When the news broke over the weekend and I was gathering information as it came through my Twitter feed, I wasn’t sure how I was supposed to react to the horror in Charlottesville. I knew that I was upset that something like this is still happening in America. How can hate, racism and violence like this still happen?
Then the incident in the above photo happened. I have yet to watch any video of it because I don’t want to get even more upset over the injuries and death of the victims be embedded in my mind.
My heart is broken. I am sad. I am angry. I am wondering why this is happening.
Many times throughout my Christian faith journey when horrific things happen, I try to ask myself what the best reaction to it is. It’s OK to be angry and sad, but what would be the next Christian thing to do? The most obvious choice would be to profess love and peace in the name of Christ.
When I saw this for the first time, I didn’t even notice anything racist until it was pointed out to me.
But there are black and white kids getting along. Look, a colored lifeguard. There was no intent to be racist. I don’t see racism. I just see kids.
How am I supposed to feel about this? It’s sad and it breaks my heart. But all I seem to be flooded with is the reactions from all around the world.
Some people are calling for bans on guns.
Some are saying that gay people deserved to die because they are against God.
Some people aren’t really caring about this.
Some are still wondering how terrorists could do this.
I don’t know how to take all of this in. I would love to live in a world where this kind of hatred and violence is gone. But we don’t. I know that gun violence remains and we don’t seem to know what to do with it. I know that there is so much hatred against the LGBT and I can’t figure out how we can get everyone to just love and care for one another.
Where do we go? My heart breaks when people die. I don’t care if they are the same or different from me. It’s heartbreaking. And it hurts even more that this was apparently an act of hatred towards LGBT. It’s not fair. I wish there was a way to make it better. God, where do we go from here?
I can pray right now. But I want to do more and try to find a way to stop all of this. Stop the violence. Stop the hate. Stop the hurt. Can we just live in a world of peace and love?
I don’t know. I hope so.
** This isn’t addressed to anyone specifically. This is purely observational thought. I wrote this with nobody but everybody in mind.
I don’t do viral things on Facebook. When people did the ALS bucket challenge, I didn’t do it. When people changed their profile to a cartoon, I didn’t do it. When same-sex marriage was legalized, I didn’t do it.
Now everyone is changing their profile pictures to the French flag, I once again won’t do it.
I am not against being public on social media with my concerns, sadness, emotions over things. I just don’t do it like this.
The first thing that bothered me about it is that the feature to change it says it’s a “temporary” change. So is our mourning temporary? What kind of message are we sending? For us to care about the aftermath of this senseless violence is only a temporary thing.
The instant you welcome something like this, a tragedy, into your profile picture, you are sending a message that this thing is important to you. But once you change it back to the normal profile picture you had, does this not matter to you anymore? Is your own face without the French flag more important than sending the message that you care?
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OK, I just found out about this. Check out this summary of the nonsense in the tweet above.
First of all, I don’t drink coffee. I drink it occasionally but I never go to Starbucks because I want coffee. Never in my life have I ever desired to drink coffee. Most times when I do, I’m with people. I’m a social coffee drinker.
I am also Christian. I am a Christian who doesn’t care for coffee or what Starbucks does.
With that said, after reading the above story, I could not shake my head any more. If I did, I’d get whiplash. Is this really an issue? First of all, I didn’t even know Starbucks had seasonal themed holiday cups for Christmastime. I didn’t even know this was a big deal to people. Like if you showed me these cups, I wouldn’t even know they were supposed to mean something important.
I hate clickbait articles on Facebook. I can’t stand reading links with headlines like “These two kids sat down to eat lunch, you won’t believe what happened next!” and the people who post them. This is so bad. I just ignore these things and I continue on with my Facebook feed with actual information that isn’t garbage.
So this morning when I saw this, I skimmed it thinking that it was nothing. Little did I know it was actual news that involved many important people, including the president.
But look at it. The photos are oddly placed like many clickbait photos. Then the headline, although subtle and to the point, was likely ignored by me all together. Look at that lede: “Ahmed Mohamed, 14, said he made a homemade clock to impress his teachers,…”
That is full on clickbait writing right there.
Maybe two years ago I would have clicked and read it. Now because of clickbaiting, anything that looks remotely like a garbage post gets ignored by me. Thanks to clickbaiting, I actually ignored some news because at this point, everything looks the same. Shame on you, clickbaiting!
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