Last night on the internet I stumbled upon something new to me. A live streaming of a BLM vigil in the Big City nearest to our home. I watched for a bit to try and hear the speaker. The sound quality was beyond bad and I could not hear almost anything she was saying. I was just about to click off in frustration when I noticed that comments also get posted in real time with the live streaming.
I watched in legit horror at the hatred that spewed from those comments, up the screen of my monitor. Comments that the speaker had time to do this because she was on welfare. Comments that all lives matter.Derogatory comments about the charge to blacks to try to economically impact whites by going to black owned businesses. Comments that people should just do what police say and nothing will go wrong. (news flash, you need to add if you are white to that last one folks--just ask the family of Phil Castile.) And there was more. Much more. So much hatred I can not dignify it with reiterating it here. They flew so fast I could not even respond to a specific post, because it was gone in a flash, replaced by another equally as appalling.
How is it possible to hate so much? How is it possible not to see people as people. How can there be any hope for justice when so many people buy in to stereotypes and racist rhetoric. These injustices and killings can not be stopped if whites are going to look the other way. We have a disproportionate amount of power. We need to, and we must, be agents for change and justice. We need to listen to our black friends, neighbors, sisters and brothers, and support their efforts at change. Our children, our country, and our future need this.