Seems like some people are slightly angered and could use some friendly tips on how to cordially disagree with a peaceful, underprivileged person.
We all know the ol’ saying from preschool, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all!” But it takes a fifth-grade education to interpret that meaning further, “If you disagree with someone politically or philosophically, then don’t insult or kill them.”
If you are a racist or White supremacist, here are some tips on what to do instead of killing or insulting someone at a peaceful protest:
You heard that right! By law, you have the right to obtain a permit and rally a peaceful protest of your own.
Just a few recommendations:
Uh oh! Are the terms getting a little too technical for you? Here’s some clarification:
A “blog” is kind of like what you’re reading right now; an article. In order to create a blog you’ll have to start a website and—actually, hmmm. There’s no way you’re smart enough to do this, so let’s move on.
Although a peaceful protester may be busy protesting, they may give you a few minutes of their time to discuss what it is that’s bothering them.
So instead of yelling, “I’M WHITE AND I’M BETTER THAN YOU,” try to ask something like, “Fellow American Citizen, what are you protesting and why?”
Why does this talking method work? Well, according to research, talking is friendlier than fighting.
I’m a privileged, White Jew whose grandparents suffered the holocaust. My forefathers have seen the darkest of times first hand; racism, war, genocide. So while I’m basking in the sun, living the American dream with my wife, a home, a dog, big yard, and great life, I remember what my ancestors went through so that I could enjoy these fruits of life. And that’s exactly the problem with some people in this country: perspective.
Some have never had ancestors who have suffered like Jews in the 1940s, or like Black people in the United States in the 60s* (*As in the 1760s, 1860s, 1960s, but hopefully not the 2060s).
When I see an NFL player kneeling in defiance of police brutality I respect it. But let’s not view people who disagree with the intention of that kneel as racists. Some of them may very well be racist. But I argue that most of them simply have a lack of perspective.
Kneeling during the National Anthem doesn’t mean Black people hate White people. It doesn’t mean they hate the United States. It means they want their situation to get better. They want equality. They want police brutality to stop; that’s the crux of the protest. Why would you stand for a flag or a National Anthem when you feel oppressed by the people hoisting it? Kneeling before the flag continues the conversation of racism and police brutality. So where do we take it from here?
To me, the core of racism spawns from fear, lack of education, lack of perspective, and lack of diversity. We fear what we don’t know. If we don’t know, then we have to educate ourselves to gain a perspective. Lastly, if we aren’t going to diversify our schools and communities because of monetary reasons, then we must begin diversifying our workforces and police forces. But how about we start with a really easy first step: accountability when those in authority abuse their power.