Where Have I Been? Fuck You, That’s Where I’ve Been.

I hastily wrote the following in response to an evangelical friend of a friend who commented that BLM is Marxist and uses violent tactics. She asked me “where have you been?” I started off listing the things I do for my fellow humans on a daily basis, then continued…

Where have I been? I’ve been ingesting multiple reliable news sources (so no OAN, Fox, or InfoWars) to make the most well-informed analyses of what’s going on in the world.

I’ve been fact-checking anything that seems incredulous.

The arsons in MN and GA were started by white agitators. Protests in MN were turned to destructive riots by white agitators. The overwhelming majority of the violence in this years’ protests and riots were committed by police and by white people. These are the facts.

Black Americans have been treated as sub-human for generations. Parents worry if they are going to lose their children to a police bullet on the way back from school. Unarmed black people are murdered for being suspected of maybe doing something wrong in the near future while white murderers get a bottle of water and a fist bump.

And when they and their allies protest peacefully, they are humiliated, demonized (see: Kaepernick), assaulted, and murdered—all with the overt approval and encouragement of the POTUS and millions of their fellow Americans who are so entrenched in their selfish privilege that they refuse to open their minds to the reality of Black lives, and choose only to have empathy up to a shallow degree.

And then they (you) have the gall to invoke names like Jesus Christ and MLK, whose words they (you) cherry pick to fit their (your) worldview, rejecting any of the words that make them (you) uncomfortable.

If you think that Jesus or MLK would publicly condemn ANYTHING that BLM is doing, especially in light of WHY they are doing it, then your values are antithetical to those of Jesus and MLK.

Oh? Am I Harsh?

“Can’t we be civil? Can’t we disagree? Can’t we blah blah blah?” you (and other seemingly well-meaning people) will insist.

No. Let me tell you why.

As what you would call an oriental, I have experienced racial harassment and violence (I got scars to prove it) from whites throughout my childhood. I believe that I maybe, possibly have a small understanding of of what it MIGHT be like for Black Americans. But in truth? Nope. Not even close. What my experiences have given me is eyes to see racism where it exists—and it exists in far more places than even the most woke white person can imagine.

Throughout my life, I have listened to whites’ POVs, I have been civil in the face of unrelenting bigotry, and I have allowed them to label their hate speech as mere “disagreements.”

But no more. I’m done being civil to people who insist on perpetuating the subjugation of people of color, no matter how much they smile, go to church, and use nice words. The velvet glove over the iron fist trick won’t work any more.

So I’m going to say this to you, knowing that you’ll take offense, but also knowing that no matter how nasty my words are, they couldn’t possibly equal the hatred and the damage that YOUR beliefs and words have done to others: You are morally corrupt, you are culpable in the suffering and deaths of children and adults of color, and no amount of denial or prayer will clear you of your crimes. 🖕🏽

Civility Rights

I’m going to keep repeating this until people wise up.

Once again, there have been many posts and comments (seriously, like dozens) in FB groups, and on friends’ walls—all from moderate-to-liberal folk—asking for their own to be more civil, understand the other side, and/or some other bullshit that implies misbehavior that should be corrected.

Made-up Examples: “Maybe if we considered that the people we disagree with are human beings, we can find some common ground.”
“If we respond to their hatred with hatred, we are no better than them.”

(not my artwork)

It SOUNDS nice, right? But when you’re talking to anyone but a straight cis white male, it’s not. It’s ignorant and offensive, and it needs to stop. Either that, of the people who post this kind of thing need to preface it with “Dear straight cis white males…”

Here is why these sentiments are offensive:

  1. The people who are targets of conservative hatred have been civil toward conservatives for generations. We have bent over backwards to be civil in the face of their hatred. We protest, use our words, and occasionally resort to aggression in response to hundreds of years of oppression and violence. Understand who is the civil group there? Many of us are done being civil. We’ve turned so many cheeks, we got no cheeks left to turn.
  2. The people who say these kind of things are lacking in empathy, yet they criticize others for lacking empathy. We DO have empathy toward conservatives—we feel their fear. It’s just that we have learned that responding politely only provokes their hate. If you work on your empathy toward conservatives’ targets, you’d see that we are actually being unreasonably accommodating of their hatred.
  3. It is offensive to be told by people of privilege how people without that privilege should behave toward other people of privilege.

So please just stop that shit. We know that you think that you’re working to make things better, but the hard reality is that these kinds of statements make things worse.

