18 Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” 19 Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him.
21 So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. 22 The LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man.
23 The man said, “This is now bone of my bones, And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.”
24 For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.
-Book of Genesis
I’ve noticed quite the – frankly, boring – trend of looking at someone’s opinion, branding/ labeling them something, then going off on that label’s stereotype.
For example, I do not identify as a Feminist. I believe in Gender Equality because I, personally, identify as Gender Fluid. I acknowledge Rape Culture exists and is just as valid as male victims of domestic violence. Not only should women be paid equally as men for the same amount of work across the board, men should be given a fair chance in child custody cases – that’s REAL Gender Equality, and I think, no matter who I am or who people THINK I am, I should be treated the same as the CEO and the Janitor – no better, no worse. In a perfect world, I also wouldn’t be a hypocrite. I digress.
I can’t tell you HOW many people say I’m a Feminist for calling someone out for being sexist, then launching into issues that affect men as if that NEGATED women’s issues altogether – like you can’t get your period and diarrhea at the same time. Newsflash, Gentlemen – the refried beans can – and often do – come with Rojo Enchilada Sauce.
Families don’t fucking get along. They gossip about the black sheep. This is McCarthyism at its best.
This, of course, is not the recent event on everyone’s lips.
Now, keeping in mind how legislation works, how HIPPA might be exploited by future presidents, most likely a Republican WILL be elected to office eventually, that’s just how things go (we switch parties every so often), how are we calling for more mental health diagnoses while simultaneously decrying mental health care recipients as unfit for gun ownership?
If I go through the mental health care system and DON’T come out the other side fit to own a gun as a fully-functioning American Adult, I have a problem with that form of mental health care.
Most prescription medications, including psychiatric meds, are in clinical trials a month, tops, and NEVER in combination with another medication – yet millions of Americans have been on a cocktail of these drugs for YEARS.
Someone has to fucking say it, might as well be me.
The caller said Tamir had what appeared to be a toy gun – he saw a child who needed someone to have a very serious discussion with them, but he was also kind of scared that might have been a real gun, and didn’t want to take any chances.
Dispatch either neglected to inform the responders of, or the responders ignored, the ‘toy’ part of the information given initially.
Without any hesitation, Loehmann shot young Tamir Rice because he allegedly believed that he was pointing the gun at him and his partner. Loehmann shot in spite of the person who dialed 9-1-1 telling them twice that the gun was “probably fake.” After they killed him, police inspected the gun to discover that it was an air soft pellet-gun, which is basically a toy.
Responders respond, assessing the situation as one best handled A) without engaging the suspected gunman in conversation, and B) without giving medical treatment as soon as the suspect is down.
Juvenile female claiming to be sister, hysterical, pinned to ground while brother bleeds to death without said medical treatment, because that was what was safest for everyone in that moment…
Maybe it’s just me, but what the fuck would be the point of this decision? “Watch your little brother bleed to death, and remember to stay the fuck in line”? Did no one hear anything she was saying, or did they not care? She didn’t need assistance, she needed restraining. The boy didn’t need assistance, he needed to die.
…can’t imagine any other reason why that would have happened.
Border patrol agent kidnapped, raped, and sliced open the arms of a mother and her daughter – mother ran while agent was assaulting her daughter, to get help FROM OTHER AGENTS, who promptly busted in mid-stroke on that dude, and he gets up to off himself. The Mother and Daughter were taken to a hospital to care for their injuries.
What do all of these incidents have in common?
The person who perpetrated these acts had either extreme or no empathy for the person with whom they were dealing. We have both mob mentality/ community outreach and lone wolves/ individual Samaritans, once again indicating pretty much anything is neutral, it’s the intention behind the action/ usage of an object/ idea.
People HAVE prejudices – they have prejudices because ‘their brains’ and ‘survival’. I would like to think we have evolved past the need to rely on this, but I digress – I might actually be a generation ahead, due to how young my Gma/ Mother were when they had children. I digress and apologize, that was elitist of me to infer older generations are inferior in any way without recognizing the ways in which they are obviously superior… I was born about 200 – 300 years too late, myself.
