Sexual prejudice, racism, bigotry and the assumption of guilt
Once again I was prompted to writing by another posting on a WordPress. Even though a lengthy posting which I normally avoid, the blogger focused on the fact that they believe that Trump was stirring the pot of discontent in our nation. At first I was focused on the bloggers concept that everyone who does not accept and support homosexuals, trans-genders and minorities is nothing but a hate filled American. I soon realized the bloggers focus was not on the people but on Donal Trump for bringing the peoples antipathy for these various groups to the surface.
Yes Trumps campaign has brought to the fore the fact that there are tens of millions of citizens of this nation that do not like or support what we may consider a deviant lifestyle, violence over perceived wrongs or allowing tens of thousands of people to break the law by illegally coming to our nation but and this is the point that blogger missed….. we do not hate them. How does our unwillingness to support and accept them mean we hate them?
Does my vocal opposition to our President for bringing thousands of middle eastern migrants into the United States without the same lengthy background evaluation that my relatives had to endure equate to my hating all Muslims? Or does my consternation over millions of illegal aliens crossing our border and for the most part being allowed to stay and drain our social welfare system make me a bigot? Does my anger at watching the news that shows a city being burned and looted because a black man was shot by a policeman make me a racist?
It is easy to ‘assume’ that a person is guilty of racism or bigotry because they do not think like you do but it does not make it true. Because Mr Trump has echoed the sentiments of a major potion of Americans does not mean he or those who support him are hate filled citizens. It is not hate to not support something you do not believe in.
I may not agree with your sexual preference
but I would
defend your freedom to choose it.
If your here illegally
I do not want you to enjoy the benefits of being a citizen
but I would never
stop you from applying to become one.
Participate in a riot and
I want you locked up for destroying other peoples property
but I support
your right to protest any injustice.
I am not guilty of hatred, racism or bigotry
I am guilty of
freedom of expression