I have to share what I witnessed and experienced this morning on social media.
This was a picture I had stumbled upon, posted by a coworker.
I had to speak up when I saw this. I had to tell her that this comparison is oh so very wrong. And she is an AMERICAN. Can you imagine showing this to soldiers currently fighting our enemies in Afghanistan? It literally made me sick to my stomach. Someone that I used to be very close to died in Afghanistan fighting the enemy. I cannot even fathom showing him this picture and telling him that he died in vain. That’s how it feels now when I see my fellow Americans posting this nasty propaganda.
I am NOT condoning this weekend’s events in Charlottesville. I am a white American, with German heritage. I don’t agree with any sort of violence and I would rather not identify with any groups because it’s just not worth it. Nobody’s going to listen to what I say anyways and my words are NOT going to make a difference, no matter what my 4th grade teacher once told me. This is America. One person cannot make a difference when it comes to our government and their decisions on how to protect us. Our government is the strongest in the world and not one American can change the way it operates.
Let’s face it; we’re always going to have people who want to fight others to see their opinions take hold, but our responsibility as citizens is to not feed into the hate. We are fully apt to disagree and condemn the actions of others but by us feeding into the madness and riling ourselves up is what causes escalation like we witnessed in Virginia. If every group can protest on turf without the admonition of others we wouldn’t see the protests turn into riots and people wouldn’t be dying. We are creating the problem.
I sympathize with victims of hate and those who have lost someone due to historical adversaries, but we as Americans cannot compare each other, no matter how terrible our neighbors may be, to the ultimate enemy of the world. White supremacists, Neo-Nazi’s, KKK, BLM, Antifa, every group that we currently see making a name for themselves, are NOT threatening mass casualties of the world. They are not the threat, they’re barely in existence, and they are incapable of doing what their empty threats entail. These groups are miniscule, inept, and limited. We don’t see Confederate flag-yielders threatening and willing to stick an AK-47 out of a window and drive down a street mass murdering hundreds of innocent people. We don’t see BLM participants walking down the streets raping and beating a woman and her children because they are white and Christian, which negates the policies of ISIS. These are actions of ISIS and not actions of any other group we see in the United States or in the world.
So, please, everybody, quit feeding into the media frenzy and realize that we cannot fight the hate in this world by hating them too. No matter how much hate that each group has, we will NEVER see actions similar to ISIS take place in America. Its citizens and the government will uprise, fighting off these terrorists and their opinions and desires will never take hold in America. One person’s actions does not epitomize the actions of others.
God Bless Us All