Prejudices can be based on a number of different factors, and people from various backgrounds can be prejudiced against different things on a sliding spectrum of acceptance and rejection, which both can be advantageous to the prejudiced person (i.e.: choosing to apply to serve tables at a restaurants with higher clientele) and also not (refusing to let Viola become a manager and continually sexually harassing all the women, because it’s 1970-something and they can always just QUIT if they don’t like ‘playing with the big boys’… meaning the big boys play while the laundry lasses slave away in the washroom now known as ‘the cubicle with typewriter’. If you’re unaware, this is the plot of a movie-turned-musical starring Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, and Jane Fonda. The Tomlin/ Fonda wage issue is a whole ‘nother blog.
Awareness of prejudice may result in conscious choice of de-escalatory/ nurturing behavior, the old ‘honey than vinegar’ primal psychology. Is someone more likely to surrender to someone who has a gun drawn to them? Is someone more likely to shoot an armed man approaching them with or without weapon drawn?
What if his sister was standing with him when the cops pulled up? Would they both have been shot? Would they have assumed the girl was a hostage? What ways do prejudice inform your choices in how to talk to/ treat/ favor/ discredit people? Murder? Rape? Extortion? Theft? Sodomy? Thinking adulterous thoughts? At what point can you condemn another person to “whatever terrible fate may await them” without a second thought? Holding a gun-like object in public? A group of grown men killing a child, conspiring to sic a dog on one?
Let’s be reasonable – those people who committed what, by civilian standards, would be considered assault on another person, have names and should be held accountable – that’s the main issue here. “With great Power comes great responsibility”.
You know why the Ten Commandments are there to ‘keep us from going to hell’… what do you THINK are the consequences of Murder, Adultery, in the real world?
“An eye for an eye“, or thelaw of retaliation, is the principle that a person who has injured another person is to be penalized to a similar degree, or in softer interpretations, the victim receives the [estimated] value of the injury in compensation.
The principle is sometimes referred using the Latin termlex talionisorthe law of talion. The English word talion (from theLatintalio) means a retaliation authorized by law, in which the punishment corresponds in kind and degree to the injury.
“You killed my child.”
“You maimed my child.”
“You shot my child in the head because you were scared she would encourage women to get an education.”
I don’t think there should be equality. I think there should be Justice. We shouldn’t knock everyone down and pander to the lowest-common denominator, that does no one any good.
If I’m on a rope-pulling team, and it’s legal to do so in the rope-pulling rules, I want the fucking sweaty-palmed dude to wear gloves, I want us ALL to wear gloves, even though it will help some people significantly more than others. Conversely, if you CAN’T abide gloves, I don’t see the point in forcing someone to wear them when they’re already calloused up fine from YEARS of training, and adding a new element is going to throw them off completely?
I digress into allegory a lot.
The point is, BLM, The War on Terror, is it any WONDER it took dogs getting capped by some poor bastard who’s shoved onto frontlines until they have PTSD and who’s taught to anticipate instead of approach a situation with love and courage – what I have, firsthand, seen the ‘good ones’ do. Are there lost causes? YES, there certainly are people whose brains incline them towards psychopathic, non-empathetic behaviors. There are some who have this non-empathy, and use it, instead, to become proficient surgeons and make a whole bunch of money to keep themselves entertained based on the fact they’re allowed to carve people up “if they do it right”.
It takes all kinds – it’s being able to control your behavior which makes you a danger to society… or not. Law Enforcement’s main concern, in any community, ought to be Public Safety – that’s why they’re regularly seen patrolling at public events, when there are large crowds of people, like Parades and Festivals, in case little kids get lost and need to find and adult and shit. Public Service is not for everyone, nor should it be – it should be Elitist and it ought to strive for Excellence in Safety, Honor, Integrity, Vigilance… but I guess that’s my little fantasy world of Super People. I know how quick a stripper goes from bright and bubbly to disgusted and detached, I can only imagine what policework would do to the human soul.
Making a hard decision in the moment isn’t the same as PREMEDITATED action… knowing someone has a gun and choosing to shoot them and let them bleed out instead of communicating how to de-escalate the situation with the perp, your cohorts, or, not to mention, immediately responding to the injured party once the weapon was discovered to be a toy, that’s not excusable in any sense of the word. If you know you’re going to SHOOT immediately, call an ambulance right away, to be on the scene right after. If you’re going to hurt someone, make sure they make it to court.
