Inhumanity

I know the majority of people in this … or any nation … are decent human beings who care about the planet, wildlife, and their fellow humans.  At least … I hope that’s still the case.  But those ‘bad apples’ sure do stink and they seem to be everywhere you look!  The latest example that slapped me across the face this morning was this one …bitch-womanThis woman was part of a counter-protest during a Black Lives Matter event in Branson, Missouri, on Sunday.  Okay, the confederate flag is offensive enough, but we’re used to the fools waving those things around. And the maga hat … it doesn’t even offend anymore … it is a joke.  It was what she screeched at the Black Lives Matter protestors that caused my jaw to drop …

“I will teach my grandkids to hate you all!”

Then she got to her feet with her Confederate flag and screamed, “suck on this.”  What sort of human being does this?  What is our society turning into?  I think some people in this nation have taken their 1st Amendment ‘rights’ just a bit too far!  Frankly, if I had been there, I likely would have lit fire to her damn rebel flag.  Rebellion is one thing … hate is quite another.

So, this woman will teach her grandchildren to hate black people.  Just when we think we’re making progress, that perhaps we can finally begin to end racism in this country, we have people teaching the youngest among us to hate … to hate only because of the colour of another’s skin.  How, then, can we ever end racism?  It is being passed down from one generation to the next by narrow-minded, arrogant, ignorant people.

On Sunday, days after NASCAR announced the banning of the confederate flag at their events, a noose was found in Bubba Wallace’s garage stall at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama.  Wallace is the only full-time black NASCAR driver and a supporter of Black Lives Matter.  A noose.  The symbol of lynchings.  Why?  Because his skin is black, because some of those southern ‘good ol’ boys’ are angry at the banning of their symbol of slavery, the confederate flag.

I sit here looking out my window, watching the neighbor’s two dogs playing in the yard.  One is chestnut brown, the other dappled grey, and yet … they are equal.  They have fun together, they live together, share the same food dishes, and snif each other’s butts with never a care for the colour of their fur.  Not long ago, I saw a story of a dog who raised a kitten … not only was their fur a different colour, but they were of two different species … yet it did not matter to them.  Humans believe that they are the highest of all species, that their opposable thumbs and larger brains make them somehow superior.  I don’t think so.

Babies are not born hating.  Go visit a playground … notice that all the children play together … black, brown, white … it doesn’t matter to them.  But as they grow into adults, they are either taught that all people are equal and should be judged only on behaviour, not skin colour, not gender, not who their ancestors were, or else they are taught to hate.  They are taught to hate those perceived as “other”, just as that grandmother in Branson is teaching her grandchildren.  And 20 years from now, one of her grandchildren may become that cop who shoots and kills an unarmed black man … just because he can.

Where does it end, folks?  In the 1960s, I thought it was ending.  It wasn’t, it only became unpopular to express bigoted viewpoints, so people kept their opinions largely to themselves, else aired them only among those who they knew shared their views.  And in the past few weeks, since the brutal murder of George Floyd, with Civil War monuments coming down, protests gaining momentum, and calls for major changes in law enforcement, I once again thought that perhaps we were making some progress.  And perhaps some of us are, but as long as there are people who value their icons of slavery, who believe that people of colour are somehow inferior, we’re not going to end racism.  I think, well … the older generation will die out and the young people today are smarter, more compassionate.  But … not if they’re taught to hate.

Our friend Keith wrote a post a week or so ago titled, “Bad Apples Will Spoil the Bunch”.   How many ‘bad apples’ like the grandmother in Branson, like the person who put the noose in Bubba Wallace’s garage stall, are there among us?  How many more will they infect with their hideous disease?  Racism is a disease far more lethal than the coronavirus, for it is passed down from one generation to the next, and there will never be a vaccine.

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  1. She got permission to start walking on it this past Wednesday. She went to her first physiotherapy session yesterday and today the occupational therapist visits to coach her on use of the walker, navigating the step from the main floor to the family room, and hopefully, get her back into our bed soon. Things are starting to look up. Thanks for asking!

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  2. The plague of Humanity. You will find it everywhere. It’s more noticeable in the USA because the world notices the USA and you got the BIG media.
    Why one group would hate another group because of their colour, religion or sex is beyond me, but it happens. We had one entire World War over it.
    The noticeable thing over history is that the group which indulges in it normally takes a fall, a big one.
    The only justifiable Intolerance is an Intolerance of Intolerance.

