I’ve discovered firsthand in recent weeks that to take a stand, to raise a beacon is to expose the darkness. A few weeks ago I became embroiled online in a conversation with a gentleman. It was his contention that the Confederate flag had no connection to racism. The conversation took a sudden turn when, frustrated with my position and his inability to change my mind, he abandoned his line of reasoning and countered with an argument that, I assume, was supposed to have no counter argument:
“There’s always been racism.”
I must admit my jaw hung slack until I countered there’d also always been murder, rape, and child molestation, yet we don’t find those acts acceptable. He then changed his argument again to include a deluge of swear words. End of conversation.
Two days ago I commented on a post celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. Yesterday, I awoke to the following uncapitalized response:
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