A coward sends emoji to denote disgust,
this stranger unto me who refused to discuss
why she was disgruntled with man’s clear, calm protest
that Bryan MacCormack on camera did profess.
Praised not his position as not done my research;
praised his calm collected, unflinching, unbesmirched.
But stranger’s emoji, an angry, cursing face?
Asked for explanation but stranger lacked the grace.
The grace to use her words, to speak in adult way,
don’t know if she’s tongue tied, has nothing smart to say?
To curse without comment, though her curse was disguised,
is lowly behavior, she just antagonized?
If you have a feeling but haven’t got a brain,
if you can’t justify, then would you please refrain,
leaving inanities that don’t elucidate:
If you can’t verbalize please stew in your own hate.
I shared this on my Facebook page:
Bryan MacCormack is my new non-violent protest hero. Steely nerves. I do not necessarily agree with Mr. MacCormack on his issues, but his methods have me in tears.
Roar, Lion, roar.
I accompanied it with a link to neutral NBC article and D. F., a complete stranger to me with no mutual friends, leaves me a G rated cursing emoji. I asked her, “What does your emoji signify?”
Her response? A very informative, “Pretty sure you already know.”
No, I don’t know. That’s why I asked. If you can’t explain yourself maybe you should just not comment on strangers’ Facebook pages.
It is okay by me when I have a disagreement. When someone explains a position with which I disagree sometimes I learn things. Sometimes I find a disagreement entertaining. We have the right to not see eye to eye. I like civil, reasoned, impassioned, discordant discourse.
People have the right to be unreasoned and unreasonable, just not on my Facebook page, especially if the someone is a stranger to me. Lots of my friends shake their heads in disbelief and disgust with my positions on X, Y, A or B; I’m eclectic in my positions and neither my logic nor my reasoning follows party lines.
Two of my most revered cornerstones are Freedom of Speech and Nonviolent Protest. Sometimes I get flak for my ardent support of Free Speech; this is usually coupled with unreasoned accusations that I agree with some form of controversial position or “Hate Speech.” Most of my social (not economic) positions are Left and I’ve had lefties chastise me for supporting the alt-right’s freedom to speak. Some make the absurd leap that if I understand the essential need for ugly, bigoted, hate filled Free Speech that I must agree with the speaker: A preposterous supposition of course.
Watching the short video clip of Bryan MacCormack calmly face ICE agents and tell them that their activities were outside the law, that the agents were acting unconstitutionally made me giddy. Mr. MacCormack was bad-ass, calm-n-collected, textbook-freaking-lovely, nonviolent masterful! (I think I want to have his baby.) I praised his presentation on my Facebook and even added the disclaimer, “I do not necessarily agree with Mr. MacCormack on his issues,” because my knowledge on the subject and Mr. McC is very limited. I praised his protest, I did not openly agree with it.
My post was largely ignored but this stranger, this inarticulate D.F., left me an angry emoji. I reached out to her to explain and she exited the picture. Agree with me, disagree with me, be impassioned, be passive, but have the wherewithal to use words to support your position, not emojis and memes. If you can’t explain your position on a subject I would urge you to contemplate said subject before emoting about it to strangers.
Here’s to Free Speech, Non-violent Protest, reason and rhetoric; let’s use and protect all four, shall we?