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  3. This whole issue really irks me. From a political perspective, I’m really hoping Biden picks a woman of color as his running mate. From a humane perspective, I hope that people begin to learn why Blacks are angry. I’m bothered by the folks that respond with “All lives matter”. They just don’t get it. I bothered by those that retort with “Indigenous and Latinos have been mistreated too”. They just don’t get it. I’m annoyed by people who post stories about how the Irish were sold as slaves too. They just don’t get it. Of course all lives matter and of course racism of any kind is despicable and of course slavery of any kind is unjust. People just don’t get that it’s the complete history of how Blacks have been treated and are still treated today. Most people I have spoken to don’t know the whole background and are voicing opinions on very little information. The real Black History needs to be taught and spoken about for people to have a full understanding of why Blacks are deservedly angry.

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    • I think it’s almost a certainty that Biden will pick either Kamala Harris or Val Demings. Like you, I’m tired of having to explain why “All lives matter” is NOT an appropriate response to Black Lives Matter. I don’t see what’s so hard to understand! I feel that we make a small bit of progress in combating racism, in teaching equality, and then we slip right back to where we started … almost, anyway. There is a great degree of both arrogance and ignorance that keeps some from understanding the history of black people in this nation, or keeps them from caring … I’m not sure which it is.

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  4. Racism: the belief that different races possess distinct characteristics, abilities, or qualities, especially so as to distinguish them as inferior or superior to one another.

    The belief…

    There’s the problem. How do you go after this belief and how do you dismantle it? I say that sincerely, because you can’t have it both ways. You cannot grant damnation to belief that creates a racial hierarchy on the one hand and then expect racism to go away by implementing the belief that respecting and tolerating and supporting and implementing racial quotas based on attaining equal outcomes will address it on the other. Both utilize exactly the same belief. But belief is the problem…

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          • Not as long we continue to insert meaning to how much skin pigmentation one has. That is racism in action… by anyone or any institution or any system that inserts meaning to race (other than biology for specific inherited conditions). Put another way, does it make any sense to promote race as a defining characteristic in the hopes that it will eliminate making race used as a defining characteristic? This is the logical incongruity at the heart of critical race theory: it’s irrational.

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  5. In the news today it said that noose in Bubba Wallace’s garage stall has been there for some time, even before he was assigned the stall. Although, down through history hate has always been passed along from one generation to another. There will always be those taught to hate. What gets me is many of these haters consider themselves good Christians. Even the KKK burned the Christian symbol of the cross in people’s yards to scare them. This just shows those people don’t understand peace and love. They want to get their way how they want it. Jesus called those people hypocrites. He called them that to their faces and they hated Him for it and saw to it he died a terrible death because of it and mocked his out loud as he died. People can change. Those haters don’t want to change.

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    • I saw that, but I don’t believe it. I think that noose was put there within the last two weeks, regardless of the FBI’s conclusion. But, we’ll never know the truth now, for they effectively closed the investigation. Yes, I know that bigotry and hate are passed down through the generations, but it must stop … we are destroying our own civilization with it. Anyone who hates another because of their skin colour, religion, sexual preference, or ethnicity, and still attempts to call themselves a “good Christian” or “good Jew” or “good Muslim” or any other religion, is a hypocrite, in my book. Sigh. We seem not to have learned anything from our past mistakes.

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  6. “The capacity to produce social chaos is the last resort of desperate people.” – Cornel West. The truth of these words are proven by what we are seeing and hearing all across the country. They are true of trump and they are true of the many other hoddypeaks that spew their racist beliefs and will use their last breath to perpetuate them. Presently it seems that the country is making progress in eliminating racism and we have, but it will not be enough until there is true equality for all people. Someone once told me in my youthful days during the Civil Rights Movement that equal rights laws can be made but you cannot legislate what a person thinks and believes. Thank-you!

