- 3 years ago
- Wedding: April 2012
So I have a rant that I dare not put on facebook for fear of starting a racial or religious debate, but it has my blood pressure up so much that I feel compelled to get on my soapbox.
I live in a small city, we’re talking about 15,000 people tops, and like most cities we have crime. Well last thursday and friday some very sad and disgusting things happened in the area. These descriptions might upset some people, so I encourage you to take care before reading.
At our city park a man and woman were robbed, she was raped while he was forced to watch, all at gunpoint. In another area at a diiferent time a man stopped at a stop sign and was attacked, shot, and robbed. Near there a second man was shot by a man who the police are assuming was the same attacker.
Now things of this nature happen with what I would say is a semi-regular occurence due to the size of our city, but what makes this different is the location of the crimes, right out in the open. These things have happened in quick succession in public places and it truly is scary. Of course the attacks are obviously very tragic and serious.
However, what has my blood boiling is the way that the residents are acting over all of this. It’s insane! All over facebook are racial slurs and claims that “THE END IS NIGH!”The police department’s facebook page has been bombarded with angry racists and religious testimonies listing all the reasons why God’s hand was once on our town but now the devil has taken over! “We’re all going down for letting this happen!” They say.
I want so bady to ask these people if they realize that horrible acts of violence have been happening for thousands of years. I want to ask them if they realize that people have been claiming the end is nigh that entire time. I don’t because it isn’t my place to question them, but I want to.
Apparently the blacks, the gays, and the homosexuals are to blame. Oh yea and liquor. Our county recently voted to pass liquor sales and several liquor stores have popped up. Liquor is killing our city you guys, liquor is apparently the ONLY correlation to crime, or at least that’s what my facebook friends say.
Rumors are spreading like wildfire. Apparently a woman has been raped in every parking lot of every place of business, on every street corner and back alleyway. Oh and guess what, the perps were all black males.
I don’t want to sound like I think these crimes are no big deal. I feel the fear too, I understand this is scary, but c’mon! People are acting like this town was f*cking Mayberry before the events of last week, and that this is the signal of the apocalypse. I can’t even get in facebook without being blasted with pictures of people holding their guns, talking about how this is somehow Obama’s fault, etc.
Oh, and have I mentioned that I live in Mississippi? I do. I know that this is all a part of the panic and that tragedy often hurts anyone in close proximity. People will need time to heal and trust again.
What I don’t get is the hatred and negativity. I’m not seeing the positive people in this situation, I just don’t know where they are. You know, the people who run towards the fire to help. All I’m seeing is pitchfork weilders.