We are one week removed from one of the worst terrorist attacks of the modern era.
ISIS immediately claimed responsibility for the multiple attacks. Unfortunately, this ended up sending shockwaves through social media and resulted in some of the absolute worst parts of human nature rising to the surface.
American politicians looking to be the next president of the United States decided to use this attack as a way to help create an agenda for their platform. ISIS needs to be the “new war”. Instead of withdrawing troops from the Middle East…we should be sending more and ridding the world of this global terrorist faction. In addition, both Canadian and American politicians decided to use this as a reason to call for a closure of North American borders to all Syrian refugees.
I cannot begin to tell you how many of my friends on Facebook posted hateful, bigoted posts towards the Muslim community. And do not even get me started on Twitter…because that is the place where hatred can build to near riot levels in a very short period of time.
It saddens me to see so many people quick to judge an entire group of people for the actions of a few. Are all Muslims terrorists? Of course not. While trying to find information on the Paris attacks last Friday night on Twitter, I found a tweet that really caught my eye. I cannot even fathom what it would be like to be this person; both anonymous to the world and hated by the world at the very same time for something that you had nothing to do with.
This is the tweet:
Let’s think about that for a minute. Less than 1% of the Muslim population is affecting how the entire world views that population. These radical psychos are getting what they want because the general population is beginning to show some very ugly colours.
Can you imagine if the rest of the world saw how a group of Christians treated black people during the era of slavery? Where all white Christian people racists? No… of course they weren’t.
So why, in this day and age, are so many people so very quick to claim an entire population pretty horrific actions of a few? This is the time in humanity where we all need to actually SHOW our humanity. The racist comments of a the online population are exactly what ISIS wants out of this.
Think about it…what is the purpose of terrorism? It is to make people fear for the unknown. In this case, the unknown is the Muslim community. Because there are so many questions about their religion and their faith that the vast majority of of the non-Muslim population simply do not understand, it causes fear and anger and hatred.
I do not blame people for their ignorance. They are who they are and there’s nothing I can do to change that. All I can do is ensure that my family and especially my children understand the reality of the situation. What is that reality? To me, the reality is that the human race is at a crossroads right now. Terrorism is causing everyone to question exactly what the definition of humanity actually is.
Should we simply ignore everybody that we don’t understand? Should we hate the population because of the actions of a few? Do we build a wall across the border simply because the actions of a few are affecting how people perceive the majority?
I, for one, refuse to give in to the fear. I do not care about your race, your religion, your sex, your sexual preference, or anything else that may defined you or make you different from me. I will extend my hand in friendship unless you turn out to be an asshole. I cannot imagine my world being one filled with hate and fear and ignorance. I simply will not allow myself to go down that road.
It is an extremely scary world that we are living in right now. And yes, I am afraid of the terrorists. I am not afraid, however, of other members of the human race. Like or dislike someone for who they are; not who you perceive them to be.