So guess who got into a Twitter Troll battle over racism? It all started with one tweet and before you know it. Things got beyond a little ridiculous.
That escalated quickly.
I've always had the knowledge that in social media you're always going to come across...individuals who don't agree with you. Which isn't that big of a deal because you're always going to find people in the world who don't agree with you; such is life. But then you have people who are saying things because they're being ignorant, stubborn, and given blinders by the environment around them.
I like to call them trolls.
They'll usually enter a conversation (almost always uninvited) and decide to spew out whatever ignorant tirade they feel like for the day. It's often never ending and you often find yourself continuing to have the conversation/argument with them because you sure as hell aren't going to let a troll get the better of you.
So let's get into the nitty gritty of my troll conversation.
Basically I was frustrated over the trending topics on Twitter. I have my location set for a mixture of the Southeast. That way I'm not getting some tweets about something I don't really care about in another place of America. The higher, more popular, trending tags on Twitter earlier today were #MockObamaDay and something witty about Kendrick Lamar and the rappers he called out.
I think we can all accurately assume which group of people on Twitter were primarily talking about which trending topic.
I let it known that I was not too happy about it.
I found it interesting that the people that did have a problem with it....were three white people who just didn't approve of my talking about racism. They just didn't want to hear it. And apparently the above statement was screaming racism.
All I simply wanted was for people to get their priorities in check and start focusing on more important things. Was that too much to ask for? Black people, including myself, were just screaming, "Justice for Trayvon" and "We are Trayvon", less than a month ago. Quick to anger and slow to actual resolutions. We have quickly jumped onto the next topic, as though Trayvon is a thing of the past. All I was trying to do with my tweet was say we as a people need to get our priorities in order.
So what do you do when the people around you aren't taking the initiative? What do you do when it seems like no one around is remembering the steps and paths those before you have made?
You get up and keep the movement going.
Just because those around you are doing nothing, doesn't mean you have to follow their lack of footsteps.
It means you have to make your own.
You educate those who are ignorant to the truth.
You speak for those without voices.
In America it's really not that hard to find someone who falls under that demographic.
There's a lot of us here in this country who need justice; even more of us on this planet that need justice as well. So why shouldn't I stand up and fight ignorance and racism when I see it? Just because someone is tired of hearing me yell? Well quite frankly I'm tired of yelling. But it's the only way to properly combat the silence the assimilation and racism that has blanketed us since the birth of this country.
In the words of Martin Luther King Jr.
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
Get out of your comfort zone and stand in the challenge.
Become that controversy.
Be that change.
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