I won’t be putting out regular blog content this week in light of what happened this week in North Carolina. Instead I want to talk about Trump’s claims that “both sides” are to blame for what happened this weekend.
In the aftermath of the horrifying events from this weekend I noticed a trend with the people talking about it. The first was how awful it was the second was something along the lines of “well both sides are playing a part”. Are you kidding me? I heard this on Twitter and from people who are close to me.
This is akin to the argument that a woman is at fault for rape because she wore a short skirt. We do not need to hear both sides because it doesn’t matter what one side does, the other is still evil. Evil is evil. It does not get to be considered complicit.
It is important in political discussions that we listen to both sides and take in their arguments, to further understand why we hold our own beliefs. But also so we understand what else is going on in the world so we are not surprised when events like this happened.
But I think one side is listening at little harder than the other. I don’t think anyone who is proudly caring a Nazi flag in 2017 is listening to what’s said by other sides, they don’t care. They will carry out evil whether you listen or not. Both sides do not deserve in an equal voice in discussions.
When that evil side hears the President of the United States and people across the world think that both sides might have done something wrong do you know what that means to them? That means that you support them, everyone is equally responsible so no one is to blame. Is that really the message you want to give off?
There is a time to listen to both sides and there is a time to denounce racism. This isn’t a message for any leader of any country, it is for anyone who is reading my blog. It is for your friends. Next time you think “well both sides of the protest are causing chaos” stop and think. Next time you ask what other people did to provoke racists… stop and think.
None of this is okay. We do not need to hear other people out. In fact I would encourage you not to listen to them, don’t give them any more space in your mind. Instead do what you can to make the world a better place. I’m not American so I can’t call my representative about this, so I’m going to start by using my money for good.
If you want to join me, Paper Magazine has some great resources and suggestions about what you can do. If you’re white, like I am, take the chance to talk to other white people and tell them this isn’t okay. Tell them this rhetoric is not okay, no justification of it is all right.
I love you all, stay strong. Love can’t really conquer hate, but it’s a start isn’t it?