“If you aren’t outraged, you aren’t paying attention.”
Last Facebook post of Heather Heyer
One of the things I recently was told that a friend stopped reading my stuff because it wasn’t “happy.”
Hell no, it’s not.
But I feel a profound disconnect with anyone who needs something to be “happy” to listen to it.
Because, well…welcome to 2017.
Or the US in general to be honest.
We live in a system built on oppression. Trump didn’t create hatred he simply brought it to an unprecedented high, using his office to deconstruct the protections we have and encourage bigoted acts by validating hatred with his voice and power. The Nazis and the KKK that we see didn’t start to exist at the beginning of his campaign they’re just emboldened to step into the spotlight.
Now, of course, it’s getting even worse, with the KKK now walking brazenly without hoods (the problem with doing that is that then people can share the faces that you decided to show everyone to let people to know you’re evil…feel free to click the link and share, and if you’re going to protest mask up so they can’t do the same) and driving into the crowds protesting them with the aim to kill people solely for dissenting against their hatred.
The world is and has always been hell for a lot of people, and that is a problem.
It’s not happy, it’s not good, but we should be facing it…if you have the choice not to.
In my formative years I felt like something was wrong with me and how I exist, now I know that the world is the problem not my brain, that the world is screwed up and needs to be fixed.
I never had the choice to think that everything is moral in this place and so realizing that this world is screwed and doing what I can to make it better is all I know.
The rest of you who aren’t faced by some form of hatred for something intrinsic to your existence, you have the choice to pretend the world is perfect.
However, the only moral thing is to do the opposite.
In the face of such grave injustices you should be enraged. You should stand up and fight the forces hurting and killing your fellow humans because it’s obviously something that we need to fight. You shouldn’t be clinging to your happiness by ignoring the reality of other people suffering but should use your voice to call attention to it.
To do otherwise, to stand by and let hatred happen, is wrong.
To get pissed off at us who are calling attention to it for disrupting your happy day instead of getting upset at murderers is all kinds of screwed up.
I’m not going to apologize for rubbing your nose in the system’s hatred. I’m going to stand up and demand you acknowledge the world around you.
And if you refuse I’ll know that you’re not someone I can trust, because in this era not paying attention is deadly.
It’s because people clung to their apathy that we got in this mess. As I mentioned in this post on my Facebook page An Articulate Autistic, hatred festers if unchallenged, and when you’re literally getting upset with people for mentioning the existence of hatred you’re actively hindering the efforts to challenge it.
If more people listened to Heather, if more people stood and fought this before the election, we wouldn’t be here. They wouldn’t feel welcome to do this huge festival of hatred.
But we’re here now and now it’s necessary, not just moral but needed, to stand and fight now before even more deaths happen.
Pay attention, get outraged, don’t let her die in vain.