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    • Yes, I think that Trump & Co are desperate and panicking. Unfortunately, that makes him a loose cannon and what he will do in the coming four months is unimaginable. Sigh. As for eliminating racism … perhaps I am being too cynical, but it seems to me that any progress we’ve made over the last 50 years has been undone in the past 3 years. WHY is it so hard to just accept that people are people, all equal, regardless of skin colour or other characteristics. If we judge, it should be based on behaviour, not superficial traits! What is so superior about white skin? Personally, I find black/brown skin to be far more beautiful! Sigh. Forgive me … I am disgusted with our country and the people in it at the moment. Love you, my friend. ❤

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  7. Very well said my friend! All of this makes me sick. I have a daughter who has an anxiety disorder and all that is happening in the world now just escalates it! I hate that my kids have to be so nervous at a time in their lives thst should be more carefree!

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    • Thanks, Carolyn. It is sickening, disgusting, and … heartbreaking. We have learned nothing! Yes, it is tragic that kids are having to grow up fast these days, be deprived of the carefree childhood they deserve, but hopefully it will make them stronger, better people, more able than our own generation to find solutions to the problems that plague this country. Sigh.

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  8. I still assert that nuclear families have to go. No matter how good they are for some, too many children are abused, mentally, physically, sexually, and spiritually, and that is where much hatred and bigotry come from. Give children an opportunity to think for themselves BEFORE they are handicapped/brainwashed for life.

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    • Y’know … David suggested the same quite some time ago, and I rather pooh-poohed the idea, said that families were good for children, a mother’s love, and all that rot. But today … admittedly, I’m having to re-think the whole thing.

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      • We have discussed this idea a number of times since we met, Jill, so just wondering if you have David mixed up with me. But who is not important. The fact is nuclear families have almost total control of how chidren are brought up to understand life. Looking at the number of dysfunctional families in the world, they are the norm, not the functional families. I hear people all ovr saying if you want to make true change, you have to change society. Breaking up the nuclear family IS the best way to do that, but no one wants to hear it.
        I am happy to hear you thinking about it.That is the first step.

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        • I know we have discussed this several times, but David and I have had similar discussions, for like you he believes too many children grow up with the wrong set of values due to their parents and religion. And I see this point, don’t necessarily disagree. But, as a mother, I think that if my child were to be taken from me shortly after birth and raised by others, then I would just as soon not have children. If I had a child and someone tried to take it away, I would fight tooth and nail. So, there are two views of the issue, and I understand both.

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          • Two views. I would think many views. Non-nuclear families would remove the necessity of marriage, and therefore the need for divorces, abuse, turning children against the other parent, all kinds of things our societies should never have to deal with. People who are able to love children and treat them as young people, instead of as collateral or chattel, would be be the most needed as employees in a children’s village. The idea of non-nuclear families would not be as a punishment, but rather a reward and an opportunity to provide love and security to more children than generally possible.
            I know people are so used to nuclear families they think it would be a punishment to have to send the children away. That is not the intention. The purpose is to give the world a population with fewer mental health problems.
            And so it goes…

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            • Ah, but you are looking only at the negatives. Divorce, abuse, etc. Not all marriages end in divorce … some last happily for 50 years or more. And not all parents abuse their children. I know of some very well-adjusted, happy families where the children are encouraged to think for themselves, and the family enjoys spending time together. So, again, there are two sides to every coin. Your view of the ‘Children’s Village’ may sound lovely, but I think it is Utopian. No matter how carefully you screen staff, people will still be people and some will have a racist bent, while others a religious one. But, we won’t solve this issue in our lifetime, for sure. It is an idea worth pondering, though.

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              • I didn’t look just at the dysfunctional families, I know there are functional families, that can produce good caring children, but they can also produce dysfunctional kids. As you know, good parents can have rotten kids. It’s all in the luck of the draw. The truth is, though, you cannot ask a couple, or mom, to give up her baby and not ask that of others. To do that is to create a class system, internal racism, systemic genocide, so so many other inequalities it has to be done all the way. Hardly anyone will agree. It is utilitarian, but not utopian. It will not solve ever social problem. The first generation will display a lot of flaws. Each successive generation, though, will show improvement, and more buy-in, until it soon becomes the norm, and the nuclear family will be a distant memory.
                Also, and this is something I think a lot of women will appreciate once they get used to it, they will not HAVE TO lock themselves into unwanted marriages, and give them a sexual freedom never seen since caveman days. Some won’t want it, some will. It will be their choice. Men will appreciate it too, roamers will not have to tie themselves down to become a father.
                As you can see, this is one idea I have given a lot of serious thought to, and am always working on ways to improve it.

