A bitch just read this article about the surge in racist acts post-election. The article is brief and describes the acts as mostly pranks that “haven't posed any real danger to society or the president-elect”.
Although this bitch agrees that there is a difference between a physical attack and someone spray painting racist graffiti on a wall, I have to disagree with whether that shit is a real danger.
Racism and bigotry eat away at society. Symbols of racism and bigotry that are not taken seriously create the feeling of freakish agreement…that other people feel the same way and that the expressions of hate is okay.
But the real power of these so-called pranks is how they jump up in a person’s head.
A cross-burned under the cloak of darkness in front of a person’s house makes the victim question every stranger…her or his neighbors…and wonder who hates them that much. The victim wonders why their house was spared and what act will be next.
So, a bitch has little tolerance for those who casually dismiss acts of hate…who try to explain them away as unfortunate jokes of youthful misbehavior.
These acts have power and that is why they are being investigated and monitored.
But ig’nant acts of hate also identify a disease in need of treatment.
They can inspire the silent to publicly voice their support and those who are skeptical that racism still exists to question that opinion.
And they can empower communities to get about the business of doing the inner work required to advance beyond hate…beyond tolerance…toward respect.
All that is possible only if folks incidents or hate for what they are…less a prank and more a symptom of something real that has been festering below the surface.
And we have miles upon miles yet to walk…