The Rules of Hate.
Please Note: This is a brief post about hate. The language is strong, the chance of being offended great, and if you feel like I am speaking about you I cannot help you, nor will I offer you an apology. But, I will welcome any course corrections you make in your world.
Hate is among us.
Emboldened by silence, like a cancer it grows.
It’s easy enough to see evidence of the festering of hate in real life, or, maybe it’s not. Sometimes you have to see it spelled out.
…and then you have to speak up.
There is a very sad, shameful, racist and hateful corner of Twitter, and within that horrible little place exists a very small minded, small in numbers population of people who call agriculture home. It is such a small place but I cannot get the noise they make out of my head. They are not bad people, but they are a roadblock to a better world.
I am tired of roadblocks and I am tired of hate and I am exhausted by the fact that discourse and debate is dead in favour of hate.
If you want to claim that you are not a hate filled, small minded, shameful roadblock then you need to adhere to the rules of hate.
1) You don’t get to call someone the “brown guy” and then say you’re unfairly accused of being a racist.
2) You don’t get to condone and promote violence and abuse of people and say you’re not sexist and deny that there is an issue.
3) You don’t get to claim that inequities and discrimination are a “non-issue”.
4) You don’t get to perpetuate negative stereotypes and act offended when others react.
5) You don’t get to condone racist and hateful behaviour and provide it a platform and claim it is sharing in a “positive & honest way”.
You don’t get to darken a sad, shameful, hate filled corner of Twitter and agriculture by claiming innocence, or ‘it’s just a joke’, or by tacit complicity and cooperation without someone noticing.
If you can’t follow the rules then you cannot claim that you are not complicit in the spread of hate and small mindedness. You cannot claim that inequalities and inequities are a non issue. You cannot continue to think that you and those like you are not a roadblock. And you cannot say that you are “right”.
This is what hate looks like when it is all spelled out in snippets less than 280 characters. Hopefully, you recognize it for what it is whether you see it or you hear it. You don’t have to bang your head against a wall of racism and discrimination, you just have to recognize it, acknowledge its existence and remind the rest of the world that the corners don’t define us. Feel free to report. Feel free to block. Feel free to let folks brighten up their dark corners by changing the words they say and forgiving them their trespasses. Feel free to hold people accountable to the rules.