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I looked up a (thirty-something) relative today on Facebook. I won’t get into the detailed branching.
Still, I thought I might want to connect and introduce this young educated lady to another person, not for romantic reasons since she has a boyfriend but since the man I know is isolated in that city and she might be kind enough to include him among her acquaintances and perhaps she might know of a matching lady. Things looked okay for a fair amount of scrolling through photos etc. Then it flashed before me.
She had posted a close up of a Nazi-Klan rally from somewhere being guarded by cops, with her comments:
This does not surprise me. If you’re surprised, you probably voted for him. And you’re white. And you’re either lower-middle class or upper-middle class. And you lack compassion, and you stand by and are “sad but I’m not the one doing it,” and you are part of the problem. We know who you are, but YOU do not know who you are. The candidate you voted for gave these people a voice, legitimized them, and brought them out of the woodwork. If you deny that at all, you need to read the news starting from the beginning of the campaign–and not just Fox News. Choose news about it from another country if that is most trustworthy to you. (And can we all just finally admit that “having a black friend,” listening to hip hop, making out with that black guy one time, and watching the Cosby Show doesn’t mean you’re not racist.)
I would not have cared who she voted for. And not so long ago, people didn’t tell other people that unless they voted for the same party and candidate, they were responsible for all bad things. Besides, she knows your views come from one source, and nothing in your actual interests and behavior could challenge her summation of you. So I’m not making any introductions. She didn’t care who read this, she thought it was brilliant and convincing, and even if I had voted the approved way she immediately lost my respect. If you can’t conform to her parameters, you’re not invited into her world and she doesn’t want to know anything else about yours, so that takes care of that, which is sad.