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August 13th, 2017, 9:40 am
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Monkeypainter2 August 13th, 2017, 9:56 am
"We all gasp this can't happen here,
We're all much too civilized,
Where can these monsters hide?

But they're knocking on our front door,
They're rocking in our cradle,
They're preaching in our churches,
and eating at our tables"

-Scarecrow, Melissa Etheridge

The above words were written about the murder of a young man named Matthew Sheppard, who was tortured and hung on a fence left to die by bigots.

As I read the news yesterday, these words became important all over again.

Hatred in a larger/wilder form was on display yesterday.
It "ended" in a terrorist attack.
(yes, that is what it is when you get in a car and run a group of people over because you disagree with their face. It's abnormal, it's wrong. It is inexcusable.)

Hatred in smaller forms is all around us though.

You, like me, are probably not equipped to go to a protest, or stand in solidarity (my body cant hold it)

If you are not, then you bear a different job.
We need people to mind other people's speech.
We need educators (in strict and loose senses) to tell people, hey, that's not right.

We need people to refrain from saying "but they did it too" bullshit. That's a child's argument, and it's not only flawed, it tries to excuse horrors.

We need people to teach folks better.

and it's never too late to learn.

Create that art, sing that song, teach with books, teach history, talk to kids, talk to your friends, your parents.
We need to do better and better.
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