“While I typically don’t like discussing topics that could be viewed as “politics”, some of the posts that I have been reading all over social media – by acquaintances, friends, strangers, and our POTUS – have honestly disturbed me. We were told to not leave our homes unless we *needed* to because of a viral pandemic that has now infected over 2.2 million Americans and killed 119 thousand of them. Our POTUS called the virus a “hoax” and said that health precautions were taking away rights from “good people.” So, at COVID-19’s first peak, people protested and spread the virus. Now, when we go out to protest the injustices that have affected Black individuals for centuries, we’re told we are “thugs.” This is wrong. Fighting for human rights does not make people “thugs.” It makes them brave – brave enough to speak up in a world that has suppressed them.
We need to do better as human beings. When we are neutral in situations like this, we are invalidating those who are hurting. Invalidation is a form of relational trauma which, over time, harms the brain and nervous system, and also results in the disintegration of any healthy bonds of connection and the dissolution of trust in others. We need to stop doing this to human beings and begin educating ourselves on facts, rather than “fake news.” Every day, we need to do our research, listen to the stories of those who are different from us, support them, and speak up for them. Healing requires the slow, ongoing work of diligent growth in character, self-awareness, and love. Together, through time, we can achieve this.”
Among America’s Most Disturbing Twitter Accounts: POTUS
The hypocrisy in Trump’s Twitter-sphere is blatant right now. For Triana, a student activist, his response to COVID-19 (slow and inconsistent) was a far cry from his response to nationwide protests for Black equality (swift and firm). Take a look at how she put things to her followers.