“That’s what you get,” isn’t Justice; that’s callousness, that’s Color of Law, that’s deplorable, that’s criminal, and the fact of it being Criminal and involving victims IS worth being taken seriously in a Court of Law, regardless.
Then again, just like Ryan White, the further away someone is from a tragedy of social consciousness, the more willing they seem to help. I can’t speak for the cops or the victim’s families, I can only speak as an outsider watching this all unfold and trying to respond with as much empathy as possible.
We already have it in this country (America). People have to take concealed carry classes before they can purchase a handgun. In the state of Iowa, at least, those who have been convicted of a Domestic Assault or a Felony can no longer legally own firearms. If you order certain types of guns online, they must be delivered to a registered gun distributor and picked up following a background check, you can’t just “mail yourself assault weapons” like some people seem to think.
It’s not perfect – nothing is – but a Crime is a Crime. In this country’s legal system, you are (supposed to be) innocent until proven guilty. However, in the wake of so much violence, Australia has made a very clear stance about wanting to pressure the US into reigning their citizen’s rights in even more. Famously, Australia got rid of (allegedly) all their guns. Some people say it was great, other people bemoan lack of personal safety and an increase in burglaries/ muggings – it depends on who you ask. A lot of people who consider themselves “anti-wingnut” are calling for something similar in the US.
Here’s why that is a problem:
Someone walks into a store with deep-pocketed baggy pants on – Tripps, FUBU, pick your poison. The associates immediately notice and make it a point to follow them around. They might steal something, they might purchase all of their items, they might not find what they were looking for and leave without buying or stealing anything, or they might notice they’re being watched when none of the other customers are and be upset enough to cause a scene before they leave.
In this scenario, the person in the Tripps is seen as “guilty until proven innocent” – they are going to be followed until they leave the store, and only then will the associates deem that person someone they didn’t have to bother following. Does this mean every thief who comes into the store will be caught? Hell no… not by a longshot. However, we all know targeting certain individuals – otherwise known as ‘profiling’ – is a gross injustice to those who are profiled.
Yes, there is a reason the profile exists, but, when we’re talking about individual rights, there becomes individual violations of those rights. The right to dress however you want is not protected by the Constitution, as seen by the Tennessee ‘Fashion Police‘ (tl;dr: the women were charged with indecent exposure for wearing booty shorts and not having a change of clothes, a charge usually reserved for people who masturbate in front juveniles or otherwise get some sort of sexual gratification out of exposing their bare genitals to non-consenting parties). However, for the most part, people can choose to wear clothes with as many/ few or as shallow/ deep of pockets as they choose. Not every store they go into is going to treat them like a criminal for it, either.
Not all people calling for ‘better gun control’ are calling for something as drastic as an outright ban – I realize this, and those are not the arguments this article is attempting to address. The argument this article means to address is the argument of guns being inherently evil and needing to be burned in a fire or otherwise not allowed for people to keep or practice with as they see fit, so long as they adhere to certain guidelines, or sarcastically calling people “responsible gun owners” when they have been reported to be quite irresponsible. All you ‘pro-life, but not pro-gun-control’ chanters, listen up:
Accusing gun owners of being criminals simply by associating with guns, for being part of a community where gun safety and handling is taught at a young age, or for using the second amendment as a response to backlash at the fact that our gun laws aren’t tight enough because kids dying in the US is a tragedy while hospitals being blown to smithereens and children playing in the street are gunned down by drones are just collateral damage, shows a small-mindedness about the real issue.
Certain people just DGAF about anyone or anything – call them ‘crazy’, ‘desperate’, ‘psychopaths’, whatever you’d like to make yourself feel superior to “them”. Evil is a part of life, and there’s nothing that can be done to legislate it away. If anything, the more laws we have, the more loopholes we have for people to jump through or use to protect serial predators who happen to have places of authority or been born to/ be in the good graces of people who do.
