Crime/Racism/Religion (rant)

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Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I would guess that he real reason these things happen is too much for their eensy little brains to grasp, yet they desire a reason,so.. there you have it. We have a lot of racism here too, but it’s mostly towards First Nations/Aborigional. 

Also, some bees are victims of violence and SA, if you are going to include graphic descriptions of these acts please put “trigger warning” before it. 

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I used to live in a town like that: small college town, very religious and very white. When I was in high school, someone kept calling in bomb threats, to the point where it was so often that *clearly* it was a hoax or they’d just blow the damn place up already. Anyways, it was all over the papers and the church signs, etc, about how this violence is a result of a godlessness, rock music, video games, etc…when, in all actuality, it was just some girl trying to get a boys attention in a very weird way.

I’m really, really glad I don’t live in Small Town America anymore. 

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

This does not surprise me in small town Mississippi. I have a lot of family in Alabama and it’s the same thing there with the religious crazies/racism. I grew up in Texas, where lynchings still happen. Couldn’t have left the south any faster than I did.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

If there were a god that those people were right about — a god so bigoted and petty as to care about the color of someone’s skin or who they love when he made them that way in the first place, and then cause tragedies just to throw a tantrum about it — then that would not be a god worth worshipping. That would be a god worth denouncing, no matter the consequence.

 

If I lived near these people:

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@JaneyJane:  I grew up in a town (technically a city) a little bigger than that (20k) in Upstate NY and I can tell you that we RARELY had crimes like that. Rape rates are very low and murders happen once every 5-10 years. I think they had like 10 auto thefts a year, which was the big crime in the area. Saying that kind of violent crime is common for a town of your size is unthinkable to me. 

So I don’t know what it is that is wrong with people in your town but I think they might want to start blaming it on being Mississipian.  

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Lol im an Arab-American Muslim born and raised in the US and I wear a hijab. So I know how you feel, It never ceases to amaze me how ignorant and misinformed people in this country are about a lot of things. 

 

 

 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@JaneyJane:  Ah, I’ve heard that it’s terrible to be a minority in Mississippi. I can’t even imagine what that’s like. I went to school in the south and the worst I ever saw was people having confederate flags in front of their homes and on their cars, which is still pretty bad.

Some (or a lot) of people can be really ignorant and I know it’s really hard to ignore.

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@badabing88:  I have a distorted impression of Small Town America as a Canadian. It always sounds so romantic and quaint. I guess not, lol.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

And FI wonders why I refuse to go any further south than I already am (he’s from CA, has NO clue). I grew up in southern Maryland where racism is still well, religion abounds (like, hello southern baptists! I didn’t even notice I didn’t learn about evolution in school…ever…until someone mentioned it in COLLEGE. I didn’t know what the Lucy skeleton was until like..2 years ago. XD), and blaming gays, blacks, “Mexicans” (as a blanket term for all hispanic or latino people?) and Obama for EVERYTHING is a way of life. Oh, and colleges are liberal institutions that brainwash our children onto “their” side of the fold and cause them to lose sight of the “truth” of matters. Yeah. Nope, won’t go any further south than my current location within the state.

But that doesn’t much help, as now I’m close to Baltimore City, which is apparently the worst place in the country because of the black people and corrupt politicians (which is actually true of our governor, dude is NOT upstanding in any way, he’s a shady f*cker). It makes me so sad, really, that that attitude is still pervasive this long after the Civil Rights movement. It also makes me sad that homosexuals have to fight SO HARD for basic human rights. I can relate, as I see a lot of horrible, questionable and downright abhorrent attitudes on my own newsfeed from people still stuck in the southern part of this state, and people who I lived with in a very small town (like 40,000 people in the entire county) in Colorado, who also feel this way. Only toward hispanics. *eyeroll*

 @MissAly:  If this isn’t too weird, I would like to apologize for the way ignorant idiots treat you and others of your religion in our country. There is so much misunderstanding and it makes me so, so sad. (My uncle is one of those people that is misinformed and I’ve wanted to punch him in the face more than a few times for being such a bigot).

ETA: I am also too liberal, and part of the problem, according to many people I know. Which is actually funny because I am pro-2A and I get heat for being a “gun nut” off my rocker with no sense of anything in this world and wanting to hand bullets to children as snacks. Okay, guys. Sure. xD You can’t win, no matter what, I guess.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@icanhearyousmile:  not weird at all lol thank you for being so kind! I only realize how bad it is when I leave my city (Dearborn – largest Muslim population in America), thankfully I’ve never had a horrible experience.. Besides the normal stares. it’s actually kind of amusing when I start to speak and people hear my perfect English/American accent and then proceed to ask where I’m from and I go Michigan! and they’re like oh..  Because I know that’s not the answer they want to hear lol 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@MissAly:  I’m glad, lol. I feel so bad. I actually stood up to my uncle one day (he was a Bmore city cop, is totally super duper stereotypcial republican conservative crazyperson) in front of my family and told him that there are plenty of kind, peaceful, wonderful muslims in this country that are NOT radical and not terrorists (he is of the opinion every muslim just wants to kill us???) and when he asked “well where are they why don’t we ever hear from them?” and I answered that I’ve read plenty of articles from them and have met tons of them at school (there is a big group on campus) he didn’t believe me. I floundered in front of my family and everyone was staring, it was terrible, nobody stood up for me, not even FI (who later said he was afraid of them not liking him because it was the first time meeting some of them, which I get, but I was still really mad).

What I SHOULD have said was “Hiding from hateful bigoted people like you who would likely kill them if you saw them in the street! With all the hatred and misunderstanding directed at them, WHY should they speak out when they’re just going to be met with violence!?” I wish I had. I only thought of that after I had gotten in my car to go home. There is a decent population out here in the metro area, though. My cousin (on my dad’s side, not my mom’s which is the side my crazy uncle is on) has been dating a muslim for like 5 years and she is very close with his sisters/friends. They are such nice people and do a lot of humanitarian things, I have never had a bad experience. I wish more people would take the time to reach out to others and try to understand them (it’s the Anthropologist in me, lol).

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