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                • Yes, I can see that you have given a lot of serious thought to it, and I do understand your reasoning. However, the world you paint is not one I would choose to live in. I’ve never longed for the freedom to ‘sleep around’, and have never wanted a man who would ‘cheat’ on me. I like the one-on-one relationship if love is involved. If love isn’t involved, then I’d sooner have none. But, that’s just me … as I said, I do understand the logic behind your idea, but it’s just not for everyone.

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    • That’s why Jeff and I engaged in our project … to try to convince everyone of the importance of voting. Far too many even today seem to think that somehow, miraculously, it will all just work out. I want to smack those people!!! Sigh. I don’t know how much more of this my poor brain can take, my friend. It seems that the harder we fight, the further back we are.

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  9. Ahhh, family members. I have one, 39 years old, who starts his rant with, “I’m not racist, but….” I stop him cold in him tracks, “There are no buts. Now get your gun, your attitude, and your fat butt out of my house.” Not the best way to start a civil conversation, but somedays I am tired of being civil. 😊

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    • Any time a person makes a statement and follows it up with “but”, it shreds the sentence that came before ‘but’. One of my favourite examples is “I apologize … I’m sorry, but …” They ain’t sorry. “I’m not a racist, but …” is the same … oh yes, if there is a ‘but’ after the statement, then yes, they are most definitely a racist. Good for you for running his fat patootie out of your house! I have done the same a time or two. I think we’re all tired of trying to be civil … it’s a one-sided effort.

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  10. On the positive side, it would have been far worse 50 years ago. We have come along way from the racism that was prevalent back then.

    What we are seeing now, is a last stand by the worst of the racists. They could see that their brand of racism was dying out, so they voted for Trump in an effort to change the course of history. And, indeed, they have changed it — but not in the direction that they wanted. The reaction to the George Floyd killing demonstrates that the American people are rejecting that kind of racism.

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    • Some things have improved from 50 years ago, for sure. Integrated schools, water fountains, restaurants. People of colour in Congress, workplace protections, etc. But … has our society really changed much since the 1960s? These past few weeks, I am finding that I don’t think so.

      Yes, in the wake of the George Floyd murder people have rallied and gotten behind the Black Lives Matter movement more than ever before. But, we still have the ‘other side’ led by none other than Trump, who want to honour those who fought for slavery, want to disenfranchise black voters, who are still just as racist as ever. Today, I feel less hopeful than ever that this world can change, let alone that it will. Sigh.

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      • Here’s what I was noticing, from my vantage point as an academic (before retirement):

        50 years ago on campus, colleges were being integrated. But it was partial. In the dining halls we saw segregated tables. Not segregated by any rules, but segregated by choice. Black students preferred the company of other black students.

        5 years ago, and probably continuing, they were mixing it up. Black and white were walking alongside each other, dating each other. We were becoming much more of one culture rather than two separated cultures.

        On my last year of teaching, there was a black student in an advanced class that I was teaching (in computer science). I think this was a first. We still have a problem of economic discrimination against minorities. And they tend to do poorly in school because of that economic discrimination. But even that is beginning to break down.

        The demonstrations that we saw after the George Floyd murder, seem to suggest that these changes are permeating society as a whole and are not restricted to college campuses.

        Change is still too slow. But it is happening.

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  11. It is generational Jill. You’re spot on. I have a family member. He’s racist as hell and is 37 years old. His kid is just turning 3. The grandmother is also racist and loves Trump. What’s to become of the three year old? You and I both know the odds of that child becoming like the father and grandmother are extremely high. They will raise her the same way they’ve been raised..and so on and so on. It’s a cycle that will not end in our lifetimes Jill. That is beyond depressing.

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    • Sigh. How do we stop this runaway train, Jeff? I fear that we cannot. The hope is that the child makes some great friends early in life and has some great teachers along the way to show her the error of her family’s ways, but … it’s a long shot at best. No, it won’t end in our lifetimes and I fear it never will. Sigh. Beyond depressing, for sure … I read the other day that 55% of the people in this nation are depressed … is it any wonder? That’s the 55% of us who actually use our brains to think. Sigh.

