My second cousin in Iowa (daughter of my grandmother’s youngest brother and the oldest kid at the family Thanksgiving dinner in 1966 because she was two years older than me) is still in the hospital with the Delta Variant of Covid 19. She is apparently going to survive, but she is one of the many unvaccinated people causing the present surge in cases simply because she’s a loyal Republican Trumpkin who believes Fox News when it tells them that vaccinations violate their Constitutional rights and basic sacred Freedoms (as screamed by Senator Ted Cruz pretending to be William Wallace, but actually sounding more like comedian Wally Cox.)
I don’t believe that people have a Constitutional right to potentially infect people who can’t get vaccinated (like those who are severely immuno-compromised or those who are four-years-old and younger.)
That doesn’t mean I think my cousin deserves to die for her wrong beliefs. I pray that death isn’t the consequence for her poor choice of political beliefs. But increasingly, those on her side of the political fence (…or maybe the political castle wall, border wall, or deadly electrified fence) think that liberals like I have become are evil, communist, Satanist. Antifa, child-sex-trafficking cannibals and deserve to be killed with your sacred AR-15. (If I ate any white Christian babies for breakfast this morning, I was completely unaware of it. They tasted like regular pancakes and sausage.) The anger on their side is increasingly heated up and moved towards violence by their propaganda-wielding leaders. They will tell me to my face that if I support Biden’s political agenda, then I must be a communist, wanting to burn our country down and in favor of pedophilia. (And I don’t dare suggest that they might be prejudiced or even racist.)
“I basically loved every kid who ever walked into my classroom to be my student.”
“Really, Mickey? Even poor black kids who have challenging behaviors?”
“Some of my all-time favorite kids were black and had behavioral challenges. That’s why 2020 taught me to be on the side of Black Lives Matter.”
“That’s a radical thing. You should say All Lives Matter.”
“All lives do matter. But black lives have been under more threat than others. Can’t you say Black Lives Matter too?“
“I SAID ALL LIVES MATTER!!!”
“But why can’t you say Black Lives Matter too?”
And so the conversation ends.
They hate us. Because we don’t believe everything they believe. Especially the things that aren’t true. And it is only getting gradually worse.
And it’s frustrating. We are actually only a few feet apart. And think what a wonderfully beautiful ballet it would be if only we could synchronize our steps and dance the same dance.
4 responses to “A Few Feet Apart”
Mickey, I am with you. Keep on keepin’ on. Your statement resounds, “Black Lives Matter too.“ There are too many that want to lessen this emphasis. Keith
As a school teacher, I cannot believe how heartless some of the negative people are. But as a teacher, I also know how much untruth must be unlearned.
Mickey, the words of Oscar Hammerstein in “South Pacific” still hold true – “you have to be carefully taught by the time you are seven or eight…to hate the people your parents hate.” Keith
So sadly true!