We look at these gunmen as easy targets to vent our frustration on and, since most of them choose to take their own lives instead of waiting for the cops to take them out to Burger King (which Snopes says is false with a big red X, but, when you read through the text, it says “Dylann Roof was apprehended between 10 and 11 AM on 18 June 2015, and the circumstances under which he was provided with food from Burger King prior to his arraignment were not entirely clear …Roof hadn’t eaten in days, and the Shelby PD didn’t have the facilities to house him and provide him with meals while waiting for federal and Charleston authorities to arrive, so they had to dispatch someone to a nearby business to pick up some food for him…” it’s obvious the man had Burger King – it should be a yellow ‘Kind Of True’), we have to have some way to feel in control of something which is essentially only controlled by a perpetrator.
People want answers, and to dismiss their feelings on the issue as irrelevant is wrong. To dismiss the pain and suffering of the victims and their loved ones is cruel and inhumane. However, using those feelings of pain and suffering to push through legislation à la the Patriot Act is just as disrespectful as invalidation, and not something we should ever repeat. At home or abroad, human life should be valued, honored, and revered by people of all walks of life.
They conducted the following air strikes/naval attacks:
The CIA released a whooping cough virus on Tampa Bay using boats, and so caused a whooping cough epidemic. 12 people died.
The Navy sprayed San Francisco with bacterial pathogens and in consequence many citizens developed pneumonia.
Upon Savannah, GA and Avon Park, FL, the army released millions of mosquitoes in the hopes they would spread yellow fever and dengue fever. The swarm left Americans struggling with fevers, typhoid, respiratory problems, and the worst, stillborn children.
Even worse was that after the swarm, the Army came in disguised as public health workers. Their secret intention the entire time they were giving aid to the victims was to study and chart-out the long term effects of all the illnesses the public was suffering.
Now, logic is HUGE thing for me, so let’s take a trip through my thought process on this one.
We first started hearing pushes for mandatory vaccines when the Whooping Cough came back. We were told even ONE un-vaccinated person puts hundreds, if not thousands, of people at risk for catching the virus. Now, however, it sounds like it might have been (in addition to the above-mentioned event, which was not dated) the vaccines themselves helping spread it among the population.
Doctors began vaccinating people against pertussis in the 1940s with a type of vaccine called a whole-cell vaccine, which was made of dead bacteria. This type of vaccine “can raise an immune response, but cannot cause the disease,” said the study’s lead researcher, Manoj Gambhir, an associate professor of epidemiology at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia…
But the whole-cell vaccine sometimes caused side effects, such as fevers, and in some severe cases, people developed fever-induced convulsions, Gambhir said.
In 1991, researchers developed a new, “acellular” vaccine that does not contain dead bacterial cells. This vaccine “contains far fewer components of the bacteria and, therefore, far fewer possible biochemical triggers for the adverse events,” Gambhir told Live Science.
Doctors began using the acellular vaccine in the U.S. during the 1990s, but it turned out to be less effective than the original vaccine: It prevents 80 percent of cases, compared with the 90 percent of cases that the whole-cell vaccine prevented, Gambhir said. This means that, of the people exposed to the disease, about 20 percent who received the acellular vaccine may still get sick, compared with just 10 percent of those who received the whole-cell vaccine.
Isn’t that unsettling? This came out in April 2015 – never heard about it? Why not? Isn’t this relevant information, especially if your child got a whooping cough vaccine, which you were told was the right thing to do?
I think it is. Informed Consent became a HUGE tenant of Medical Science, after the “Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male“, as it was Orwellianly-named. This is the incident which gave rise to a new interest in making the Hippocratic Oath a serious, mandatory tenant of the Medical Community.
To this day, recruits are given vaccines, the contents or reasons for which they are not allowed to know – which, as a soldier, I’ve had veterans tell me that’s what you sign up for. That same veteran in particular underwent a chisel-and-hammer procedure we later found out, on TV’s ‘Dr. Oz’, funnily enough, was barbaric – lasers had been the industry standard for the last five years, at least. I digress.
A whole generation of Psychologists are rebelling against the establishment’s guidelines and educational accreditation programs (built by pharmaceutical companies, funnily enough), which they say are not in the best interests of their patients.
