The meaning of racism has been redefined. My previous thinking that required horrible acts to be associated with beliefs was “racism” and that prejudice was something lessor harmful. In today’s world, my ignorance is far from blissful. I am learning just how harmful this way of thinking can be. Additionally, I am learning how to voice opinion with the intention of educating others. It’s a challenge for me. I used to simply “unfriend” these people who’s way of thinking was in deep conflict with my own but never voice any opinion in opposition.
I hate conflict.
My tendency to remain silent was challenged when someone in my own family (albeit extended family) posted a racist meme on her FB wall. I have met her once at a family reunion; she is married to my cousin and, according to her FB profile, is catholic. So, I was blown away when I saw a post stating “If black lives really mattered,,,” [as if that was in question], “They’d stop shooting each other.” At the bottom of the image was some unfounded fact indicating that 94% of all blacks shot was by blacks. REALLY?! I might ask where this statistic came from because I find it hard to believe. And yet, my real issue is with the word “IF.” I couldn’t imagine how she could even entertain the idea that anyone’s life didn’t matter. What kind of catholic church did she go to? Certainly not any that I ever attended!
I didn’t unfriend her. But I did add my own comment to her post. It’s been about 12 hours and neither she nor her cohort of “friends” have replied. But I am certain that she, her husband (my cousin), and many of our relatives in comment have seen it. And I hope that further discussions are occurring offline in this regard.
What has your experience been? Please share.