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Don’t panic…

23 May

Those of you who are regular readers will know that my lack of theme practically is my theme, and as for having an agenda of any kind, well, it’s hard enough getting inspiration for posts without trying to indoctrinate my followers into the bargain.

But one thing I have tried to do is keep the tone relatively light.
After all, I wouldn’t want to read the blog of someone who just went on about all the terrible things that go on in the world every day, so why would you?

However, given this week’s tragic and appalling events in Woolwich, I find it difficult not to comment on the sort of people that live in our society, often indistinguishable from ordinary citizens, blighting the nation with their presence.

Almost from the moment the terrible events began to unfold in the media yesterday afternoon, social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook have been bombarded with posts, both from individuals and official organisations, which are so blatantly untrue and/or racist that it seems as though half the country has joined the BNP overnight.

Indeed, the odious EDL (English Defence League)  promised a show of force in the area almost immediately details of the murder came out, allegedly to protect the community from the threat from the enemy within or some such bollocks, but in practice to get pissed and fight with the police.
And overnight their Facebook page alone had increased it’s subscription from 25,000 to 75,000.

This sort of instant fascism rears it’s head every time there’s a terrorist attack involving anyone of even mildly foreign extraction, and yet the same upstanding folks conveniently forget the fact that people like norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik and Timothy Mcvey, the Oklahoma City bomber were both white Christians, and initial reports seem to indicate that the two men who carried out the horrific attack in Woolwich were in fact born in England and spoke with strong London accents.

But that doesn’t seem to matter any more. Now it’s enough for people to have the same colour skin, or to worship the same God as a high profile extremist or terrorist, for them to be tarred with the same brush.

A friend told me today that he’d blocked fifteen to twenty people from his Facebook profile due to the offensively bigoted comments appearing on his newsfeed, and I have seen many posts that border on inciting racial hatred.

Fortunately we also have the wonderful EDL (English Disco Lovers) who, along with Unite Against Fascism, have been posting requests for calm and unity in the face of this kind of rabble-rousing, and I just hope that the ignorance that I’ve encountered so far online isn’t as prevalent in the wider world because at times like these more than ever it’s important for us all to stand together against those who would divide us.

Keep the Faith.
Stop the Hate.

That is all.

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15 Comments

Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Blogging, social networking

 

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15 responses to “Don’t panic…

  1. Helena Fortissima

    May 24, 2013 at 00:28

    Dale, hair-trigger reactions like what you’ve described are a symptom of the intolerance that’s bred in part by today’s instant media exposure and the public’s seeming hunger for conspiracy theory. The attack in Woolwich says a lot about ideology in general. As Lao Tsu said, “The mark of a moderate man is freedom from his own ideas…When they lose their sense of awe, people turn to religion.”

     
  2. Ron

    May 24, 2013 at 01:53

    “my lack of theme practically is my theme.”

    Same with me, Dale. But I actually like that. I really don’t have a theme (or a specific topic blog) I sort of blog about many things.

    And I have to say, you expressed yourself in this post beautifully, intelligently and consciously. Well done!

    I must chime in with Helena and said that I think much of the intolerance and anger of the general public is caused by the media, which seems to enjoy creating a story BEFORE the true story is revealed.

    “at times like these more than ever it’s important for us all to stand together against those who would divide us.”

    Thank you.

     
  3. pbscottt

    May 24, 2013 at 05:22

    What a horrible incident, I had not heard of this until now. It is a shame the police did not arrive for 20 minutes, and then shot the suspects before interrogating them, it would have been good to know the sources of their manipulation, someone must have gotten these two so worked up to the point where they did something so evil like this.

    I read an article last year in Time Magazine I think, that concluded people see the people who live around them as “us”, if you live in an area of mixed colors and religion, your definition of “us” is greatly expanded to include more variations of people into it. However if you live in an area where everyone comes from basically the same place and looks the same, then people of different colors, or religion suddenly become “Them”, in really secluded areas there are still “Them”, but the variations are much more subtle, maybe hair color or different denominations of the same religion. It is unfortunate it seems that people tend to like to separate themselves into teams, I believe whenever you are on a team, then everyone else becomes “Them.”

    You can see though, that the two killers are on a team, in this case “Team Islam”, and everyone else around is on a team as well, but not the same team, they killed this solder for being a “Them”

     
    • dalecooper57

      May 24, 2013 at 09:52

      The suspects were only injured by police, and are waiting to be questioned.

       
  4. iancochrane

    May 24, 2013 at 09:56

    If there is a Heaven, I’m hoping it’ll help us from extremists on all sides.
    Cheers, ic

     
  5. nothingprofound

    May 24, 2013 at 14:20

    It’s all about fear, Dale. People don’t feel safe and are looking for someone to blame. Scapegoating is always an easy answer. Only it never solves the problem, and all that happens is that innocent people get hurt.

     
    • dalecooper57

      May 24, 2013 at 14:48

      That’s my feeling too. If knowledge is power, then ignorance is fear.

       
  6. Charlene (Budget Bride)

    May 24, 2013 at 19:05

    In response to that thug with the bloody hands who seemed just so confident that he accomplished something – “an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.”

    Extremists on the left or right are always wrong. They create unrest for the silent majority of people that are intelligent enough to see both sides and have compassion.

    Ian sums it up well.

     
  7. Big D

    May 24, 2013 at 20:57

    The Woolwich incident was horrific. Boneheads turning up looking for a punchip with the cops or the nearest Asian…yeah, that’s really going to help isn’t it.
    So the EDL riot and then Muslim radicals riot and the EDL riot again and in the meantime everybody who just wants to get on with their lives ends up wondering if they’re the next target.

    Also, the English Disco Lovers sound pretty cool.

     
  8. inmyredhead

    May 25, 2013 at 21:43

    Just one point… being or saying you or someone is a Christian has no more to do with who you or that someone is as a person, than being or saying someone is Muslim has to do with their propensity for evil. In and of it’s self one has nothing to do with the other. They can do their dastardly deeds in the name of one or the other, but ultimately it’s the personal choice they make. Blame goes no further.
    But if you still think it matters, though he was raised Catholic McVeigh said he never really made the connection to it, and professed Science as his religion. Which is really, my point. A label can’t tell you much of anything about the true measure of someone’s soul. Christian, White, Black, Muslim, Right-wing, Left-wing, or otherwise. We talk of scapegoatism and that to me is one of the biggest examples. Shameful behavior and mob mentality run through out ALL sections of society and humankind.

     
    • dalecooper57

      May 26, 2013 at 11:35

      Precisely, but you can only go on what people tell you (and themselves) about their beliefs. However, I take your point, although I still think my basic theory is correct. Thugs like the EDL choose to take any scrap of information and use it to spread hate and panic, then ignore any inconvenient truth that interferes with their warped worldview.

       
  9. marmar thunder

    August 8, 2013 at 06:54

    great insight dale. Stop the hate! I like it.

     

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