“Understand this,” the private message on Facebook Saturday morning. “I don’t just dislike you. I hate you. You are an insufferable bastard and many of us would like to see you gone from our part of this world and our lives.”
The message came from a Floyd man who has posted insults and claims about me on Facebook and other social media sites. His hatred is real.
He doesn’t say why he hates me. He just does.
Sadly, we see widespread hate all around us each and every day.
Micah Xavier Johnson, the 25-year-old Army veteran who killed five police officers and wounded seven others in Dallas this week, said he “hated white people” and police and wanted to kill as many as he could.
He served in Afghanistan from November 2013 through July 2014 and had no criminal record.
“He was a good kid,” said Avis Blanton, who lived next door to Johnson and his family in Mesquite, Texas. “He just snapped. Black folks are tired. We are just tired. I am not justifying what he did, but I see why he did it.”
Yes, that’s what Mrs. Blanton said: Word for word.
“He was upset about the recent police shootings,” said Dallas Police Chief David Brown. “He said he wanted to kill white people, especially white police officers.”
White police officers killed blacks in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and other locations this past week. A St. Louis policeman was gunned down.
Republican Ex-Congressman Joe Walsh of Illinois is another hater.
“This is now war,” he said after the Dallas shootings. “Watch out black lives punks.” Walsh also warned President Barack Obama. “Watch out. Real America is coming for you.”
We see deepening conflicts between black and whites, between native-born Americans and immigrants, straights and homosexuals, conservatives and liberals and too many others in a nation where differing opinions and different styles of life are supposed to be accepted.
Hate is far too pervasive in America. The man who will lead the Republican ticket for President in this year’s election excels in promoting hate. So, apparently, do his children. His oldest son re-tweeted Walsh’s hateful comments, adding a claim, with no evidence, that the group calls “for the death of cops. Absolutely disgusting.”
Yes, Trump Jr.’s tweet was disgusting. So are the litany of hate that his father issues on a regular basis. He calls his political opponents “losers’ and “crooks” and worse. He calls Mexican-Americans “rapists” and “drug pushers.”
Trump praised former Irag dictator Suddam Hussein and a “great fighter against terrorism” who was “brutal but necessary” in his killings. He has urged killing wives and children of anyone deemed a “terrorist” if he is President.
We see hate spill out of the mouths of celebrities like verbal diarrhea, like this garbage from Duck Dynasty mogul Phil Robertson:
Gays are full of murder, envy, strife, hatred. They are insolent, arrogant, God-haters. They are heartless, they are faithless, they are senseless, they are ruthless.
Some say the surprising emergence of Donald Trump as the Republican candidate for President is fueled by widespread hate of “the system” and “the establishment. ”
Others feel it is driven by racism, bigotry and the hate that comes from intolerance.
Hate is all around us. We see it here at home, on the television screens and all over so-called “Social Media.”
Facebook has a local “group” called “Floyd Unbiased (FU~). Wanna finish the acronym?
An up and coming female firefighter in Fairfax County committed suicide after a series of hateful posts about her on Facebook.
Hate on social media is listed as a leading cause of a suicide rate of youngsters 12 to 17. Someone in America kills them self every 18 minutes.
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” says an old axiom.
Today’s expression of hate in a private message on Facebook this morning won’t kill me. I’ve watched too much hate in my 68 years — from living in the racist, intolerable environment of Farmville, Virginia, when the Klan-dominated school board and board of supervisors closed the public schools rather than integrate to the mentally-challenged haters who used keyboards to try and hurt others.
Happy to ruin his day. 🙂
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