Replies were received from 679 psychologists, for a return rate of 51%. Fourteen respondents reported that they were retired and 3 reported that they were not working as psychologists. There were 134 respondents who indicated that they had not encountered ethically troubling incidents in the past year or two, as the following examples illustrate.
–‘Ethical Dilemmas Encountered by Members of the American Psychological Association: A National Survey’; Kenneth S. Pope, Valerie A. Vetter [Emphasis added]
While most of these incidents are about confidentiality, you can add up all of the systemic problems for yourself (8% are school and training-related alone).
In addition, some even more troubling statistics are starting to pop up:
In the past several weeks, a number of controversial natural health doctors have died under mysterious circumstances. Some of them have even had recent encounters with federal agents and bureaucracies.
Another death came on Fathers Day, June 21, when Dr. Bruce Hedendal DC Ph.D., of the Miami area, was found dead in his car with no explanation as to how it happened. As of right now, there are even fewer details about the circumstances surrounding Hedenal’s death as there are about the death of Bradstreet.
To make matters even more suspicious, both doctors have had run-ins with the feds due to their unconventional treatments, which had been known to help people…
Dr. Teresa Sievers, another natural health doctor from Florida, also died under mysterious circumstances earlier this week. According to Sievers’ website, she also specialized in holistic health treatments. She was allegedly murdered by an unknown attacker in an upscale neighborhood that experiences very little crime.
Each of these doctors were described as very healthy people with no major health problems, and no real reason for anyone to target them for murder, nor did they show any signs of depression.
–‘3 Alternative Health Doctors Found Dead In the Last 2 Weeks After Run-Ins With The Feds’; Satyapriya
Bottom line is, this is not a “Whackjobs vs. Science” problem (no pun intended), this is a “Corruption in Power vs. Citizens’ Rights” issue. Who profits from all those vaccine sales?
Not the dead doctor who lead a class-action lawsuit against these people… which was paid out by the National Vaccine Injury Fund (now known as the “National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program”). Who pays for this fund protecting Private Business Interests
The Trust Fund is funded by a $0.75 excise tax on vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for routine administration to children. The excise tax is imposed on each dose (disease that is prevented) of a vaccine. Trivalent influenza vaccine for example, is taxed $0.75 because it prevents one disease; measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, which prevents three diseases, is taxed $2.25.
…and you wonder why they want MMR to be mandatory – it pays triple, after all!!
Things are getting serious now; so, why am I not freaking out about it?
If THEY are freaking out about it, that must be because we’re figuring it out. They’re trying to silence the scientists, dismissing them as heretics while paying talking heads and scientifically-minded magazines to keep affirming (or at least insinuating) what more and more studies are disproving, and more and more journalists are finding discrediting.
The man who was studying the effects of mercury on neurological was found floating in the river with a gunshot wound to the chest – the MSM news reports are saying it’s self-inflicted. If you’ve ever heard the term “Mad as a Hatter”, you’d understand why.
Telltale signs of mercury poisoning also included those often seen in hatters: emotional instability, cognitive and memory loss, shyness, speech problems, and ataxia.
So, this guy is studying not only mercury exposure from immuniz- sorry, vaccinations – but also the environment itself. The Family suspects foul play, everyone else is hell-bent on making this guy sound like a quack.
So, the inferred story is he… what? Was disgraced and took his own life? Well, not really… according to Special Master Vowell; in the first two pages of the ‘Snyder Family Petition’ Decision, he states:
Because of pervasive quality control problems at a now-defunct laboratory that tested a key piece of evidence, petitioners could not reliably demonstrate the presence of a persistent measles virus in Colten’s central nervous system…
So, the problem wasn’t his research, it was a problem with being able to prove something to the court on-time. So, was this just a waste of everyone’s time?
Given the advice that petitioners received from a treating physician, Colten’s parents brought this action in good faith and upon a reasonable basis. However, they have failed to demonstrate vaccine causation of Colten’s condition by a preponderance of the evidence. Therefore, I deny their petition for compensation.
I mean, I clicked the link to the Office of Special Masters and didn’t just read the highlighted part out of context… j/s.
Well, quality control problems aren’t the end of the world – after all, that was just ONE CASE in a whole Omnibus; if that’s the only one the media could glom onto – really, due to a technicality – there must be something else going on.
