In the past few years, there has been an eye-opening experience for most. A shocking revelation to say the least. The outrage, the anger, the sense of confusion is something that has always bothered people of color and has always been a speaking point in some place and time, but now it's visual. Now, in the age of voyeurism, the speculation of hate is truly seen. The question is, now that there is an "acceptance of hate", how much further will it go?
When I say an "acceptance of hate", I mean acknowledging that there is extreme cruelty placed on people for no apparent reason other than, I don't know, jealousy. A misplacement of anger. Hate has become an emotion that can no longer be taken lightly. When we were younger, saying the words "I hate you" wasn't to be taken seriously. We said those words in the heat of a disagreement with family or friends. We didn't mean it. It just didn't have the same kick as " I don't like you".
Fast forward to 2010s and you have to be careful with the word hate. The idea of hate has always existed in people's mind, but the actual act at the current rate it's been occurring is a new phenomenon. It's a word, an action, an emotion that has become the norm. Do you know how much anger you have to harbor for you to feel that deliberately hurting people is a justifiable action to hate? It's become easier to spit words of poison at someone you don't know then to share a courteous comment.
The evolution of hate has evolved so drastically from race to religion to sexuality and it begs the question of why that level of hate? What did a community of people do to you? Is it that you've never been around anyone outside your race or religion and therefore based your hate on the information you've heard from the media and friends or family? Is it off of one negative experience and therefore you view all minorities/religious factions/gay and lesbians as bad? I mean, I've had a bad experience with several foods before, but it took more than one awful interaction for me to swear it off completely.
Being careful is the key to living now. People of color understand this rule more than anyone. It's sort of trained in us to be on our toes. We've always had to be aware of our surroundings and how we act in public (some of us with better constraint than others). I just find it funny how there are so many different sides shocked at the bigotry and underlying racism that has come to light. I don't think it's as much a genuine surprise as it is a punch in the gut. It feels more like watching the most gruesome scene in a movie. You know that this was going to exist in the movie, but the action brings about the appalling sensation.
Now that we have this "acceptance of hate", the way people of color, LGBTQ and people of various faith are going to be treated I feel is not going to change. It's amped up to another degree. The boldness of people saying or doing things to make their point of how much they dislike a group is, unfortunately, in my eyes only going to get worst or actually is at it's worst. We can educate at home, in schools, in public forums, but at the end of the day, it's up to that individual to stop the spread of hate.
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