More Collective Lament, Less Selective Outrage

The violence and hatred out there is downright sickening. The violence/vitriol against Trump supporters is disgusting. And the violence against *foreigners* is downright frightening. There have been at least 3 separate shootings now against people because they looked like foreigners. Some folks are dead, yes, dead, murdered in cold blood for the way they looked, told to go back to their own country. The burning of mosques and other vandalism is occurring at a heightened frequency/intensity. The targeting of Jewish centers and tombstones is likewise despicable. There’s also an increased amount of harassment/discrimination reports, often involving patrons at businesses berating minority employees and customers.

I see many friends expressing selective outrage, pointing out the treatment of Trump supporters while saying nothing about the Kansas shooting. I see some pointing out the Jewish targeting while ignoring the burning of mosques. I also see some pointing out the shootings and occurrences of racial harassment, who’ve also remained silent over the instances of violence targeting Trump supporters. If all lives matter, then we must speak up for all. My fear is that this toxic political environment creates selective concern. There should be more collective lament and less selective outrage. Selective outrage cultivates the sort of civil unrest that’s only pacified with the murder and annihilation of the despised and unwanted. Such hatred is often hidden in a perceived superiority of virtue.

Those involved in the pro-life community, particularly, must be consistent in their concern and advocacy for those being targeted with violent acts. We believe in the irreducible dignity of all humans. We must lament the senseless taking of life, whomever is affected. I’m not saying that everyone must post articles about every single event, as I don’t do that, but we need to consider the attitude of our hearts as we disseminate the news. It’s telling how some outlets lead with certain stories while burying others. We must not fall prey to tidy narratives that fail to account for the whole picture.

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