RNC 2020 Themes

🔥 “Only WE can fix all the harm we’ve done to the economy, your health, civil rights, foreign relations, the constitution…”


🔥 “We’re not going to actually say ‘White Power,’ but you know what’s code for ‘White Power,’ you patriotic bastards, you!”

🔥 “We got you to swallow bullshit for four years. Elect us for another four and we’ll feed you FLAMING bullshit topped with broken glass and cyanide! You’ll love it!”


🔥 “We got Kid Rock! C’mon, y’all—Kid freakin’ ROCK!”


🔥 “No matter what any of those sinful liberals tell you, God really did annoint a philandering, pedophilic, serial-lying, racist, sexist, anti-Semitic, traitorous, cheating, biblically-ignorant, Un-empathetic serial rapist to run this great country!”

Artist unknown, but ❤️ to them

The Primary Contagion

“Stop the madness.”

“You’re just peddling fear.”

“It’s nowhere near as bad as what they’re saying.”

“It’s no worse than the flu.”

“More people survive coronavirus than die from it.”

These are quotes copied directly from The Comments. They show that Willful Ignorance is contagious, and is a primary facto LR in the transmission of COVID-19.

Not The Flu

COVID-19 has a higher mortality rate than most flus, but comparing it to the flu is another mistake that the ignorant make: There are long-term effects.

I personally know about a dozen people who have survived the virus. Half of them are almost symptom-free months later, but the other half still suffer from symptoms ranging from chronic fatigue to recurring high fevers.

Who’s Afraid?

One argument that is prevalent among those who oppose masks and distancing is that those who practice these measures do so out of fear. They claim that those who follow the advice of the CDC, WHO, and Dr. Fauci are not thinking rationally but they’re just in such fear of the virus that they blindly follow the word of Big Science instead of “doing the research.” It doesn’t help that this argument is often backed up by such intellectual luminaries in the world of medicine as Donald ‪Tяump‬.

I don’t even know how to talk to people who think like this. I explain to them that I wear a mask, wash my hands, keep my distance, and don’t attend gatherings in part because of course I don’t want to get the COVIDs, but also because I don’t want to risk that I may already have it and may give it to someone else.

Is it that compassion and common decency are alien to these people?

The fact is that until we ALL accept the best advice of qualified scientists and medical professionals, instead of the crap spewed by politicians, this virus is not going away, and people will continue to suffer and die.

The Gun God

A gun is designed and intended for one purpose: Killing. It has no other uses, unless you’re Homer Simpson.

And it allows the user to do so with minimal effort and consideration—and from varying distances.

The accuracy depends on user skill, but also a great number of other factors. Unlike a knife, which must be used at close range to the target, a gun can be fired at the target from a distance and if is misses—or even if the bullet hits the target—it can also potentially hit others who are not the intended target.

A bullet is far more likely to kill than a knife.

Some legal firearms can be used to kill multiple targets from long-range with minimal effort put into aiming (see Las Vegas).

THEREFORE

There are only two legitimate reasons to own a gun: Sport and defense of livestock from animal predators. Any other reason—when you eliminate all false claims and statistics by gun advocates—is far, FAR outweighed by the risks to human life.

Banning guns except for the two reasons mentioned above, regulating for those two reasons, and eliminating political influence of the industry on government would save tens of thousands of lives every year.

It’s the biggest no-brainer of any issue in the US, yet we let the greed of the industry and the fear of some of our citizens hold everyone hostage.

Illustration by Tasuki Fujimoto

Guns Don’t Kill People…

The idea of owning a firearm for defense is absolute bullshit. No matter how well trained the gun owner is, no matter how secure their weapons are, and no matter how much they imagine they’re John fucking Wick, the fact is that their gun is hundreds of times more likely to be used against a loved one, a bystander, or the owner themselves.

Holding a gun makes a person more likely to be attacked—especially if the other guy has a gun.

The “good guy with a gun” myth is is the biggest pile of bullshit, though. The first reason being that no one reacts how they think they would in a life or death situation, and even if they act calmly and rationally, they are far more likely to hinder authorities and get bystanders and authorities hurt than they are to be a help.

Despite the utter insanity that the concept of owning a gun makes one safer, people buy them. They brainwash themselves into believing all kinds of crazy shit to justify it, and the reason they perform these mental gymnastics is FEAR.

And when you respond to your fear by endangering others, you are a coward.

Confiscate all guns, destroy them, and ban them. I know it’s a fantasy, but peace and sanity start with hope.