I’m usually an upbeat, glass is half full kind of a guy. But I have to admit I’ve been feeling quite disheartened as I witness our American democracy crumbling before our eyes. I’m in a deep blue funk.
Every since I was old enough to start contemplating the world around me, I began to realize that it’s complicated. Our world, our lives, are complex. There is more to them than right or wrong, good or bad, light or heavy, bright or dark, black or white. There are a lot of shades of gray.
I’ve also seen that there are segments of our society — especially when it comes to politics and religion — which do see things strictly in black and white. You are either 100% with them or you are 100% against them. There is nothing in between. There are no shades of gray. There’s only black or white. If you don’t share their ideology or their beliefs, you are “the other,” which means you are their enemy. There is no room for negotiation, no room for compromise.
And I think this is very unfortunate. This view of seeing everything in either black or white and not being willing to recognize and accept all of the gray areas in between is destroying societies around the world by forcing people to choose between the extremes.
And that is not sustainable.
Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt. Linda has given us the words “black,” “gray,” and “white,” and asked us to use one, two, or all of them in our posts.
Yesterday, after learning about the verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, I was angry and I wrote this post expressing my anger and frustration with the acquittal.
One commenter suggested that if I had actually watched the trial, I would have seen that “it’s a clear-cut case of self-defense.” I admit that I didn’t watch the trial, but I read about it and I still think that Rittenhouse got away with a double homicide and has now become a darling of the far right and white supremacist militia groups, who consider him to be an American hero and who will leverage his acquittal as a licence to openly shoot and kill other protestors of racial injustice and other liberal causes.
But the purpose of this post is not to justify my opinion or to criticize the conclusion that the commenter made on my post. My purpose is to post an excerpt from a statement written by the parents of Anthony Huber, one of the murder victims of Kyle Rittenhouse.
[The jury’s ] verdict means there is no accountability for the person who murdered our son. It sends the unacceptable message that armed civilians can show up in any town, incite violence, and then use the danger they have created to justify shooting people in the street.
No reasonable person viewing all of the evidence could conclude that Mr. Rittenhouse acted in self-defense. In response to racist and violent calls to action from militia members, Mr. Rittenhouse travelled to Kenosha illegally armed with an assault rifle. He menaced fellow citizens in the street. Though he was in open violation of a curfew order, Kenosha police encouraged him to act violently. Kenosha police told militia members that they would push peaceful protestors toward the militia so that the militia could “deal with them.” Soon after, Mr. Rittenhouse killed Joseph Rosenbaum. The police did nothing. Concerned citizens, confronted with a person shooting indiscriminately on the street, stepped in to stop the violence. Anthony was shot in the chest trying to disarm Mr. Rittenhouse and stop his shooting spree. Still, the police did nothing. Mr. Rittenhouse continued to shoot, maiming Gaige Grosskreutz. The police let Mr. Rittenhouse leave the scene freely.
Mr. Rittenhouse came to Kenosha armed to kill. Kenosha police encouraged him to act violently, and our son is dead as a result.
I couldn’t agree more with what Anthony Huber’s parents expressed in their statement. The outcome of this trial was not justice. It was injustice.
Welcome to November 20, 2021 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).
Today’s word is “recommend.”
Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.
Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.
And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.