There was a story on our morning news that I was going to rant about here, but I managed to forget what it was.
So, in an effort to get myself worked up over it all over again, I decided to search for the story on the news page, and instead came across a banner announcing that George Zimmerman had been arrested today in Florida on a domestic situation involving a weapon.
I wandered over to a news page that supposedly had more coverage to read the detail and came across the ever-increasing number of comments, including one from a citizen who obviously felt some kind of way about the Zimmerman-Martin case.
Said citizen managed to be insulting to blacks, women, and people considered overweight in one fell swoop. I won’t copy/paste his comment here because it doesn’t deserve to be posted again.
The point is, he managed to tie “racist black people,” and Mr. Zimmerman’s wife (“a crazy fat chick”) together and relate them to Mr. Zimmerman’s alleged crime.
But I wasn’t irritated enough by that, evidently. I had to go visit said citizen’s profile, where I saw his few comments on our current leadership in America and other topics were just as um…ehem…enlightened.
The comments were flying in, fast and furious. I hit “refresh” to see whether anyone had offered a response to said enlightened citizen.
That’s when the Twilight Zone bit happened.
After the refresh, all comments were gone.
And the page said “comments for this thread are now closed.”
And when I went to the citizen’s profile page, the comments he had made on that article were gone too.
I am actually glad in a way because someone took responsibility for not spreading even more hate today.
But on the other hand, that quick glimpse into the hearts of some folks reminds me that we can never be less than vigilant because there is so much hate out there.
And it’s a hate that is leveled at us all: ourselves, our families, our neighbors, our friends, or the friends of our friends or the neighbors of our distant family…the connections go on to infinity.
It’s not okay to hate. Ever.