We cannot always lie down in front of the crushing march of hate.

Solidarity with Charlottesville — 14 August 2017.” by Ron F. via Flickr, Creative Commons license

Over the last few days I’ve seen arguments from people asking each other to stop reposting the same memes, or from friends calling for a mindfulness about their posts, to stop labeling or placing blame, to focus on promoting love… and I don’t understand it. What’s wrong with saying “I’m hurt” ? What’s wrong with showing solidarity with our friends that are hurt and upset? What’s wrong with seeking catharsis?

After this horrific event in our history, people are sharing their outrage, they are posting their desire for consequence, and they are “liking” each other’s cries for equality. I would love for us to love each other, but without consequence — without an understanding of the potential for downfall from imperfect ideals — there can be no mindful discourse. And that’s what our country is supposed to be about: mindful discourse.

I stand with the people pointing out the hypocrisy of our leaders. I stand with the people campaigning to get participants in the “Unite the Right” hate rally fired from their jobs. I stand with the people calling out the clear lack of symmetry in the way our government decides to prosecute and/or protect the minority faction of its diverse citizenry. And I will not apologise for it.

This is a time that could use some more love. Yes. But it is also a time that needs a measured response.

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