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    • But who will read such stories to the children of bigots? I wonder if you weren’t right to begin with, that children should not be raised by their parents, but by people trained to teach values and humanity. Better yet … I wonder if we ought to just sterilize the entire human race and let it die a natural death before it destroys all other life forms.
      Cwtch

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  12. Depending on where you live in the US, lots! And it is handed down generation by generation so I don’t see much hope of change. The 60s in TX? It’s worse now and more people make it worse, especially when you have an instigator as president. Every time my Haitian granddaughter takes me anywhere it us assumed she is my maid, even nowadays. I don’t hold out much hope for permanent change. It’s like abuse, it is never going to stop, it perpetuates. And as usual, the bad actors get the press and promote more upheaval.

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  14. Thanks Jill, the video made me cringe. How can we ever become a beacon of freedom, justice, and compassion when people program their children to hate. Going to reblog this.

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    • Thank you so much for the re-blog, Padre. I have begun to think that we will never become a beacon of freedom, justice, and compassion, for overall our society is far too arrogant and greedy. I keep hoping, but in all honesty, after the past few weeks, I am losing faith in the human species. Sigh.

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  15. IMO, the biggest reason for what we’re seeing today can largely be attributed to one man. I don’t think I need to spell out his name.

    However, the racial and immigrant problems overall have been around a VERY long time. It’s definitely not a recent problem … it’s just more “in your face” due to expanded news coverage (and that person I mentioned above).

    It’s far-fetched, but the only solution I can come up with would be a world crisis in which people were forced to band together. In the movies it would be extraterrestrial beings (😉), but in real life it would probably be more like a major event that affected the entire planet so that humans would be helping humans without discrimination or judgment. But even then, one can’t help but wonder if it would rise again …

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    • I think it would rise again. I have thought that maybe when there is enough of racial intermarriage and children and the races are no longer so clear cut, it might subside finally then. But that is a long way away and we will probably destroy ourselves first by our stupidity, bigotry and arrogance.

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    • You’re right that the “man” to which you refer is a large part of the reason for the renewed spate of racism, but … it is also those who put him into the Oval Office who must bear the blame. My fear is that even once he is gone, those unsavory elements will remain and will continue to cause trouble.

      I think … have long thought … that you are quite right that the only thing that will bring the people of this nation together is a crisis of monumental proportions. The coronavirus should have brought us closer, but instead it further divided us. I think … there will come a day when the technology we rely so heavily on will cease to function. It is at this point that I think we will either come together, else annihilate each other. Such an event will likely affect the entire planet, but we won’t know whether it did or not. Will humans pull together to ensure their survival, or will they bring about the extinction of the entire species? Stay tuned …

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  16. Jill, thanks for the shout out. People who go out of their way to spew hate and demean others need to catch themselves in the mirror or be shown footage of what they did or said. With a simple question, we should ask is this truly how you want to be remembered?

    The woman who was filmed by the black man in Central Park who asked her to leash her dog (per the signs) as she called the police and said a black man is threatening her life was beyond embarassed later. But, the question we must ask is would she be chagrined if no footage of her actions existed?

    Thanks for sharing the link to my post. And, thanks for sharing these examples. Keith

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    • Was she embarrassed later? What right did she have telling the operator he was threatening her life? Maybe she needs to be actually threatened to understand those words. She should be apologetic and yes, ashamed!

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      • I have a sense she was embarassed by the notoriety that she got caught. I immediately thought what if the police showed up armed for a threatening person. And, what if the man got shot and killed. She would have abetted his death.

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    • You raise a good question … would she have been chagrined and apologized if she had not been captured on video that went viral? I suspect not. Then again, perhaps she did realize how utterly foolish she looked and will think twice before acting that way again. Sigh. I find that more and more, I do not understand people.

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  17. Excellent post, Jill. The hate is palpable from the video. It is totally irrational and is not going to go away anytime soon. But making changes to police forces and other forms of systemic racism are significant in order to drive home the message that racism and intolerance of all kinds is not acceptable in our societies. We have to wear down the hate each generation.

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    • Thanks John! It is irrational and I’m not sure that anything we do today will have a long-term effect anymore. Look how much progress we made in the 1960s … and now it’s gone. Oh sure, we have integrated schools and blacks have some workplace protections, but our society seems to have slithered back to a day when black people were considered somehow inferior. One step forward, two steps back. Sigh. Too much hate in this nation today … somehow, sometime soon, this is all going to simply explode. Our differences are irreconcilable, I think. We need peacemakers leading our government, and instead what do we get? Bozo the Clown crossed with Edward Hyde.

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