, so I searched around online. And there it is. On the KKK website. One of them, that is. There are far more offensive ones, I assure you. Oh, man, this must be the last stop for the bus from Crazytown.
In a way, I’m surprised they even have a website. I just don’t see them as trusting their precious words to the internet, where the govt is surely watching. It’s pretty amateurish. Bad layout & such. Hard to read. But read I did. The banner says, “America’s White Future Begins Here.” Also, “loving our family!,” & "The White Alternative,” that last one not being at all clear. Alternative to what? Some other newspaper? With colored ink? The home page advertises a “European American Heritage Festival,” “White Pride Radio,” then a long scroll of articles in which old white ladies are killed by black men & other similar offences against the long-suffering white folk. They have the standard tab menu, with activism, tradition, etc. The "A Special Message" tab has a long list in which the KKK message is formed & reformed, like astrology, for whoever you think you are: youth, parents, fellow patriots, law enforcement, the media, women, & fellow christians.
Ok, I thought. I have a teen, which means I have a real time, ringside seat to the current urban vibe of teen angst. I was very curious as to how they would frame this extremely uncool attitude.
Whoa. “If you are white & young in America, you more than anyone else are likely to know about discrimination. You are faced w it every day.” Whaaaa…?? I used to be both white & young, & other than the standard abuse any redhead takes in school, I cannot recall a single time I ever felt discrimiated against for being white. Then there is some complaining about the need of young people to work for college money, (“...there is no White College fund.”) Assertion that the media thinks “white heterosexual people are weird.” (What media??) Much griping about the changing attitudes that came out of the 60s & 70s. And now we have AIDS, so there. Umm…here’s something convoluted about how your parents don’t understand white power because they were hippies & you were that way too becasue of Sesame Street. But then you started seeing all the hate for white people everywhere, & …I’m not sure. Something about racial instincts, & a fair amount of parent bashing, clearly in the hopes of leveraging the common attitude of teens that their parents are old fuds. Oh, look - the definition of hero. It’s a parent who taught you “…to be compassionate toward your white brothers & sisters & to be proud of your roots & history.” If your parents are not the right kind, then “…more than likely your parent’s are freaked out thinking you are going to start sportng the latest in camouflage, & buying hand grenades,” (WTF!), & the child is told not to blame their parents for being weak & lacking. Quick sideswipe against abortion. Ah. “…the concepts of genocide & how interracial mixing promotes it & the destruction of the white race.”
Ok, here’s the wrap up. Standard message - the youth of today carry a great weight & power. This is crafted to the cause *cough*inbred*cough* by suggesting they can be the heros of tomorrow, & dream of the beautiful future, when “…you aren’t sneered at by the establishment becasue you prefer to be around White straight people.” Why wait? Just go hang w Trump supporters. Live the dream now!
Ironically, the people most convinced they are superior are the last specimens you’d want to breed. Go spend some time there. You’ll regret it, but information is power. Have a nice G&T. Breathe. And go vote.
Someone recently unfriended me on facebook. Over politics. It’s always either that or religion. It certainly wasn't the first time, but it might be close to the last. Because everyone I’m on FB with generally agrees with me. I don’t WANT it to be like that, but they’re dropping like flies in a Monsanto field lately.
People complain about the homogeneity of FB, how you go onto the limitless internet, yet still end up in your own little world, nothing but affirmations all around. After this last go round, I saw a pattern. It’s always the conservative christian doing the unfriending, in my case. However I know liberals on FB are also doing some unfriending, especially these days, so no side is blameless.
Please, my people! There is nothing to be gained by this spate of unfriending I’m seeing on FB. You cannot complain about that velvety soft bubble of belief that is your FB existence, when you’re the one doing it to yourself. Salvage at least some small usefulness from all that late night internet navel gazing.
In my own case, I am currently holding the line on 2 firm principles: 1-there is no god, but hey, whatever lets you sleep at night just stay the hell out of the schools; & 2-Trump is a gigantic tick. I am confident in my beliefs. I don’t run away from debate or criticsm; these are the ways I learn to test my beliefs & make them stronger. You are extremely unlikely to ambush me. Why? Because I listen to the other side. I read what they write. The garbage, the nonsense, the lies that seem so silly, yet still somehow manage to influence laws. I slog thru it because I want to understand my world & be on whatever side it is that is not trying to get Uncle Sam to chug hemlock. I WANT to know what others are thinking. Information is power. Yes, the cat puked on my homework, but I did it anyway. So what’s up with religious conservatives? Why are they so eager cut & run? *cough*chick, chick, chiiiiicken*cough*
And liberals. If you think your postings are simply quite standard for any thinking citizen, meanwhile you're appalled to find your cousin has found an emotion just for spittle, for the express purpose of including it in his comment to you, why in the world would you respond with unfriending? It’s words on a page. At least you’re talking. Treasure the fact that they are even in a convo with someone as liberal as you. And they’re illustrative to your friends of exactly what you’re saying. Win/win! Remember: proximity is crucial to a successful dopeslap.
If you’re out there posting some article about how Hillary is part of some decades long plan to rule the world, & you hate Trump but you refuse to vote for either because you want to “stand by your principles,” you can expect pushback. If you are putting up articles about how awful Hillary is, & longing openly for the way the country was back when it was founded by the clean, white god of your fever dreams, understand you are putting up provocative material. On what is, for every practical purpose, a public venue. An adult understands that there will always be people who disagree with you. So why is there such indignant outrage when someone responds to your incendiary public post? You’re on a site with a “comment” button. What were you thinking?
And - this is for BOTH groups - don’t even think about posting some little meme about letting go of negativity & finding courage. You are not turning your face to the sunny future; you’re turning your back on reality. You are not distancing yourself from bad energy, you’re running scared. These issues - religion, & politics - affect ALL OF US, every person in this country, every day. This is your JOB. Toss your beliefs out & let the dogs chew on them for a while. See how they hold up. If you can’t even bring yourself to read another viewpoint, then you should definitely not be voting. Don’t give yourself a pass. You can withdraw into your little safe hole, bolt the windows, & hunch there in solitude, harrumphing at the world, & congratulate yourself on being some kind of zen warrior, always seeking the noble higher ground. Listen carefully. Put your ear to the screen. There is no escaping these issues. Save your civic laziness for something more mundane. Go not care about how many parking spaces the farmers’ market gets. Religion & politics affect every one of us, every day. If even FB is too bright a sun for the delicate flower of your belief, then you might want to try a different crop.