My socialistic manifesto. This may be a long one.

For the last year or so, my feeds and timelines have been filled with so much anger from people.

Cops ain’t shit.

Black people are thugs and get what they deserve.

All white people are racists.

blah blah blah.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned throughout my life is that no group of anyone is all anything. We’re all individuals, with our own views, pasts, mannerisms, ideologies.  I know it’s human nature to bulk a group of people you don’t know into a neat little category, but it’s not that simple, and you think we’d figure that out by now.  …but we either just don’t see it or we don’t care and we’re just gonna keep on doing what we want because it makes us either feel safe (in the sense that you can legitimize why you don’t want to deal with people), or because it makes you feel more powerful.

I fall victim to it myself. I’m not perfect, but I’m trying to work on recognizing when I do it and try to deal with people on a one-on-one basis and avoid the ones that actually show me they’re not worth my time.

Americans have forgotten how to feel empathy.

We’re so worried about getting our own or proving our own point that we forgot that sometimes, when you do things, it affects other people.  People that may actually mean something to you. They may not say anything to you, maybe because they don’t want to offend, or upset you.  Maybe because bringing it up may change the structure of the relationship and it’s easier to just ignore it, but it still bothers them.

That’s what the Confederate flag does to me.

I have friends that aren’t racists that do wear or fly that flag. It happens. (remember what I said above? Not all [blank] are [blank]). I haven’t said anything to them, because I don’t want them to get defensive or to just write me off, but it does make me feel some kind of way when I see it. When I lived down south (S.C. and Alabama), you see it everywhere.  It’s inevitable. As someone that is obviously not white, it serves as a warning to me to be aware. This is because to me, that flag represents the view that a certain group of people consider me sub-human. That, if they had the opportunity, they would have no problem making me a slave, they just can’t now because it’s against the law.

I understand that not all southerners that fly the flag feel that way, but I don’t understand why those people can’t understand that this is how the flag can be viewed.  If you have friends that are minorities, and you fly that flag, this could be how your friends could feel.

I understand the concept of tradition and heritage, but at the same time, when a tradition or a representation of something becomes sullied, and what you believe the original meaning of something originally meant has been warped into something that is hateful to people that you call a friend, why is it so important to continue to do it or use it?

Empathy.

That is what is needed today.

I have to say, though, even though I’m a socialist, I’m not 100% liberal. I think that some things can go too far. But this flag is something different. It represents oppression. It represents one race of people that despises another for no other reason than they’re not like them. It is hate now, regardless of what it was, today, it means hate This being said, my friends will remain my friends, even if they insist on displaying the Confederate flag, but I wish that someone could come up with an alternative NEW flag that would represent Southern Heritage or culture. Something that all southerners could relate to and revel in…. How about a flag with giant mosquitoes and a big glass of delicious sweet tea?