Yesterday four people, one adult and three teenagers were arrested and charged with hate crimes for that sickening video showing them torture another teenage boy. Racial slurs were heard being shouted. The whole affair was sickening.
There are a lot of people trying to bring up the meme of Black on White hate crimes being rampant, which it is not. The boy tortured was white and the attackers were black. Furthermore, the boy went to school with one of his attackers.
This is incident is totally about hate. It really has not a lot to do with anything else but hate. I don’t care what color the victim is and I don’t care what color the attackers are. The fact that something like this can actually happen is out of pure hate.
The absurdity of hate was on full display this past election. The fact of the matter is that just about everyone could be the victim of hate. The only problem is that it usually takes race or sexual orientation to make officials charge someone with hate crimes.
When charges are made in hate crimes, both sides all get in an uproar. Rather than look at the incident it was, we need to “categorize” what type of hate is really is. We have seen the “justification” of hate crimes by both sides of the issue rather than talking about the hate that caused the crime in the first place.
Don’t you think it is time we faced our hate problem? Don’t you think it is time put an end to all of this nonsense? Yes, I know we can never eliminate it completely, but our actions after such incidents tell me that we have no intention of ending the hate.
You have probably seen other posts that tell you that our problem is because we have “turned away from god”. You have also seen posts that say “this is what happens when you don’t believe in god.”
Sorry, but that is a form of hate all by itself. The very idea that only “god-fearing” people are good people is total bullshit. Morality is based more on how humanity treats other members of the human race. It has nothing to do with religion.
In fact, religion is one of the primary forces behind our hate. We hate minorities because “god mad us superior”. We hate women because “god made them subordinate to men”. We hate gays because they are “sinners in the eyes of god”.
Then we have people who hate just because they love to hate others. Hating someone else makes them feel good about themselves. It makes them feel superior. It categorizes people into bins that allow us to separate ourselves from them.
The world we live in is complex and can be very divisive. You cannot have black without white. You cannot have light without dark. You cannot have love without hate. And, you cannot have good without evil.
The thing that makes us get along is our basic humanity. Love is not based on religion it is based on our common humanity. Hate on the other hand is based on ego. The idea that I am better than you so therefore I can hate you.
We also live in a country that is supposed to be based on the claim “that all men are created equal”. Yet, too many of our politicians have led the charge against inclusiveness. They “categorize” people into those handy bins to make them lesser people than the “chosen” category of people.
Legalized discrimination bills based on so-called religious beliefs makes hate much easier. The so-called bathroom bills make hate much easier. Voter restriction laws make hate much easier. Any law that restricts or bars access to basic rights make hate easier.
You can make the argument that problems like these are taught in the homes. You can make the argument that parents need to teach their children better. You can make a lot of arguments about cases like this. But, making arguments is fixing blame and not addressing the real problem of hate itself.
When someone says “I’m not a racist” but refuses to acknowledge the civil rights of minorities, you are lying to yourself. If you say you “love gays, but hate the sin” you are lying to yourself. Whenever you argue against your own beliefs you are lying to yourself.
You cannot say that you love our neighbor and then send disparaging emails against people or groups. You cannot say you are compassionate and then call someone with a disability a “gimp” or someone with a mental disability “nuts” or “stupid”. That is simply lying to yourself.
Lying to ourselves makes our hate covert, but it is still there. Lying to ourselves allow us to make excuses when something like this happens. Lying to ourselves does not help stem hate, it actually feeds it.
When you really look at it, hate is nothing more than an act of terrorism. Letting people know your hate towards them should be classified as terrorism because we you are trying to make them fear you.
I hope with all my heart that these people who tortured this boy get exactly what they deserve according to the law. Just like I do whenever any of the thousands of hate crimes that occur everyday in this country find justice.
But, if you want to see an end to these types of crimes, you cannot keep lying to yourself. You need to look yourself in the mirror and confront your hate. Then, you need to work to overcome and end your own hate. Otherwise, hate will continue. Hate crimes will continue.
I don’t care if you are religious or not. I don’t care what color you are or nationality, or sex, or sexual orientation. The fact is we are all part of the human race. We are all brothers and sisters with a single common factor. We deserve better from our neighbors. We deserve better from ourselves.
The fact of the matter is only we can stop hate. Then maybe we will see an end to these sickening crimes. One can only hope.