The Gwinnett Daily Post reports that agents from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, aided by the Georgia Drugs and Narcotics Agency, raided the Bradstreet Wellness Center last week. The FDA did not reveal to the paper why agents had searched Bradstreet’s office.
We all – by ‘We’, I mean the ‘Liberals’ – heard about the preacher who swore, if gay marriage was legalized, he would set himself on fire.
We all – and I mean ‘the world’ – heard about the Racist Prayer Group Terrorist.
What do they have in common? Besides being white, male, and over 21 (a phrase I didn’t know until I lived with my relatives from Florida this past March), they’re both completely full of shit.
One of the key signs of Emotional Blackmail is threatening to harm yourself or others if you don’t get your way. Basically, by threatening to immolate himself (apparently, some White Privilege knock at the monk who set himself ablaze to protest the occupation of Tibet), you’re participating in bullying tactics. Why? Now that people aren’t living with the AIDS scare, rationality has been able to creep back into the American discussion of Homosexuality – you can’t just tell people they’re going to grow hairy palms and expect them to not try to Google that shit.
What makes this man’s declaration even more disturbing? A Texas pastor actually DID set himself ablaze in a strip-mall parking lot about a year ago, in June of 2014. He was rushed to a hospital and later died. Why did he do such a thing?
He called on the community to repent and said he was “giving my body to be burned, with love in my heart” for those who were lynched in his home town as well as for those who did the lynching, hoping to address lingering racism.
In his letters, obtained by The Washington Post, he called his death an act of protest. He said he felt that after a lifetime of fighting for social justice, he needed to do more.
“I would much prefer to go on living and enjoy my beloved wife and grandchildren and others,” he wrote, “but I have come to believe that only my self-immolation will get the attention of anybody and perhaps inspire some to higher service.”
Moore had gone on a two-week hunger strike in the 1990s to move theUnited Methodist Church to remove discriminatory language against homosexuals. While working with the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, he stood vigil in front of George W. Bush’s governor’s mansion to protest more than 100 executions. He served in the slums of India, Africa and the Middle East.
Moore had “a conviction that if the Bible stood for anything, it stood for radical inclusiveness,” the Rev. Sid Hall, a former colleague, told theDallas Morning News. “If you ever were on the side of powerlessness, if you were ever on the margins yourself and were looking for someone to help you, Charles was the person.”
Lindsey Bever, The Washington Post; ‘A Texas Minister Set Himself on Fire and Died to ‘Inspire’ Justice’,
Obviously, this was a tragedy, and his loved ones, especially now, are mourning at his memory, rather than being able to celebrate this victory with a compassionate man who wanted to help the less fortunate – you know, like The Good Book says.
People want to make the best decisions they can based off of as much truth as possible. Filling the world with agenda-filled nonsense and then wondering why it’s not working anymore is about as stupid as wondering why John Henry’s dead and the machine keeps going – it’s the end of an era, things are never going back to the way they were.
Now, in relation to the recent church shooting, this young man claimed he was doing God’s work; bullshit. People are blaming his actions on the Confederate Flag; bullshit: A book or a piece of cloth (or even a WEAPON) doesn’t make you violent, spite-filled, and willing to take the lives of innocent children; being racist, either systemically or consciously, doesn’t make someone a murderer any more than being a Muslim. It’s the Extremists who try to excuse behavior by claiming a special immunity (i.e.: chosen by God – newsflash, didn’t work for Jesus, and he was fighting the government instead of mowing over lepers) which ruins it for the peaceful worshipers/ historians.
Once, my little brother got in trouble for drawing a swastika in class (I’ve heard all boys go through a ‘nazi’ phase – Black Ops 2 didn’t help), but when I tried to find out/ report whoever wrote “Dyke” on my best friends locker sign, after she had dealt with assaults and slurs already, I was told that wasn’t why the hall cameras were installed. Not understanding the meaning behind a symbol (or having it mean something completely different to you) should not trump actual and systemic harassment and intimidation of a community, but, for some reason, it does. Maybe because it’s easier to attack an inanimate object rather than dispel an incident already in-progress; who knows?