I was really truly hoping that I could just be done. I have been avoiding social media as much as possible but sometimes I just can’t keep my mouth shut.
I have been witnessing so many people being completely one sided in their viewpoints. There is another word I’m looking for but it’s not coming to me right now so sorry if this all sounds a little simplistic.
It seems a handful of Trump supporters are pointing fingers at anti-Trump people (let’s remember that just because you are anti-Trump you aren’t necessarily pro-Hillary) and saying that they are a bunch of whiny sore losers. Some of these same people are spewing awful hateful vile things at those who are choosing to do what they feel is right for them. (like the ones who have chosen to protest) Now we can say that protests aren’t productive. We can say that they are just causing other problems (like the protesters that HAVE gotten out of line and the ones that have been blocking traffic and being a menace) And some of this is true. SOME people have gone too far. But that can be said about people on both sides of the spectrum.
In the video below you can see a protest that happened here in Minnesota. This kind of protest is embarrassing to me. They might have a great message but I feel like the way they are spreading that message completely erases what they are trying to say. It comes across as a nuisance and is disrespectful to people who are trying to get home to their loved ones, to the cops who are trying to protect us, and to those who actually want to make a difference. I completely understand what they are trying to do. And although I don’t agree with their delivery, I agree with the fact that they want to stand up for themselves and what they believe in.
I have seen people completely disregarding that there are Trump supporters out there who have been attacking (whether verbally or physically) immigrants, gays, and those who simply oppose them. There are claims that Trump supporters would never act like this. That the only problem right now is the Hillary supporters. And yet we see things in the media to say otherwise. This article at fusion.net shows us a glimpse of things happening around the country right now.
So am I saying that the other side is right? Not one bit. Both sides are being awful. Whether you are pro-Trump or anti-Trump, there are awful awful things happening in our country. We can either be a part of the destruction. We can stay divided and hateful. We can spew vile things at the people we don’t agree with. Or we can come together and realize that we need to work together.
If you don’t like what’s going on in our world, figure out what you can do about it. “Be the change.” There are plenty of articles coming out that give great ideas of what you can do. Huffington Post just posted a great one “If You’re Overwhelmed By The Election, Here’s What You Can Do Now”
And I feel like I must point out. In a time when we are so heavily reliant on social media, or well the media in general. Remember that there are opinions and there are facts. And both tend to get skewed depending on who is “reporting” them. Look at my blog for example. You are only getting a small pinhole view of a much bigger picture. I just saw an article on NPR about a mother who is shown screaming during a protest. The picture says a thousand words. But are those words fact or opinion? (see the article here)
We shouldn’t judge entire groups of people based on the actions of a few. Even if it’s a few hundred to a few thousand. Those violent protesters don’t represent me. Those violent Trump supporters don’t represent my friends and family who voted for Trump. Those allies that are standing up for the people who are terrified right now; the immigrants, the LGBT community, the women who don’t want the government having control of their bodies, these are the people I support. I support the people who are out there right now reminding everyone that there is hope.