i have a lot of thoughts. they occasionally vomit out of my brain and into the atmosphere. or in this case, the internet. enjoy.
Nope. The problem is that the word “bully” simplifies the narrative. It’s a TV trope rather than a real person who actually exists. I head up a few of the anti-bullying things my school does, and what we find in most of our polls is that almost every student says they’ve been bullied and almost no student admits to bullying. To me, that means that there’s a rampant sense of entitlement and sensitivity, where every student thinks that nothing they do counts as bullying, but every time someone isn’t nice to them they’re being bullied. Does that make sense? Everybody thinks they’re being bullied by everybody, but nobody thinks they’re bullying anybody else.
We can’t look at bullying as if these are just kids who woke up one day and decided to be mean for no reason, because that’s just not the way it works. We need to stop acting like only muscled up jocks from bad homes can be bullies, and we need to stop acting like every cross word counts as bullying.
I only ever hear people either casually suggesting bullying should stop or that bullying toughens up kids so it’s healthy, and I’m sick of both sides. People also call it bullying so that they can imagine that thin white nerdy kids are who get bullied. Calling it bullying is a way out of calling it what it is, homophobia, racism, misogyny, ableism, fatphobia, and transphobia. People like to think of kids as KKK members much less than they like to think of adults as kkk members so if we say “bullying” then it’s mean kids calling fat black girls and thin white boys the same generic insults loudly and those kids should just be nice. they definitely don’t say anything that warrants them to actually have to have a conversation about why they say or think what they do, they don’t need to have their probably-asshole parents confronted about the thoughts and ideas they send their kids to school with.
I had a patient in the clinic who really did not want an abortion but who had no resources to cover the costs of prenatal care or childbirth. She was single and without insurance coverage but made just enough money to be ineligible for state assistance. She already had outstanding bills at the hospital and with the local ob-gyn practice. No doctor would see her without payment up front.
We were willing to do the abortion for a reduced rate or for free if necessary. But she really didn’t want an abortion. Once I understood her situation, I went to the phone and called the local ‘crisis pregnancy center.’
"Hello, this is Dr. Wicklund."
Dead silence. I might as well have said I was Satan.
"Hello?" I said again. "This is Dr. Wicklund."
"Hello," very tentatively, followed by another long silence.
"I need help with a patient," I said. She came to me for an abortion, but really doesn’t want one. What she really needs is someone to do her prenatal care and birth for free."
"What do you expect us to do?"
I let that hang for a minute.
This Common Secret, Susan Wicklund
Crisis Pregnancy Centers often disguise themselves as medical facilities, with advertisements offering “help” with an unplanned pregnancy. Their main goal is to keep the pregnant person from having an abortion at all costs. Usually, all they’ll give you is a free pregnancy test, some baby clothes, and maybe a box of diapers.
The patient referred to in the quote was given free prenatal care and did not have to pay the financial cost of childbirth by a local anti-choice doctor. She would often stop by Dr. Wicklund’s office to let her know how she was doing:
"He (the doctor) always moans and groans about being tricked into [doing this]," she says. "Then he goes off on these tirades against abortion."
"This Common Secret" is such a phenomenal book. And yeah, crisis pregnancy centers are generally evil, so there’s that.
"What do you expect us to do?"
Choose life, obviously. Sacrifice for your beliefs. “Crisis pregnancy centers” are willing to use deceit, intimidation, and violence to prevent a pregnancy, but apparently they draw the line at giving to prevent one.
The police department told BuzzFeed that it did not know if the incident would be classified as a hate crime, but said the investigation would continue for months.
quote from this article about a shooting at TWO jewish community centers TWO where the shooter said “HEIL HITLER” before killing jews
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HOW CAN THIS NOT BE ANTISEMITISM OR A HATE CRIME IF HE WENT TO TWO DIFFERENT LOCATIONS TO KILL JEWS AND SAID HEIL HITLER ON THE NIGHT BEFORE PASSOVER ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME
He was also a grand dragon in the KKK, founded something called the White Patriot Party, tried to run radio ads back in 2010 where he ranted publically about Jews, and literally wrote a book on racial purity. If he could have worn a flashing neon sign that stated “I hate Jews and am a humongous racist and an antisemite” he most likely would have.
But yeah…let’s just hold out for some stronger evidence…
How the fuck is this not a hate crime?!?! Motherfuckers.
This is 100% a hate crime and one that hits way too close to home.(via knopeful)